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2012 Winter Issue 7 (February 24, 2012)

Men demonstrate depth

February 24, 2012
By Chas Karch

Robert Wakeley ’12 prefers to spend his time hurling spears unfathomable distances, turning Stadium into a version of 300 minus 299. On Saturday he laid down his javelin to take part in peaceful competition with the Oles.

Wakeley spent not a moment longer than 55.85 seconds dashing two laps around the track in the 400 meter before launching himself 5.17 meters in the long jump. Wakeley observed that after his final jump, “I enjoy other events, but I just don’t see them being as useful as the javelin in a zombie apocalypse.”

Andrew Campbell ’14 prepared himself for the unimaginable by first hurling the 16lb shot put 9.29 meters and then the 36lb weight 7.32 meters. For those of you keeping score at home, that adds up to a lot of work.

Andrew’s distantly related cousin Josh Campbell ’13 returned to the track on Saturday with a very impressive time of 2:04.82 for the 800 meters. I would tell you his average speed in kilometers per hour, but you can ask Josh himself at the info desk when he’s working.

The most striking element of the Knights outing at the meet was the sheer number of impressive performances. First-year Garo Anguiano-Sainz started his day by demolishing the ten-second barrier in the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.53 and then ran 24.31 in the 200 meter.

Garo was joined by nine other Knights under 25 seconds in the 200. Jon Raberg ’12 led the charge, clocking in at 23.40, followed by Jordan Washam ’14, Adrian Carpenter ’14, Josh Estes ’14, CJ Dale ’13, Arnaud Kpachavi ’15, Mike Austin ’13, Ian Reeves ’15 and Arafat Akinlabai ’15. If these men had run in tandem they would have clocked a mile and a quarter in just a hair over four minutes.

So if you ever need to rush a paper from Farm House to the Weitz, you know who to call.

The Knights also demonstrated an impressively deep field in the 1000 meter. Ben Levy ’15 and his sharply toned hamstrings sliced easily through the three-minute mark to cut the tape in 2:51.79 seconds and he was the sixth finisher for Carleton.

Brian Spisiak ’13 made his season debut in style with a final time of 2:40.06, painfully close to breaking 2:40. Thor (or Noah) Laack-Veeder took the point for his teammates and recorded an impressive time of 2:37.83 seconds.

The Knights cross the Cannon again tomorrow for a final tune up meet before the Conference championships.

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