NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Morris Dennis got the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota track and field team’s record-breaking party started on Friday—and Maria Missurelli stole a page from his book on Saturday.
Missurelli shattered her own school record in the pole vault, clearing 3.35 meters to place second at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, leading the Cardinal women to a 12th-place finish.
The Saint Mary’s men, meanwhile—behind the top-5 efforts of a pair of relays—settled for a 10th-place team finish.
Dennis—coming off his school record-setting performance in the 400 on Friday, nearly had school mark No. 2—as he teamed with James Davis, Desmond Steward, and Gordy Paulman to finish fourth in the 4×200 in a time of 1:32.04, narrowly missing the top time in program history.
It was the first of two fourth-place Saturday performances for Davis, who also placed fourth in the 200, stopping the clock in 22.72. Bryan Ortman and Brandon Krogman chipped in sixth-place efforts in the triple jump (13.25m) and 600 (1:23.61), while Jovan Newsum added a 13th in the 3,000, stopping the clock in 8:52.05, and the 4×400 relay team of Dennis, Steward, Davis, and Krogman added a ninth-place time of 3:29.08
Becca Dup—who placed sixth in the long jump on Friday—collected her second top 10 finish, placing 10th in the 200 with a time of 26.88, while Kierra Walske and Madaline Eichers added throws of 8.89m and 8.68m, respectively, in the shot put, and the Cardinal women’s 800 relay team of Kynzie Smedsrud, Becca Dup, Portia Mensah, and Clare Siska placed ninth with a time of 1:50.10
DAY 1: Morris Dennis shattered his own school record in placing third in the 400. Dennis—who earned his second All-MIAC honor in the event with the third-place effort—stopped the clock in 49.46, four-tenths of a second faster than his previous school mark. Bryan Ortman finished fourth in the long jump, uncorking a leap of 6.66 meters.
Jovan Newsum chipped in an eighth-place finish in the 5,000, stopping the clock in 15:19.73, while Brandon Krogman recorded a ninth-place time of 1:59.07 in the 800. David Kemper and Gordy Paulman finished 11th and 17th in the pole vault (4.15m / 3.85m), and Austin O’Hare added a 12th-place showing in the mile, finishing in 4:30.26. Desmond Steward (6.21m), Luis Avila (6.13m), and Jacob Hagen-Erickson (6.12m) all competed in the long jump for the Cardinals, while James Davis chipped in a time of 6.73 in the 55 and Phil Emmerich recorded an 8.79 in the 55 hurdles.
Becca Dup led the way for the Saint Mary’s women, placing sixth in the long jump (5.01m) and adding a time of 7.59 in the 55. Kynzie Smedsrud chipped in a 9.74 in the 55 hurdles, while Natalie King and Madaline Eichers posted throws of 10.65m and 7.97m, in the weight throw, respectively.
HEPTATHLON: Phil Emmerich finished ninth in the seven-event heptathlon, while Joe Gardner placed 16th. Emmerich placed third in both the shot put (10.96m) and pole vault (3.77m), while adding a fifth in the 55 (7.02), a 10th in the 55 hurdles (8.91), a ninth in the 1,000 (2:58.33), a 14th in the long jump (5.42m), and a 15th in the high jump (1.57m). Gardner was paced by a second-place performance in the 55 hurdles (8.43), and added a 10th in the 55 (7.12), a 15th in the 1,000 (3:09.50), a 16th in the shot put (8.75m), a 17th in the long jump (4.96), and 18th-place efforts in both the pole vault (2.77m) and high jump (1.48m).