UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

by | Feb 26, 2024

Kennedy Moore set a personal record when she leapt 35 feet, 4 3/4 inches in her final attempt in the triple jump to finish fourth at the GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Kennedy Moore jumping at the GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championships

Kennedy Moore set a personal record when she leapt 35 feet, 4 3/4 inches in her final attempt in the triple jump to finish fourth at the GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championships. (Photo courtesy of UMSL Athletics)

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
Kennedy Moore
and Makayla Brown became the first women to score for the University of Missouri-St. Louis at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, held Saturday and Sunday at the the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion in Indianapolis. Moore set a personal record of 35 feet, 4 3/4 inches in her final jump in the triple jump to move past Truman State’s Addison Walker into fourth place in the event. Brown finished eighth with a mark of 34-11. They combined for UMSL’s six points as it finished tied for 11th in the women’s competition. The men placed 10th with a total of 19 points. Benjamin VandenBrink led the way with a third-place finish in the men’s 5,000-meter race on Saturday, posting a time of 14 minutes, 46.67 seconds, and he also took fourth with personal-best time of 8:32.67 in Sunday’s 3,000-meter race. Teammate Jacob Warner was sixth in the 3,000 after placing ninth in the 5,000. UMSL’s distance medley relay team of Toby Middleton, Luke Hall, Gavin Love and Caleb Leach came in sixth on Saturday with a time of 10:34.79, and Leach finished seventh in Sunday’s mile race with a time of 4:21.58. Warner and Dominica Rooks were UMSL’s men’s and women’s nominees for the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship award. The Tritons will open their outdoor season on March 23 at the Miner Invite in Rolla, Missouri.

Men’s Basketball
Matt Enright scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead four Tritons in double figures as they knocked off McKendree 81-69 on Saturday for their second straight victory in what was their final road game of the regular season. Emanuel Prospere II scored 17 points off the bench, and Savon Wykle had 15 points, including four 3-pointers. UMSL also got 12 points and 11 rebounds from Troy Glover II. Coach Bob Sundvold‘s team improved to 15-10 on the season and leveled its Great Lakes Valley Conference record at 9-9. The Tritons will wrap up the regular-season schedule with home games against Indianapolis on Thursday for Pack the Stands and Lewis on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball
UMSL dug a hole with cold shooting, particularly in the first half, and couldn’t climb out of it in a 74-67 loss at McKendree on Saturday. The Tritons trailed 36-29 at intermission and were down 58-47 entering the fourth period while shooting 19 for 46 through three quarters. Jalysa Stokes scored a team-high 24 points on 11-for-18 shooting, but Mara Rieder was the only other UMSL player in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Clare Breden led McKendree with 26 points and went 4 for 4 from 3-point range. UMSL (12-14, 10-10 GLVC) will return home to face Indianapolis on Thursday as part of Pack the Stands and Lewis on Saturday in the final game of the regular season.

The Tritons went 3-3 over the weekend in the Blue Ridge Battle in Evansville, Indiana. They beat Davenport 6-2, Ferris State 13-11 in nine innings and Kentucky Wesleyan 9-0 but lost to Ohio Dominican 5-4, Davis & Elkins 2-1 and Northwood 2-0 in the three-day tournament, which ended on Sunday. Sophomore pitcher Ashley Borowitz went 2-2 in the tournament, allowing only three earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. Third baseman McKenzie Lamos powered the UMSL offense with 12 hits in the tournament, including two doubles, a triple and two home runs. She finished with seven RBI and seven runs scored. The Tritons (5-4) will take part in the Bearcat Classic, hosted by McKendree, beginning Friday at the O’Fallon Family Sports Park in O’Fallon, Illinois. They are scheduled to play Davenport and Missouri Western on Friday, Purdue Northwest and Washburn on Saturday and Missouri Western on Sunday.

UMSL completed a four-game sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan last Monday, beating the Panthers 7-4 and 21-8 in a doubleheader to improve to 5-3 on the young season. The Tritons gave up four runs in the first inning of the opener but shut Kentucky Wesleyan down the rest of the way. After chipping away at the lead, they pulled ahead with a three-run seventh, taking advantage of three Panthers errors. Barrett Rose and Zach Beatty each had RBI hits in the decisive frame. UMSL scored in five of the seven innings while pounding out 18 hits in Game 2. Dane Stevenson tied a single-game school record with five hits, and Andrew Buescher hit two home runs and just missed tying the school record for RBI, driving in nine runs, one shy of the mark. The Tritons will play Saginaw Valley on Friday and Sunday this week with a game against Hillsdale in between on Saturday. All three games will be at the UMSL Baseball Field.

Men’s Tennis
The Tritons were swept 7-0 in a dual against Division I Illinois State on Saturday in Bloomington, Illinois, but rebounded with a 4-3 home victory over Purdue Northwest on Sunday afternoon. UMSL won the doubles point by taking two of three doubles matches, and the Tritons’ depth shined in singles play where wins by Raphael Kerndl, Joshua Mackey and Marcos Navas at Nos. 3, 4 and 6 singles were enough to secure the victory. Kerndl beat Daniel Chicano 6-1, 6-3; Mackey knockedoff Joao Martins 6-2, 6-4; and after the Pride won the No. 5 singles match to tie the dual at 3, Navas’ 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alexander Patane proved decisive. The Tritons (3-3) will return to the court next Saturday when they play host to Rockhurst.

Women’s Tennis
UMSL picked up its first win of the spring season, beating Purdue Northwest 4-1 Sunday afternoon at the UMSL Tennis Courts. The Tritons scored the match’s opening point by taking two of three doubles matches and got singles victories from Anna Domingo, Maja Lietzau and Aleksandra Lopez. Domingo won the No. 1 singles match when Sienna Lopez retired in the opening set. Lietzau rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, (10-7) victory in the No. 2 singles match against Daniela Rubio, and Aleksandra Lopez won the No. 4 singles match 6-3, 6-2 over Regina Rioja. UMSL (3-2) will next play host to Rockhurst on Saturday at the UMSL Tennis Courts.

Women’s Golf
The Tritons finished 14th at the Southern Invite, which wrapped up last Tuesday at the Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring, Texas. UMSL posted a combined score of 941 in the 54-hole tournament. Sophomore Wilma Zanderau was the Tritons’ top finisher, tying for 39th with a three-round total of 231. Senior Victoria Klausner tied for 58th. Dallas Baptist’s Julia Garcia was the individual medalist with a score of 210 and led her team to the title with a combined score of 849. UMSL will next compete March 10 when it host the Emerald Coast Collegiate at the Sandestin–Baytowne Golf Club in Destin, Florida.

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