COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — The Carleton College men’s indoor track and field team hoped to improve upon its standing on the final day at the MIAC championships. Though advancement in the rankings proved elusive, the day was highlighted by Jonah Barry’s (Madison, Wis./Madison West) runner-up result in the 3000-meter run and a trio of All-MIAC Honorable Mention performances.
Not surprisingly, St. Thomas captured its 30th consecutive conference title, amassing 186.0 points. St. Olaf was next (126.0) followed by Hamline (115.5). Carleton finished with 48.5 points, a total limited in part by Joe Haase (So./Fitchburg, Wis./West), a top-three seed at both the 800- and 1000-meter distances, unable to compete due to illness.
Saturday afternoon began with the high jump. First-year Peter Dehkes (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) capped his remarkable season in the even by tying fourth with a height of 1.89 meters, earning All-MIAC Honorable Mention.
In the 1000 meters, first-year Walter Edstrom (Plano, Texas/Plano West) also garnered all-conference honorable mention as he capped off an outstanding rookie campaign by finishing fourth overall in 2:33.64. Thor Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) added to the team point total as he finished seventh in 2:35.28.
Sophomores Barry and Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) led the Knights in the 3000-meter run. Barry earned All-MIAC status as he placed second with a time of 8:29.73. That figure ranks third-best in team history and sits 29th in the nation this season. Hornor placed eighth with a time of 8:46.32.
The championships concluded with the 4x400-meter relay. Colby Seyferth’s (Jr./Banks, Ore./Banks) huge anchor leg allowed the Knights to win their heat with a time of 3:28.13, picking up All-MIAC Honorable Mention with a sixth-place finish.
“Thor, Arafat Akinlabi (Jr./Chicago, Ill./Hubbard), and Aidan Larsen (So./Bethseda, Md./Georgetown Preparatory) put Colby in a position to show off his heroics. And he delivered,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks. “It looked like Colby would just have too much ground to make up, but each leg made it a possibility. Colby is our ‘closer’ for a reason; he can flat out run people down. After such a turbulent week for all of these young men, it was great to have Colby finish off the MIAC Championships on a positive note.”
(1st-3rd place for individual events; 1st place for relays)
2. Hart Hornor (So., Carleton) — 14:49.75… new PR
3. Jonah Barry (So., Carleton) — 4:15.67… new PR
2. Jonah Barry (So., Carleton) — 8:29.73… new PR
ALL-MIAC HONORABLE MENTION
(4th-6th place for individual events; 2nd-6th place for relays)
5. Jacob Hoerger (Sr., Carleton) —15:18.66… new PR
5. Colby Seyferth (Jr., Carleton) — 50.44
t4. Peter Dehkes (Fy, Carleton) — 1.89 meters (6 feet, 2.25 inches)
4. Walter Edstrom (Fy., Carleton) — 2:33.64
6. Carleton (Thor Laack-Veeder, Arafat Akinlabi, Aidan Larsen, and Colby Seyferth) — 3:28.13