Posted by: Sports
The Walz Fieldhouse was packed with athletes and energy throughout the day on Friday as the Concordia men's and women's track and field squads completed a long day of competition in the nine hour Concordia Indoor Invitational.
Numerous Bulldogs had impressive performances as they used the last regular season meet to improve their times and attempt to qualify for the conference meet.
In the women's 1000 meter run, freshman Kim Wood continued to impress with her third place finish and time of 3:03 behind senior Jena Schwalenberg, who placed second in 3:02.
"I wasn't (sure) what to expect as far as time, but I just hoped to stay with Jena Schwalenberg because she's a senior and I figured she'd know what's going on," Wood said. "I just tried to stick with her throughout the race and it seemed to work pretty good."
"Kim Wood and Jena Schwalenberg had an outstanding race in the 1,000," head coach Kregg Einspahr said. "Those are both very good times for them. They competed extremely well."
With her recent success, Wood is sure to be placed in numerous events come the conference meet. As for what she will run, she is not sure, but she admitted that the 1000, 600, 4x800 and possible the 4x400 meter races were not out of the picture.
"I came from a really small school so it was pretty normal to be in four events just to fill up as many spots as we could to get points," Wood said. "I was used to it in high school but this is a bit different competition, but I'm still looking forward to it, it will be a good challenge."
Although he didn't clear his personal record that he set a week ago, Junior Carson Farr had another solid day in the pole vault, clearing 15'1 to take fifth place overall.
"It could have gone a lot worse," Farr said. "I feel a little selfish sometimes being pouty, but I should have had it. There were a couple good attempts at it."
Farr talked about what he hopes to accomplish next week and what he can do to give himself a better chance at being successful.
"15'7" is definitely my goal for next week for conference," Far said. "16'1" is actually my goal for the season so overall, that's kind of what I'm shooting for. I've got to swing a lot better. I don't swing very aggressively off the ground and I break it too early as well as not dropping my shoulders back."
Wood and Farr were not the only athletes who had impressive performances, however.
Sophomore Ben Sievert just missed the national qualifying mark in the mile run by a few tenths of a second with his time of 4:21.
Junior Megan Letts was edged out by two other competitors at the finish line and placed third in the women's 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.
Senior Jared Hoffman edged out teammate Andrew Malan in a tight race to take second and third in the men's 800 meter run as they raced to times of 1:58.32 and 1:58.97.
In the men's 1000 meter race, junior Adam Prahlow used a tremendous kick to come from behind to gut out a 2:31, second place finish.
"Adam Prahlow had a very good 1,000 meter race," Einspahr said. "He got on track for the year. He's been battling some health problems and recently had a bout with the flu, so that was a good race for him."
Junior Ben Hinckfoot toed the finish line just ahead of teammate Jonathon Becker, to take second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.39. Becker crossed the line in 8.46 to take third.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Becker, freshman Jaap Van Gaalen, sophomore Taiheem Pleasant and junior Alex Heiden chased down the competition to claim second place with a time of 3:22.
"It was a great meet – a big meet," Einspahr said. "There was some great competition. A lot of the coaches left saying some very nice things about both our facility and the way the meet was run. I think that speaks well for Concordia. It was a good day – a long day, but a good day."