SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University Women’s Track & Field team has opened up the 2021 outdoor season ranked No. 1 in the NAIA. The Bulldogs rose to the top of the initial NAIA outdoor national rankings tabulated by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and released on Wednesday (March 31). Meanwhile, the Concordia men landed at No. 6. The ratings are calculated based on the current NAIA national performance lists.
Head Coach Matt Beisel’s program is coming off NAIA indoor national finishes of third for the women and 12th for the men. The placement for the women marked the best in school history at the indoor national championships. The Bulldog women’s program won the 2016 NAIA outdoor team national title. The current national leader in the discus, Addie Shaw was named the GPAC Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.
USTFCCCA: Concordia (Neb.) will start the outdoor campaign at No. 1. The Bulldogs earned 16 national top-10 efforts over the weekend. Adrianna Shaw has three of them, as she is the national leader in the discus (45.36m/148-10), No. 4 in the hammer (51.83m/170-1) and No. 6 in the shot put (13.22m/43-4½). Erin Mapson also adds the No. 2 performance in the pole vault (3.65m/11-11¾). The field events have come up big for the Bulldogs, with two other athletes ranked in the top-10 in both the pole vault and shot put.
In the opening week of the outdoor season, Bulldog athletes combined for 12 marks that met either the automatic or ‘B’ standard national qualifying standard:
· Jordyn Anderson: shot put (B, 43’ 2 ¼”)
· Dagne’ Buck: hammer (B, 173’ 10”)
· Jacob Cornelio: hammer (A, 200’ 7”)
· Elle Luehr: shot put (B, 43’ ½”)
· Erin Mapson: pole vault (A, 11’ 11 ¾”)
· Sarah Ragland: hammer (B, 162’ 8”)
· Addie Shaw: discus (A, 148’ 10”); hammer (A, 170’); shot put (B, 43’ 4 ½”)
· Elizabeth Stottlemyre: javelin (A, 139’)
· Chris Wren: hammer (A, 176’ 3”)
· Zach Zohner: pole vault (B, 15’ 5”)
The outdoor season will resume on Friday as Concordia competes at the Hastings College Challenge on Friday.