The cancellation of a meet on Saturday had the Cougars suddenly heading back to Saint John’s University on Friday evening.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn.– After another week full of schedule changes, the University of Minnesota Morris women’s track & field team placed fourth on Friday evening at the Saint John’s University Last Minute Invitational. The Cougars racked up 56 points on the night and saw a school record broken byJenica Moes.
The one event that resulted in a victory on the night for Minnesota Morris was in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay where the team of Jenna Benson, Jasmine Terry, Lydia Nash, and Olivia Salzwedel won the race in 51.27 seconds.
In the throwing events, Moes set a new school record in the discus, establishing a mark of 135-10 (41.42 meters) to break the record that had stood since 2007. She finished as the runner-up in that event, as well as in the javelin where she threw 118-7 (36.16 meters). In that event, McKenzie Newton came in third at 109-6 (33.39 meters) and Kassidy Siedow took seventh at 96-6 (29.43 meters).
Hailey Gill also had a pair of top-eight finishes on the day. In the hammer, Gill unleashed a throw of 144-2 (43.96 meters) to take third in the event. She also was seventh in the shot put with a throw of 36-5.00 (11.10 meters)
A few other of the top performances on Friday for the Cougars came from Kim Peters in the long jump and triple jump, finishing fifth in the long jump at 14-3.25 (4.35 meters) and sixth in the triple with an effort of 29-10.75 (9.11 meters). Jasmine Terry was third in the high jump by clearing 4-11 (1.50 meters) and Ellen Beckius was sixth in that same event at 4-1.25 (1.25 meters). Finally, Kaitlyn Ladwig was seventh in the pole vault, clearing the bar at a height of 7-1 (2.16 meters).
Next weekend, the eight UMAC schools will converge on Morris for the UMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Action gets started at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday.