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Track and Field: Saints win 10th-straight UMAC indoor title

UMAC Athletics

Following an exciting second day of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship, the College of St. Scholastica closed out an impressive decade of success, winning the 10th title in the history of the conference meet behind a remarkable weekend from Anika Kling Saturday, Feb. 23, in Duluth.

The Saints won yet another conference championship with a 58-point lead over runner-up University of Wisconsin-Superior. Junior Kling finished as the Top Scoring Athlete of the Meet contributing 40 points to the Saints' winning total of 219.5.

After setting a meet record in the 60-meter prelims Friday, Kling sealed the win in the finals Saturday with a time of 8.00 seconds. She later won her third title of the weekend taking the 200-meter dash clocking 26.34. In addition to her victories Saturday, Kling also won the long jump, placed second in the 400-meter dash and was part of the second-place 4x400-meter relay squad for the Saints.

The champion Saints won just one other event Saturday with Lexi Erickson capturing her second event win of the meet taking the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:53.10.

The second-place Yellowjackets won three events on day two which was topped off with another relay victory to end the meet. The 'Jackets won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:11.26 from the team of LeAnn Torgerson, Valerie Rowe, Kelli Praska and Mikaela Shepard.

Senior Praska won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.42 to highlight the mid-distance events for the Yellowjackets, and Maria Mazo won the 60-meter hurdles with a solid time of 9.30 seconds.

The University of Minnesota Morris finished with a strong third place finish of 137 points. Jessica Bliese highlighted the Cougars' day with a winning mark of 12.16 meters (39-10.75) in the shot put.

The University of Northwestern jumped ahead of Bethany Lutheran College for fourth place with 55 team points after Amanda Sonnenburg captured the title in the pole vault with a clear of 3.30 meters (10-10). Bethany Lutheran finished fifth with 47 points, while Crown College was sixth with 23 points thanks to a win in the triple jump from Mya Hill who earned a mark of 9.99 meters (32-9.50).

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