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ISSUE 121 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/25/2008

Men place in top half of meet

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, April 25, 2008

Last weekend, the men's track and field team met with 15 other teams for the Carleton Relays. At the meet, sophomore John Schantzen provisionally qualified in the shot put for NCAA Division III Championships.

"I feel like it was an okay performance," Schantzen said. "It was nice to get a provisional qualifying mark because now I feel like some of the pressure is gone."

So far, Schantzen said he has been working on small tweaks to his technique and hopes to hit 16 1/2 meters before the end of the outdoor season. The throw that qualified Schantzen for nationals was 51 feet, 8 1/2 inches, placing him second to Aaron Studt who threw 60-10 1/2 and automatically qualified for the national meet.

"We only have a couple meets left so I'll have to wait and see how [the rest of the season] goes," Schantzen said.

In addition to Schantzen's exceptional performance, David Swanson '08 finished first in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15 minutes, 18.13 seconds.

Swanson says he felt good about the race despite less than favorable weather conditions. He will not be participating at the next meet at St. John's because he will race in another meet earlier that week, but anticipates a high performance from the team.

Bobby Anderson '08 took first in the triple jump, leaping 42-9 3/4.

"I think the cooler weather seemed to hold back some of the sprinters and field athletes who only have to exert themselves for a short period of time, whereas the mid-distance and distance runners might be helped by staying cooler," Anderson said.

Cullen O'Neill '09 finished third in the 800, and Doboul Ruon '11 finished sixth in the 1,500 with a time of 3:59.67.

Carleton finished fifth in the competition, ahead of the St. Olaf squad that placed sixth with 90 points. The next meet for the men's team is Sunday's St. John's Invitational in Collegeville, Minn.

"I feel that the meet went fairly well for us," Anderson said. "We were right in the mix with the other MIAC teams as far as points go."

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