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Women's track team sets school records in 5 events

"Very successful" was coach Joyce Prokop's description of the season for Concordia's women's track and field team. Among the highlights, more team members qualified for regional competition than ever before and several school records were set.

In a meet at Macalester College, the team finished a strong second in a field of 14 privately funded colleges in Minnesota At the track meet sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Inter collegiate Athletics for Women, known as the State Track Meet Concordia again provided tough competition and finished in second place.

Five school records fell to the 1979-80 squad. The events record holders and new records are: 400-meter dash - Sonia Welker of Willmar, Minn., 60.55 sec.; 1,500-meter run - Anita Anderson of Brooklyn Center, Minn., 4:56.7; 1,600-meter relay - Pam Grimm of Golden Valley, Minn., Karen Madsen of Owatonna, Mi Martha WaIler of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Welker, 4:05 65 3,200-meter relay - Anderson, Barb Bergseth of Crystal, Minn Heidi Moen of Skjetten, Norway, and Sue Velo of Rothsay Minn., 9:49.46; and shot put - Kris Freeman of Duluth, Minn 38' 4" (11.68 meters).

Coach Prokop was pleased with the balance shown in the team which meant Concordia could expect to score in nearly every event, rather than depending on outstanding performances in a few events to score points. "It was the most balanced team the Cobbers have ever experienced," she said. "We appreciated par ticularly the new people we had this year in the field event

Only four members on the team have been lost through graduation, and next year's squad should have a good year, the coach noted. Graduating were Anderson, Madsen, WaIler and Barbara Cartford of White Bear Lake, Minn.

Women's track and field will be somewhat different next year because of changes in conference alignments. Concordia women will compete mainly against the same schools as do men's teams The new arrangement, to be known as the Women's Minnesota In tercollegiate Athletic Conference, will not start officially until 1981-82, but Concordia will begin the change during the 1980 81 year. The Minn-Kota Conference, in which Concordia's women 5 teams have competed for several years, is, in effect, being dissolved.

Anita Anderson ('80), Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Tammy Benson ('81)) of North Branch, Mlnn., were co-captains of the women's track and field team.