Track and Field: Cougars' Sassenberg breaks school record for 5K
Tyler Sassenberg became the first Minnesota Morris student-athlete to break 16-minutes in the men's indoor 5,000-meter run with his time of 15:59.71 Saturday, Feb. 9, at the CSB-SJU Invite in Collegeville.
"For the most part (Saturday) was pretty on par with what we did last week, which is good for this phase of the season," UMM head coach Jessica Devine said. "We competed well and had a couple of really solid (personal records). A major highlight from the day was Tyler Sassenberg's school record in the 5000-meter run. His fitness has been on point and he has been racing extremely well so far this season so it was a well earned and well deserved record."
In men’s sprints, Brennen Meyer rounded out the top-10 in the 400-meter dash with his time of 54.80. Along with his 10th-place finish in the 400-meter dash, Meyer finished 22nd in the 200-meter dash (25.86).
In the women's sprints, Jenna Benson finished sixth in the 60-meter dash (8.19) and 11th in the 200-meter dash (28.65), while Emily Ciesynski won the 400-meter dash (1:00.27). Benson also tallied a seventh-place finish in the women's long jump with her leap of 15-3.25.
In mid-distance for the men, freshman Max Kivi clocked in at 2:12.72 to finish seventh in the 800-meter run. Moving up to the mile, Christian Thielke ran to a ninth-place finish with a time of 4:58.14.
Kaitlyn Ladwig paced the Cougars in the women's mile with her third-place finish (5:48.77). Ladwig also cleared a height of 6-9.75 in the pole vault to place 15th.
The men's 3,000-meter run saw Ryan Anderson crossed the finish line in 9:29.45 to place seventh. Anderson's time of 9:39.45 ranks sixth all-time at Morris. As mentioned earlier, Sassenberg ran a school record time of 15:59.71 in the men's 5,000-meter run as he took eighth overall.
Katherine Novak took fifth in the women's 3,000-meter run (10:55.39) and Brittney Johnson placed 10th in the women's 5,000-meter run (22:22.94). Novak now moves into fourth all-time at UM-Morris in the women's 3,000-meter run.
Brooke Hogan rounded out the top-five in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.91.
In the men's 4x400-meter relay, the Cougars ran to a time of 3:50.21.
In the men's throws, Trent Merkins took seventh in the shot put with his mark of 44-8, while Alex Boyd finished ninth in the weight throw with his distance of 46-10.
Though she didn't qualify for the finals of the women's weight throw, Jessica Bliese improved No. 10 standing in school history by half-an-inch with her distance of 44-8.75.
The Cougars now head to Brookings, South Dakota, for the SDSU Last Chance Meet on Friday, Feb. 15. The meet gets underway at 3 p.m.