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ISSUE 121 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/9/2008

Athletes wrap up regular-season meets

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, May 9, 2008

Last weekend, the men's track and field team had a strong showing at both the MIAC Decathlon at Carleton and the St. Thomas Invitational. The meet was supposed to be held at St. Thomas' campus in St. Paul, but because of the weather, it was rescheduled for the next day, Sunday, and was held at St. Olaf's Manitou Field. This was the last meet for the men's team before this weekend's MIAC Championships.

John Schantzen '10 took first place in the shot put, throwing 15.84 meters, and is currently at the top of the MIAC honor roll. Schantzen is 15th in the nation. Usually 18 athletes go to Nationals in the events. With two weeks left for other athletes to qualify, his position is not sure. "I'll have to see and wait what happens. If I do go to nationals, I would like to throw 16.40 meters and place at least seventh," Schantzen said. Bobby Anderson '08 placed second in the triple jump at 13.46 meters and third in the high jump at 1.78 meters.

"I felt pretty good about the meet on Sunday. I get a little nervous after having such a good meet the week before [the MIAC championships]. It can be difficult to follow," Anderson said.

Cullen O'Neill '09 also had a strong performance finishing third in the 800-meter run at 1:54.35, followed by Doboul Ruon '11 in fifth at 1:57.04. At the decathlon, Ryan Doyle '09 finished second with 5,926 points. He was second to Paul Westmark of Concordia. Doyle placed first in the high jump, 400-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. The competition lasted two days. Westmark finished with 6,010 points to provisionally qualify for Nationals and only beat Doyle by 11 points in the final event, the 1,500-meter run. Doyle and third place finisher Paul Shol from Concordia received All-MIAC honors.

"I was pretty happy with my performance. It was a personal best point score overall and it was accompanied by personal records in the 100-meters, 400-meters, 110-meter high hurdles and pole vault," Doyle said. "I'm looking forward for the opportunity to be able to concentrate on the high jump again for the final week of the season."

In the MIAC Championships Friday and Saturday, Doyle will compete in the high jump, the 110-meter hurdles, and the 4x400-meter relay.

"I have really high expectations for our team. Everyone has put in a lot of time and effort over the course of the season and I think we are going to have some great performances on the track and in the field," Anderson said. "I am confident that we'll put together a better finish than we have the past couple years where I feel like we have underachieved."

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