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ISSUE 121 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 2/29/2008

Athletes close in

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, February 29, 2008

Last Saturday, the St. Olaf men's track team met at St. John's University, taking third place in the quadrangular and claiming four individual wins among the various events.

"The team had a great showing last week, it was very exciting," Ryan Doyle '09 said.

Doyle took second in the high jump with a height of 6' 2.75", barely missing first place to Eric Buss of St. John's.

Cullen O'Neill '09 claimed first in the 1k run, finishing in 2:33.82. He was trailed a second later by Duboul Ruon '11. Ruon, a first year from Northfield, ran at St. John's coming off his first career recognition as the MIAC's Track Athlete of the Week.

David Swanson '08 also had an exceptional performance at last week's meet in the 5k run. Swanson and another competitor jumped out ahead from the beginning, but Swanson kicked past for the win with a time of 14:49.66.

Other winners included a couple of sophomores named Dan. Dan Varley '10 took first in the 600-meter run, finishing at 1:25.70. Sprinter Dan Monroe '10 finished the 200m at 22.78 to take first.

"It was nice getting a chance to feel things out at St. John's," Doyle said.

Meanwhile, the women competed in the Parent's Day Open at the University of Minnesota.

After being named the MIAC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season, Amie Fillmore '10 continued her strong season. Fillmore surpassed her week-old St. Olaf record for the indoor pole vault with a height of 11'11", finishing sixth place at the meet.

"Everything has really been coming together from practices," Fillmore said. "The meets have been great. The team has been very supportive."

On average, Fillmore said she only jumps once or twice a week which can make competition difficult.

"She's had an amazing performance lately," Chris Daymont, women's track and field coach, said of Fillmore's recent success.

Another athlete who performed exceptionally was distance runner Jackie Kelly '08, who finished third in the 5k in 18:21.24.

This weekend, both teams will compete in home meets at the Tostrud Center. The women's meet begins Friday at 5 p.m., while the men begin 12 p.m. Saturday.

The MIAC Championships will be held the following week at St. John's University. Friday's meet represents the last chance for athletes to qualify for the conference meet in various events.

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