Mac's first track meet in the new field house

By Daniel Kerwin

The new field house seen a ton of activity all semester long, but last Friday was the first time that its limits received a serious test. Friday afternoon Macalester hosted the pre-MIAC Meeting, the first ever indoor track and field event held in the new facility.Walking into the field house during the event it was hard to believe that there was an actual meet going on beneath the frenzy. However, a few Macalester athletes emerged from the organized chaos in fine fashion.

Wade Ekstrom ’10 led the way with a record-breaking performance in the mile run. Ekstrom won the race with a time of 4:17.74, breaking Paul Mausling’s 29-year -old school record of 4:19.1.

Two other Scots also won events at the meet. Martin Stenman-Andersson ’10 won the long jump with a distance of 6.33 meters, and Ollie St. John ’12 won the 1000-meter race in a time of 2:37.99.

Kevin Williams ’09 barely missed out on top honors in the 55-meter dash, finishing one hundredth of a second behind the winner in the finals with a time of 6.64. The Macalester men also had a pair of third place finishes by Andrew Yokom ’09 (200-meter dash) and Franz Meyer ’09 (1000 meter run) and a pair of sixth place finishes by Wade Miller ’09 (35-pound weight throw) and Carl Biggers ’12 (3000 meter run).

The women’s team also saw a couple of strong results. Maddie Mette ’10 led the team with a third place finish in the long jump (4.96 meters) and a fourth place finish in the 55-meter dash (7.81). Tara McCoy ’11 finished third in the 600-meter run (1:43.28) and Mari Mejia placed eighth in the 55-meter dash (8.04).

Both the men’s and women’s teams are competing in the MIAC Indoor Championships today and tomorrow, which are being held at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.