SEWARD, Neb. – The 2014 campaign proved to be an impressive one for a collection of Concordia track and field throwers who racked up nine total All-America plaques and an individual national title. The fine work of assistant coach Ed McLaughlin’s crew netted the Bulldogs a No. 2 NAIA national ranking of 2014 college throwing programs according to an online formula calculated by “The Thrower’s Page.” The rankings combine both men’s and women’s competitors.
Rated No. 1 in the GPAC, Concordia throwers were placed behind only Concordia University-Oregon among NAIA programs. The Cavaliers received 642 points compared to 612 for the Bulldogs, according to the site. Among all college throwing programs nationally (NAIA and NCAA Division I, II and III), the Bulldogs sit 44th, ahead of other instate rivals such as NCAA Division II institutions Wayne State College (91st) and the University of Nebraska-Kearney (149th).
Broken down by gender, Concordia had a nice balance with 296 points on the men’s side (second in the NAIA; 55th among all colleges) and 317 points on the women’s side. The 317 women’s points led all NAIA programs and rated 43rd in relation to all levels of college throwing squads.
The Bulldogs piled up the most points in the formula in the hammer throw, an event McLaughlin’s group had plenty of depth on both sides. Concordia also got 101 points from the women’s javelin, boosted considerably by Liz King – a national champion in the event.
The Bulldog throwers finished fourth in the NAIA in 2013 based on the same ratings. Past rankings are available via the link at the top.
According to The Thrower’s Page, “the rankings are based on the final performance lists in each division prior to preliminary or national championships.” The complete explanation of the formula can be found HERE.