For the Saint Mary’s University track and field teams, Saturday’s St. Olaf Ole Open was the Cardinals’ one final tune-up prior to next weekend’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
And if their performances were any indication, the Cardinals are one fine-tuned machine.
The Cardinals put together seven first-place finishes and recorded 23 top-five finishes — including three top-five showings by both Kyle Lichttenegger and Mirijana Ganley — to place fourth in both the men’s and women’s team standings.
Lichttenegger teamed with Noah Anderson, Matt Boone, and Garrett Jackson to win the four-by-100 relay, stopping the clock in 41.62 seconds, before adding third-place showings in the long jump (6.35 meters) and the 200-meter dash (22.17 seconds).
Ganley, meanwhile, joined forces with Caroline Gearin, Alica Schurrer, and Anna Swanson to win the four-by-400 relay, with a time of 4:15.19 minutes, while also adding a third in 400 dash (1:02.46 minutes) and a fourth in the 200 dash (27.64 seconds).
Boone, Jon Meaden, and Coleton Strupp delivered first-place performances for the SMU men, with Boone winning the 100 dash (10.79 seconds), while Meaden took first in the 1,500-meter run (4:07.01 minutes) and Strupp won the pole vault (4.20 meters). Boone also added.a second in the 200 (22.0 seconds), with Isaiah Brindamour and Jake Homan posting thirds in the 800 (1:57.75 minutes) and shot put (13.83 meters), respectively, while Gabe Bickerstaff chipped in a fifth in the 5,000-meter run (17:25.90 minutes) and Sean Curren delivered a fifth in the hammer throw (49.30 meters).
On the women’s side, Rachel Ohde took home top honors in the high jump, clearing 1.63 meters, and Gearin stopped the clock in 59.52 seconds to win the 400-meter dash. Sydney Klausler recorded third-place finishes in both the 200-meter dash (27.10 seconds) and long jump (5.18 meters), while Schurrer scored a fourth in the 100-meter dash (13.55 seconds) and Samantha Kubes added a fourth in the hammer throw (39.79 meters), and Swanson and Nathalie Freire collected fifths in the 800-meter run (2:25.30 minutes) and pole vault (2.92 meters), respectively.
The Cardinals will return to action Friday and Saturday, heading to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., for the two-day MIAC Outdoor Championships.