Carleton College's student newspaper since 1877

The Carletonian

The Carletonian

The Carletonian

Track takes Second at Meet of Hearts

<lass="page layoutArea" title="Page 1">

The Carleton College women’s track and field squad hosted its last home meet of the indoor season, and the Knights won five events in finishing second in the team competition at the Kelly Family Meet of the Hearts.

The meet was dedicated to the Kelly family, a big supporter of both Carleton Track and Field programs. The Kelly family also supports an award—created in honor of William S. Kelly, Sr.—to recognize Carleton’s most improved track and field ath- letes.

Hamline University won the team competition with 130 points, followed by Carleton (119), St. Olaf College (114), Gustavus Adolphus (94), Luther (89) and Saint Benedict. The Knights accumulated the majority of their points in the middle distance races.

Caroline Campbell (Jr./Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) won the 600-meter dash, holding off a runner from Luther and posting a time of 1:43.07.

Ellie Wilson (Sr./Roseville, Minn./Roseville) became the first MIAC racer to best Ruth Steinke (Jr./Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) in an individual race of any length this season as the pair ran 1-2 in the 800-meter run. Wilson clocked a time of 2:17.25 compared to 2:17.55 for Steinke.

“Ellie is really understanding how to take command of the event, which is exciting to see because she is still relatively new to this event,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks.

Colette Celichowski (Sr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) was first to the line in the mile run with a time of 5:08.53.

Sophomores Emma Grisanzio (Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North) and Zoe Peterson (Bellingham, Wash./Squalicum) competed in their first multi-event competition as the duo took part in the pentathlon at the Meet of the Hearts. Grisanzio finished third overall (3,037 points) and Peterson steadily climbed the standings to take fifth place (2,537 points).

“They did a tremendous job competing,” said Carleton head coach Donna Ricks. “I thought they would do a very good job, but they might have even surpassed their own expectations. You could tell they had a lot of fun doing it.

“I was so impressed by their composure, and I am pretty excited about the future for both of them.”

Carleton turned in two other second-place results. Reilly Simon (Jr./Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine) was the runner up in the 400-meter dash at 1:01.97, and Nicole Nipper (So./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) dropped considerable time and posted a time of 10:25.38 in taking second in the 3000-meter run.

Carleton ran the 4×200-meter relay for the first time this season and prevailed in a tight race by recording a time of 1:48.38. The Knights were a close second in the 4×400-meter relay.

The success was not limited solely to the track. Damali Britton (Fy./ Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista) dominated the long jump competition as she posted the top four marks of the event. Her best measured 5.24 meters. She also took second in the triple jump with a distance of 10.72 meters.

The Knights will see top-level competition against next Saturday, Feb. 21 when Carleton participates in the University of Minnesota’s Parents Day Open.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

All The Carletonian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *