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College track: Concordia men win Cobber Open, women take second

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MOORHEAD — The Concordia men's track and field team took first place at the Concordia-hosted Cobber Open on Saturday at the Olson Forum.

The Cobbers men tallied 71 points for the team title. Concordia's women's team finished with 49 points for the runner-up spot, 13 points behind first-place St. Benedict (62).

In the men's competition, Concordia's Jesse Middendorf and Justin Kringler finished 1-2 in the 600 meters. Middendorf took first with a time of 1 minute, 21.4 seconds, and Kringler followed in 1:29.82.

The Cobbers swept the top four spots in the 1,000 and the top five in the mile. Middendorf was victorious in the 1,000 in 2:38.29. Munir Isahak was close behind in 2:38.52, Nolan Christenson finished third (2:46.38) and Ben Becker was fourth (2:48.47).

In the mile, Isahak finished first with a run of 4:32.91. Joe Lee was second (4:37.55), Cole Nowacki finished third (4:40.47) and Solomon Johnson was fourth (4:48.48) and Nick Trzynka rounded out the top five in 5:08.59.

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Concordia's 800 "A" relay squad of Tommy Kern, Trevor Tiongson, Cal Wright and Colin Schuller won with a time of 1:31.25. The Cobbers' 1,600 "A" relay of Simon Zahrbock, Dan Wilson, Albara Mutleq and Kern finished first in 3:38.43.

Peyton Johnsrud won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet to round out the Cobbers men's victories.

On the women's side, Concordia swept the top three spots in the 600. Isabel Fredrickson won with a time of 1:45.15. Eden Smith was second in 1:46.34 and Kelly Lorenz placed third in 1:48.58.

Concordia's Drew Frolek won the mile run with a time of 5:27.34. The Cobbers' 800 and 1,600 "A" relays each got first place. The 800 team of Peyton Selle, Nicole Lilleberg, Meg Shercliffe and Mary Wunderlich notched a time of 4:24.10. In the 1,600, Fredrickson, Frolek, Smith and Lorenz posted a time of 4:24.10.

Cayle Hovland took the top spot in the throwing events to round out Concordia's victories. She won the shot put with a mark of 41-5 and was first in the weight throw with a toss of 51-0.

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