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The 2002 NCAA Div. III Cross Country Coaches Academic Scholar team
#6 Concordia, 3.64
11/16 Cobbers Finish 10th at NCAA Regional Meet.
The 2002 Concordia women duplicated their 10th place finish from last season at the Central Regional Championships with a near identical score of 252 points (2001 score was 246). The team had six runners post their season-best times including four setting all-time personal records.
Wartburg (IA) successfully defended their region championship crown from a year ago by winning the championship by 37 points. MIAC champion St. Olaf finished second ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan, and Carleton. The top four teams from the region meet automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship Meet on November 23rd at noon at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
The top five Cobber runners were only separated by a gap of 31 seconds. The team's top seven runners only had a 57 second spread.
The women were led by co-captains Katie Martin (Sr., Bozeman, MT) and Liz Sorenson (Sr., Stanley, ND). Martin finished in 40th place with a time of 23:33, while Sorenson was only three spots behind in 43rd with a time of 23:35. Rounding out the top five for the Cobbers were; Lisa Owen (Jr., Minot, ND) 56th in 23:54, Heather Shulstad (Sr., Fargo, ND) 58th in 23:55 and Natalie Hanson (Fr.,Rogers, MN) 63rd in 24:04. Jennifer St. John (So., Billings, MT) finished 68th in a time of 24:08 and Kristine Jensen (So., Pierz, MN) 83rd in 24:30.
This was the first season that the NCAA regional meet was run on a course of 6000 meters.
11/2 Cobbers Finish 6th at MIAC Championships.
The Cobbers raced to a second consecutive sixth place finish in the MIAC Women's 5K Cross Country Championships with a score of 145 points. St. Olaf won its fifth straight conference title scoring 44 points. Concordia has finished in the top half of the 12-team MIAC in each of coach Marv Roeske's four years of leadership, highlighted by a second place showing in 2000.
The women harriers were led by a pair of All-Conference Honorable Mention designees. Co-captain Liz Sorenson (Sr., Stanley, ND) was 18th followed closely by Lisa Owen (Jr., Minot, ND) in 20th place. Their 5K times were 19:42.6 and 19:43.8, respectively, on the challenging Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul. Sorenson had never before run cross country, until her sophomore year in college, making her first career All-Conference Honorable Mention honor a reward for her steady development and a summer of hard work.
Owen is a story of consistency, she has dropped her MIAC time each season and finished All-MIAC Honorable Mention for the third consecutive year. Racing in the third position for Concordia was Heather Shulstad (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) in 28th with a time of 19:57.6, her first career sub 20 minute 5K. Recovering from an injury that deleted her entire junior year of track and field, co-captain and 3-time all-conference cross country runner Katie Martin (Sr., Bozeman, MT) was 34th in 20:04.3. First-year Natalie Hanson (Rogers, MN) rounded out the Cobber top 5 in 45th place at 20:27.1. The top five Concordia individuals were only seperated by 44.5 seconds reflecting the Cobber pack racing strategy and representing the closest spread in the MIAC field. All 24 Cobber women runners raced producing ten season best times including six career personal records. Senior Megan Daymont of St. Olaf successfully defended her 2001 MIAC individual crown with a time of 18:15.7.
The Cobber runners will compete at the Central Region National Qualifier Meet to be held on Saturday, November 16th at Oakland Hills Golf Course in Grinnell, Iowa. The women's 6K race is scheduled for noon with the men's 8K at 11:00 a.m. Nationals will be hosted on November 23rd by St. Olaf College of Northfield, Minnesota.
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