Colby Seyferth stretches across the finish line in the 200-meter dash
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The performances of first-year Colby Seyferth (Banks, Ore./Banks) highlighted the final day of action for the Carleton College men at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Seyferth earned All-MIAC honorable mention with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash then capped the meet with a magnificent anchor on the 4x400-meter relay to earn the Knights a second-place result. Overall Carleton finished sixth in the team competition.
Seyferth was the top rookie finisher in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line at 22.90. He was back on the track about an hour later and turned in an electric final two laps in the 4x400 relay.
The Knights got a fantastic leadoff leg from Isaac Schrantz (Fy./Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna) with a 50.2 split, followed by Jordan Washam (So./Cincinnati, Ohio/Groton) with a 51.5 and Arnaud Kpachavi (Fy./San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside Priory) with a 51.9. When Seyferth took the baton to begin the final leg, the Knights trailed the University of St. Thomas, the defending event champions. He closed the gap on his first lap then overtook the Tommie with an anchor split of 50.3.
Overall the Knights posted a time of 3:24.02 and had their top placing in the event since 1992 when the quartet of Gerald Cote, Jeff Scherer, Dave Boardman, and Paul Blomgren claimed the MIAC title in 3:19.93. The best news for Carleton could be that as a sophomore, Washam is the elder statesmen of this year’s 4x400m team.
Carleton’s first points on Saturday came in the 4x200-meter relay, where senior James Morrissey (New York, N.Y./Stuyvesant) ran his final indoor race in leading the Knights to a sixth-place finish. He combined with Washam, Josh Estes (So./Isanti, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti), and C.J. Dale (Jr./Fox Island, Wash./Charles Wright Academy) on a time of 1:33.55 as they earned All-MIAC honorable mention.
Noah Laack-Veeder (Fy./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) placed fifth in the 1,000-meter run, earning all-conference honorable mention with his time of 2:31.86. His twin brother Thor Laack-Veeder (Fy./Madison, Wis./ LaFollette) turned in a personal-best time of 2:37.64 in running the same event.
Marcus Huderle (So./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) added to the Knights’ point total with an eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. Bobby Davis (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and Kian Flynn (Sr./Otis, Ore./Taft) were 10th and 11th.
Jon Raberg (Sr./Lexington, Mass./Lexington) ended his collegiate career with a personal-best time of 23.32 in the 200-meter dash, finishing 11th. Kpachavi clocked a personal-record mark of 1:23.92 in the 600-meter dash, also finishing 11th.
St. Thomas scored 189.5 points and won the team title for the 28th consecutive year. Hamline University was second (129.5) followed by Bethel University (104.5), Gustavus Adolphus College (101), St. Olaf College (77.5) and Carleton (69). That is the Knights highest point total since the Matt Hooley-led 2004 squad tallied 73 points.
2. Adrian Carpenter (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
6. Carleton (James Morrissey, Jordan Washam, Josh Estes, C.J. Dale) – 1:33.55
5. Noah Laack-Veeder (Fy., Carleton) – 2:31.86
4. Colby Seyferth (Fy., Carleton) – 22.90
2. Carleton (Isaac Schrantz, Jordan Washam, Arnaud Kpachavi, Colby Seyferth) – 3:24.02