NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s track and field team won seven running events and finished third at the Meet of the Hearts. A strong team performance led by Colby Seyferth (Jr./Banks, Ore./Banks) and brothers Noah Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) and Thor Laack-Veeder (Jr./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) plus sharp showings from a host of teammates helped the Knights make up for a lack of depth at field events.
Seyferth posted a host of strong performances for the team. He cruised to victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.06. He also took third in the 200-meter dash in a field 36 competitors strong with a time of 23.166—only .004 of a second from finishing as runner up.
Seyferth also provided a huge anchor leg as the meet concluded with Carleton winning the 4x400-meter relay. He combined with Joe Haase (So./Fitchburg, Wis./West) and the Lack-Veeders to post the Knights’ season-best time of 3:27.84.
Noah Lack-Veeder also triumphed in individual events. In his specialty, the 800-meter run, he squared off against reigning MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week Will Warmka of Hamline and won with a conference-best time of 1:56.99.
Thor Lack-Veeder also had a record-setting afternoon. He took second in the 1000-meter run in 2:33.00, a time that ranks as seventh-best in the MIAC and fifth in Carleton history. In front of him was teammate and relay partner Haase, whose victory in 2:32.15 marks the third-best time in the MIAC this season and the fifth-best at Carleton overall. Six of the MIAC’s top eight times in the 1000-meter run this season now belong to Knights.
Jacob Hoerger (Sr./Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Walter Edstrom (Fy./Plano, Texas/Plano West) spent eight laps battling each other for the top slot in the mile. Edstrom ultimately triumphed in 4:26.66 with Hoerger 0.23 second behind. The rest of the field trailed eight seconds behind. Hoerger and Edstrom, along with competitors Evan Olawsky (So./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie), Ben Levy (Jr./Alameda, Calif./College Prep), and Tanner Fliss (So./Green Bay, Wis./Preble), ran personal bests in the event.
Distance runners also had a remarkable afternoon. In the 3000-meter run, Marcus Huderle (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) took the lead midway through the race but was forced to withdraw with a leg injury. Jonah Barry (Madison, Wis./Madison West) picked up the slack, and the sophomore ran to victory in the final 200 meters with a time of 8:32.14. That tops the Rec Center record previously held by Matt Hooley ’04 and puts Barry at number two in the Carleton all-time list behind Charlie Gamble ’09.
Racing in his first-ever 55-meter dash, sophomore Evan Howard (St. Petersberg, Fla./Home School) took third in 6.74 seconds. First-year Peter Dehkes (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) aided the Knights in field events. His leap of 1.93 meters (6 feet, 4 inches) in the high jump not only won the event but marked a personal record.
The Knights now gear up for the Tostrud Open at St. Olaf on Saturday, Feb. 22.