The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 22, 2013

Minnesota State round-up

The Free Press

MANKATO — The Minnesota State men’s track team had a strong opening round on Friday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Bud Myers Field House.

The Mavericks scored 72.5 points on Day 1 to take the early lead. MSU-Moorhead is second with 41 points and Augustana is third with 34.

MSU came away with three individual champions Friday. Devin Allbaugh won the 3,000 meters in 8:26.75, Keyvan Rudd captured the high jump at 2.13 meters and Reed Christopher won the weigh throw at 19.45 meters.

MSU’s Nathan Hancock was second in the long jump at 7.08 meters. The Mavericks’ distance medley relay team of Ryan Ness, Austin Eliason, Eddie VanPelt and Joshua Mellman placed third in 10:27.59.

The meet continues today at 10 a.m. The final event is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Women’s track: The Mavericks are in sixth place after Day 1 of the NSIC championships with 24 points. The University of Sioux Falls is the first-day leader with 56 points and Minnesota Duluth is second with 48.

Faryn Wirkus had MSU’s highest individual finish with a second-place leap of 3.81 meters in the pole vault. The Mavericks’ distance medley relay team of Kate Sanft, Bonnie Pickford, Dedie Richemond and Jessie DeJong also finished second in 12:14.66.

MSU’s Amanda Stangler was sixth in the high jump (1.58 meters) and teammate Moriah Miller was seventh in the same event (1.58 meters)

The meet continues today at 10 a.m. The final event is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Women’s hockey: A three-goal second period by Ohio State doomed the Mavericks Friday as they dropped a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association decision in Columbus, Ohio.

Senior Lauren Smith scored the only goal for MSU in the second period with assists from Kathleen Rogan and Tracy McCann. Goaltender Danielle Butters finished with a game-high 36 saves for the Mavericks. Chelsea Knapp recorded 22 stops to get the win.

MSU (10-19-4, 6-17-4 in WCHA) will wrap-up the regular season today with a 12:07 p.m. rematch against the Buckeyes.

Softball: The Mavericks used a three-run sixth inning to come from behind and defeat Northwest Missouri State 3-2 in a first-round game at the NSIC/MIAA Crossover Tournament in Rochester.

Senior pitcher Courtney McKelvogue earned the complete-game win for the Mavericks, striking out 10 while giving up two runs on six hits. NWMS pitcher Jenna Creger took the loss, allowing six hits and fanning four batters.

Trailing 2-0, juniors Kelly Wood, Samantha Holien and Anna Cole each drove in a run in the bottom of the sixth to give MSU the lead. McKelvogue set the Bearcats down in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.

MSU (3-4) continues tournament play today against Washburn (10 a.m.) and St. Cloud State (2 p.m.).