by Colin Beltz
The Concordia women's track team had three first-place finishers, and Aaron Banks qualified for nationals in two events for the men at the "Run with the Herd" track meet held at NDSU Saturday.
The women were led by senior Becky Kearns, sophomore Mollee Ludtke and first-year student Julie Engh. All three Cobbers took first place in each of their events.
Kearns won the 20-pound weight event with a throw of 38-1. Shannon Manders took second with a 37-8 toss.
This event is new to the track and field world, and Concordia has been quick to add it to their list of events.
"The girls like the weight throw," said women's head coach Marv Roeske. "They have taken to it with good results, and they're improving."
The other first place finishers for the Concordia women were Ludtke and Engh.
Ludtke won the 1000-meter run with time of 3 minutes, 12.35 seconds. Engh ran well once again as she finished the 800 in 2:25.17.
First-year student Kathryn Holthus placed third in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:24.81, ninth best ever at Concordia.
Both Engh's and Holthus' performances vaulted them into the top 10 all time at Concordia in their races.
"There is a lot of promise in these two," said Roeske. "It's such a pleasant surprise when freshman can contribute right away."
A number of women did well for the Cobbers at the meet, including Sarah Severson, placing third with her 9.85 run in the 55-meter hurdles. Sara Spohr leaped 5-0 in the high jump, and sophomores Kristen Bollingberg and Krista Bergen placed fourth and fifth respectively in the 1000 meter-run.
On the men's side, Banks, a senior, propelled the shot put 55 feet and seven inches to take first in the event. This is the second time that one of his attempts has qualified him for the national indoor track meet. In his second event, the 35-pound weight, his 55-8 1/2 placed him second.
Junior Peter Benson ran the 500-meter race in 1:06:39, setting a personal record and earning him third best at Concordia in the event.
With two consecutive first place finishes, Benson said his goals for the rest of the season were to "stay healthy, and push myself in practice and everyone else too."
Other Cobbers placing high were junior Ryan Williams, who finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 44-1, and fellow junior Bill Keating who placed third with a 4:25.36, in the mile. Senior Erik Lindquist placed fifth in the 500 with a time of 1:07.96.
While the early success is encouraging, the real focus of both teams' training is toward the end of the season.
"It's a little different than football," said men's head coach Garrick Larson. "Our goal is to peak at the conference meet."
The teams continue the indoor season Saturday with another meet at NDSU. The meet will feature over 20 teams with colleges from Division II and II. On Feb. 10, they travel to St. Cloud State.
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February 2, 1996 issue
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