ST. PAUL, Minn. – The biggest day one highlight for the Carleton College women’s track and field team, was the Knights’ victory in the 4x800 relay. Sarah Trautman (Sr./Lexington, Mass./Buckingham Browne and Nichols), Colette Celichowski (So./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka), Ruth Steinke (Fy./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), and Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper) broke the school record by more than three seconds.
Carleton won the event last year in school-record time but bettered that tonight with a time of 9:13.43, edging University of St. Thomas by less than 1.5 seconds.
First-year Amelia Campbell (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) also grabbed All-MIAC recognition as she finished second in the long jump. Campbell shattered her previous record with a leap of 5.47 meters (17 feet, 11.75 inches), second-best in Carleton history.
A trio of first-years Campbell, Kayla McKinsey (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and Emma Russ (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley) joined with sophomore Ellie Wilson (Roseville, Minn./Roseville) to qualify for the finals in the 4x100m relay in a season best of 49.85 seconds.
Russ also qualified for finals in the 400m hurdles with a new personal record of 65.09. McKinsey qualified for the 400m dash finals in 59.80, a personal best by nearly two seconds.
Using a terrific strategic race to win her heat, Celichowski qualified for the 1500-meter run finals in 4:55.08. Johnson won her heat in 800-meter run, qualifying for finals with a season best of 2:16.03, the top time during the prelims. Trautman posted a mark of 2:18.70, also a season best and qualifying time.
Representing Carleton in the field events, senior Jessa Youso (Virginia, Minn./Virginia) finished ninth overall after throwing a season best of 30.57 meters in the javelin throw.
The Knights will continue to compete in the MIAC Championships tomorrow at St. Thomas’ O’Shaughnessy Stadium. Events are scheduled to recommence at 12:00 p.m.