ST. PAUL, Minn. – A historic performance in the 4x100 relay highlighted a day of several impressive performances for the Carleton College women’s track and field team at the Hamline Invitational, a meet that included competitors from the University of Minnesota (D-I), four Division II programs, and several of the top D-III squads in the area.
Annalise Peebles (Fy./Neenah, Wis./Appleton), Tonya Piergies (So./Kenilworth, Ill./North Shore), Damali Britton (Jr./Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista), and Alexa Feeney (Jr./St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) finished fourth out of in the 4x100 meter relay in a time of 49.52 seconds, good for third-best in school history.
Senior Trish Hare (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) picked up right where she left off last spring, throwing her way to first place in the javelin. Her top throw of 42.13 meters broke her own meet record and is currently fourth-best across D-III this season.
Britton added a fine effort in the long jump, earning sixth place with a top jump of 5.06 meters. The result was third-best out of the Division III athletes at the meet.
• Meg Mathison (Fy./Waunakee, Wis.) took 12th in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:19.48.
• Claire Trujillo (Sr./Anchorage, Alaska/Grace Christian) improved her outdoor debut in the 5,000-meter run from 19:29 at the same meet last year to 18:18 today and finished 14th overall.
• Helen Schuda (Fy./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) broke 5:00 in her first ever 1500-meter competition good for 33rd of 109 athletes competing in the event.
• Piergies’ season debut in the 100-meter hurdles (16.28) already surpassed her performance at the 2016 MIAC Championships.
FROM THE COACH: “Overall everyone that competed today learned a lot about how to structure races on a big track, or how to approach new distances, or how to compete in crowded field,” said Carleton interim head coach Laura Albares. “We certainly didn't come into this outdoor season this week at full strength with many athletes currently sidelined with illness or injury, so today was a good practice in patience and being smart about getting and staying healthy. We hope to gain more strength and numbers over the next couple weeks.”
NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS: The Knights have two meets on the docket for next Saturday, April 8. A small contingent could compete at the SJU/CSB Multis in Collegeville, Minn. and the rest of the squad will head to the Ashton May Invite in La Crosse, Wis.