Bulldog Weekly Report (May 6)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Athletes of the Week

Male: Carson Farr, Track & Field

Farr, a senior from Cambridge, Neb., won the GPAC pole vault title by clearing a personal best of 16’ 5 ¼” at the conference championships on May 2. His mark ranks No. 3 in the NAIA and No. 7 on Concordia’s all-time list. Farr, an indoor All-American, has qualified for the outdoor national championships.

Female: Amber Topil, Softball

Topil, a senior and Seward native, came through with perhaps the most significant hit in the history of Bulldog softball when she drilled a two-run, walk-off home run at last week’s GPAC championships to clinch a spot in the national championships. Over the seven games at the GPAC tournament, Topil went 8-for-18 with three doubles, a home run, five RBIs and two game-winning hits.


News and Notes
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Concordia finishes fourth in GPAC all-sports standings: Concordia’s tally of 137 points put Bulldog athletics in fourth place in the final GPAC all-sports standings released on Tuesday by the league. Concordia’s finish is two spots better than 2012-13 when it totaled 115 points. View the 2013-14 standings HERE.

NAIA to announce softball opening round site placements today (May 6): The Concordia University softball team will find out which 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round site it will be headed to when the announcement is made at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The 40-team field will be scattered across 10 locations across the country. Head coach Todd LaVelle’s Bulldogs will be headed to one of these sites:

Montgomery, Ala.
Columbia, Mo.
Irvine, Calif.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Caldwell, Idaho
Columbia, Ky.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Waleska, Ga.
Shawnee, Okla.
Hattiesburg, Miss.

Baseball/softball all-conference honors announced: A total of six Concordia baseball players and three Concordia softball players were named to all-GPAC teams on Monday.
-Baseball: Camaren Gause (second team), Andrew Yerrell (second team), Taylor Dudley (honorable mention), Will Holbrook (honorable mention), Jordan Stirtz (honorable mention), Daniel Wilkerson (honorable mention).
-Softball: Amanda Beeson (second team), Molly Madsen (second team), Amber Topil (honorable mention).

2014 volleyball schedule announced: Third-year head coach Scott Mattera will put his team up against a difficult schedule in 2014. The season will begin Aug. 29 against Vanguard University (Calif.), a squad likely to be nationally ranked in the preseason poll. The Bulldogs will also play Concordia-Irvine, a 2013 national semifinalist, as part of the season-opening Asics/Wyndham Labor Day Tournament. For more details on the 2014 slate, click HERE.

Concordia hosts Nebraska state tournament: Youths from around the state of Nebraska flocked to the Walz Fieldhouse on Saturday for a showcase tournament put on by Concordia University wrestling and USA Wrestling. The event featured eight mats spread across the Fieldhouse.

Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.

Track and Field

  • After breaking through with the first men’s track and field conference championship in school history at the GPAC indoor meet in February, the Bulldogs got greedy and added the first outdoor league title in program history by dominating the meet at Doane (May 2-3). The Concordia men tallied 216 points to unseat runner-up Doane (140.5 points), a six-time defending outdoor champion. On the women’s side, the Bulldogs piled up 150 points to place second behind Doane (255 points). To read recaps from the meet, click HERE.
  • Freshman Zach Lurz powered the men’s title by racking up 26 team points all by himself on the way to being named the GPAC Male Outstanding Performer of the Meet. The native of Torrington, Wyo., produced winning marks in the shot put (54’ 4”) and discus (168’ 1”) and a third-place measurement in the hammer throw (183’ 9”). All three throws exceeded automatic national qualifying marks that Lurz has continually hit throughout the season. Lurz will be the first ever Bulldog thrower to compete in all three events at the national championships.
  • The most impressive individual effort on the women’s side came from sophomore Liz King, who not only surpassed her own personal best and school record in the javelin but also broke the GPAC meet record by more than 16 feet. The native of Billings, Mont., won the javelin title with her mark of 157’ 8,” which puts her at No. 1 on the NAIA national list.
  • In addition to King’s record-breaking performance in the javelin, two other school records were broken over the weekend. The men’s 4x100 meter relay of Noah Smith, Garrett Golke, John Cartier and Tai Pleasant put itself atop the record book by clocking in at 41.48 (third place). Meanwhile, junior Sara Simmons set the new standard in the heptathlon by totaling 4,617 points (second place). Simmons was also an all-conference performer in the open 100 meter hurdle and javelin events.
  • In addition to Lurz’s two GPAC titles, the Concordia men also got first-place finishes from John Cartier (200 meters, 21.77), Carson Farr (pole vault, 16’ 5 ¼”), Ben Hinckfoot (400 meter hurdles, 53.40) and Lucas Wiechman (decathlon, 6,010 points). King was one of four GPAC champions on the women’s side as she was joined by Jamie Crouse (hammer, 181’ 2”), Kim Wood (1,500 meter run, 4:42.88) and Shelby Yelden (pole vault, 12’ 2”).
  • Since the first GPAC outdoor championship meet in 2001, the Bulldog men have recorded runner-up finishes in 2002, 2009, 2011 and 2013 before breaking through this year with a conference title. During that same time period, the Concordia women have two GPAC outdoor titles (2010 and 2012) and four runner-up claims (2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014).
  • Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs have one more meet before the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 22-24. Concordia will host its annual Twilight meet on Friday. View the tentative event schedule HERE.
  • On the season, Concordia has totaled 21 ‘A’ national qualifying marks and 17 ‘B’ national qualifying marks (see below). A fresh ‘A’ mark was recorded by Kali Robb, who threw the shot put 44’ 4 ¼” at the GPAC championships. Of the 23 individual Bulldogs with either A or B marks, Jonathon Becker, Stephanie Coley, Crouse, Trey Farmer, Lurz, Hinckfoot, King, Robb and Wood own more than one national qualifying figure. Of the 38 total A or B marks, 25 have come in field events (21 by throwers, three by pole vaulters and one in the triple jump).
    • Men’s 4x100 meter relay – A (41.48)
    • Men’s 4x400 meter relay – A (3:14.09)
    • Men’s 4x800 meter relay – B (7:46.72)
    • Women’s 4x800 meter relay – A; 9:24.10
    • Jonathon Becker – B; 110 meter hurdles (14.72), B; 400 meter hurdles (54.02)
    • Cody Boellstorff – A; hammer throw (195’ 11”)
    • John Cartier – B; 400 meter dash (48.06)
    • Kattie Cleveland – A; discus (143’ 2”)
    • Stephanie Coley – A; shot put (47’ 10”), B; hammer throw (160’ 3”), B; discus (139’ 11”)
    • Jamie Crouse – A; hammer throw (181’ 2”), B; shot put (43’ 3”)
    • Brittany Erdmann – B; shot put (43’ 1”)
    • Trey Farmer – A; hammer throw (175’ 1”), B; shot put (50’ 10 ¼”)
    • Carson Farr – A; pole vault (16’ 5 ¼”)
    • Ben Hinckfoot – A; 400 meter hurdles (53.40), B; 110 meter hurdles (14.83)
    • Liz King – A; javelin (155’ 10”), B; hammer throw (160’)
    • Jordan Larrington – B; hammer throw (172’ 8”)
    • Zach Lurz – A; shot put (57’ 3”), A; discus (177’ 9”), A; hammer throw (186’ 3”)
    • Sydney Meyer – B; hammer throw (154’ 11”)
    • Nicole Perry – B; hammer throw (154’ 3”)
    • Kali Robb – A; hammer throw (173’ 8”), A; shot put (44’ 4 ¼”)
    • Ben Schulteis – A; hammer throw (176’ 4”)
    • Katelyn Shoup – A; triple jump (38’ 3 ¼”)
    • Sara Simmons – B; 100 meter hurdles (15.09)
    • Katricia Svoboda – A; discus (146’ 6”)
    • Lucas Wiechman – B; pole vault (15’ 5 ¾”)
    • Kim Wood – A; 800 meter run (2:13.88), B; 1,500 meter run (4:42)
    • Shelby Yelden – A; pole vault (12’ 2”)
    • Heptathlon: Sara Simmons ranks fifth in the NAIA with 4,617 points; Lydia Pomerenke is seventh with 4,556 points.
    • Decathlon – Lucas Wiechman ranks 13th in the NAIA with 6,034 points, Brandon Ramos is 14th with 5,957 points and Brandon Cook is 18th with 5,936 points.

Softball

  • An exhilarating run in the GPAC tournament culminated with a runner-up finish and an automatic bid to the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. Head coach Todd LaVelle’s Bulldogs will learn which of the 10 opening round sites they will be headed to when the NAIA makes official announcements tonight (May 6) at 7 p.m. Concordia earned its trip by winning five-straight elimination games after falling by the eight-run rule to Midland in its opening contest of the GPAC tournament. Over the weekend, the third-seeded Bulldogs picked up wins over Northwestern, Hastings, Dakota Wesleyan, Midland and Morningside. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • The program will be making its first-ever appearance at the national championships when the grand event gets underway (May 12-14). The NAIA is now in the second year of the new set up that includes 10 opening round sites leading up to the NAIA Softball World Series. Under the previous system, Concordia made it to six-straight NAIA regional tournaments between 2003 and 2008. Each time the Bulldogs fell short of the national championships.
  • Concordia’s improbable run after losing its first game of the tournament was highlighted by what is realistically the most significant hit in the history of Bulldog softball. With two outs and one runner on in an 8-8 game in the bottom of the eight, senior catcher Amber Topil drilled the first pitch she saw for a walk-off home run. It was the first homer of the season and third in the career of Topil, a Seward native. Topil also came through with a game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the fourth in the team’s 8-7 win over Dakota Wesleyan on May 2.
  • Topil was undoubtedly Concordia’s unofficial MVP of the GPAC tournament. Over the seven games at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings, Neb., Topil went 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles, a home run, five runs, three walks and five RBIs. She also caught every inning behind the plate.
  • Senior Amanda Beeson worked most of those innings in the circle. The workhorse, who leads the GPAC with 188.1 innings pitched, fired 35 innings over the weekend and got the decision in all seven tournament games. She accumulated 35 more strikeouts while allowing 21 runs (17 earned) on 36 hits and seven walks. Her 181 strikeouts rank as the most in the GPAC.
  • LaVelle’s squad entered the tournament with only two home runs all season. They busted loose in the 8-4 win over Northwestern, striking for four long balls – two off the bat of Julia Tyree. Freshmen Palmer Bosanko and Brittany Hudler both cracked one home run apiece in the game. The next day Topil went deep for the team’s seventh homer of 2014. Bosanko, Hudler and Tyree are tied for the team home run lead with two each.
  • Concordia is one of seven GPAC teams that increased its overall win total in 2014 as compared to 2013. On the heels of a 14-25 campaign last year, the Bulldogs underwent one of the biggest turnarounds in the NAIA and will enter nationals with a mark of 32-14. Concordia’s 18-win increase is six better than Dakota Wesleyan’s 12-victory improvement. Other conference teams to bump up their win totals included Doane (+11), Dordt (+10), Briar Cliff (+7), Northwestern (+5) and Mount Marty (+2).
  • With wins over Morningside and Midland at the GPAC tournament, the Bulldogs now own at least one victory over every conference opponent in 2014. Concordia had been 0-3 against Midland until Topil’s walk-off homer. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs moved to 3-0 against Hastings by taking a 4-1 decision in the first game of Friday’s action.
  • Of the teams that have qualified for the national championship opening round, Concordia has played three: Bellevue (35-15), Morningside (30-12) and Olivet Nazarene (46-3-1). The Bulldogs own one victory over all three teams. They split a doubleheader at Bellevue on April 1, went 1-3 against Morningside and upset then No. 10 Olivet Nazarene, 5-1, in a single game in Tucson, Ariz., on March 10.
  • Check back tonight (May 6) for full coverage of Concordia’s opening round placement. With Concordia University graduation set to take place on Saturday, the Bulldogs’ likely departure day to a site to be determined is Sunday.

Golf

  • Both Bulldog golf teams have completed their 2013-14 seasons. The men finished up at the beginning of last week (April 28) with GPAC Qualifier No. 4. Their four-round qualifier total of 317-345-326-325–1,313 placed them in a tie for eighth in the conference standings. On the other hand, the women capped the campaign on Monday with a team total of 359, one stroke off a team season low. Overall, the Concordia women finished sixth in the GPAC with a four-round score of 366-374-383-359–1,482. Individually, Amy Ahlers concluded the campaign at No. 4 in conference. View complete season stats for the men HERE. View women’s stats HERE. To read recaps of recent action, click HERE.
  • With her fourth-place finish, Ahlers locked up a spot on the GPAC all-conference team. The native of Albion, Neb., carded a qualifier total of 89-80-80-83–332. Ahlers placed 13th at GPAC No. 4, giving her nine top-20 finishes in 10 meets (12 rounds) in 2013-14. She claimed five top-10 finishes, including three first-place claims. Her season average of 84.6 led the team by more than seven strokes per round.
  • Muller and the women’s program underwent a significant turnaround between 2012-13 and 2013-14, going from 11th in the conference up to sixth this season. The Bulldogs cut 124 strokes off their cumulative qualifier from the previous year. Ahlers and fellow freshman Kayla Krueger (Aberdeen, S.D.) served as the primary reason for the improvement.
  • Krueger (92-84-98-85–359) moved from 19th after three qualifiers to No. 16 after Monday’s round. She shot an 85 (one away from a career low) in the latest conference meet. Her season low of 84 came at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 on Oct. 2, 2013. Krueger is a former all-state performer at Central High School.
  • The rest of the Concordia lineup included sophomore Kristin Remm (94) and juniors Allison Shieffer (97) and Melissa McIntosh (103). Schieffer (98-106-101-97–402) placed 34th and McIntosh (87-110-104-103–404) 35th. Remm did not qualify for the leaderboard because she did not compete at GPAC Qualifier No. 1. In three qualifiers, Remm totaled a 304.
  • Four days earlier, Concordia competed at the same course – Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D. – and placed sixth out of nine teams. On a windy day, Ahlers notched a team low 90 (13th place) to lead a Bulldog squad that shot 387.
  • Final season averages:
    • Amy Ahlers – 84.6 (12 rounds)
    • Kayla Krueger – 91.8 (12 rounds)
    • Kristin Remm – 99.8 (10 rounds)
    • Melissa McIntosh – 100.3 (12 rounds)
    • Allison Schieffer – 104.5 (12 rounds)
    • Jenelle Hallaert – 119.0 (2 rounds)

Tennis

  • The 2014 season came to an end for both the Concordia men and women at the weekend’s GPAC championships held in Fremont, Neb. The third-seeded Bulldog men advanced to the conference semifinals with an 8-1 victory over sixth-seeded Midland on the morning of May 2. They then fell 5-1 to second-seeded Nebraska Wesleyan later that day to close the campaign. Meanwhile, Concordia’s sixth-seeded women lost 8-1 to third-seeded Doane in the quarterfinals. The men finished with an overall record of 9-8 while the women went 2-13. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Morelia, Mexico, native Patricio Esquivel completed his freshman season with a fine day that included two wins at No. 3 singles at the GPAC championships. Esquivel outlasted Midland’s Tyler Sherlock in three sets and then picked up the only Bulldog victory in the team loss to the Prairie Wolves. Esquivel defeated Nebraska Wesleyan’s Zack Hicks, 6-1, 6-0, to push his season singles mark (9-8) above .500.
  • In both meetings this season, the Bulldog men topped Midland by an 8-1 score. Since 2004, Concordia has defeated the Warriors 12-straight times. In the most recent matchup, the Bulldogs won all three doubles matches while suffering their lone defeat at No. 4 singles.
  • On the season, the Concordia men compiled records of 42-56 in singles and 26-25 in doubles. All three of the Bulldogs’ main doubles teams had marks within a match of .500. The combo of junior Jonathan Douglas and senior Mike McCartney produced the team’s top record, going 9-5 at No. 3 doubles.
  • The loss to Nebraska Wesleyan marked the final match in the careers of seniors Joel Kaldahl, Nathan Wingfield and McCartney. Wingfield went 4-12 at No. 1 singles and 7-8 at No. 1 doubles in his final season. Kaldahl produced records of 5-10 in singles and 7-10 in doubles. McCartney went 7-8 in singles and 9-7 in doubles.
  • On the women’s side, Katelyn Koll also finished up her collegiate tennis career. She went out on a high note, topping Doane’s Kendra Ritter, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Koll went 10-4 overall and 5-1 in GPAC matches at the top singles spot. In her career, Koll went 36-21 over four seasons as a Bulldog. In her sophomore through senior seasons, the native of Wilber, Neb., went 20-4 in GPAC singles matches. She is the only senior on the 2014 roster.
  • 2014 marked a down year for a historically strong Concordia women’s tennis program. The Bulldogs had entered this season with a record of 41-14 (.745) record in GPAC matches over the previous seven years, mostly under former head coach Amy Harms.
  • Named head men’s and women’s tennis coach on April 23, Joel Reckewey began his duties May 1 and attended the GPAC tournament the next day. Reckewey is a Lincoln native and former four-year letter winner at the University of Nebraska. For more details on Concordia’s newest head coach, click HERE.

6 May 2014

Senior Carson Farr