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Distance runners lead women’s track

<men’s track and field team spiced up the Parent’s Day Open at the University of Minnesota last Saturday. As you may have noticed, co-captain Amy Elson ’10 is too well-rounded and talented for her own good. After two spectacular triple jumps qualified her for the finals, Elson improved on these distances to jump 10.24m (over 33 feet, 7 inches) in her final jump, although she had to skip the 200 meter dash.

While nearly half the competitors in the 800m were Olies, the Carleton women settled for quality. And quality they delivered. The Kights did lose something, however—their voices. Aware that they were competing at a school which prides itself on its Big Ten status, the Carleton women acted accordingly, setting the entire field house roaring as every member of Carleton’s distance crew paced her way to a season-best performance.

Simone Childs-Walker ’12 raced to a 14-second victory in the 3000 meters, crossing the line in 10:01.63. Nikki Reich ’10 and Emma Sando ‘09 gave heart-wrenching breakthrough performances, finishing in 10:58.10 and 11:29.66 respectively.

Laura Roach may have been calm and in control, but her brilliant and inspiring 5:09.38 mile was absolutely breathtaking for everyone else, and asserted her position as one of the best middle distance runners in the MIAC. The men and women race tonight on Macalester’s brand spanking new indoor track, a blank slate waiting to be filled with records.

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