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MIAC moves forward with winter athletics; Carleton not to participate

Inter-school athletic competition will return to Division III campuses across the state of Minnesota this February, notwithstanding Carleton’s decision to opt out of winter sports months in advance.  Last Wednesday, the MIAC Presidents’ Council approved a plan for a return to competitive athletics. “Winter sports of basketball, hockey, indoor track…

“A mixed bag:” athletes take their training off-campus for winter term

This Winter Term, approximately 600 Carleton students will be dispersed throughout the world, either logging onto classes from a remote location or taking the term off altogether. Among them are numerous athletes, who, faced with another term of stringent health guidelines and cumbersome practice protocols, decided to take their training…

Intramural Sports get creative with outdoor and distanced activities

Like all other aspects of campus life, intramural (IM) sports continue to adapt to a COVID-conscious environment. Last term most IM sports, including 3v3 basketball and dodgeball, were canceled, prompting IM student coordinators to brainstorm new and COVID-friendly IM events to provide fun and flexible recreation for Carls.  Over the…

Recruiting during COVID-19: a novel test for Carleton coaches

Recruiting student athletes to Carleton has been a major challenge for varsity athletic teams throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, Carleton’s athletic programs host prospects from across the nation during the fall and winter months, when recruits have the opportunity to explore campus, attend classes and spend a night with their…

A (socially distanced) look at Carleton practices this fall

Despite the postponement of games, the spirit of competition never disappeared from Carleton’s campus this Fall. After months of meticulous planning and preparation, some normalcy finally returned to the Knights’ athletic department in late September as varsity teams resumed practice, albeit with multiple, unprecedented public health protocols in place for…

Athletes say goodbye to much-loved strength coach

 It would be difficult to find a Carleton athlete who didn’t admire Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Robert Barrett, whose persistent enthusiasm was infectious to anyone who set foot in the weight room at Laird Stadium over the past three years.  Early last week, Coach Barrett informed Carleton athletes that…

Carleton athletes initiate Speak Up Saturdays

Athletics at Carleton have changed dramatically this term in response to COVID-19. Cancelled seasons, socially distanced practices, and the general stress of life during a pandemic add a new layer of pressure to the lives of Carleton student-athletes.   The disappearance of fall sport seasons leave fewer opportunities for student-athletes to…