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Westminster stops losing streak in a conference win at the annual Dome Day in Minneapolis

The Blue Jays turned around a recent trend of falling behind early in games by taking the lead and keeping it in a 27-9 victory over the Northwestern College Eagles at the Dome Day game on Saturday afternoon. The game took place inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

The Blue Jays racked up 402 yards on conference foe Northwestern to run its record to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Taking the place of injured senior quarterback Tyson Kankolenski, freshman signal caller Scott Rodgers completed 8-of-18 passes for 131 yards and an interception. Rodgers did score a touchdown on the ground, the first one of the game for either team, with an eight-yard scamper in the third quarter.

Rodgers ran 16 times for 59 yards but sophomore Chris Starkey stole the show on the ground for the Blue Jays. Starkey carried the ball 34 times for 168 yards and a touchdown on the day in his second career start.

Junior receiver Carl Givens caught Rodgers only touchdown pass, 23-yard score with just under four minutes left in the game. Givens caught 3 passes for 82 yards against Northwestern (1-7, 1-4 UMAC). The Blue Jays defense bounced back after two consecutive disappointing efforts, holding Northwestern to 138 total yards and three interceptions.

The Blue Jays travel to Jacksonville, Illinois to take on MacMurray Saturday at 1 p.m. in UMAC action.

Two Blue Jays runner earn all-conference honors at SLIAC conference meet on Saturday

HILLSBORO, Ill., — Freshman Sarah Koestner took fifth place at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday. Koestner crossed the line in a time of 23:54 for Westminster, which finished in sixth place as a team. The result earned the Russelville native first team all-SLIAC honors. Sophomore Kaily Downey got second team honors with her 12th place finish in a time of 25:18.70.

Freshman Molly Bostwick came in 49th place with a time of 30:04.40, about a minute and a half ahead of sophomore Kim Petiford. Petiford finished 54th in a time of 31:37.63. Freshman Laura Parrot finished in 57th with a time of 32:21.89 while sophomore’s Laura Sanders and Allison McSherry finished in 58th and 59th with times of 32:36.18 and 32:41.43 respectively.

The Westminster men finished in fifth place overall out of eight teams. Freshman Matt Borst led the Blue Jays with a time of 27:57.64, good for 33rd place. Freshman Matt Norman came in 38th with a time of 28:16.87. The Blue Jays Chad Huber and John Hardin came in 50th and 51st place. Huber, a freshman, finished in 28:58.65 and while Hardin, a senior, came in at a time of 29:01.36.

Freshman Matt Morgan crossed the line in 53rd place at 29:17.49 and freshman Austin Fiegel came in 56th place with a time of 29:26.12. Sophomore Victor Stichnot was the final Blue Jays finisher in a time of 29:30.65.

Westminster volleyball splits conference doubleheader in home triangular match-ups

The Blue Jays hosted SLIAC foes Principia College and Greenville College in a triangular on Saturday. Westminster downed Principia 25-22, 25-15 and 25-12 in the first match and gave the final match to Greenville away by a score of 25-17, 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 and 16-14.

Sophomore outside hitters Alex Berry and Molly Owens each had eight kills against Principia. Senior setter Erin Rustemeyer had 27 assists and freshman setter Megan Boschert had a team-best 23 digs.

Greenville took the final match after being down to match point in the fourth game. The Blue Jays (11-17, 9-6 SLIAC) were led by Rustemeyer’s 11 kills and 24 assists. Owens had 10 kills of her own and Berry had 26 digs. The Blue Jays play their regular-season conference finale tonight in St. Louis against Webster at 7 p.m.

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WALNUT RIDGE, Ark., — The Owls closed out regular season play with a tense overtime victory over Williams Baptist on Saturday. Williams Baptist took a 1-0 lead into halftime but freshman forward Joao Paulo Dutra Parra tied the score in the 58th minute.

The team’s ended the 90 minutes of regulation tied at one before freshman forward Jose De Leon ended the game with a score in the 97th munute. The Owls (11-6-1, 3-4 American Midwest Conference) next play in the conference’s postseason tournament.

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