Johnson, Britten & Bye Shine At MIAC Meet
MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/12/12)—Connor Johnson,
Dustin Britten and John Bye used
the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet as their
personal showcase as they all posted top 3 finishes at the meet and
helped Concordia finish eighth as a team. The trio
accounted for 30 of the team's 58 total team points.
Johnson had the most impressive performance of the meet for the Cobbers . Competing in his very first conference meet, he won the javelin throw, finished seventh in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump. Johnson started off the MIAC Meet by winning the very first event. He posted a personal best mark of 178-11 in the javelin and won the vent by 12 feet. He becomes the first Cobber to win the men's javelin at the conference meet since 1993. Johnson then jumped 21-06 in the long jump and finished in seventh place. That final distance was another personal best and almost a foot farther than his seed mark. Johnson finished off the meet by earning a spot in the finals of the triple jump. His best mark of the meet came in the prelims when he posted a distance of 42-07.00.
Britten recorded the second highest finish by a Cobber at the meet. He ran the second fastest time in the qualifying heats of the 110-meter hurdles and then finished second in the finals. His time of 15.11 in the prelims is a personal best and .10 faster than his seed time. Britten also finished sixth in the 200 meters. He posted a season-best time in the prelims when he clocked a 22.18.
Bye had a pair of finals finishes. He was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles and then placed third in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 15.73 in the 110-meter hurdles was a season best.
Concordia had six other top 10 finishes at the meet by six different individuals. Caleb Giesen and Seth Lage followed Johnson's example in the javelin. Giesen placed fifth with a throw of 158-01 and Lage was right behind in sixth place at 157-06.
The Cobbers also had a 5-6 finish in another field event. Junior Simon Erlandson was fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-05.00 and freshman Mark Goss was sixth at 6-04.00.
The final top 10 finishes came in the pole vault where Levi Bachmeier placed sixth and Erik Olson finished eighth. The pair both had a final height of 14-03.25 but Bachmeier finished higher due to the number of misses at lower heights.