Oles fall to Tommies at Tostrud Open

The St. Olaf men’s track and field team competed in the Tostrud Open on Feb. 21. It was a strong performance by the Oles, who finished just 30 points behind champions University of St. Thomas with 146 team points. Kevin Skrip ’16 starred in the 600m race, setting the fastest time in St. Olaf history 1:21.73, breaking a record set in 1989.

St. Olaf had standout performers in a number of events. Aaron Dunphy ’15 claimed the 60m hurdles event by an incredibly narrow margin – edging out his nearest opponent by six thousandths of a second with a time of 8.692 seconds. James McFarlin ’16 carried on his strong form, finishing as the victor in both the 60m 7.14 and the 200m 22.71 events. Finally, Joseph Coffey ’17 was dominant in the mile race, winning the event in a time of 4:23.10.

Zach Hinz ’18 and Michael Wegter ’18 finished behind Coffey to claim third and fourth places, respectively, in the mile.

Joe Pugh ’18 finished third in the 400m event with a time of 51.98. Pugh also competed in both the 4×200 and the 4×400 meter relays.

Decathlete Tamas Peterson ’15 led the Oles in the high jump. Peterson finished third in the event with a height of 1.85m.

Ethan Lunning ’16 finished runner-up in both the weight throw and the shot put, posting marks of 14.07m and 13.80m respectively.

The Oles will return to competition on Feb. 27 at the Ole Open Qualifier. The event will be valuable as St. Olaf looks to build toward the MIAC Indoor Championships held in Moorhead, Minn. on March 5-7.