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 Summer 87,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead

  Track teams include many All-Conference, All-American picks

All-Conference performers were plentiful on the Concordia men's track and field team this year. The team finished in sixth place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet.

Named AII-Conference were Steve Schmitz '87 Bismarck, N.D.; Jon Faust '88 and Clint Faust '90 both of Harwood, N.D.; and Minnesotans Jay Jorgenson 88 Detroit Lakes; Toni Urdahl '89, Pine Island; Greg DeFor '89, Bloomington; Michael Bouressa '87, Benson; David Burd '87, Moorhead; David Schweitz '90, Cannon Falls;  and Mark Lingle '88 and Kent Fritze '90, both of Park Rapids.

DeFor; Jon Faust; Jim Lundstrom '88, Fargo, N.D.; and Bart Mueller '90, Hendricks, Minn., set a school record of 7:44 in the 3,200-meter relay, as did Jorgenson with a total of 5,977 points in the decathlon.

Because of his scholastic accomplishments, DeFor was named to the MIAC Academic All-Conference team.

Top honors were also earned by the Concordia women's track and field team, which finished fourth in the conference.

The 10 athletes named to the All-Conference team were freshmen Tammy Peterson, Ada, Minn.; and Voni Arndt, Vail, Cob.; sophomores Kris DeBoer, Pine Island, Minn.; Kim Paulson, Libby, Mont.: and Diana Birkie, Billings, Mont.; and juniors Ann McKenna, Moorhead; Michelle Jolie, McFarland, Wis.; Heidi Licke, Deer River, Minn.; and Tammy Krell and Mary Line, both of Verndale, Minn.

McKenna was honored for scholastic achievements when she was named to the academic AlI-Confere team. DeBoer set a school record of 36' 5" in the triple jump, and Krell set a school record time of 1:03.29 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Six of the women athletes participated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III meet, where they tied for 18th place with 12 points.

Krell plaed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, and Krell Line, Arndt and McK placed sixth in the 1,600 meter relay. Jolie placed sixth in discus. Line also placed seventh in the hep tathlon, and DeBoer partici pated in the long jump event.

MeKenna, Arndt, Line, Krell and Jolie were named All-American athletes for their performances at the national meet.

 Vandersteen wins Arthur Ashe Award

Dan Vandersteen '87 is co-winner of the Arthur Ashe Award for outstanding achievements on and off the tennis court. It is the most prestigious honor given to a college tennis player. Vandersteen   was cited for his accomplishments, both academic and as a tennis player, and for his sportsmanship and humanitarian  qualities.

A high school tennis stand out, Vandersteen developed his talent in college as Concordia's No.1 player for four years.

Vandersteen, who maintained a 4.0 grade point average in college, was also active in student activities. Re organized Concordia's blood drives each year and was president of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society. For the past two summers he has directed the Wagon Train Bible Camp a subdivision of Metigoshe Bible Ministries that ministers to delinquent youth.

Two graduates win NCAA scholarships

Julie Gilbertson and Dan Vandersteen, both 1987 Concordia graduates, have been named recipients of National Collegiate Athletic Associa tion postgraduate schol ships. The NCAA scholarships are awarded annually to students from Division I II and III colleges and universities. Only 11 scholarships were given this year to Division II and III men and women athletes in sports other than football and basketball.

The scholarships, designated for postgraduate study, are awarded on the basis of academic excellence distinctive performance in a college sport, participation in campus activities and per sonal conduct.

Gilbertson and Vand steen received the scholar ships largely as a result of their high academic achieve ments and their outstanding tennis careers at Concordia

Gilbertson, the daughter of Dr. Roger '59 and JoAnn (Nelson) '59 Gilbertson, Fargo, will attend medical school in the fall. Vandersteen, son of Dr. Paul and Bette Vandersteen, Fargo, will attend Stanford (Calif.) University medical school in the fall.

Tennis players gain individual honors

The women's tennis team finished its season with a 15-3 dual-match record and a third-place finish in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

Seniors Julie Gilbertson, Fargo, N.D., and Sharon Libi, Minot, N.D., were named to the women's MIAC Academic AllConference team

Giibertson was conference champion for the fourth year at No. l singles. Gilbertson and senior Amy Olson, Willmar, Minn., placed second at No. 1 doubles.

For the fourth year in a row, Gilbertson was one of 32 tennis players to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division Ill meet singles championship at Kalamazoo, Mich. She was MIAC singles charnpion all four years and chalked up a 76-2 dual meet college record.

The men's tennis team placed eighth in the conference after accruing an 8-10 dual meet record.

Senior Dan Vandersteen, Fargo, was named to the MIAC Academic All-Conference team in recognition of his 4.0 grade point average. Vandersteen was the Cobbers No. 1 player tor four years.

 Men's baseball team tops fielding stats

It was a building season  for the men's basebaff team as they finished the season in seventh place with their 9-11 Minnesota Intercoftegiate Athtetic Conference and 17-21 overall records.  The team led the conference in fielding with a .960 average and batted .294 for the season.

Senior pitcber Colin Kerslake, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, was named to the All-Conference team after compiling a 6-3 pitching record. Junior  Kevin Hiedeman, Breckenridge Minn., was named to the MIAC Academic All-Conference team for his scholastic achievements.

Kerslake and senior Mark Rice, Moorhead, were named most valuable players.

Women's softball team completes inaugural season

In the first game of the women's softball inaugural season, the team defeated Moorhead State University 5-3. The team compiled a 3-15 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record and a 6-16 overall record to place eighth in the conference.

"The future looks good for softball at Concordia," said coach Duane Siverson.  "Injuries to key players during the year limited the team's potential, but the team's experience will grow," he said.  Only two players graduated this year.

Joan Swanson '90, Moor head, led the team with a .477 batting average, followed by Deborah Kammueller '90, Roseville, Minn., with a .412 record.

Sport  Women's Softball Year  1987

Head Coach  Duane Siverson
Assistant Coaches Steve Baumgartner, Steve Grove

Karen Hanson
Vicki Kastner

Cheri Beyer
Karen Hoien
Kari Kleven
Wendy Sarsten
Sheri Wunch

Heidi Halverson
Lori Miller
Andrea Olson
Mary Rice

Missy Bjerke
Debbie Kammueller
Joy Mudgett
Joan Swanson