SEWARD, Neb. – A total of 36 Concordia University track and field athletes who contributed to team scoring at last week’s GPAC indoor championships have officially been named all-conference honorees. The list includes 19 women and 17 men who helped the Bulldogs place fourth on the men’s side and fifth on the women’s side at the GPAC championship meet hosted by Doane.
Among the all-conference performers for head coach Matt Beisel’s squads, eight posted multiple top eight finishes in individual events: Mika Brees (60 meters, 200 meters), Jessica Deterding (pentathlon, triple jump), Scott Johnson (triple jump, long jump), Samantha Liermann (shot put, weight throw), Josiah McAllister (one mile, 1,000 meters), Kennedy Mogul (60 hurdles, pentathlon), Tyrell Reichert (pole vault, triple jump) and Adrianna Shaw (shot put, weight throw).
The highest point scorers on either side were Johnson (15 points) for the men and Liermann (15 points) for the women. Johnson became a GPAC titlist for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, Liermann took home a shot put GPAC title for the second time as a Bulldog. The program’s lone runner-up placement was turned in by the men’s 4x800 meter relay quartet of Thomas Taylor, Patrick Wortmann, JP Reynolds and McAllister.
Freshmen Cody Williams (Imperial, Neb.) and Blake Becher placed third and fourth, respectively, in the heptathlon and were officially named NAIA national qualifiers in the event on Monday (Feb. 19). Other official qualifiers will be announced later this week by the NAIA. The 2018 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships will be held in Pittsburg, Kan., March 1-3.
2018 Concordia GPAC Indoor All-Conference performers