SEWARD, Neb. – After helping lead the Concordia University women’s cross country team to a first-place finish at the Dean White Invite, senior Rebekah Hinrichs has been named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Wednesday (Oct. 2)’s announcement means that a Bulldog has taken the award for the second time this season. Freshman Amie Martin picked up the same accolade on Sept. 11.
Hinrichs is again one of the top runners for head coach Matt Beisel’s squad. At the Dean White Invite on Sept. 28, Hinrichs placed fifth overall while pacing the 5k course in 19:33.70. Her efforts aided in the Bulldogs winning the meet that included 11th-ranked Dordt and NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney. In the latest GPAC poll released on Monday, Concordia moved up to the No. 1 ranking. A native of Gladstone, Mo., Hinrichs placed 13th in the GPAC and earned all-conference honors last season as a junior.
Also an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in both cross country and track and field, Hinrichs owns seven career All-GPAC awards in track. Hinrichs placed as the 2019 GPAC indoor runner up in the one mile and was the 2019 GPAC outdoor runner up in the 1,500 meters. The Bulldog women swept 2019 GPAC indoor and outdoor track titles.
Hinrich and her teammates will return to action this Saturday at the Briar Cliff Invite. Action from Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D., is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT.