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Loper Track Continues to Set Records

For a fifth straight week, Nebraska-Kearney junior runner Marissa Bongers broke a school record.
An East Butler High graduate, Bongers joined Ogallala senior Tanner Fruit as Lopers to compete in the Iowa State Classic in Ames on Saturday afternoon. The rest of the Lopers were in Seward on Friday to take part in the Concordia Invitational.
Bongers (Brainard) finished third in the seeded 800 meter run in a time of 2:08.72. Good enough to beat runners from Wisconsin, Minnesota and MIAA foe Lincoln, the time currently ranks second in Division II.
Bongers first set the 800 meter record on January 15th at UNL (2:13.07), only to set a new standard last weekend in Lincoln (2:11.87). She also has set new UNK marks at 600 and 1,000 meters.
Fruit almost set a new school standard for a second straight Saturday as he ran a 14:23.95 to place second in the seeded 5,000 meter runs. Central Missouriís Laban Sialo was first at 14:19.93.
Beating runners from Iowa, Wisconsin and MIAA-member SW Baptist, Fruit just missed Ivan Ivanovís 1995 record of 14:22.29. He now ranks 14th in D2 in the 5,000.
Last week, Fruit set a new UNK record at 3,000 meters.
At Concordia, sophomores Mark Seeba (Bellevue West) and Nakuya Moxey (Lincoln H.S.) had provisional efforts. Seeba cleared 16-3.25 to win the pole vault with Moxey coming in second in the triple jump (38-2). On the national list, Seeba now ranks ninth with Moxey 30th.
Joining Seeba in the winnerís circle was seniors Scott Nannen (600 meters/1:21.88) and Colten Venteicher (mile/4:18.39) and sophomores Steph Hutsell (600 meters/1:36.62) and Briana Adams (3,000 meters/10:36.86).
Coming in second were seniors Cornell Leffler (400/50.20) and Kyle Glidden (weight throw/58-3) and sophomore Jordan Hopkins (high jump/5-3.75).
UNK is at the Nebraska Tune Up meet next Friday.