Five St. Thomas spring teams compete this Saturday with the Tommies’ nationally-ranked men’s and women’s track and field teams taking center stage. St. Thomas hosts about 10 teams in a multi-team competition that begins at noon at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. Saturday’s meet will have an international flavor with several men’s and women’s athletes from Central University in Venezuela here to compete. The St. Thomas men already have two athletes qualified automatically for the Division III Outdoor Championships — sprinter Roman Cress in the 100 and 200 meters, and Greg Kaiser in the javelin. Sprinter Heidi Vogel, high jumper Katie Arnes and hurdler Kara Hedin are among the top UST women.

In other Saturday action:

  • In softball, St. Thomas opens its home season vs. Hamline with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on the south campus field. UST took a 13-6 overall record into Thursday’s non-conference games at UW-Eau Claire. The Tommies opened the conference season with an impressive doubleheader split Wednesday at MIAC favorite St. Mary’s — losing 1-0 and winning 1-0. Casey Curson threw a one-hit shutout with no walks and scored the winning run in game two.
  • In baseball, St. Thomas has a 1 p.m. MIAC doublehader at Bethel on the Royals’ new field in Arden Hills. The Tommies improved to 10-8 overall and 3-1 in the MIAC with Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep of Gustavus. In four MIAC games, UST pitchers have allowed just four earned runs in 35 innings.
  • In women’s tennis, The Tommies host St. Catherine in a 9:30 a.m. dual meet. UST is 9-3 overall and 5-1 in MIAC duals.
  • The UST men’s tennis team, 10-1 overall and 5-1 in the MIAC, is off this weekend