Two Bulldog men's relay teams advance to finals at NAIA National Championships
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Two of the three Concordia University indoor men's track and field relay teams in action on the first day of competition at the NAIA National Championships, on Thursday, Mar. 1 in Geneva, Ohio, advanced to the finals.
Concordia's impressive performance began in the 4x400 Meter Relay as the team of sophomores Jonathon Becker (Hartington, Neb.), Benjamin Hinckfoot (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Alex Heiden (Lincoln, Neb.) and John Cartier (Las Vegas, Nev.) posted a time of 3:15.96 in preliminary competition to earn spot in the finals heat on Friday, Mar. 2. The Bulldogs time was the seventh fastest time during preliminaries and the second best in their heat. It also set a new Concordia University school record, besting the mark of 3:16.85 set in 2004 by Mark Samuels, Josh Gerken, Andrew Newton, and Nick Suing.
Moments later the 4x800 meter squad also advanced to the Finals, posting a time of 7:39.69, the third fastest time of the day in the event. This quartet was composed of junior Jared Hoffman (Griswold, Iowa), senior Matt Trampe (Kearney, Neb.). sophomore Adam Prahlow (Florrisant, Mo) and senior David Eads (Bellevue, Neb.). Hoffman, Trampe, Prahlow and Eads also set a new Concordia University school record, eclipsing the old school record of 7:40.75 set in 2011 by the very same team members.
The final event of the day saw the Concordia men's distance relay team miss the finals with a time 10:27.04 to place 17th overall.
Concordia will continue action at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships on Friday, Mar. 2 in Geneva, Ohio.