SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia track & field team will host the Concordia Classic this Friday and Saturday. Events are tentatively set to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and 8:45 a.m. Saturday. A tentative full schedule for the meet can be found HERE.
Concordia Classic – Indoor Track & Field Meet
Friday, Jan. 29 | 3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30 | 8:45 p.m.
Site: Walz Fieldhouse
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network (beginning approximately 11 a.m. Saturday)
There will be a total of 14 teams at the Concordia Classic this year. Three schools are NCAA Division I and II while the remaining 11 are NAIA institutions. Six of the squads are GPAC teams including, Concordia, Mount Marty, Hastings, Nebraska Wesleyan, Midland and Doane.
The Concordia men’s and women’s track & field teams are picking up where they left off from the 2015 season setting records and posting numerous national qualifying marks in several events. Below is a list of national qualifying marks so far.
GPAC and national honors
In week one of the GPAC Athletes of the Week, Concordia’s men’s and women’s teams made a clean sweep of all four honors. The men’s track athlete went to CJ Muller while the field athlete went to Jose Rojas. Kim Wood took the women’s track athlete and Kali Robb was the field athlete. The next day, Wood was named the NAIA Track Athlete of the Week.
Then, during the second week, Zach Lurz was honored with the GPAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for his performances at the Prairie Wolf Invite the previous weekend. Lurz set a new school-best shot put mark and is currently first on the NAIA list in that category.
School records shattered
At the Prairie Wolf Invite last weekend, three student-athletes surpassed school record marks in three different events. Kim Wood not only broke the mark for the one mile race, she was the first female to finish in less than five minutes. Wood finished in first place with a time of 4:57.78. On the men’s side, Cody Boellstorff hurled a 64’ 1” toss in the weight throw for first place. Zach Lurz was able to break his own record in the shotput during the meet. The first place throw was measured at 59’ 6 ¼”.
Bulldogs in the rankings
Nationally, several Bulldogs are currently holding top-10 marks. Below are the lists of student-athletes’ marks and national rankings. A full list of all the rankings in the NAIA can be found HERE.
Women’s 4x800 Relay – fifth (9:49.85)
Kattie Cleveland – weight throw, sixth (55’ 11”)
Stephanie Coley – shot put, first (47’ 4 ½”); weight throw, eighth (54’ 3 ¾”)
McKenzie Gravo – pole vault, ninth (11’ 9”)
Samantha Liermann – shot put, fourth (46’)
Kali Robb – shot put, third (46’ 1 ¼”); weight throw, fifth (55’ 11 ¼”)
Kim Wood – 600 meters, fourth (1:35.8); 1,000 meters, first (2:55.95); one mile, first (4:57.78)
Cody Boellstorff – weight throw, first (64’ 1”)
Zach Lurz – shot put, first (59’ 6 ¼”); weight throw, third (59’ 9 ½”)
Jose Rojas – shot put, eighth (52’ 2”); weight throw, ninth (56’ 11 ¼”)
Lucas Weichman – pole vault, fourth (16’ ¼”)
The Concordia men’s and women’s track & field teams will return to action Feb. 5-6. The Bulldogs will compete in the Sevigne Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb. and the Fred Beile Classic in Crete, Neb.