Track and Field: Four Cougars earn spots on All-Decade team
As part of its 2018-2019 "10-Year Celebration," the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) named 12 individual athletes to the UMAC Men's Track and Field All-Decade Team and selected a Coach of the Decade and an Indoor Team of the Decade and Outdoor Team of the Decade, the conference announced Thursday, March 14. Minnesota Morris was represented on the UMAC All-Decade Team by Chalmer Combellick (2013-17), Leandro Dower (2011-14), Justin Pearson (2018-Present*) and Billy Visto (2009-11*).
Chalmer Combellick (2013-17)
Combellick is one of the most decorated UMAC track athletes in the NCAA era. He was a 13-time UMAC individual event champion between indoor and outdoor events and was part of three title-winning Minnesota Morris relays.
In 2014, Combellick was selected the Track Athlete of the Meet at both UMAC Championships. He qualified for and placed 14th in the 1,500-meter run at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship. Combellick twice set a UMAC record in that same event and currently holds three UMAC Championship records.
Leandro Dower (2011-14)
Dower made a significant impact for the Cougars during his time as a sprinter. He won seven individual event titles between the UMAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships and was a member of nine relay champion squads.
Dower earned the 2011 Outdoor Track Athlete of the Meet honor after leading the Cougars to a team title following two record-setting performances. To date, Dower still owns the UMAC record in the 200-meter outdoor events and is part of two relay-record squads.
Justin Pearson (2018-Present*)
In just one season as a rookie in 2018, Pearson was named the UMAC Track Athlete of the Meet at both the indoor and outdoor conference meets.
Collectively between both championships, Pearson won five individual event titles and was part of two Minnesota Morris championship relays. Pearson set a new meet record in the 400-meter dash at the outdoor meet. He also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 100-meter dash and placed 17th.
Billy Visto (2009-11*)
Minnesota Morris captured back-to-back UMAC Outdoor Championship team victories in 2010 and 2011 thanks to Visto.
As a Cougar, Visto won the UMAC triple jump four times between the indoor and outdoor meets in the NCAA era (five overall). He set UMAC triple jump records with each of his conference event wins and owns the top two jumps in UMAC history for both triple jumps. Visto finished his storied career as a NCAA provisional qualifier in the triple jump in 2011.
*Only seasons a student-athlete competed during the 10-Year timeframe (2009-2018 for track and field) in the UMAC are listed.