MIddendorf Wins 800 At NDSU Meet

Jesse Middendorf was the only non-Division I winner of a track event at the NDSU Spring Classic. He won the 800 meters in the second fastest time in school history.
Jesse Middendorf was the only non-Division I winner of a track event at the NDSU Spring Classic. He won the 800 meters in the second fastest time in school history.

FARGO, N.D. (4/02/21)---Junior Jesse Middendorf has opened the outdoor season the same way he finished the indoor season – by running down school records.

Middendorf was the only non-Division I athlete to win a track event at the NDSU Spring Classic on Friday. Middendorf won the 800 meters in a time of 1:52.09 which is the second fastest in school history and fastest by a CC runner since 1988. He was only .15 of a second off the school record set by Greg Defor.

Middendorf won the event by .29 of a second over a runner from North Dakota State. His finishing time is also the second fastest in Division III this year - only .02 of a second off the top spot.  

Middendorf was one of only a handful of Cobber competitors at the meet as the majority of the team took a break for the Easter Weekend.

The other top performances of the day came in the throws. Freshman Cooper Folkestad had Top 10 finishes in both the shot put and discus. He was sixth in the shot put with a distance of 50-01.25. That mark is a PR and the eighth farthest in school history. Folkestad was also ninth in the discus. His best toss of the day was measured at 143-11 which is also a PR and in the Top 20 in program history.

Junior Jacob Kerzman posted a PR in the discus with a mark of 137-11 and was eighth in the hammer throw at 138-07.

Seniors Munir Isahak and Connor Haugrud and freshman Lucas Hinojos were the only other track athletes to competes across the river. Isahak was ninth in the 1500 meters with a personal best time of 4:04.75. Haugrud and Hinojos both ran in the 800 meters. Haugrud finished ninth with a time of 2:01.39 and Hinojos set a new PR by crossing the line in 2:05.99.

Former Cobber distance great Tom Sederquist won the 5000 meters with a time of 15:42.99   
  
UP NEXT: Concordia will head to St. John's for the second time this spring when they compete in the SJU Invite and Multi-Event Meet on Apr. 10-11.

RECAP SPONSOR: Today's recap is sponsored by Sanford Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Sanford Orthopedic has been taking incredible care of Cobber athletes for decades.