Shorewood, Minn. / Minnetonka
Saturday was quite a day for Carleton women's cross country and senior Colette Celichowski (Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka). Not only did the Knights run to victory against a talented 13-team field in the Les Duke Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa, but Celichowski scored her first collegiate victory as the first women's runner to cross the finish line. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Celichowski Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Celichowski completed the women's 6k course in 22:07 to lead a field of 158 runners, as she finished seven seconds ahead of the runner-up, teammate Ruth Steinke. Celichowski's victory was the exclamation point in a tremendous team performance, as Carleton fielded the top two finishers, six of the top 12 and seven of the top 18. The team finished with 29 points and defeated the runner up, No. 25-ranked Wartburg, by 32 points. The Knights are currently ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 1 in the central region.
The Carleton women have now won both of their first two races of the 2014 season, and will aim to continue that success this weekend in its shortest road trip of the year. The Knights will only have to travel across town Saturday to compete in the St. Olaf Invitational in their home town of Northfield, Minn. Celichowski and her teammates will try to extend the winning streak in a meet that is set to begin at 11 a.m.