The University of Minnesota, Morris men's track and field team saw times drop and marks improve at the Cobber Twilight, hosted by Concordia-Moorhead Tuesday.
A rare midweek meet, the Cougars were one of eight teams competing, and with a partial squad earned 47 points to place fifth. MSU-Moorhead took home the team trophy with 192.0 points, with host Concordia in second with 154.0. Just ahead of the Cougars with 52.5 and 52.0 points were North Dakota State and North Dakota, respectively, while Jamestown (44.5), Northern State (36.0), and Valley City State (31.0) rounded out the team competition.
Leading the way with a second-place finish was Nathan Harder in the 110-meter hurdles. Harder posted his second-best time of the season with his 15.73, just a half second behind the winner from Concordia.
In the 200-meter the Cougars claimed two finishers in the top seven with Leandro Dower posting a sixth place 22.17, with Zeke Miller finishing with a career-best time of 22.46 in seventh place. Miller's time also moves him to fourth place all time at UMM.
In the 400-meter, Zach Smith placed fifth with a 50.71, and in the 400-meter hurdles, Ryan DeRoeck placed fourth with a season best 57.80. DeRoeck also claimed an eighth-place mark in the high jump with his 6-feet-01.25.
Charlie Abraham came in fifth in the 1500-meter, stopping the clock at 4:24.03, dropping 14 seconds off his career best and moving into eighth all time.
Also placing fifth was Nate Walters in the shot put, posting a season best of 40-feet-11.75.
In the hammer, Walters was joined in the top eight by Ben Kettler, with each posting career bests. Kettler finished seventh with a 145-feet-10, and Walters was close behind in eighth with a 144-feet-06.
In the 800-meter Ken Broden snuck into the top eight with his 1:59.88, breaking two minutes for the first time, becoming just the fourth athlete in program history to do so.
The Cougars return to action this weekend at the Drake Alternative hosted by Gustavus Adolphus. It's all in preparation for the UMAC Championship, hosted by UMM on May 5.