Ciesynski, Pearson Named All-Region Ahead Of National Championships 25 May 18

LA CROSSE, Wis. – On a hot and humid day, the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships started with one Minnesota Morris female hurdler in competition.

Junior Emily Ciesynski brought a season-best time of 1:02.38 into the championships. Running in the third of three heats, Ciesynski ran a time of 1:04.13, good for 18th place. The Blaine native was the first Cougar female to compete at the national meet since Kaitlin Kamm also finished 18th in the high jump in 2015.

The championships continue Friday with Justin Pearson representing UMM in the 100-meter dash.

Two Cougars Named All-Region
NEW ORLEANS—Following a solid 2018 season outdoors, five Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) track and field student-athletes earned All-Central Region honors including four who qualified for nationals, the U. S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.

Casey Hovland of the College of St. Scholastica highlighted the list earning all-region recognition in three different events, while Svenha Ruehl of the University of Wisconsin-Superior earned honors in two events. Noah Potratz of Wisconsin-Superior and both Emily Ciesynski and Justin Pearson of the University of Minnesota Morris had all-region performances in one event.

All region honors are awarded to the top five individuals from each of eight regions in each event in addition to members of the region’s top three relay teams. On the men’s side, 743 athletes from 192 programs earned 948 awards. The women’s side saw 667 athletes from 184 programs earn 940 awards.

Senior distance star Hovland recorded all-region performances in the 1,500-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Her time of 16:47.94 in the 5,000-meter run was the best in the Central Region and eighth-best in all of Division III. Her time also earned her the seventh qualifying spot at the NCAA Championship set for Thursday in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Additionally, Hovland was third in the region in the 10,000-meter with the 42nd-best national time (37:16.45) and third in the 1,500-meter run (4:35.71).

While Ruehl did not qualify for the national meet, the Yellowjackets’ senior capped her spectacular career with all-region recognition in both the long jump and triple jump events. Ruehl was ranked third in the Central Region for long jump with a mark of 5.57 meters (18-3.25). She was fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.65 meters (38-2.75) that she recorded in her final meet at North Central College May 16. Her jump was 27th in Division III and just off the qualifying list.

The Cougars’ Ciesynski qualified for her first-ever national meet this season with the third-fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles in the Central Region. After recording multiple school-record times this season, she topped that on the final meet of the season in La Crosse clocking 1:02.38. Her time is 24th-best in Division III but the 19th time in the national meet field.

On the men’s side, Potratz shined for the second-straight season in the javelin for the Yellowjackets. He snuck into the national field with the 20th-best mark of 59.96 meters (196-9) that he recorded in the final regular season meet at North Central. Potratz’ throw is the second-best in the Central Region.

For the Cougars, rookie sprint star Pearson ended his outstanding first-year on the track with the 21st fastest time in Division III and the 20th-best mark in the 100-meter championship field. His time of 10.65 set in the prelims of the UMAC Championship is the fourth-best in the region this season.