The University of Minnesota Morris track and field team traveled to the Hamline Invite and recorded 10 top-10 performances in school history Saturday, April 6, at Hamline in St. Paul.
"We saw a lot of outstanding things happen (Saturday)," UMM head coach Jessica Devine said. "Not just in terms of (personal records) and top-10 performances, but in technique and execution as well. All groups have been focusing on a few specific pieces and we executed those things."
"One thing that stood out to me (Saturday) was our resilience through less than ideal conditions. We started the morning off with some bus troubles to arrive late to a cold, rainy, and very large meet. But our ability to maintain positive attitudes was what allowed some great performances to happen," Devine added.
Tyler Sassenberg recorded a 16th-place finish in the men's 5,000-meter run with his time of 15:43.85, which is the No. 3 time in school history. Along with Sassenberg in the men's 5,000-meter run, Benjamin Barnack recorded the No. 7 time in school history (16:20.46) to place 29th.
Alex Boyd tallied a 14th-place finish in the men's shot put with his mark of 41-10, which is the No. 10 distance at UMN Morris. Boyd also finished 14th in the men's hammer throw with the No. 10 mark in school history (128-9).
Jeffrey McEarchern posted a top-10 finish in the men's javelin throw as he finished eighth with a distance of 137-3, which is the No. 7 mark in school history.
The women's discus throw had Jessica Bliese (119-1) and Jenica Moes (117-8) finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Moes' mark of 117-8 is the No. 8 distance in school history. Moes also took fourth in the women's javelin throw with a distance of 105-8, which ranks seventh in school history.
McKenna Vininski tied for 10th in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 8-9.50. Along with Vininski, Kaitlyn Ladwig posted the No. 10 height in school history (8-3.5) to finish 14th. On the men's side, Zion Zaloudek finished 11th with a height of 12-7.25.
In the women's shot put, Bliese finished seventh with a mark of 36-5. Bliese also took ninth in the women's hammer throw with a distance of 134-8.
Freshman Olivia Salzwedel rounded out the top-10 in the women's 100-meter dash with her time of 13.66. Salzwedel also finished 22nd in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 28.74.
Moving up to the women's 800-meter run, Sierra Walker clocked in at 2:57.00 to place 56th. Walker also tied for 21st in the women's high jump as she cleared a height of 4-6.25.
The women's 1,500-meter run saw Arre Langer finish 70th with a time of 5:52.03, while Edmund Cease placed 42nd in the men's 1,500-meter run with his time of 4:31.46.
Emily Ciesynski posted a runner-up finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles (1:03.70) and tallied a ninth-place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles (17.01).
Justin Pearson finished fourth in the men's 100-meter dash (11.43) and sixth in the men's 200-meter dash (23.22).
In the men's 800-meter run, Ryan Anderson finished 15th with a time of 2:01.17.
Cole Kvistero took 13th in the men's 110-meter hurdles as he clocked in at 19.08.
The men's 4x400-meter relay of Anderson, Andrew Stanek, Brennen Meyer and Max Kivi placed 13th with a time of 3:44.49.
The men's high jump saw Matthew Kingland clear a height of 5-8.75 to place 14th.
Trent Merkins finished 12th in the men's hammer throw (131-9), 15th in the men's shot put (41-8.50) and 27th in the men's discus throw (111-7).
The Cougars will now head to Collegeville, Minnesota, to compete at St. John's on Saturday, April 13.
UMAC WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Emily Ciesynski, Sr., Minnesota Morris
- Placed fourth in 400-meter hurdles Saturday at Hamline
- Top collegiate finisher in the event with a time of 1:03.70
- Currently Ranks 13th in Division III in the event