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Forum staff reports, Published May 04 2012

Concordia's Jensen sets record in winning MIAC heptathlon

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Concordia junior Kaari Jensen topped one of her track mentors Friday in setting a school record.

Jensen took first place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s heptathlon with 4,829 points.

Leah Kay held the old Concordia record, scoring 4,812 points at the NCAA Division III national meet in 2010. Kay was a senior when Jensen was a freshman.

“It really means a lot,” Jensen said. “She (Kay) had a positive attitude, and she was always trying to get better.”

Jensen had personal-best performances in three of the seven events that were spread over two days. The heptathlon concluded Friday with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

“When Leah set that record, I thought it would be around for quite awhile,” said Cobbers women’s track coach Marv Roeske. “Kaari has really made a leap this year as compared to last year. She really took everything to another level.”

Jensen ran a personal best in the 800 to cap her record performance, crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 24.02 seconds.

Jensen also had career-best efforts in the 100 hurdles (15.14) and shot put (33-6½). Those two events were held Thursday.

“I wanted to get 4,800 points,” Jensen said. “I knew I was close to the school record and I wasn’t sure. I was surprised, but definitely happy.”

Erica Roelofs of Gustavus was second with 4,256 points. Cobbers sophomore Olivia Decker was fifth with 3,569.