NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Despite the snowy weather only 36 hours earlier, the Carleton College track and field teams hosted the Knights’ only co-ed home meet of the 2013 outdoor season on Saturday. The men’s team finished in fourth place at the Carleton Relays.
It has been a challenge all spring for Carleton and the other teams in the Upper Midwest to compete outdoors with several track and field meets affected by the unusual April weather. The Knights fared better than their counterparts across town at St. Olaf College, where the Oles canceled their Saturday home meet. Thanks to the yeoman’s effort by the Carleton facilities staff and grounds crew, the track at Laird Stadium was cleared of snow on Friday, allowing the Carleton Relays to be held as scheduled.
While the snow and cold temperatures did not stop the student-athletes from turning in some great marks, it did cause problems for the automated timing system, forcing several events to be hand-timed.
Alex Polk (So./Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) placed second in the javelin throw, recording a personal-best distance of 48.89 meters as he beat the defending MIAC champion in the event by nearly six feet.
First-year Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) posted a career-best during the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:03.93. Jacob Hoerger (Jr./Chapel Hill N.C./Chapel Hill) also finished inside the top-ten in the 1500-meter run with a career-best 4:08.93. Both Knights are ranked in the MIAC’s top five in the 5K and 10K, with Horner currently the top rookie in both events.
The Knights received a solid performance from sophomore Garo Anguiano-Sainz (Chico, Calif./Chico), as he took fourth in the 100-meter dash and tied for second in the 200-meter dash. He recorded a career-best time of 11:2 at the shorter distance and a season-best mark of 22:8 for the longer race
Four Carleton runners finished in the top-ten in 800-meter run with each posting outdoor career-bests. Noah Laack-Veeder (So./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) edged Jack Percival (Fy./Newport Coast, Calif./Sage Hill School) for second place, crossing the line at 1:55.84, with Percival only 0.14 second behind. Thor Laack-Veeder (So./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) and Joe Haase (Fy./Fitchburg, Wis./West) finished seventh and ninth respectively, with times of 1:57.50 and 1:57.80. The quartet is now ranked in the MIAC’s top 10 for that distance.
Next up for the Knights is the Macalester Twilight meet on Thursday, April 25.