NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Amelia Campbell (So./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) won the high jump, Emma Grisanzio (Fy./Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North) was first to the line in the 400-meter dash, and they duo made up half of the Knights’ entry in the 4x400-meter relay that broke the team record. Overall, the Carleton College women’s track and field team finished second at the Carleton Relays.
“I thought overall we competed very well on the track and in the field,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “I think this team has learned how to compete and be strong regardless of the weather conditions.”
In the team competition, Minnesota-Duluth, a NCAA Division II program was first at 208.0 points, followed by Carleton at 133.0, Minnesota-State Mankato (D-II) at 84.0, Gustavus Adolphus (80.0) and four other squads.
In the 4x400, Reilly Simon (So./Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine), Campbell, Grisanzaio, and Ellie Wilson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) became the first Carleton quartet to break the four-minute mark, posting a time of 3:58.87. That figure ranks second in the MIAC and eclipsed the previous team record established at the 2010 MIAC Championships.
As usual, Campbell was busy at today’s meet. She cleared 1.60 meters (5 feet, 3 inches) to win the high jump. She set a new PR and placed third in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.627, only .003 out of second place and third-fastest in team history. She also finished sixth in the javelin at 31.10 meters (102 feet).
Grisanzio was seemingly everywhere as well. She bested a Division II athlete for top honors in the 400-meter dash at 59.49, which is a new PR, ranks third in the MIAC, and is seventh-best in team history. She established a PR of 5.09 meters (16 feet, 8.5 inches) in the long jump. That was good enough for her to pass on her final three attempts and still finish second overall. Grisanzio also took fourth in the high jump at 1.50 meters, her best figure of the outdoor season.
“I’m really excited,” said Ricks. “Emma is gaining some confidence with her racing. Her fitness and her strength is all there. She looks phenomenal right now. I’m very excited about what she is doing.”
Wilson ran the first open 800-meter race of her career. She finished sixth overall but was the top Division III racer at 2:17.92.
“With a strong wind and a strong field of runners, I felt that Ellie really handled the situation well and learned a lot from that race,” Ricks said. “I think she’s ready to run fast; she just needs to gain some race experience at that distance.”
Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) was the top D-III finisher in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:43.88. That figure ranks second in the MIAC this season behind Augsburg’s Lauren Rice, who Celichowski out-kicked in today’s race
Kazia Mermel (Fy./Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) and Caroline Campbell (So./Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) both set PR’s in winning their heats at the 1500-meter distance.
“Caroline looked strong and confident. And was just on a mission and was so focused in that race,” Ricks noted.
Zoe Peterson (Fy./Bellingham, Wash./Squalicum) placed second in the triple jump at 10.60 meters (34 feet, 9.5 inches), a lone centimeter shy of equaling her career best.
Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) got the day started for Carleton by running the steeplechase in 11:22.46, which ranks second in the MIAC and was tops among D-III entrants in today’s race.
Carleton is slated to participate at the Macalester Invitational next Saturday, April 26.