MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s track and field team made some noise on the opening day of competition at the MIAC Outdoor Championships. The Knights broke a pair of stadium records, including a new school-record in the 4x800-meter relay, and sit fourth in the team competition.
For the fourth consecutive year, a member of the Carleton roster won the 10,000-meter run at the conference meet. However, this time it was Alison Smyth (Sr./Billings, Mont./Billings West) who was first to the line, posting a new PR with a track-record time of 36:19.47 to win the event by more than 20 seconds. Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside), who had won the 10K race the previous three years, still earned All-MIAC distinction by placing third at 36:50.23. Taylor Ffitch (Sr./Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) also added to the Knights point total with her seventh-place finish at 39:00.87.
The Knights weren’t done assaulting the record books. They capped the day in grand style by winning the 4x800-meter relay in 9:16.81. That time not only eclipsed the 10-year old Irv Christenson Stadium record but also established a new Carleton record, shattering the previous mark of 9:28.57 established at the 2007 conference meet. Megan Erlandson (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy), Becca Herd (Fy./Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain), Colette Celichowski (Fy./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka), and Clare Franco (Sr./Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) combined on today’s record-setting performance.
Earlier in the day, Erlandson placed fourth in the pole vault to receive All-MIAC Honorable Mention as she cleared 3.16 meters (10 feet, 4.25 inches). In the relay, she ran a 2:18.5 leadoff leg, and Franco capped the victory with a 2:14 anchor.
Kao Sutton (So./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) earned All-MIAC Honorable Mention with a sixth-place result in the discus as she recorded a distance of 40.22 meters (131 feet, 11 inches) on her final toss. Earlier in the day, she notched a new personal best of 40.65 meters (133 feet, 4 inches) in the hammer throw but did not advanced out of the preliminary round.
Celichowski, Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper), and Sarah Trautman (So./Lexington, Mass./BBN) qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 1,500-meter run.
Ellie Wilson (Fy./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) won her heat of the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.86, third-fastest during the prelims.
Kaitlin Randolph (Sr./Drummond, Wis./Drummond) posted the fastest time during the prelims of the 800-meter run, reaching the line at 2:15.22, a new personal record.
Competition on day two begins at 11:30 a.m.
1. Alison Smyth (Sr., Carleton) – 36:19.47 (stadium record)
3. Simone Childs-Walker (Sr., Carleton) – 36:50.23
1. Carleton (Megan Erlandson, Becca Herd, Colette Celichowski, and Clare Franco) – 9:16.81 (stadium and school record)
All-MIAC Honorable Mention Performances
4. Megan Erlandson (Sr., Carleton) – 3.16 meters (10 feet, 4.25 inches)
6. Kao Sutton (So., Carleton) – 40.22 meters (131 feet, 11 inches)