Junior Morgan Place is burning up the track for the Minnesota Duluth women's indoor track and field team.

She ran to a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9 minutes, 59.78 seconds at the Bison Open Feb. 5 at North Dakota State. She finished more than 18 seconds ahead of her second-place teammate.

On Jan. 22, the Ellsworth native set the meet record for the 3,000 at the Wisconsin-Superior Blizzard Open. Her blistering time was a 10:05.66, beating the second-place finisher by more than 45 seconds.

  • St. Cloud State sophomore Nicole Anderson has been a rebound machine for the women's basketball team this season.

After starting all 21 games, the 5-foot-6 Anderson is second on the team with a total of 98 rebounds (4.7 per game).

Her 44 offensive boards lead the team, and her 54 defensive rebounds are second.

The Cannon Falls graduate also leads the team with 58 steals, is second with 43 assists and ranks fifth with 153 total points (7.3 per game).

In a Feb. 5 win at Upper Iowa, Anderson spent 29 minutes on the floor, grabbed seven rebounds, had six assists and tallied five steals.

She led the team in each category for the night.

  • Making her mark as a freshman on the Lake Forest women's hockey team, Red Wing's Jackie Friedrich is a plus-8 through 16 games this season, which is tied for the team lead.

She has two points on the season, both coming on assists. Her second assist came Feb. 4 during a home game versus Adrian College.

Lake Forest lost 6-3, but Friedrich improved her plus/minus rating by going plus-1 in the contest.

  • A key component to hockey is taking shots on goal. Augsburg junior Trevor Doden seems to have that down this season.

The forward and Red Wing graduate is second on the team with 70 shots on goal through all 21 games so far.

That complements his eight points (three goals, five assists). He is sixth on the team in scoring. He scored the lone goal for the Auggies in a 2-1 loss against Concordia-Moorhead on Jan. 21. He had four shots for the game before his goal came late in the third period.

  • Carthage sophomore distance runner Alex Nelson had a sixth-place finish in the 5,000 at the Bob Keck Invitational, which was held Feb. 4-5 at Illinois Wesleyan University.

He finished with a time of 16:27.68 as Carthage cruised to a fourth-place team finish out of 18 teams.

At Carthage's Tadd Metzger Invitational on Jan. 28, Red Wing's Nelson finished 21st in the 3,000 in 9:31.95.

  • Sophomore Casey Murnane swam to some top-five finishes for the UW-Stevens Point men's team in a 144-99 dual meet win over UW-La Crosse on Jan. 29.

He took third in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:05.01, was fourth in the 200 butterfly at 2:07.05 and took fifth in the 200 backstroke with a 2:07.60.

Next up for Murane and his teammates is the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships Feb. 17-19 at UW-Stevens Point.