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ISSUE 120 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/4/2007

Women fourth at Macalester Invitational

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, May 4, 2007

On Saturday, the St. Olaf women's track and field team finished fourth at the Macalester Invitational in St. Paul.

Jenna Carlson '09 placed first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:43.47 and third in the 1,500 (4:52.24). Senior captain Andrea Gelle '07 took first in the in the 800-meter run with a 2:16.28 finish.

"The great thing about Jenna is that she continues to improve each meet and has the potential to do big things at MIACs," Gelle said.

Carlson is ranked first in the conference in the 10,000 meters and second in the 5,000. Amie Fillmore '10 placed first in the pole vault with 3.36 meters, while Brittney Schwager '07 took third in the 3000 after Carlson.

The 4x400 meter relay (Kathryn Thompson '10, Lindsey Saunders '08, Abby Smith '10, and Gelle) finished second.

Individually, Thompson took third in the 400-hurdles in 1:06. St. Olaf entered two squads in the 4x800-meter relay, with the "A" team placing second, just ahead of the "B" team in third. The Oles also finished eighth in the 4x100 relay.

Stephanie Block '07 finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 20:00.01 and Lisa Skildum '08 finished in 20:13.45 for seventh place. Jennie Hedberg '08 finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run after Carlson's third place finish. Christina Roberts '08 finished seventh in the 800-meter run with 2:23.60. Annie Knutson '08 and Laura Melcher '08 finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 3,000-meter run.

Overall, St. Olaf finished a solid fourth out of the 14 schools attending the event with 79 points. MIAC rival St. Thomas won the meet.

The MIAC Championships will be held in Collegeville beginning on May 11. For seniors like Andrea Gelle, that means that their St. Olaf track careers will soon conclude.

"I still feel like I have a few good meets left in me. My focus now is on improving my 1,500 meter time and qualifying for nationals in the 800," Gelle said.

"Before this season I didn't think it was possible for me to make nationals, so regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, I have to remind myself that I've already surpassed my own expectations."

The Oles also competed at St. Thomas' Tommie Twilight on Wednesday.

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