SEWARD, Neb. – For the third time in 2016, a Concordia University thrower has earned a national weekly honor. On Wednesday the NAIA tabbed senior Stephanie Coley as the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. Other throwers to win the award this calendar year were Cody Boellstorff (Feb. 3) and Zach Lurz (Jan. 27).
Coley is a two-time GPAC weekly honoree in 2016. The eight-time All-American won event titles in the discus, hammer and shot put while qualifying for the national championships in all three competitions at the Bronco Invite (April 2). Two of her marks – hammer (181’ 11”) and shot put (45’ 11 ¼”) – rank No. 1 on the NAIA national leaderboard. She also ranks second in the discus (149’ 6”). The native of Gering, Neb., is coming off of All-America efforts in the shot put and weight throw at the 2016 indoor national championships.
Since the start of the 2015 indoor track season, four different Concordia throwers have combined for five national weekly honors. Junior Zach Lurz has twice earned weekly national field accolades. Junior Kali Robb began the run when she was named national field athlete of the week on Feb. 18, 2015.
Coley and the Bulldogs are now getting set to host the Concordia Outdoor Invitational on Saturday. The tentative event schedule can be viewed HERE.
Throwers with national weekly awards, last two years
April 6, 2016 – Stephanie Coley
Feb. 3, 2016 – Cody Boellstorff
Jan. 27, 2016 – Zach Lurz
April 8, 2015 – Zach Lurz
Feb. 18, 2015 – Kali Robb