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Mueller and Dodge go 1-2 in 10K again on day 1 of MIAC Outdoor Championships

May 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Lucas Mueller, Tris Dodge
Lucas Mueller, Tris Dodge
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On day one of the 2019 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) and Tris Dodge (Sr./Oakland, Calif./College Prep) went 1-2 in the 10,000-meter run for the second year in a row, together earning 18 points for the Carleton College men’s track and field team.

In the team competition, the Knights sit fifth out of 11 teams. Host University of St. Thomas leads with 89.5 points, followed by Gustavus (43 points), St. Olaf (29.5), Hamline (28), and Carleton (22).

Mueller enjoyed a comfortable lead for most of the race, crossing the finish line in 30:40.45, good for a 50-second margin of victory. He shaved over 90 seconds off of his 2018 Championships time. Dodge, in the final conference meet of his Carleton career, took second place in the event with a time of 31:30.47. That mark is nearly a minute faster than his time at the 2018 Championships. Mueller and Dodge earned 10 and eight points, respectively, for their efforts.

In the field, Peter Keel (Jr./Roseville, Minn.) competed in the long jump and turned in a sixth-place result to pick up All-MIAC Honorable Mention. His mark of 6.69 meters gave him and the Knights three team points.

Three Knights advanced to the finals of the 1500-meter run on Saturday. Adam Nakasaka (Fy./Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) finished fifth in his heat to move on, but his time of 4:06.66 would have earned him first place in the other heat. Matthew Wilkinson (So./Minnetonka, Minn.) won his incredibly tight heat with a time of 4:08.11, while Evan David (So./Grand Rapids, Minn.) took fourth in that race 4:08.86. That race saw six runners finish within one second of one another.

In the preliminary stage of the 800-meter run, Joey Cook-Gallardo (Jr./Moscow, Idaho) turned in the fastest time of the day, crossing the finish line in a winning time of 1:54.98 to advance to the finals tomorrow.

Two junior sprinters also advanced to the finals of their respective events. Bryan Richter (Des Moines, Iowa/Lincoln) took second place in his heat of the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.07 seconds. Meanwhile, in the 200-meter dash, Ben Schwartz (Mankato, Minn./Mankato East) finished in third in his heat, clocking a time of 22.65 seconds.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Bridger Rives (Fy./Sklatook, Okla./Bishop Kelley), Ben Santos (Fy./Boulder, Colo.), Clay Tydings (So./Charlotte, N.C./Woodberry Forest), and Nick Brusilow (So./Grosse Pointe, Mich./Liggett) earned one team point with an eighth-place finish in the event (8:07.89).

The second and final day of action for the Knights will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.


10,000-Meter Run
1. Lucas Mueller — 30:40.45
2. Tris Dodge — 31:30.47


Long Jump
6. Peter Keel — 6.69 meters