Collegiate Ticker - Feb. 21, 2024

This past weekend at the Cedar Valley Invite in Waterloo, Iowa, the Mount Mercy men and women collected wins after outpacing the competition. All teams bowled five individual games and 16 Baker games, with total pinfall determining the winner.

On the men’s side, Mount Mercy led the field from the start with a 1,040 total in Game 1. The Mustangs continued to build their lead throughout the weekend, ending up almost 750 pins ahead of second place when all was said and done.

Mount Mercy had three men place in the top five individually; Zach Andresen led the field with 1,100, Andru Blaney placed second with 1,087 and Kai Yamada was fifth with 1,045. Wartburg’s Jace Goedel (1,077) and Waldorf’s Noah Ward (1,070) were third and fourth, respectively.

The women of Mount Mercy also had a dominant performance, leading the field by nearly 700 pins after Day 1 and ending the weekend on top by over 1,000 pins. The Mustangs had the top four athletes in the individual standings.

Brooke Salzman led the women’s field with games of 212, 235, 245, 245 and 210 for 1,147; she was joined in the top five by teammates Brynna Madison (second with 1,034), Elena Carr (third with 1,001) and Mackenzie Ullian (fourth with 989), with Coe’s Whittney Morse rounding out the top five at 975.

In other collegiate action:

- At the Crossroad League – Event 4 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, the Marion-Indiana men held off Spring Arbor to win, while the Huntington women narrowly won by two pins over Spring Arbor.

- At the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) – Event 2 in Norfolk, Virginia, the North Carolina A&T women went a perfect 8-0 in matches to continue a hold on the conference lead.

- At the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the Arkansas State women beat Vanderbilt in six games to leave with a win.

- At the Northeast Conference (NEC) – Event 3 in East Haven, Connecticut, the Duquesne, Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson women all went 6-1 in Baker match play to clinch a spot in the NEC Championships.

- At the Ohio Bowling Conference (OBC) Championships in Columbus, Ohio, the Robert Morris-Pennsylvania men and Wright State women left as conference champions after 35 Baker games.

- At the Region 15 NJCAA tournament in Deer Park, New York, the Suffolk County CC men won to clinch a spot to NJCAA National Championships.

- At the Tony Reyes Memorial Collegiate Classic I and II in San Jose, California, the Nevada- Las Vegas men and San Jose State women won the first event, while the San Jose State men and women swept the second event.

- At the Viking Classic in Bettendorf, Iowa, the Lewis women went 8-2 overall to win the tournament. 

- At the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championships in Lansing, Michigan, the Lawrence Tech men and Concordia women left as conference champions after going through a double-elimination bracket.

The 2023-2024 United States Bowling Congress Collegiate regular season has officially come to a close and sectional assignments will be announced this evening at 6 p.m. Central, streaming on BowlTV.

For the full results of this season’s collegiate events and current rankings, visit and