SEWARD, Neb. – A pair of All-Americans from the Concordia University track & field teams have garnered additional 2019 honors, as announced by College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday (May 28). Both Samantha Liermann and Josiah McAllister were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams of NAIA District 3. Liermann and McAllister graduated from Concordia this May with nearly spotless grade point averages.
The CoSIDA Academic All-Distrct® Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. For more information about the Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit http://cosida.com. District 3 includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Liermann is fresh off the third NAIA shot put national title of her career. A native of Wisner, Neb., Liermann has piled up three Academic All-District awards, two Academic All-America awards and was named the recipient of the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year honor for track and field. Not only a three-time national champ, Liermann has also captured 10 career All-America honors and four GPAC titles. She was a member of the 2016 Concordia squad that won the NAIA outdoor national title.
A 2019 graduate like Liermann, McAllister made six trips to national championship meets and raked in three All-America awards during his four-year career as a Bulldog. A CoSIDA Academic All-America choice last year, McAllister starred for the 2017 men’s 4x400 meter relay that won a GPAC title and raced to a 2019 GPAC indoor title in the 1,000 meters. As a senior, McAllister helped 4x400 meter relays to All-America honors in both indoor and outdoor.
Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Google Cloud Academic All-America® Teams are scheduled to be announced on June 24. As all-district choices, Liermann and McAllister are automatically placed on the All-America ballot.
Concordia 2018-19 Academic All-All-District® Honorees
Lindsey Carley, Women's Soccer
*Maria Deeter, Women’s Soccer
Philly Lammers, Women’s Basketball
Samantha Liermann, Track & Field
Josiah McAllister, Track & Field
Tanner Shuck, Men’s Basketball
Zac Walter, Football
Luke Zoller, Men’s Tennis
*CoSIDA Academic All-American