The Carleton College men’s basketball team (10-8, 6-7 MIAC) continued its second-half surge with a 65-42 victory over visiting Concordia College. Junior Seth Jonker tallied a game-high 15 points to pace the Knights, who won their third straight game. Jeremy Sutherland chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. The Knights’ stifling defense held Concordia to 16 percent shooting in the first half, helping Carleton carry a 29-13 lead into intermission. The Cobbers shot 26 percent overall for the contest compared to 47 percent for Carleton.
The Knights did squandered a golden opportunity to notch a historic upset of the nationally No. 5 ranked Tommies, choking at the free-throw line in crunch time and consequently falling 58-55 in a gut-wrenching loss. The defeat ended the Knights six-game winning streak and foiled Carleton’s bid to break the Tommies’ run of 53 straight conference home victories.
Next Thursday through Saturday the Knights’ swimming and diving teams will compete in the MIAC conference championship meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. With a limit on the number of participants from each team, some of both the men’s and women’s teams wrapped up their season last weekend at the Minnesota Challenge meet.
This past weekend the Carleton Ultimate Team (CUT) made their annual midwinter trip to the charming city of Las Vegas a three day of reprieve from the brutal winter of Northfield, only to be thwarted by a few raindrops, which managed to cancel the tournament, Trouble in Vegas, after one day.
The Rec Center played host to its first track meet of the indoor season last Friday as the women’s track and field team took on St. Ben’s, some Oles, and a Tommie. It was quite a success, as Carleton won six events and many individuals improved their performance marks from the previous meet.
Tonight, the men’s track team will begin competition at the Meet of the Hearts at the Recreation Center.
The two-day meet features five visiting teams: Augsburg, Hamline, Luther, Gustavus and Hamline, as well as some individuals from Bethel, St. Olaf and Minnesota State-Mankato.
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.
Junior Ally Weaver of the Carleton women’s basketball team broke the school’s all-time three-point shooting record Wednesday at West Gym, hitting her 129th career trifecta during the Knights’ 58-49 loss to St. Mary’s.
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.