NORTHFIELD, Minn. – For the third consecutive week, the record book for the Carleton College women’s track and field team will need some edits after the Knights eclipsed a pair of program standards during the Carleton Invitational held at the Recreation Center.
In the first competition of the season the 60-meter hurdle mark was broken and two other records were tied. Last week, Amelia Campbell (So./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) smashed the pentathlon mark. This time, Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) etched her name into program lore with her time in the 1000-meter run, and the 4x400-meter relay of Campbell, Ellie Wilson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville), Emma Grisanzio (Fy./Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North), and Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) shaved more than a second off the Knights’ record that had stood for nearly 15 years.
Celichowski and Allison Kosobud of Saint Benedict battled throughout the entire 1000 meters and both were rewarded with new records for their prospective schools. Kosobud won the event in 2:54.28, with Celichowski finishing only 0.13 second behind. Sophie Glassford (So./Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) also set a PR in finishing fourth in same race.
"Colette is such a strong, mature runner right now,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “It's impressive to see her step out on the track each time. Every event that she's stepped in so far this season she's done a tremendous job."
While Celichowski had a challenger to push her, the Knights’ 4x400 relay did not have the same benefit as the quartet posted a 12-second victory—nearly a half-lap margin over the runners up—to finish at 4:01.77.
Campbell also finished second in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.50 and won the long jump with a personal-record leap of 5.41 meters (17’9”). Both of those figures rank second in school history.
Steinke won the mile run with a time of 5:11.23, Wilson added a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash (59.43), and Kao Sutton (Sr./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) placed second in the shot put at 12.20 meters (40’0.5”).
Another set of top performances for Carleton came in the 3000-meter run where Claire Trujillo (Fy./Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian), Kazia Mermel (Fy./Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame), and Sally Donovan (So./Minneapolis, Minn./South) finished 2-3-4. Trujillo finished in 10:45.24, five seconds ahead of her teammates.
The Knights host the Meet of the Hearts on Saturday, Feb. 15.