(Chicago, IL) Concordia track & field had their best overall team scores of the season on Saturday competing in the Cougar Invitational on the campus of Concordia University Chicago. The men tallied 31 points for ninth place (of 20) while the women racked up 40 for fifth (of 18) edging the host Cougars by a point. Leading the Cardinals with a first place finish in the 3000m race was Courtney Dykema (JR/Birch Run, MI) with Tyler Pummell (shot put) and Stephanie Johnston (JR/Brantford, ON) (5000m) setting new school records in their respective events.
-Courtney Dykema made a move on the final turn passing her opponent and beating her to the line for her first collegiate victory. The junior's final 3000m time of 10:58.31 set a new personal record and was just shy of the CUAA record.
-Tyler Pummell beat teammate Josh Berry's shot put school record previously set at last year's conference championship with a 14.57m (47'9.75") toss on Saturday. The performance put him in third with Justin Blanch (SO/Jenison, MI) taking seventh and Berry following in ninth.
-A week after her NAIA Nationals qualifying time in the 10000m, Stephanie Johnston broke her own Concordia 5000m record racing 17:40.00 for second place.
-The men's 4x100 team of Daniel Breen (FR/Las Vegas, TX), Chris Morgan (FR/South Lyon, MI), Joe Duff (FR/Crosswell, MI) and Joe Manuel sprinted to a third place finish with a total time of 44.46 seconds.
-Katherine Harris (FR) cleared 1.50m (4'11") to land in second in the women's high jump competition. Saturday was her highest finish in an outdoor meet.
The Cardinals have their final meet before the pivotal Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships at Hillsdale College at the end of the week. The "Gina" Relays begin Thursday afternoon and proceed through Friday evening in Hillsdale, MI.