Do you think racing 25 laps around the track sounds fun? What about racing in circles for 40 minutes? Can you even imagine a 6.2 mile race on a track? While some of us may have trouble with this image, last Saturday freshmen Simone Childs-Walker and Taylor Ffitch helped our dreams come true, as they competed in their first ever 10,000 meter race at St. Olaf. Childs-Walker easily made the NCAA provisional qualifying standard, winning in 36:31.25, and Ffitch started her 10k career off on the right note by running 39:24.63, neatly under the 40-minute mark.
This weekend, four of Carleton’s Ultimate teams descended on Maple Plain, Minnesota to participate in the first tournament of the UPA Championship Series. Saturday’s weather saw sunny weather with a steady wind leading to many upwind-downwind games, while Sunday had light rain with about the same level of wind. Carleton’s top teams, CUT and Syzygy came into the tournament as the number one seeds, and neither team disappointed.
Sand Volleyball is fielding its largest league ever with 22 Softcore teams and 9 Hardcore teams: the pleasant spring weather has resulted in large turnouts. The Bare-Breasted Ball Blasting Beasts From Borneo and Hit 'Em Up Style have gotten off to hot starts in the hardcore division, while Some Spike It Hot has established itself as the team to beat in Softcore.
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are coming off of challenging matches, as the MIAC conference tournament looms in the beginning of May. The women suffered their first conference loss to Gustavus Adolphus College last week, despite putting up a fierce fight against the defending conference champions.
Tomorrow, the men’s track team will host one of the biggest and most exciting meets of the regular season, the Carleton Relays. The action will commence at 10 a.m. at Laird Stadium and continue until 2:30.
Last Thursday, women’s track and field hosted the Carleton Quadrangular, competing against St. Olaf, St. Thomas, and St. Catherine. Despite their saint-less status, the Knights had the power of enthusiasm on their side, lining the track to cheer on their teammates more spiritedly than any other team.
Carleton extended its win streak to six games with a 6-1 triumph in the opener of Wednesday’s doubleheader versus Gustavus. Erik Fabry’s ’12 three-run double highlighted the offensive effort, while Aaron Troyansky ’10 twirled six scoreless frames for the win. The string of victories finally came to a halt with a 6-0 setback in game two.
This weekend the club tennis team is attending Club Nationals in Surprise, Arizona this weekend. The team qualified by placing second at the USTA Campus Championship – Northern event in March.The frisbee teams are also in action this weekend at the UPA Northwoods Sectional tournament, being held in Maple Plain.
Just like Minnesota's fluctuating early spring temperatures, the first month of Carleton's baseball season has been full of highs and lows. In the 22 games the Knights have played, from preseason Metrodome matchups to spring break games in Florida to their first two conference doubleheaders, the team has at times performed with the promise many see in it and at others slipped into the lackluster play that plagued it last year. Heading into Saturday's home contests with St. Mary's, Carleton holds a 9-13 overall record, but the Knights have won their last three games.
With yet another infamous spring break trip to South Carolina behind them, the women’s tennis team kicked off spring term with a trip across town to play rival St. Olaf. Wednesday, amidst blustery conditions, Carleton got off to a slow start in doubles competition. Frances Leung ’10 and Devin Daugherty ’11 were the first team to earn a point at third doubles, pulling ahead of their opponents with an 8-4 score.
Tom Ballinger ’09 won MIAC track athlete of the week honors after his dominating victory in the 400-meter hurdles in Saturday’s Hamline Invitational in St. Paul.
The two-time All-American ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 53.75 and finished nearly three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. His time is the fastest in the conference and currently sits third on the national honor roll.
Macalester displaced its students’ community garden to make way for the new athletic center. Macalester President Brian Rosenberg helpfully noted,"Athletic and recreation facilities are one of the points on campus that define the sort of community a college wants to be," (athletics.macalester.edu). Luckily the Carleton women’s track and field team put this “green” facility to excellent use late into the night last Friday at the Pre-MIAC meet.