Team Title At Jamestown

Freshman Nolan Christenson jumps in front of the pack on his way to a 9th-place finish at the Jimmie Invitational.
Freshman Nolan Christenson jumps in front of the pack on his way to a 9th-place finish at the Jimmie Invitational.

STORY LINE: Concordia had three runners finish in the Top 10 and won the Jamestown Invitational by eight points over Minot State. Junior Eric Wicklund led the Cobber charge as he won the 8K meet with a time of 25:39. His time was 10.5 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher. Sophomore Munir Isahak was third in the race at 26:04 and freshman Nolan Christenson was ninth in a time of 26:33.

THE WINNERS CIRCLE: The victory by the Cobbers is the first team championship at a multi-team meet since the 2014 season when they claimed the win at the Crown Invite.

AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Eric Wicklund earned his first win of the season with his stretch kick. Wicklund was shoulder-to-shoulder with Munir Isahak and a runner from Valley City State though the first half of the race. Wicklund and the Viking runner were able to distance themselves in the second half of the race before Wicklund found another gear in the final 1000 meters and pulled away for the victory. Wicklund's finishing time was six seconds faster than last year at the meet when he placed ninth.

FRESHMAN FROLICS: First-year athlete Nolan Christenson recorded his second Top 10 finish of the year. He also finished ninth at the season-opening Cobber Invite. Christenson had a solid two-week training period and rebounded from a 40th-place finish at the last meet at St. Olaf. Leo Smith was the other freshman who factored in the Top 5 for Concordia's team scoring. He finished 21st in a time of 27:32 and has now been in the Top 35 in back-to-back meets.

CONNOR KICKS IT: Sophomore Connor Haugrud had his best finish of the season and stepped into the team Top 5 for the first time in 2018. He finished in 16th place in a time of 26:56. His finishing time is almost a full minute improvement from last year when he finished 38th.

UP NEXT: Concordia will look to keep their momentum going when they compete in the University of North Dakota Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 a.m.