Pillath sets record, qualifies for NCAA championships
University of Wisconsin-Superior senior C.J. Pillath has advanced to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships with a record-setting performance at the Pointer Final Qualifier at the Multi-Activity Center on Saturday, March 2.
Pillath, a senior from Coleman, Wis., won the weight throw at UW-Stevens Point with a school-record toss of 18.40 meters, topping the school mark set by Nils Hansen in 2013.
The NCAA championships will take place Friday, March 8, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Mass.
Pillath is the first student-athlete to represent the Yellowjackets at the indoor NCAA championships since Charles Corbett (5,000-meter run) and Thomas Udenberg (shot put) competed in 2016.
Pillath was also second in the shot put Saturday with a mark of 15.65 meters, while classmate Fauston Wirth finished seventh in the weight throw with a personal-best effort of 16.54 meters.
On the track, senior Rand Bieri (Cloquet) recorded an indoor season best with a seventh-place showing in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:02.19.
Senior Zach Mazurek (Bessemer, Mich.) ran 16:04.38 in the 5,000 for a personal best and an 11th-place finish. Junior Henry Seeb (Stillwater, Minn.) was 16th in the event in 16:40.32.
In the mile run, sophomore Tyler Finger (Clintonville, Wis.) finished 14th in 4:41.51, just missing a personal best by less than one second.
Official announcement of the NCAA championships field is expected by 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
UWS junior Maria Mazo lowered her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles, running 9.25 seconds in the preliminary round in the Pointer Final Qualifier.
Mazo, from Hendaye, France, finished fourth in her preliminary heat to qualify for the finals and then ran 9.35 in the finals, placing third overall. She bettered her record from last weekend's UMAC championships that stood at 9.30.
The only other Yellowjacket to complete Saturday was sophomore thrower Carson Haase (Brandon, S.D.). She finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 14.97 meters.
Superior opens its outdoor track and field season March 22-23 at the Emory Invitational in Atlanta.
UWS sophomores Troy York and Oscar Svensson have been named to the 2018-19 All-WIAC Men's Ice Hockey Team.
Senior Daniel Litchke also earned a spot on the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
York, a sophomore from Plano, Texas, scored a team-high 13 goals and 23 points in 26 games this season. He also had a team-leading eight power-play goals and five game winners.
York scored twice in three games this season. His two-goal games came against Concordia Wisconsin in a 4-3 win on Oct. 27, at Finlandia in an 8-1 win on Nov. 17 and at UW-Stout in a 3-2 win on Jan. 25.
He received WIAC Player of the Week honors for the weeks ending Oct. 28 and Jan. 27.
In two seasons and 54 games with the Yellowjackets, York has 24 goals and 19 assists for 43 points.
Svensson (Södertälje, Sweden) took over the starting goaltender role midseason and compiled a 6-4-1 record with one shutout in 13 games, including 11 starts. He registered a 1.85 goals-against average and .949 save percentage with 375 saves.
Svensson blanked UW-Eau Claire in the first game of the WIAC tournament on the road, making a career-high 51 saves.
He was named WIAC Player of the Week on Jan. 15 after helping the 'Jackets beat Bethel and Hamline.
Litchke tied for fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 27 games. He tallied multiple points in a game on two occasions, picking up two assists in the season opener against Lake Forest on Oct. 26 and a goal and two assists at Finlandia.
In 110 career games for UWS, Litchke scored 39 goals and added 39 assists for 78 points.
UWS forward Kaleigh Martinson was named to the 2019 All-WIAC Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Sophomore forward Jenna Curtis (Webster) and freshman defenseman Ty Bischoff (Grand Rapids, Minn.) collected honorable mention recognition while senior forward Mandy Tomlinson (Waupaca, Wis.) earned a spot on the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Martinson, a junior from Dayton Minn., led the Yellowjackets with 14 goals and 23 points in 27 games. She now has 66 points, including 39 goals, in 81 games at UWS.
Curtis scored seven goals and added four assists for 11 points in 27 games. In 54 games played, Curtis has 10 goals and seven assists for the 'Jackets.
Bischoff scored two goals and had four assists in 27 games from the blue line. She finished a plus-4 on the year.
Tomlinson scored four goals and four assists, skating in all 27 games. She did most of her damage on the power play, potting three with an extra skater.
One of two players on this year's squad to appear in over 100 games, Tomlinson played in 102 with five goals and 19 career points.