UMSL Tritons weekly rewind


Lily Wagemann leads a group of three runners around the turn in the track

Lily Wagemann (at right) was one of three UMSL track and field athletes to take first place over the weekend during the McKendree Bearcat Classic.She won the women’s 1,500-meter race. (Photo by Jay Shelp)

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
The University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s and women’s track and field teams combined to win three events and record 16 top-10 finishes during Friday’s McKendree Bearcat Classic at Leemon Field in Lebanon, Illinois. Lily Wagemann won the women’s 1,500-meter race after posting a time of 5 minutes, 10.97 seconds. On the men’s side, Benjamin VandenBrink and Matthias Shelp each won events with VandenBrink taking first in the 1,500 with a time of 4:03.19 and Shelp winning the 5,000 with a time of 15:44.82. Haeley Johnson had three top-10 finishes, placing second in the long jump, third in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meters. Dominica Rooks placed fifth in both the 200 and 400. Kayley Heeter took third, Ella Tynan fifth and Peyton Brueck ninth in 1,500. They all contributed to UMSL finishing fifth in the team standings. The men’s team also placed fifth in the team standings. In addition to VandenBrink and Shelp, Michael Wright and Gavin Love placed second and third, respectively, in the 800; Donald Mahoney took fourth in the 5,000; and Sam Savastino and Sean Ede were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 1,500. Both UMSL teams are scheduled to compete next weekend in the UCM Mule Relays in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Women’s Golf
The 22nd-ranked Tritons women’s golf team finished fourth at the University of North Georgia Bracket Challenge on Tuesday at Chimney Oaks Golf Club in Homer, Georgia. UMSL, seeded third, tied with fifth-seeded Columbus State 2-2-1 in their third-round match as Tove Brunell and Wilma Zanderau each picked up victories by a combined 16 strokes, and Victoria Klausner tied her match against Maddy Krueger. The Tritons tied with West Georgia and lost 4-1 to North Georgia in Monday’s first two rounds. UMSL was also fourth through the first day of play in the UMSL Spring Invitational, which began Sunday at Norwood Hills Country Club. The Tritons made a tournament-best 18 birdies during the first two rounds of competition, and Brunell was in third place individually after posting a total of 150 on Sunday. The tournament concludes today.

Men’s Golf
The 12th-ranked UMSL men’s golf team finished in a tie for ninth at the Argonaut Invitational after posting a combined score of 592 during two rounds at Pensacola Country Club in Florida. Fog led to the cancellation of Tuesday’s final round. Joel Sylven finished in a tie for sixth with a score of 142 to pace the Tritons, but no one else finished higher than Juan Antonio Padilla, who was 29th with a score of 148. UMSL is now wrapping up its regular season in the Ken Partridge Invitational, which began Sunday and continues through Tuesday at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Cyril Henault shot a 67 on Sunday to help the Tritons grab the lead through the first round. He sat in second place individually, and teammates Nick Hedberg and Sylven joined him in the top 10.

The Tritons salvaged a split in their four-game Great Lakes Valley Conference series with Truman State, winning the final two games 6-2 and 13-7 after dropping the first two games 16-1 and 8-6 in Kirksville, Missouri. Logan Mantz pitched UMSL to victory Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader by holding the Bulldogs to two runs on five hits and striking out five in seven innings to earn his first win of the season. Braedon Stoakes and Mitchell Green both homered in the game. After falling behind 6-3, the Tritons turned Saturday’s series finale around with 10 runs in the final four innings, including a six-run seventh. Andrew Buescher delivered the biggest blow with a two-run home run. He and Leighton Keller each drove in three runs in the win. UMSL (16-17, 9-7 GLVC) plays Maryville on Tuesday before hosting Southwest Baptist for a four-game series beginning Friday.

UMSL got swept in back-to-back doubleheaders against Illinois Springfield and Lewis. The Tritons lost 5-4 and 4-3 on Friday against the visiting Prairie Stars as a pair of seventh-inning rallies came up short. Third baseman McKenzie Lamos hit her seventh home run of the season in the Game 2 loss. UMSL fell 7-1 and 4-2 against the Flyers on Saturday in Romeoville, Illinois, waiting until the seventh inning to score two of its three runs. Annie Scaramuzzi hit her second home run of the season in the Game 2 loss. The Tritons (23-15, 9-5 GLVC) will be on the road this week with doubleheaders against Missouri S&T on Saturday and Drury on Sunday.

Women’s Tennis
The Tritons lost 5-2 to Maryville on Saturday at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park to fall to 7-7 in dual meets this season, including 0-3 in GLVC play. Maja Lietzau and Lisa Kerr each won singles matches in the loss. UMSL will next take on Illinois Springfield on Friday at the UMSL Tennis Courts.

Men’s Tennis
Despite wins from Juan Vigil and Joshua Mackey, UMSL fell to Maryville 5-2 on Saturday at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center. Vigil won the No. 2 singles match 6-3, 6-2 while Mackey beat Tom Schmitt 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. The Tritons return to the court on Friday when they play host to Illinois Springfield at the UMSL Tennis Courts.


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