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Cobber track women finish in second place

 Concordia College experienced one of the largest turnouts of women for track and field this year and probably one of its most successful seasons, according to women's head track coach Joyce Prokop.

Moorhead State University proved to be among Concordia's tougher opponents in 1978 Minn-Kota action with the Dragons standing in the way of a Cobber championship at both the indoor and the outdoor conference meets.

Cobber women romped to a strong 51 point, second-place finish at the Minn-Kota Indoor Conference Meet, passed only by champion Moorhead State with 74 points. Bemidj State College trailed Concordia by 20 points for a third-place finish.

Concordia rolled to an easy second place in the Minn-Kota Outdoor Conference Meet, bettering its fourth-place finish last year. Dragons again topped the Cobbers 159½-131. Concordia captured 25 medals, overwhelming third- place finisher Bemidji State, who accumulated 94-1/2 points.

Coach Prokop was "very pleased" with the team's performance all season. The Cobbers demonstrated their competitive potential early with a big win at the Indoor Track and Field Triangular. The maroon and gold accumulated 48 points to outscore North Dakota State University (37 points) and Moorhead State (31 points). The victory, an excellent early season performance by Cobber women, reflected their solid, pre-season training program.

In other competition, Cobber women won the championship title in the Valley City State College Invitational, placing in 17 out of the 18 scheduled events in the nine-school competition. Moorhead State barely squeaked past Concordia at the Minn-Kota Indoor Track Invitational to win 60-59 with Cobber women placing in every event except the 50-yard dash.

Concordia secured a second place from a field of 11 private college teams at the Macalester Invitational. They placed in 16 out of the 18 scheduled events in that St. Paul, Minn., meet, chalking up 122 points, just 24 points shy of the leader (St. Olaf College), and a strong 51 points ahead of the third best team (College of St. Catherine).

Although Minnesota is known as a strong state in track, Cobber women were able to place sixth from a field of 21 schools in the Minnesota Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) meet. In Region 6 AIAW action, Concordia placed fifth with 31 points from a field of 40 schools, with Moorhead State leading the pack with 80 points.

"We took a lot of second places this year Coach Prokop said. "And a total team effort was the reason. Our athletes pulled together to place in most events which added up to some excellent final scores."
 
 

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