Senior Bailey Hovland parlayed a trio of Top 4 finishes at the MIAC Outdoor Championship Meet into the Outstanding Field Athlete honor.
Hovland earns her first-ever conference post-meet honor and becomes the third Cobber athlete to earn post-conference championship meet honors since 2015. Emma Peterson won the same honor last year to go along with the 2017 MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Performance of the Meet award. Peterson also won the MIAC Indoor Meet Outstanding Field Athlete for the 2017 indoor meet. National champion Cherae Reeves started the trio of award winners by being earning the MIAC Indoor Outstanding Performance of the Meet in 2015.
Hovland started the final conference meet of her career by winning the hammer throw with a new conference record. She then capped Day One of the meet by placing in the discus. Hovland posted her third Top 4 finish on Day Two when she placed fourth in the shot put.
Hovland's hammer throw victory, and new MIAC and school record, was even more dramatic as she posted her winning distance in her final attempt. She entered the last round in second place and then uncorked the new conference record distance of 173-07. Hovland broke the old conference record of 171-05 set in 2011. She also broke her own school record with the final hammer throw.
Hovland then moved over to the discus area and once again waited until her final attempt to move to the top of the competition. She put up a distance of 131-03 in the prelims, which qualified her for the finals.
Hovland then tried to duplicate her hammer throw scenario as she fouled on her first two tries of the finals. She came close to the hammer-discus double, but her final attempt fell just short with a distance 133-03.
Hovland was the only Cobber to score team points in an individual event on the first day of the conference meet. She put up 18 total points to help CC into eighth place in the standings.
The second day of the conference meet had Hovland earning another MIAC All-Conference award. She placed fourth in the shot put to earn All-Conference Honorable Mention honors.
Hovland put up a distance of 38-02 in her final attempt of the prelims to advance to the finals and then bettered that mark in her final try of finals. Hovland posted a mark 39-11.25, which pushed her into fourth place. The distance on her final try in a MIAC Championship Meet was a personal best and ties for the 12th farthest in school history.
Hovland is currently in the No. 13 spot in Division III in the hammer throw. She needs to be in the Top 20 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III National Meet, which will be held May 24-26 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
2018 MIAC WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD AWARDS
Outstanding Track Athlete: Katie Murray | St. Thomas (Sr. | Edina, Minn.)
Outstanding Field Athlete: Bailey Hovland | Concordia (Sr. | Willmar, Minn.)
Outstanding Performance of the Meet: Katie Murray | St. Thomas | 200-Meter Dash (Sr. | Edina, Minn.)
Coach of the Year: Donna Ricks | Carleton (25th Season)
PAST COBBER MIAC POST-MEET AWARD WINNERS
2018 – Bailey Hovland – MIAC Outdoor Meet Most Outstanding Field Athlete
2017 – Emma Peterson – MIAC Outdoor Meet Most Outstanding Field Athlete
2017 – Emma Peterson – MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet
2017 – Emma Peterson – MIAC Indoor Meet Most Outstanding Field Athlete
2015 – Marv Roeske – MIAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
2015 – Cherae Reeves – MIAC Indoor Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet
2012 – Kaari Jensen – MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet
2012 – Marv Roeske – MIAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
2007 – Heather Schuster – MIAC Outdoor Meet Most Outstanding Track Athlete
2006 – Angie Pfeiffer – MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Track Performance-of-the-Meet
2006 – Angie Pfeiffer – MIAC Indoor Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet
2004 – Angie Pfeiffer – MIAC Outdoor Meet Most Outstanding Track Athlete
2004 – Angie Pfeiffer – MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Track Performance-of-the-Meet
2004 – Marv Roeske – MIAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
2000 – Sara Grineski – MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet
1999 – Marv Roeske – MIAC Outdoor Coach of the Year
1999 – Heidi Brenden – MIAC Indoor Most Outstanding Track and Field Athlete