BROOKINGS, South Dakota – The Waldorf College women's track and field team broke four school records and established another school mark while earning a fifth-place finish in Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Indoor Championships.
With 10 active members on the roster, the Warriors fielded the smallest squad in the conference. Most teams have approximately 25 to 40 athletes, but that didn't stop Waldorf from making an impact.
"We definitely had to fight tooth and nail for every point we scored this weekend," Waldorf coach Kelsey Riggins said. "Track can be a numbers game and the team goal for the NSAA meet was to beat at least one team, and each one of the women did their part to achieve that goal."
The University of Jamestown won the conference title with 179 points. Viterbo University (155) finished as runner-up, Dickinson State University (127) took third, Dakota State University (40) locked up fourth and Waldorf (21) claimed fifth to place ahead of Valley City State University (19).
The 10 athletes competing for the Warriors went all out to defeat Valley City State. Their competitive drive has been on display throughout the indoor season.
Warriors end road trip, top Hillsdale
OKLAHOMA CITY – A day after two high-scoring contests, the Waldorf College baseball team found itself in a pair of tight battles with Mid-America Christian University and Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College on Saturday.
The Warriors (2-2) fell 2-1 to Mid-America Christian (5-7) in the opener but bounced back to end their road trip with a 3-2 victory over Hillsdale (1-18).
"It was totally the opposite of Friday," Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said. "Our pitchers threw really well and the bats slumped a bit."
The Warriors were limited to six hits in the opener.
"We couldn't get anything going in the first game," Tautges said. "We took way too many pitches for strikes."
Waldorf sophomore Eric Mallo went 3-for-3 at the plate and collected two stolen bases. Freshman Garrett Gillen finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and sophomore Jacob Tedesco contributed a single.
Mid-America Christian's Chevin Noone turned in a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs. Will Pickens also provided a pair of singles for the Evangels, who ended the game with seven hits. Daxton Marley, Cale Backward and Dylan Queen turned in singles.
The Warriors left six runners on base, four in scoring position.
"We had a few chances to score but couldn't get that big two-out hit," Tautges said.
Mid-America Christian's Junior Obeso (2-0) picked up the win. He struck out seven batters and allowed one run on six hits in six innings. Wyatt Glagow earned his second save of the season and came away with a strikeout while closing out the final inning.
Waldorf closes out season in regional tournament
MARSHALL, Missouri – The Waldorf College men's wrestling team concluded the season in Saturday's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Central National Qualifier.
Zach Milks (157 pounds) won one of three matches for the Warriors while freshman Kyle Penalosa (125), sophomore Jacob Adams (133), senior Dario Gamino (149), sophomore Austin Roys (165), freshman Kegan Thomas (184), seniors Dirk McOmber (197) and Ryan Dugger (197) each finished with 0-2 tournament records.
Six of Waldorf's grapplers faced challenges from the get-go, squaring off against ranked opponents in the regional tournament that featured the top two teams in the country.
It was a tough start for Milks (12-13) as he opened the day losing by fall in 4 minutes, 40 seconds to Missouri Valley College's Andrew Simmons, who's ranked No. 8 in the latest NAIA poll. Milks rebounded as the freshman from Charles City secured an 11-3 major decision over Benedictine College's Alek Mitchell. Benedictine's Tyler Mann pinned Milks in 1:57 during a second-round consolation bout.
Penalosa (5-16) was edged by Missouri Valley's 15th-ranked Ryan Stearns in a 10-7 decision. Following a first-round consolation bye, Penalosa was topped by Missouri Valley's Alex Jaurez in an 18-0 technical fall.
Grand View University's third-ranked Jacob Colon scored a 30-second fall over Adams (2-14) in the opening round. Adams received a first-round consolation bye and came up short against William Penn University's Jeremy Andujar, who pulled out a 9-6 decision.
Following a first-round bye, Gamino (2-11) lost by fall in the quarterfinals to Grand View's top-ranked Andrew Long in 2:06. Coming off a second-round consolation bye, Gamino was pinned by the University of Jamestown's Brandon Aragon in 4:34.
Roys (3-14) received an opening-round bye and couldn't keep pace with Dickinson State University's fourth-ranked Taylor Hodel, who locked up a 16-1 technical fall. Following a second-round consolation bye, Roys saw his day end as Benedictine's Kaleb Mitchell recorded a fall in 4:22.
Thomas (1-7) was pinned by William Penn's Cody Jones in 4:52. After an opening-round consolation bye, Thomas lost by fall to Jamestown's Daniel Tomaszewski in 58 seconds.
McOmber (8-8) found himself in a battle with Missouri Valley's seventh-ranked Donavan Fouchey. Five minutes and 52 seconds elapsed before Fouchey pinned down the win. McOmber earned a first-round consolation bye and was brought down by Baker University's Kyler Atwood in a 13-4 major decision.
Waldorf opens season with three losses
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Waldorf College softball team opened the season with losses to Presentation College, Dakota Wesleyan University and the University of Jamestown in the Aberdeen Dome Tournament on Saturday.
"It is always good to get the first games under your belt so you know what you need to work on moving forward," Waldorf coach Lexy Determan said.
Presentation (2-0) held on for a 5-3 win over the Warriors (0-3) in the opener. Dakota Wesleyan (1-6) handled Waldorf in an 11-6 victory and the Warriors concluded the day with a 6-1 loss to Jamestown (4-2).
"Although the outcomes of the games were not what we had hoped for, every problem that we had was something that can be fixed," Determan said.
Waldorf produced 17 hits and drew 10 walks throughout the day but struggled to bring the runners in to score. The Warriors left 21 runners on base, including 14 in scoring position.
"We stranded a lot of baserunners, which is promising because we had a lot of baserunners," Determan said. "That means that we need to dig a little deeper and figure out how to step up in those situations."