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ISSUE 121 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/25/2008

Women athletes host outdoor opener

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, April 25, 2008

Last weekend, the women's track and field team had their sole home meet of the 2008 outdoor season at the Manitou Classic. After several canceled meets, the team was finally able to compete, hosting the meet at Manitou Field.

"It was our team's first outdoor meet and we performed like we had been racing all spring," Jenna Carlson '09 said.

Carlson also commented on the fact that many athletes have now successfully returned from injuries.

"We had a lot of great performances, especially for those who are coming back from injuries," Carlson said. "It was exciting to see all the different disciplines perform so well."

Carlson finished second in the 10,000-meter with a time of 38 minutes, 36.16 seconds, and Kathryn Thompson '10 finished third in the 400 hurdles at 1:08.57.

"I was very pleased with my 10k race," Carlson said. "It felt great to get back out on the track in racing mode. I felt very comfortable during the race and am looking forward to taking it out quicker and pushing the pace a bit more in the future."

Carlson hasn't raced since the middle of the indoor season because of an injury.

In the 1,500, Abby Smith '10 finished fifth of 45 runners with a time of 4:54.64. Allison Mills '11 placed fifth in a large field of runners in the 400, finishing in 1:00.50. Amie Fillmore '10 finished fifth in the pole vault, vaulting at 3 1/2 meters.

The next meet for the women's team will be at Saturday's Macalester Invitational. Looking ahead to the next meet, Carlson will be running the 5k instead of the 10k. "I'll be focusing more on a quicker pace and will be looking to establish a good qualifying time for the conference meet," Carlson said. "Now that I have one race under my belt I can better gauge how much to push myself during the race."

Saturday's meet at Macalester and the Tommie Twilight Wednesday at St. Thomas are St. Olaf's last two meets before the MIAC Championships May 9-10., held in St. Paul.

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