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ISSUE 121 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 5/2/2008

Men compete at three meets

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, May 2, 2008

Despite snow and cold at Sunday's St. John's Invitational, St. Olaf's top performers were John Schantzen '10, who placed first in the shot put at 15.72 meters, and Bobby Anderson '08, who placed first in the high jump at 1.92 meters. Although a very good throw provisionally qualified Schantzen for Nationals, it didn't beat his personal best.

"Despite the cold weather and some snow, we still had some good performances," Anderson said. "I posted personal bests in the high jump as well as the triple jump. I never expected to be competing in a track meet in the snow, let alone posting my best marks ever. It makes all the work worth it."

Tuesday, St. Olaf hosted the annual Rolex Classic, a dual meet with Carleton. All events were held, and at the end of the meet, the teams picked one event out of a hat, with the agreement that the winning team in that event takes the meet's trophy.

"We had great weather for competing today," Doyle said on Tuesday. "It was a very relaxed meet."

The event drawn out of the hat this year was the 1,600-meter relay, won by St. Olaf, making them this year's winner of the Rolex Classic. "It's always fun to beat the Carls," Anderson said.

With the small field of just two schools, St. Olaf recorded several wins as athletes utilized the extra opportunity to try for qualifying times with motivating competition.

The SJU Invitational included only four schools. In addition, St. Olaf split its team and sent two relay teams, the 4x400 and 4x800, along with David Swanson '08 in the 10,000-meter, to the Drake Relays in Iowa.

Adrian Swanson '11 finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:08.89. Anderson also finished second at 13.51 meters in the triple jump. Jonathan Lambert '11 finished second in the 1,500 meters at 4:10.31.

Brad Bond '11 finished fourth in the triple jump at 12.09 meters and third in the long jump at 6.35 meters.

In the hammer throw, Zeke Heydenreich '09 finished fifth at 46.28. In the pole vault, Doyle finished fifth at 3.5 meters.

The St. Olaf team took third place in the 1,600-meter relay at 3:38.59. The next meet for the team is the St. Thomas Invitational Saturday in St. Paul. On May 1-2, the MIAC Decathlon will be held in Northfield. Ryan Doyle will be the sole Ole participating in the event.

The MIAC Championships will be held May 9-10 in St. Paul.

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