Katherine Geist wins 1000m as Knights finish third at MIAC Indoor Championships
NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Catherine Geist (So./Crookston, Minn./Crookston) won the 1,000-meter race to highlight seven All-MIAC or All-Conference honorable mention performances for the Carleton College women’s track team. The Knights finished the MIAC Indoor Championships in third place out of 12 competing teams.
Bethel University won its first MIAC team title with 134.5 points, with Gustavus scoring 125.5. Carleton totaled 113.5 points, the most points scored by the Knights in conference play since they tallied 114 points as runners-up in 2012. St. Olaf (104.5 points) and Saint Benedict (94 points) round out the top five.
“It’s a young team, and many of them experienced the MIAC championships for the first time in their careers,” said the Carleton head coach. Donna Ricks. “They handled the competitive nature of this competition by showing their overall composure, and they worked hard to score every point. The coaching staff believed there was an opportunity to finish in the top 5 if we did. We all brought to the track on the same Whether an athlete scores 10 points or 1 point, it made a difference. As a result, the team finished third. Unbelievable!”
Carleton’s first point of the day came in the 4×200 meter relay as Grace Blanchette (Jr./Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou), Riley Robert (So./Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington), Audrey Parrot (Fy./Green Isle, Minn./Sibley East), and Amira Aladetan (So./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Park Center) combined with a time of 1:52.19 to earn eighth place.
Jocelyn Ferguson (So./Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis South) took third place in the 600-meter race, earning All-MIAC recognition with a time of 1:39.12. Amy Cropp (Sr./Logan, Utah/Logan) added to the Knights’ points total with his seventh-place finish in the event with a lifetime best time of 1:40.89
Geist clinched the top spot on the podium for the 1,000 meter race with her time of 2:55.97, four seconds faster than her previous PR and lifted her to third place in team history. . Mary Blanchard (So./Grinnell, Iowa/Grinnell) exactly matched his personal best of 3:05.98 in taking seventh place.
In the pole vault, Gabrielle Evans (Sr./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka) earned all-conference status by taking second place after clearing 3.32 yards. Sydney Marshes (Sr./Austin, Minn./Austin) received an All-MIAC honorable mention clearing 3.17 yards to place sixth overall.
Three runners scored for Carleton in the 3,000 meter race. Clara Mayfield (Jr./Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan) and Helen Cross (So./Nederland, Colo./Nederland) earned All-MIAC status as the duo finished second and third overall. Neighborhood Phoebe (So./Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) added to the points total placing eighth.
Mayfield posted her second fastest time this season at 9:36.0.39 and was one of two runners to better the previous MIAC Championships record, which had stood since 1987, by more than 10 seconds. Cross clocked a personal best 10:17.19, while Ward crossed the finish line at 10:28.57, more than 10 seconds better than his previous best.
The meeting ended with the 4relay x400 meters. Ferguson, Nayeli Williams (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Brooklyn Center), Kropp, and Ineke Cordoba (Sr./Denver, Colo./Denver Christian) combined with a time of 4:09.45, good for third place.
“I’m lucky to have both an incredible team of young women who are incredible individuals and assistant coaches such as Laura Albares and Brian Mondschein, who have put in incredible effort this season to coach and host the MIAC Championships. They are really instrumental in the overall success of this program,” Ricks said.
To be continued for the knights
Carleton will now wait to see which athletes earn spots in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Mayfield currently ranks fourth in the 3K, fifth in the mile and seventh in the 5K. Geist is 18 years oldand in the 800 meter race
All-MIAC performances for Carleton (1st-3rd place individual, 1st place relay…through Day 3)
One kilometer race
1. Clara Mayfield – 4:52.70 – facility record, school record and MIAC Championships record
800 meter race
3. Catherine Geist – 2:14.72 – school record
Medley relay distance
1.Carleton (Libby Rowland, Ineke Cordoba, Amy Cropp, Clara Mayfield) – 12:22.44 – Installation record and MIAC Championships record
600 meter race
3. Jocelyn Ferguson — 1:39.12
1000 meter race
1. Catherine Geist — 2:55.97
3000 meter race
2. Clara Mayfield — 9:36.39
3. Helen Cross — 10:17.19
2. Gabrielle Evans — 3.32 meters
All-MIAC Honorable Mention Performances for Carleton (Individual 4th-6th Place, Relay 2nd-6th Place…Through Day 3)
5. Grace Blanchette – 2,772 points
6. Sydney Marshes – 2,735 points
55 meters hurdles
5. Nayeli Williams — 8.79
One kilometer race
5. Mary Blanchard — 5:12.78
400 meter race
5. Jocelyn Ferguson — 1:00.79
800 meter race
5. Lara Ericson — 2:21.73
5. Nayeli Williams — 5.27 meters
Relay 4×400 meters
3.Carleton (Jocelyn Ferguson, Nayeli Williams, Amy Cropp, Ineke Cordoba)—4:09.45
6. Sydney Marshes— 3.17 meters