FARGO, N.D. (2/15/14)—Just when you think Cobber field athletes Cherae Reeves and Hilary Thompson can't improve on their season bests, they go and "totally redeem themselves." The pair went "Far and Farther" at the Bison Open and continued to shine in 2014.
Reeves entered Saturday's meet with the top mark in the MIAC, and third farthest in the nation, in the shot put. She decided to make an even better sequel to the original she filmed at the Cobber Duals. Her distance of 46-07.25 at the Bison Open was good for second place in a meet that featured Division I and II scholarship athletes. It is also six inches farther than her previous season best and continues to push her league best mark out of reach. Reeves still owns the No.3-ranked mark in the event in the country but is now within 4.50 inches away from second place and just a foot off the top mark in Division III this year.
Thompson continues to own the distance jumps in 2014. She recorded top 10 finishes at the Bison Open in both the triple jump and long jump. Thompson was third in the triple jump with a mark of 37-00.25 and eighth in the long jump with a distance of 17-04.25. Both distances are season bests. It is the first time she has surpassed the 37-foot milestone in the triple jump in her career. It is currently over a foot-and-a-half farther than anyone else in the conference and is the 15th farthest in the nation. Not to be outdone in the long jump she soared over the 17-foot mark for another time in 2014. Her distance of 17-04.25 is three inches farther than her previous season best and is the No.2 mark in the MIAC this year.
On the track side, freshman sprinter Ruth Peterson continues to impress. Peterson was in the top 10 in the 60 meters and the top 20 in the 200 meters. She clocked a season-best time in the 60-meter dash by finishing with a mark of 8.14. That was good for ninth place in the meet and is in the top 11 for the MIAC this year. Peterson ran a 27.69 in the 200 meters and came home in 18th place.
A pair of senior "Christian" athletes recorded season-best times in middle-distance events. Morgan Christian was 14th in the 800 meters. However her finishing time of 2:22.55 is the fourth fastest in the MIAC this year. Callie Christianson recorded a top 10 finish in the 1000 meters. Christianson raced to a season-best time of 3:13.61 and was seventh at the meet. Her time is currently the 13th best in the conference this year.
Freshman hurdler Becca Illies is improving from meet to meet as she gets used to college competition. Illies qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 10.04. She then ran a 10.83 and finished 13th in the finals. Her prelim time puts her in the No.15 spot in the conference.
The Cobbers will break from their Red River Valley tour to compete in the St. Ben's Quadrangular on Saturday, Feb. 22 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Cobber All-Time List additions:
60 – Ruth Peterson – 8.14 – All-Time #4 tie
Long Jump – Hilary Thompson – 17-4.25 (5.29m) – All-Time #9 tie
Triple Jump – Hilary Thompson – 37-0.25 (11.28m) – All-Time #3
60- Ruth Peterson (tie, prelim), Ruth Peterson (finals);
200- Sarah Grafstrom;
1000- Ingrid Floersheim;
mile- Katie Barkley, Celia Holten, Becca Asheim, Sara Stanton;
3000- Heather Stanton, Susan Drache;
60 hurdles- Becca Illies (prelims), Anna Skow-Anderson, Alecia Stene;
long jump- Hilary Thompson;
triple jump- Hilary Thompson, Ruth Peterson;
pole vault- Liza Thompson;
shot put- Hillary Birchem, Morgan Bubach, Alecia Stene;
weight throw- Morgan Bubach, Ashley Thompson, Ali Chudy.