St. Olaf plays host to Tostrud Open: Ole runners clinch several victories in home meet

The St. Olaf men’s track and field team hosted the Tostrud Open on Feb. 22 at Tostrud Center. The team competed strongly against MIAC rivals such as St. Thomas University and Carleton College, as well as against numerous non-conference competitors.

Aaron Stets ’16 won the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.12 seconds. Not content with that performance, Stets finished the 200-meter event in 22.58 seconds, claiming second place.

The Oles dominated the 400-meter event, with several runners placing at the top of the standings. James McFarlin ’16 was first with 50.17 seconds, followed closely by Kevin Skrip ’16 50.98 in third and Anton Hesse ’15 52.61 in fourth.

JB Tut ’14 also produced strong performances, finishing first in the 600-meter event 1:23.12 and second in the high jump 1.88m. Jacob Eggers ’17 was first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.66.

Other victories came in the mile, where Grant Wintheiser ’15 finished first with a time of 4:11.98, and in the 3000-meter race, where Jake Campbell ’16 took the top spot in 8:39.12.

The team will compete again at home on Feb. 28 in the Ole Open Qualifier before turning their attention to the MIAC Indoor Championships. The Championships will be held in Collegeville, Minn. on March 6-8. The Oles finished the 2013 Indoor Championships in second place – the best finish for St. Olaf since 2005.

The Ole Open Qualifier will take place in Tostrud Center on Feb. 28 beginning at 4 p.m.