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ISSUE 120 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/4/2007

Men accomplish feat

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, May 4, 2007

Competing at the St. John's Quadrangular Saturday, the St. Olaf men's track and field team pulled off a remarkable feat, sweeping the top six places in the 400-meter run at the unscored meet.

Reid Johnson '09 took first with a time of 50.48 seconds, and was followed by Tom Cruse '07 (50.87), Jason Roberts '08 (52.04), Andrew Gastineau '07 (52.46), Dan Varley '10 (52.63) and Nathan Grant '09 (53.22).

In the 1600-meter relay, St. Olaf's "A" team took first with while the "B" team placed third behind Carleton.

"It was a good meet for us. It was a case where Hamline and St John's had people away from the meet," head coach Bill Thornton said. Carleton also attended the meet.

With athletes at other meets, fields in some of the events were a little bit sparse, according to Thornton.

Aided somewhat by the small field, the Oles also won the 4x400 meter relay and Cullen O'Neill '09 was victorious in the 800-meter run. Tim Drahn '09 also placed fourth in the 800. In the 1500-meter, David Green '09 finished fifth at 4:11.45 and David Anderson '10 seventh with a time of 4:12.98.

Despite the absence of opposing runners, the Oles were nonetheless pleased by the victories. "Winning both relays was a feather in our cap," Thornton said.

Ryan Doyle '09 took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, a spot ahead of Jake Kurczek '09. Tom Marti '10 finished third in the 200-meter dash.

In the field events, the Oles also competed well. John Schantzen '10 took second place in the shot put with a throw of 13.85 feet, while Tom Nickerson '08 placed fifth at 12.12 feet. In the steeplechase, Tony Hoff '07 finished with a time of 10:30.31 for a fourth place finish.

On Tuesday, Carleton and St. Olaf met at Carleton for the Rolex Classic, a tradition that dates back to the 1980s. During the Rolex Classic, athletes compete in somewhat unfamiliar events because of limited athletes.

"We don't cover the events very well. It's just a little small meet between the two of us. It became such a traditional thing, we gave it a classy name, and kept it around," Thornton said.

However, it's somewhat of an inconvenience for teams looking toward the MIAC Championship meet. "This is the track and field week from hell," said Thornton, in reference to the odd meets in the season's closing stretch.

Doyle will be the only Ole to compete in the MIAC decathalon on Thursday and Friday in Northfield. On Saturday, the Oles will host St. John's and MSU-Mankato for the conclusion of the regular season.

The MIAC Championships, hosted by St. John's, begin on May 11.

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