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Keller, LaRoque break track & field records for Cougar women

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's track and field team competed at the Cobber Duals at Concordia-Moorhead on Feb. 4.

The Cougars were held without a winner, but did have a pair of runners up, with record-breaking performances.

In the 3000-meter, Linda Keller came in second, posting a 10:30.18, becoming the first sub 11-minute performer in program history. She was second in the event only to an arena-record performance and was 47 seconds ahead of third place.

The second record fell in the high jump, with Jennifer LaRoque posting her second place 5-feet-2.25. She breaks the eight-year-old record of 5-feet-2, and finishes second despite posting the same height as the champion. However, the winner got the height on her first attempt, while LaRoque achieved it in her third attempt.

Also in the field events, Kaylie Clark set a new career high with her third-place 43-feet-7.75, moving her into third all time at UMM.

In the pole vault Whitney White placed fifth with an 8-feet-6.75, and Kat Nelson placed sixth in the shot put with a 34-feet-9.75.

Along with Keller in the distance events, Courtney Dutton placed ninth with her 2:48.14 in the 800-meter.

In the 60-meter hurdles, Melissa Denler came in 11th, but posted the best mark of her career with a 10.13, moving her into second place all-time in Cougar history.

No overall team scores were kept, but rather just dual meet scores of all the teams competing. Morris came out ahead of North Dakota State 68-17, but fell 112-42 to Mary, 129-40 to Concordia-Moorhead, 75-43 to MSU-Moorhead, 97-50 to Jamestown, and 71-56 to Dickinson State.

The Cougars return to action this weekend in River Falls, Wis. at the Brooks Invitational Saturday