The Concordian Sports January 26, 1996

Men's and Women's track teams off to record setting start

by Colin Beltz

Sports editor

Concordia's track teams sent two athletes to nationals last week at the Bemidji State Super 8 Jan. 20. Many individuals set personal records at the meet,while two athletes qualified for nationals.

Aaron Banks, one of the men's track senior co-captains, won both the shot put and 35-pound weight events. His 53-1 effort in the shot put earned him a spot in the national indoor meet later this year. He had a throw of 58-11 1/2 in his second event to set the school record.

Senior Shannon Frey's 44'-3 1/2 throw in the 20-pound weight event was a school record as well. She was also named a provisional national qualifier. This means that if all automatic qualifying positions are not filled before the national meet, she will be considered to fill one of the remaining spots.

"It was encouraging for her to come like this," said women's coach Marv Roeske. "It's a great way to start her senior year."

Among the other outstanding performances at the meet for the men was Peter Benson. Benson, a junior, placed first in the 600- meter run with a time of 1:24.16. The mark, which is Benson's personal record, is the third best ever at Concordia.

"Benson had a great 600," said men's coach Garrick Larson. "He was .006 from the legitimate school record. It's so early in the season, it caught me off guard."

For the women, sophomore Mollee Ludtke finished second in the 800 meter race with a time of 2:20.77.

In the 600-meter event,first-year student Julie Engh ran the distance in 1:44.85, earning her third place.

"Mollee was very close to the provisional in the 800," said Roeske, "and Engh's time qualified her for the conference meet."

A week earlier, Jan. 13, Concordia held its annual Alumni Track and Field meet, which involved the current team members going up against former Cobbers.

"The alumni meet is a good meet for us," said Larson. "We have a young team, so they didn't know what to expect."

Banks started the season strong by breaking both the shot put and 35-pound weight records. His new record in the shot put is 55-1.

Erik Lindquist is the other captain for the Cobbers. He competed in the 600-meter at B.S.U. and finished 8th with a time of 1:29.26.

"Very rarely do we have two captains who are role models and are respected by the entire team," said Larson.

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