St. Olaf College
Women's Cross Country, Track and Field

About St. Olaf
St. Olaf College is an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts college in which coursework is integrated across disciplines to develop individuals who think broadly and deeply. Its students become part of an enduring community that takes pride in its traditions and its innovations. With a focus on the development of the whole person in body, mind, and spirit, St. Olaf is a great place to be a student-athlete. St. Olaf offers 27 intercollegiate athletic teams (NCAA Division III, MIAC) that are well supported by the institution.

Cross Country
Since its beginnings, St. Olaf Cross Country has been synonymous with success. The team has appeared in 16 NCAA Championships since 1986, the eighth-most appearances of any team in the nation. In 1999, the St. Olaf team finished 4th at the NCAAs. As a consistent NCAA qualifier, the Oles are one of the strongest teams in the region. The team has also been dominant at the conference level, winning eight of the last 15 MIAC Championships. St. Olaf team is one of the largest and most inclusive collegiate cross country teams. With a roster approaching 60 student-athletes, many runners get the chance to improve their own running and be part of this great team. Overall, the team atmosphere is one of hard work, dedication, and lots of fun.

St. Olaf is home to one of the nation's best cross country courses. Home to the annual MSHSL State Championship, the course was also used as host of the 2002 and 2007 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The course is not only a great place to race at home, but it provides a myriad of training options for every distance runner.

Track and Field
The St. Olaf Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams have been quite successful at both the conference and national level. The Oles are consistently in the top half of the MIAC conference each year indoors and outdoors. They have also had great representations at the NCAA Championships. In recent history, Audrey Weber '09 was both MIAC Champion and a NCAA qualifier in the 800m run. Becky Peterson '04 was an All-American in the 55m Hurdles and competed in the NCAA Heptathlon outdoors. Megan Daymont '03 graduated as a five-time All-American, finishing second in the 800m run three times throughout her career. Jayna Mathieu '99 was a 2 time NCAA Champion in the 1500m run.

Individual success is not all there is to St. Olaf Track and Field. Each athlete works hard to improve personally and contribute to the team. There is a strong sense of Ole team spirit, camaraderie, and enjoyment. The team members are incredibly supportive of one another, and push each other to work hard everyday.

The facilities at St. Olaf College are possibly the best for any Division III school in the nation. The Tostrud Center has a 200m indoor track with throwing circles and jump and vault runways. Above the oval is a 300m elevated recreational track that is also used by team members for warm ups and cool downs. The facility is also home to a cardio fitness center and weight room. St. Olaf College proudly hosted the 2006 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in its facility. The St. Olaf outdoor track is the Oles' home in the spring. The 400m 9-lane track has been host to large meets such as the MIAC Championships and the annual Manitou Classic, one of the region's largest outdoor meets.

The Coaches
Head Coach Chris Daymont has been a cross country and track and field coach for 33 years. This 2007-08 year is her 28th year as the head coach at St. Olaf. She has been named the NCAA Division III Central Region Coach of the Year three times, most recently in 1995. In 2002, Daymont was named MIAC Coach of the Year for the second time. Success has been a trademark of hers, accompanying runners to NCAA championships for the past 15 out of 20 seasons. She has coached 26 athletes to All-America status. Throughout her tenure, she has mentored over 1,000 student-athletes.

Assistant Coach Sarah Patterson begins her fourth year at St. Olaf. She assists the cross country team in the fall, and coaches the sprints, hurdles, and jumps throughout the track season. Previously, she served as the interim head track and field coach at Mount Holyoke College and as an assistant coach for the women's cross country/track and field programs at Tufts University. She was a six-time All-America sprinter at Tufts University.

Assistant Coach Janet Hengel (St. Olaf '01) was an All American pole vaulter who now works with the men's and women's vaulters. This is her 6th year with the St. Olaf team.

Andrea Gelle, a 2007 graduate of St. Olaf, ins in her first year as an assistant. She was a member of the cross country and track teams at St. Olaf. She was an All-America runner in the 1,500 as a senior.