Author: Alana Patrick

Track teams host Ole Qualifier meet

The St. Olaf men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Ole Qualifier at Tostrud Center on Feb. 22. Individuals from around the conference competed for entry into the MIAC indoor track and field championships, which take place Feb. 28-March 2 at Tostrud Center.

The meet was the Oles’ first home meet since Jan. 25 and second of the indoor season.

“Running at home is awesome,” said Moriah Novacinski ’14, women’s team captain. “It is so nice to run on a track we are comfortable on and get to practice on every day. Plus to have Ole fans cheering for us makes everyone perform better than ever.”

Several Oles performed commendably, placing in their individual events. Reggie Woods ’13 sprinted the 60-meter dash in 6.97 seconds, earning first place by a margin of 0.18 seconds. Aaron Dunphy ’15 finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71 seconds. Ole men also dominated longer distances: Snatching places first through fourth in the mile run were Tim Lillehaugen ’13 4:20.53, Paul Escher ’16 4:21.72, Calvin Lehn ’16 4:22.48 and John Christian ’14 4:22.79. In the field, shot-putter Ethan Lunning ’16 threw 15.43 meters, earning second place.

On the women’s side, Sophie Pietrick ’13 finished first in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:39.68. Meanwhile, Emily Stets ’15, Shaina Rud ’14, Dani Larson ’15 and Novacinski raced to a 4:06.33, second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay.

“Placing second in the 4×400-meter relay really lit a fire under us,” Rud said. “It definitely lets us know where we stand against other MIAC teams before Conference next weekend. Moving forward, that race will motivate us to cut even more time.”

Several Oles will compete at the MIAC indoor championships. Athletes’ performances at this meet will determine admittance to the NCAA D-III indoor championships, which take place in Naperville, Ill. on March 8-9.

“I think we proved we are ready,” Novacinski said. “We have been competing well, and if everyone performs, we will be great. I can’t wait to see how we do.”

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Track teams host Ole Qualifier meet

Oles compete for berths to upcoming MIAC championships

The St. Olaf men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Ole Qualifier at Tostrud Center on Feb. 22. Individuals from around the conference competed for entry into the MIAC indoor track and field championships, which take place Feb. 28-March 2 at Tostrud Center.

The meet was the Oles’ first home meet since Jan. 25 and second of the indoor season.

“Running at home is awesome,” said Moriah Novacinski ’14, women’s team captain. “It is so nice to run on a track we are comfortable on and get to practice on every day. Plus to have Ole fans cheering for us makes everyone perform better than ever.”

Several Oles performed commendably, placing in their individual events. Reggie Woods ’13 sprinted the 60-meter dash in 6.97 seconds, earning first place by a margin of 0.18 seconds. Aaron Dunphy ’15 finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71 seconds. Ole men also dominated longer distances: Snatching places first through fourth in the mile run were Tim Lillehaugen ’13 4:20.53, Paul Escher ’16 4:21.72, Calvin Lehn ’16 4:22.48 and John Christian ’14 4:22.79. In the field, shot-putter Ethan Lunning ’16 threw 15.43 meters, earning second place.

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St. Olaf sprinter Reggie Woods ’13 runs to a first-place finish in the Ole Qualifier 60-meter dash at Tostrud Center on Feb. 22. Woods will compete at the upcoming MIAC championships.

On the women’s side, Sophie Pietrick ’13 finished first in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:39.68. Meanwhile, Emily Stets ’15, Shaina Rud ’14, Dani Larson ’15 and Novacinski raced to a 4:06.33, second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay.

“Placing second in the 4×400-meter relay really lit a fire under us,” Rud said. “It definitely lets us know where we stand against other MIAC teams before Conference next weekend. Moving forward, that race will motivate us to cut even more time.”

Several Oles will compete at the MIAC indoor championships. Athletes’ performances at this meet will determine admittance to the NCAA D-III indoor championships, which take place in Naperville, Ill. on March 8-9.

“I think we proved we are ready,” Novacinski said. “We have been competing well, and if everyone performs, we will be great. I can’t wait to see how we do.”

patrick@stolaf.edu

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Reyelts strives for MIAC playoffs, team success

NAME: Tara Reyelts ’14

SPORT: Hockey

HOMETOWN: Grand Rapids, Mich.

HIGH SCHOOL: Forest Hills Eastern

MAJORS: English and African culture and colonialism

WHY I CAME TO OLAF: To play hockey and learn some stuff

HOCKEY HISTORY: I started playing hockey in fourth grade. I had been figure skating for the year or two previous, but became bored of that. My older brother started playing hockey, so I decided to follow suit. I played two years on a boys’ team. Then, from sixth grade through my senior year of high school, I played for the Grand Rapids Griffins girls’ team because there was no girls’ high school hockey.

PRE-GAME RITUAL: There are certain foods I always eat before games: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; a mix of Goldfish, pretzels and raisins; and cereal. Right after our on-ice warm-up I eat a piece of chocolate. Chocolate is the new breakfast of champions.

FAVORITE PUMP-UP SONG: “‘Till I Collapse” by Eminem

FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIES: Tie between “Remember the Titans” and “Cool Runnings”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Pretty Little Liars.” No shame!

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Chipotle

THREE FAMOUS PERSONALITIES I’D HAVE OVER FOR DINNER: Muhammed Ali, Abraham Lincoln and Maryse Conde

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN HOCKEY: Track

RANDOM FACT: My favorite animal is the meerkat.

FAVORITE BOOK: “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver

GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON: Make it to playoffs and get an MIAC Championship.

– Alana Patrick

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Athlete of the week: Justin Pahl

Name: Justin Pahl 16

Sport: Basketball

Hometown: Woodbury, Minn.

High school: East Ridge High School

Majors: Undecided

Why you came to St. Olaf: The environment and the friendly people

Basketball history: Played since I was 5 years old.

Pre-game ritual: I put my jersey on before anything else

Favorite pump-upsong: “Still Fly” by Drake

Favorite sports movie: “Space Jam”

Favorite TV show: “Prison Break”

Favorite restaurant: Granite City

Plans after Olaf: To get a job

Favorite professional athlete: Carmelo Anthony

Favorite sport other than basketball: Football

Random fact about you: I love eating Marshmallow Mateys

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Most memorable moment as an Ole athlete: Beating Carleton in my first Carl-Ole game

Biggest difference between high school and college sports: The athletes are bigger and faster

Best advice youve received: Just keep believing and it will happen.

Goals for rest of the season: To make the playoffs and win the MIAC

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Athlete of the week: Kim Cerjan

Name: Kim Cerjan 16

Sport: Basketball

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

High school: Doherty High School

Major: Biology

Why I came to St. Olaf: St. Olaf has a small-school atmosphere with an opportunity for a great education.

Basketball history: I started playing basketball in fourth grade, and I have played for my school and club teams since then. In high school, I was captain for two years and achieved three school records for shooting threes and free-throw percentage. Basketball has opened many unimaginable opportunities to travel, meet people and represent my high school basketball team.

Pre-game ritual: Pasta, nap and pre-game warm up

Favorite pump-up song: “300 Violin Orchestra”

Favorite sports movie: “The Blind Side”

Favorite TV show: “House”

Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Three famous personalities that youd have over for dinner: Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Walt Disney if he were alive

Plans after Olaf: Graduate school or pursue a science profession working with animals

Favorite professional athlete: Dirk Nowitzski

Favorite sport other than basketball: Hockey

Random fact about you: Im also an artist and discovered I have a direct lineage connecting me to King Harald IV and King Magnus III of Norway

Favorite book: “The Hunger Games”

Most memorable moment as an Ole athlete: Just having an chance to play the game I love as a first year

Biggest difference between high school and college sports: Time commitment and physical demand

Best advice youve received: No regrets. Work hard, play hard.

Goals for rest of the season: Help bring home some wins for the Oles

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