A Dozen PR's And A Second-Place Finish
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (4/05/14)—Alex Benzegala and Ben Vickstrom led a Concordia contingent that posted 12 personal bests and a second-place team finish at the Carleton Invite. The Cobbers received good performances from both their track and field athletes in the second outdoor meet of the season.
Benzegala recorded a pair of top 5 conference times in Northfield. He won the 400 meters in a personal best time of 50.37 and was second in the 200 meters at 23.42. His time in the 400 meters is the second fastest in the conference this year while his mark in the 200 meters is No.4 on the MIAC list. Vickstrom claimed the title in the 200 meters with a finishing time of 23.02. He moves into the No.3 spot in the MIAC with his time in the 200 meters.
Jackson Schepp and Josh Murrey earned the only other individual event wins for Concordia. Schepp posted a distance of 20-01.75 to win the long jump. Schepp also had a "PR" in the high jump when he went over 6-04.00. Schepp finished third in the event but lost to a pair of NCAA Division II athletes. Murrey cleared 13-02.50 to win the pole vault over teammate Eddie Clifton who also cleared 13-02.50 but had more misses at lower heights.
The Cobbers had a pair of top 3 finishes in the hurdle events. Jamie Marrier was third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.79 and then put up a personal best time in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 60.94 and claimed fourth place. Jeff Fiebelkorn came in third place in the 400-meter hurdles in a finishing time of 60.48.
Concordia sophomore Gabe Wright earned second-place finishes in the two jump events. He had a distance of 18-08.75 in the long jump and a mark of 39-04.50 in the triple jump. Both distances are season bests for Wright.
The Cobbers' best field event was the javelin where they went 2-3-4. Senior Connor Johnson was second with a distance of 161-05.00. That mark is 15 feet farther than last week's best in the first outdoor meet of the year. Cole Young was third with a personal best mark of 143-08.00 and Erik Bye was fourth at 133-00.00.
Concordia will take advantage of the weather when they compete in the NDSU Bison Open on Saturday, Apr. 12.
Cobber Person Bests At Carleton Invite
400 meters - 50.37 - Alex Benzegala
800 meters - 2:08.60 - Phil Manley
5k - 18:51.23 - Dan Schneck (2:49 faster than one year ago)
400-meter hurdles - 60.94 - Jamie Marrier
Discus - 107-7 - Joe Hendrickson
Shot put - 32-9.5 - Ian Lane
Discus - 103-11 - Ian Lane
Discus - 90-5 - Hans-Kristof Nelson
Javelin - 143-8 - Cole Young
Javelin - 113-1 - Joe Hendrickson
Javelin - 109-1 - Ian Lane
High Jump - 6-4 - Jackson Schepp