|Concordia will be looking to post their 21st consecutive top 5 finish at the MIAC Outdoor Meet this weekend at St. Mary's in Winona.|
Cobber MIAC Meet Preview!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: May 11, 2010
MIAC Meet Preview
MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/11/10)-- The Concordia’s women’s track and field team will be looking for blackjack at the upcoming MIAC Outdoor Championship Meet. The Cobbers will be taking a hit on 20 and hoping to draw an ace to give them 21 straight top 5 finishes at the conference outdoor meet. Last year the Cobbers finished in fourth place to post their 20th straight top 5 finish.
Concordia will use the depth of their field athletes and an outstanding hurdle crew to go after their “21” at St. Mary’s this weekend. The Cobbers have at least one athlete in the top 10 of all but one field event and have five top 11 times in the two hurdle races.
Once again Concordia will be led by five-time All-American Leah Kay (Sr., Dassel, Minn./Dassell-Cokato HS). Kay finished third at last weekend’s conference heptathlon and has already provisionally qualified for the national meet in that event. Fellow senior Tara Ray (Darby, Mont.) was fourth in the even and also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Meet. Kay is currently eighth in the national rankings in the heptathlon and Ray has the 21st highest score in the nation this year.
Both Kay and Ray will also be factors in other events at the conference meet. Kay has the top height in the conference in the high jump and is currently ranked fourth in the javelin and 10th in the 400-meter hurdles. Ray has excelled in the hurdle events this year and is fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles. Like Kay, Ray also uses her training in the heptathlon to excel in other events and will be a factor in the javelin as she has the sixth farthest throw in the javelin.
Concordia has numerous athletes in the top 10 in field events and will once again be led by the group in the javelin. The Cobbers have four athletes in the top 10 of the javelin and are led by junior Katherine Brott (Deer Lodge, Mont./Powell County HS) who has finished in the top five at the MIAC outdoor meet in her first two seasons. Besides Brott, Kay and Ray, junior Kristen Warren (Oakes, N.D.),) is also in the top 10 of the javelin. The Cobbers will also have multiple chances to score points in the javelin as they have nine athletes in the top 20 heading into the meet.
Warren and junior Emily Davis (Litchfield, Minn.) will lead the charge for the Cobber throwers. Warren is also ranked seventh in the shot put while Davis currently has the seventh best marks in the hammer throw and the discus.
Rounding out the top Cobber junior throwing trio is Kierstin Nygaard (Scandia, Minn./Forest Lake HS). Nygaard is ninth in the discus.
First and second-year athletes will head the list of Cobber jumpers. Sophomore Tatijana MullerDahlberg (Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) will try and carry over her success in the triple jump from the indoor season. MullerDahlberg finished second in the triple jump at the indoor conference meet and will be looking to improve on that finish. She is currently second in the MIAC rankings. Freshman Sara Parsons (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd HS) posted a distance of 17-4 in the long jump and currently ranks fifth in the MIAC. Another first-year athlete is in the top 10 of the triple jump. Kaari Jensen (Moorhead, Minn.) has the fifth farthest distance this season and is coming off a fifth-place finish at the MIAC heptathlon.
One other CC athlete has a top 10 marks in a field event. Junior Alyssa Deutschmann (Hastins, Minn.) is tied for third in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.
The top marks from the Concordia track athletes have come from the distance and middle distance events. Junior Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) has been a force in the MIAC for three years and is currently sixth in the 3000 meters and ninth in the 10,000 meters. Senior Kristin Slette (Moorhead, Minn.) will be trying to end her career on a high note. She has the third fastest time in the 400 meters and last year she finishes seventh in the event at the outdoor meet.
Alexa Kleingarner (Jr., West Fargo, N.D.) is the final member of the CC track crew that is ranked in the top 10. Kleingartner has posted a time of 15.38 in the 100-meter hurdles and is ranked second in the conference.