SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia junior Ben Sievert used an exceptional performance at the Sept. 28 Roy Griak Invitational to earn GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday afternoon. Sievert twice received the same award as a sophomore last season.
Sievert led the 10th-ranked Bulldogs to a ninth-place team finish out of 40 squads at the Roy Griak meet, where Concordia outran all of its NAIA competition (including then No. 6 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and then No. 16 Dickinson State (N.D.). The Frankenmuth, Mich., native completed the 8K course in 25:57, placing 15th on the individual leaderboard – above all NAIA participants.
Sievert is already a two-time all-conference honoree and two-time competitor at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships. He has placed first among Bulldog runners at each of the last two meets – Roy Griak and the Woody Greeno Invite.
Concordia cross country returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 12 when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., for the NAIA National Preview meet at Rim Rock Farms. Lawrence will host this year’s national championships on Nov. 23.
Bulldog cross country moves up four spots in national poll: Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s men’s squad moved up four spots to No. 10 in this week’s national rankings. Check out the entire poll HERE.