MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s track and field team took full advantage of its opportunity to compete against strong competition at the University of Minnesota’s Parent Day Open. Several Knights not only pulled off tough doubles but did so in fine fashion.
Ruth Steinke (Fy./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) led off with an exciting leg in the distance medley relay with a time of 3:36.8. Her time over the first 1000 meters was faster than her personal-best pace, and she came back at the end of the meet to run a season-best time of 10:25.82. Steinke has demonstrated success in an impressive range of running distances this season. She has run the 400-meter dash in 62.51, the 800-meter run in 2:22.38, the 1000-meter run in 3:02.43, the mile at 5:13.26 and now the 3000-meter run in 10:25.82.
The other members of the distance medley relay were Amelia Campbell (Fy./Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay); Haley Johnson (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper) and Colette Celichowski (So./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka). Campbell ran the 400 leg in a career-best 60 seconds, Johnson tackled the 800-meters at 2:20 and Celichowksi implemented a strong anchor leg, running the mile in 5:06.8. The overall time of 12:04.76 placed fourth at the event and second among Division III programs. “Tradionally this is a strong relay for our runners,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “We just wish we had more opportunities to run this competitively.
Like Steinke, Johnson demonstrated a strong double, coming back to run a season best in the 1000 meters at 3:01.47 to finish fourth out of 28 racers.
Campbell was once again busy as she took part in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump. With minimal recovery time following the distance medley, Campbell demonstrated her fitness and competitive attitude by qualifying for the finals, where her time of 9.46 just missed a season best.
Aly Wisekal (Jr./East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) also had a season-best at the 3000-meter distance with a time of 11:03.80, and teammate Sally Donovan (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn/ South) took part in that race for the first time this season, posting a time of 11:03.34.
Sophie Glassford (Fy./Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) showed tremendous improvement in the 800-meter run, trimming five seconds off her season-best time to finish at 2:27.13.
The Knights next compete at the Ole Open Qualifier hosted by St. Olaf College on Friday, Feb. 22 at 4:00 p.m.