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ISSUE 121 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/21/2008

Athletes sparkle

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, March 21, 2008

In Ada, Ohio last week, two Oles added their name to the All-American list for indoor track and field, sophomores John Schantzen and Amie Fillmore.

Schantzen earned All-America honors, throwing the shot-put 53 -- 3 1/2, and taking seventh place among the contenders.

Fillmore took eighth place in the pole vault at 12 feet, vaulting a quarter inch higher than her previous personal best setting another new school record. There were 14 athletes in the competition, and the top eight were named All-American.

"It was really fun, and I got to know all the people. Most of the pole vaulters were from the Midwest," Fillmore said. "It was a very friendly competition, and I wasn't nervous that day."

The other Minnesota vaulter from Gustavus took sixth place at 12 feet as well.

The week prior, Schantzen threw 53 -- 7, claiming seventh place in the nation in shot put and qualifying him for the national tournament.

There were several schools from the MIAC at the meet, but Schantzen was the only thrower representing Minnesota in a field of 12 other athletes, all juniors and sophomores from colleges around the nation.

Schantzen and Fillmore both attended the opening banquet on Thursday and competed on Saturday.

"It was a great time, like a little mini-vacation, but I came back and went right back to studying," Schantzen said. "I hope to go to Nationals again, and get another conference championship."

Last year, Schantzen won a conference championship in the outdoor season. Fillmore said that her goal is to make it to Nationals again. Her goal for this season was to vault 12 feet, but because she has already done that, she is aiming to automatically qualify for Nationals. To do that, Fillmore will need to clear 12 -- 6 during the outdoor season.

"It's higher for outdoor," Fillmore said. "Most people do better outdoor because it's later in the season and the bar doesn't look as high outside,"

The men's outdoor season begins April 4 -- 5 when the team will travel to St. Louis for the Washington University Invite. The women travel to River Falls, Wisc. April 5 to compete in the Falcon Invite. The teams look to improve on their sixth and ninth place MIAC finishes during the indoor season.

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