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St. Scholastica's Hovland, Pulkrabek nab UMAC track and field awards

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St. Scholastica senior Casey Hovland and freshman Aaron Pulkrabek have been named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) track and field athletes of the year, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Hovland was named the women's track athlete of the year after dominating the distance events at the UMAC indoor championships this past weekend, winning both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. Her time of 17:01.41 in the 5,000-meters shattered her own meet record by more than a minute, and it was 11 seconds faster than a facility record that had stood for more than a decade.

A converted time of 16:53.65 is third this season in Division III and should qualify her for the NCAA indoor championships.

Pulkrabek, meanwhile, is the field athlete of the year on the men's side after winning the long jump and finishing second in the triple jump at the UMAC indoor championships. Despite battling an injury, he turned in two marks in the long jump (20 feet, 7.75 inches and 20 feet, 6.25 inches) that would've been good enough to win.

In addition, St. Scholastica head coach Todd Bouchie was named the conference's coach of the year on the women's side after leading that team to a second straight UMAC title.

Below are listed the locals included on this year's all-UMAC teams, from both UW-Superior and St. Scholastica.



Sammi Argir, St. Scholastica

Melina Avinon, St. Scholastica

Emily Conley, St. Scholastica

Casey Hovland, St. Scholastica

Anika Kling, St. Scholastica

Maria Mazo, UW-Superior

Aria Plewa, St. Scholastica

Taylor Phillips, UW-Superior

Kelli Praska, UW-Superior

Valeriw Rowe, UW-Superior

Svenja Ruehl, UW-Superior

Kate Schweman, UW-Superior

Mikaela Shepard, UW-Superior

Breanna Shofner, St. Scholastica

Natalie St. Marie, St. Scholastica

LeAnn Torgerson, UW-Superior



Rand Bieri, UW-Superior

Isaac Boedigheimer, St. Scholastica

Edward Carlson, UW-Superior

Matt Carlson, UW-Superior

Frank Cerar, St. Scholastica

Alex Dzikonski, UW-Superior

Easton Foss, St. Scholastica

Cole Gelhar, UW-Superior

Henry Haberman, UW-Superior

Wyatt Helgeson, St. Scholastica

Jordan Koski, UW-Superior

Joe Olinger, UW-Superior

Jack Peru, St. Scholastica

Noah Potratz, UW-Superior

Evan Walpole, UW-Superior

Jake Weston, UW-Superior

Fauston Wirtz, UW-Superior

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