NORTHFIELD, Minn. – It is believed that the Carleton College men’s track and field team finished second during Saturday’s triangular with St. Olaf College and Hamline University. The Knights turned in several highlight worthy performances, first-year Colby Seyferth (Banks, Ore.) who turned in one of the greatest sprint doubles in Carleton indoor track history with a double win in the 60- and 200-meter races.
In the shorter race, Seyferth crossed the line at 7.14. He took the top spot in the 200m dash with a time of 22.80.
The host Oles finished atop the team competition with 114 points, while determining the next spot in the standings was a little more challenging. It appears the Knights finished with either 105.5 points or 104.5 points, edging Hamline by a slim margin either way.
Getting correct final results from the meet has been “like this year’s Iowa Caucus results,” said Carleton head Coach Dave Ricks. “This was a great team meet against two of the top teams in the MIAC. We had an incredible 46 new personal indoor bests on Saturday.”
Pole vaulters Jordan Soteros (So./Scottsdale, Ariz./Pinnacle), Evan McNeil (Fy./Burnsville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) and Joey Camarda (Jr./Modesto, Calif.) had the best combined day in school history. This is the first time that three Carleton vaulters have all cleared 4-meters at the same meet. The old combined record was 39' 4.75" by Kane Bechstein ’09, Jason Weaver ’07, and Evan Franco ’10 at the Meet of the Hearts on Feb 10, 2007. This year's trio started the season by jumping a combined 40'10", with all three recording personal bests.
Adrian Carpenter (So./Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo Atherton) ran the second-fastest 60-meter hurdle race in school history, posting a winning time of 8.65 seconds. A mark bettered only by 2011 MIAC champion Ty Martin ’11.
Lobo James (So./Redmond, Wash./Telluride) won the high jump with a personal-best height of 1.88 meters (6' 2") contributing to a great day of jumping by our high jumpers. Dylan Cheever (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) also broke the 6-foot barrier, and first-year Chris Williams (Chicago, Ill./Rowe-Clark Academy) had an impressive collegiate debut.
With Knights assistant coach and 2004 Olympian Andrew Rock dominating the 400-meter field while competing unattached, Carleton first-year Isaac Schrantz (Fy./Owatonna, Minn.) looked good in winning the collegiate battle in 53.17.
The Carleton distance squad loaded up the 3000-meter race and took four of the top five spots in that event. Marcus Huderle (So./Eden Praire, Minn.) won the event with a big finishing kick while running a personal best time of 8:46.41. Senior captain Kian Flynn (Otis, Ore./Taft) ran to a third-place finish and an 8:54.39 personal record.
Arnaud Kpachavi (Fy./San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside Priory) finished third in the 600-meter dash with one of the top-10 Carleton times ever in the 600-meters.
Noah Laack-Veeder (Fy./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) unleashed a ferocious sprint over the final lap to finish in second place in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:35.24
The Knights next compete on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the MSU Open in Mankato, Minn.