Jordan Butler runs as part of the Knights' distance medley relay
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s indoor track and field team had a tremendous opening day at the MIAC Championships. On a night of spectacular performances, two underclassmen stand out above the crowd. Sophomore Adrian Carpenter (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo Atherton) tied the school record as he finished second in the 60-meter hurdles. First-year Noah Laack-Veeder (Madison, Wis./LaFollette) established a new program standard en route to a second-place showing in the 800-meter run.
The Knights are fifth after day one, having accumulated 48 points, nearly surpassing their projected point total for the two-day event. Carleton is only one point in back of Gustavus Adolphus College and five behind Bethel University.
Carpenter returned from an injured hamstring in a big way. After two weeks of rest and rehab, he posted a season-best time of 8.63 during the preliminary round. He came back in the finals and with a time of 8.50 to equal the mark established by Ty Martin ’11, who was the MIAC triple crown winner in the hurdles a year ago (indoor 55m, outdoor 110m and 400m).
Dan Casper ’89—the indoor 1500-meter national champion in 1988—is considered among the Carleton’s track and field royalty. For the last 23 years, he’s held the indoor 800-meter mark with a time of 1:54.50. Tonight, a freshman did the unthinkable.
Laack-Veeder’s impressive final two laps vaulted him from the middle of the pack to second place as he crossed the line with a jaw-dropping time of 1:54.32. He finished behind only defending conference champ Mike Hutton of St. Thomas, who entered the weekend with the second-fastest time in the nation. During his rookie campaign, Laack-Veeder has set the Carleton record in the 600-meter dash, 800-meter run, and has Carleton’s second-best all-time performance at the 1000-meter distance.
The MIAC meet actually started with Evan McNeil (Fy./Burnsville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) finishing 10th in the Heptathlon on Friday morning.
Carleton’s first points of the championships came in the high jump. Chris Williams (Fy./Chicago, Ill./Rowe-Clark Academy), who is in his first year of doing the event, earned All-MIAC honorable mention with a sixth-place finish. He cleared 1.88 meters (6 feet, 2 inches) to equal his season-best. Dylan Cheever (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) finished seventh, clearing the same height on his third attempt.
Next up was the 5,000-meter run, and Bobby Davis (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) executed an intelligent race structure to finish fourth, earning All-MIAC honorable mention as he crossed the line at 15:26.40.
Davis’ high school teammate Marcus Huderle (So./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) made his presence felt with a fourth-place result in the mile run. He posted a lifetime best mark of 4:19.86. Kian Flynn (Sr./Otis, Ore./Taft) also ran a big personal record time of 4:24.16, which was good enough for seventh overall and more points in the team competition.
The 400-meter dash was next up, and a couple of future stars for Carleton answered the bell. Colby Seyferth (Fy./Banks, Ore./Banks) won the first heat in an indoor personal-best time of 50.42. He entered the championships seeded 10th and ended up securing All-MIAC honorable mention with a fourth-place finish.
Among the top three finishers was first-year Isaac Schrantz (Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna) running an incredible 50.02. He ran the 400-meter dash five times this season, posting faster times with each attempt. He trimmed more than three seconds off his time during this seven-week period.
Senior captain Flynn, running in his final MIAC Indoor Championships, ended the night returning off short rest as he joined Connor Jackson (Fy./Milford, N.H./Milford), Jordan Butler (Jr./El Mirage, Ariz./Dysart), and Cheever for the distance medley relay. Flynn’s strong anchor leg secured a fifth-place finish and All-MIAC honorable mention. Jackson led off and completed the 1,200-meter leg in 3:18, followed by Butler's 53-second performance for the next 400 meters. Cheever turned in an outstanding 800-meter leg in 1:59 before handing the baton to Flynn, who finished with a 4:29 mile.
Action on the final day of action from Macalester College begins at 11:30 a.m., but the first Carleton student-athletes don’t compete until 2:00 p.m.
2. Adrian Carpetner (So., Carleton) – 8.50
2. Noah Laack-Veeder (Fy., Carleton) – 1:54.32
3. Isaac Schrantz (Fy., Carleton) – 50.02
All-MIAC Honorable Mention Performances
6. Chris Williams (Fy., Carleton) – 1.88m
4. Bobby Davis (Jr., Carleton) – 15:26.40
4. Marcus Huderle (So., Carleton) – 4:19.86
4. Colby Seyferth (Fy., Carleton) – 50.42
Distance Medley Relay
5. Carleton (Connor Jackson, Jordan Butler, Dylan Cheever, Kian Flynn) – 10:40.49