Cross country teams, seven athletes earn 2023 All-Academic honors from USTFCCCA

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 1, 2024 in Cross Country

USTFCCCA Releases:
MEN – All-Academic Teams | All-Academic Athletes
WOMEN – All-Academic Teams | All-Academic Athletes

SEWARD, Neb. – Both Concordia University Cross Country teams and seven Bulldog athletes were recognized on Thursday (Feb. 1) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with All-Academic accolades. Head Coach Matt Beisel’s men’s and women’s teams received All-Academic Team distinction while six individuals were named All-Academic Athletes: Hannah Beintema, Keegan Beisel, Kylahn Freiberg, Keeli Green, Rylee Haecker, Julie McIntyre and Calvin Rohde.

In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, teams must 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 individually for All-Academic 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. The team GPA’s for Concordia are 3.64 on the women’s side and 3.54 on the men’s side.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic award is separate from the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award (which is handed out by the NAIA national office). There were 26 Bulldogs from the cross country programs that garnered Scholar-Athlete status in 2023. The list of Scholar-Athletes can be found HERE.

Concordia USTFCCCA All-Academic Athletes:

·        Hannah Beintema (Bettendorf, Iowa); Criminal Justice & Psychology

·        Keegan Beisel (Seward, Neb.); Spanish Education, Art minor

·        Kylahn Freiberg (Nampa, Idaho); Special Education, Trauma and Resilience

·        Keeli Green (Arlington, Neb.); Secondary Education

·        Rylee Haecker (Davenport, Neb.); Elementary Education & Special Education

·        Julie McIntyre (Chicago, Ill.); Recreation and Sport Studies

·        Calvin Rohde (Reed City, Mich.); Music Education