GRINNELL, Iowa – The Carleton College men’s track and field squad won seven events as the Knights captured top team honors at the inaugural ACM Invitational. Among the victors was Adan Nunez-Frausto (Jr./Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy), who out-threw a Knox College rival by more than three feet to claim the weight throw at 45 feet, 6.25 inches.
Nunez is in his first year competing on the indoor team for Carleton and is currently ranked eighth in the MIAC. The Knights finished with 166 points, holding off host Grinnell College (144.2), Coe College (124), and Knox College (89).
First-year Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) posted a surprise victory in his first collegiate race, wining the 3000-meter run. He was seeded seventh in the event but ran a near perfect structure to pull away for a 12-second triumph, crossing the finish line in 8:53.22.
Lobo James (Jr./Redmond, Wash./Telluride) recorded the other victory in the field events, winning the high jump as he cleared at 6 feet, 3.75 inches to triumph by a half-foot.
On the track, sophomore Colby Seyferth (Banks, Ore./Banks) prevailed in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.32, followed closely by classmate Isaac Schrantz (So./Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna).
Noah Laack-Veeder (So./Madison, Wis./LaFollette) continued his mastery of the middle distance with another victory in the mile run. This time he finished in 4:26.16, with twin brother Thor Laack-Veeder placing fourth.
Carleton’s other two victories came in the 4x400-meter relay and the distance medley relay.
In the former, Arafat Akinlabi (So./Chicago, Ill./Hubbard), Jordan Washam (Jr./Cincinnati, Ohio/Groton), Arnaud Kpachavi (So./San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside), and Seyferth combined on a time of 3:31.86.
During the DMR, the Knights had the top three finishing units. Noah Laack-Veeder, Caleb Flack (Fy./Chicago, Ill.), Josh Campbell (Sr./Sauk City, Wis./Sauk Prairie), and Marcus Huderle (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) recorded a nearly 30-second margin over the lead team from another competing school.
Among the other notable performances on the day included a three-foot personal record by Brendan Fowl (Jr./Kingsville, Md.) in the shot put. He was seeded eighth, but used his toss of 12.13 meters to place third.
Akinlabi and Flack had outstanding races in the 600-meter run with both recording personal bests while finishing 2-3 in that event.
The Knights will host their next meet, the Meet of the Hearts, on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Carleton’s Recreation Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am.