Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Male: Benjamin Hinckfoot, track and field
Hinckfoot, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., broke the school record with his time of 53.85 in the 400 meter hurdles at the Doane Relays. The junior also ran a leg for Concordia’s first-place 4x400 meter relay, which finished in 3:18.16.
Female: Lydia Pomerenke, track and field
Pomerenke, a junior from Seward, finished fourth in the heptathlon at the Doane Relays by tallying 4,248 points. That total ranks sixth best in the NAIA and will likely qualify her for the national championships.
News and Notes:
Concordia alums recount Boston Marathon experiences: Several Concordia alums who took part in last Monday’s Boston Marathon retold the events from their unique perspectives. Concordia University is thankful for their safety. Read their stories HERE.
Bulldogs sweep women’s GPAC track and field honors: For the second-straight week, junior Jamie Crouse earned GPAC women’s field athlete of the week. She was joined by Sarah Kortze as a weekly honoree. Kortze garnered GPAC track athlete of the week after setting a school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Concordia Outdoor Invite. For more details, click HERE.
Bulldog golfers return to action this week: Both of head coach Brett Muller’s men’s and women’s squads had last week off as rough spring weather wiped out the Raider Classic that men were scheduled to compete in. That leaves the important GPAC qualifier events as the only outings remaining on the spring golf schedule. The men’s GPAC Qualifier No. 4 will be held Thursday in Sioux Center, Iowa. The women will play 36 holes of GPAC qualifier action on Friday in Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting https://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
- Another school record fell at the Doane Relays (April 19-20) as the Bulldogs continue to gear up for the impending GPAC Championships (May 3-4). Concordia made the short trip to Doane after originally being scheduled to take part in a meet at Grinnell College (Iowa) this past week. For more on the Doane Relays, click HERE.
- Junior Benjamin Hinckfoot headlined the action for the Bulldogs by breaking the school outdoor record in the 400 meter hurdles. Hinckfoot won the event at the Doane Relays by clocking in at 53.85 – a “B” national qualifying mark that ranks sixth in the NAIA this season. That time allowed the Colorado Springs, Colo., native to come in eight-hundredths of a second faster than Josh Gerkens’ former school record set at the 2003 GPAC Championships. Current Bulldog Taiheem Pleasant ranks third on the 400 meter hurdle list with his time of 53.94.
- Billings, Mont., native Elizabeth King took first place in the javelin for the third-straight meet with her national automatic qualifying mark of 138’ 10” at Doane. King’s previous best toss had come up 11 centimeters short of the automatic mark. King currently ranks seventh among all NAIA athletes in the javelin this season.
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr also got first-place finishes from Jamie Crouse (hammer throw – 178’ 11”), Ben Sievert (1,500 meter run – 4:03.43), Hayden Hohnholt (3,000 meter steeplechase – 9:33.89) and from the men’s 4x400 meter relay (3:18.16) at the Doane Relays. Said Einspahr of Sievert, “Ben Sievert had a very good race today to win the men’s 1500 meters. He has had some tired legs lately, and seems to have gotten over that now.”
- With junior Jonathon Becker back from injury this past Saturday, the Bulldogs’ depth in the hurdles became even more evident. Not only did Hinckfoot win the 400 meter hurdle event, but Pleasant placed second (54.12) and Becker fourth (55.32) to give Concordia three of the top-four finishers. “With Hinckfoot, Tai Pleasant and Jonathon Becker coming back from injury, we have a really good hurdles crew,” Einspahr said.
- Freshman Joel Ripke came through with a national automatic qualifying mark in the discus as his toss measured in at 162’ 8” at the Doane Relays. Incredibly, that mark only placed the Lafayette, Ind., native fourth amongst the loaded field. But yet that toss ranks 10th on the NAIA leaderboard.
- With Crouse’s most recent effort at Doane, the Belgrade, Neb., native has eclipsed the automatic national qualifying hammer throw mark in all four outdoor events so far this season. All four marks also rank in the top five of the school’s all-time hammer throw list. Her hammer throw of 190’ 5” at the Concordia Outdoor Invite is a school record.
- Other Bulldogs who appear on the national leaderboard include: Crouse (hammer throw – third), Stephanie Coley (shot put – fourth), Cody Boellstorf (hammer throw – sixth), Cynthia Mick (pole vault – sixth), Kamala Moore (pole vault – sixth), Shelby Yelden (pole vault – sixth), Lydia Pomerenke (heptathlon – sixth), Sarah Kortze (10,000 meter run – seventh), Sara Simmons (heptathlon – seventh) and Pleasant (400 meter hurdles – eighth). Check out the complete outdoor leaderboard HERE.
- Concordia now embarks on a week that will see the team fractured into three different meets. Select athletes will take part in the University of Nebraska Mini Meet (April 24), a dual at Nebraska Wesleyan (April 25) and in the prestigious Drake Relays (April 25-27) in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Here’s the schedule of Bulldog competitors at the Drake Relays:
- Thursday, 7:30 p.m. – Sarah Kortze (10,000 meter run)
- Friday, 9:17 a.m. – Men’s 4x100 meter relay
- Friday, 10:45 a.m. – Men’s 4x800 meter relay
- Friday, 2:25 p.m. – Men’s 4x400 meter relay
- Saturday, 9 a.m. – Jamie Crouse (hammer throw)
- Saturday, 3:25 p.m. – FINALS for men’s 4x100 meter relay
- Saturday, 4:12 p.m. – FINALS for men’s 4x400 meter relay
- The Bulldogs journeyed to the St. Louis area over the weekend following a men’s and women’s doubleheader at Nebraska Wesleyan last Tuesday. The men participated in the tennis version of the Concordia Invitational Tournament in which Greeneville College (Ill.) came away victorious. Both Concordia men’s and women’s squads went 1-3 on the week. The women sit at 8-6 overall and 2-2 in conference matches. The men are 5-8 overall and 1-2 in GPAC play.
- With head coach Sam Nelson unable to make the trip to St. Louis, Amy Harms (tennis operations) took charge of the team as the Bulldogs competed in Harms’ hometown. While the teams were busy most of the time playing tennis, they did have the opportunity to continue a tradition of eating at a local restaurant called Spaghetti Factory, go shopping and hang out at the home of Harms’ parents, who prepared a sloppy joe meal for dinner on Saturday night.
- The Bulldog men picked up their lone win on the week with a 7-1 decision (No. 1 singles not finished) on April 19 over Concordia Seminary of St. Louis. Concordia swept through doubles and then got victories at singles Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6. “They played well at times, but they certainly feel they’re not playing up to expectations,” Harms said of the team’s performance over the weekend. “It’s not about effort. Right now we’re trying to develop that consistency, but that’s not easy when we have not had consistent practice with the weather. We need to get to a point where we can grind out matches.”
- The work of junior Nathan Wingfield and senior Cole Egger at No. 1 doubles served as a primary highlight on the men’s side. Wingfield and Egger went 2-1 on the weekend, including a victory over the duo from a steady Greenville squad. The Bulldogs’ No. 1 combo also showed toughness in winning four-straight games after falling behind 7-1 in their match against Concordia-Wisconsin.
- The Concordia women shook off an 8-1 loss to Lindenwood on Friday to take a 7-0 decision over Missouri Baptist in the first match on Saturday. The Bulldogs then fell 8-1 to McKendree University (Ill.) to finish up the weekend.
- “The women played some really good competition,” Harms said. “With Lindenwood and McKendree they got some real tough tests. I thought we competed well. We beat Missouri Baptist and played solid and played well against a pretty good McKendree squad.”
- The Bulldogs got good performances from senior Mikaela Barz and sophomore Liz Kjellsen at No. 3 doubles. The pair snagged Concordia’s only victory in the 8-1 loss to McKendree, providing one of the more consistent efforts throughout the weekend.
- Earlier in the week, both men’s and women’s squads fell by a score of 7-2 to Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC action. Nelson noted the play of Jonathan Douglas and Joe Vanderveld at No. 3 doubles and Katelyn Koll at No. 1 singles as highlights in the defeats. Nelson says Douglas and Vanderveld thrive on the positive reinforcement they instill in each other. The Bulldog head coach also commended Koll for changing strategies to pull out a win after dropping the first set.
- On the women’s side, freshman Chelsea Haack (8-6 at No. 2 singles) possesses the team’s top singles record. The duos of Koll and Lindsea Vaudt (No. 1 doubles) and Barz and Kjellsen (No. 3 doubles) both stand at 8-6.
- On the men’s side, Douglas is the only player with a record above .500 in singles play. He is 7-6 overall with a 3-4 mark at No. 4 and a 4-2 record at No. 5. The pair of Douglas and Vanderveld are 9-4 to lead the Bulldogs. Egger and Wingfield have posted a mark of 7-6 at No. 1 doubles.
- The Bulldogs get back to conference play this week. The women host Hastings (4-13, 3-3 GPAC) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The men then welcome Hastings (7-10, 3-0 GPAC) to Seward on Thursday for another 4:30 p.m. match. The women will then play at Northwestern (5-7, 3-1 GPAC) on Saturday at 10 a.m.
- All three doubleheaders over the past week resulted in sweeps as the Bulldogs wound up 2-4 with both victories coming over Mount Marty on April 20. In non-conference action, head coach Frank Greene’s squad was twice beaten soundly by visiting Bellevue on April 16. Concordia finished the week two losses by a combined three runs against Briar Cliff on Sunday at Plum Creek Park. That leaves the Bulldogs at 11-20 overall and 5-7 in GPAC contests. To read more about last week’s action, click HERE.
- Concordia celebrated Senior Day on April 20 as seniors Angela Harstad, Nicole Mapes and Natalie Svoboda were recognized. The trio batted 1-2-3 in the lineup in both games of the doubleheader sweep over Mount Marty and combined to go 8-for-17 with eight runs and five RBIs on the day. They helped get the Bulldogs on track after the blowout losses to Bellevue and put Concordia at .500 in the conference at the time.
- The three seniors have combined for 399 career games in the Bulldog uniform. Svoboda leads the way with 149 games played and a .275 career batting average. The Lincoln native hit .348 last season as part of a second team all-conference campaign. Mapes, a Greeley, Colo., native, has played in 146 games over the last four seasons, posting a career average of .275. She hit a career best .324 in 2011. Meanwhile, Harstad has appeared in 104 games with a career .255 average. Her .290 clip this season is a career best.
- The Bulldog pitching staff – namely junior Amanda Beeson and freshman Julia Tyree – rebounded with solid, if not spectacular, work in the circle over the four weekend games. Beeson and Tyree covered all 28 innings and allowed just six earned runs (10 runs total) on 24 hits and nine walks to go along with 16 strikeouts. These efforts allowed Concordia to lower its team ERA from 5.11 to 4.59.
- Beeson, a right-handed pitcher from Waverly, Neb., notched her third double-digit strikeout game of the season when she fanned 11 Lancer hitters as part of the Bulldogs’ 6-2 victory over Mount Marty in game two on April 20. Beeson ranks second in the GPAC with 107 strikeouts on the season. Only Midland’s Sammy Hislop (120) has more punch outs among conference pitchers.
- The Bulldogs wore pink jerseys and socks on Sunday in support of breast cancer awareness. Coach Greene borrowed from legendary coaches Vince Lombardia and Jim Valvano in crafting the jerseys on which the back had the words printed upon them “Laugh, think, cry, pray” and “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” In addition, a moment of silence was held prior to the start of Sunday’s games to honor those who have died from breast cancer as well as those who continue to fight the disease.
- Svoboda is the only Bulldog to play in all 31 games so far this season. Catcher Amber Topil has played in 30 games behind the plate. Mapes and Tyree come in next with 28 games played apiece.
- The Bulldogs will hit the road this week for three doubleheaders within the conference: Tuesday at Midland (14-19, 8-6 GPAC) (5 p.m.), Wednesday at Hastings (19-7, 9-1 GPAC) (5 p.m.) and Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan (6-18, 4-6 GPAC) (1 p.m.). Concordia is currently tied for seventh in the GPAC, five games behind first-place Hastings.
- The Bulldogs came up empty in five close games – including four GPAC home games – last week. Concordia lost by 5-1 to 14th-ranked York on April 16 and then twice fell narrowly to GPAC-leading Northwestern on April 20. Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s Bulldogs closed the week with a pair of losses to Morningside on Sunday. Concordia now sits at 12-23 overall and at 5-11 in GPAC contests. To read more about last week’s action, click HERE.
- Concordia’s starting pitching served as a bright spot over the weekend as the team’s top four in the rotation – Jeremiah Luber, Joe Brandenburg, Luke Parish-Ward and Kyle Godfrey – gave the Bulldogs a chance in all four games. The quartet combined to log 26 innings while giving up just eight earned runs on 26 hits and six walks to go with 15 strikeouts.
- Luber, the team’s ace starter, rebounded on April 20 after giving open a combined eight earned runs over his previous two starts. The Waverly, Neb., native held the first-place Red Raiders to just two runs on four hits in Concordia’s 2-1 loss. “Sometimes it happens one way where we’re not pitching as well as we’re hitting and sometimes it happens where we pitch well and don’t get some of the timely hits we need.”
- The Bulldogs’ 8-4 loss to Morningside in Sunday’s game one marked the first time this season Concordia has lost a game that it led entering the seventh inning. The usually reliable Jordan Ahl failed in his bid to pick up his fifth save of the season as the Mustangs tagged him with the loss. Ahl gave up a leadoff triple and was later relieved by Nick Thill with the bases loaded and Concordia clinging to a tenuous 4-3 advantage. Morningside’s David Badalucco provided the game-winning hit with a two-run single that made it 5-4 in favor of the Mustangs as the Bulldogs fell to 11-1 in games they’ve led after six innings.
- First baseman Nolan Schaefer went 3-for-4 in last Tuesday’s loss to York, capping a three-game stretch in which the Lincoln, Neb., native went 7-for-12. Schaefer, like the rest of the Bulldog lineup, went cold at the plate over the weekend.
- Brandenburg continues to lead Concordia starting pitchers ERA (3.26), thanks in large part to his impeccable control. The native of Waconia, Minn., has walked just six hitters in 38.2 innings and owns a sparkling 4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He ranks 24th among all NAIA pitchers in fewest walks per nine innings (1.40).
- Offensive struggles surfaced once again April 20-21 after Concordia had put together solid offensive performances in back-to-back doubleheaders April 13-14. The Bulldogs have scored two runs or fewer in 13 games and have lost each one of those contests. Concordia is 10-6 when it tallies four or more runs.
- Center fielder Camaren Gause maintains the team lead in on-base percentage (.382), hits (31), doubles (10), runs (22) and total bases (41). Tyler Harris tops the Bulldogs in batting average with a .302 clip.
- Geidel’s squad will be at home for the final time this season when Doane (26-16, 11-5 GPAC) visits Plum Creek Park on Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs then close the regular-season on Friday at Midland (25-18, 7-7 GPAC) (4 p.m.). The GPAC tournament will be held May 2-4 in Hastings, Neb.
23 April 2013