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Spring athletics have positive, busy beginning to season

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April 14, 2011

The semester is winding down, but for many Falcon athletes their seasons are just heating up. Most recently, the men’s track and field team placed fifth at the Falcon Invitational held at UWRF. According to UWRF Sports Information, senior Nick Zein broke a school record in the 400-meter dash, completing the race with a time of 48.87.

This broke Travis Nordrum’s previous record of 48.9 set in 1994. Fellow Senior Jared Brandenburg placed first overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase to pace the Falcon attack. Up next for the Falcons is a meet held at UW-La Crosse on April 15.

The women’s track and field team also fared well this weekend, as they placed fourth in the Falcon Invite. Junior Kayla Hillman tied the school record in the pole vault, jumping 11-5 ¾.  The women’s team will also compete in LaCrosse on Friday.

The UWRF softball team is off to a hot start in the WIAC. The Falcons are currently 5-1 in conference play and hold a six game winning streak. They will be home next 3 p.m. April 22, when they host UW-Stevens Point. Rose Tusa has led the Falcons in pitching and has been named the WIAC’S Pitcher of the Week twice.

After traveling to Bethel College on April 12, the Falcon tennis team returns home to host two matches on Saturday when they take on UW-Stevens Point, followed by St.

Mary’s University. Sophomore captain Jenny Paxton returns as the top singles player from the fall.

The women’s golf team is also in action this spring. After traveling to UW-Stout on Friday, the Falcons will return home to host the Falcon Invitational on April 16. Paige
Cook will be counted on to pace the Falcons this spring.

While the semester may be soon be ending, take time to enjoy the warm weather and came support Falcon athletics.

Ashley Goettl is an alumna of UW-River Falls. She was editor of the Student Voice from fall semester 2011 to spring semester 2013.