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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.
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
5/20 Concordia Senior Joe Schmidgall Qualifies for Nationals.
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.
5/14 Cobbers Compete at the St. Thomas Last Chance Qualifier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4/27 Track Meet at BSU Has Been Canceled; NDSU Meet Added.
4/22 Cobbers Compete at NDSU Invite.
4/19 Track Meet On Saturday At NDSU Has Been Postponed.
4/13 Cobbers Finish Second
at St. John's Quadrangular.
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.
3/20 Cobbers Ranked 18th in National Indoor Poll.
3/01 Cobbers Tied for Sixth
After First Day of MIAC Championships.
2/26 Cobbers Prepare for MIAC
2/22 Cobbers Finish Second
at St. John's Quadrangular.
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 The Concordian, Cobber
track team breaking old records...
2/09 Cobbers Finish Fourth
at 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
2/01 The Concordian, Track
team performs well at Bison Open
1/26 Cobbers Compete at Bison Open
1/25 Concordia Hosts Cobber Pentathlon.
10/06 Tentative Indoor and Outdoor Schedules are Now Online.
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