SEWARD, Neb. – For the second-consecutive year, seniors Ben Hinckfoot and Sarah Kortze have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Track and Field/Cross Country First Team. Senior John Cartier received his first career academic All-America honor and was placed on the second team. The honorees were announced Monday by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s and women’s track and field/cross country teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. These prestigious teams have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
Cartier, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., helped Concordia to two GPAC championships this season while adding GPAC titles in the 200 meters (outdoor), 400 meters (indoor) and as the anchor leg for the 4x400 meter relay (indoor). Cartier was also an All-American this past season in the 4x4 (indoor) and the 400 meters (outdoor). In his career, Cartier is a six-time All-American and a six-time GPAC titlist. He has been all-conference a total of 26 occasions. He is also a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Hinckfoot, who hails from Colorado Springs, Colo., won a GPAC title in the 400 meter hurdles and also claimed All-America honors in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles this past outdoor season. The 2013 Capital One First Team Academic All-American® has eight total All-America claims in his career on the track. He’s been all-conference 16 times and a scholar-athlete twice.
Kortze, who calls Rockford, Ill., home, stands out as one of the most accomplished runners in the history of Concordia athletics. The 2012-13 Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete of the Year won a GPAC title in the 3,000 meters during the 2014 indoor season and was a national qualifier in the event. Kortze owns three GPAC career GPAC titles, 12 all-conference honors and one All-America claim on the track. In cross country, earned GPAC runner of the year in 2012, three all-conference awards and two All-America finishes. She’s a three-time scholar-athlete in both sports.
Junior Ben Sievert was named Capital One Academic All-District® 3 Track & Field/Cross Country First Team of the College Division along with Cartier, Hinckfoot and Kortze on May 29.
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.