NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College men’s track and field team went through its final tuneups for the upcoming conference championships as the Knights participated in a pair of meets over the weekend.
On Friday evening, Carleton sent a few of field athletes to the Meet of the UnSaintly hosted by Hamline University. Then on Saturday, another contingent headed across town to the Meet of the Saints held at St. Olaf College.
On Friday, Evan McNeil (Jr./Burnsville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) grabbed the spotlight with his surprising win in the pole vault. He eclipsed his previous personal best by more than a half-meter en route to his first collegiate win. McNeil cleared 4.56 meters (14 feet, 11.50 inches) on his first attempt at that height, an amazing performance considering that he strained his hamstring just one week prior.
Adan Nunez-Frausto (Sr./Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) placed third out of 34 competitors in the hammer throw at 50.73 meters (166 feet, 5 inches), the top mark by a Division III entrant.
At St. Olaf on Saturday, Marcus Huderle (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) ran the fastest steeplechase in the MIAC this season, posting a time of 9:22.05. Jacob Hoerger (Sr./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) ran his first-ever steeple race and placed fifth out of 19 racers.
The Knights saw several good performances in the 800-meter run. Noah Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) was the team’s top finisher, running seventh at a season-best time of 1:55.85. Thor Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) set a new personal best, crossing the line at 1:56.61.
Nunez-Frausto took second in the hammer throw, while Jiatao Cheng (Jr./Gurnee, Ill./Warren) established a new personal best in the event at 43.40 meters.
The MIAC Championships will be contest May 9-10 at St. Olaf.