(March 2 - March 8, 2005)
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THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Women's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Pentathlon - 2:00pm 
Men's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Heptathlon - 2:15pm 

FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Men's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Heptathlon - 9:30am 
Men's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 3:00pm 
Women's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 3:00pm 
(MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet Homepage)

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Men's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 10:00am
Women's Track and Field - Hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 10:00am
(MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet Homepage)
 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Women's Tennis - at Bemidji State - 1:30pm

 
Concordia to Host 2005 MIAC Indoor Championship Meet
Concordia will host the 2005 MIAC Indoor Championship Meet. The competition will take place on March 3, 4, 5. The meet will be held in the Olson Forum, which is attached to Memorial Auditorium and located to the east of the Cobber basketball arena. It will be the second track and field championship meet that Concordia has hosted in the past three years. The 2003 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet was held on the Irv Christenson Track. 


March = Concordia Hosting Minnesota State High School Basketball Sectional Games 
Concordia will once again be host for basketball Minnesota State High School League boysí and girlsísectional games. Memorial Auditorium is one of the premier venues for outstate section games. This year Concordia will host 14 games from sections 8AA and 6A. 

The section 8AA quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be aired live on local network TV. The ABC affiliate in Fargo, N.D. will cover four games live. This will be the 20th year that WDAY-TV has televised sectional games live from Memorial Auditorium. 
(Complete listing of sectional games held at Concordia)



Cobber Sports Picture of the Week:
Welcome to the newest feature in the weekly sports update. This section will be reserved for the one picture that best represents a memorable moment, humorous situation or milestone recorded by a Cobber athlete in the previous week.

Picture of the Week - February 23 - March 1
This week's POW was taken at the women's basketball playoff game against St. Ben's on February 23, 2005. The shot is of Concordia point guard Mandy Pearson driving the lane and putting up a shot in the lane. This will always be one of the lasting memories of Pearson that I have - her ability to break down her defender at the point and then drive the lane and get off an impossible off-balance shot that somehow falls into the basket. What makes the picture is the expression on the other Concordia player in the picture. Freshman post player Melanie Hageman has a look of "I can't believe she just got off that shot" on her face. I was lucky enough to see many teammates, coaches, opponents and opposing coaches have the same look cross their face for four straight years!

(Click on the pictures to see a larger image)
 
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Men's Basketball
Record: 11-9 MIAC (5th), 13-13
Recent Results: St. Thomas 63 at Concordia 69 - Recap; Concordia 79 at Hamline 82 - Recap; Concordia 77 at Bethel 79 OT - MIAC Playoffs - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Season

MIAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior Soren Nelson (Twin Valley, Minn./Norman County East HS) became the ninth player in Concordia menís basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone when he scored 33 points against Augsburg. He finished his career with 1,071, which places him sixth on the all-time list for menís basketball players at Concordia. He also finished the season second on the team in scoring with a 14.9 points per game average. That total is the highest of his four-year career.

- For the second straight season, the Concordia menís basketball team led the MIAC in free throw percentage in overall games. In their 26 games during the season, the Cobbers shot 74.7% from the free throw line. That total is down two percentage points from the 2003-04 season when they finished first in the MIAC and ninth in the nation. In the past two seasons, Concordia has made 75.7% of their foul shots and has scored 870 points via the free throw line.

- Along with their prowess at the foul line, Concordia also led the league in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage in overall games. The Cobbers shot 52.0% from the field and 43.3% from 3-point range. Both those totals are new school records, and both rank the Cobbers in the top three in the nation.

- Keith Eckhoff (Jr., Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) set school records in 3-point field goal percentage this season. Eckhoff shot 47.9% (70-146) from behind the arc. That total also places him second in the nation in games played before February 20. He also finished the season by scoring 552 points, which places him fifth on the schoolís all-time list of most points scored by an individual in a single season.
 
 
Women's Basketball
Record: 17-3 MIAC (2nd), 19-5
Recent Results: St. Ben's  77 at Concordia 73 - MIAC Semifinals - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Season

MIAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Awards

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia womenís basketball team finished the season with a 19-5 record. That is the 26th time in program history that the Cobbers have won at least 18 games in a season. They also finished second in the MIAC, marking the 19th time in the 24 years Concordia has been in the MIAC that they have finished in the top three in the league. Only St. Thomas has more 18+ win seasons and top three finishes during that time. 

- Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman completed her second season by winning her 40th game. In her first two years she has compiled a 40-12 overall record and a 34-8 mark in conference play. In the 31-year history of Concordia womenís basketball, only current Cobber menís coach Duane Siverson won more overall and league games during his first two years as head coach. Siverson, who started coaching the womenís team in the 1984-85 season, won 41 overall games and 35 MIAC games in his first two campaigns. 

- Concordia senior Mandy Pearson (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) finished her career with 1,346 points and 640 assists. She is the first player in the history of either basketball program at Concordia to break the 1,000-point barrier and the 500-assist marker. She is fifth on the all-time scoring list and third in assists. Her total of 175 assists this season is the eighth best season total in program history. She also owns the ninth and tenth best assist seasons. 
 

Menís Hockey
Record: 3-13-0 MIAC (8th), 4-20-1
Recent Results: Concordia 4 at St. Thomas 7 - Recap; Concordia 1 at St. Thomas 5 - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Season

MIAC Men's Hockey All-Conference Awards

Latest News and Notes:
- Matt Hansen (Sr., Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) finished the season as the teamís leading scorer. He ended the 2004-05 campaign with 11 goals and 11 assists. That total is the second highest of his career. He finished the 2002-03 season with 12 goals and 11 assists.

- Nate Ronning (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.), who was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team, finished the season with seven goals and 14 assists. He led the team in assists and was the only other member, besides Hansen, to finish with over 20 points. The pair became the first Cobbers to break the 20-point milestone in two years.
 
Womenís Hockey
Record: 3-13-2 MIAC (8th), 4-18-2
Recent Results: Concordia 2 at St. Mary's 2 OT - Recap; Concordia 1 at St. Mary's 3 - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Season

MIAC Women's Hockey All-Conference Awards

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia head coach Kerry Norman became the all-time winningest womenís hockey coach in school history this season. In her first three seasons at the helm of the Cobbers, she has amassed 26 overall wins and 22 wins in conference play. 

- Lindsay Czarnecki (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly HS), the Cobbersí lone representative on the MIAC postseason awards list, led the team in scoring in 2004-05. She finished the season with 10 goals and eight assists.  She finished her four-year career with 36 goals and added 27 assists for 63 points. Her total places her fifth on the teamís all-time scoring chart.

- Concordia goalie Jenna Johnson (Jr., Wadena, Minn./Wadena-Deer Creek HS) finished the season with 504 saves. That total is fourth on the schoolís all-time single season list. Only Concordia assistant coach Shyla Wilson has made more saves in a season. Wilson owns the top three spots on the single season save list. The all-time best in a single season is 750 saves. 
 

Womenís Swimming and Diving
Recent Results: 6th at the MIAC Championship Meet at the U of M - Recaps - Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3
Upcoming Events: NCAA Division III National Meet on March 10-12 in Holland, Mich.

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia diving tandem of Annie Cullen (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) and Emily Hall (Sr., Minot, N.D.) received notification that they have officially qualified for the NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Meet to be held on March 10-12 at the Holland Community Aquatic Center in Holland, Mich. The competition will be hosted by Hope College.

The pair had reached the provisional point standards set by the NCAA qualification committee and were awaiting the official word on whether they would qualify.

They become the first Concordia athletes from the swimming and diving team to compete at the national meet since Andrea Ross qualified as a diver in the 2002-03 season. The only other athlete in the history of the program to earn a spot at nationals is Shana Letnes. She qualified in three consecutive seasons from 1999-2001 and was a two-time All-American in the breaststroke.

Both Cullen and Hall earned MIAC Diver of the Year honors for their outstanding performance at the MIAC Championship Meet. Cullen won the 3-meter competition and finished second in the 1-meter. Hall won the 1-meter and finished second in the 3-meter event. Hall's score of 252.80 in the finals of the 1-meter event broke the school record.

The two will be making their first appearance at the national meet.
 
Men's Tennis
Recent Results: No Recent Results
Upcoming Events: Spring Trip to Orlando, Fla. 

Latest News and Notes:
- For the first time in recent history Concordia will head east instead of southwest for their annual spring break training period. Instead of training in their usual stomping ground of Arizona, the Cobbers will head to Orlando, Fla. to practice and play several matches. 
 

Women's Tennis
Recent Results: No Recent Results
Upcoming Events: at Bemidji State on Saturday, March 5 at 1:30pm

Latest News and Notes:
- No Recent Results
 
Men's Track and Field
Recent Results: at St. Olaf Invite - Recap
Upcoming Events: hosts the MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet on March 3-5

MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet Homepage

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia menís and womenís track teams will host the 2005 MIAC Indoor Championship Meet on March 3-5. It will be the second time in the past three seasons that the Cobbers have hosted an MIAC Championship Track and Field event. Concordia also hosted the 2003 MIAC Outdoor Championship Meet.

- Concordia distance runner Ben Nylander (Lisbon, N.D.) is making the most of his super senior season indoor track season. Last week at the St. Olaf Qualifier he ran a 4:20.58 in the mile and finished third in the event. His time was only 0.10 off the school record. 

Entering the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet he is seeded seventh in the mile, third in the 1000 meters and eighth in the 3000 meters. He is the defending MIAC champion in the 1000 meters. 

- Kyle Halliday (Sr., Willmar, Minn.) also had a solid outing at the St. Olaf qualifier. Halliday, who also played on the MIAC champion Cobber football team, ran a 1:58.61 in the 800 meters and finished third. He is currently ranked sixth in the MIAC in the event entering this weekendís championship meet. He is also ranked seventh in the 600 yard dash. 
 

Women's Track and Field
Recent Results: at the St. Olaf Invite - Recap
Upcoming Events: hosts the MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet on March 3-5

MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet Homepage

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia will be looking to capture their second consecutive MIAC Track and Field Championship when they host the conference meet this weekend. The Cobbers won the 2004 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship by outrunning perennial champion St. Thomas 119.7-115.0. No team other than Concordia or St. Thomas has ever won the indoor conference title since the league initiated indoor track and field in 1985. The Cobbers have captured the title in 1988, 1998 and 1999 and the Tommies have won the other 17 titles.

- Nicole Plante (Sr., Fort Benson, Mont.) will be looking to score points for Concordia in multiple events at the championship meet. Plante will compete in the pentathlon as well as several other events. She currently has the second-best score in the pentathlon this season. Last year she finished second in the pentathlon and placed eighth in the 55-meter hurdles. This year she is ranked eighth in the 55-meter hurdles and sixth in the long jump.

- Two of Concordiaís top athletes also played on the Cobber womenís soccer team that finished second in the MIAC. Amy Ravenhorst (So., Hollandale, Minn.) and Jill Fancher (So., Burnsville, Minn.) are both expected to finish in the top ten in multiple events and both will be key members of the Cobber 4x400-meter relay team. Ravenhorst, who sprained her ankle in an indoor soccer tournament two weekends ago, ran a 1:39.81 in the 600 meters and won the event by over one second. It is the third fastest time in school history and places her third on the conference honor roll this season. She is also ranked seventh in the 400 meters and seventh in the 800 meters. Fancher, a sprint hurdle specialist, has added more distance to her resume. She ran in both the 200 meters and 400 meters at the St. Olaf Open and placed in the top five in both events. She is currently ranked in the top ten in the MIAC in the 55-meter hurdles, 400 meters and is in the top 15 in the 200 meters.

Ravenhorst was named to the MIAC All-Conference team in soccer, while Fancher earned all-conference honorable mention honors.
 
Wrestling
Recent Results: at the Great Lakes NCAA Region Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events:  End of Season

Latest News and Notes:
End of Season
 


 
 
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