UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

by | Feb 28, 2022

Jacob Warner became the first UMSL runner to medal in the GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championship with a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run.
Top finishers in the GLVC Indoor men's 3,000-meter championship, including UMSL sophomore Jacob Warner, display their medals

Sophomore Jacob Warner (at right) took third in the men’s 3,000-meter run, becoming the first UMSL runner to medal in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship.

Men’s and Women’s Track
Sophomore Jacob Warner became the first UMSL runner ever to medal in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship when he finished third in the men’s 3,000-meter run on Sunday in Indianapolis. Warner finished strong while clocking a time of 8 minutes 28.24 seconds, less than a tenth of a second away from second place finisher Austin Nolan, while Nolan’s teammate Titus Winders finished first, about 7 seconds ahead. The Tritons open their outdoor season on March 19 at the Central Methodist University Open in Fayette, Missouri.

Men’s Basketball
The Tritons reached the 20-win plateau for the third time in the past four years after knocking off Southern Indiana and McKendree last week. UMSL beat Southern Indiana 76-68 in Thursday’s homecoming game as Jose Grubbs and Marty Jackson both scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures. Yaakema Rose Jr. had a game-high 17 points and led four players in double figures in Saturday’s 72-49 rout of McKendree. Rose was among six UMSL seniors honored before the game, their last at home in the regular season. The Tritons (20-6, 14-5 GLVC), winners of six in a row, earned one more home game by locking up the No. 4 seed in the GLVC Tournament and will play host to Drury in the opening round on Monday. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played later this week at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Women’s Basketball
No. 25 UMSL bounced back from a 68-58 homecoming loss against Southern Indiana by routing McKendree 84-54 on Saturday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. The Tritons (21-4, 17-3 GLVC) celebrated five seniors before the McKendree victory, but freshman Mallory Ronshausen ended up pacing the Tritons with 18 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers. Kiara Stewart added 14, Alex LaPorta 13 and freshman Jalysa Stokes scored 10 points. Stokes also had 10 points against Southern Indiana, and Faye Meissner had a team-high 14 points in the loss to Southern Indiana, which outscored UMSL 41-27 in the second half. UMSL secured the No. 3 seed in the GLVC Tournament and will take on McKendree at home again in Monday’s opening round. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played later in the week at SIUE.

Softball
The Tritons went 4-0 over the weekend in the Washburn Invitational in Topeka, Kansas. They knocked off Emporia State 10-5 and Fort Hays State 7-6 on Saturday and beat Nebraska–Kearney 5-4 and Central Missouri 4-0 on Sunday. UMSL hit seven home runs in the four games – two each from Annie Scaramuzzi, McKenzie Lamos and Jenna Towle and one from Corinne Daley. Towle and Scaramuzzi each won two games in the circle. The Tritons head to Florida to play 10 games in six days, beginning with a 10 a.m. game against Bridgeport on Wednesday.

Men’s Tennis
The Tritons dropped dual meets against Southern Indiana on Friday in Evansville, Indiana, and Harding on Sunday in Searcy, Arkansas, losing both by the score of 6-1. Sophomore Marcos Navas picked up the lone point for UMSL against Southern Indiana, winning the No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-3. Raphael Kerndl picked up a 1-6, 6-3, (10-4) victory in the No. 5 singles match against Harding. The Tritons play host to Missouri Baptist on Friday and visit Indianapolis on Sunday.

Women’s Tennis
UMSL lost its dual meet against Harding 5-2 on Sunday in Searcy, Arkansas. Odette Beagrie won the No. 1 singles match 4-6, 6-3, (13-11), and Maja Lietzau secured a 6-3, 3-6, (10-2) victory at No. 4 singles for the Tritons’ only points. UMSL will take on Indianapolis on Sunday on the road.

Men’s Golf
The Tritons finished third in the Tunica Cup, which was shortened to two rounds on Tuesday in Tunica, Mississippi. UMSL finished nine shots back of co-leaders Harding and Christian Brothers with a combined scored of 593. Joel Sylven finished tied for sixth individually with rounds of 70 and 75. Nick Hedberg and Reilly Ahearn tied for 14th with totals of 149, and Carson Postal also landed in the top 20 with a total of 151, tied for 18th. UMSL will host the Las Vegas Desert Classic March 6-8 at The Legacy Golf Course in Las Vegas.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming
UMSL’s swimming teams are sending a total of 10 swimmers – three individuals and seven more on relay teams – to the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, scheduled for March 9-12 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Zara Konstapel qualified with the sixth-best time in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke and the 17th-best time in the 200 breaststroke. Jon Osa is returning to the national championship in the men’s 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Guillem Masjuan Roca posted the eighth-fastest time in the men’s 200 backstroke and also qualified in the 200 individual medley. The team of Serenza Brizard, Kate Nelson, Ava Boehning and Franziska Hauptmann qualified in the women’s 200 freestyle relay. Aiden Clark, Austin Stevenson and Conley Savage will also compete as UMSL’s men qualified relay teams in the 200 medley, 400 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle.

Baseball
Winter weather forced the cancellation of what was supposed to be UMSL’s home-opening series against Minnesota State. The Tritons will take on Upper Iowa on Friday at the UMSL baseball field before three games against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday and Sunday.

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