The 2012 MIAC Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and the Knights will look to build upon a phenomenal second-place finish at this year’s conference indoor meet where the team showed its ability to compete with the best in the MIAC. Several senior-class standouts will lead the Knights in the outdoor meet, but the performances of key underclassmen will also prove vital to Carleton’s success in the team competition.
All-American Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) will once again lead the charge. Already a four-time conference champion in the two longest races at the indoor meet, Childs-Walker will look to capture a four-peat sweep of the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs. Childs-Walker currently holds the fourth-fastest 10K-time in NCAA Division III this year. She owns the conference’s top time in both events, just ahead of classmate Alison Smyth (Billings, Mont./Billings West).
Taylor Ffitch (Sr./Portland, Ore./St. Mary’s Academy) is the third member of the senior class that will impact the distance races, as she also owns top 10 times at both distances.
The Knights will also rely on the leadership and experience of upperclassmen in the 4x800-meter relay. Clare Franco (Sr./Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper), Sarah Trautman (Jr./Lexington, Mass./BBN), and Kaitlin Randolph (Sr./Drummond, Wis./Drummond) have combined to finish ahead of six Division-II teams in the event this season.
Megan Erlandson (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) will complete her final season in the pole vault and 800-meter run. She captured top honors in the 800-meter race and cleared a season-best height of 3.22 meters at the Drake Alternative in late April.
Freshman Ellie Wilson (Fy./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) looks to continue her successful debut season with strong finishes in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter runs. She was the MIAC indoor champ at the longest of those distances. The Knights will also rely on Franco and Trautman to help collect points in the shorter distance events.
In the field events, the Knights will rely heavily on Kao Sutton (So./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) to turn in solid scores in the hammer, discus, and shot put, similar to the ones that earned her All-MIAC Honorable Mention in 2011.