Cross country programs earn All-Academic Team awards; eight Bulldogs honored

By Jacob Knabel on Jan. 26, 2023 in Cross Country

2022 USTFCCCA Academic Awards:
Men’s Team | Women’s Team | Men’s Individual | Women’s Individual

SEWARD, Neb. – Both the Concordia University Cross Country men’s and women’s programs and eight Bulldog student-athletes were recognized on Thursday (Jan. 26) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads earned recognition as All Academic Teams. The eight Concordia runners to be honored as All-Academic Athletes are listed below.

In order to qualify for All-Academic Team distinction, teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, among other qualifiers. In order to qualify for All-Academic Athlete distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and qualify for the national championship meet.

Team GPA’s for Concordia came in at 3.674 for the women and 3.595 for the men. This past fall, the Bulldog Cross Country teams combined for 25 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, a number that ranked near the top of the nation (tied for first on the men’s side and No. 2 on the women’s side). In competition, the Concordia women earned an at-large bid to the national meet while Camden Sesna qualified individually. The Bulldogs turned in 2022 GPAC team place finishes of second on the men’s side and third on the women’s side.

Concordia USTFCCCA All-Academic Athletes

·        Hannah Beintema (Criminal Justice)

·        Keegan Beisel (Art)

·        Kylahn Freiberg (K-12 Special Education)

·        Rylee Haecker (Elementary Special Education)

·        Rhaya Kaschinske (K-12 Special Education)

·        Amie Martin (K-12 Special Education)

·        Julie McIntyre (Sports & Recreation Management)

·        Camden Sesna (Biology)