By Gene McGivern, sports information director
Cross country: It’s the reward for those lonely hours spent running along the river. The UST men’s and women’s teams will compete in the NCAA Division III national meet this Saturday hosted by UW-Oshklosh in Winneconne, Wis. Twenty-four teams qualified for each meet.
The women, who will run 5,000 meters, enter the meet ranked 13th in the country. They will be led by seniors Heather Phillips, a two-time All-American. Fellow seniors Carleen Andert, Jenni Mooney and Emily Haley will be joined by sophomores Kelly Faris and Becky Mooney and freshman Lindsey Hansen on the starting line. The women’s team placed 18th last year at nationals.
The men, ranked 17th in the country, will use senior Matt Harvieux, juniors Rick Chapko, Dan Draine, Steve Henderson and Ryan Kollman, sophomore Nick Maddox and freshman Brian Preus out for the 8,000 meter race. The men finished in 12th place last year at nationals.
Men’s hockey: The men’s hockey team steps out of the MIAC but remains at the State Fair Coliseum for games Friday against UW-Stout (2-5-1) and Saturday against UW-River Falls (2-1-1). Action starts at 7 p.m. both nights.
Steve Aronson was flying last weekend, garnering nine points (five goals, four assists) and was named Division III National Player of the Week by College Hockey Online as well as being MIAC Player of the Week for his role in a 6-6 tie and an 8-3 win over Augsburg in the season’s opening series.
Women’s hockey: The women’s team opens its second season as a varsity sport with a nonconference series Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Superior, Wis. Coach Kevin Gorg has several promising new faces to join 12 returnees from last year’s 8-12 team.
Swimming: The men’s and women’s swimmers look to follow up the success of last week’s win over Hamline when they partake in the Macalester Invite this Saturday at 11 a.m.
Wrestling: The wrestling team will look for the lowdown on the new season when they compete Saturday at the Auggie Open in Minneapolis. Action begins at 9 a.m.
Women’s basketball: The women’s team opens its regular season Friday at Cal State-Dominguez Hills. They will play Cal-Pomona Saturday. Rookie coach Tricia Dornisch got a pleasant preview when her team defeated the touring UDLA team of Mexico, 109-33, Tuesday night. The Tommies return to the Midwest but stay on the road for a game Tuesday night at UW-LaCrosse (6 p.m.).
Men’s basketball: The waiting is about over for men’s basketball coach Steve Fritz. Northwestern comes in from Roseville to Schoenecker Arena for the season opener Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Three returning starters will be complemented by some solid transfers and promising freshmen.
Football: No playoffs but still a very good season for the football team. It all ended on an up note in a 13-3 win last Thursday over Hamline at the Metrodome. UST finished 7-3 overall but 7-2 in the conference for the third year in a row. The Tommies tied for second with Bethel in the MIAC and led the conference in fewest yards allowed in passing, rushing and total defense.