NORTHFIELD, Minn. –The Carleton’s College women’s track team took first out of five teams at the Meet of the Hearts on Saturday as another slate of school records fell. Amelia Campbell (So./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) broke the 55-meter hurdle mark, and Kao Sutton (Sr./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) established a new program standard in the shot put. The Knights also bested the 4x200-meter relay record.
This is the fourth consecutive completion that has seen at least one team record fall. The squad’s remarkable performances gave them 165 points, easily out-distancing second place Hamline (123.33), St. Olaf (114.16), Gustavus (108.50), Luther (93), and Augsburg (57).
“These women are dong a tremendous job performing. They are racing with confidence,” said head coach Donna Ricks. “It seems every meet this season we have been watching school records fall.”
Once again, Campbell’s performance in team and individual events led the way. Campbell’s time of 8.40 in the 55-meter hurdles not only won the race, it broke the team record which had stood since 1998. Campbell now holds both the 55- and 60-meter hurdles marks. But she wasn’t done. The versatile sophomore went on to win the high jump with a 1.57-meter leap as well as the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.70.
Then, she anchored the record-setting 4x200-meter relay. In that event, Campbell, Maggie Sullivan (Sr./Edina, Minn./Edina), Emma Grisanzio (Fy./Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North), and Ellie Wilson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) won by nearly three seconds in a time of 1:45.47.
Campbell wasn’t the only one breaking individual records, though. Sutton, who returned to the shot put this season after a yearlong hiatus, broke a school mark she had tied earlier in the season. In the first round of the finals, she registered a throw of 12.90 meters (42 feet, 4 inches). “I’m sure glad she picked the shot put up again,” Ricks said.
In addition to her relay performance, Wilson went on to post a personal best time of 1:37.13 in her victory in the 600-meter dash.
Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) ran to victory in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:07.36. Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), hot on her heels with a personal best time of 10:19.53, placed second.
“I’m excited to see what happens when we begin to start our taper,” said Ricks of the duo. “They’ve been working hard and performing terrific every race.”
In the 800-meter run, Sophie Glassford (So./Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) and Caroline Campbell (So./Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) left the rest of the field behind as they raced neck-and-neck for the lead. Glassford came out on top, but both she and Caroline Campbell walked away with personal-best times of 2:24.50 and 2:24.77, respectively.
The Meet of the Hearts also marked Claire Trujillo’s (Fy./Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian) debut in the 5000 meters. Remarkably, she won with a time of 19:09.33. Teammate Winona Rachel also ran a first: in the 1000 meters, she came in at number two, only half a second out of the lead.
The Knights race next on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Minnesota Parents’ Day Open.