UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

by | Feb 6, 2023

Junior Kennedy Moore was one of four UMSL track and field runners to win events at Rose-Hulman's Friday Night Spikes Meet, taking first place in the women's 400 meters.
Kennedy Moore runs at the Friday Night Spikes Meet

Junior Kennedy Moore was one of four UMSL runners to win events at the Friday Night Spikes Meet, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana. She won the women’s 400 meters in a time of 1 minute, 3.82 seconds. (Photo by Jay Shelp)

Men’s and Women’s Track
The University of Missouri–St. Louis track and field teams combined to win four events and record 28 top-10 finishes Friday night while competing in the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Friday Night Spikes Meet in Terre Haute, Indiana. Junior Kennedy Moore won the women’s 400 meters in a time of 1 minute, 3.82 seconds and was third in the 200 meters at 28.54 seconds. Sophomore Lily Wagemann took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:39.29 and also placed second in the mile with a time of 5:39.93. She led five Tritons finishing in the top seven spots. Junior Haeley Johnson took second in the long jump with a leap of 4.92 meters and was third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.36 seconds. Junior Kayley Heeter, sophomore Peyton Brueck and freshman Megan McMillen finished second, third and fourth in the 3,000 meters with times of 11:57.72, 12:14.37 and 12:32.29, respectively. On the men’s side, Toby Middleton won the mile run in a time of 4:28.90, and Jacob Warner led a Tritons sweep of the top seven places in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:50.46. Gavin Love placed second in the mile, and Brett Lynch edged out teammate Sam Savastino by 0.28 seconds for second place in the 3,000. Michael Wright took third in the 800 with a time of 2:08.79. Both UMSL teams will compete again on Friday in the Eighth Annual Gorilla Indoor Classic at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Men’s Basketball
The 25th-ranked Tritons throttled Southwest Baptist 82-50 on Thursday to win their 16th straight home game, but that streak ended Saturday with an 85-77 loss to Rockhurst, giving the Hawks a sweep in their regular-season series. UMSL scored the first 20 points against the Bearcats and never looked back, opening up a 41-18 lead and intermission and stretching the lead to 32 points in the final two minutes. Freshman guard Matt Enright scored a season-best 26 points and went 6 for 8 from 3-point range. Mayson Quartlebaum and Victor Nwagbaraocha finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively, and UMSL held Southwest Baptist to 26.8% shooting. The defense was nowhere near as sharp on Saturday as Rockhurst connected on 52.6% of its field goals and 40% of its 3-pointers. The Hawks outscored the Tritons 53-44, at one point opening a lead of as many as 15 points after trailing by one at intermission. Isaiah Fuller matched his career-high with 31 points in the loss. Enright had 14 and Quartlebaum 13. UMSL (18-5, 10-5 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will look to bounce back when it travels to Missouri S&T on Thursday and Drury on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball
UMSL got outscored 12-2 in the final three minutes of Thursday night’s 72-67 loss to Southwest Baptist but bounced back strong and led wire-to-wire in a 65-50 win over Rockhurst on Saturday. Senior center Kiara Stewart scored a season-high 22 points to lead three Tritons in double figures, and she also pulled down nine rebounds, but the team allowed the Bearcats to shoot 53.1% from the field, including 7 for 10 from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Jalysa Stokes scored a team-high 17 points on Saturday against the Hawks. Stewart added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and freshman guard Olivia Mezan had a season-best 14 points, including three 3-pointers. The Tritons went 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. UMSL (9-12, 7-8 GLVC) will travel to Missouri S&T on Thursday and Drury on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis
The Tritons opened their spring slate with a 6-1 victory over Truman State on Friday evening at the St. Clair Tennis Club in O’Fallon, Illinois. UMSL won the first point of the match by taking two of three doubles matches, then went 5-1 in singles with straight set wins by Anna Domingo, Maja Lietzau, Hannah Tse, Anna Favaron and Kaitlyn Challis. The Tritons didn’t fair as well on Sunday, losing to Purdue Northwest 5-2 in Park Forest, Illinois. Lietzau won the No. 2 singles match over Oona Kintscher 7-6, 6-2, and Favaron secured UMSL’s other point, taking the first set 6-2 before her opponent retired. The Tritons (3-1) will next play Southern Indiana on Feb. 24 in Evansville, Indiana.

Men’s Tennis
UMSL won six of nine matches while securing a 5-2 victory over Purdue Northwest on Sunday in Park Forest, Illinois. The Tritons took two of the three doubles matches, then got wins by Jose Mayorga, Joshua Makey, Tanin Ramnath and Pascal Maclean-Wood in singles. The first three singles wins were in straight sets, but Maclean-Wood rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 victory in the final singles match. UMSL (2-1) will next face Southern Indiana on Feb. 24 in Evansville, Indiana.

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