|Concordia will be trying to improve on their sixth-place finish from last year's MIAC Meet when they compete at SMU this weekend.|
Cobber 2010 MIAC Meet Preview
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: May 11, 2010
MIAC Meet Preview
MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/11/10)-- Concordia will have a more balanced attack heading into the 2010 MIAC Men’s Track and Field Outdoor Championship Meet. The Cobbers, who have been field strong in the recent years, will have a good mix between track athletes and field athletes in 2010 and will be looking to post their third top 5 finish in the past four years.
The top two athletes for the 2010 Cobbers are a microcosm of the overall team balance. Junior distance star Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) has won several events this season and has top 10 times in the MIAC in the 1500, 5000 and 10000 meters. Sederquist’s top event in terms of seeding in the conference is the 10K where he has the third fastest time at 31:17.16. He is just 7.16 seconds off of the national provisional qualifying time. Sederquist is also ranked fourth in the 5000 meters and 10th in the 1500 meters.
Concordia sophomore Felix Okoth (Mombasa, Kenya) has been the top field athlete having won multiple triple jump events in 2010. Okoth has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Meet and currently ranks third in the conference in the event. Okoth is also second in the long jump and will be trying to get valuable team points in both events.
The other Cobber athlete to post a national qualifying mark this season is junior Giles Henry (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Tech HS). Henry recorded a distance of 154-06 in the discus last weekend at the Meet of the Saints and is currently ranked second in the conference.
The javelin should be the top field event for Concordia. The Cobbers have three athletes ranked in the top 10 heading into the conference meet. Jeff Bakke (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS) is fourth with a distance of 170-01. He is joined by fellow seniors Marly Simmons (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) who is seventh (160-08) and Andrew Raske (Glencoe, Minn./Glencoe-Silver Lake HS) who is ranked ninth (154-01).
Besides Sederquist, there are four other CC track athletes with time in the top 10 of the conference. Senior Xavier Carroll (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont HS) will enter his final conference event by being ranked ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.08). Freshman Brad McConn (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) joins Sederquist in the top 10 of the 10K. McConn’s season best is 32:06.78 which puts him in seventh place entering the weekend. A pair of hurdlers round out the Cobbers’ top 10 performances. Besides his top 10 ranking in the javelin, Simmons is also fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and freshman John Bye (Moorhead, Minn.) is fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.79.