Around the NSIC 5/06/14

Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

The Minnesota State-Mankato baseball team grabbed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday at Ronken Field and Sioux Falls Stadium in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Mavericks will open play against eighth-seeded Wayne State College at 11 a.m. in the double-elimination format tournament.

Other first-round matchups include second-seeded Augustana against seventh-seeded Southwest Minnesota State, No. 3-seeded St. Cloud State against sixth-seeded Northern State and No. 4-seeded Concordia-St. Paul against fifth-seeded Winona State. The tournament champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region tournament, which begins May 15.

Both the Winona State and Minnesota State-Mankato softball teams will host first-round games in the NCAA Division II Central 2 Regional tournament. WSU is the top seed in the region and will play eighth-seeded Southern Arkansas on Friday. Augustana is the fourth seeded in the Central Region 1 tournament and plays Missouri Western State. The winner of the two Central Region tournament advance to the NCAA Super Regional tournament.

Sioux Falls swept the NSIC men’s track and field athletes of the week. Scott Greenman finshed second in the pole vault with a school-record height of 16 feet, 11 1/2 inches. Greenman enters the NSIC Championships with the best mark in the conference and the fifth-best in Division II this season.

Bobby Brockmueller placed second in the 1,500-meter run with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3 minutes, 52.93 seconds at the Howard Wood Relays. His school-record time is the fastest in the NSIC this season.

Sioux Falls’ Brigitte Gross was named NSIC women’s field athlete of the week after finishing second in the pole vault with her NCAA-qualifying vault of 13-5.25 at the Howard Wood Relays. Her height is tops in the conference and third in Division II.

Augustana’s Kristin Brondbo kept Sioux Falls from sweep the women’s track and field honors this week by grabbing the NSIC women’s track athlete of the week with her second-place finish in the 5,000. She improved her provisional mark at the Howard Wood Relays with a time of 16:54.84.

Minnesota State-Mankato’s Kanyapak Sethasompobe was named NSIC women’s golfer of the year, leading the conference with a 78.1 stroke per round average over 17 rounds. She competed in eight tournaments, compiling four first-place and one runner-up finish. Sethasompobe finished fifth at the NSIC Championships. Concordia-St. Paul’s Savannah Stone was named NSIC women’s newcomer of the year and Augustana’s Peggy Kirby was garnered NSIC women’s coach of the year honors.

-Daily News Staff