Vanarsdall honored as GPAC Runner of the Week

By Jacob Knabel on Oct. 9, 2019 in Cross Country

GPAC Release

SEWARD, Neb. – The weekly honors keep streaming in for the Concordia University women’s cross country program. On Wednesday (Oct. 9), the conference announced freshman Bailie Vanarsdall as the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Vanarsdall joins Amie Martin (Sept. 11) and Rebekah Hinrichs (Oct. 2) as the third Bulldog to earn the GPAC weekly award this season.

A native of Hershey, Neb., Vanarsdall paced the 5k course at last week’s Briar Cliff Invite in a personal best time of 19:52.13. She placed ninth overall in a field of 130 runners who competed at Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D. In previous meets this season, Vanarsdall recorded times of 20:59.45 at the Augustana Twilight, 21:13.07 at the Hastings College Invite and 20:57.73 at the Dean White Invitational. She graduated from Hershey High School as class valedictorian.

Vanarsdall and the 17th-ranked Bulldogs will compete next at the Mount Marty Invite on Oct. 26. It will be the final meet prior to the GPAC Championships on Nov. 9. Concordia is currently rated as the top team in the GPAC.