SEWARD, Neb. – As announced on Thursday (Feb. 14) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the 2018 Concordia University men’s cross country squad has topped the nation (in terms of collective grade point average) on the coaches’ organization’s list of NAIA All-Academic Teams. Meanwhile, the Bulldog women ranked ninth nationally for highest GPA.
Additionally, head coach Matt Beisel’s squads were represented on the list of USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals by senior Taylor Grove. Only runners who competed at the 2018 NAIA Cross Country National Championships were eligible for the All-Academic list. The USTFCCCA also requires a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
Beisel’s cross country teams also combined for a total of 10 NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades this past fall. On the trails, both Bulldog squads placed fourth in the GPAC in 2018. Individual all-conference accolades were earned by Grove, Abi DeLoach, Rebekah Hinrichs and Wyatt Lehr.