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Eric Peterson, Published October 25 2011

Peterson: Cobbers senior runner just glad to be back

Moorhead - There was a time over the summer when Concordia’s Tom Sederquist wondered if he would have a senior cross country season.

Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis prevented Sederquist from training like he had hoped. He logged 350 miles, a far cry from the 1,000 he put in the summer before.

“I was an absolute mess,” said Sederquist, who went to Moorhead High School. “There was a month where I almost didn’t run a step. … It’s terrible to not be running in the summer, because the summer is a beautiful time to be out running. Not being able to do that was so hard.”

Sederquist is hoping to put the rough summer behind him this weekend.

Concordia is set to compete at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships Saturday in St. Paul. He took second place in the men’s race at the MIAC championships last season.

“He’s as good a runner as we’ve ever had,” Cobbers coach Garrick Larson said. “We can’t replace him next year. I can’t see any recruit coming in next year and replacing him.”

Sederquist has won all three races in which he’s competed in this fall, but hasn’t been able to run in the marquee events. He missed the prestigious Roy Griak Invite in September, coming down with the flu days before the race.

Sederquist had taken first place in the Division III men’s division at the Griak the year before.

“It was so hard,” he said of not having a chance to defend his title. “I actually was on the mend and almost ran it anyway, but I think it was smart that I didn’t.”

Sederquist also didn’t run at the pre-nationals that were held earlier this month in Oshkosh, Wis. A hamstring injury kept him out of that event.

“I have a whole new perspective on injuries because I have never really had severe injuries in running,” he said. “I’ve always kind of pooh-poohed people’s injuries a little bit … it really is a bummer.”

Sederquist said his body has gradually healed this fall. In recent weeks, he’s been able to run nearly pain free and again “enjoy running.”

Sederquist is heading to the MIAC championships with the same mindset he has in every race – that he can win, even though he’s had a tough season.

Hamline senior Devin Monson is the defending MIAC champion and St. Thomas senior Ben Sathre was runner-up at the D-III nationals last season.

“This one is going to be really tough because the MIAC is really stacked this year,” Sederquist said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I like that.”

Sederquist has also liked running with his younger brother, Ryan Sederquist – a freshman who transferred from Bemidji State – in his final season with the Cobbers.

“It’s kind of my last cross country season ever,” Tom Sederquist said. “It’s really weird to think about because I’ve been running since sixth grade. It’s really strange.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com