DECORAH, Iowa – In its first meet of 2012, the Carleton College women’s cross country team won the team competition at the All-American Invitational hosted by Luther College. The Knights placed five runners in the top 20—three of them among the top 10—led by Colette Celichowski’s (So./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) fifth-place showing at 19:05 while Rachael Klehm (Sr./Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) finished sixth at 19:08.
The other three scorers for Carleton were all running their first collegiate race. Ruth Steinke (Fy./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Sally Donovan (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./South), and Shira Kaufman (Fy./Leverett, Mass./Amherst Regional Academy) crossed the line 9th, 15th, and 18th respectively.
“It was great to see the team perform so well at the first meet,” said head coach Donna Ricks. “Over half the team is first-years, so there is a lot of transition for the upperclassmen and underclassmen as well.
“I’ve been pleased with the overall training. The returners did a great job of recognizing that this is their time, their time to step up. This gives us a good foundation to build off of down the road.”
Carleton finished with 53 points, ahead of Luther (70) and UW-La Crosse (71), which both also had multiple rookies among the top 20 finishers. A total of 11 teams scored points.
Carleton next competes at the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10:45 a.m.