NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College women’s track and field team captured second place at the 2014 MIAC Outdoor Championships. This is the Knights’ best finish at the conference outdoor meet since being the runner-up at the 2003 MIAC Championships.
St. Thomas won this year’s meet for the 10th consecutive season, tallying 187.0 points. Carleton was next at 114.0 followed by Concordia-Moorhead (105.3) and Saint Benedict (92.3) in the 12-team field.
“What an impressive meet,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “As a coach, I couldn’t be prouder or happier. They all made one another better.
“When the MIAC Championships come up you hope that everyone on your team will step up and meet the challenge and step forward and do everything they can for their team. And that’s something that they certainly did.”
The Knights saw four All-MIAC performances on Friday with three new school records. It was more of the same on day two.
Saturday began with the field events and Trish Hare (Fy./Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) finished second in the javelin, measuring a personal-best 38.63 meters (126 feet 9 inches) to rank third all-time at Carleton.
After falling one centimeter shy of the school record in the triple jump during Friday’s prelims, Zoe Peterson (Fy./Bellingham, Wash./Squalicum) improved upon that mark and put her name into the record books after she placed third and secure all-conference recognition with an effort measuring 10.97 meters (36 feet). That eclipsed the nearly two-decade old standard of 10.93 meters set by Busola Akinwale at the 1995 MIAC Championships.
Kao Sutton (Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) continued her fine senior season with a second-place result in the shot put. She registered a toss of 13.44 meters (44 feet, 1.25 inches).
Action on the track began with the 3000-meter steeplechase, and Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) successfully defended her MIAC crown with a stadium record time of 10:58.87. That is a new personal-best mark and ranks her third all-time at Carleton and among the top 20 in Division III this season.
Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) was the next Knight to lockdown All-MIAC distinction as she placed third in the 1500-meter run. She ran just a bit slower than her school record time of a week ago, crossing the line at 4:38.23.
The next event saw Amelia Campbell (So./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) place second in the 100-meter hurdles as she posted a time of 14.41, only 0.07 second off her school-record mark established during Friday’s preliminary round.
Next came the 400-meter dash, the Knights continued to add to their point total. Ellie Wilson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) earned All-MIAC status after placing third overall. She trimmed nearly a second off her personal-best and now sits second all-time at Carleton after turning in a time of 57.29. Emma Grisanzio (Fy./Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North) was All-MIAC Honorable Mention as she placed fifth with a new PR time of 58.86.
Carleton capped the weekend with its sixth school record of the MIAC Championships. The Knights placed third in the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 3:56.82. Reilly Simon (So./Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine), Grisanzio, Campbell, and Wilson set the team record earlier this season, but this time called upon Simon, Steinke, Grisanzio, and Campbell bettered that mark by more than two seconds.
“Here we are at such a strong academic institution, and often people ask me ‘How do you put it together at the end of the season?’ It’s just the type of students we have and the expectations they have for themselves,” Ricks said. “They just always know how to put it together and how to keep it in perspective so they can perform well. I’m extremely proud of this team.”
A handful of Knights may participate in “last-chance” meets next week with hopes of improving their chances for invitations to the NCAA Championships on May 22-24 in Deleware, Ohio.
CARLETON COLLEGE ALL-MIAC PERFORMANCES
(1st-3rd place for individual events; 1st place for relays)
1. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 5132 points… new school and conference records
100-Meter Hurdles — 14.49… new school record
High Jump — 1.60 meters
Shot Put — 11.17 meters… new personal best 7th all-time at Carleton
200-Meter Dash — 25.43… new personal best, 2nd all-time at Carleton
Long Jump — 5.35 meters
Javelin Throw — 31.51 meters
800-Meter Run — 2:16.59 — personal best
1. Carleton (Winona Rachel, Ellie Wilson, Ruth Steinke, Colette Celichowski) — 9:10.61… new school record.
1. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 5.70 meters … new school record
1. Kao Sutton (Sr., Carleton) — 43.72 meters
2. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 1.63 meters… tied personal best, t-2nd all-time at Carleton
2. Trish Hare (Fy., Carleton) — 38.63 meters… personal best and 3rd all-time at Carleton
3. Zoe Peterson (Fy., Carleton) — 10.97 meters… personal best and new school record
1. Ruth Steinke (So., Carleton) — 10:58.87… personal best, new track record, and 3rd all-time at Carleton
3. Colette Celichowski (Jr., Carleton) — 4:38.23
2. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 14.41… prelim time of 14.34 set new school record
3. Ellie Wilson (Jr., Carleton) — 57.29… new personal best, 2nd all-time at Carleton
2. Kao Sutton (Sr., Carleton) — 13.44 meters
CARLETON COLLEGE ALL-MIAC HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES
(4th-6th place for individual events; 2nd-6th place for relays)
5. Emma Grisanzio (Fy., Carleton) — 58.86… new personal best, 5th all-time at Carleton
3. Carleton (Reilly Simon, Ruth Steinke, Emma Grisanzio, Amelia Campbell) — 3:56.82… new school record