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Cougar records fall at Morris Open

Despite the cold and rain, the University of Minnesota, Morris men's and women's track and field teams still found their way to the top at the annual Morris Open Saturday.

Linda Keller and Jennie LaRoque each set records, in the 800-meter and high jump, respectively.

Keller broke her own mark in the 800-meter, winning the event with a 2:20.35, breaking the tape just one second ahead of second place. Her mark now moves her two seconds ahead of her closest competitor in the UMAC. Keller rounded out her day with a win in the mile as well, stopping the clock with a 5:02.87.

In the high jump, LaRoque moves into the top spot at UMM with her 5-feet-5, breaking the mark by a half-inch and bettering her previous best of 5-feet-3 set at the Hamline Invite.

Adding another win for the women was Connor Lewis in the pole vault with her 8-feet-08.25.

Also on the women's side Kat Nelson and Kaylie Clark posted career bests in the hammer throw, with marks of 132-feet-10 and 128-feet-03, respectively, finishing second and third.

The men also had a pair of career bests in the hammer, with Nate Walters notching a 144-feet-01.50 and Zeke Miller finishing with a 129-feet-08.50 to place second and fourth, respectively.

Ryan DeRoeck continued to lead the men with his win in the high jump, clearing 6-feet-02.75 for his third straight win.

Winning twice was Leandro Dower in the 100-meter and 200-meter with his 11.81 and 23.17, respectively.

In the long jump, Ian Karlsrud also set a career best with his 19-feet-01.50, placing fifth.

Dan Tieran won the steeple chase with a career-best 10:55.30.

Christine Hoffman made it a Cougar sweep in the steeple chase with her winning time of 13:42.27.

The Cougars continue action with the Cobber Twilight on Tuesday and the Drake Alternative on Saturday, in preparation for the UMAC Championships back in Morris on May. 5.