It was just one of those days at Laird Stadium. You knew it was bad when the largest cheers came after the announcements that Carleton's soccer and volleyball teams had won their matches. After squeaking out a win over Cornell College (Iowa) two weeks ago, the Knights football team stumbled last Saturday, falling to visiting Bethel 42-7 in the MIAC opener.
After a slow start to the 2009 campaign, the men’s soccer team has battled back to the top of the MIAC conference. While the team graduated a significant number of players, new recruits as well as key returners have made important contributions to the team’s recently found success.
The men’s cross country team opened its 2009 campaign sending partial squads to two invitationals. First, the upperclass harriers traveled to Grinnell, Iowa for the Les Duke Invite September 12 and finished 11th. The seven knights who made the trip south fought hot and humid conditions, with the temperature in the high seventies at race time.
This past Wednesday the Carleton Women’s soccer team came out tenacious with a 2-0 victory against University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse.
This past memorial day, Carleton’s men’s ultimate team, CUT, won the 2009 UPA College National Championships, held at Ohio State University. In the finals, CUT faced Colorado’s Mamabird and defeated them 15-11, the exact same opponent and score of CUT’s last National Championship in 2001. Carleton’s women’s team, Syzygy also competed this past weekend coming in 9th place in the 20-team field.
Carleton’s women’s ultimate team, Syzygy entered the 2009 UPA College National Championship seeded 12th out of 20 teams, but finished tied for 9th place, ending their season on a strong note.
Syzygy came in seeded third in their pool, but broke seed defeating Washington University, Illinois, and North Carolina-Wilmington. They suffered there lone loss in pool play to eventual national champion UC-Santa Barbara.
Tom Ballinger ’09 placed third in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday, closing out his illustrious collegiate career with his third All-America citation.
Kelly Lovett ‘11 and Simone Childs-Walker ‘12 were the only members of the Carleton women’s track and field team to compete at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The pair qualified for three events and finished the weekend with a trio of All-America performances. Carleton concluded the weekend in a tie for 31st place among 79 programs to tally at least one point at the national meet.
This weekend, Carleton’s top ultimate teams, CUT and Syzygy will participate in the 2009 UPA College Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Both teams come off of very strong regular seasons. CUT has gone undefeated so far in the championship series and has only lost 4 total games in the regular season. Syzygy only fell to one team in the series and has posted some strong wins during the regular season.
Kelly Lovett ’11 and Simone Childs-Walker ’12 are currently representing the Carleton women’s track and field team at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Marietta, Ohio. Perfect throwing weather- 83 ° F and sunny- and a flight including javelin powerhouses Lisa Brown, Brandi McNeil, and Leah Kay pushed Lovett to a 7th place All-American finish, as she threw 41.96 meters, or 137 feet 8 inches.
Playoff starts for softball this week. The number one seed is See Ya Never, who is undefeated. And in a particularly exciting frisbee matchup, we have Substance Freedom vs. Yellow Fever.
For the first time since 1991, four Carleton College baseball players received all-conference honors in recognition for their contributions on the diamond. Seniors Ethan Guevin and Jay Melson repeated as All-MIAC honorees. Joining them were junior Russ Fujisawa and first-year Alex Wirta.