The University of Wisconsin-Superior is beginning to establish a dynasty in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men’s outdoor track and field after capturing a third-straight championship meet win Saturday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Yellowjackets recorded an impressive 289 points to finish 134 points ahead of runner-up Minnesota Morris and its 155 points. St. Scholastica had 94 points for third.
The champion ‘Jackets finished with seven wins, including five on Saturday.
Park Falls’ Jordan Koski won his second event of the meet on Saturday with an impressive time of 15:37.86 in the 5,000-meter run. Teammate Harrison Hirsch was third in 16:05.82.
Proctor’s Henry Haberman highlighted the Yellowjackets’ performances in the field Saturday with a victory in the high jump at 1.85 meters (6-0.75). Habermann also finished second in the triple jump at 12.45 meters (40-10.25).
Former Superior Spartans played key roles in the Yellowjackets’ success Saturday, including Chase Elder and Alex Dzikonski, who teamed up with Joe Olinger and Noah Potratz to finish third in the 4x100-meter relay.
Another former Spartan, Matt Swanson, teamed with Dzikonski, Olinger and Potratz for a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.
Superior’s Evan Walpole finished fifth in the 1,500, just behind teammate Eddie Carlson in fourth place and just ahead of Rand Bieri in sixth place.
Other Saturday highlights were Dylan Groshens and Alek Tyler finishing second and third in the 110-meter hurdles; and C.J. Pillath placing third in the discus and second in the shot put.
The top performance on Friday for UWS was by Koski, who bettered his season-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for a new meet record. He clocked 9:43.43 to improve the conference time by nearly three seconds and finished almost 20 seconds faster than the next finisher.
Two other wins were Joshua Weston in the 400-meter hurdles, and the 4x800-meter relay from the team of Walpole, Derrick Moe, Eddie Carlson and Bieri.
The Yellowjackets continued to flex their muscles in the field events with Potratz defending his title in the javelin with a season-best toss of 57.83 meters (189-9) and Pillath winning the hammer throw with a toss of 48.76 (160-0).
The Yellowjackets finished in second place behind the St. Scholastica Saints, who captured its second consecutive UMAC outdoor championship and 13th in the last 14 years.
The Yellowjacket women were in third place after one day of competition.
UWS had a pair of athletes win two events.
Svenja Ruehl won the triple jump and long jump, while former Spartan Taylor Phillips won the shot put and discus throw.
In the shot put, Phillips threw 12.08 meters (39-7.75) and in discus she tossed 37.05 meters (121-7).
The Yellowjackets’ other wins were by Maria Mazo, 100-meter hurdles; Ali Manthey, 3,000-meter steeplechase; and Kelli Praska, 800-meter run.
Ruehl finished up the day with her third-straight triple jump championship with 11.38 meters (37-04.00).
In other field events for UWS, Mazo took second in the high jump (4-11), followed by Ruehl in third (4-9).
Up next for the Yellowjackets is Friday’s UW-La Crosse Eagle Open.
Women’s Team Scores
- St Scholastica 212; 2. UW-Superior, 184; 3. Minnesota Morris, 181; 4. Bethany Lutheran, 86; 5. Northwestern, 54; 6. Martin Luther, 23; 7. Crown, 14; 8. North Central, 1.
Men’s Team Scores
- UW-Superior, 289; 2. Minnesota Morris, 155; 3. St Scholastica, 94; 4. Martin Luther, 79; 5. Northwestern, 75; 6. Bethany Lutheran, 38; 7. North Central, 20; 8. Crown, 2.