COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — On the final day of competition at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Carleton College women’s team solidified its hold on third place in the team standings. Ellie Wilson (Jr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) picked up the Knights’ lone event victory of the day, prevailing in the 600-meter dash. Kao Sutton (Sr./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) kept Carleton’s streak of school-record breaking performances alive as she eclipsed the program standard while placing second in the shot put.
St. Thomas claimed its 15th consecutive team title, totaling 185.0 points. Co-host Saint Benedict was next with 122.0 points followed by Carleton (110.0) and St. Olaf (72.0).
“This team gave it their all,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “I couldn’t have asked for one more thing from them. They gave every ounce of energy that they had and put their heart and soul into the meet. For us to finish third given the smaller size of our squad was an incredible feat. I’m at a loss for words.”
While her teammates were tearing up the track all afternoon, Sutton continued her assault on the Carleton record book. Entering the 2014 season, the Knights’ record in the event might as well have been written in permanent ink as Michelle Eisenreich’s standard had stood for 20 years. This year, Sutton has written and re-written the mark so many times that even pencil and eraser could barely keep up.
Sutton’s first heave of the 2014 indoor season measured 12.80 meters, matching Eisenreich’s school record. Three weeks later Sutton broke that mark with a distance of 12.90 meters. A week after that she eclipsed the record three more times (12.93, 13.10, and 13.50 meters), and only six days later the standard was re-set twice, first at 13.58 and then at 13.59 meters.
Sutton kept the trajectory of improvements going at the MIAC Championships. On Saturday, she broke her own school record for the fourth straight week—and seventh time over that span. She picked up All-MIAC recognition and finished second with a distance of 13.85 meters. Sutton now ranks eighth in Division III this season.
Zoe Peterson (Fy./Bellingham, Wash./Squalicum) got the afternoon off to a strong start with a pair of 10.57-meter leaps during the triple jump, which earned her a fifth-place finish and All-MIAC Honorable Mention. Katie Richards (Needham, Mass./Buckingham, Browne & Nichols) followed with another all-conference honorable mention performance, this one in the pole vault. The junior cleared a personal-best 3.07 meters (10 feet, 0.75 inches) and tied for fifth alongside a pair of St. Thomas athletes.
Action moved to the track where Wilson entered the 600-meter dash as the top seed. She did not disappoint, winning with a personal-best time of 1:36.02. That mark ranks second in team history. Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka), who won the mile run on Friday, kept the momentum going in the 1000 meter run as she placed second with a time of 2:56.43. Both Wilson and Celichowki earned All-MIAC status with their results.
Ruth Steinke (So./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) led a contingent of five Knights running the 3000-meter distance. Fresh off a solid showing in the mile run on Friday night, she placed fifth at the 3K distance as she crossed the line at 10:26.65 and picked up All-MIAC Honorable Mention.
The meet concluded with the 4x400 meter relay. Carleton’s entry of Peterson, Wilson, Celichowski, and Emma Grisanzio (Fy./Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North) came in fifth at 4:05.58, earning All-MIAC Honorable Mention.
“After a big championship meet you analysis what you and your team could have done differently,” said Ricks, “and the answer today is ‘nothing.’ This was an amazing meet; these athletes ran for each other. They accepted the challenge; they ran personal bests, strategic races, and set school records and even an all time D-III record. I am so proud of this team!”
All told over the three days, the Knights broke four school records and registered eight All-MIAC performances with seven more results garnering All-MIAC Honorable Mention (SEE BELOW).
The Knights now wait until Monday morning to see how many student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships next week in Lincoln, Neb.
(1st-3rd place for individual events; 1st place for relays)
1. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 3914 points… new school, conference and Division III record
60-meter hurdles — 8.88… new school record
high jump — 1.68 meters… new school record
shot put — 11.44 meters… new PR
long jump — 5.58 meters… new PR
800-meter run — 2:21.61… new PR
1. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 5.56 meters (18 feet, 3 inches)
1. Colette Celichowski (Jr., Carleton) — 5:06.36
2. Ruth Steinke (So., Carleton) — 5:09.02
2. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 8.89
2. Ellie Wilson (Jr., Carleton) — 57.96… new PR
1. Ellie Wilson (Jr., Carleton) — 1:36.02… new PR
2. Colette Celichowski (Jr., Carleton) — 2:56.43
2. Kao Sutton (Sr., Carleton) — 13.85 meters (45 feet, 5.25 inches)… new school record
ALL-MIAC HONORABLE MENTION
(4th-6th place for individual events; 2nd-6th place for relays)
5. Amelia Campbell (So., Carleton) — 1.54 meters (5 feet, 0.5 inches)
6 Emma Grisanzio (Fy., Carleton) — 61.01… new PR
Distance Medley Relay
3. Carleton (Ruth Steinke, Zoe Peterson, Winona Rachel, Kazia Mermel) — 12:44.63
5. Zoe Peterson (Fy., Carleton) — 10.57 meters (34 feet, 8.25 inches)
t5. Katie Richards (Jr., Carleton) — 3.07 meters (10 feet, 0.75 inches)… new PR
5. Ruth Steinke (So., Carleton) — 10:26.65
5. Carleton (Emma Grisanzio, Zoe Peterson, Colette Celichowski, Ellie Wilson) — 4:05.58