LINCOLN, Neb. – A group of 40 athletes from the Concordia University track and field team competed in the Prairie Wolf Invite hosted on Thursday (April 26) by Nebraska Wesleyan University. Junior Carley Skorepa posted a new ‘A’ standard national qualifying mark in the discus while fellow Bulldogs Mika Brees (200 meters) and Jacob Cornelio (hammer throw) placed as runners up in their respective events.
Head coach Matt Beisel and his staff have strategically splintered the team into meets throughout the weekend. Concordia is just over a week out before the start of the GPAC outdoor championship meet.
Skorepa became the 10th different Bulldog to officially qualify for nationals in at least one event. She threw the discus more than 146 feet in an effort that put her in fifth place in a competitive meet that included several of the top track and field programs in the state of Nebraska. She also came up just short of a ‘B’ standard in the hammer throw.
Brees, a Seward High School product, continues to make gains as the top sprinter on the women’s side. She turned in a personal best of 25.78 in the 200 meters. In that same event, Hayley Stazak also achieved a PR (26.89). On the men’s side, Wyatt Woodman’s time of 24.21 in the 200 represented an all-time best. In the 400 meter hurdles, Sam Ferguson clocked a PR of 1:01.01. Another notable effort came from Tristen Mosier, who cleared 11 feet in the pole vault for the first time this year.
Cornelio eclipsed the ‘A’ standard once again in the hammer by surpassing 174 feet. Cornelio continues to come up just off the ‘A’ mark in the discus. Also in the hammer, teammate Ryan Sanchez hit the ‘B’ mark with a toss of more than 165 feet. Sanchez placed fifth. In the men’s shot put, Jacob Daack came in just under a ‘B’ mark and placed sixth.
Select members of the program will be at the Drake Relays on Friday. A rundown of competing Bulldogs can be found HERE. Concordia is also getting ready to host the Concordia Blizzard Buster, a newly added meet, on Saturday. An event scheduled is available HERE.