NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s track & field team won six events during the Knights’ annual clash against cross-town rival St. Olaf College.
Unlike the typical meets with team scoring, the victorious team for this meet is decided by random selection of one of the events. Whichever school won that event, wins the meet. This year, the selected event was the 800-meter run, a race in which Carleton rookie Josh Meier (Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge) had posted the winning time of 1:56.31, good for a new personal best and ranking him fourth in the MIAC this season.
Oscar Christoph (Sr./Tacoma, Wash./Wilson) led a Carleton sweep of the podium in the 200-meter dash with his new personal-best time of 22.84. similarly, Ben Santos (Sr./Boulder, Colo./Boulder) crossed the line with a new PR of 4:02.31 to lead a 1-2-3 finish for the Knights in the 1500-meter run.
Jeremy Fong (Jr./Saitama, Japan/Christian Academy) won a hard-fought 400-meter dash with a time of 52.36.
Noah Eckersley-Ray (Jr./Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) had the five top measurements in the javelin throw, the best of which was 48.94 meters.
But the highlight of the day was left until the last event, the 4x400m relay.
Seniors Bridger Rives (Sr./Skiatook, Okla./Bishop Kelley), Santos, Ben Perry (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis Washburn), and Christoph ran the final Rolex Classic event of their careers, and they did not disappoint.
Rives handed off near the lead, with Santos moving out front. St Olaf then took the lead with Perry running in third place. The baton was handed off Christoph, who was about 10 meters behind at the time. The St. Olaf lead expanded to 30 meters after midway through the lap before Christoph turned on the jets. He closed the gap to 20 meters heading into the final 100 meters of the race. He trimmed the deficit to 10 meters and finally passed the St. Olaf runner with only 5 meters remaining in the race.
“It was a great way for the seniors to literally pass the torch,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks.
Up Next for the Knights
Carleton has three more competitions this week. The team will send a group of racers to participate in the 5000-meter run at the Tomcat Twilight at University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, May 4. Ian Mortensen (So./Shoreline, Wash./Shorecrest) will compete in the MIAC Decathlon on May 5-6 at Laird Stadium, while another small contingent of Knights will return to St. Olaf for the Ole Open on Saturday, May 7.