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A successful 1989-90 Cobber sports season was capped off in May with a National Collegiate Athletic Association discus title by sophomore Kris Kuehl, Heron Lake, Minn., and baseball's second-place finish in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

 Baseball team rallies for second place

Coach Don "Bucky" Burgau took his 1990 team on a successful season-opening trip to the Christian College Baseball Tournament in Lake Wales, Fla., where the Cobs went 5-3 and placed third in the eight-team event. The Cobs returned home and promptly got off to a 2-5 start in MIAC play.

Then they turned things around behind the clutch hitting of senior Mike Klindt, Breckenridge, Minn., and the pitching of sophomore Jeff Morken, from Pine Island, Minn.

Concordia won nine of their next 10 games and had a chance to tie St. Mary's for the title with a sweep over Augsburg in the season finale. But a split against the Auggies ended the year with Concordia one game back, 13-7 in the MIAC, 21-14 overall.

Klindt, who hit .453 in 20 MIAC games, led the Cobs in RBI (40), doubles (13), home runs (5) and season average (.394). He was named to the all-MIAC team. This is the same Mike Klindt who led the Cobber football team in rushing last fall with 812 yards, for which he was also named first team all-MIAC.

Morken, who had a 7-3 season and 3.99 ERA, earned academic all-MIAC honors. Scott Bjerke, a senior first baseman from Moorhead, was a force for the Cobbers all season, batting .379 and driving in 18 runs.

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Kuehl captures first NCAA track title

Kris Kuehl became the first Cobber ever to capture an NCAA individual championship when she won the discus at the Dlvision Ill National Meet in Naperville, Ill., on May 26. Kuehl won the event with a toss of 159-3. Earlier in the season she broke her own Cobber record with a toss of 164-3 at the Drake Relays and then went on to capture the MIAC title with a conferencerecord throw of 149-1.

Kuehl was one of three Cobbers to advance to the national meet. Junior distance runner Chris Fredrick, Foley, Minn., placed ninth at the national meet in the 1,500. Two weeks earlier she had placed second at the MIAC championships with a school outdoor record of 4:37.2.

The Cobber women took third at the MIAC championships on May 11-12

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Olson Leads Men's Track

Mark Olson, a sophomore from Livingston, Mont., also qualified for nationals by setting a school record of 53-7 in the shot put during the regular season. He won the shot at the MIAC with a heave of 52-6 but was unable to place at the national meet.

In the team standings the Cobber men took fifth at the MIAC championships on May 11-12,

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 Softball gains upper division finish 

The Cobber softball team had its first winning season since the program began four years ago, posting a 12-10 record overall and 10-6 in the MIAC  good enough for fourth place.

Coach Steve Baumgartner relied on two fine junior pitchers. Sue Kalpin, Fargo, N.D., was a perfect 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA, and Laura Heeler, from Minnetonka, Minn., posted a 7-6 record with a 3.25 ERA.

The Cobber offense was led by senior catcher Missy Bjerke of Moorhead, who hit at a career best .333 for the year.

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  Cornell highlights tennis season

Sophomore Kelly Cornell, from Thief River Falls, Minn., completed an outstanding year by earning all-MIAC honors at No.3 singles and No.3 doubles. Cornell reached the finals of the MIAC championships in singles and, teamed with fellow sophomore Suzanne Covun from Bismarck, N.D., reached the finals doubles.

Cornell's success came at the end of a year in which she was also the medalist in the MIAC women's golf tournament last fall and a member of the MIAC championship Lady Cobber basketball team.

The Cobber women's tennis team finished the year 16-6 in dual matches and fifth place at the MIAC meet in early May.

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The men's tennis team went 9-11 in 1990, 5-5 in the MIAC, and finished sixth at the MIAC meet.