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5/18 Academic All-Conference Award Winners.
(In at least 2nd year at Concordia and at least a 3.35 cumulative GPA)
Scott Chastek Jr Glencoe, MN Nursing
Joe Dauner Jr Hawley, MN Biology
Chris Davison Jr Tintah, MN Physics
Steve Edlund Sr Cyrus, MN Chemistry, Biology
Matt Hostetler Sr Bloomfield, MT English Wrtg, Psych.
Jon Machayya Sr Valley City, ND Biology
Jeremy Pris So Somers, MT Env. Studies, Biology
Andy Shaffer Jr Monticello, MN Biology, Chemistry
Joshua Wopata So Grand Rapids, MN Religion, Classics

5/18 Concordia Competes in UW-LaCrosse Open
        | Complete Results

5/16 Concordia Sends National Hopefuls to St. Thomas Meet. 
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5/15 Concordia Competes at Leo Schnur Open @ UW-LaCrosse.
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5/12 Concordia Finishes Fourth at MIAC Championships. 
        | Complete Results
Steve Edlund (Sr., Cyrus, Minn.) breaks to the lead in the Steeplechase. He won the event in a time of 9:29.50 which provisionally qualifies him for nationals.

Concordia held off a strong challenge from Gustavus, and claimed fourth place at the 2001 MIAC Track and Field Championships. The Cobbers finished the meet with 102 points, which was three better than the fifth place Gusties. St. Thomas won the meet with a total score of 184 points.

Steve Edlund (Sr., Cyrus, Minn.) captured the 3000M Steeplechase in a time of 9:29.50, which provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Division III National Meet. It is also the fifth fastest time in school history. Joe Schmidgall (Jr., Morris, Minn.)  captured the High Jump with a leap of  6'7", also a provisional qualifying mark. 

The Cobbers continued to shine in the throwing event where they captured a first, a second and three third place finishes in the four events. Joel Nelson (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) won the Hammer Throw with a toss of 172'2",  a provisionally qualifying toss, and also finished third in the Shot Put. Sophomore Trent Hagen (Pelican Rapids, Minn.) was the runner-up in the Discus with a national provisional qualifying toss of 157'3". Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) finished third in the Javelin with a toss of 173'2", and Brad Ragan finished third in the Hammer Throw with a 148'7" mark. All of the "top three" performances earn All-Conference Honors.

The fourth place finish marks the fifth straight year Concordia has finished in the top five at the outdoor championship meet. 

5/05 Concordia Races at the Ron Masanz Invitational

5/04 Three Cobbers Compete at MIAC Decathlon.

5/01 Comcordia Competes at the MSU-Moorhead Twilight Meet.
        | Complete Results From the Meet |

4/28 Concordia Sends 4x100 Relay Team to Drake Relays.

4/25 Concordia Finishes Second at the Irv Christenson Invitational.
       | Complete Results From the Meet
Chris Conrad (So.
Inver Grove Heights, MN)
Goes up and over the bar in the pole vault at the Irv Christenson Invitational.

Concordia finally inaugurated the brand new surface on the outdoor track as they hosted the Irv Christenson Inviational. The meet, originally scheduled for April 12th, featured the three local colleges and also teams from NCAA Division II and NAIA. 

The Cobbers, bolstered by the strength of their distance runners and throwers finished second behind crosstown rival MSU-Morhead. Concordia defeated Division II powers NDSU, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State. 

Senior thrower Joel Nelson (Fargo, N.D.) had a terrific meet as he provsionally qualified for nationals in the hammer throw with an event- winning toss of 170' 11".  Other Cobber event winners were Steve Edlund (Sr., Cyrus, MN), who won the 3000 meter steplechase and Chris Goebel (Sr., Albany, MN) who outdistanced the field in the 5000 meters.

The highlight of the meet came in the 100 meter dash as Starr Roberts, running unattached, blistered up the new surface in a time of 10.64 - in a race that featured three runners under the 10.80 mark. 

4/21 Concordia's Meet at UND Was Canceled Due to Poor Weather.

4/18 Adam Strainer Finishes 3rd in the Decathlon at the Kansas Relays.
Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT) finished third in the Decathlon at the Kansas Relays. His total of 6,256 points provisionally qualifies for the NCAA Division III national meet. Teammate Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND) finished 11th with a total of 3, 789.

4/13 Small Concordia Squad Competes at Lee Krough Invite.
Chris Goebel (Sr., Albany, MN) finished fifth in the 1500 Meter Run.

4/12 Irv Christenson Invitational Has Been Postponed Due to Weather. The Irv Christenson Invitational scheduled for Thursday, April 12th has been postponed until April 25th due to impending weather conditions.

Concordia will offer an additional home meet on our track on April 25th depending on the weather.  The meet will start at 4:00 p.m. 

4/09 Three Concordia Athletes Participate in SJU Decathlon.

4/07 Concordia Survives the Weather at the All-Lutheran Invitational.

4/06 The ConcordianCoaches Īrunningā between seasons
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

3/31 Concordia Competes at Jamestown.

3/30 MIAC Outdoor Track Previews Online.

3/28 Concordia's Dual Meet on 3/31 Has Been Moved to Jamestown.

3/16 The Concordian, Track and fielders end indoor season
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

3/10 Joe Schmidgall Finishes 12th in the High Jump at Nationals.
Joe Schmidgall
Morris, MN
Finished 12th in the nation in the high jump with a jump of 6'6" at the NCAA Indoor Nationals. It is his highest finish ever at a national meet in the high jump.

Joe Schmidgall (Jr., Morris, MN) cleared 6' 6" at the NCAA Division III National meet in Oshkosh, WI. to finish 12th in the event. It is the highest finish for Schmidgall at a national event. last year he placed 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Meet in the high jump. 

3/6 Joe Schmidgall Qualifies for NCAA Indoor National Meet.
Joe Schmidgall's (Jr., Morris, MN) provisional qualifying jump of 6' 8 3/4" in the High Jump has qualified him for the NCAA Division III National Meet in Oshkosh, WI. on March 9th and 10th. He is currently seeded 13th in the event.

Schmidgall's qualifying jump occurred at the Cobber Pentathlon and set an indoor school record. It will be the first time Schmidgall has competed at indoor nationals. Last year he qualified for outdoor nationals in the High Jump. He placed 14th at the meet with a jump of 6' 4 3/4 ". 

3/3 Concordia Finishes Third at MIAC Championship Meet.
      | Action Pictures from the Meet |
Adam Strainer
East Helena, MT
Flies high in the Triple Jump.
He won his second consecutive MIAC Pentathlon and finished second in the Triple Jump.

Concordia used a strong middle and long distance corps to finish in third place at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet. Chris Goebel (Sr., Albany, MN) won the 1000 and finished second in the 1500, while teammate Steve Edlund (Sr., Cyrus, MN) finished second in the 3000 and third in the 5000 to pace the Cobbers. 

The third place finish marks the fourth consecutive year Concordia has finished in the top three. The Cobbers finished with 114 points which was 33 points ahead of fourth place Gustavus.

Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT) once agained claimed the title of the MIAC most all-around athlete as he finished first in the Pentathlon for the second straight year. He also finished second in the Triple Jump with a distance of 46'6 1/4" which provisionally qualifies him for the national meet. 

Other Concordia highlights included John Andan's (So., Kumasi, Ghana) second place finish in the Long Jump and a sixth place finish by Jeremy Pris (So., Somers, MT) in the 55 Meter Hurdles. Joe Schmidgall (Jr., Morris, MN) finished third in the High Jump after placing fourth in the Pentathlon. 

3/1 Adam Strainer Wins Second Consecutive MIAC Pentathlon.
Concordia senior Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT) won his second consecutive MIAC Pentathlon title with a school record breaking score of 3,574 points. That total was four points better than his own scool record which he posted at last year's event. Strainer has now won consecutive titles in last year's MIAC Indoor Pentathlon, last year's MIAC Decathlon and this year's Indoor Pentahlon. That is the first time in school history that anyone has won three-straight MIAC muti-event titles. 

Concordia also placed three other athletes in the top ten in the conference. Joe Schmidgall (Jr., Morris, MN) finished fourth, Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND) was seventh and Justin Gall (Sr., Moorhead, MN) placed ninth. Schmidgall's score of 3,440 is the third best in school history and also a personal record. 

Concordia takes the strength of their four top-ten finishes from the Pentathlon into this weekends MIAC Indoor Championship Meet at St. John's. 

2/24 Concordia Survives the Weather at the Bethel Invitational.
After sending a split-squad to the Eric Lidell Invitational and coming away with several top performances, Concordia became stranded in a winter storm. The Cobbers had to stop in Alexandria to stay the night, after Highway 94 was closed due to a late February blizzard. 

At the Invite held at Bethel earlier in the day, the Cobbers continued to flex their muscles in the middle distances as Steve Edlund (Sr., Cyrus, MN) won the 1500 Meters in a time of 4:07.22. Teammates Chris Goebel (Sr., Albany, MN) and Ben Nylander (Fr., Lisbon, ND) finished third and fourth.

Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT), preparing to defend his conference Pentathlon crown next weekend, won the Triple Jump with a mark of 45'7".  Strainer also finished second in the Long Jump with a distance of 21'8" and sixth in the High Jump at 6'1 1/4". Other top performers for Concordia included the 4x400 Meter Relay team of Strainer, Scott Chastek (Jr., Glencoe, MN), Nick Steffens (So., Aitkin, MN) and Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND) who finished second with a time of 3:31.36. Mark D finished fifth in the 1000 with a time of 2:43.20, and  Joe Schmidgall (Jr., Morris, MN) and Paul Poduska (Jr., Fort Collins, CO) tied for fourth in the High Jump at 6' 3 1/4".
Concordia will train for the week, before heading to St. John's to compete at the MIAC Indoor Championships. Last year they finished second at the meet. 

2/24 Concordia Competes in Sunny California at Carl Rossi Relays

2/16 The Concordian, Cobbers rule at Concordia Dual 
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

2/15 Concordia Competes at Bison Classic.

2/10 Concordia Goes 4-1 in Cobber Duals.
Chris Goebel
Albany, MN
Won the 1000 and the 1500 in the Cobber Duals. 

Concordia received stellar performances from Chris Goebel (Sr., Albany, MN) and Steve Edlund (Sr., Cyrus, MN) in the middle distances, and won four of five at the Cobber Duals. Goebel pulled a daily double as he won the 1000 and the 1500. Edlund won the 3000 in a time of 8:53.82 which places him seventh on the school's all-time list in the event. Other winners for the event were Paul Poduska (Jr., Fort Collins, CO) in the High Jump, Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT) in the Triple Jump and the Distance Medley Relay team of Edlund, Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND), Dave Dahlseng (Jr., Cyrus, MN) and Ben Nylander (Fr., Lisbon, ND).

Concordia defeated crosstown rival MSU-Moorhead along with Bemidji State, NDSCS and NCAA Division II opponent South  Dakota State. 

2/03 Concordia Competes at Bison Open.

2/02 Concordia's Adam Strainer Wins Pentathlon.
Concordia Senior Adam Strainer (East Helena, MT) set a new school record in the pentathlon. He breaks is own record by 24 points, and his score of 3,594 won the meet by 30 points over Nathan Schmidt of NDSU. Strainer qualifies for the MIAC Pentathlon on March 1st. He is the defending champion for the event. Other Concordia partcipants were Joe Schmidgall (Jr., Morris, MN) who placed 8th, and Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND) who finished 15th. 

1/27 Concordia Wins Cobber Invitational.

1/26 The Concordian, Cobber Open invites season
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

1/20 Concordia Competes at Cobber Open.

1/12 The Concordian, Menās track and field looks for success
        by Joe Albert, The Concordian 

7/15 Former Track All-American Aaron Banks Advanced to the Finals in Qualfying for the Olympics.

Aaron Banks, a 1996 graduate of Concordia, after advancing to the finals in the Olympic qualifying meet missed out on qualifying for the Olympics in the shot put. Banks' throw of 59' 11" in the prelims earned him the 12th and last spot in the finals. He then threw 59' 03" in the finals and finished 12th. Banks was a three-time NCAA Champion at Concordia. He also added 11 All-American performances in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. 

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