College notes

• Jonny Brodzinski (Blaine) and Joey Benik (St. Francis) helped St. Cloud State University secure its first-ever MacNaughton Cup which goes to the WCHA regular season champions. The Huskies shared the top-spot with the Univesity of Minnesota and Brodzinski’s former linemate from Blaine, Nick Bjugstad.

• John Tellgren (Anoka), a sophomore diver at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York was named Liberty League Diver of the Week for the fifth time this season, March 6. Tellgren qualified for the NCAA Championships in the three-meter competition by posting a highest score at the NCAA Division III Regional Diving qualifier at Ithica College March 6. Tellgren scored a school record 590.25. He placed second in the one-meter qualifier, 2.95 points behind the champion but the top two move on to nationals.

• University of St. Thomas seniors Eyo Ekpo (Andover) and Gavin Yseth (St. Francis) each were honored for their indoor track and field performacnes at the March 1-2 MIAC Championships. The pair combined for four victories to help the Tommies win its 29th team title in a row. Ekpo was named Outstanding Men’s Field Athlete in the competition for the fourth year in a row. He swept the jumping events including the high jump (6-7), long jump (22-11 3/4) and triple jump (47-6 1/2) to repeat in each event. He now has 11 MIAC individual track titles. Ekpo went on to place sixth in the triple jump (48-4 3/4) at the DII national championships.

Yseth was named Men’s Outstanding Performance as he repeated as heptathlon champion with a arena-record score of 4,797 points. He finished among the top four in each of the seven events including winning the 60-meter hurdles; second in shot put, high jump and 1,000-meter run; third in the 60-meter dash and fourth in the long jump and pole vault. Yseth went on to place 12th in the heptathlon at nationals with 4,605 points.

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