BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Minnesota Morris track & field program competed against Division I and II schools at the SDSU Last Chance meet in its indoor regular season finale Friday at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. Senior Katherine Novak clocked in at 5:18.03 to finish 13th in the women’s mile. With the 300-meter track conversion, Novak’s time is converted to 5:21.18, which ranks No. 2 all-time in school history.

“We are continuing our streak of great performances,” head coach Jessica Devine said. “We recorded a handful of top-10 marks as well as many personal bests! Justin Robinson had a 72cm PR in shot put to earn the ninth-best throw in school history (up from 15th) and Katherine Novak continued with her weekly time drops to earn the second best mile in school history.

“With what we saw from our men and women today, we’re confident going into the Indoor UMAC Championships next week. We’re poised for a strong weekend and are looking forward to earning some top spots in the conference!”
Sophomore Justin Pearson won the men’s 60-meter dash (7.07) and the men’s 200-meter dash (22.60).

Freshman Jenna Benson led the Cougars in the women’s 60-meter dash with a 10th-place finish (8.22). She also took 10th in the women’s long jump (15-0.75) and 11th in the women’s 200-meter dash with her time of 27.93.

Moving up to the women’s 400-meter dash, Emily Ciesynski took sixth with a time of 59.45, while Kaitlyn Ladwig clocked in at 2:36.19 to place 12th overall in the women’s 800-meter run.

The women’s 60-meter hurdles saw Ciesynski and Brooke Hogan finish fifth (9.67) and sixth (9.70), respectively. In the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, Hogan ran 9.64, which ranks third all-time in school history.

In the men’s 800-meter run, Andrew Stanek finished ninth with his time of 2:07.36.

The men’s mile saw the Cougars finish 7-8-9-10-11, as Christian Thielke led the way in a time of 4:49.90.

In the men’s 3,000-meter run, Tyler Sassenberg crossed the finish line in 9:15.54 to take seventh.

In the women’s throws, Brennyn DePaulis finished 19th in the shot put (37-11.25) and Jessica Bliese took 22nd in the weight throw (44-10.75). Bliese’s mark of 44-10.75 improves her No. 10 standing in school history.

In the throws for the Cougar men, Trent Merkins finished 13th in the shot put (43-9.75) and Alex Boyd took 17th in the weight throw (44-10.25). Along with Merkins in the men’s shot put, Justin Robinson finished 17th with the No. 9 throw in school history – 41-5.25.

Also in the field for the Cougar men, Zion Zaloudek cleared a height of 11-6.5 in the pole vault to place 11th and Cole Kvistero took sixth in the long jump (18-3.25).

The Cougars will now head to Duluth, Minnesota, for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day meet gets underway on Friday, Feb. 22.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Day three of the Liberal Arts Championships saw the Minnesota Morris swimming & diving program take second and third in the 3-meter dive.

In the 3-meter dive, McKenna Vininski and Taryn Longshore finished second (369.05) and third (305.65), respectively.
The Cougar 200-yard medley relay of Montana Lawrence, Sierra Walker, Carolyn Curtis and Olivia Salzwedel combined for a time of 1:57.06 to place sixth.

Caitlin Papke took seventh in the 100-yard backstroke with her time of 1:01.84.

Lawrence brought home a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with her time of 2:05.15. She also clocked in at 1:02.89 to finish ninth in the 100-yard backstroke.

In the 400-yard IM, Tatiana Walker-Rozo and Claire Naslund finished 10th (5:18.07) and 11th (5:24.58), respectively.

Curtis placed 12th in the 100-yard butterfly with her time of 1:05.86
The final day of the Liberal Arts Championships gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. Heading into Saturday, the Cougars are in fourth-place with 256 points

Standings After Day Three
1. Coe College 436.5
2. Loras College 337
3. Illinois Institute of Tech 260.5
4. University of Minnesota Morris 256
5. Nebraska Wesleyan University 244
6. College of Saint Mary 217
7. Morningside College 205
8. Luther College 198
9. Simpson College 149
10. Mills College 114
11. Principia College 55


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