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Knights win St. Olaf Triangular

January 20, 2018 at 12:01 am
Bryan Richter and Ben Schwartz
Bryan Richter and Ben Schwartz
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s indoor track and field team won eight events and claimed the top team finish at the St. Olaf Triangular. Ben Schwartz (So./Mankato, Minn./Mankato East) and Joey Cook-Gallardo (So./Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) each won an individual event and then raced on the Knights’ victorious 4x400-meter relay.

“We had some outstanding performances in an array of events with sprinters, jumpers, and distance runners all contributing,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks.

Carleton finished with 117 team points followed by Hamline at 94 points and St. Olaf at 79 points.

Lucas Mueller (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) won the highlighted event of the evening, the 3000-meter run, turning in the fastest time in the MIAC this season and the No. 6 time in Division III this season. His time, 8:38.28, is faster than anyone ran in the MIAC during the 2017 indoor season, and he was joined by three teammates who also ran under nine minutes: Matt Wilkinson (Fy./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka), Cameron Meikle (So./Hamilton, Mont./Hamilton), and Tris Dodge (Jr./Oakland, Calif./College Prep).

Schwartz won 200-meter dash with time of 23.22, while Cook-Gallardo was first to the line in the 600-meter run with a new personal-best time of 1:22.84, best in the MIAC on the year. They finished the evening by combining with Bryan Richter (So./Des Moines, Iowa/Lincoln) and Austin Baxter (So./Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) to clock a winning time of 3:26.46, to rank No. 11 nationally in the 4x400 relay.

Maurice Hicks (Sr./Upper Marlboro, Md./Maret) and also won on the track, prevailing in the 400-meter dash with time of 51.79.

Carleton also took first place in a trio of field events.

Dwight Alexander (Sr./San Francisco, Calif./Lawrenceville) led a 1-2-3 Carleton finish in the long jump with his leap of 6.67 meters. Peter Keel (So./Roseville, Minn./Roseville), who took third in the long jump, won the triple jump at 13.04 meters. Lastly, Zach Kulstad (Fy./Savage Minn./Prior Lake) prevailed in the high jump, clearing 1.83 meters in his collegiate debut.

Heptathlete Liam Sullivan (So./Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) had a busy first meet competing in five events and scoring team points in three of them: pole vault (3.2 meters), high jump (1.63 meters), and shot put (10.41 meters).

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Carleton will take part in the Minnesota State-Mankato Open.

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