The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s track and field team won its fourth straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Lydia Thering Fieldhouse on the UWS campus.
The Yellowjackets finished with 182.5 points, just ahead of St. Scholastica’s 178 points.
The Yellowjackets won five events over the two-day event.
CJ Pillath won the shot put on Friday, Feb. 29, and then the weight throw on Saturday, Feb. 20. His toss in the weight throw of 16.32 meters was nearly three meters better than the second-place finisher and set a UMAC Championships record.
Pillath won the shot with a toss of 19.01 meters.
Also for UWS, Brett Goplen won the high jump, and Michael Knaack, Steven Pearson, Lennon Shimon and Jake Weston won the 4x200-meter relay. Knaack is a former Northwestern Tiger, and Pearson is a former Superior Spartan.
UWS finished third in the UMAC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship with 98 points.
St. Scholastica won its 11th straight title with 240.5 points. Minnesota-Morris was second with 145 points.
The Yellowjackets won two events. Senior Mathea Brink won the 5,000-meter run, and Alexxa DeQuevedo, Kassie Korhonen, Via Prince and LeAnn Torgerson won the 4x200-meter relay in 1:55.35.
Next up for both Yellowjacket teams is the UW-Stevens Point Pointer Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 7. The event serves as the last chance for competitors to earn a qualification into the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
UMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships
Men’s Team Scores
1. UW—Superior, 182.5; 2. St. Scholastica, 178; 3. Bethany Lutheran, 110; 4 Minnesota-Morris, 77; 5. Northwestern, 69; 6. North Central, 14.5; 7. Crown, 6.
Women’s Team Scores
1. St. Scholastica, 240.5; 2. Minnesota-Morris, 145; 3. UW-Superior, 98; 4. Bethany Lutheran, 59; 5. Northwestern, 48.5; 6. Crown, 45; 7. North Central, 17.
Bethany Lutheran erased a six-point halftime deficit and went on to win its second straight UMAC tournament championship with a 64-58 win over UWS Saturday, Feb. 29, at North Gym Saturday in Mankato, Minn.
Hanna Geistfeld scored a game-high 20 points — including 13 in the second half — and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Vikings secure the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament.
For the second straight game former Superior Spartan Mackenzie Kmecik led UWS in scoring with 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Emily Carpenter added 11 points, two assists and two steals. Eva Reinertsen and Marissa Ruiz each scored nine points. Reinertsen also had six assists.
The Vikings swept the season series with UWS, 3-0, for the first time since UWS joined the conference for the 2015-16 season.
Playing in their final games for UWS were Carpenter, Kmecik, Reinertsen and Ruiz, who helped UWS to an 88-22 overall record with two UMAC titles and trips to the NCAA tournament.
UWS — Mackenzie Kmecik 14, Emily Carpenter 11, Marissa Ruiz 9, Eva Reinertsen 9, Ellie Leadstrom 7, Mady Sanders 4, Mikayla Koivisto 4. Totals: 24-59 5-7 58.
3-point goals (5-15) — Ruiz 3, Kmecik, Carpenter.
Bethany Lutheran — Hanna Geistfeld 20, Jordan Martinez 11, Abby Olson 10, Kenlie Pytleski 9, Emily Skrien 6, Laura Ellinghuysen 6, Natasha Young 2. Totals: 22-52 18-24 64.
3-point goals (2-11) — Pytleski, Ellinghuysen.
UW-Eau Claire swept UWS in the semifinals of the WIAC tournament by scores of 4-1 and 2-0 over the weekend at the Hobbs Ice Arena.
Bruno Birzitis scored the only goal on the weekend for the Yellowjackets, who finish the season with a record of 16-10-3.
Zach Dyment was in net both games for UWEC (21-4-2), stopping 22 shots on Friday and 25 in Saturday’s shutout.
Oscar Svensson stopped 29 and 28 shots for the Yellowjackets.
First Period — 1. UWEC, Simon Sagissor (Logan Von Ruden), 14:42.
Second Period — 2. UWEC, Matt Stanton (Nick Techel, Scott Munro), 12:40.
Third Period — 3. UWS, Bruno Birzitis, 2:48. 4. UWEC, Jon Richards (Jake Bresser, Andrew McGlynn), 8:43. 5. UWEC, Richards, 18:07.
Saves — Oscar Svensson, UWS, 7-13-9—29. Zach Dyment, UWEC, 7-6-9—22.
First period — 1. UWEC, Tyler Tomberlin (Austin Redders, Connor Koviak), 9:11.
Second period — 2. UWEC, Jon Richards, 8:49.
Third period — No scoring.
Saves — Svensson, UWS, 7-13-8—28. Dyment, UWEC, 7-8-10—25.
Bella Wagner's goal 17 seconds into the second period was all the scoring River Falls needed to take a 1-0 series lead over UWS Friday night in the WIAC semifinal series at W.H. Hunt Arena.
The Falcons clinched the series 1-0-1 with the tie on Saturday.
UWRF took a 2-0 lead on Saturday with goals by Callie Hoff and Alyson Niebur.
UWS eventually tied it up when Amanda Sergent scored with an assist from Kaleigh Martinson at 12:40 of the second period and Martinson scored from Sergent 6:50 into the third.
The score remained the same throughout the remainder of the third period and then OT, when UWS outshot UWRF 4-0.
McKenzie Whalen stopped 23 shots for UWS on Friday, and Catherine Johnson had 30 saves Saturday. Sami Miller was in net both nights for UWRF, making 17 and 26 saves, respectively.
First Period — No scoring.
Second period — 1. UWRF, Bella Wagner (Callie Hoff), 0:17.
Third period — No scoring.
Saves — McKenzie Whalen, UWS, 3-7-13—23. Sami Miller, UWRF, 8-4-5—17.
First period — 1. UWRF, Callie Hoff, 18:18.
Second period — 2. UWRF, Alyson Niebur (Kathryn Larson, Kiana Gilbrath), 10:34. 3. UWS, Amanda Sergent (Kaleigh Martinson), 12:40.
Third period — 4, UWRF, Martinson (Sergent), 6:50.
Saves — Catherine Johnson, UWS, 8-6-16-0—30. Miller, UWRF, 4-14-4-4—26.
UWS fell to 2-4 after dropping two games to Bethel on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Dundas Dome in Dundas, Minnesota.
Bethel won the first game 7-6 and the second game 8-3.
UWS rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh in the opener, but couldn't plate the tying run. Davriana Horvath was 2-for-3 and scored a run and Olivia Bancroft-Hart was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In the second game, Bethel took command with five runs in the top of the first inning. Horvath added three more hits and an RBI.
The Yellowjackets play Augsburg in a doubleheader Friday, March 6, at the Auggie Dome in Minneapolis, then play Edgewood in a Saturday, March 7, doubleheader at Augsburg.