NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s track and field team took part in a pair of meets this weekend, with a small contingent heading to the University of Minnesota’s Snowshoe Open on Friday followed by the Tostrud Classic on Saturday.
On Friday night, Jack Percival (Fy./Newport Coast, Calif./Sage Hill School) placed fourth overall and second among Division III athletes as he posted a time of 1:23.24 in the 600-meter run at the University of Minnesota meet. That figure ranks No. 2 all-time at Carleton behind teammate Noah Laack-Veeder (So./Madison, Wis./LaFollette). Jacob Hoerger (Jr./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) established a personal record of 8:53.58 in the 3000-meter run, while Thor Laack-Veeder (So./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) did the same at the 600-meter distance (1:25.72). Marcus Huderle (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) finished 13th overall in the mile run with a solid time of 4:21.79. That mark, however, was third among D-III racers.
At St. Olaf on Saturday, the Knights won four events: the 400-meter dash plus the 800-, 1000-, and mile runs.
Despite not being seeded in the fastest heat, senior Josh Campbell (Sauk City, Wis./Sauk Prairie) won the mile with a time of 4:34.52. Percival carried the momentum from Friday’s stellar race over to a near-perfect performance in winning the 400-meter dash on Saturday. His time of 51.06 is tops on the team this season. Huderle, a long-distance runner, took part in the 800-meter run for the first time this year and was first across the line at 1:58.55. Noah Laack-Veeder recorded a season-best time of 2:32.25 in winning the 1000-meter run.
Other impressive runs included a trio of first-years posting times under 9:00 at the 3000-meter distance. Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt), Joe Haase (Fitchburg, Wis./West), and Jonah Barry (Madison, Wis./Madison West) placed fourth through sixth, respectively.
The Knights entry in the 4x400-meter relay turned in its fastest time of the season. Percival, Noah Laack-Veeder, Arnaud Kpachavi (So./San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside Priory School), and Colby Seyferth (So./Banks, Ore./Banks) combined on a time of 3:25.49.
Seyferth also turned in the top field event performance of the day, adding a personal record in the shot put. He eclipsed his previous best by more than three feet with a distance of 39 feet, 9.75 inches.
The Knights will be back at St. Olaf the next two weekends. First, it’s the St. Olaf Qualifier on Friday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. The following weekend the Tostrud Center plays host the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.