The weather was tough, but the Knights were tougher as Carleton took to their home track at the Carleton Relays on Saturday.
Jordan Washam ‘15 attempted to run one second for every hour of the day in the 200 meters, but came up just hundredths short in 24.12. Garo Anguino-Sainz ‘15 made the track hurt in the same event, running a blistering 23.32. Daddy “Ian” Reeves ‘15 also brought the heat, finishing his race in 25.22. In the 400 meters, Freshman Isaac Schrantz ‘15 came crashing through the 50-second barrier, hitting a season best 49.736.
Newly appointed R.A. Arafat Akinlabi ‘15 of Chicago, Nigeria posted a similarly impressive performance, running 52.80. What happens when you multiply the 200 by the 400? Well, you get 800,000. But in the 800 meter run, there was plenty of excitement to be had. Freshman Noah Laack-Veeder pulled out a blazing, burgeoning, big, bad 1:53.89 to take first. St. Louis native and Radiohead enthusiast Michael Tolan ‘14 had an equally stellar run, coming through the finish in 2:04.05, followed closely by teammate Oliver Heywood ‘15.
A man who remembers the old track, the one that lasted 28 years before getting swamped by the flood of 2010, Kian Flynn ‘12 dusted off his armor as he took to lane one for his final Carleton Relays. Flynn showed the ropes to rookie Ben Levy ‘15 in the 5k, going twelve and a half laps at breakneck speed to bring it home in 15:35. Levy posted an impressive first outing at 17:44 and sources reported his hamstrings looked great throughout the race.
The track teams favorite Farm House resident, Guthrie Cunningham ‘14, saw Kian and Ben’s ante and raised them both by running the 10k, the only event on the track over 9,000. His fellow sophomore Lobo James ‘14 didn’t travel nearly as far horizontally, but took to the air in the high jump soaring over 1.83 meters (six feet for you imperial fans).
The Knights compete all over the place this week, heading up to Macalaster on Thursday and Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday for meets.