Spring 1999 Concordia Sports Wrap-Up
Women's Golf and Women's Track Headline Spring Sports
Leading the way among spring 1999 Cobber team performances were the women's golf team, which placed third among Division III colleges at their NCAA National Championship, and the women's track and field team's MIAC Outdoor Championship. Men's track and field took third place at their MIAC Outdoor Championship. The softball team finished third in the MIAC with a 15-6 record, their best finish ever. Baseball finished fifth in the MIAC, one game out of third place. And both tennis teams turned in improved performances at their MIAC Championship meets.
Kovash Leads Women's Golf to Third in the Nation
Jenni Kovash ('01 Moorhead) placed 26th at the NCAA National Championship tournament in Florida May 12-15, helping the Cobbers to a third place finish among the nation's top Division III teams. The Cobbers, winners of four consecutive MIAC titles, also captured their third consecutive Minnesota State Women's College Golf Tournament. Kovash and Kari Weidner ('00 Fargo) shared tournament medalist honors. Cobber coach Duane Siverson was named MWGCA Coach of the Year.
Women's Track Captures MIAC Outdoor Title
The women's track and field team followed up on their MIAC Indoor title with Concordia's first ever MIAC Outdoor Championship.
Maria DeBoer ('00 Pine Island) won the discus at the MIAC Meet and went on to earn All-America honors with a third place finish at the NCAA Championship meet. Maria was also third in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw at the MIAC Meet.
Heidi Brenden ('01 Minot, ND.) won the 800 meters at the MIAC meet and placed second in the 1500. She went on to set a school record of 2:13.36 in the 800 at the NCAA Championship meet.
Laura Utke ('99 Oriska, ND), an All-American who holds school records for both the hammer throw and the weight throw was named to the prestigious GTE Academic All-America team. She graduated in may with 3.85 GPA in Physical Education and Psychology.
Angie Strom ('01 Brandon) captured the MIAC high jump title and was third in the heptathlon.
Margaret Cropp ('01 Verona, ND) won the MIAC javelin title and finished fourth in the heptathlon.
Fourth year Concordia coach Marv Roeske was named MIAC Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Roeske will have additional duties this fall as Concordia's new head women's cross country coach.
Benson Leads Men's Track to 3rd in MIAC
Micah Benson ('00 Moorhead) won MIAC titles in both the high jump and long jump, helping the Cobbers post their second consecutive third place finish at the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was also named a first team GTE Academic All American. Benson carries a 3.91 GPA in biology. He is also a member of the Cobber soccer and basketball teams.
Adam Strainer ('01 Helena, MT) placed third at the MIAC Meet in both the decathlon and the triple jump.
Softball Third in MIAC at 15-6
The Cobber softball team posted a best-ever third place finish in the MIAC with a 15-6 record, 21-14 overall. The young and talented Cobbers were led by two All-Region players, senior catcher Heidi Mueller ('99 Glenwood) and freshman pitching sensation Erin Gunderson ('02, Princeton). Mueller earned her second consecutive All-MIAC award while hitting 3.64 with 6 home runs. Gunderson posted a 1.77 ERA while winning 12 games and setting five Cobber pitching records. She also batted .460.
Baseball ends tied for 5th
The baseball team logged their seventh upper division finish in the past eight years with a tie for 5th in the MIAC race. The Cobbers ended up 10-10 in the league, one game out of third place. Clayton Horgen ('00 Fergus Falls) and David Feir ('99 Moorhead) led the Cobbers. Horgen, a first baseman, earned All-Midwest Region and All-MIAC honors while hitting .364 with 9 doubles and 6 home runs. Feir , an outfielder and the Cobber MVP in both 1998 and 1999, earned his second consecutive All-MIAC award by hitting .372 while leading the team in both hit and runs.
Men's Tennis 7th in MIAC, Women 9th
The men's tennis team finished 7th at the MIAC
championship meet, led by All-MIAC performers Sachin
Mehta ('00 Minot), Mark Tuchscherer
('02 Brainerd) and Jonah Beckerman
('02 Detroit Lakes). Mehta reached the finals
at No. 4 singles, as did the No. 2 Cobber doubles team of Tuchscherer
and Beckerman. The Cobber women's
tennis team showed improvement while finishing 9th at the MIAC Championship
meet. The women were led by No. 1 singles player Danita
Olson ('02 Champlin).
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