LINCOLN, Neb. – A total of 25 Concordia University track and field athletes competed at the Pre-Drake meet hosted by the University of Nebraska inside Ed Weir Stadium on Wednesday. Head coach Kregg Einspahr got impressive performances from his team’s stable of men’s 200 meter runners, Zach Lurz took first in the shot put and Ben Hinckfoot improved his automatic mark in the 400 meter hurdles.
Senior John Cartier placed second in the 200 meter dash and just missed a ‘B’ standard national qualifying mark by finishing in 21.69. He was followed closely by teammates in freshman CJ Muller (21.73) and senior Tai Pleasant (21.76). Senior Garrett Golke placed sixth in a time of 21.86, giving the Bulldogs a stellar haul of four runners under 22 seconds.
All four rank in the top eight of the GPAC in the event after running season best times on Wednesday. Muller, Pleasant and Golke all had personal bests along with senior Jonathon Becker (22.26).
“We’re real pleased,” assistant coach Mark Samuels said. “They ran very well. We got accomplished exactly what we wanted and that was to run some really fast 200s.”
Several Bulldogs got their 200 in just after a booming lightning strike. The meet was then delayed for about 40 minutes before resuming later in the evening.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Hinckfoot ran a season best time of 53.70, placing him 10th on the national leaderboard. He was second only to an unattached performer at Nebraska.
Lurz continued his fine work in the shot put with a toss of 55’ 4 ¾”, less than two feet off of his own school record. In the same event, Trey Farmer narrowly missed a personal best with a runner up throw of 50’ 4.”
In the women’s hammer throw, freshman Kali Robb had a personal best thanks to her mark of 162’ 5” (B mark), which placed her first among nine competitors at the meet.
The bulk of the Concordia track and field teams will be in action on Thursday in a meet hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan that will include the Bulldogs and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. View the event schedule HERE.