Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Athletes of the Week

Male: Benjamin Hinckfoot, track and field

Hinckfoot captured a GPAC championship in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.52 on May 4. He also finished runner up in the 400 meter hurdles (54.82) and ran the third leg of the Bulldogs’ third-place 4x400 meter relay. Hinckfoot holds an automatic national qualifying mark in the 110 meter hurdles a “B” qualifying mark in the 400 meter hurdles.

Female: Katelyn Koll, tennis

Koll ran her singles winning streak to four by posting wins at No. 1 over her competition last week from Doane (April 30), Mount Marty (May 3) and Morningside (May 3). Koll’s wins at the GPAC tournament avenged both of her conference losses from the regular season. She is 11-3 in GPAC singles matches over the last two seasons.


News and Notes:

‘Concordia All-American Kortze keeps on running’: Concordia senior Sarah Kortze has enjoyed astounding success in both cross country and track and field. Read more about her accomplishments and what makes her a passionate runner HERE.

Bulldog men’s soccer completes productive spring: Head coach Jason Weides’ Bulldogs completed the spring season with a record of 3-1-2 in six exhibitions that included three conference opponents on the slate. For more details on the spring men’s soccer season, click HERE.

Concordia men’s soccer student-athlete to team with Athletes in Action: Sophomore Brendan Buchanan will travel to Africa in July to play soccer and share his faith as part of Athletes in Action. Buchanan’s hometown newspaper – the Broomfield Enterprise in Colorado – wrote a feature on his involvement. Check it out HERE.

Bulldog athletics finishes sixth in GPAC all-sports standings: Concordia finished sixth among the 11 GPAC schools in the all-sports standings. The Bulldogs’ only conference title came in men’s cross country, while women’s basketball and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field all placed second in the GPAC. View the complete GPAC all-sport standings HERE.

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

  • The 2013 outdoor track and field season has reached the final turn as the GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held over the weekend at Concordia University’s Bulldog Stadium. Both the men and women finished in second place behind team champion Doane. Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squads combined for five individual GPAC titles on the weekend. For the day one recap, click HERE. To read the final GPAC championships recap, click HERE.
  • The second-place finishes on both sides were an improvement from the outdoor championships when the men placed third and the women took fourth. The Concordia women won GPAC outdoor titles in 2010 and 2012. “Obviously we always want to be in the hunt for the conference championship and top two in this conference is an outstanding finish,” Einspahr said. “We’re very pleased with our team scoring.”
  • Senior Sarah Kortze stole the show on the track in the women’s distance races. The All-American and 2012 GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year won the 10,000 meter run on May 3 by clocking in at 38:08.29 – about 13 seconds faster than the second-place finisher from Dordt. Kortze then claimed first in the 5,000 meter run the next day with her time of 18:21.34, giving her a total of 20 team points for the meet. The Rockford, Ill., native, who finished ninth in the 10,000 meters at last year’s outdoor national championships, ranks sixth in the 10,000 meter run nationally and will run in the event again at nationals later this month.
  • Junior Benjamin Hinckfoot came through with perhaps the top overall performance on the men’s side. The 2012 national qualifier won the 110 meter hurdles in a NAIA automatic national qualifying time of 14.52 in the finals of the event. Hinckfoot also placed second in the 400 meter hurdles by clocking in at 54.82. He then ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay that came in third with a time of 3:19.58. Hinckfoot contributed to 24 team points in those three events.
  • The other two individual titles for Concordia were seized by freshmen. May 3 was a banner day for Bulldog rookies as both Elizabeth King (javelin) and Cynthia Mick (pole vault) won their respective events. King, who has now placed first in the javelin at four different meets this season, set a personal best with her toss of 140’ 3” – a national qualifying mark. Meanwhile, Mick cleared 11’ 2” to win the women’s pole vault competition.
  • Mick was part of a pole vault competition dominated by assistant Jason Berry’s group. Four Bulldogs besides Mick scored points in the event: Ashlee Brown (tie-second), Kamala Moore (tie-second), Cassandra Starks (sixth) and Shelby Yelden (tie-eighth). Berry had promised to dance an Irish jig on site had the team secured seven of the top eight places.
  • Junior Lydia Pomerenke, a Seward native, broke the school record (previously held by teammate Katie Rich) for total points in the heptathlon. Pomerenke tallied 4,365 points on the strength of second-place finishes in the 200 meter dash, the long jump and the javelin as she finished second overall. Both Dordt’s Erin DeVries (4,482 points) and Pomerenke surpassed Rich’s former GPAC record of 4,204 heptathlon points. Pomerenke’s point total ranks eighth on the national leaderboard.
  • Another particularly strong event for the Bulldogs was the women’s shot put as Ed McLaughlin’s throwers made up three of the top seven: Stephanie Coley (46’ 11 ½” – second), Jamie Crouse (43’ 9 ¾” – sixth) and Brittany Erdmann (43’ 2 ¼” – seventh). All three have eclipsed automatic national qualifying marks in the event this season.
  • Both junior John Cartier and senior Jena Schwalenberg enjoyed a busy weekend on the track at the GPAC championships. Cartier took part in the 100 meter dash (seventh), 200 meter dash (third), 400 meter dash (third), the 4x100 meter relay (second) and the 4x400 meter relay (third). Schwalenberg, after being limited in her training recently due to medical issues, finished second in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs and ran the final leg of Concordia’s fourth-place 4x800 meter relay.
  • In total, Concordia racked up 57 all-conference performances (30 men, 27 women) at the GPAC meet. The Bulldogs will have several of these athletes at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships held in Marion, Ind., May 23-25. Check out national qualifying marks and rankings HERE.
  • The Bulldogs will also host the Concordia Twilight meet on Friday, which will be the final meet before the national championships. The tentative schedule can be viewed HERE. The field of teams in addition to Concordia includes: Briar Cliff, Dakota State, Dakota Wesleyan, Doane, Dordt, Graceland, Grand View, Hastings, Iowa Western CC, Midland, Mount Marty, Nebraska Kearney, Nebraska Wesleyan, Wayne State and William Penn.

Tennis

  • Sam Nelson’s first partial season at the helm of Bulldog tennis came to a conclusion on May 3 at the GPAC tournament. The women completed a solid season by advancing to the semifinals where they fell 5-1 to Morningside. The men were bounced in the first round by Morningside in a 7-2 decision. The women finished the season with an overall mark of 12-7 and a conference mark of 5-2. The men were 5-11 overall and 1-4 in GPAC matches. For the GPAC tournament recap, click HERE.
  • Nelson began as Concordia’s head coach on March 4 and has enjoyed the opportunity and looks forward to the days ahead of the program. The current Director of Tennis at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln now has a good idea of what it will take to rise to the top of the GPAC. “Hopefully the returning players will continue working on their games throughout the summer,” Nelson said. “I’m excited about working with them and implementing some different strategies after seeing the competition we go up against.”
  • The Concordia women rolled to the semifinals by sweeping all matches in the quarterfinal battle with Mount Marty (4-7). At No. 3 doubles, senior Mikaela Barz and sophomore Liz Kjellsen defeated their counterparts from the Lancers to run their winning streak to six. That string was ultimately snapped in the GPAC semifinals, but the duo still ended up with the team’s top doubles mark of 12-7.
  • Both junior Katelyn Koll (No. 1 singles) and sophomore Grace Hollenbeck (No. 4 singles) completed the season with individual four-match winning streaks. Koll finished with a record of 10-6 at No. 1, including a mark of 5-2 in GPAC matches. Koll is now 11-3 against GPAC opponents over the last two years. Meanwhile, Hollenbeck finished 10-7 at No. 4. She also went 5-2 in conference contests.
  • The Bulldog women’s winning percentage of .632 was the best for the program since the 2009 team went 12-3 overall (.800) and 8-1 (second place) in the conference. Over the past seven seasons, Bulldog women’s tennis has recorded impressive marks of 72-43 overall (.626) and 41-14 (.745) in GPAC play.
  • The Concordia women finished the 2013 campaign with impressive marks in both singles and doubles. The Bulldogs went 62-47 in singles and 32-25 in doubles. Records by position for singles were:
    • No. 1: 11-6
    • No. 2: 12-7
    • No. 3: 10-9
    • No. 4: 10-7
    • No. 5: 9-10
    • No. 6: 10-8
  • Doubles records by position were: No. 1: 11-8 -- No. 2: 9-10 -- No. 3: 10-7
  • Amy Harms, who transitioned out of the role as head coach when Nelson came on board, served as head coach for nearly six seasons. She posted records of 53-33 (.616) for the women and 49-43 (.533) for the men at Concordia. In 2008, her first year as head coach, she was named GPAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. After Nelson took over on March 4, Concordia went 9-6 on the women’s side and 3-9 on the men’s side.
  • In men’s GPAC tournament action, Morningside quickly clinched the match over the Bulldogs by winning the first seven doubles/singles bouts to go final. Concordia picked up its wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles in matches that were both decided in super tiebreakers.
  • With Fenton, Mo., native Jonathan Douglas’ 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 victory over Hunter Renn at No. 4, the sophomore finished his season singles record at an even 8-8 – tops on the team. Douglas also teamed with Joe Vanderveld on a 10-6 mark at No. 3 doubles in 2013.
  • On the season, the Concordia men went 25-70 in singles and 21-27 in doubles play. Records by position for singles were:
    • No. 1: 2-13
    • No. 2: 6-10
    • No. 3: 3-13
    • No. 4: 6-10
    • No. 5: 6-10
    • No. 6: 2-14
  • Doubles records by position were: No. 1: 7-9 -- No. 2: 4-12 -- No. 3: 10-6
  • Nelson will say goodbye to Barz, Cole Egger, Vanderveld and Lindsea Vaudt next season. Nelson and assistant James Ingrahm are excited about a 2013-14 recruiting class that will include players from outside the U.S.

Softball

  • Head coach Frank Greene and three Bulldog seniors took part in their final games as Bulldogs on April 30 when Nebraska Wesleyan eliminated Concordia with a doubleheader split. The heartbreaking 7-6 game-two loss left Concordia tied for seventh in the GPAC standings. Dakota Wesleyan and Briar Cliff garnered the final two seeds (Nos. 7 and 8) in the conference tournament by way of head-to-head tiebreakers. Concordia finished its season 14-25 overall and 8-12 in conference play.
  • Greene completes his 11-year run as head coach with as the program’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 303-189. Greene won two conference regular-season championships and one GPAC tournament title. He was named NAIA Region IV and Co-GPAC Coach of the Year in 2005. Says Greene, ““I appreciate all that Concordia has done for me and all that the kids have done for me,” Greene said. “Someday it’s got to end and I think now is a good time for me. I will move on, but my heart will still be here.”
  • The Bulldogs nearly extended Greene’s career with what would have been a thrilling comeback in game two versus Nebraska Wesleyan. Concordia entered the seventh and final inning down 7-4. After Molly Madsen reached on an error to begin the bottom half of the inning, senior Angela Harstad blasted a two-run homer to left center to make it 7-6. The Bulldogs then loaded the bases with one out. The Prairie Wolves brought in ace pitcher Megan Cottier, who struck out Nicole Mapes and then got Amber Topil to pop out to end the game.
  • “Although it’s really sad and unfortunate to be done – everyone wants to keep going on – those girls gave it their all,” Harstad said. “I was really proud. I told them after the game, ‘Hey, if I had to go out, I want to go out in a game where everyone gave it their all and everyone’s hearts were in it all the way.’”
  • Mapes, who notched one hit in both games of the season-ending doubleheader, finished her career with an eight-game hitting streak. Over that stretch, the Greeley, Colo., native went 11-for-32 (.344) with seven runs. She completed the season second on the team with an average of .305. In 154 career games, Mapes hit .280.
  • Junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Beeson also finished the year strong and ended up second in the GPAC with 141 strikeouts. After a rough outing against Bellevue on April 16, the Waverly, Neb., native allowed just 15 earned runs on 40 hits and nine walks over her final 48.1 innings (seven starts) of the season. She struck out 50 hitters during that time.
  • Harstad’s home run in the season finale gave her two in the final three games and a team high three for the season. The Lewiston, Minn., native also led the team with 15 RBIs. Over her final 12 games, she went 12-for-38 (.316) with at least one hit and 11 of those contests.
  • Seniors Harstad, Mapes and Natalie Svoboda will need to be replaced in 2014 as the Bulldogs look to rebound from a disappointing season. Greene believes the program will be set up for a solid season upon his departure. “I’m sure next year when I’m gone they’re going to do fine,” Greene said after last week’s doubleheader. “They should make it into the playoffs. Next year they’ve got good pitching coming back. There are a couple good kids coming in that will be freshmen. They’re going to add some speed to the lineup, which I think will be really beneficial to them.”

7 May 2013

Cassandra Starks