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Spring 1981 Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
 Spring 1981

Track star Linda Iverson named all-American

For the first time, Concordia's women's track and field team was represented in the Division III Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Track and Field Competition, which was held at California State University at Hayward on May 21-23.

Linda Iverson of Fairview, Mont., received all-American status in Division III competition, a first for women's track and field at Concordia. She placed fourth in the javelin competition with a throw of 145-6, breaking her own record by 8-9½. This was the last meet of her collegiate career.

Carmen Moser, Kulm, N.D., placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of40-111A, and Ruth Reimnitz, Bismarck, N.D., tied for loth place in the high jump with a 5-3 jump.

Julie Bale and Margo Holm from Moorhead and Reimnitz corn peted in the long jump and Kris Freeman, Duluth, Minn , par ticipated in the shot put competition. Bale ran in the 100-meter  dash

Julie Carew, Wadena, Minn., also qualified for the national meet but couldn't participate because she was traveling on a May  Seminar

"The national meet was a great experience for all of us, said Coach Joyce Prokop. "The highlight definitely was to have Linda become the first Concordia athlete to attain all-American status  in women's track and to see her throw her personal best."

To qualify for the national meet, the team captured the state  title of the Division III Minnesota Association of Intercollegiate  Athletics for Women (MAIAW). This was another first for the team. Coach Prokop commented, "Tne state meet was a total team effort with 16 of our athletes scoring. It was a most exciting meet, with the scores running close right to the end." The meet was a three-way battle  between Concordia with 144½ points, St. Olaf with 131 and St Thomas with 121.

Julie Bale was top performer in the state meet with first place in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4OO~meter relay. She took second place in the medley relay, third place in the long jump and tied for sixth in the high jump.

Iverson also competed in the Drake Relays in Des Moines Iowa in her specialty, the javelin contest. She was the first Cobber to qualify for and attend the relays.

Baseball team has most wins ever

An all-time Concordia record for most wins in a season was posted by the 1981 Cobber baseball te&m. Establishing a 19-21-1 mark, they reversed last year's earmark of "good hitting, no pitching" with the best overall pitching staff in the league, finishing 11-7 in the MIAC for fourth place.

Two Cobbers were named to the all-conference squad pitcher Howard Berglund, a freshman from Carrington, N.D., and shortstop Mark Redemske, a junior from Staples, Minn. Pitcher Dan Schroeder, a junior from Perham, Minn., was voted most valuable player by his teammates.

Three juniors were selected this spring to co-captain the 1982 team - Don Olson from Buffalo, Minn.; Bob Schepper from Dent, Minn.; and Bryon Novotny from Alexandria, Minn. Don Burgan, Cobber baseball coach, expects a strong team for 1982 with some excellent incoming freshmen and the return of the entire pitching staff.

Women's tennis competes in state tourney

The 1980-81 spring women's tennis team, coached by Dr. Bernice Pavek, finished the season with a 12-0 record in dual matches and was invited to comPete in the state tournament for the first time.

At state, they won five firstround matches before being defeated by seeded players. Tammy Thielman of Jamestown, N.D., won consolation honors at number three singles, while Jill Waalen of Hudson, Wis., lost her consolation match in three sets.

Prior to the state tournament, the women were selected to play in the Minnesota AIAW Tournament at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. Eight teams are chosen in Division III by a selection committee of coaches and the tournament director. Concordia swept the tournament, which included University of North Dakota, Moorhead State University, North Dakota State University, Valley City State College, University of Minnesota-Morris,  North Dakota State School of Science, College of St. Thomas and Ramline University.

The Cobber women were also successful at the College of St. Benedict's Invitational. Waalen and Thielman won the second place trophy in doubles. Naomi Paulsen of Northfield, Minn., defeated Ann Schmidt of Moorhead in the singles consolation finals and Kathy Kinnear of Greenwood, Ind., made it to the singles semifinals.

Final individual match records for the spring season were as follows: Ann Schmidt, 12-5; Naomi Paulsen, 143; Tammy Thielman, 13-1; Jill Waalen, 11-3; Kathy Kinnear, 14-3; and Ann Sackreiter of St. Paul, Minn., 8-4. In doubles, Schmidt and Paulsen were 10-2 and Waalen and Thielman were 11-5. Also playing on the team were Jill Doering, Marshall, Minn.; Linda Dahl, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Laurie Klitzke, Litchfield, Minn.; Julie Stenson, LeCenter,  Minn.;  Jodee LaCasse, Hugo, Minn.; and Lea Erickson, Woodbury, Minn.