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ISSUE 121 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/14/2008

DMR victorious at MIACs: Relay posts only win for men's track and field, team sixth at conference

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, March 14, 2008

The men's track and field team concluded their indoor season last weekend at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. The team finished sixth of the 11 teams present at the meet with 61 points.

Sophomore John Schantzen finished in second place for the shot put. He threw 51-6 1/2 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships. Schantzen is the only assured Ole from the men's team that will be traveling to nationals this weekend in Ohio.

He finished second to first-year Derrall King from Hamline, who threw 51-9. Both athletes will be going to nationals this weekend for shot put.

The St. Olaf medley relay team finished first with their time of 10 minutes, 20.56 seconds. During the competition, the four Oles, Tim Drahn '09, Tom Marti '09, Dan Varley '10 and Doboul Ruon '11, set both meet and McNeely Spectrum records, breaking the old time of 10:28.56 set in 2000.

In the 200-meter dash, Dan Monroe '10 finished third with a time of 22.64. In the mile, David Green '09 and Jonathan Lambert '11 finished sixth and seventh out of the 27-man field, posting times of 4:25.27 and 4:25.97 respectively. Cullen O'Neil '09 finished third in both the 800 and the 1,000. In the field events, Ryan Doyle '09 placed third in the heptathlon with 4,585 points, finishing ahead of the old McNeely Spectrum record. Doyle also finished sixth in the high jump at 6-2 1/4.

"The meet didn't go as well as the team had hoped, but some had very good performances," Doyle said.

St. Thomas finished the meet in first place with 235.5 points, and Saint John's University scored 114.5 to take second place. Last weekend's meet was the final indoor competition for head coach Bob Thornton. Thornton will retire at the end of the season after being at St. Olaf for 35 years coaching cross country and track and field.

During the indoor season, there were two individuals who were hurt and sat the rest of the season out. They will be returning for the spring season.

The next few weeks will be a break from meets for the team and training will continue.

The team has already begun practicing outdoors. The outdoor portion of the season opens Apr. 4, when the men travel to St. Louis to compete at the Washington University Invitational.

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