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Late runs end St. Scholastica’s season

For the second consecutive day, St. Scholastica was done in by a late rally at the NCAA Division III regional tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and this time it ended the Saints’ season.

St. Thomas (37-6) broke open a 4-4 tie by scoring one run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh to beat the Saints 7-4 on Saturday in a loser-out game.

St. Scholastica (27-12) scored two runs in the fifth to draw even with the nation’s 13th-ranked team, but it was all Tommies from there. Emily Gregory’s two-run home run in the seventh, her second homer of the day, helped St. Thomas stay alive in the double-elimination tournament. Later Saturday, the Tommies played Coe, which scored all three of its runs in the fifth and sixth innings to beat St. Scholastica 3-0 on Friday.

The Saints carried a program-record 21-game winning streak into the regional tournament, but were held to just two hits in Friday’s shutout loss before springing to life Saturday. Nikki Logergren and Chrisi Mizera each had two hits for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference champs, who outhit St. Thomas 10-9.

College track and field

UMD women second, men fifth

Despite Samantha Rivard’s two individual titles and Chanel Miller producing the most points once again, the Minnesota Duluth women finished second at the two-day Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in Winona, Minn.

Rivard, who won the 10,000-meter run Friday morning, was victorious in the 5,000 meters Saturday with a time of 17 minutes, 00.39 seconds. The freshman also finished third in the 1,500. Meanwhile, Miller tallied a league-best 28 points — the second time in as many seasons she has accomplished the feat — thanks to her win in last month’s heptathlon. The junior also placed third in both the 100 hurdles and javelin and was fifth in the long jump.

All of it added up to a second-place showing for UMD, which had a score of 127.83, well back of meet winner Mary’s 169.33.

  • For the UMD men, Dan Nielsen claimed the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was sixth in the 5,000-meter run to pace the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish out of 12 teams. Nielsen, who turned 21 Saturday, won the steeplechase with a time of 9:09.26.

Minnesota State-Mankato won the men’s meet with 177 points. UMD ended the weekend with 67.