Bulldogs host Concordia Invite on Friday

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 8, 2017 in Track & Field

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.

The event schedule for Friday’s meet can be viewed HERE. The Concordia Sports Network will live stream select events throughout the day. Live results will populate HERE.

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.

Competing institutions
*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.)
Midland University
Tabor College (Kan.)
Wayne State College
York College (M – 24)

National marks by Bulldogs

  • Men’s 4x400m relay (A, 3:20.59)
  • Cody Boellstorff: weight throw (A, 66’ 9 ¾”); shot put (B, 50’ 5 ½”)
  • Allie Brooks: high jump (A, 5’ 7”); pole vault (A, 12’ 10 ¾”)
  • Jacy Embray: shot put (B, 43’ 5 ¼”)
  • Ben Hulett: 60 meter hurdles (B, 8.41)
  • Scott Johnson: long jump (A, 23’ 5 ½”)
  • Philip Kruetzer: weight throw (A, 56’ 10”); shot put (B, 49’ 9”)
  • Samantha Liermann: shot put (A, 44’ 8”)
  • Zach Lurz: shot put (A, 54’ 10 ¼”); weight throw (A, 60’ 1 ¼”)
  • Sydney Meyer: weight throw (A, 55’ 9”)
  • CJ Muller: 600 meters (A, 1:20.07); 800 meters (B, 1:56.55); 400 meters (B, 49.84)
  • Johanna Ragland: shot put (B, 42’ 5 ¼”)
  • Tyrell Reichert: pole vault (A, 15’ 5”)
  • Kali Robb: shot put (A, 46’ 2 ¾”); weight throw (A, 56’ ½”)
  • Adrianna Shaw: shot put (A, 46’ 5 ½”)
  • Lucas Wiechman: 60 meter hurdles (A, 8.25); pole vault (A, 16’ 2 ¾”); heptathlon (5,073)