It was a busy weekend for Saint Mary athletics. In baseball, the Spires split their two games with Kansas Wesleyan winning the first game 12-7 and falling 3-2 in the second. The games were originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday before being moved up due to weather forecasts. The games were played on the campus on McPherson College.
The Spires and Coyotes traded punches early before four runs scored in the eighth sealed the victory for the Spires in game one. Game two had the Spires holding a 2-0 lead before three runs in the seventh gave KWU the lead and victory.
The Spires are now 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in KCAC play.
The men’s wrestling team traveled to Des Moines Friday for the NAIA championships. Gabe Blough would fall to Trent Johnson and Keyshawn Laws. Patrick Boulanger fell to Steven Lawrence and Syd Oh. Logan Bowen lost to Deandre Chery and Mahlic Sallah. Riley Jaramillo fell in his two matches against Jason Davis and Sam Osho.
The Spires’ esports team defeated Newman University 2-0 in a “League of Legends” tournament Saturday.
The Spires won the close first game after more than 40 minutes of play with Russell Rhoads getting 31 kills for the Spires and Adrian Gebhart dealing 30 percent of the team’s damage for the match.
Rhoads kicked off the second game and had strong play from the other Spires to help lead to a 2-0 victory in the series.
The Spires wrapped up their inaugural season over the weekend at the NAIA Nationals in Georgia.
Megan Cutting set a school record in the 100 breaststroke and finished 30th in the event. Brendan Jamerson, Andrew Goode, Matthew Burton and Will Dvorsky also set two school records in their group events. The quad swam a record in the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. Both teams finished 21st in the preliminary rounds. The group also took 21st in the 400 free relay.
Track and field
The Spires track and field teams capped off the indoor season at the NAIA meet over the weekend. The men placed eighth and women took 51st.
Luke Skinner was the top overall individual for the Spires with a victory in the 1,000 meter. Skinner, Eric Vazquez, Darion Allen and Phillip Lagemann also took first in a medley relay.
Lagemann took third and Vazquez took sixth in the mile. Anterreon McClain set a personal best in the 200 dash with an 11th-place prelim finish. He was also 25th in the prelims of the 60 dash. Adrian Luna took 23rd in the shot put.
On the women’s side Kaitlyn Shoemaker took sixth in the 5,000. Brittany White-Dold was 23rd. White-Dold also took 10th in the 3,000. Jayda Cooper was 18th in the triple jump.
The outdoor season for the Spires will begin on March 15 at the Rhodes College Invite in Memphis.