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ISSUE 120 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/20/2007

Runners pace field

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, April 20, 2007

The St. Olaf men'’s track and field team hosted St. John’'s and St. Thomas at Saturday’'s “Meet of Saints” at Manitou Field. Dan Monroe ‘'10 was first in the 200, and Bobby Anderson '‘08 took the high jump title. The Oles finshed behind St. Thomas (151.5) and St. John's (134.5).

"“Last Saturday was absolutely unbelievable. If you have great weather, good officials, and some highly conditioned athletes it's hard to foul up the track meet,"” said head coach Bill Thornton.

John Schantzen ‘'10 was second in the shot put and Reid Johnson '‘09, Aaron Schloer ‘'07 and Tom Marti ‘'09 placed 2-3-4 in the 400.

Anderson has been on the team for three years and says this year is different than most. He said the team has been working on specific training with an emphasis on approach and form.

“"We want to try to reach our peak performance for outdoor conference,”" Anderson said.

The team used the indoor season for heavy lifting and preparation for the outdoor season. Now, the team does lighter training and more speed work.

“"We’'ve had another coach [Hugo Munoz] come in and work with us on the jumps,”" Anderson said.

Munoz began working with the team this spring. He holds the national record for the high jump in Peru, and has competed in two Olympic Games. He also founded the Kangaroo Track Club in Apple Valley, Minn.

"“I've really benefited from him,"” Anderson said.

This weekend, Ryan Doyle '09 traveled to St. John's to compete in the decathlon. Doyle finished sixth of the 20 competitors that received scores.

Thornton said that they received some valuable information from the results and the meet, although Doyle was disappointed with his performance.

"“It's a good chance to get a decathlon in before the one in May,”" Thornton said.

The MIAC Decathlon will be held May 3-4 at Manitou Field.

The Oles will attend the Carleton Relays on Saturday April 21. The outdoor conference championships are May 11 and 12 at St. John's.

“"We're plodding along and making progress. We're looking forward to this weekend at the Carleton Relays,"” Thornton said.

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