Supinski Calls And Raises School Records

Sophomore David Supinski stands next to his school record time in the 400 meters after breaking his second school record mark over the weekend.
Sophomore David Supinski stands next to his school record time in the 400 meters after breaking his second school record mark over the weekend.

FARGO, N.D. (2/04/17)--- If Concordia sophomore David Supinski was playing poker he would have just called Matthew Lillehaugen and Emma Peterson who set single school record this year during the indoor season and then raised them one more.

Supinski is proving that there will be no sophomore slide as he broke the school records in the 600 and 400 meters on consecutive days at the NDSU Bison Open. His pat hand in the two races upped the ante for Lillehaugen who bettered the school record in the 1000 meters last weekend and Peterson who upped the school record in the high jump at the Bison Open.

Supinski started his straight flush weekend by bettering his own record in the 600 meters. Last year he broke the school record with a time of 1:22.63 at the St. John's Quadrangular on Feb. 20. On Friday he obliterated that time by crossing the line in a time of 1:21.67. He broke his own school mark by almost a full second and in the process turned in the second fastest time in the MIAC this year.

Supinski's time was also good for second place at the Bison Open in a race made up completely of scholarship athletes.   

Supinski then got greedy and wowed the table with his winning hand by breaking the school record in the 400 meters. He clocked a time of 49.49 to become the first athlete in Cobber history to break the 50-second barrier in the 400 meters. His time bettered the old mark of 50.45 set by Josh Smith in 2008.

Supinski's school record time earned him third place at the meet and is the fastest time in the conference this year. It is also the eighth fastest in all of Division III this year.

Lillehaugen and Matt Bye were the only other two Concordia athletes to record Top 10 finishes in track events at the Bison Open. Lillehaugen switched events for the second week and ran a 4:24.89 to place eighth in the mile. His time is a personal best and 10th fastest in program history.

Bye qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles and turned in a time of 8.84 to also post an eighth-place finish. He qualified for the finals by running an 8.77 in the prelims which is fourth fastest time in program history and betters his brother John Bye's best time of 8.81. Matt Bye's time in the prelims is also the third fastest in the conference this year.

Jackson Schepp, kicked off the campaign to defend his title in the MIAC heptathlon by recording a total of 4,528 points and finishing fifth in the two-day event at the Bison Open. His final point total is only 30 points shy of the total he won the conference meet with last year and is the third best mark of the MIAC this year.   

Eli Beachy continued his assault on the pole vault school record. Beachy cleared the bar at 14-11.00 and finished third at the Bison Open. His height is a personal best in a competitive event and only 1.25 inches shy of the school record of 15-01.25 set in 2013.

Freshman Sam Haley tied for seventh place in the pole vault by recording a mark of 13-11.25 which is the top height of his collegiate career. He placed fifth last week at the Cobber Duals with a height of 13-01.75.
      
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will hope to continue its string of two straight meets with school records when they compete at the St. John's Quadrangular on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Collegeville.