The Carleton College men’s track and field team took part in the Wartburg College Indoor Select meet, facing a talented field that included a trio of nationally ranked squads—No. 6 Central (Iowa) College, No. 18 UW-Platteville, No. 19 Wartburg—in addition to MIAC power University of St. Thomas. The Knights finished fourth out of six teams.
Wartburg won the team competition with 197 points, followed by UW-Platteville (137) and St. Thomas (112). Carleton was next with 90 points and edged Central (86) and UW-River Falls (72.50). Colby Seyferth (Sr./Banks, Ore./Banks) was the brightest of many shining stars on the day. He won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.77, the fastest in the MIAC this season and No. 13 in the country. He bested the defending MIAC champion, Brian Jarvey of St. Thomas. Seyferth also notched personal bests in the shot put and 60-meter dash as well as aiding the 4×400-meter relay. Carleton’s other event title came in the 3000-meter run where Jonah Barry (Jr./Madison, Wis./Madison West) and Hart Hornor (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) led the entire way, exchanging the lead at times before finishing 1-2 at 8:30.16 and 8:31.86, respectively, to rank 11th and 13th in the nation.
Jerry Cook-Gallardo (Fy./Mos- cow, Idaho/Moscow) raced to a second-place result in the mile run, recording a time of 4:17.32, which is 18th in the country.
Arnaud Kpachavi (Sr./San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside Priory School) won his heat and placed fifth in the 600-meter run at 1:25.15. Jack Percival (Jr./Newport Coast, Calif./Sage Hill School) took seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.48.
Carleton’s entry in the 4×400-meter relay placed second behind host Wartburg College by less than one-tenth of a second. The quartet of Seyferth, Cook-Gallardo,
Kpachavi, and Percival combined on the MIAC’s top time this season, 3:22.26, which ranks No. 20 in the nation.
The Knights added to their point totals in two of the longer races. Camden Sikes (Fy./Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley), Ben Hiskes (Jr./ Storrs, Conn./Loomis Chaffee), and Caleb Flack (Jr./Chicago, Ill./ Francis W Parker) raced fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively in the 1000-meter run. The trio posted times of 2:40.92, 2:41.64, and 2:42.92. Zach Edinburgh (So./ Minneapolis, Minn./Blake), Michael Hoffert (Fy./East Montpelier, Vt./Union 32), and David McKinley (Fy./Okemos, Mich./Okemos) took fourth through sixth place in the 5000-meter run with times between 16:23.34 and 16:32.72.
In the field events, Jack Buckner (Fy./ Seattle, Wash./Northwest) added to the Knights point total with a fourth place result in the high jump. He cleared 1.78 meters (5’10”). Evan McNeil (Sr./ Burnsville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) took seventh in the pole vault with a height of 4.25 meters (13’1.25”).
Dwight Alexander’s (Fy./ Lawrenceville, N.J./ Lawrenceville) final attempt in the long jump measured 5.30 meters (20’8”) to rank fourth. He matched that with a fourth-place result in the triple jump at 12.82 meters.The Knights compete next Saturday.