ST. PAUL – The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) honored Jessica Bliese and Trent Merkins with UMAC Field Athlete of the Week plaudits, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. This is the second career honor for Bliese and second honor this season for Merkins.

Jessica Bliese | Junior | Throws | Osakis, Minn./Osakis

  • Top Division III finisher in weight throw at CSB/SJU Invite
  • Tallied mark of 14.98 meters (49-1.75) that is No. 2 in the UMAC
  • Finished fourth in the shot put and ranks No. 1 in UMAC in the event

Trent Merkins | Senior | Throws | Cottonwood, Minn./Lakeview

  • Won the shot put at CSB/SJU Invite Saturday
  • Program-record toss (15.84 meters/51-11.75) ranks No. 24 in Division III
  • Added season-best throw in weight throw that is second in UMAC


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