Bulldog squads crack top five of initial 2023 NAIA USTFCCCA ratings

By Jacob Knabel on Jan. 25, 2023 in Track & Field

USTFCCCA NAIA National Ratings Index (Jan. 25): Men | Women

SEWARD, Neb. – In reflection of strong starts to the 2022-23 indoor season, the Concordia University Track & Field men’s and women’s squads have cracked the top five of the initial 2023 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA National Rating Index, released on Wednesday (Jan. 25). The Bulldogs now boast national ratings of No. 2 on the women’s side and No. 5 on the men’s side. The ratings are calculated by the USTFCCCA using qualifying marks from the current indoor season.

Through three weekends of indoor competition, Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squad have combined for 12 automatic national qualifying standards and another 19 marks that meet the ‘B’ standard as reported to the national list. Below is a list Concordia athletes who are automatically qualified for nationals. The rundown does not include Amy Richert, who paces the NAIA in the pentathlon.

·        Women’s 4x400m Relay, A (3:54.81)

·        Men’s Distance Medley Relay, A (10:10.06)

·        Women’s Distance Medley Relay, A (12:20.68)

·        Chase Berry – Pole Vault, A (15’ 7”)

·        Rylee Haecker – 1,000 Meters, A (2:56.44)

·        Erin Mapson – Pole Vault, A (12’ 2 ½”)

·        Colton Meyer – 400 Meters, A (48.57)

·        Josie Puelz – Pole Vault, A (12’ 9 ½”)

·        Maddie Robinson – Shot Put, A (44’ 9”)

·        Adrianna Rodencal – 60 Hurdles, A (8.89)

·        Calvin Rohde – 1,000 Meters, A (2:28.60)

·        Chris Wren – Weight Throw, A (62’ 10 ¾”)

The USTFCCCA included the following paragraphs in its releases about the Bulldogs:

Following less than six points behind (No. 1 Indiana Tech) is No. 2 Concordia (Neb.), who finished third in last year’s nationals. The Bulldogs have 12 top-10 marks, including a pair of national-leading marks – Amy Richert in the pentathlon (3487) and the distance medley relay team (12:20.68).

Concordia (Neb.) starts the year in fifth after picking up eight top-10 performances. The Bulldogs’ Distance Medley Relay clocked 10:10.06c for the team’s lone national leader. Calvin Rohde, a member of that top-ranked relay, is also ranked fourth in the 1000 meters.

Up Next: Fred Beile Classic (Jan. 28)
It's back to action this Saturday when the Bulldogs will compete at the Fred Beile Classic hosted by Doane. Black Squirrel Timing will have live results available HERE. The Fred Beile Classic will mark Concordia’s final trip to Doane this indoor season. Upcoming home meets include the Concordia Classic (Feb. 3), the Concordia Invite (Feb. 10) and the GPAC Championships (Feb. 17-18).