UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL will compete in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship for the fourth time in school history after placing fifth in the 15-team NCAA East Regional last week at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Missouri. The Tritons, who previously reached the NCAA Championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019, compiled a 54-hole score of 924 in the regional and joined regional champion Findlay as well as Indianapolis, Tiffin and Grand Valley State in advancing to the NCAA Championship, which begins Tuesday in Gainesville, Georgia. Senior Manon Labeur shot a career-low 221 to tie for sixth individually. Freshman Tove Brunell tied for 16th with a score of 229 while sophomore Linn Thornqvist posted a total of 236, freshman Juliette Lecomte shot 242 and sophomore Momo Kikuchi finished with a score of 246.
The Tritons qualified for the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship for the 12th time in school history and sixth time under Coach Troy Halterman by tying for fifth at the NCAA Midwest/Central Regional at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. UMSL compiled a combined score of 896 in the 54-hole tournament to finish in a tie with Findlay in the 20-team field. Central Missouri won the regional title after finishing with a score of 884 and beating Grand Valley State in a tiebreaker. Arkansas Tech and Indianapolis also advanced to the NCAA Championship. Senior Joel Sylven paced the Tritons individually with a score of 220 that left him tied for 11th. Ian McCrary shot 226, and Nick Hedberg, Juan Antonio Padilla and Reilly Ahearn each finished with scores of 227. The NCAA Championship will be held May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in suburban Detroit.
Men’s and Women’s Track
Sophomore Jacob Warner finished eighth in both the men’s 5,000- and 10,000-meter run at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Plaster Stadium on the campus of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Warner scored two points for the UMSL men’s team and helped it tie William Jewell for 13th place in a competition won by Missouri S&T. Benjamin VandenBrink finished 12th in the men’s 1,500 meter run. The women’s team finished 14th in a competition won by Lewis. Haeley Johnson finished 15th in the women’s long jump with a leap of 4.85 meters and just missed qualifying for the final heat in the women’s 100 after placing in 17th place in her prelim.
The fifth-seeded Tritons ended their season with a 1-0 loss to fourth-seeded Lindenwood Saturday morning in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. The tournament was moved to a single-elimination format after rain washed out the first two days of play. The Lions plated the game’s lone run with an RBI double in the second inning off UMSL pitcher Megan Brown. The Tritons only managed three hits in the game, including a double from freshman Courtney Settles, and Brown added two walks. UMSL finished the season with a 28-22 record.
UMSL was swept at home by Maryville in its final series of the regular season. The Tritons managed only five runs total in the four games. Sophomore Mitchell Green homered for UMSL’s lone run in Friday’s series opener. Senior Clayton Stephens – one of three seniors wrapping up their UMSL careers – had an RBI double in Sunday’s series finale while junior outfielder Brandon Olion and sophomore catcher Kameron Laskowski each managed three hits. Tritons finished the season 13-32, including 12-16 in GLVC play.
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