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Wilkinson excels at Drake Relays; Knights dominate 5k at Macalester Twilight

April 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Matt Wilkinson
Matt Wilkinson
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

Drake Relays results (HTML)

Macalester Twilight results (PDF)

DES MOINES, Iowa. – With a strong showing in the steeplechase at the Drake Relays, sophomore Matthew Wilkinson (Minnetonka, Minn.) improved his chances of qualifying for the national meet at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the rest of the Carleton College men’s track and field team competed at the Bolstorff Twilight meet at Macalester College.

Wilkinson, the lone men’s team representative to run at the prestigious Drake Relays this year, participated in the 3000-meter steeplechase. He finished in a time of 9:06.82 – one of the best marks in Carleton history – which was good for 10th place in the race. The 19-runner field included eight NCAA Division I runners.

Meanwhile, the Knights placed four runners among the top six in the 5000-meter run at the Bolstorff Twilight meet in St. Paul. Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) and Tris Dodge (Sr./Oakland, Calif./College Prep) went 1-2 with times of 14:36.33 and 15:18.78, respectively.

Finishing in fifth and sixth places were first-years Ben Santos (Boulder, Colo.) and Stephen Lavey (Cedar Grove, Wis./Cedar Grove-Belgium), who came across in times of 15:23.94 and 15:26.43.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Bryan Richter (Jr./Des Moines, Iowa/Lincoln), Nick Brusilow (So./Grosse Pointe, Mich./Liggett), Zach Kulstad (So./Savage, Minn./Prior Lake), and Joey Cook-Gallardo (Jr./Moscow, Idaho) took second place with a time of 3:22.93

Cook-Gallardo starred individually as well. In the 800-meter run, he earned a second-place result by crossing the finish line in 1:56.32, just two-hundredths of a second behind the winner from the University of Minnesota (D-I). Ben Perry (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Washburn) finished in eighth place in the same event (2:02.48).

In the 400-meter hurdles, Brusilow claimed third place with a time of 56.70 seconds. Kulstad took fifth place in the 200-meter dash in 22.93 seconds.

Even without a full team competing, the Knights finished in fourth place in the team competition with 54 points, just behind Concordia-St. Paul (54.50) and ahead of St. Olaf (53). St. Thomas (165.50) and Saint John’s (155) earned first and second.

Several Knights will compete at the Drake Alternative meet in St. Peter, Minn. Due to a cool, rainy for Saturday, that meet has been moved up to Friday, April 26.