NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Marcus Huderle (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) was one of five event winners as the Carleton College men’s track and field team finished first out of 10 teams at the Carleton Relays.
Carleton finished with 103.0 points in the team competition, followed by University of Minnesota (D-I) at 90.0, St. Olaf College (88.0), Gustavus Adolphus (84.5), Minnesota-Duluth (D-II) at 82.0, Hamline University (48.0), Minnesota State-Mankato (D-II) at 47.0, and three other squads.
Huderle got the meet started in fine fashion for the host Knights, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase by 13 seconds with a time of 9:40.43, which ranks third in the MIAC this season.
Colby Seyferth (Jr./Banks, Ore./Banks) had Carleton’s next triumph, winning the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 55.20, which ranks second in the MIAC in 2014 and sixth all-time for the Knights.
The Knights dominated the distance events as Walter Edstrom (Fy./Plano, Texas/Plano West) was first to the line in the 5000-meter run at 15:35.53. The Carleton rookie’s time was nearly 40 seconds ahead of the next Division III racer at today’s meet and ranks eighth in the conference this season.
Hart Hornor (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) and Jacob Hoerger (Sr./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) finished 1-2 in the 10,000-meter run. Hornor is now second in the MIAC after posting a time of 31:51.23.
Carleton’s other victory came in the 4x400 relay, as the quartet of Aidan Larsen (So./Bethseda, Md./Georgetown Preparatory), Thor Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette), Jack Percival (So./Newport Coast, Calif./Sage Hill School), and Noah Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) fought off the Gustavus entry for a narrow win. The Knights finished in 3:28.65, three-tenths ahead of the Gusties.
While they did not grab the top spot in the their respective events, several other Knights had a big impact on the team score.
Adan Nunez-Frausto (Sr./Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) now sits second in the MIAC this season and No. 3 all-time at Carleton after recording a personal-best mark of 50.93 meters (167 feet, 1 inch) in the hammer throw. He was the top D-III finisher and moved past Andy French (159 feet, 6 inches) and Eric Klein (161 feet, 2 inches) in the Carleton record book.
Elsewhere in the field events, Peter Dehkes (Fy./Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) continued his first-season improvements, clearing 1.98 meters (6 feet, 6 inches) in the high jump, good for third in the MIAC. Alex Polk (Jr./Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) placed second in the javelin and ranks eighth in the MIAC this year after recording distance of 47.08 meters (154 feet, 5 inches). Seyferth established a new PR in the pole vault, clearing 3.52 meters (11 feet, 6.5 inches)
Back on the track, Larsen and Joe Haase (So./Fitchburg, Wis./West) both won their heats as they established new PR’s en route to finsihing fifth and sixth in the 400-meter dash.
The 100-meter dash saw a trio of Knights score points. Evan Howard (So./St. Petersberg, Fla./Home School) placed fourth overall with a personal-best time of 11.11. Seyferth was sixth and 11.24, just ahead of Chris Madden (Fy./Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph), who made his Carleton track debut with a time of 11.30 good for seventh.
Noah Laack-Veeder sits third in the MIAC for the 800-meter run after posting a time of 1:56.41, which was tops among D-III athletes at the meet.