NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s indoor track and field team continues to build momentum toward next weekend’s MIAC Championships as the Knights turned in another set of solid performances, this time winning four events.
Carleton boasts one of the strongest middle- and long-distance groups that it has had in recent years and the results continue to back it up.
Ellie Wilson (Fy./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) won the 400-meter dash with a lifetime best time of 58.19, which ranks her second on the Knights’ all-time top 10 behind Clare Franco’s (Sr./Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) 57.57 turned in at the 2010 MIAC Championships. Anna Persmark (Fy./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) also established a new personal standard on Saturday. She won her heat and finished sixth overall at 1:01.28
Kaitlin Randolph (Sr./Drummond, Wis./Drummond) was victorious in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.61. She sat in the middle of the pack early on but gradually worked her way up and closed the race with an outstanding finishing lap to reach the line first.
Not to be outdone, the 1000-meter runners earned the Knights another event crown. Sarah Trautman (So./Lexington, Mass./BBN) and Colette Celichowski (Fy./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) both broke into Carleton’s all-time top 10 as they placed first and third respectively in the race. Trautman sliced nearly seven seconds off her season-best time, finishing at 3:01.44. Celichowski trimmed almost five seconds off her seed time and crossed the line at 3:02.48.
Megan Erlandson (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) finished fourth in the event at 3:06.03, which would’ve been impressive on its own but is even more so when her victory in the pole vault (3.26 meters) is factored in. Linsday Turchan (Fy./Neenah, Wis./Neenah) contributed a personal best time of 3:12, giving Carleton four of the top nine finishers, all with new PR’s.
Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper) turned in an impressive performance in the 600-meter dash. Her time of 1:38.53 ranks behind only Franco’s performance at the MIAC meet two years ago. Today Johnson battled Kayla Groeman from St. Thomas throughout the race, finishing second by 0.12 but still establishing a new personal record.
The Knights’ entry in the 4x400 relay finished second with a time of 4:09.54. Johnson, Randolph, Celichowski, and Trautman combined for post the No. 7 time on Carleton’s top-10 list.
In addition to Erlandson’s victory in the pole vault, Avery Johnson (Fy./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal) set new personal bests in the shot put and weight throw. Kao Sutton (So./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) equaled her season-best in the weight throw and established a new personal record in the shot.
The MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 1-3 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The heptathlon and pentathlon get things started on Thursday, while the majority of events won’t begin until 3:30 on Friday.