Track and Field Compete at Warren Bowlus Meet

Joe Stark
jstark@css.edu

The College of St. Scholastica men’s and women’s track teams competed last weekend at the Warren Bowlus Open at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menominee, Wisconsin. The women competed on Saturday only, with the men competing on both Friday and Saturday.

The men began the meet on Friday with the first heptathlon events taking place. Frank Cerar was the top finisher in the event for the Saints as he set a personal-best point total on the weekend. That was largely in part to the personal-bests he had in the pole vault, high jump, and 1,000m run. Cerar would finish with 4,310 points, which was good enough for eighth place and was in the top half of competitors as eighteen people competed.

Easton Foss ran in the 3,000m run on Saturday and finished ninth place with a personal-best of his own running in a time of 8:50.06. Wyatt Helgeson also placed eighth for CSS in the pole vault as he too would get in on the personal-best party when he jumped a height of 4.15m. To go along with that, Helgeson also took home ninth in the high jump. In the 60m hurdles Joe Guimond just missed the finals, losing by only two tenths of a second. Donovan Blatz and Pat Murphy took home thirteenth and fourteenth respectively in the long jump with distances of 5.68m and 5.59m. Murphy was the top finisher of the meet for the Saints, however, in the triple jump he jumped 11.17m and earned a seventh place finish for the Saints. Even though Murphy did not feel at his all-time best performing, he likes where he is at this point in the season.

“I felt as if it was a good progression meet into the season,” said Murphy. “Since it is still early in the season, I can’t expect to be performing at a high level, so although I did not feel the best competing, I still felt like I was making positive gains moving closer to conference [championships],” continued Murphy.

The women took to the track on Saturday and Breanna Shofner stole the show, winning her third different event of the indoor season as she won the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.03. Teammate Anika Kling was only a second and a half behind her, crossing the finish line in third place with a time of 1:03.45. Natalie St. Marie was seventh in shot with a throw of 11.33m and eighth in weight throw for the Saints when she tossed a distance of 14.13m. Ashley Kosloski had an impressive finish in the 60m hurdles when she posted a season-best time of 10.20 seconds. Aria Plewa competed in the 3000m run and finished in 11:03.88, putting her twelfth out of thirty-one runners.

Kosloski and Plewa have fought through injuries this season and both were excited to be back on the track.

“Competing last weekend was a relief. I’ve been dealing with injuries which has made competing difficult, so seeing my time finally drop was nice,” said Kosloski.

“It was awesome to compete last weekend,” said Plewa. “Racing off an injury has been tough, but I felt prepared on Saturday. Competing in the middle of the season is always fun, especially as training starts to get more intense. You can see your hard work start to pay off,” ended Plewa.

The Saints will be home Saturday for the Lake Superior Challenge in the Burns Wellness Fieldhouse starting at 11 a.m. and all athletes are excited to compete in front of a home crowd.

“The meet this weekend will be big for the Saints. We’re coming off a recovery week so fans can expect some fast racing on the home track,” said Plewa.

“Fans can look forward to some solid competition with strong performances from their home team. Pole vault is always a fan favorite and exciting to watch,” added Murphy.