Leah Kay (fifth place) stands on the winner's podium after accepting her All-American award in the heptathlon.

Double All-American!

Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: May 23, 2008

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (5/23/08)-- Friday the 23rd was a very good day for Concordia sophomore Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) as she earned two All-American honors in a span of five minutes at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Meet held at the University of Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wis. on Friday.

Kay finished in a tie for eighth place in the open high jump with a height of 5-4.50 and climbed all the way to fifth place in the heptathlon with a final total of 4,624 points. Her total in the heptathlon was only 16 points behind the all-time school record in the event. Kay's national meet total was 74 points better than her final winning score at the MIAC Championship Meet.

Kay started the day in ninth place in the heptathlon just 41 points behind the eighth spot - which is the cutoff mark for All-American honors. She started Friday by jumping 16-05.00 in the long jump. Kay was still in ninth place after the first event. She then posted a pair of career-best marks to earn the All-American award.

She threw the javelin 121-05.00 which was the third best distance in the competition. That mark bettered her season best of 119-04.00 by over two feet.

Heading into the seventh, and final, event of the heptathlon, Kay was tied for eighth place. However, her date with destiny in the heptathlon would have to wait until she completed the open high jump competition. Having qualified in the very first outdoor meet of the season, Kay posted a height of 5-04.50 in the open high jump and watched as that mark stood up for a tie for eighth place - her first All-American honor of the day.

Kay then sprinted over to the starting line and quickly donned her running shoes for the 800 meters in the heptathlon as her fellow multi-event competitors stood and watched from the starting line. She then blistered to a 2:23.77 in the 800 meters and finished third in the race. That time allowed her to move all the way up to fifth place in the final standings of the heptathlon. Her time was also two seconds faster than her previous season best this year.


1) Amy Reed, Sr, Messiah College - 5111 points
2) Kaelene Lundstrum, So, Gustavus - 4762 points
3) Stacy Doornbos, Jr, Washington & Lee - 4737 points
4) Lindsay Lange, Sr, Hope College - 4704 points
5) Leah Kay, So, Concordia - 4624 points

100 Meter Hurdles - 16.33 - 674 points
High Jump
- 5'5" - 795 points
Shot Put
- 30'11.25" - 492 points
200 Meter Dash
- 26.89 - 721 points
Long Jump
- 16'5" - 559 points
Javelin Throw
- 121'5" - 610 points
800 Meter Run
- 2:23.77 - 773 points
6) Lindsey Snowdon, Sr, Nebraska Wslyn - 4547 points
7) Brooke Smith, Jr, Willamette University - 4536 points
8) Bridget Wolfe, Sr, Wisconsin Eau Claire - 4525 points
9) Christiana Taylor, So, Cabrini College - 4427 points
10) Caitlin McGrane, So, Puget Sound - 4390 points
11) Kristen Paulsen, Sr, Baldwin-Wallace - 4374 points
12) Brittany Smith, Jr, Wisconsin River Falls - 4318 points
13) Emily Pfeufer, Sr, Allegheny College - 4275 points
14) Meredith Withers, Sr, Roanoke College - 4248 points
15) Courtney Hartman, So, Bridgewater - 4217 points
16) Casey Anderson, Sr, California Luth. - 4200 points
17) Ashley Shaffer, Sr, Ohio Wesleyan - 4089 points
18) Jamie Landry, Jr, Univ of Rochester - 3992 points


1) Crystal Blamy, Sr, Keene State College - 5'7"
2) Lisa Shepherd, So, Richard Stockton - 5'5.75"
3) Jessica Cooper, Sr, Westminster College - 5'5.75"
4) Christina Lis, Jr, Hope College - 5'4.5"
4) Amanda Haney, Sr, Geneseo S U N Y - 5'4.5"
4) Kristen Serikstad, So, Cortland S U N Y - 5'4.5"
7) Krystal Jackson, So, McMurry University - 5'4.5"
8) Leah Kay, So, Concordia - 5'4.5"

8) Megan Clennon, Sr, Monmouth College (Il) - 5'4.5"
10) Kaelene Lundstrum, So, Gustavus Adolphus - 5'4.5"
11) Marlee Berg, Jr, Westfield State - 5'2.5"
12) Abby Owens, So, Greenville College - 5'2.5"
12) Mikaela Richard, So, Nebraska Wesleyan - 5'2.5"


2008 - Leah Kay

2007 - Heather Schuster

2006 - Angie Pfeiffer & Natalie Hanson

2005 - Nicole Plante

2004 - Angie Pfeiffer, Amy Ravenhorst, Alissa Bilden & Kelly Olson

2003 - Angie Pfeiffer

2002 - Kelli Tranby

2000 - Maria DeBoer

1999 - Maria DeBoer

1998 - Maria DeBoer, Laura Utke, Becky Kearns

1997 - Renee Erickson

1996 - Renee Erickson

1995 - Renee Erickson, Tracy Bernsten

1994 - Renee Erickson, Tracy Bernsten,

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