|Concordia will be looking to post their third consecutive top 5 finish at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet on Mar. 4-6.|
Another Top 5 Finish?
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: March 3, 2010
2010 MIAC Indoor Meet Preview
MOORHEAD, Minn. (3/3/10)-- Concordia brings another deep crew of athletes to the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet as they try to continue their recent success at conference indoor meets. The Cobbers have posted two consecutive top five finishes and have also finished in the top three at the meet in eight of the past 12 seasons. They are also the only other school other than St. Thomas to win an indoor championship title.
Like the Cobber men’s team, the CC women’s squad has a few individual stars that are backed up by a group of consistent athletes that could score multiple points in an event at the MIAC Meet. The top three athletes for the Cobbers this season have been All-American Leah Kay (Sr., Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS), sophomore field sensation Tatijana MullerDahlberg (Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) and all-around athlete Tara Ray (Sr., Darby, Mont.).
Kay has already provisionally qualified for her third consecutive NCAA National Indoor Meet. Kay’s total of 3,182 points in the pentathlon is the second highest in the conference this season. Kay also has the second-best height in the high jump (5-02.50) in the MIAC and has a chance to win both events.
MullerDahlberg has been the biggest surprise for Marv Roeske’s this season. She has consistently been jumping at least 36 feet in the triple jump and currently holds the league’s best mark in the event with a distance of 36-11.00. That mark, which she posted at the Cobber Open, provisionally qualified her for nationals and she will be looking to improve on that at the conference meet. MullerDahlberg has also stepped up in the 55-meter dash where she has a season-best time of 7.53. That mark is tied for the fourth best in school history and is in the top seven of the conference this year. To round thins off for MullerDahlberg, she has also recorded the sixth-best mark in the high jump this year.
Ray has posted quality marks in several events this season. She entered the pentathlon at the NDSU Bison Open on a whim and turned in the fourth-best score in the MIAC this season. She is also in the top 10 in the league in the high jump, long jump and 55-meter hurdles.
The Cobber field athletes will be counted on to garner the majority of the team’s points at the conference meet. Joining Kay, MullerDahlberg and Ray as potential All-Conference winners for the Cobbers will be a trio of juniors. Emily Davis (Litchfield, Minn.), Kristen Warren (Oakes, N.D.) and Alyssa Deutschmann (Hastings, Minn.) have all been consistent performers for CC this season. Davis owns the fifth-best mark in the weight throw (49-3 3/4) this year, while Warren has a chance to finish in the top seven of the shot put and Deutschmann is one of four Concordia athletes to clear the 5-foot mark in the high jump this season.