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WOMEN’S GOLF
MORRIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris men’s and women’s golf team hosted the Cougar Invitational Thursday at Pomme de Terre Golf Club in Morris, postponed from last Thursday due to rain.

Two teams from Minnesota Morris along with golfers from Valley City State comprised the field for the women.

Payton Sierra scored her second medalist honor of the season with a low score of 96, one shot better than Jocelyn Braunberger from VCSU. Trinity Erickson had the second best UMM round on the afternoon with a 104. Brittany Lormis and Skylar Tumbleson were one shot behind Erickson with a 105. Meghan Foley was right behind with a 106. Other Cougar golfers included: Kaya Quinn (115), Destiny Garcia (119), and Becca Holland (143).

Valley City State won the men’s team competition with two teams from M-State Fergus Falls finishing in second and third. Minnesota Morris placed fourth.

Trent Jerome had the top Cougar score on the afternoon with an 86. Other golfers for the Cougars included Kyle Hastings (104), Noah Grove (109), and Jackson Lennox (125). Casey Julson from Valley City State won medalist honors with a 2-under par 69.

Minnesota Morris competes Friday and Saturday at the Viking Invitational hosted by Bethany Lutheran.

CROSS COUNTRY
AU CLAIRE, Wis. – The Minnesota Morris men’s and women’s cross country teams ran at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational Friday.

The Cougars placed 22nd overall, highest among UMAC schools. Northwestern, North Central, and Crown finished behind. UW-Stout won the team competition.

A big field competed with 430 runners taking part. Tyler Sassenberg delivered the best time for the Cougars with an 81st place time of 26:41.6 over the eight-kilometer course. Ryan Anderson was eight seconds behind with a time of 26:49.3. Rounding out the top five for the Cougars were Benjamin Barnack (27:49.2), Raymond Abraham (28:15.3), and Edmund Cease (28:40.6).

The Cougar women were one of two UMAC teams competing in Eau Claire. UMM came in 19th place with Northwestern finishing behind. UW-Eau Claire won the team competition.

A total of 327 runner completed the six-kilometer course. Katherine Novak was the Cougars’ top finisher as she ran a time of 23:57.0 to come in 74th place. Paige Stearns was next up for the Cougars as she clocked a 25:06.4 Completing the UMM top five were: Alexa Yeager (25:33.5), Jacqueline Schneider (26:51.2), and Montana Lawrence (27:05.0).

The Cougars next compete Saturday, October 13 at the St. Boni Invite hosted by Crown.

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