COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — Ellie Wilson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) took top honors in the 400-meter dash, one of six event victories for the Carleton College women’s track and field team at the CSB-SJU Invitational. Amelia Campbell (So./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) won all seven events in the heptathlon and smashed the Carleton record with her final tally of 4,947 points.
That figure is the highest in NCAA Division III this season by more than 200 points and ranks only four points shy of 10th-best all-time for D-III. Campbell easily eclipsed the previous Carleton standard of 4,715 points established by Jennifer Streefland in 1991.
Janey Helland set the MIAC record of 5,061 points when she competed for Gustavus Adolphus at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
During this weekend’s two-day event, Campbell out-distanced the runner up, from Division II St. Cloud State, by more than 850 points. Campbell established a PR with a time of 14.88 in the 100-meter hurdles and her height of 1.63 meters in the high jump was her best-ever outdoor mark. Campbell registered her third-best toss ever in the shot put at 11.08 meters and PR’d in the 200-meter dash at 26.09. She registered distances of 5.39 meters (17 feet, 8.25 inches) in the long jump and 30.39 meters (99 feet, 8 inches) in the javelin. Campbell finished the heptathlon by completing the 800-meter run in 2:23.46, a new outdoor PR.
Wilson, running her first 400-meter race of the outdoor season, clocked a time of 58.42. “Great start for her,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “She was outside in lane eight, so Ellie couldn’t see anyone and initiated the race all on her own.”
Teammate Emma Grisanzio (Fy./Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North) placed second in the event, crossing the line at 59.88. The rookie also finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.00 and won the high jump after clearing 1.46 meters (4 feet, 9.5 inches).
Kazia Mermel (Fy./Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) added a victory in the 5000-meter run. Although she did not run this distance during the indoor season, she recorded a five-second margin of victory at 18:49.40.
Kao Sutton’s (Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) spectacular senior season continued as she was a double-winner in the field events, taking first in the shot put with a mark of 12.63 meters (41 feet, 5.25 inches) on her initial attempt of the day. She also bested the field in the discus with each of her four tosses. Her final attempt registered 43.12 meters (141 feet, 6 inches), eclipsing her previous best by more than four feet and going into the record books and the second-best ever at Carleton.
Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) was second among 20 racers in the 800-meter run. She established a new personal record with a time of 2:18.55.
Winona Rachel (Fy./Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee) contributed another runner-up finish for the Knights, running the 1500-meter race for the first time. She posted a time of 4:58.54. Claire Trujillo (Fy./Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian) finished fourth in the event, and classmate Sarah Trachtenberg (Fy./Wayne, Pa./Radnor) placed 10th.
“I’m really excited to see how (Sarah) is racing and coming on,” said Ricks.
Katie Richards (Jr./Needham, Mass./Buckingham, Browne & Nichols) picked up the other second-place result, clearing 3.10 meters (10 feet, 2 inches) in the pole vault a new PR by more than seven inches.
The Knights have two competitions coming up this week. The Manitou Classic at St. Olaf will be held on Wednesday, April 16 followed by the Carleton Relays on Saturday, April 19 at Laird Stadium.