ST. PAUL, Minn. – The fraternal duo of Jerry Cook-Gallardo (Jr./Moscow, Idaho) and Joey Cook-Gallardo (Fy./Moscow, Idaho) notched stellar performances to propel the Carleton College men’s track and field team at the opening meet of its 2017 outdoor season, the Hamline Invitational. The meet included competitors from the University of Minnesota (D-I), two Division II programs, and several of the top D-III squads in the area.
Jerry Cook-Gallardo raced to first place in the 800-meter run in a career-best and meet-record time of 1:50.55, just 0.14 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Younger brother Joey Cook-Gallardo was the champion in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 49.57 seconds. The two later teamed up with Maurice Hicks (Jr./Upper Marlboro, Md./Maret) and Ben Withbroe (Sr./Takoma Park, Md./Albert Einstein) to earn third place in the 4x400 meter relay in 3:19.61.
Another first-year student athlete, Austin Baxter (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar), put up a first-place effort in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in an excellent time of 54.79 seconds. Fellow rookie Justin Washington (Chicago, Ill./Northside College Prep) took eighth in the same event (57.50).
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: A quartet of seventh-place finishes rounded out the Knights’ top performances:
• Dwight Alexander (Jr./San Francisco, Calif./Lawrenceville) jumped a distance of 6.44 meters in the long jump.
• Withbroe breezed to a fine time of 1:54.92 in the 800-meter run, beating his previous career-best in the event by a second and a half.
• Ben Schwartz (Fy./Mankato, Minn./Mankato East) finished in 22.90 seconds in the 200 meter dash.
• Jack Buckner (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Northwest) measured a distance of 46.28 meters in the javelin.
NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS: The Knights will travel to the Ashton May Invite hosted by UW-La Crosse on Saturday, April 8.