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5/24 Joe Schmidgall Earns All-American Honors in the Decathlon.
       | Joe Schmidgall's Event-by-Event Results | Final Decathlon Results
Joe Schmidgall
(Sr. Morris, Minn.)  Earned All-American Honors by finishing seventh in the decathlon at the NCAA national meet. 

Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) capped a terrific senior season by finishing seventh in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Meet held at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. His seventh place finish earns him All-American recognition, the first time he has received the honor in his four-year Cobber career.

Schmidgall was in sixth place entering the final day of competition and moved up to fifth place after the pole vault, before falling to sixth after the javelin and finally into seventh after the final event - the 1500 meter run. He finished only 32 points out of sixth place and 107 out of the fifth spot. 

He started the second day by running the 110 meter hurdles in 15.89 only 5/100 of a second off his best time of the season. He then proceeded to uncork his best discus toss of the year at 101-3 and followed that up with a personal best, 12-7 1/2, in the pole vault. After eight events he was alone in fifth place with a score of 5,279 points. In the ninth event Schmidgall threw the javelin 136-0, another season-best and finished the competition by running the 1500 meters in 4:48.73. The 1500 meter time was 11 seconds slower than his fastest time of the year. 

It is the second time in three years that Concordia has produced an All-American in the decathlon. Adam Strainer ('00, East Helena, Mont.) accomplished the feat in 2000 when he set a school record of 6,747 points en route to finishing sixth.

5/23 Joe Schmidgall in 6th Place in Decathlon After Day 1.
       | Day 1 Decathlon Results
Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) is in sixth place after the first day of competition in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Meet held at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. 

After five events Schmidgall has a total of 3,477 points which places him 334 out of first place which is held by Chris Boyles of Messiah College (PA). He is only 73 points out of third place, as four competitors are bunched within that margin. 

Schmidgall started the event by running the fastest 100 meters in the competition. He then stumbled in the long jump, only leaping 20-4 1/4 - his season best was 22-9 coming into the meet. After coming up short in the shot put at 32-6 1/4 he reached back and came up with a season-best 6-7 1/2 in the high jump. Schmidgall finished the first day's events by running a 51.10  in the 400 meters, also a personal season best. 

The decathlon will conclude tomorrow with the final five events. The highest finish for a Cobber athlete in the decathlon at nationals is a sixth place finish by Adam Strainer in 2000. Strainer also set the school record in the decathlon at that meet, as he finished with 6,747 points.

5/22 Spring Academic All-Conference Award Winners.
(In at least 2nd year at Concordia and at least a 3.35 cumulative GPA)
Scott Chastek Sr. Glencoe, MN Nursing
Joe Dauner Sr. Hawley, MN Biology
Chris Davison Sr. Tintah, MN Physics
Kirk Nelson Sr. Hettinger, ND Chemistry/Math
Jeremy Pris Jr. Somers, MT Biology
Andy Shaffer Sr. Monticello, MN Biology/Chemistry

5/20 Concordia Senior Joe Schmidgall Qualifies for Nationals.
Concordia senior Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) has qualified for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in the decathlon. Schmidgall's qualifying performance came at the MIAC Championships, when he won the event with a total of 6,264 points. That point total places him 14th among all qualifiers. 

The national meet will be held on May 23-25 at Macalester College in St. Paul. The decathlon will take place on Thursday May 23rd and Friday May 24th. For complete details see the NCAA Track and Field Championship website.

5/17 Cobbers Compete at NCAA Qualifier at St. Olaf.
        | Complete Results |

5/14 Cobbers Compete at the St. Thomas Last Chance Qualifier.
        | Complete Results

5/11 Cobbers Finish Sixth at MIAC Championships.
         | Official MIAC Track and Field Website | Complete Final Results |
Kirk Nelson (Sr., Hettinger, N.Dak.) won the 3000 meter steeplechase at the MIAC Track and Field Championship meet.

Concordia fell off the pace in day two of the MIAC Track and Field Championships and tumbled to sixth place. The Cobbers finished with 71 points, which was 25 points ahead of seventh place Carleton and 22 points behind fifth place Hamline.

Kirk Nelson (Sr., Hettinger, N.Dak.) was the only event winner for Concordia, as he capped off his MIAC career by winning the 3000 meter steeplechase in the time of 9:44.9. It is the second straight year that a Concordia athlete has won the event. last year Steve Edlund ('01, Cyrus, Minn.) won the race in a time of 9:29.50. 

After winning the decathlon last weekend, Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) finished his career by earning a third place finish in the long jump and a fifth place result in the high jump. Schmidgall also ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 meter relay team that finished third. Fellow senior Brad Ragan (Sr., Bismarck, N.Dak.) continued his streak of "top five" performances in the throwing events. Ragan finished third in the hammer throw and fifth in the shot put. The first year performance of the meet for Concordia was turned in by Chad Moldenhauer (Fr., Bismarck, N.D.) who finished fourth in the javelin. Moldenhauer's toss of 166-4 is his personal best in college and also the top toss by a Concordia athlete this season. 

5/06 Cobbers in Third Place After Day 1 at MIAC Championships.
ST. PETER -- Paced by the strong performances of senior Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.), Concordia is in third place after one day at the MIAC Track and Field Championships. The Cobbers have 40 points after day one, which trails second place St. Olaf by a scant three points and meet leader St. Thomas by 14. 

Schmidgall, who las weekend won the decathlon, placed third in the long jump and fifth in the high jump. His leap of 22-9 in the long jump ties his season best in the event. 

Other Cobbers that placed in the top five on Friday were Brad Ragan (Sr., Bismarck, N.Dak.) who finished fifth in the shot put and Chad Moldenhauer (Fr., Bismarck, N.D.) who finished fourth in the javelin. Moldenhauer's toss of 166-4 is his personal best in college and also the top toss by a Concordia athlete this season.

The second, and final, day of the meet will be held tomorrow at Gustavus, starting at 10:00am.

5/06 Joe Schmidgall Named MIAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week.
Concordia's Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) was named the MIAC men's track and field athlete of the week for his performance at the MIAC decathlon this past weekend. Schmidgall won the event with a score 6,264 points, 63 points ahead of second place finisher Joe McCarney of St. Thomas. 

It was Schmidgall's first full decathlon of the year and his first since his first year at Concordia.  His point total provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Division III National Championship to be held at Macalester in St. Paul May 23-25. 

5/04 Cobbers Compete at Masanz Invitational at MSU-Moorhead.
       | Complete Results |

5/03 Joe Schmidgall Wins MIAC Decathlon.
       | Complete Final Results | Complete Results After Day 1 |
Joe Schmidgall
(Sr. Morris, Minn.)  Won the MIAC Decathlon.

Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) went wire-to-wire to win his first ever MIAC decathlon. Schmidgall competing in his first full decathlon of the year, shook off a season long leg injury, and beat pre-race favorite Joe McCarney of St. Thomas. Schmidgall's point total of 6,264 is the third highest point total in school history, and he becomes the third Cobber to win the event at the MIAC Championships in the past six years. Adam Strainer ('01, East, Helena, Mont.) accomplished the feat as a junior in 2000 with a school record of 6,747 points, and Ryan William ('97, St. Cloud, Minn.) won the event as a senior in 1997. 

Schmidgall also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship to be held at Macalester in St. Paul May 23-25.

4/28 Cobbers Compete at Special NDSU Open.
       | Complete Results |

4/27 Track Meet at BSU Has Been Canceled; NDSU Meet Added.
Concordia's track meet at Bemidji State scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 1:00pm in Bemidji has been canceled. Instead of traveling to Bemidji the Cobbers will compete in a special NDSU meet held on Sunday, April 28th at 1:00pm at NDSU. 

4/23 Cobbers Host Annual Cobber Twilight Meet.
        | Complete Results Can Be Found Here | Action Picture Page |

4/22 Cobbers Compete at NDSU Invite.
        | Complete Results |

4/19 Track Meet On Saturday At NDSU Has Been Postponed.
Concordia's track meet scheduled for Saturday, April 20th at 1:00pm at NDSU has been postponed until Monday, April 22nd at NDSU. The time of the meet has not been decided.

4/15 Three Cobbers Compete at SJU Decathlon.
        | Complete Results |
Joe Schmidgall finishes 6th, Scott Chastek 9th and Dennis Kline 10th.

4/13 Cobbers Finish Second at St. John's Quadrangular.
        | Complete Results |
Concordia finished second with 136 points at the St. John's Quadrangular meet. The Cobbers were led by individual victories from Nick Myran (10,000-meter run), Brad Ragan (Sr., Bismarck, N.Dak.) in the shot put, Trent Hagen (Jr., Pelican Rapids, Minn) in the discus and Tim Sevcik (Sr., Northfield, Minn.) in the javelin.

4/11 Cobber Twilight Track Meet Information Now Online.
        | Meet Information | Meet Schedule |

4/10 Track Meet at MSU-Moorhead Has Been Canceled.

4/4 Track Meet at Jamestown on 4/6 Has Been Canceled. 

3/23 Cobbers Finish Indoor Season at SJU Invitational.
        | Complete Results |

3/20 Cobbers Ranked 18th in National Indoor Poll.
        | Complete USTCA Rankings |

3/02 Cobbers Finish Sixth at MIAC Indoor Championships.
        | Team Scores | Individual Results |

3/01 Cobbers Tied for Sixth After First Day of MIAC Championships
        | Team Scores | Individual Results |
 Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-7, and John Andan (Jr., Kumasi, Ghana) finished fourth in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.58 - the fourth fastest time in the event in school history. 

2/26 Cobbers Prepare for MIAC Championships.
Concordia will take part in the 2002 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 1-2 at Carleton College.

2/22 Cobbers Finish Second at St. John's Quadrangular.
        | Conplete Meet Results |
Concordia finished in second place at the St. John's Quadrangular, an event that featured five MIAC teams that will be competing in the upcoming MIAC Indoor Championships, March 1-2.

The Cobbers lost to St. John's but beat out Gustavus, Carleton and Macalester. Concordia used the strength of two relay teams and a pair of high jumpers to hold off the Gusties for second place.

Both the 4x200 and the 4x400 relay teams finished second and seniors Paul Poduska (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.) and Joe Schmidgall (Sr., Morris, Minn.) finished tied for first in the high jump. That was the only event that the Cobbers would capture at the meet. For Poduska, it was the second time in the indoor season that he has won the high jump at a meet. Schmidgall is coming off a serious hamstring injury, that has sidelined him for almost all of the indoor season, and will be looking to score points in the pentathlon and jump events at the MIAC Championship Meet. 

Brad Ragan (Sr., Bismarck, N.Dak.) continued his strong indoor season by placing second in both the shot put and weight throw events. Ragan has placed in the top five in both events at every meet this season except one. He will be looking to improve on last year's fourth place finish at the MIAC Indoor Meet in the shot put. 

2/15 Cobbers Compete at Bison Classic.

2/15 The Concordian, Cobber track team breaking old records...
        by Kimberly Koch - The Concordian 

2/09 Cobbers Finish Fourth at Cobber Invitational.
        | Complete Results |
Concordia used the strength of one two first place finishes and three second place finishes to claim fourth place at the Cobber Invitational.

Kirk Nelson (Sr., Hettinger, N.Dak.) ran a 2:35.81 in the 1000 meters to win the event by a scant 9/100 of a second. For the second time in two weeks the Cobbers won the distance medley relay. This week it was the unit of Jason Karls (Sr., Billings, Mont.), Nick Steffens (Jr., Aitkin, Minn.), Brandon Topp (Jr., Fargo, N.Dak.) and Nelson that came away with the victory. Their time 10:54.40 was 23 seconds faster than second place MSU-Moorhead. 

Paul Poduska (Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.), Nico Zbacnik (Sr., Lauderdale, Minn.) and Brian Stotts (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) captured runner-up finishes. Poduska jumped 6-4 1/4 in the high jump, Zbacnik continued to improve in the long jump, putting up a personal best of 43-2 1/4 and Stotts ran a 15:59.68 in the 5000 meter, to break the 16-minute barrier for the first time this season. 

Thrower Brad Ragan (Sr., Bismarck, N.Dak.) had a pair of thirds at the meet. He threw 47-2 1/2 in the shot put and a season best 47-11 1/4 in the weight throw. 

Concordia travels across the river to compete in the Bison Classic on Friday,
February 15th at 4:00. 

2/02 Cobbers Finish Second at Cobber Duals.
        | Complete Results | Action Picture Page |

2/01 The Concordian, Track team performs well at Bison Open
        by Kimberly Koch - The Concordian 

1/26 Cobbers Compete at Bison Open
        | Complete Results |

1/25 Concordia Hosts Cobber Pentathlon.
        | Complete Results |

1/19 Cobbers Compete at the Alumni Meet.

10/06 Tentative Indoor and Outdoor Schedules are Now Online.

10/06 Concordia Men's Track & Field Recruiting Information.

9/03 Insurance, Returning Athlete, & 1st Year Participation Forms are Now Online.

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