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Fall 1984,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
  Fall 1984

Cross country teams produce top runners

Runners from the Concordia men's and women's cross country teams collected three all-conference honors, and one from each team qualified for a National Collegiate Athletic Association national championship.

Elizabeth Vitalis, a sophomore from Fargo, N.D., and Henrik Pedersen, a senior from Oslo, Norway, both ran in the NCAA Division II meet at Ohio Wesleyan University, Deleware, Ohio, Nov.17.

Vitalis ran the women's 5,000-meter course in 18:13.06 to place 14th and earn all-American status. Pedersen placed 30th in the men's race, covering the 8,000 meters in 25:37.74. The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., swept both team titles.

At the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet held at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul Oct.27, the Cobber women placed second to St. Thomas.

Elizabeth Vitalis, a sophomore at Concordia, earned all-American honors by placing 14th in the NCAA Division II meet Nov.17. However, the team score of 75 was the lowest tally ever registered by the Concordia women in either conference or state competition. The Cobber women also had two runners earn all-conference honors - Vitalis, who placed fifth, and Marion Strand, a senior from Boyd, Minn., who placed 10th.

The Cobber women placed third in the NCAA Division III Central Region competition at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, Nov.10. The team fell 26 points short of qualifying for nationals. Vitalis placed ninth in the overall field in the run to qualify.

The men's team finished seven points behind Macalester College of St. Paul at the MIAC conference meet to place eighth out of 10 teams. Pedersen placed fifth overall and was named to all-conference. At the NCAA regional meet, the Cobber men finished 12th out of 16 teams. Pedersen placed ninth overall and qualified for nationals with a time of 25.20, only 16 seconds off the winning time. He is the first Cobber from the men's cross country team to qualify for nationals since John Mutschelknaus '80 accomplished the feat in 1979.

 Soccer team moves up in the MIAC

The Concordia women's soccer team, who finished 8-5-2 just one year ago, finished the 1984 season with a 3-9-1 win-loss-tie record.

At the MIAC tournament hosted by Carleton and St. Olaf colleges Nov. 2-3, the Cobbers won their first game over St. Mary's College, but lost in the semi-final round to eventual tournament winners, Gustavus Adolphus College. The Cobbers lost their last game to Carleton and placed fourth out of six teams, up from last year's fifth-place finish. Football team ends with 4-5-1 record

The Cobber football team started out with a strong 17-14 victory over cross town rival Moorhead State University in the first annual Crystal Bowl game, but finished the season in seventh place in the MIAC and a 4-5-1 overall record.

In the conference, the Cobbers defeated Gustavus Adolphus; Bethel College; Augsburg, Minneapolis; and tied St. Olaf, Northfield, to finish with a 3-5-1 record.

Individual honors were given to Stuart Alger, senior from Fargo, N.D., who was named all-conference and the team's most valuable player. Wide receiver Todd Shierkolk, senior from Prairie Farm, Wis., and defensive lineman Howard Heisler, senior from Waubun, Minn., both received all-conference honorable mention.

 Volleyball team is ninth in MIAC

Under first-year coach Cindy Johnson, the Concordia women's volleyball team finished ninth in the MIAC Women's Division State Tournament, held at Macalester College, St. Paul, Nov. 9 and 10.

The Cobbers lost to Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, and to Macalester. They defeated St. Mary's, Winona and then lost to Bethel College, St. Paul. Co-captain Karen Johnson, senior from Kenyon, Minn., is the only graduating player on the team, which finished with a 16-21 overall record.

 Men finish third in MIAC golf tourney

The Concordia men's golf team finished third at the 11-team MIAC tournament held at Gustavus Adolphus College, Oct.12 and 13. Gustavus won the tournament with a 621 score, followed by St. John's University, Collegeville, at 629 and Concordia at 641. Leading Concordia at the tournament was Tom Fuglestad, a sophomore from Napperville, Ill., who finished with a final score of 158. Lance Butner, a sophomore from Sidney, Mont., placed second with a score of 159. During the season, the men placed fifth out of 11 teams at the Erv Kaiser Invitational, Fargo, N.D., and sixth out of 12 teams at both the Bemidji State University Invitational and the St. John's Invitational. The team's best performance was a first-place finish at Valley City (N.D.) State College.

 Women's golf team to pursue third MAIAW title.

The women's golf team, champions of the MAIAW in 1982 and 1983, had another successful season this fall. As a team, the Cobber women placed first in the Mankato State Invitational and second in the University of North Dakota Invitational, Grand Forks, and the Concordia Invitational. The women placed third at the Northern State Invitational, Aberdeen, S.D. Despite lower team scores than previous years, the Cobbers placed the medalists for each tournament. Annette Haugstul, a senior from Fosston, Minn., placed first in three out of four tournaments, while Jill Olafson, a senior from Wadena, Minn., received medalist honors in Aberdeen. Haugstul led the team with an 84.6 average for 18 holes and Olafson was second with an average score of 85.6. The women will be pursuing their third MAIAW championship at Winona (Minn.) State College May 13-14.