Track and Field Begins Outdoor Seasons

Joe Stark

The College of St. Scholastica men’s and women’s track teams competed this past weekend for the first time outside at the Dingles/Brueggen Open hosted by St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.

The men’s team tried to build off of their third place finish in the indoor season and had multiple athletes place well, but were lead by Frank Cerar as he finished second in both the 110-meter hurdles where he finished with a time of 16.69 seconds, and the pole vault as he cleared a personal best 3.71 meters. Adding to already a great day, Cerar took home third in the discus for the Saints with another personal best 35.41 meters. Easton Foss had a record-breaking run for CSS in the 3,000-meter run where he broke the program record by running in a time of 9:13.50 and taking fifth place. Adam Wallenta also raced in that event and finished seventh with a time of 9:29.33. Ben Fern raced in the 400-meter dash and took home a fourth place finish for Scholastica with a time of 54.80 seconds. Rounding out the top finishers, Jonah Alm finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.18 seconds.

The women’s team had a very successful indoor season, winning the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Championship. Taylor Gibson picked up right where she left off by winning the 800-meter run by seven seconds with a time of 2:18.45. Hannah Russert also looks to have a very good outdoor season as she finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.46, but she had the fastest preliminary time at 15.42 seconds. Mia Rudeck looked promising for CSS as she was second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 2.81 meters. In her first collegiate 100-meter dash, Anika Kling took third with a time of 13.33 seconds. Jacqueline Kaplan ran the 800-meter dash and finished fourth with a time of 2:33.40. In the 1500-meter run, Anna Nelson finished fifth with a time of 5:32.78. Rachel Hudacek took home a solid fifth place finish as well for the Saints in the high jump when she was able to get over the 1.45 meter mark. Mel Avinon ran in the 200-meter dash and finished in 27.43 seconds, which was good enough for sixth place. Also coming in sixth was Elizabeth Poskie in the 3,000-meter run as she crossed the finish line at 11:05.28.

Up next for both teams is the Ashton May Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse which will take place Saturday.