A Very Fast Cobber Twilight Meet
MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/22/14)—Ben Vickstrom broke the school record in the 200 meters as Concordia hosted the annual Cobber Twilight Meet. Vicktrom, who ran a 21.99 in the 200 meters, helped Concordia finish second as team at the nine-team invite.
The Cobbers finished with a final team total of 87 points which bettered North Dakota and Jamestown but was just shy of the winning total posted by North Dakota State University.
Vickstrom's time in the 200 meters of 21.99 is the fastest in the MIAC this season and was good enough for second place in the meet which was dominated by NCAA Division I and II athletes. Vickstrom also claimed the title of "fastest man at the meet" by winning the 100-meter dash. He crossed the tape in a time of 11.03 which won the event by .05 seconds. That time is a season best for Vickstrom and is the third fastest in the conference.
Vickstrom was one of six Cobbers who posted seven top 5 finishes at the meet. Sprint teammate Alex Benzegala turned in the only other top 5 finish in a track event for CC. Benzegala, who still owns the fastest time in the MIAC in the 400 meters, was fourth in the 200 meters in a time of 22.61.
Eddie Clifton, Mark Goss and Connor Johnson led the Concordia field athletes with a pair of runner-up finishes. Clifton went over the pole vault bar at 13-08.25 and was the only non-Division I competitor in the top 3 at the meet. Goss cleared 6-06.00 in the high jump to earn his second-place spot. That height ties for the third best in the MIAC this season and is on the school's all-time top 10 list. Johnson was second in the javelin with a distance of 180-09. That mark is a season best and the third farthest in the conference in 2014.
Nick Anderson claimed fifth place in the triple jump to cap off the six Cobber top 5 finishers. He posted a mark of 41-05.75 which pushes him into the top 10 in the MIAC and should qualify him for the conference championship meet.
Concordia will have a busy weekend as they send athletes to three different meets. The Cobber 4x800-meter relay team will compete at the prestigious Drake Relays. CC will send another crew to the Drake Alternative Meet at Gustavus while a third contingent will head to Jamestown to participate in the Al Cassell Relays.
Cobber Twilight Meet Final Team Results
1. North Dakota State – 113
2. Concordia Moorhead – 87
3. North Dakota - 80
4. Jamestown – 77
5. Minnesota Morris - 76
6. Minn State Moorhead - 58.50
7. Northern State - 54
8. University of Mary – 14
9. Valley City State - 11