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Small colleges: No D-III World Series, but Concordia makes school history

ConcordiUniversity's William Randerscelebrates his sixth-inning homer puts Cougars up Sunday against AurorUniversity. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

Concordia University's William Randerson celebrates his sixth-inning homer puts the Cougars up Sunday against Aurora University. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 24, 2013 2:15PM

Concordia Chicago isn’t going to the NCAA Division III World Series after a 7-3 loss Saturday to top-seeded Webster in the final game of the Central Regional at Augustana in Rock Island. But the Northern Athletics Conference regular-season and tournament champion Cougars (39-7) can take pride in accomplishments that included a school victory record and the first three NCAA regional victories in Concordia history.

“We talked after the game, and, of course, everybody was very upset but also happy in the fact that we set every school record,” Concordia coach Adam Smith said. “We went farther than anyone in our conference has gone. I think they felt a huge sense of accomplishment.”

Webster broke open the game in the eighth, scoring four times to snap a 3-3 tie. The St. Louis school had beaten the Cougars 8-2 earlier in the double-elimination tournament.

Concordia opened by beating Augustana 2-0 behind Dan Kluss, who went the distance, and Shawn Miller, who hit a two-run home run. It beat Adrian 3-2 with C.J. Selner scattering seven hits and one run over 62/3 innings. After the first loss to Webster, the Cougars eliminated Augustana (34-11), winning 9-6 with Miller homering again.

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Benedictine, which joined Concordia in representing the NAC, was eliminated in two games at Whitewater, Wis. The Eagles (32-12) tied a school record for victories before losing 6-5 in 10 innings to Wisconsin-Stevens Point and 10-1 to St. Thomas.

Illinois Wesleyan (33-14), representing the CCIW with Augustana, was eliminated in three games at Terre Haute, Ind. The Titans lost 5-3 to Washington and Jefferson, beat Mount Union 5-2, then had their season end with a 10-6 loss to Thomas More.

Cards running

North Central has a large contingent of qualifiers for this weekend’s NCAA Division III track and field championships, which open a three-day run Thursday at Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Eight North Central men qualified for individual events, including 2012 indoor national champion pole vaulter Josh Winder. John Crain qualified as second-fastest in the 5,000 meters and sixth in the 10,000. Four North Central men qualified in the 10,000, with Daniel Kerley, Roger Klein and Travis Morrison joining Crain.

Also qualifying were Jordan Kremer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Zach Heerspink in the high jump and long jump, and Joey Michals in the 400-meter hurdles. Michals will join Abraham Oshipitan, Derek Nelson and Dionte Hackler in the 1,600-meter relay.

Six North Central athletes qualified for the women’s championships: Elizabeth Composto in the pole vault, Amanda Coglianese in the 400 hurdles, Jocelyn Redlinski in the heptathlon, Elana Ainsley in the 100, Ebony Stallworth in the shot put and Lina Baker in the hammer throw.

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