The University of Minnesota, Morris track and field teams returned to action Friday at the Hamline Invite. The meet marked the Cougars' first time competing outside, after closing the indoor season in early March.
Jennifer LaRoque, gets her first win with her 5-feet-3 (1.60m) tally in the high jump. She tied for the top spot with Rachel Melum from Minnesota, and moves into second all-time at Morris, just 1.5 inches behind the school record.
In her first competition since her standout freshman season, Kaylie Clark posted a third place in the javelin. On her first throw of the day she marked a 126-feet-0 (38.40m), less than three feet behind second.
Linda Keller snuck into a top-10 finish, running a 4:46.42 in the 1500-meter to place ninth, competing in a field full of Division I and II athletes.
Ryan DeRoeck opened the outdoor campaign on a good note, setting a career high and tying a school record with a 6-feet-4 (1.93m) to tie for first place in the high jump. In getting the win, he bettered his previous best of 6-feet-3.25 set last season when he won the UMAC outdoor title. DeRoeck now owns the top jumps, both indoors and outdoors, in program history.
Posting a second-place tally on the day was fellow jumper Nathan Harder in the 110-meter hurdles. Harder ran to a career-best time with a 15.43, moving into third all time at Morris, while finishing just two tenths of a second behind first.
Also in the top-five was Leandro Dower in the 200-meter, stopping the clock in 22.54, and Ian Karlsrud in the Javelin with a 155-feet-10 (47.51m), moving into second place all-time at Morris. Karlsrud closed his day with a sixth-place mark in the triple-jump, leaping 40-feet-6.75 (12.36m).
Right behind in the javelin, and finishing with a pair of top 10s on the day was Zeke Miller. Miller posted a fifth place 143-feet-08 (43.79m) in the javelin and in the 100-meter dash ran to a sixth-place finish, crossing the line at 11.28.
The Cougars will return to action on Apr. 14 at the Lee Krough Invitational in St. Peter, Minn. Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus, the meet will kick off at 11 a.m