By Stephen Eibes —
Track and Field
The last two weeks have been good ones for the University of Wisconsin–Stout track and field teams. In their last two meets, the men’s and women’s teams have had two first-place finishes, seven second-place finishes and four third-place finishes, all in multiple events. Tyler Odom (Fr, Oshkosh, Wis.) was the first place finisher of that group, taking first in javelin throw last weekend at the Phil Esten Challenge at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. In the same weekend, Laura Mesenburg (Jr, Byron, Minn.) took first on the pole vault, reaching the height of 12 feet, 1.50 inches, a personal best. In the previous weekend at University of Wisconsin–Platteville, more record breaking occurred when Lauris Titterud (Jr, Lino Lakes, Minn.) broke the 17-year-old 800-meter run record with a time of 2 minutes and 12.49 seconds. In the same meet, the 4×100 meter relay team broke the school record of 49.47 with a time of 49.00 seconds. Both teams will travel to Drake University (Iowa) and then Hillsdale College (Mich.) in their next two meets.
The men’s baseball team has had their ups and downs throughout the season. In the last two weeks, they recorded four wins and eight losses. One of their toughest losses came against the UW–Platteville Pioneers. They held a 1-0 lead until the Pioneers tied the game 1-1 on a critical error by the Blue Devils. The Pioneers then went on to score in the top of the tenth inning and eventually defeat the Blue Devils 2-1. Two of their best games came against the now No. 14 ranked University of Saint Thomas (Minn.). In the two games, the Blue Devils outscored the Tommies 22 to 6, allowing only 13 total hits. The Blue Devils will look to end their regular season on a positive note before heading into the WIAC championship beginning May 8.
Stout softball posted a positive 5-3 record in the last two weeks, including a four-game winning streak. In the eight games, the Blue Devils swept both UW–Platteville and University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Over the streak, Tori Workman (Jr, Prior Lake Minn.) recorded two wins and two saves. The Blue Devils also brought the bats, scoring 23 total runs on 38 hits. Taylor Workman (Sr, Prior Lake, Minn.) hit an average of .334 to lead Stout to the four-game win streak. The Blue Devils will close out the regular season with eight more games, the last four coming at home against Gustavus Adolphus and then Hamline University.
Both golf teams fared well in the spring section of their yearlong schedule. In the last two weeks, the men’s team has finished in eighth place and then third place. Craig Joy (Jr, Neenah, Wis.) has struck the ball well, placing in seventeenth and eleventh place in the last two events. On the women’s team, Mariah Chesley (Sr, Mankato, Minn.) carried the Blue Devils to a fifth place (of 19 teams) finish at the Illinois Wesleyan University Spring Fling. Both teams look to conclude their seasons strongly in the next few weeks. The women’s team will have their hands full as they prepare for the NCAA Division III National Championship in the middle of May.
The women’s tennis team ended their season with a cancellation of a match due to rain here at Stout. Before this, they went 2-2 in the last two weeks, taking wins against Bethany Lutheran College and Beloit College. In the match against Beloit, Stout blanked the Buccaneers 9-0, taking every match; Jenna Welke (Fr, Chippewa Falls, Wis.) excelled defensively going 6-0 in both of her games.