2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
February 4, 2009

Picture of the Week: Concordia senior PJ Mack gets ready to pin his opponent from Jamestown during the Cobbers' 40-6 over the Jimmies on Wednesday. Concordia is currently ranked eighth in NCAA Division III.

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February 4, 2009

Top Note
Cobber Athletics
- Concordia had three athletes earn MIAC Athlete of the Week honors. Women’s hockey player Becca Kent (Princeton, Minn./Elk River HS) and track athletes Paul Westmark (Sr., Appleton, Wis.) and Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) all earned the conference weekly award. Kent recorded six points in the Cobbers’ sweep over Augsburg and Westmark and Kay provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Meet in the pentathlon.

Men's Basketball (7-13/4-11 MIAC - lost at Carleton 67-54/

lost at Bethel 67-59/lost at Hamline 68-56)

- Concordia is third in the MIAC in 3-point field goal percentage in conference games. The Cobbers are connecting on 37.4% of their shots from behind the arc in league games. CC is also fourth in rebounding defense, holding opponents to just 30.7 rebounds per game.

- Concordia sophomore John Fraase (Bismarck, N.D.) returned from an ankle injury to post a pair of double-doubles last week. Fraase had 10 points and 11 rebounds against Carleton and then turned around and had 11 points and 11 rebounds against Bethel to record his 10th double-double in the past 12 games. He now leads the league with 12 double-doubles on year.

- Concordia first-year head coach Rich Glas now has 497 career wins. Glas is coaching in his 29th overall season in collegiate basketball and has a career record of 497-315. Glas was featured in a column in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune written by Patrick Reusse on Sunday.

Women's Basketball (14-5/13-3 MIAC - won at Carleton 80-68/

lost at Bethel 79-66/won at Hamline 76-63)

- Concordia freshman Jenna Green (Dilworth, Minn./D-G-F HS) had a career-high 23 points against Hamline on Sunday. Green was 7-for-12 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line in the game as she pushed her season points per game average into double digits. Green is now averaging 10.7 points per game and is second on the team in scoring.

- The Cobbers lead the MIAC in points per game in league games. Concordia is averaging 72.5 points in their 16 conference games. They have scored at least 70 points in seven of their last eight games.

- Concordia sophomore Lindsey Schultz (Hitterdal, Minn./Ulen-Hitterdal HS) is 10th in the MIAC in rebounding. The 5-8 guard is averaging 6.4 rebounds in the team’s 16 league games. She has had at least seven rebounds in six of the last eight games.

Men's Hockey (3-16-2/1-10-1 MIAC - swept at Augsburg 8-4 & 4-2)

- Concordia senior Alec Holen (Thief River Falls, Minn.) added to his team-leading point total over the weekend. Holen had a pair of goals in the Cobbers’ series with Augsburg and now has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. The 18 points is the second-best season total for Holen. He had 26 points in his sophomore season.

- Cory Johnson (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) also had a multiple-point weekend for Concordia. He had a goal and three assists on the weekend and now has four goals and three assists for seven points on the year.

Women's Hockey (10-7-2/7-4-1 MIAC - swept Augsburg 7-1 & 7-0)

- Concordia scored 14 goals in their two-game sweep over Augsburg last weekend. The Cobbers had seven goals in each game. The 14 goals is the second most in school history in a conference series and most since the 2002-03 season when they scored 19 in a sweep over Hamline.

- Cobber freshman Becca Kent (Princeton, Minn./Elk River HS) was named the MIAC Player of the Week for her six-point performance against the Auggies. Kent had two goals and two assists in the series opener on Friday and then added a goal and an assist on Saturday. Kent is tied for the team lead in goals scored this season with nine and is second on the team in points with 15.

- Concordia upped their overall record to 10-7-2 on the season with their two wins over Augsburg. It is the second straight 10-win season and fifth double-digit win total in program history.

Swimming & Diving (finished 2nd at the MSUM/CC Invite)

- Concordia finished second at the MSU Moorhead/Concordia Invite over the weekend. It is the third consecutive top two finish for the Cobbers in a multiple-team invite.

- Concordia senior Jess Rognlien (Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) posted her best finish in her four years at CC. Rognlien swam a 20:26.60 and finished second in the event. She has dropped almost a full 1:30 in the event in the last month.

- The Cobber 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kendal Christensen (Fr., Andover, Minn./Anoka HS), Katie Coleman (So., Marshall, Minn.), Brooke Carlson (Fr., Milaca, Minn.) and Kirsten Anderson (Fr., Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) recorded a time of 1:46.13 and finished just .06 behind MSU Moorhead who won the event.

#8 Wrestling (9-1 - beat Jamestown 40-6/beat #17 St. John's 18-15)

- Concordia won a pair of dual meets last weekend and is now 9-1 in dual meets this season. The nine wins is second most in program history and two shy of the record of 11 set in 1984-85 when the team went 11-4-1 in dual meets.

- The Cobbers are currently ranked eighth in the latest Brute/Adidas National Coaches Association rankings. It is the highest ranking in program history. The Cobbers also have four wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their weight class. Ben Anderson (So., Frazee, Minn.) is ranked third at 141, Lane Lunde (Jr., West Fargo, N.D.) his sixth at 157, Phil Moenkedick (So., Perham, Minn.) is eighth at 184 and All-American Tony Neumann (Sr., Willmar, Minn.) is ninth at 197.

- The Cobbers have a pair of wrestlers with 30 wins on the season. Ben Anderson (So., Frazee, Minn.) is currently 30-8 and Justin Berns (So., Perham, Minn.) is 30-10. Both wrestlers are chasing the single-season record of 38 wins set by Mike Northcutt in 1988-89.

Men's Tennis (0-2 - lost to UW-Eau Claire 8-1/lost at St. Cloud St. 8-1)

- Concordia opened the season by dropping a pair of matches in Sartell, Minn. The Cobbers lost 8-1 to UW-Eau Claire and 8-1 to St. Cloud State.

- Cobber sophomore Matt Edin (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) won one of the two matches for Concordia. Edin posted a 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 win against the No.1 single from UW-Eau Claire. Last year he won nine matches as the team’s No.2 singles player.

Women's Tennis (0-0)

- The Concordia women’s tennis team will open their 2009 season on Saturday when they play Northwestern in Fridley. The match is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start.

- Concordia is coming off a 5-12 season last year. The five wins were more than the Cobbers had won in the 2006 and 2007 seasons combined.

Men's Track & Field (hosted the Cobber Open)

- Concordia senior Paul Westmark (Appleton, Wis.) won the Cobber pentathlon on Friday with a score of 3,433 points. That total is a national provisional qualifying mark and is also the third highest score in the nation this season. For his efforts he was named the MIAC Field Athlete of the Week.

- Cobber junior Xavier Carroll (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont HS) ran a 7.18 in the 60 meters at the Cobber Open on Saturday. That time broke his own school record of 7.25 he set last season.

- Tom Sederquist (So., Moorhead, Minn.) was the only Concordia athlete to win an individual event at the Cobber Open on Saturday. Sederquist posted a 4:31.26 in the mile and won the event by almost four seconds.

Women's Track & Field (hosted the Cobber Open)

- Cobber junior Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) won the Cobber Pentathlon on Friday. Kay opened her season by recording a score of 3,314 points. That total is a new school record and also a national provisional qualifying mark. Her total is also the second best in all of Division III. She was named the MIAC Field Athlete of the Week for her record-setting performance.

- Concordia sophomore distance runner Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) started her track campaign by winning the 5000 meters at the Cobber Open. She ran a 18:43.03 and won the event by over 20 seconds.

- Kristina Bruns (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) was the only other event-winner for Concordia at the Cobber Open. She won both the long jump and triple jump events at the meet. Bruns posted a distance of 16-7.75 in the long jump and 34-6.75 in the triple jump.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
WBB - at Augsburg - 5:45 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats

WR - at home vs. MSU Moorhead - 7 p.m. | Live Video

MBB - at Augsburg - 7:30 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats

Friday, February 6, 2009
MTR - at Bison Pentathlon - Noon

WTR - at Bison Pentathlon - Noon

MTR - at Bison Open - 5 p.m.

WTR - at Bison Open - 5 p.m.

MH - at home vs. St. John's - 7 p.m. | Live Audio
WH - at St. Ben's - 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, February 7, 2009
WR - at North Country Invite at St. John's - 9 a.m.

MTR - at Bison Pentathlon - 9:30 a.m.

WTR - at Bison Pentathlon - 9:30 a.m.

WH - at St. Ben's - 1:45 p.m. 

MH - at home vs. St. John's - 2 p.m. | Live Audio

WBB - at home vs. St. Ben's - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MTN - vs. Northwestern (Minn.) at Fridley - 3 p.m.

MBB - at St. John's - 3 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats

WTN - vs. Northwestern (Minn.) at Fridley - 5:30 p.m.