Carlson places in two events at NSIC Championships
Park Rapids' Austin Carlson capped off his junior season as a member of the University of Minnesota Duluth men's track team by placing in two events at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at Seafoam Stadium on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul on May 12-13.
Carlson entered the conference meet seeded No. 9 in the 400-meter run and advanced to the finals by placing eighth during preliminaries with a 49.36. Carlson moved up two spots in the finals by placing sixth in 49.40. Isaiah Pitchford of Minnesota State University Mankato took first in 47.55.
Carlson also anchored the Bulldogs' 4 x 400 relay team to a fourth-place time of 3:18.27. That relay team was seeded No. 6 going into the conference meet. Mankato took first in 3:13.09, followed by Northern State in 3:17.36 and Augustana in 3:18.25.
Carlson also competed in the 200 dash, placing 15th in 22.49. He was seeded No. 21 entering the conference meet. Paul Selman of Mankato led the field in 21.32.
Duluth tied for seventh place out of 11 teams in the final standings with 49 points. Mankato won the conference title with 247 points, followed by Sioux Falls with 122 points, the University of Mary with 74 points, Augustana with 69 points, Southwest Minnesota State with 66 points and Minnesota State University Moorhead with 63 points. Rounding out the team standings were Northern State (48), Concordia-St. Paul (25) and Minot State (6).
During the outdoor season, Carlson won one 400 title and was the runner-up in the 200 once and in the 4 x 400 relay once.
At the Hamline Invitational on April 1, Carlson placed fifth in the 400 in 50.19 and ran on the 4 x 400 relay that finished fifth in 3:22.67.
After placing sixth in the 400 in 50.42 at the Tomcat Twilight at St. Paul on April 13, Carlson won the 400 in 49.34 and finished 10th in the 200 in 22.76 at the Holst Invitational at St. Paul on April 22.
At the Drake Alternative at St. Peter on April 29, Carlson was the runner-up in the 200 in 22.36, finished seventh in the 100 in 11.39 and ran on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished second in 3:25.86.