It was a busy weekend for the Saint Mary Spires in multiple sports.
The cheer and dance teams traveled to York, Nebraska, on Friday for the KCAC Championships. The cheer squad finished third with a score of 67.03. The dance team took fourth with 39.16 total points. William Young and Rachel Porter were each recognized as Champion of Character representatives for the Spires.
The Spires defeated Ottawa University on senior day in basketball Saturday. In the women’s game, the Spires were led by seniors Tiani White and Sienna Brown with 13 points in a 62-55 win. The team finished their season with an 8-20 record.
In the men’s game, the Spires were led by Edvonte Copeland’s career-high 33 points as the Spires won their final home game of the year 95-88. The Spires are now 13-16 and finished No. 6 in the conference. They will face No. 3 Friends in the KCAC tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Spires’ esports team picked up the first win in program history, defeating Park University 2-0 in “League of Legends” Saturday. They also competed in the esports “Fortnite” team tournament, beating Finger Lakes Community College 2-0 and the University of Arizona 2-1. The two fell by one kill to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte to lose 1-2.
Track and field
The Spires traveled to Maryville, Missouri, on Friday and Saturday for the KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Spires took home the championship the second consecutive year on the men’s side. The women’s team finished runner-up. Head coach Alstin Benton was also named the conference coach of the year and the men’s team took the KCAC Team of Character award. Phillip Lagemann led the men with five individual victories. Kaitlyn Shoemaker led the women’s side with a national “A” standard in the 5,000 meter run with a program and indoor conference record of 17:43.64. The Spires will return to the track for the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 28 to March 2.
The Spires men’s wrestling team finished third at the KCAC Conference Open at York College. Riley Jarmillo took first in his weight class. Gabe Blough, Logan Bowen and Cody Adams took second. David Hunter and Justin Kearney were third.
The Spires will return to the mat on March 1 for the NAIA championship in Des Moines, Iowa.