Womenƒ?TMs track and field team deals with travel hangups, achieves third place finish in team scoring

By Ian Ritz

The Macalester womenƒ?TMs track and field team traveled down to Emory University and came away with many good results in light of some adverse circumstances. Leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday evening, the trip proved to be a whirlwind adventure, both literally and figuratively. As a result of delays at the airport, some athletes did not arrive at their hotel until after midnight Friday and had to wake up early to be at the stadium by 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning. Once at the track, the Scots had to negotiate a stiff headwind over the final 100 meters toward the finish line.ƒ?oeAlthough we were really tired, there was still a lot of energy. We were all really excited to be outside when it was sunny,ƒ?? Lisa Ostenson ƒ?TM06 said. ƒ?oeEmory is a gorgeous campus with beautiful facilities and as a whole the team did really well considering the circumstances.ƒ??

This trip marked the first competition of the outdoor season for the Scots and the first big meet since the MIAC Indoor Championships three weeks ago. The break allowed many athletes to recover more fully from injuries and illness that hampered their performances during the indoor season. With the time to recuperate, the team was able score 86 point, placing third out of 21 schools. The meet allowed athletes to compete against different competitors outside the Midwest region.

The team was led by several solid performances in the field events as well as a couple good efforts on the track. Scots picked up two first-place finishes by Ostenson who won the javelin throw (35.80m) and Susan Brown ƒ?TM07 who won the triple jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying effort (11.42m). Brown also finished second in the high jump (1.57m).

Womenƒ?TMs distance coach Jordan Cushing echoed Ostensonƒ?TMs sentiment about the weekend. ƒ?oeFriday and Sunday were a little harried, but I am pleased with the way the meet went,ƒ?? she said. ƒ?oeTrips like this are perfect to help wake people up and get them into a competitive mode. It was a big meet and gave athletes the opportunity to compete in multiple events,ƒ?? she added.

The Scots also got second place results from Kaela Schramm ƒ?TM07 in the triple jump (11.22m) and in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.36 seconds. Joining Schramm, Koby Hagen ƒ?TM06 placed second in the 1500 meter run (4:45.88) and Brita Carlson ƒ?TM06 was second in the hammer throw with a toss of 33.68m.

Veteran distance runner Francie Streich ƒ?TM06, who was on the injured list during the entire indoor track season, returned to competition for the meet down south. She finished fourth overall in the womenƒ?TMs 5000 meter run, enjoying a successful first race back. ƒ?oeIt was kind of a chaotic weekend, but the meet turned out great both personally and for the team,ƒ?? said Streich.

Womenƒ?TMs track and field will travel to Collegeville, Minnesota this weekend to compete at the St. John / St. Benƒ?TMs Invitational.