Gelling As They Head Towards MIAC

Gelling As They Head Towards MIAC

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (2/10/18)---Junior Shelby Gelinske recorded a second-place finish in the triple jump and helped Concordia continue to "Gel" in the indoor season as they prepare for the MIAC Championship Meet later this month.

Gelinske posted a season-best distance of 34-10/50 in the triple jump which was the top finisher among MIAC athletes in the event but was good for second place finish in the final standings at the St. Benedict Invite held at St. John's. Gelinske's distance is also the sixth best in the conference this season.

Gelinske's runner-up mark was the top finish for the Cobbers who ended the meet in third place. Concordia had 70.0 team points which was eight better than fourth-place St. Cloud State.  

Concordia had four other athletes post Top 3 finishes at the meet which featured MIAC schools St. Benedict, Gustavus and Augsburg.

Kelsey Rajewsky continued her breakout sophomore season by placing third in the shot put with a mark of 37-04.50. That distance is a personal best and moves her into the Top 5 of the MIAC this season.

"Kelsey worked really hard in the offseason," head coach Marv Roeske commented. "To see her doing this well early in the season is extremely exciting. It really proves that pre-season training carries over to success during the season."

Rajewsky also finished seventh in the weight throw at the meet and is part of a 1-2 punch for the Cobber throw crew. Teammate Bailey Hovland has also had an outstanding indoor season and was third in the weight throw with a distance of 49-02.25 and was fourth in the shot put, just behind Rajewsky, with a mark of 36-06.75.

Hovland and Rajewsky are both in the Top 7 in the conference in both events this year. Hovland is second in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put while Rajewsky is seventh in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put.

A pair of Cobber track athletes also had third-place finishes for Concordia at the sophomore Kara Andersen was third in the 5,000 meters and freshman Josie Herrmann was third in the 600 meters.

Andersen completed the 5k in a season-best time of 19:09.10. Her mark is also the top time for a CC athlete this season and in the Top 12 of the conference.

Herrmann crossed the line in the 600 meters in a time of 1:42.99. That time is just off her season best which she posted last weekend at the NDSU meet. Herrmann currently holds the No.8 spot on the conference list for the event. Herrmann is also in the Top 15 of the MIAC in the 400 meters.

Other Cobber notables included senior Maria West who was fourth in the 1,000 meters in a season-best time of 3:07.93 which pushes her into the Top 15 in the conference. Mollie Francis was fourth in the long jump with a season best mark of 15-06.00.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will have one more meet to continue to "Gel" before the MIAC Champiosnhip Meet. The Cobbers will compete in the UND Indoor Meet on Saturday, Feb. 17 before heading to Macalester to participate in the conference meet on Feb.23-24.