ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/24/17)--- Emma Peterson's offseason workout program is paying off in school records and MIAC titles. The senior broker her second school record of the season and won the triple jump on Day 1 at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet.
Peterson was the only event winner for the Cobbers in the first 11 events of the meet and Concordia sits in eighth place but only 10 points behind the team in the No.4 spot.
Peterson, who broke the school record in the high jump earlier in the season, made it a pair of school records for the year by flying to a distance of 38-09.75 in the prelims. Her distance not only broke the Cobber school record but it was also a new meet record breaking the old mark of 38-06.75 set back in 2005. Peterson broke the old school record which was identical to the MIAC Meet mark and set by Hilary Thompson in 2014.
To top it all off, Peterson's winning mark is the sixth farthest in Division III this season and she is now in line to qualify for the NCAA National Meet in both the high jump and triple jump.
Fellow senior Mandy Mercil came away with the best finish of her career at a MIAC Meet as she placed second in the weight throw. Unlike Peterson, her best attempt of the competition came in the finals. She qualified with a distance of 47-07 which was the sixth farthest in the prelims. Mercil then found an extra bit of power and unleashed a throw of 49-07.00 in the finals. Her distance was only three inches shy of the winning mark. Mercil's final's distance is a personal best and the fourth farthest in program history.
Concordia had two other athletes post Top 10 finishes on the opening day of the meet. Maria West clocked a season-best time of 2:22.9 in the 800 meters and finished in 10th place.
Freshman Erin Hillerud marked the first MIAC meet of her career by posting an eighth-place finish in the pole vault. Like West, she put up a season-best mark en route to scoring team points for CC.
Hillerud cleared 9-07.25 which beats her previous season best by a single inch. Her mark is also the eighth best in school history.
MEET PICTURES: Click on the link below to see awesome pictures from Day 1 at the MIAC Meet which are available for purchase and come courtesy of former Cobber Nathan Lodermeier.
Link to Nathan Lodermeier's meet pictures
TEAM SCORES AFTER DAY 1:
1. St. Thomas (Minn.) - 114
Emma Peterson will look to better her own record in the high jump as she leads the Cobbers on Day 2 at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet starting at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas.