Track & Field Kicks Off Season at Saints Opener
The College of St. Scholastica men’s and women’s track teams opened up their indoor track season this past weekend here in Duluth at the Burns and Wellness Fieldhouse. Teams from Division II and III all competed in this early meet with the hopes of getting some early competition in. With it being the first meet of the season, the Saints wanted to get off to a strong start to try and secure another indoor conference title for both teams.
The women’s team got under way Friday night when Hannah Russert competed in the pentathlon. The five-event competition was intense from start to finish and Russert ended up finishing in second, missing first by only forty points as she recorded a personal best score of 2908. The two events that helped her the most were the 60-meter hurdles, where she ran a career best time of 9.24 seconds, and the shot put, which she won throwing 9.47 meters. Russert wasn’t the only Saint who had their game face on, as Saturday featured the rest of the CSS track and field members. Taylor Gibson ran a great 600 meters to finish fourth in the event with a time of 1:41.80. The high jump saw CSS finishing fifth and sixth as Suntina Spehar cleared 1.51 meters and Rachel Hudacek was able to clear 1.41 meters. CSS placed another fifth in the pole vault when Kaylie King was able to vault over 2.75 meters. Emily Conley kept with the fifth place theme as well, throwing 11.45 meters in shot put. The 400-meter dash had one top ten finisher in Julianna French as she took seventh with a time of 1:07.98.
The men’s team had similar finishes to the women and had a couple finishers worth mentioning. The 60-meter dash had two Saints in the top ten with Davon Bryant and Patrick Murphy. Bryant finished fourth with a time of 7.35 seconds and Murphy was a couple tenths behind with a finish of 7.68 seconds. Jacob Gallagher is ready for another strong season, and he ran a good race in the 800-meter run where he took home a fourth place finish with a time of 2:11.12. Evan White ran the mile in 5:04.15 to place sixth. Also finishing sixth was teammate Jordan Boser, except his was in the triple jump where he jumped 11.46 meters. CSS got a seventh place finish out of Wyatt Helgeson in the pole vault, clearing 3.65 meters. Frank Cerar wrapped up the top finishes for the Saints when he took home an eighth place finish in both the 60-meter hurdles and the pole vault.
The men and women track teams are both off now for about a month as they will not compete again in 2016. The next meet for both of them is going to be January 14th at Bemidji State University at the Super 8 Open.