Junior Shay Nielsen picked up a third place shot put finish with a throw of 14.24 meters (46-08.75) for the University of Minnesota track & field program during the opening weekend of the outdoor campaign with a total of 10 Gophers winning event titles at the Hurricane Invitational at Cobb Stadium in Coral Gables, Florida.

Nielsen found her mark after opening with a 13m throw in between two fouls before hitting 14.24m on her fourth attempt. She finished with throws of 14.14m and 13.93m.

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Sydney Prussia (4). UJ Athletics
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Softball

Sydney Prussia (SO/Detroit Lakes) was 2-for-3 with a home run, 3 RBI and walked three times for the 25th-ranked University of Jamestown softball team. The Jimmies began their first season in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a pair of wins Tuesday, defeating Mount Marty (S.D.) College 10-2 in six innings and 6-5 in eight innings.

Academics

Ellen Teiken (So., Detroit Lakes) was one of eight Bemidji State University women’s indoor track and field team selections named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s All-Academic team Friday. Also earning the distinction were Minnesota State University Moorhead juniors Grace Swenson (Detroit Lakes, women’s basketball) and Perham’s Tyler Berby (Track and Field). Pelican Rapids senior Ryan Bruggeman was also named to the list and polished off a record-breaking season for Southwest Minnesota State’s men’s basketball team being named to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (CCA) All-Central Region first team on Friday.

 

Basketball

Ryan Bruggeman
Ryan Bruggeman

Bruggeman will now be listed on the D2CCA men's basketball All-America ballot, which will be voted on by the CoSIDA Division II membership with the announcement of those All-American teams expected on March 26.

A 6-foot guard and native of Pelican Rapids, Minn., Bruggeman had a brilliant senior season leading SMSU to 18 victories and advancing to the championship game of the NSIC Tournament.

Bruggeman, who was named first team All-NSIC for the third straight season, averaged a school record 26.6 points per game with a school single-season record 851 points in 32 games. He shot 50.5 percent from the field with a school record 308 field goals made and also set a school record with 190 free throws made. He also led the team in assists (178) and steals (73).

Bruggeman scored 30 or more points 12 times this season, including scoring a school record 49 versus Minnesota Crookston on Feb. 1.

In 22 conference games this season, Bruggeman ranked first in the league in scoring (27.0), first in steals (2.2), second in field goals made (217), fourth in free throw pct. (92.0) and fourth in assists (5.1). He was the first SMSU player to lead the conference in scoring since Terence Williams in 1990-91, while his 27 ppg scoring average was the highest in the league since the 1996-97 season.

Bruggeman concluded his career holding numerous program career records, including points (2,246), field goals made (774), field goals attempted (1,574), free throws made (575), free throws attempted (669), free throw percentage (85.9), assists (688), steals (229) and tied for games played (128).

Bruggeman, who was named second team All-CCA last season, started every game in his career and helped SMSU to a combined 71 victories the last three seasons. In the last three seasons, SMSU won two NSIC South Division championships, made two NCAA Tournament appearances, won an NSIC Tournament championship and played in three NSIC Tournament championship games.

Southwest Minnesota State finished the 2018-19 season with an 18-14 overall record.

 

Golf

Maddie Herzog
Maddie Herzog

Former Minnesota State golf opponents and now teammates sophomore Lexi Geolat (Lake City) and freshman Maddie Herzog (Detroit Lakes) tied for 49th with matching scores of 160 golfing as individuals for North Dakota State University at the 36-hole Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational on Friday, March 15 in St. George, Utah.

Bison Sophomore Taylor McCorkle set the North Dakota State women's golf record for lowest 18 and 36-hole rounds to win the tournament.

McCorkle shot a 65 in the final round, breaking Amy Anderson's record of 66 from March 13, 2012 at the Jackrabbit Invitational. She finished with a 141, which broke teammate Emma Groom's 36-hole record of 143 set at last year's Kansas City Intercollegiate on April 10, 2018. McCorkle won the tournament with a two-stroke lead over Southern Utah's Chanikan (Pluem) Yongyuan.

Sophomore Abby Schramel tied for 77th with rounds of 85 and 84 (169) for the University of North Dakota.