SEWARD, Neb. – Jacob Cornelio and Addie Shaw made their return to the ring in a big way. Both standout Concordia University throwers have been named as GPAC athletes of the week, as announced on Wednesday (March 31). Cornelio is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Field Athlete of the Week while Shaw is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. During the 2021 indoor season, Bulldog athletes combined for six GPAC weekly honors.
The highlight for Cornelio last week was a hammer throw of 200’ 7” at the Baker University Relays. That toss currently leads the second best NAIA hammer mark by nearly nine feet. Cornelio’s mark was also just shy of his personal record of 202’ 5,” which ranks No. 4 on the program’s all-time list. At the most recent outdoor national championships (2019), Cornelio (Elk Grove, Calif.) placed sixth in the hammer. He was the 2020 NAIA indoor weight throw national champion. Cornelio owns five career All-America awards.
A native of Bassett, Neb., Shaw turned in automatic national qualifying marks last week in both the discus (148’ 10”) and the hammer throw (170’) while competing at the Grand View Viking Relays and Baker Relays. In addition, she achieved a ‘B’ standard in the shot put (43’ 4 ½”). Shaw ranks as the current national leader in the discus while also sitting fourth in the NAIA in the hammer. Shaw is a two-time discus national champion who possesses eight career All-America honors.
The outdoor season will resume on Friday as Concordia competes at the Hastings College Challenge on Friday.
2020-21 GPAC Athletes of the Week
March 31 – Jacob Cornelio (field), Addie Shaw (field)
Feb. 17 – *Rachel Battershell (track)
Feb. 10 – Josie Puelz (field)
Feb. 3 – Kylahn Heritage (track)
Jan. 27 – Josie Puelz (field)
Jan. 20 – *Morgan De Jong (field), Kylahn Heritage (track)
*NAIA National Athlete of the Week