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Result: 1st of 7 teams

Men's Track and Field hosts Meet of the Hearts

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Recreation Center

Knights win 10 times, claim team title at Meet of the Hearts

Peter Keel
Peter Keel
Photo: Liesl Helminiak '19


NORTHFIELD, Minn. –- The Carleton College men's track and field team won 10 events en route to capturing the team title at the seven-team Meet of the Hearts. The day’s many highlights included Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) breaking the Recreation Center record in winning the mile, as well as Peter Keel (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) notching victories in both the long jump and triple jump.

Carleton is ranked No. 47 in the latest national poll and totaled 204.50 points on the day, besting No. 29 Hamline University (174 points), Macalester (90.50), St. Olaf (77.50), Augsburg (46.50), Bethany Lutheran (27), and Crown (10).

Mueller crossed the line in the mile at 4:14.62, breaking the previous facility standard by 0.08 second. This was also his sixth individual race victory in as many tries this indoor season. Matt Wilkinson (So./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka) finished a close second at 4:15.01 to cut more than 10 seconds of his personal best in the event. That duo currently ranks 1-2 in the MIAC and No. 12 and No. 13 in NCAA Division III this season.

Keel smashed his previous personal best in winning the long jump with a measurement of 6.69 meters. That ranks him fifth in the MIAC this season and bettered his previous top leap by 0.12 meters (4.75 inches). He added a season-best of 13.40 meters in the triple jump to move into third place on the conference leaderboard.

Joey Cook-Gallardo (Jr./Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) posted a PR with his winning time of 1:22.81 in the 600-meter dash. That is the top time in the MIAC this season.

Other individual even winners include:
Zach Kulstad (So./Savage Minn./Prior Lake), who crossed the line at 51.54 in the 400-meter dash.
Ben Perry (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Washburn), who took more than four seconds off his previous season best time to win the 1000-meter run in 2:39.12.
Evan David (So./Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids), who ran the 3000-meter distance for the first time and broke nine minutes at 8:59.17.
• Owen Shuster (Fy./Batavia, Ill./Batavia), who cleared 3.85 meters in the pole vault.

Kulstad and Ben Schwartz (Jr./Mankato, Minn./Mankato East) ran on both of the Knights’ victorious relays. Joining that duo in the 4x200-meter relay were Bryan Richter (Jr./Des Moines, Iowa/Lincoln) and Liam Sullivan (Jr./Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) as they combined on a time of 1:31.29 to rank second in the MIAC this season. In the 4x400-meter relay, Kulstad and Schwartz teamed with Marco da Cunha (Fy./San Francisco, Calif./San Francisco University) and Cook-Gallardo for a time of 3:25.96, which is also second-fastest in the conference this season.

This marked the final home meet of the indoor season. The Knights will have one more weekend of competition to prepare for the MIAC Indoor Championships to be held Feb. 22-23 at St. Olaf.