NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s track and field team took on a split personality as the throwers traveled to Gustavus to compete at the Lee Krough Invitational and the runners made the trek to the Falcon Invitational hosted by University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) demonstrated that she’s once again in top form, winning the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:36.53. Teammate Alison Smyth (Sr./Billings, Mont./Billings West) finished third, and Taylor ffitch (Sr./Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy) claimed sixth place.
Carleton was third overall and first among Division III entries in the 4x400-meter relay with a finishing time of 4:04.76
"The sun wasn't the only thing shining at River Falls," said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. "Once again the middle distance and distance core ran some terrific races."
Running the 1,500-meter distance for the first time in her track career, Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper) had a very solid debut, as she reached the line with a time of 4:53.04. That was good enough for fifth out of 60 racers. Teammates Claire Karban (Davis, Calif./Davis) and Julie Besenbruch (Jr./Mililani, Hawaii/Maryknoll) also set personal-best times in the event.
Kaitlin Randolph (Sr./Drummond, Wis./Drummond), Sarah Trautman (So./Lexington, Mass./BBN), and Colette Celichowski (Fy./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) ran to a sixth- through eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run.
Ellie Wilson (Fy./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) was the Knights’ top racer in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Among the throwers, Kao Sutton (So./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) turned in the group’s top performance, finishing third in the discuss throw with a personal-best distance of 40.63 meters. She also threw 37.74 in the hammer throw.
"The discuss is Kao's favorite event, and it is great to see that her technique is coming together early, as it will make for an exciting season," said Ricks.
Avery Johnson (Fy./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal) placed fifth in the javelin with a toss of 31.01 meters, a season best.
The Knights will participate in the Carleton Relays next Saturday, April 21. Competition is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m.