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 Spring 88,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
  Athletes develop skills, reap rewards

by David Otto '88 and Melanie Penberthy '91

Women's track

The Concordia women's track team took top Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors  in indoor track and second place in the outdoor season.

Named to the all-conference team for the indoor season were Denise Baizarini '90 Simms, Mont.; and Minnesotans Tammy Krell and Mary Line, both '88 from Verndale; Sue Licke '88, Deer River; Ann McKenna '88, Moorhead; Kris Deboer '89, Pine Island; Sarah Tuttle '89, Owatonna; Lisa Conzemius '89, Breckenridge; Chris Frederick '91, Foley; Peg Savanik '91, Apple Valley; Sue Caspers '91 Burnsville; and Chris Godfrey '91, Proctor,

Deboer set a school record of 18-3 in the long jump and 11.54 meters in the triple jump. Krell set a school record of 8.75 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles and 15.16 in the 100-meter hurdles.

In the 800-meter run, Baizarini set a school record with the time of 2 minutes, 21 seconds, and the team of Conzemius, McKenna, Line and Voni Arndt '90, Vail, Cob., set a school record of 49.5 seconds in the 400-meter relay. All-conference members for the outdoor season were Line, Conzemius, Arndt McKenna, Krell, Deboer Licke, Frederick, Amy Walstad '91, Fargo, N D and Michelle Jolie, '88 McFarland, Wis.

Jolie, Deboer, Line, Krell, Frederick and McKenna all participated at the National   {'Collegiate Athletic Association Division III outdoor meet. Line, McKenna, KreH and Frederick placed fifth in the 1,600-meter relay, and Line placed third in the heptathlon and long jump in both the in door and outdoor meets Par ticipants in the national indoor meet named all-America were Deboer, Line, Krell, Frederick and McKenna. Coach Doug Perry '65 said, 'The women were well prepared, both mentally and physically. This is the first time they, or anyone, defeated St. Thomas in an indoor track meet since 1984. That sure was a great way to end a career for the seniors.

Men's track

Twenty-one members of the Concordia men's track and field team were all-conference performers this year. The team finished third in indoor track and seventh in the MIAC outdoor season.

Named all-conference for the indoor season were Stacey Haynes '91, Saco, Mont.; John Faust '88, Harwood, N.D.; Jeff Grasto '88, Riverside, N.D.; Warren Schatz '91, Bismarck, N.D.; Todd Johnson '90 and Erik Johnson '91, hoth of Baroda, Mich.; and Minnesotans Mark Lingle '88, Park Rapids; Jay Jorgenson '88, Detroit Lakes; Greg Defor '89, Bloomington; and Bart Mueller '90, Hendricks.

All-conference members for the outdoor season were Jorgenson, Schatz, Faust, Todd Johnson, Mueller and Grasto; Clint Faust '90, Harwood; Tom Bowman '88, Creve Coeur, Mo.; Paul LaBelle '91, Missoula, Mont.; Paul Pallas '91, Sheridan, Mont.; Steve Senger '91, Billings, Mont.; and Tony Urdahl '89, Pine Island; David Schweitz '90, Cannon Falls; Kent Fritze '90, Park Rapids; Dustin Hoffman '91, Hutchinson; and Tim Dutcher '91, Roseau, all from Minnesota.

Lingle set a school outdoor record of 14 minutes, 41 seconds in the 5,000-meter run, and Defor set an outdoor record with a time of 1:51 in the 800-meter run.

Defor and Jorgenson participated in the NCAA Division III outdoor meet. Defor placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52, and Jorgenson ran the 400-meter hurdles in 53.67. Defor was also named an all-America athlete.

Coach Perry said that the men have shown great improvement over the past years. Perry also said that the men were mentally prepared this year, helping them to place third in the indoor standings, up from a seventh place finish last year.

Women's softball

The women's softball team ended its season with eight wins, eight losses and a fourth-place finish in the MIAC.

"This year was very satisfying and successful cornpared to last year," said Coach Steve Baumgartner '82. "This year's record is significant because last year we won only three games.

After last year's debut season, the women came back strong, winning 12 of 24 games overall. They played some tough competition and fared well, losing by only a couple of pitches in several games, Baumgartner said.

Becky Ehnert '90, New York Mills, Minn., led the team with 24 runs batted in and a .393 average. She was named an all-conference player. Laura Reeler '91, Minnetonka, Minn., led the team in pitching. She pitched 85 innings, finishing the season with a 6-2 record. Her overall earned run average for the year was 3.87.

All hut three of the team's starters will be back for the 1989 season. This should give the team "a strong nucleus and make it a legitimate contender for the MIAC title next spring," Baumgartner said.

 Men's baseball

The men's baseball team returned to winning form this year and was a strong contender in the MIAC.

Coach Don "Bucky" Burgau said the Cobbers were in the championship race right up to the end, but they lost a couple of important games. The team finished with an 11-7 record and a fourth-place standing in the conference.

"Overall, I was very satisfied with the season," Burgau said "We came off a bad season last year and had a young team this year."

Second baseman Scott Oeffling '88, Delano, Minn., led the team in batting. He finished with a .405 average and set a new school record of 47 base hits. Oeffling was named to the all-conference team and was also voted Most Valuable Player for the season.

Jay Sannes '90, St. Cloud, Minn., pitched a record 17 innings and finished the season with six saves. Burgau said this year's team was young and the season itself was a good stepping stone for next year.

 Women's tennis

 This season was a rebuilding one for the women's tennis team, having lost five of their top seven players from last year. Despite the lack of experience, the team worked hard and finished sixth in the conference tournament.

 Dr. Bernice Pavek, team coach, said ''We finished the season with 10 wins and eight losses, which is good, under the circumstances. The team put in a good effort, and we got leadership from some individuals we didn't expect it from."

 Rachel Libi '89, Minot, N.D., led the team with a 13-6 record, followed by Tania Thielman '89, Jamestown, N.D., who had an 11-9 record on the season. Lisa Hanson '90, Wilimar, Minn., was undefeated at 5-0 -~ in singles play until a preseason injury required ~ surgery, ending her season competition early.

 Only one team member graduated, so next year's team should be a strong contender in the MIAC, Pavek said.

 Men's tennis

 With a freshman-dominated team and only four returning ~ayers, the men's tennis team played better than its record indicates

 "Overall it was not a bad year," said coach Bob Nick '65. "We played some pretty tough competition and played very close to their level.''

 At the end of the year the Cobbers' overall record was 8-12. They finished MIAC play in seventh place with a 4-5 record.

 Mike Leffel '89, Eau Claire, Wis., was the leading player for the team. He ended his season at 11-9 in singles play.