GRINNELL, Iowa – Competing at the home of the 2012 NCAA Championships, the Carleton College men’s track and field team held its own against some of the nation’s top squads. The Knights finished fifth out of 10 squads.
The Darren Young Classic was held at the Bear Recreation and Athletic Center on the campus of Grinnell College. Because it was a pre-national meet, it drew some strong competition including four program’s nationally ranked by the USTFCCCA: No. 5 McMurry University (Texas), No. 12 Central College (Iowa), No. 15 Nebraska Wesleyan, and No. 17 Wartburg College (Iowa).
Senior Kian Flynn (Sr./Otis, Ore./Taft) broke the four-and a-half minute barrier as he finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:28.75.
The 800-meter run featured tremendous races by the rookie duo of Noah Laack-Veeder (Fy./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) and Arnaud Kpachavi (Fy./San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside Priory School) as they finished second (1:56.67) and fourth (1:58.33), respectively.
In the 3,000-meter run, Marcus Huderle (So./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) finished second with a personal-best time of 8:40.81.
Bobby Davis (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) added a personal record in the 5,000-meter run as he crossed the line at 15:23.06.
In the distance medley relay, the Carleton quartet of Thor Laack-Veeder (Fy./Madison, Wis./ LaFollette), Michael Austin (Jr./Miami, Fla./Coral Gables), Connor Jackson (Fy./Milford, N.H./Milford), and Jacob Hoerger (So./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) placed third with a time of 10:48.94.
The Knights 4x200-meter relay placed fourth after James Morrissey (Sr./New York, N.Y./Stuyvesant), Jon Raberg (Sr./Lexington, Mass./Lexington), Josh Estes (So./Isanti, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti), and Jordan Butler (Jr./El Mirage, Ariz./Dysart) combined to finish at 1:35.27.
In the long jump, Evan McNeil (Fy./Burnsville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) advanced to the finals and established a new personal record at 19 feet, 9 inches, more than foot better over his previous high.
High jumpers Dylan Cheever (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest), Lobo James (So./Redmond, Wash./Telluride), and Chris Williams (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Rowe-Clark Academy) all cleared 6-feet, possibly the first time that the Knights have had a trio accomplish that at the same meet.
Both Raberg and Estes established new personal bests in the 60-meter dash, crossing the line at 7.33 and 7.34, respectively, narrowly missing advancing to the finals (7.32 needed). Raberg also set a PR with his time of 23.71 in the 200-meter dash.
The 400-meter dash saw first-years Colby Seyferth (Banks, Ore./Banks) and Isaac Schrantz (Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna) continue their improvement. Seyferth notched a personal-best time of 51.31, while Schrantz finished at 51.88.
Ben Langfeldt (Sr./Dennison, Minn./Northfield) bettered his previous best in the weight throw by five feet, recording a distance of 41 feet, 8.75 inches.
The Knights next compete on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Snowshoe Open hosted by the University of Minnesota. That meet begins at 4 p.m.