After 13 seasons at the helm of the Carleton College women’s basketball program, Tammy Metcalf-Filzen announced she is retiring from her position as head women’s basketball coach and associate professor of physical education, athletics and recreation, effective June 30, the end of the current academic year. The winningest coach in program history, she is stepping aside to devote more time and energy to her family. This past Saturday, she concluded her 15th season as a head coach and 13th at Carleton.
Last Friday and Saturday the women’s track and field team hosted a number of competitors at the Meet of the Hearts. The team surprised many by putting together enough points to place second in the team competition. It was quite a feat, made possible by the number of first and second places the team recorded. The action kicked of with the pentathlon and 5k on Friday night. The success will continue this weekend as the team heads up to the University of Minnesota to enjoy some fierce competition.
The men’s track team hosted the Meet of the Hearts Friday and Saturday at the Rec Center, scoring 83 points to finish fifth of ten teams. The Knights will next compete tomorrow at the St. Olaf Tostrud Classic against the Oles, St. Thomas, Augsburg and Wisconsin-River Falls.
This past weekend, two of Carleton’s intercollegiate ultimate teams, the Gods of Plastic and Syzygy, descended on sunny San Diego to participate in the Pres Day Invitational tournament. For both teams, this tournament would be their first outdoor play of the 2010 season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.