NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Several members of the Carleton College men’s track and field team turned in solid performances at the first home meet of the season as the Knights hosted University of St. Thomas and St. Olaf College for the Carleton Invitational.
“The meet may have been small in numbers but was high in quality,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks.
The competition started off with first-year Peter Dehkes (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) capturing his first collegiate victory after clearing 1.88 meters (6’2”) in the high jump.
Marcus Huderle (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) set a new personal best as he won the 1000-meter run in 2:31.53, a time that ranks third in team history. School record holder Noah Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) was second at 2:32.37, just ahead of Jonah Barry (So./Madison, Wis./Madison West), who finished at 2:32.67 to rank fifth in program annals.
Colby Seyferth (Jr./Banks, Ore./Banks) won the 600-meter dash in his first attempt at that distance, crossing the line at 1:24.17 to rank third in the MIAC this season and tie for fourth on Carleton’s all-time list. He also won the 200-meter in a battle with rookie teammate Chris Madden (Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph), 23.31 to 23.50. Madden finished the evening with a trio of second-place results including the 55-meter dash (6.67), 200-meter dash, and long jump (6.19 meters).
Joe Haase (So./Fitchburg, Wis./West) placed second in the mile run at 4:23.37, a 14-second improvement from just two weeks ago. Hart Hornor (So./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) finished fourth and established a new personal record with a time of 4:27.03.
Jacob Hoerger (Sr./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) won the 3000-meter run in 8:48.60 as he pulled away from a talented field with a blazing last two laps.
Adan Nunez-Frausto (Sr./Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) improved by 2.5 feet from his last meet as he finished fourth in the weight throw at 46 feet, 5.5 inches (14.16 meters) was not only a new personal best, but it also moves him into fifth on the Knights’ all-time list. Jiatao Cheng (Jr./Gurnee, Ill./Warren) also set a new PR while placing seventh.
Evan McNeil (Jr./Burnsville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) had a successful season debut in the pole vault, clearing 3.97 meters (13’0.25”) to earn a third-place finish.
The Knights will return to the Recreation Center for the Meet of the Hearts on Saturday, Feb. 15.