Seniors Shannon Frey and Aaron Banks have advanced to the NCAA Division III National Indoor Championships March 8-9 at Smith College.
Last weekend, the men's and women's track teams competed in the MIAC Indoor Championships in Blaine, Minn.
Frey, one of the Cobbers' 20-pound weight entries, won her flight in round one in the competition with a throw of 45-2 1/2.
Junior Shannon Manders and sophomore Becky Kearns also competed in the event. Manders won the first flight with a throw of 41-10 and Kearns finished third with 40-1 1/2.
In the final, the Cobbers were beaten by a throw of 48-3 1/4 by Misty Baht of Hamline. Frey finished in second place with a 45-2 1/2 effort. Manders' throw of 41-10 earned her fourth place and Kearns finished sixth after her 40-1 1/2 attempt.
Sophomore Mollee Ludtke won the 600-meter dash with a time of 1 minute and 37.95 seconds. She also competed in the 800-meter run. Her time of 2:21.81 placed her fourth.
The Cobber women were also represented in the 55-meter hurdles where sophomore Sarah Severson took fourth place in the final run with a time of 9.05.
Rounding out the top finishers for the women, the 4x400 meter relay team finished the race in 4:06.29 which placed them third. The team included Ludtke, juniors Kristi Berger, and Michele Haugen and first-year student Kathryn Holthus.
The women finished fifth as a team with a total of 76 points.
On the men's side, Banks dominated his events, winning in the shot put as well as the 35-pound weight event.
He won the first flight of the shot put with a toss of 56-4 and improved in the final with a throw of 57-9.
Ryan Williams also competed in the event, finishing fourth in the first flight.
In the 20-pound weight event, Banks again won both his flight and the final. Banks' throw of 55-11 3/4 captured the top spot in the second flight. He also bettered his throw with a 58-8 3/4 heave, earning him a trip to the national meet.
In other men's track action, junior Adam Lovehaug ran in the first flight of the 55-meter dash, finishing in second place with a time of 6.72. Charly Jacobson came in third with running the distance in 6.97.
In the final, Lovehaug ran the race in 6.76, finishing eight.
The Division III national indoor championships marks the mid-point of the track season as the outdoor season begins shortly thereafter.
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