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ISSUE 121 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 5/2/2008

Track canceled again

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, May 2, 2008

This spring's weather has been unkind to the women's track and field team. This year, they have only had one outdoor meet, and are looking at their final meet this week.

While traditionally a shorter season than indoor, the team has had three meets canceled.

They ran Wednesday at the Tommie Twilight, with no results before the Messenger went to press.

"The kids have to perform well on Wednesday night at St. Thomas," head coach Chris Daymont said. "And we have picked up another meet on Saturday, also at St. Thomas."

Those two meets will allow athletes to try and qualify for the MIAC Championships, held May 9-10.

Depending on the specific event, athletes with the top 24 or 18 times in the conference will qualify for the MIAC Championships. They attain qualifying times during regular-season meets, so the cancellations have derailed several qualifying opportunities.

Daymont said that other MIAC teams have faced the same difficulties as St. Olaf, but that some teams were able to attend meets in other states early on during spring break.

"Most of the conference is in the same boat, but we may be at more of a disadvantage by not going on a spring trip or scheduling meets farther south. It is certainly something we will have to look into for future years," Daymont said.

"The team is so ready to compete. We have been doing great training, so now they just have to trust it and go for it. I have great confidence in the team and think we'll be okay," Daymont said. "Now if the weather would just cooperate."

This weekend's weather appears positive for St. Olaf's meet at St. Thomas.

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