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Men's Track & Field at Rolex Classic

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 – 4:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Manitou Field

Fortune Favors Oles, but Knights Still Impress at Rolex Classic

By Matt Hart '11

Photo Gallery by Andrew Walters '11

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Carleton College men’s track and field team won seven events and set numerous personal records on Tuesday as the Knights battled cross-town rival St. Olaf College in the annual Rolex Classic at Manitou Field. In keeping with tradition and the congenial relationship between the two squads, the meet’s winner was determined by random selection of a single event after the completion of competition. Lady Luck was on the Oles’ side this year, as the 200-meter dash – an event narrowly won by the hosts – proved to be the decisive event.

The 200 featured only two entrants, and for much of the race it seemed that Carleton underdog Joshua Estes (Fy./Isanti, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti) would upset Ole favorite Peter Johnson. Estes led off of the final turn, but Johnson managed to catch him in the straightaway and unknowingly bring home the victory for his team.

The unfortunate draw hardly spoiled what was a highly productive afternoon for the Knights. Among the Knights top performers was pole vaulter Jordan Soteros (Fy./Scottsdale, Ariz./Pinnacle), who notched a personal-best height of 4.18m in winning the event.

“Soteros had a great day,” said head coach Dave Ricks. “This mark has a good chance of qualifying him for the MIAC Meet in one the toughest MIAC Pole Vault fields ever.”

Also impressing in the field events was C.J. Dale (So./Fox Island, Wash./Charles Wright Academy), who won the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 13.04 meters that will also qualify him for the conference meet. Dylan Cheever (So./Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) and Lobo James (Fy./Redmond, Wash./Telluride) took first and second, respectively, in the high jump, out-leaping a trio of Oles.

Meanwhile, Ty Martin (Sr./Minot, N.D.) was the biggest winner for the Knights on the track, dominating both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. Martin was nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the shorter event and overcame hitting a hurdle and falling to the track in winning the longer competition.

In the 800 meters, Marcus Huderle (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn.) continued his outstanding rookie campaign, winning the race by over a second despite entering as the 10th seed. His time of 1:58.48 improved his collegiate best by over four seconds, and placed the first-year in rare company as the third-best Carleton finisher in the event over the last five years behind graduated standouts Jack Delehanty ’09 and Michael Sanders ’10.

Colin Sinclair (Sr./Madison, Wis./West) also represented the Knights’ distance contingent well, leading wire-to-wire for an easy victory in the 5000-meters. John Davis (Sr./Eden Prairie, Minn.) was next across the line, returning from injury to take second.

Other notable performers for Carleton included Dylan Bothun (Sr./Rosemount, Minn.), who notched a personal record in the javelin and a season-best time in the 110-meter hurdles, as well as the 4x100-meter relay team. The quartet of Dale, Estes, James Morrissey (Jr./New York, N.Y./Stuyvesant) and Soteros dropped a full second off of their previous best time in the race to finish a close second.

The Knights now enter the final stretch of their season, with the MIAC Decathlon set for this weekend. The rest of the squad will be back in action at the Meet of the UnSaintly at Hamline University this Saturday, a final tune-up before the MIAC Championships commence May 13-14, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College.