COLFAX, Wis. – The Carleton College women's cross country team placed fourth out of 17 teams at today's UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational, placing all five scorers in the top 30 out of 266 racers. Colette Celichowski (So./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) led the Knights, finishing in 11th place overall as she trimmed 99 seconds off last year’s time to finish at 22:14.
Ruth Steinke (Fy./ Lima, N.Y/Honeoye Falls-Lima), Rachael Klehm (Sr./Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and Shira Kaufman (Fy./Leverett, Mass./Amherst Regional Academy) and Ahna Weeks (So./Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) also placed within the top 30,
University of Minnesota (D-I) won the team competition with 34 points followed by host UW-Eau Claire (62), Winona State (D-II) with 79 points, and Carleton at 94 points.
Steinke crossed the line 22:31 followed soon after by Klehm at 22:51, with Kaufman only three seconds behind. Weeks sliced 1:24 off her time on this course last fall.
“The team did a great job of working together throughout the race,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “We came wanting to focus on our race structure and get that hammered down. It really ended up being a good meet for us overall in regards to learning more about ourselves and what we’re capable of.
“We had a lot to replace after graduation, and we’re seeing these ladies stepping up and being mentally and physically strong. It’s a young team in a lot of ways. It’s pretty fun to see what they’re doing.”