SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University track and field programs will host a meet for the second time this season when the annual Concordia Indoor Invitational gets underway at 2 p.m. CT on Friday. The Bulldogs will enter the weekend with national rankings of sixth on the men’s side and 10th on the women’s side, according to ratings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
First-year head coach Matt Beisel’s squad has compiled 17 NAIA automatic national qualifying marks through the first four weeks of the indoor season. Two of those marks belong to NAIA Women’s National Field Athlete of the Week Allie Brooks, now the owner of the program’s indoor pole vault and high jump records. Brooks tops the nation in the pole vault (12’ 10 ¾”). Cody Boellstorff (weight throw) and Lucas Wiechman (heptathlon) also boast No. 1 national marks.
The Bulldog track and field programs own a total of 10 marks that rank inside the top five nationally: Boellstorff (first – weight throw), Brooks (first – pole vault; third – high jump), Wiechman (first – heptathlon; third – pole vault), Adrianna Shaw (second – shot put), CJ Muller (third – 600 meters), Kali Robb (fourth – shot put), men’s 4x400 meter relay (fifth) and Zach Lurz (fifth – shot put). At last week’s Fred Beile Classic, event titles were won by Brooks (pole vault), Rebekah Hinrichs (mile), Sydney Meyer (weight throw), Thomas Taylor (mile) and Wiechman (heptathlon).
Concordia is one of 12 institutions that will be represented at Friday’s meet. The field includes GPAC rivals Doane, Hastings and Midland. Concordia University Irvine, affiliated with NCAA Division II, will also bring athletes to Seward. Bulldog alum Keegan Bloomfield serves the Eagle coaching staff as an assistant. The field also includes a total of seven nationally-ranked squads, including four on the men’s side and three on the women’s side.
*National rankings in parentheses
Bethel College (Kan.)
Cloud County Community College (Kan.)
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University, Nebraska (M – 6 | W – 10)
Doane University (M – 2 | W – 2)
Fort Hays State University (Kan.)
Hastings College (M – 23 | W – 4)
McPherson College (Kan.)
Tabor College (Kan.)
Wayne State College
York College (M – 24)
National marks by Bulldogs