The University of Minnesota Morris track and field program set nine top-10 marks in program history Tuesday, April 23, at the Cobber Twilight meet in Moorhead.
"We had a number of outstanding (personal records) and top-10 performances (Tuesday), which is exactly what we want to see this time of year leading into the UMAC Championships," UMM head coach Jessica Devine said. "Ryan Anderson's 800 was a big highlight for the day on the track, taking nearly three seconds off his personal best from last year.”
"Our women's sprinters also dropped some major time, and moved up to second, third, and fourth in the 100-meter dash UMAC rankings. In the field events, Jenica Moes and Alex Boyd both had giant (personal records) in the hammer throw, about seven meters for Jenica and about five meters for Alex," Devine said of highlights from the meet.
In the 100-meter dash for the Cougar women, Emily Ciesynski and Olivia Salzwedel finished seventh (12.99) and eighth (13.06), respectively. Ciesynski's time of 12.99 is tied for No. 7 all-time in school history and Salzwedel now ranks 10th all-time with her time of 13.06. Salzwedel also placed 11th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.64.
Boyd recorded a pair of top-10 performances in school history Tuesday. Boyd set the No. 6 mark at UMN Morris in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 145-4 to place sixth and he also tallied the No. 10 men's shot put performance in school history (41-7.75) to place 15th.
Anderson crossed the finish line in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.97 to place ninth overall. Anderson's time of 1:57.97 ranks sixth in school history.
McKenna Vininski place 10th in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 9-3, which is the No. 7 mark in school history, and 12th in the women's long jump (15-2.25).
Bliese also placed sixth in the women's javelin throw with a toss of 109-8 and seventh in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 151-8, which is the No. 3 mark in school history. Also in the women's javelin throw, Adrianna Bibeau placed 15th with the No. 10 program history with a toss of 100-0.
Montana Lawrence took seventh in the women's 5,000-meter run as she completed the race in 21:23.67.
Ciesynski captured a first-place finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles (1:03.38), while Brooke Hogan placed fifth in the women's 100-meter hurdles (16.03).
The women's 3,000-meter steeplechase saw Arre Langer post a seventh-place finish (14:38.05).
Edmund Cease paced the Cougars in the men's 1,500-meter run with a seventh-place finish (4:26.78).
In the men's 5,000-meter run, Raymond Abraham took fourth in a time of 17:45.53.
Zion Zaloudek took sixth in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 12-0.75.
Jeffrey McEarchern and Trent Merkins finished in the top-10 in the men's javelin throw (10th – 119-6) and men's shot put (ninth – 47-1.75), respectively. Lukas Peterson finished 16th in the men's discus throw with a distance of 118-1.
The Cougars are back in action at Minnesota State Moorhead on Friday, April 26.