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ISSUE 121 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/14/2008

Fillmore vaults to second

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer


Friday, March 14, 2008

At the MIAC Championships last week at St. John's University, St. Olaf pole vaulter Amie Fillmore '10 took second to Gustavus senior Shanna Dawson to provisionally qualify for the vault at 11-11 3/4. Dawson and Fillmore will be the only two MIAC vaulters at the meet.

"I'm really excited," Fillmore said. "It's going to be very competitive, and everyone is very close in pole vaulting. Only inches apart."

Although both Dawson and Fillmore vaulted the same height, Fillmore explained that she had taken an extra jump at a previous height and that she technically placed second.

"I'm just looking at it as another meeting so I'm not nervous at all," Fillmore said. Fillmore will be leaving with head coach Chris Daymont to attend nationals, and her pole vaulting coach will join her on Friday. She will compete Saturday in Ohio for the national tournament.

Laura Cook '11 finished sixth in the 800-meter run at 2 minutes, 23.02 seconds. The first place finish went to Junior Katie Theisen from St. Thomas who finished at 2:15.00. Abby Smith '10 finished sixth in the mile with a time of 5:21.49.

Indoor practices can be particularly difficult for teams because the track is much smaller than the outdoor track. Because of this, there has been a significant amount of injuries for the Oles. Also, the team has fewer athletes than average team roster sizes, and there were several athletes doubling or tripling in several different events.

"Considering how small our team is, we did well," said Fillmore.

The St. Olaf team finished ninth of the 12 teams at the MIAC Championship. St. Thomas took the Championship title for the ninth year in a row with 233 points, and second place went to Gustavus with 98.5 points.

Because the indoor season is over, the track team will begin heavy training again. The long and middle distance runners have already started outdoor practices, and the other members of the track and field team will begin outdoor practices next week before spring break.

The first outdoor meet for the women's track and field team will be Apr. 5 at UW-River Falls in Wisconsin.





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