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ISSUE 121 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/18/2008

Weather cancels track and field

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, April 18, 2008

Last weekend, the outdoors refused to cooperate with the outdoor track season. Both the men's and the women's track and field meets were canceled due to inclement weather.

"The weather has held us up a bit, but that is the way spring can be in Minnesota," men's co-captain Bobby Anderson '08 said. "The outdoor season is so short that when a meet is canceled it can set you back a little bit, but on the other hand sometimes competing in sub-par weather doesn't do too much for us."

The men were scheduled to compete in Collegeville, Minn. at the Meet of Saints and St. John's Decathlon, but Collegeville received several inches of snow. The women were slated to open their outdoor season at Gustavus, but weather also forced the meet's cancellation.

It was the second cancellation for the women's team, giving them well over a month of rest since the MIAC Indoor Championships.

"This makes our upcoming meets slightly more important as we have fewer chances to qualify for the conference championship and the national meet," women's co-captain Jackie Kelly '08 said. "We will need to make all of our remaining meets count and our team will need to have strong performances in the coming weeks."

Last weekend, the team hoped to begin qualifying for the conference championships, however because of the delay, they will have to compress more into the next couple of weeks as far as qualifying for the conference meets. Athletes qualify for the MIAC Championships by attaining standards during the season.

The men's team has four meets left this season. The Carleton Relays will be this weekend, while the team's only home meet of the outdoor season will be the Rolex Classic on April 29.

The women's team has just three meets on their schedule before conference meets begin.

Thanks to the cancellations, they will open their season this weekend on Manitou Field, followed by two meets in successive weekends. The MIAC Heptathlon will be May 1 and 2 in Northfield and the Championships on May 9 and 10.

"I also think that missing a meet just gets you more excited for the next one," Anderson said.

Given the week's pleasant weather and a positive forecast for the weekend, the Ole athletes should be able to channel that excitement toward strong performances at their respective meets.

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