When you’re playing hot basketball like the Carleton men’s hoops team, it’s important to remember to play within yourself, take things one game at a time, and also how to stop, drop and roll for when you really catch fire. It’s almost time to remind the Knights of the basics of fire safety after they’ve reeled off six convincing wins in a row to catapult themselves into the MIAC playoff picture.
Last Friday, the men’s track and field team competed at the St. Olaf Invitational at the Tostrud Center. Saturday, a handful of athletes traveled to the Warren Bowlus Open at Wisconsin-Stout. Michael Sanders ’10 won twice over the weekend, taking the 600-yard dash at St. Olaf and the 1000-meter run at Stout.
It was another tough week for the Carleton women’s basketball team, as the Knights dropped two home games, falling to Saint Benedict on Saturday before coming up just short on an upset bid against conference co-leader Concordia Wednesday night. With the losses, Carleton falls to 3-11 in conference play (3-14 overall), tied for ninth in the 12-team MIAC. While they are not mathematically eliminated, the Knights will need to get hot fast for a shot at the sixth and final spot in the conference playoffs.
Last Saturday the women’s indoor track squad traveled across the river for a little tussle with Hamline and St. Olaf. The meet was a successful first foray into competition, highlighted by the sheer presence of Carleton sprinting on the track. In the longer races, Simone Childs-Walker ’12 and Laura Roach ’10 placed 1-2 in both the mile and the 3k. Childs-Walker cut down her personal best for the mile race and lapped everyone in the 3k except for Roach. This performance earned her MIAC Athlete of the Week honors.
Saturday, the men’s track and field team ran, jumped and threw to a third-place finish at St. Olaf. The Knights amassed 77 points, trailing Hamline and the host Oles. In the most exciting race of the day, Michael Sanders ’10 delivered a stellar 1:57.42 personal best, trailing St. Olaf’s Reid Gilbertson at the finish by just one tenth.
After dropping a double-overtime thriller to Augsburg and suffering another setback against Bethel, the Carleton men’s basketball team responded Wednesday with their most impressive win of the season, upsetting conference co-leader Gustavus Adolphus on the road, 60-55.
On Sundays at 3:00 pm, student volunteers flock to Cowling Gym where they help local youth with disabilities learn and play soccer as part of the TOPSoccer project (The Outreach Program for Soccer).
The Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team placed first in 13 events and cruised to a 197-103 dual meet victory over the College of Saint Benedict.
Ally Weaver and Megan Erlandson scored 14 points apiece, and Akemi Arzouman added 12 as the Carleton College women’s basketball team pulled off a huge upset Wednesday, defeating host Macalester College, 60-48, and delivering head coach Tammy Metcalf-Filzen her 250th career win. The Knights (3-9, 3-6 MIAC) and Scots (7-5, 7-2 MIAC) entered the contest at nearly opposite ends of the conference standings, but Carleton used a balanced scoring attack and surprisingly strong rebounding effort to steal the win. The loss drops Macalester out of a tie atop the conference standings.
The New Year may have gotten off to a frigid start in a meteorological sense, but things are heating up on the hardwood for the Carleton men’s basketball team. The Knights (7-6, 3-5 MIAC) have welcomed their peers back to campus with the season’s most spirited stretch of play thus far, sandwiching two convincing conference victories around a hard-fought loss to St. Thomas, ranked #5 nationally.
At last press the women’s cross-country team was coming off their MIAC Championships victory, preparing to enter the fray at the Central Region Championships. The Knights ran their races competitively, knowing that each point would count. At the end of the race though, the cries of Nebraska Wesleyan’s supporters indicated that the Prairie Wolves had won the meet, although the Knights still hoped for an automatic bid to the national championships.
The men’s indoor track team opens its season this afternoon with the Carleton Singular, contested at the Rec Center. The Knights are heavy favorites in every event.
The squad returns a number of sensational performers from last year, and adds to the mix an extremely talented group of first-years.