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INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
COLLEGEVILLE – The University of Minnesota Morris track & field team set several top-10 performances in school history on Saturday at the CSB-SJU Alumni Meet. In the team standings, the Minnesota Morris women placed second with 63 points and the Minnesota Morris men placed third with 40 points.

“We saw some more really great improvements today,” head coach Jessica Devine said. “The focus for this meet was small, simple improvements, and that turned into some big results. We saw fantastic sprint times after a somewhat average week at Concordia last week. Our throwers keep dropping awesome marks, and our distance crew is showing some unexpected speed for this time of year.

“Seeing these kind of performances in week two is really promising. We’re readjusting to some tough training and getting back in to routine with classes starting this past week. Our student-athletes are showing a lot of poise and drive and it’s paying off!”

Jenna Benson finished second in the women’s 60-meter dash with her time of 8.26 and recorded a third-place finish in the women’s long jump with a mark of 15-9, which is tied for No. 7 all-time in school history.

Justin Pearson won the men’s 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 22.79, which improves his No. 2 standing in school history, and he took second in the men’s 60-meter dash with his time of 7.01. In the women’s 200-meter dash, Emily Ciesynski ran a time of 27.63 to tally a runner-up finish.

Kaitlyn Ladwig recorded a time of 2:37.67 to place sixth in the women’s 800-meter run and in the men’s 800-meter run, Jace Leabo ran 2:17.49 to finish 15th.

Moving up to the mile, Alexa Yeager ran 6:04.63 to place ninth on the women’s side and Ryan Anderson posted a time of 4:39.45 to finish fourth in the men’s mile.

A week after posting the No. 6 time in school history (11:08.69) in the women’s 3,000-meter run, Katherine Novak recorded the fifth-best time in school history (11:03.08) to finish third.

Last weekend, Tyler Sassenberg ran the No. 3 time in school history (9:17.66) in the men’s 3,000-meter run and today, he ran the No. 2 time in school history (9:11.39) to place fourth.

Zion Zaloudek recorded a runner-up finish in the men’s pole vault with his clearance of 11-7.

In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Brooke Hogan finished third with her time of 9.91.

A day after competing for the swimming team in Moorhead, Minnesota, Sierra Walker finished fifth in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 4-6.25. In the men’s high jump, Matthew Kingland placed fourth with a height of 5-4.25.

In the women’s throws, Jessica Bliese won the shot put with a mark of 38-10.5 and took third in the weight throw with a distance of 42-9.5. With her distance of 38-10.5 in the women’s shot put today, Bliese now ranks fourth all-time in school history. Also in the women’s shot put, Brennyn DePaulis finished fifth with a distance of 36-11, which ranks eighth all-time in school history.

The men’s throws saw Trent Merkins finish fourth in the shot put (42-6.25) and place sixth in the weight throw (42-9).

Minnesota Morris track & field now heads to St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Gene Glader Classic, hosted by Bethel University on Saturday, Feb. 2.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team jumped out to a 20-4 lead over the St. Scholastica Saints and never looked back en route to a 77-43 victory Saturday afternoon inside the Cougar Sports Center.

“It was nice to have control from start to finish,” head coach Tim Grove said. “Kept them away from any runs that they wanted to make. We did a good enough job defensively.”

For the Cougar (12-7, 8-2 UMAC) offense, Elli Stevenson led the charge with 17 points and five assists. Along with Stevenson, Kendra Raths had 16 points and Lexie Winter scored 10 points. Morris found success in the paint by outscoring St. Scholastica (4-14, 4-7 UMAC), 28-14.

During the opening quarter of action, Morris went on a 13-0 run over the first 6:39 of action, which included five straight points from Stevenson to open the game.

The Cougar bench played its biggest part of the afternoon during the second period as it scored 10 points, as freshman Lexie Winter added five points of her own.

Coming out of halftime, Raths scored five points and Zoe Loucks tallied four points for the Cougars in the third quarter. Minnesota Morris entered the fourth quarter with a 32-point lead and was able to hold cruise to the 34-point victory.

The Cougars are back in action at home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, against Crown College. The game is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start at Jim Gremmels Court. Prior to the game, fans are invited to attend the Dacotah Deck dedication starting at 5 p.m. upstairs at the Cougar Sports Center.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORRIS – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Game of the Week came down to the final few minutes, but the St. Scholastica Saints were able to outlast the University of Minnesota Morris men’s basketball team, 78-72. Senior Noah Grove scored 15 points to move into third all-time in points scored in school history with 1,379.

Along with Grove’s 15 points, Trey Heinsuis and Nick Peterson each scored 11 points, while Kenneth Riley chipped in 10 points. The Cougars (7-12, 4-6 UMAC) out-rebounded the Saints (10-9, 7-4 UMAC), 45-34, which included 10 rebounds from Jeffrey Halverson.

A back-and-forth contest in the first half, the game remained within nine points over the first 20 minutes of action.

With 9:09 left in the first half, Collin Anderson hit a 3-pointer to give St. Scholastica its largest lead of the first half (24-15). The Cougars then went on a 12-3 run to tie the contest at 27-27 on a layup from James Pendleton with 5:29 to go in the first half. With 24 seconds remaining in the opening half, Jeremy Halverson’s 3-pointer was good to make it 43-40 in favor of St. Scholastica.

Coming out of the halftime break, Heinsuis stole the ball from Quinn Fischer, which led to a 3-pointer from Grove to tie things up at 43-43 just 33 seconds into the second half.

St. Scholastica held a 57-53 lead and then used a 13-0 run to extend its lead to 70-53 with 9:31 left in regulation. The Cougars then went on a 19-5 run, which was capped off by a 3-pointer from Jer. Halverson with 1:21 left to cut St. Scholastica’s lead to 75-72. The Saints made their final three free throws down the stretch and picked up the 78-72 win.

The Cougars are back in action at home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, against Crown College. The game is slated for a 7:15 p.m. start at Jim Gremmels Court. Prior to the women’s game at 5:30 p.m., fans are invited to attend the Dacotah Deck dedication starting at 5 p.m. upstairs at the Cougar Sports Center.

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