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In his first season as head track coach, Doug Perry sent eight women and three men to nationals. The wom placed third in the MIAC meet, the men, fifth.
In men's track, besides Swanberg and Berglund (see below), Henrik Pederson '85, from Oslo, Norway, qualified for nationals by placing third in the steeplechase at the conference level.
A welcome addition to this year's track season was the recently completed
all weather track . Besides having an Olympic-quality surface on which
to practice, the Cobbers are now in a position to host major high school
and college meets
Howard Berglund '84 from Carrington, N.D., garnered two of the prized certificates in baseball and track. Mark Nelson '85, Alexandria, Minn., gave the baseball team its second all-American; and freshman Julie Gilbertson, Fargo, N.D., won the honor in tennis. In track, three other athletes were named allArnerican - Linda McDuffy '85, Moorhead; Sharyl Geisert '84, Esko, Minn.; and David Swanberg '85, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Howard Berglund, who both pitched and played shortstop for the Cobbers, had a .432 batting average. In the 62 2/3 innings he pitched this year, he had 64 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 2.87.
Since baseball was his first love, Berglund hadn't planned to go out
for track in college, although he had been an all-state javelin champion
in high school. However, when Concordia's baseball season ended early during
his junior year, he turned his attention to track, set an MIAC javelin
record of 218'4" and qualified for the NCAA national meet where he placed
seventh. This year, even though he didn't compete at the conference meet,
he again qualified for nationals, placing sixth and earning his all-American
status. A summa cum laude graduate in biology, Berglund plans to attend
the University of North Dakota Medical School in Grand Forks this fall.
The 1984 Cobber track team had two new additions — a new coach, Doug Perry, and the Irv Christenson all-weather outdoor track. The track provided the runners with one of the finest facilities in the nation on which to train and compete.
Dave “D.J.” Johnson and Pete Seljevold were team captains.
Concordia trackmen were Bob Hinman, Todd Finlayson, Henrik Pedersen, Clay Loeffler, Paul Yetter, Jeff Kemmet, Ron Baglien, Clayton Wiffen, Brian Durkop, Bryan Bannmiller, Tim Boie, Kurt Waters, Dave Johnson, Wayne Hansmann, Nick Newton, Pete Seljevold, Greg Enerson, Bruce Fuller, Keith Schleeter, Steve Schmitz, Reid Christopherson, Paul Miller, Al Haugo, Nate Lund, and Phil Elkin
Men's Track and Field
Conference Standings 1984
1 St. Thomas 249.5
2 St. Olaf 108.5
3 St. John's 80
4 Hamline 72
5 Concordia 30
6 Carleton 22
7 Gustavus 13
8 Macalaster 12
9 Bethel 2
10 Augsburg 0