Brandon Zylstra, Concordia

Brandon Zylstra, Concordia

Spicer, Minn. / New London-Spicer

The Concordia men's track and field team started the 2015 season in grand fashion by winning its home Cobber Duals meet for the first time since 2007, with star jumper Brandon Zylstra (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) leading the way. Zylstra won both the high jump and long jump against mostly Division II competition and now ranks in the top two in the MIAC in both events, and in the top 10 nationally in the high jump. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Zylstra Wednesday with the MIAC Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Zylstra cleared the bar at 6-8 to win the high jump, and traveled a distance of 21-06.75 to win the long jump to lead Concordia to a first-place finish out of nine teams, including Division II MSU-Moorhead, Dickinson State, Northern State, UM-Morris, Mary and Minot State and NAIA Jamestown and Valley City State. Zylstra's high jump mark is tied for first in the MIAC, and 10th in all of Division III this season, and his long jump mark is second in the MIAC, trailing the leader by just 1.25 inches.

This weekend, Zylstra and the Cobbers will cross the border into North Dakota for their first road meet of the 2015 season. Concordia will compete at the NDSU Thundering Herd Classic both Friday and Saturday, which will be hosted by nearby North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D. Friday's action starts at 3 p.m., and Saturday's second day of competition will start at 9 a.m.

2015 MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE       NAME       SCHOOL       AWARD      
3/4/2015       Mark Volker       Hamline       Field      
3/4/2015       Colby Seyferth       Carleton       Track      
2/25/2015       Raymond Twumasi       Saint John's       Field      
2/25/2015       Thomas Feichtinger       Saint John's       Track      
2/18/2015       Michael Witschen       St. Thomas       Field      
2/18/2015       Jerry Cook-Gallardo       Carleton       Track      
2/11/2015       Bryce DeBoer       Bethel       Field      
2/11/2015       Colby Seyferth       Carleton       Track      
2/4/2015       Brandon Zylstra       Concordia       Field      
2/4/2015       Isaac Krause       Hamline       Track      
1/28/2015       Bryce DeBoer       Bethel       Field      
1/28/2015       Ryan Peterson       Hamline       Track      
1/21/2015       Evan McNeil       Carleton       Field      
1/21/2015       Colby Seyferth       Carleton       Track