CSS soars in Lake Superior Challenge

By KBJR News 1

February 13, 2011 Updated Feb 13, 2011 at 1:08 AM CDT

DULUTH – The St. Scholastica women’s track & field team had a total of five program records fall on Friday night and Saturday at the fourth annual Lake Superior Challenge in the Burns Wellness Fieldhouse.

The meet consisted on the University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Northern Michigan University, and Lakehead University.

On Friday night, Tracy Perish (Browerville, Minn./Browerville HS) broke the program record and finished 121 points shy of the NCAA Division III provisional mark in her first collegiate pentathlon. Perish finished with 2,879 points and took first in the 800-meter dash as part of the pentathlon.

On Saturday, Maggie Bair (Ham Lake, Minn./Blaine HS) improved on her 55-meter hurdle time, by breaking her own record at 8.44 seconds in the preliminaries. Bair is now ranked for the ninth-fastest time in Division III this season and has a very good chance at making the cut for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in a month.

Melissa Kempenich (Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls HS) broke the program in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:36.97 seconds to finish third in that event. Rachel Miller (Hinckley, Minn./Hinckley-Finlayson HS) broke her own record in triple jump with a distance of 35’-11.25” (10.95m) to finish second in that event. Alec Seeley (Cadott, Wis./Cadott HS) broke the final on the day for the Saints in the weight throw with a toss of 50’ (15.24m).

Nikki Hughes (Lake Nebagamon, Wis./Northwestern HS) won the 800-meter run, winning by a nose with a time of 2:23.79 seconds. Bre Lohn (Benson, Minn./Benson HS) won the high jump, clearing a height of 4’10.25” (1.48m).

Alec Seeley was runner-up in the shot put with a distance of 39’-4.5” (12.00m). Maggie Bair placed third in the pole vault, clearing 9’-4.5” (2.86m). Mariah Berg (Bagley, Minn./Bagley HS) was third in the long jump with a leap of 16’-4.5” (4.99m). Katherine Mueller (Brainerd, Minn./Brainerd HS) also placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.95 seconds.

The St. Scholastica men’s track & field team had three event wins this afternoon.

Tom Lyscio (Brainerd, Minn./Brainerd HS) won both the weight throw and shot put this afternoon. In the weight throw, Lyscio had a toss of 53’-1.75” (16.20m). In the shot put he won with a distance of 45’-9” (13.94m).

Justin Hanson (Atwater, Minn./Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City HS) was the other winner for the Saints, taking the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.19 seconds. Hanson also placed third in the 400-meter dash at 54.90 seconds and runner-up in the long jump with a distance of 19’-0.75” (5.81m).

Nick Wanner (Maple Grove, Minn./Totino-Grace HS) finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.90 seconds. Brandon Stemwedel finished right behind him in third with a time of 2:03.35 seconds.

Zach Visina (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East HS) was also second in the high jump, clearing 5’-11.5” (1.82m). Brothers Cyrus Beckwith (Saginaw, Minn./Proctor HS (St. Cloud State)) and Luke Beckwith (Saginaw, Minn./Proctor HS) placed second and third in the pole vault, clearing heights of 13’-3” (4.04m) and 12’-9” (3.89m), respectively.

Peter Drinkwine (Superior, Wis./Superior HS) had a runner-up finish in the triple jump with a leap of 42’-6.75” (12.97m). Charlie Fernow (North Branch, Minn./North Branch HS) finished behind Lyscio in the shot put with a toss of 44’9.5” (13.65m).

Courtesy: St. Scholastica Athletics