Small but mighty. That’s the phrase that best describes the women’s track and field team as it heads in the MIAC Championships this weekend at St. Mary’s track. The Knights had a successful outing there earlier in the season and hope to build upon that this Friday and Saturday. The competition will kick off at 2:00 PM on Friday with the 4 x 100m relay. The women’s team looks to not only finish before as many of their competitors as possible, but also to run faster than the men’s throwers’ relay did at the Rolex meet.
Saturday, May 8 was a historic day for the Carleton Knights men’s tennis team as they took out both Bethel University and then Gustavus Adolphus College to become the MIAC representative in the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships. As the second seed in the MIAC tourney, the Knights received a first-round bye, resulting in the future of all their post-season hopes resting on this single day. Carleton bested both their opponents with scores of 6-3, even though their semifinal match was a routine win, while their championship victory elevated them from underdog to notable status.
Louise Buckler ’11 posted a final round 13-over par 86 to lead 22nd-ranked Carleton in the season's final event, the UW-Eau Claire Spring Invitational. The Knights, unfortunately, went in reverse on the second day, posting a 357 to fall two spots to eighth, finishing at 705. Hope Keaney ’13 posted a 89, followed by Traci Johnson ’12 at 90 and Meghan Gajare ’11 with a 92. Buckler and Gajare were the Knights' top finishers at 174, with Johnson three shots back of the junior duo and Keaney another three back of Johnson.
In the final meet of their Carleton careers, seniors Alec Roman and Trent Wells led the Knights to a sixth place finish at the St. Olaf Invitational. Roman birdied his final hole to finish tied for second with a two-day score of 156. Each of the four seniors saw their games improve during their time at Carleton. The Knights have a strong incoming class of first years arriving next year and will look to continue the team’s steady improvement in the MIAC.
This weekend Carleton will be hosting the UPA Central Regional tournament, which will bring 16 open and women’s teams to Northfield to battle for spots to Nationals. Four out of Carleton’s six intercollegiate teams qualified this year. CUT will look to defend their regional title from last year and are seeded first in the open side.
For some time, the Carleton baseball team had been clinging to the hope that they could squeeze their way into the MIAC playoff picture for a second consecutive year. Alack, the Knights had their hearts ripped out Temple-of-Doom-style on Wednesday when their sweep at the hands of the Bethel Royals doused any postseason aspirations the team might have had. The Knights finished their MIAC campaign 8-12, and will tote a 12-25 overall record into Saturday’s season finale, when the team hosts North Central University.
The last regular season match for Carleton women’s tennis culminated in a showdown with fellow undefeated team, perennially strong Gustavus Adolphus College, to determine the leader of the MIAC. The Gusties bested the Knights 6-3 in this competition, but Carleton was able to put up a much harder fight than in years.
The Gustie Invitational proved to be an apt name for the track and field meet Saturday, as the Knights battled fierce winds at Gustavus Adolphus College. Charlie Gamble ’10 led a large contingent of Knights in the 1500 meters, placing second in 4:10.99 behind former MIAC cross country champion Doboul Ruon of St. Olaf. The Knights are idle this weekend as they rest up for next weekend’s MIAC Outdoor Championships, hosted by St. Mary’s University.
Last Saturday the team headed over to Gustavus Adolphus to compete. The highlights of the meet definitely came from the sprinters, as Kelsey Donald ’10 lowered her season’s best times in the 100 and 200. In the 200 she ran the fastest time that she has in years. Brooke Granowski ’13, Kyla Walter ’11, Haley Johnson ’13 and Claire Karbon ’13 all bested their seed times as well. That is quite impressive. n the longest event the Knights competed in Laura Roach ’10 took top honors and Kaitlin Randolph ’12 made her much anticipated debut, placing third with quite a gap between her and fourth place.
The men’s track and field team traveled to Winona, Minnesota Saturday to compete at the St. Mary’s Open. The Knights collected three individual victories, setting two track records in the process. Charlie Gamble ’10 started a new winning streak, leading the 5,000 meters from start to finish and breaking 15 minutes for the first time on an outdoor track, running 14:51.75. In the 800 meters, Michael Sanders ’10 proved he does not need a particularly good start to win and set a track record. The captain had to fight for position in the first 200 meters, but still ran 56 for the first lap and stopped the clock at 1:55.56 for the win.
Last week the women’s track team drove down to Winona, Minnesota to test out the site of the 2010 MIAC Championships. The track proved to be quite nice in a beautiful setting with the biggest hills I have ever seen in Minnesota. However, that was not what was foremost on the minds of the Knights competing that day. The day kicked off with a rain delay and then the commencement of some throws and the 10k. Taylor Fitch ’12 won the 10k, setting a new track record and besting her nearest female competitor by over 1 minute.
To only slightly alter a famous line from the opium-addicted poet Samuel Coleridge, “Cobbers, Cobbers everywhere, but not a one to sweep. Or get swept by. Or any MIAC opponent for that matter.”