ST. PETER, Minn. – On a cold, blustery and damp day, the Carleton College women’s track and field team sent its 4x800-meter relay to the Drake Relays, while the rest of the squad competed at the Drake Alternative meet hosted by Gutavus Adolphus. The relay placed ninth out of 19 entries, while Ellie Wilson (Fy./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) and Megan Erlandson (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) captured top honors at the alternative competition.
On the final day of racing at the Drake Relays, Clare Franco (Sr./Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper), Sarah Trautman (So./Lexington, Mass./BBN) and Kaitlin Randolph (Sr./Drummond, Wis./Drummond) combined on a time of 9:29.042. The Knights beat Central Oklahoma, a NCAA Division II program, by 0.05 seconds. In fact Carleton bested six of the eight D-II entries in the event.
At Gustavus, Wilson won the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.02. She also qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash but elected not to race. During Erlandson’s victory in the 800-meter run, she sliced six seconds off her personal-best time to finish at 2:20.95. She also placed seventh in the pole vault after clearing season-best height of 3.22 meters
Anna Persmark (Fy./Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) notched a pair of top-10 results, finishing fifth in the 400-meter dash at 1:01.75 and earning eighth place in the 200-meter dash at 28.55.
Becca Herd (Fy./Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) led a trio of Knights to top-10 finishes in the 1500-meter run. She cut more than seven seconds off her seed time and reached the line at 5:02.69, fifth in the event behind a trio of racers from D-II Minnesota State-Mankato and a runner from Gustavus. Linsday Turchan (Fy./Neenah, Wis./Neenah) and Claire Karban (Jr./Davis, Calif./Davis) both added collegiate-best times in the event.
Shannon Mueller (Sr./Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) represented Carleton in the 5,000-meter run and trimmed 10 seconds of her personal-best time to finish at 19:01.75.
Avery Johnson (Fy./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal) had the best performance of the field athletes, placing third overall in the javelin throw with a distance of 30.65 meters.
The Knights are slated to attend the Tommie Twilight in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, May 2 before hosting the Carleton Interscholastic high school meet on Saturday, May 5.