Meet Info: Greeno/Dirksen Invitational

By Jacob Knabel on Sep. 15, 2022 in Cross Country

SEWARD, Neb. – Another chance to rub elbows with runners from all levels of collegiate competition is coming up Saturday for the Concordia Cross Country teams. The Bulldogs will be one of 35 institutions to make their way to the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational co-hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The field (listed below) includes teams from 11 NAIA, 10 NCAA Division I, two NCAA Division II, one NCAA Division III and 10 junior college institutions, in addition to one running club.

Greeno/Dirksen Invitational – Saturday, Sept. 17
Mahoney Park Golf Course | Lincoln, Neb.
-10 a.m. – men’s 8k
-10:50 a.m. – women’s 5k
-Live Results

Field of teams:

Air Force Academy (NCAA I)
Bellevue (NAIA)
Briar Cliff (NAIA)
Cloud County CC (JUCO)
Colby CC (JUCO)
College of Saint Mary (NAIA)
Concordia (NAIA)
Creighton (NCAA I)
Doane (NAIA)
Drake (NCAA I)
Garden City CC (JUCO)
Hastings (NAIA)
Hutchinson CC (JUCO)
Iowa Central CC (JUCO)
Iowa Western CC (JUCO)
Kansas (NCAA I)
Kansas State (NCAA I)
Kansas Wesleyan (NAIA)
Lincoln Running Company (Club)
Midland (NAIA)
Missouri-Kansas City (NCAA I)
Morningside (NAIA)
Nebraska (NCAA I)
Nebraska Wesleyan (NCAA III)
Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA I)
Northern Colorado (NCAA I)
Northwest Missouri State (NCAA II)
Northwest Kansas Tech (JUCO)
Peru State (NAIA)
Pratt CC (JUCO)
Southwestern (Kan.) (NAIA)
Southwestern CC (JUCO)
Trinidad State (JUCO)
Wayne State (NCAA II)
Wichita State (NCAA I)

The season started two weeks earlier for Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads. Both competed at the Augustana Twilight on Sept. 2. Overall, the Concordia women placed ninth out of 28 teams and the Bulldog men finished 12th out of 32 teams. Both Bulldog squads placed higher than all other GPAC and NAIA competition at the event. As a result of his 20:19.33 time in the four-mile race, Camden Sesna was named the GPAC Runner of the Week. For a recap of the Augustana Twilight, click HERE.

Concordia will enter the meet with the men and women receiving votes in the NAIA national poll. New national rankings will be unveiled next week. The women reached as high as 11th in the national poll during the 2021 season.

Following the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational, Beisel will enter his athletes into the Dean White Invitational hosted by Doane on Sept. 24.