Outdoor And Indoor High Jump Queen

Senior Emma Peterson poses next to the height standard after breaking the school record in the indoor high jump at the Bison Open.
Senior Emma Peterson poses next to the height standard after breaking the school record in the indoor high jump at the Bison Open.

FARGO, N.D. (2/04/17)--- All hail Emma Peterson the new Concordia high jump queen. Peterson entered the NDSU Bison Open already owning the school record in the outdoor high jump and her goal in 2017 was to break the indoor mark as well.

Peterson wasted little time in securing the indoor record as well as she cleared 5-07.00 and won the event at the Bison Open. She bettered the old record of 5-06.50 set in 2012 by Chelsea Klemetson. Peterson won the event by almost a full three inches over athletes from NCAA Division I and II and NAIA schools.

Peterson also becomes the first athlete in school history to clear 5-07 in both the indoor and outdoor high jump events. She set the outdoor record last season when she cleared 5-07.25 at the Lee Krough Gustavus Invitational on Apr. 16.

Peterson's height of 5-07 is currently tops in the MIAC and tied for fifth best in Division III.  

Peterson was the only event winner for the Cobbers at the NDSU Bison Open but CC had five different athletes post marks in the Top 20 on the school's all-time performance list and had many others earn personal best marks.

The field events posted a trio of Top 10 Cobber marks. Besides Peterson's school record in the high jump Shelby Gelinske recorded the ninth farthest distance in the triple jump and Erin Hillerud had the No.9 height in the pole vault.

Gelinske covered the distance of 35-07.25 in the triple jump which is a personal record and just inside the Top 10 on the school's all-time list. Her mark was also good for fifth place in the event at the Bison Open.

Hillerud, competing in only her second collegiate multi-team invitational event, cleared the bar at 9-06.25 to earn her spot in the program's Top 10. The height is a personal best and comes one week after she failed to clear a height last week in her first collegiate track meet.

The 60-meter dash produced the other two Top 20 marks for the Cobbers – and both came from freshmen. Mollie Francis clocked a time of 8.43 to post the 14th fastest time in program history and teammate Karly Mayo was right behind at 8.49. Her finishing time is No.17 on the school's all-time list. Both times for Francis and Mayo were personal records.

Junior Hannah Lundstrom posted the only other Top 3 finish for the Cobbers at the ultra-competitive Bison Open.  Lundstrom crossed the line in a time of 26.39 which earned her third-place honors. It is a season best time and fourth fastest in the MIAC this year.    

Mikayla Forness and Marissa Andersen both competed in the pentathlon over Friday and Saturday and both finished in the Top 10. Forness scored 2,717 points and was eighth while Andersen put up 2,516 points and finished ninth.
WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will head to Collegeville to compete in the first solely Division III meet of the year. The Cobbers will participate in the St. Benedict Quadrangular on Saturday, Feb. 11 at St. John's University.

High Jump – Emma Peterson – 5-7 (1.70m) – All-Time #1

Cobber All-Time:
60 Meters – Mollie Francis – 8.43 – All-Time #14
60 Meters – Karly Mayo – 8.49 – All-Time #17
Triple Jump – Shelby Gelinske – 35-7.25 (10.85m) – All-Time #9
High Jump – Emma Peterson – 5-7 (1.70m) – All-Time #1
Pole Vault – Erin Hillerud – 9-6.25 (2.90m) – All-Time #9

Personal records:
60- Mollie Francis, Karly Mayo, Lauren Santl
200- Lauren Santl
400- Shawna Pantzke
600- Liz Vought, Colleen Vought
800- Maria West, Isabel Andriessen, Liz Vought
Mile- Jordan Oliphant
3000- Kara Andersen
Long Jump- Mollie Francis
Triple Jump- Shelby Gelinske
High Jump- Emma Peterson, Tierza Engen
Pole Vault- Erin Hillerud
Shot Put- Kelsey Rajewsky, Jenna Stilwell (pentathlon), Marissa Andersen (pentathlon)
Weight Throw- Tresa Reuter, Anna Cassady, Kelsey Rajewsky
Pentathlon- Marissa Andersen.