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ISSUE 121 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/22/2008

Track weekend: Men host; women visit Duluth venue

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer


Friday, February 22, 2008

The St. Olaf men's track and field team dominated three events in last weekend's Tostrud Classic.

Doboul Ruon '11 finished the mile in 4:17.84, trailed closely by St. Olaf's David Green '09. Cullen O'Neill '09 placed first in the 800-meter run at 1:57.06, followed by sophomore Dan Varley at 1:58.38. The St. Olaf 4x400 meter relay team also finished first.

"Other than losing a couple of our athletes to injury, it was a pretty good meet," head coach Bill Thornton said. "There are always disappointments that come with successes, and unfortunately those are the disappointments."

Dan Monroe '10 claimed third in the 400-meter dash while Adrian Swanson '11 took second in the 3k with a time of 9:20.60.

In the triple jump, Bobby Anderson '08 posted 13.28 meters, good for second place. John Schantzen '10 claimed second in the shot put with a distance of 15.02 meters.

Thornton complimented Schantzen on throwing over 15 meters for the first time in his career, and noted that Jake Kurczek '09 performed very well finishing sixth in the high hurdles.

"In the last couple of weeks, everyone is going to be looking at the rankings to make sure they can get in the conference meet," Thornton said. "People have performed well enough, but we don't know how many will make it into conference."

Meanwhile, the women's team competed in the Lake Superior Challenge at St. Scholastica. Amie Fillmore '10 qualified provisionally for nationals in the pole vault. She placed first of 20, vaulting 3.56 meters to set a new school record for indoor track and field. Now on the "B" list, Fillmore is currently ranked seventh in the country and has a much higher chance of attending the NCAA meet.

Jenna Carlson '09 finished fourth in the 3k run with a time of 10:29.87, and Jackie Kelly '08 came in fifth with a time of 10:48.24.

Kathryn Thompson '10 took fifth in the 400-meter dash at 1:01.00 and Laura Cook '11 took fifth in the 600-meter dash at 1:44.83.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the women's team finished fourth with a time of 4:12.00.

Despite being stuck indoors and having small numbers, the team has had reasonable success. Daymont noted that they still competed well at meets.

Both teams compete Saturday, the men at the St. John's Invitational and the women at the Parent's Day Open.





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