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Spring 1977 Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
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Women's track team posts winning season

 Competing mostly with a freshman team, Concordia women were successful in capturing second place in the Minn-Kota Conference Indoor Track Meet and fourth in outdoor conference competition.

One of the most notable victories this season was at Concordia's own invitational indoor meet. Winning eight events, the Cobber women easily overwhelmed their opposition with 94½ points. The next highest total was 35½ points earned by Wahpeton State School of Science.

Concordia competed in the Region 6 AIAW meet at Wichita, KS, in May with track teammates Dawn Peterson of Wolverton, MN, Laurie Henkes of Wheaton, MN, Martha WaIler, Grand Rapids, MN, and Anita Anderson, Brooklyn Center, MN.

Mrs. Joyce Prokop is the coach of the women's track team.

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Netmen narrowly miss first-place finish

 Concordia's tennis team finished in a three-way tie for second place in the MIAC championship, with Brent Reichert as the Cobber team's number one netman.

 Reichert, from Crookston, MN, who will be a junior next year, was the outstanding singles player for Concordia with a 26-6 won-lost season record.

Cobber coach Bob Nick felt the unfortunate loss of singles star Kent Stadum to injury, which kept him off the courts most of the season, hurt the Cobbers' chances of finishing better.

Gustavus Adoiphus was the MIAC tennis champion for 1977.

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Men Cobber golfers nip Hamline for fifth place

 Entered in the MIAC championship competition with a team comprised of all sophomores. Concordia battled ahead of Hamline with a 10 stroke lead to finish fifth in the MIAC conference golf toumament.

The Cobbers finished the 36-hole tournament with a 655-stroke total, 48 strokes off the winning total turned in by the 1977 golf champions, Gustavus Adolphus.

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Early outdoor spring practice; sunny days highlight Baseball season

Concordia's baseball team finished in fifth place to tie with St. Thomas and Gustavus at 8-8 in the final MIAC standings.

Shortstop Kris Gulsvig turned in an outstanding performance for the season, leading the Cobbers with a batting average of .411. He was named to the MIAC All-League team. Honorable mention went to Steve Atchison, returning sophomore from Moorhead, and Bob Gullick, returning junior from St. Louis Park, MN, for their fine season performances.

The Cobbers proved to be tough contenders this year. There were some exciting moments such as when Concordia edged St. Mary's in an unusual pair of contrasting games It took 11 innings the first game for the Cobbers to bring in a single runner to win 1-0 With five home runs in the second game, Concordia downed St. Mary's 12-10.

The team succeeded in dumping their inter-city rival, Moorhead State University 8-2 and 11-3. In several games against MIAC op ponents, Concordia found itself battling back to make up for major scoring deficits to win in the final inning.

St. John's University won the 1977 MIAC championship.

Baseball and basetball's Kris Gulsvig is season standout

 Kris Gulsvig of Moorhead received outstanding distinctions this year, including the honor of an All-District 13 NAIA selection in both  basketball and baseball.

 The senior guard led the Cobbers in assists with 127 and was second in scoring this basketball
season with 253 points and a 10.5 average. The

Cobber co-captain was named to the F-M intercity team and to the third team of the 1976-77  All-Lutheran College Basketball squad.

Shortstop Gulsvig was named to the All- MIAC baseball team picked by the coaches. He led the Cobber batsmen with an average of .411.

Gulsvig graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He is the son of Cobber basketball coach Sonny Gulsvig.
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Cobber Men's track season saved by Fox wins

Trackman Steve Fox from Aitkin, MN, had a strong year led by a double win in the MIAC track and field championship this spring. Fox won the 120-yard high hurdles in 14.4 seconds and the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 54.0 seconds.

Fox  also  earned NAIA All-America status by finishing sixth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in the national Fox conference meet in Arkadeiphia, AR. Fox ran the race in 52.5 seconds. The top six finishers in each event earn the All-America tag from the national association.

Concordia placed fourth in the conference behind champion Hamline University. St. John's took second place and St. Thomas was third.

Fox, a junior next year at Concordia, was among three Cobbers who participated in post-season compeution as well. Nate Hanson, a returning senior from Crookston, MN, competing in the 800-meters, won in 1:52.5 seconds, and Bob Westland, from New Richland, MN, competed in the pole vault event. He graduated in May.

Coach Don Larson, who came from South Dakota State University to take over the duties of Ed Langsdorf for a one-year term, had a very successful year. Langsdorf returns to the staff after working on his doctorate at Arizona State. A former Cobber athlete himself, Langsdorf has built the Concordia track team into a contender in recent years. He also works with the football staff in the fall.

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Steelers sign Cobbers' Grinaker

Wide receiver Dave Grinaker, rated by Concordia's football coach as "the finest all around athlete to compete for the Cobbers," has signed a bonus contract as a free agent with  the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Grinaker attended the National Football League club's rookie camp in May, practicing as a wide receiver. He is scheduled to report to the Steelers' main training camp in July.

In the announcement, Coach Jim Chnsto pherson said that if Grinaker had not been hampered by a knee injury during his junior year, He would have been the all-time leading pass receiver at Concordia." The 6 foot 2 185-pounder caught 36 passes for the Cobbers last season and was named to the All Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and All District 13 National Association of Intercol legiate Athletics teams.

Grinaker is the son of wrestling coach Finn Grinaker, Moorhead, MN. He graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.