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Track and Field: Four UM-Morris women earn special recognition from UMAC

(From left) UMM head coach Jessica Devine, Emily Ciesynski, Jessica Bliese and Jenica Moes were all awarded special recognition by the UMAC when it announced all-UMAC honorees for track and field. Stevens County Times graphic

With the conclusion of the 2019 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, four members of the UM-Morris women's track and field program were honored with special recognition Wednesday, May 8.

Jessica Devine led the women's track and field team to a 46-point margin of victory to be named the Coach of the Year by her peers. Under her leadership, Emily Ciesynski was selected the Women's Track Athlete of the Meet and Jessica Bliese was honored as the Women's Field Athlete of the Meet. First-year Jenica Moes was also tabbed the Women's Rookie of the Year.

The UM-Morris women's track and field program received the UMAC Team Sportsmanship Award, while Jeffrey McEarchern and Katherine Novak represented Minnesota Morris on the UMAC Individual Sportsmanship Award lists.

Along with postseason honors, eight Cougar men and 10 Cougar women were tabbed with UMAC All-Conference plaudits - which is given to an individual who places first or second in an individual event and all members of a winning relay team.

Minnesota Morris Men's All-Conference Honorees

Name                       Year Hometown/High School

Ryan Anderson         So.    Bellevue, Idaho/Wood River

Edmund Cease         Jr.     Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids

Jeffrey McEarchern So.    Rochester, Minn./Century

Trent Merkins          Jr.     Cottonwood, Minn./Lakeview

Justin Pearson          So.    Elk River, Minn./Elk River

Tyler Sassenberg     Sr.     Winthrop, Minn./Gibbon-Fairfax Winthrop

Andrew Stanek        So.    Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata

Christian Thielke      So.    Morris, Minn./Morris

Minnesota Morris Women's All-Conference Honorees

Name                       Year Hometown/High School

Jessica Bliese           So.    Osakis, Minn./Osakis

Emily Ciesynski         Sr.     Blaine, Minn./Blaine

Brooke Hogan          Jr.     Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls

Kaitlyn Ladwig          So.    Granite Falls, Minn./Yellow Medicine East

Jenica Moes         Fy.    Watertown, S.D./Watertown

Katherine Novak       Sr.     Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park

Kimberly Olurankinse  So. Maple Grove, Minn./Flora (Lagos, Nigeria)

Olivia Salzwedel       Fy.    St. Anthony Village, Minn./St. Anthony Village

Paige Stearns           So.    Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge

Alexa Yeager            So.    Clearwater, Minn./Monticello

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