“Who said anything about a slump?” demanded Marcus Huderle ‘14 as he cooled down from the mile. “I don’t see any slumping here.”
Even the most critical judge would have to agree with Huderle after the class of 2014 put their mark on Saturday’s competition at MSU-Makato. The miler finished eight quick laps on the track in 4:22.27 seconds.
Classmate Josh Estes ‘14 ran just as impressively and on fraction of the distance, clocking 60 meters in 7.35 seconds. Andrew Campbell ‘14 did Estes one better by completing his event Friday night. Campbell and the throwing crew competed at St. Olaf, where he put the shot 9.21 meters.
Crossing the line in front of his competition wasn’t enough for Jordan Washam ‘14; he didn’t even want to see them during the race. Starting in lane eight for the 200 meters, he met his goal, blazing to a time of 23.86 seconds, 0.33 ahead off the next finisher in his heat.
In the hurdles, Adrian Carpenter ‘14 almost pulled of a similar feat, beating all but one of the other racers in heat two. Carpenter missed the finals by 0.07 seconds, but his time of 8.65 seconds from last week is still top in the MIAC.
Jacob Hoerger ‘14 joined the list of MIAC-leading Knights with a stellar race in the 5,000 meters. Although the race started late because the meet ran behind schedule, Hoerger and Kian Flynn ‘12 ran to times of 15:33.01 and 15:37.87, leading all other conference foes by more than three seconds.
Flynn came into the weekend hot after he shattered the nine-minute mark in the 3k with a time of 8:54.39 at the previous week’s meet. Both of those times are personal records for Flynn who is well positioned to qualify for the conference meet in each race. Ben Levy ‘15 took his hamstrings along for another minute mark smashing ride in Mankato, besting five minutes in the mile by a healthy margin with 4:58.77.
Only after the dust from the 5,000 settled did Carleton pole-vaulters get a chance to compete. While the rest of the team looked on, Jordan Soteros ‘14 put in the final impressive performance for his class by matching freshman sensation Evan McNeil in clearing the bar at 13 feet one inch.
The Knights take a weekend off from competing to support their favorite women’s track team in a meet tonight at the Rec Center. Come over at 5:00 to see the amazing Carleton Ladies out-throw, outrun and outclass the competition.