John Hanks ’09 arrived at Carleton in the fall of 2005 as a football and basketball player, having never thrown a javelin in his life. Saturday, his personal-record throw of 56.11 meters made him the 2009 MIAC champion in the event.
Carleton first-year Kathryn Schmidt was among 32 single players selected by the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Committee selected to compete in the 2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships. Schmidt is the first Knight to reach the national tournament since Sara Russell ’06 at the end of the 2005 season.
The men’s athletics team will host the 2009 MIAC Track & Field Championships today and tomorrow at Laird Stadium. The meet takes place at Carleton just once every nine years.
Spring IM flag football is underway and so far this has been one of the most competitive seasons since the sport's inception. Four of the nine teams have a legitimate shot at capturing the championship, as Local Ballers, Go Deep, Do Less, and Vroom Vroom Party Starter all have displayed the athleticism and will to win to finish on top. Of the remaining five teams, Boys 2 Men has played the best when facing the top four teams.
The Knights baseball team concluded their historic regular season with a dramatic sweep of the Concordia Cobbers in Moorhead, Minnesota on Tuesday with scores of 5-4 and 7-6. With the sweep the Knights clinched a berth in the conference tournament for the first time since it began in 2000 finishing tied for third with Hamline.
Carleton knew they had to win both games in Moorhead in order to make the playoffs to start the day after Augsburg split with Concordia on Monday. In both games the Knights had to make late inning comebacks to secure victories. Ethan Guevin ‘09 provided Carleton with a gusty effort on the mound after he was hit by a batted ball on his pitching hand in the second but was able to throw his fourth complete game of the season.
In case you didn’t notice, this past weekend brought 32 Ultimate teams from across the Midwest to Carleton’s campus for the annual UPA regional championships. With bids to the national tournament in Columbus, Ohio on the line, all the teams were bringing their A game.
Ted Marschall an eight-time All-American with three additional All-America Honorable Mentions on his aquatic résumé, has been awarded a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Marschall was one of 58 scholarships winners nationwide to win the $7,500 award, with 29 female and 29 male student-athletes from a winter sport each receiving a scholarship for post-graduate studies. A 3.80 student in physics, he is leaning towards enrolling at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in the fall of 2009 to study quantum optics or condensed matter physics. He is Carleton’s 10th NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award-winner in the last five years and its 28th overall.
The Knights close out their regular season with a five-match winning streak after pulling out a 5-4 triumph over visiting Macalester College. Carleton (14-9, 8-1 MIAC) trailed after the completion of the doubles portion of the match, but wins in four of the singles matches, including a three-set thriller by Austin Taylor ’11 that secured the victory.
The Knights closed the regular season with a 9-0 victory over Macalester College. Among the winners on this day was first-year Linnea Carlson, who was victorious at second doubles then rallied to win the third-set tiebreaker in singles action.
The Carleton College Baseball team continued it’s strong play over the weekend to send out five seniors Ethan Guevin, Shane Henfling, Cameron McDonald-Hyman, Jay Melson, and Jake Riss in their final home game at Mel Taube Field, earning a split with #7 St. Thomas.
If I were stranded on a deserted island and I could choose only one person to join me in a survival effort, that person would be John Hanks ’09. Why? Because he can throw a spear 177 feet, and that could prove extremely useful for hunting. Tuesday, it proved useful for winning the Rolex Classic javelin throw.
Last Saturday, Emma Sando ’09, normally considered a friendly and benign force, was so intimidating that the rainclouds fearfully fled the Macalester Track and Field Invitational, leaving Sando to kick her way to an exciting fourth place finish in the 5,000 meters with a personal record of 19:51. Laura Roach ’10 showed her appreciation for Sando by winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:00.33, well under the NCAA provisional qualifying mark despite running the entire race alone, far ahead of her competitors.