Fifty Bulldogs earn All-GPAC honors; Beisel tabbed Women’s Coach of the Year

By Jacob Knabel on May. 9, 2024 in Track & Field

2024 GPAC Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference Release

SEWARD, Neb. – Courtesy of their efforts at the 2024 GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, 50 athletes from Concordia University Track & Field have earned GPAC All-Conference accolades. All-GPAC honors go to the top eight individual place finishers and top three relays in each of the events at the conference championship meet. Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads emerged from the ’24 conference outdoor meet with place finishes of first on the women’s side and third on the men’s side. The women’s program has won 11-consecutive GPAC championships. As a result of the latest title banner, Beisel and his staff have been honored with the Jim McMahon/Hauff Mid-America Sports GPAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Staff of the Year award.

The string of GPAC titles for the women’s program dates back to the 2019 conference indoor meet hosted by the Bulldogs. Beisel has presided over each of those championships as part of his eight-year tenure at his alma mater. Beisel has earned his 12th career GPAC Coach of the Year award (11 in track & field and one in cross country). Beisel is assisted on the coaching staff by Ed McLaughlin, Mark Samuels, Benjamin Hinckfoot, Jason Berry, Maddie Wachowski, Lia Guigui and Steve Hoger.

The list of 2024 outdoor All-GPAC honorees includes the women’s 4x400-meter relay, Matthew Boyer (javelin), Kylahn Freiberg (1,500 meters), Abby Gerber (shot put), Jordan Koepke (400m hurdles), Josi Noble (heptathlon), Adrianna Rodencal (100 hurdles), Darien Semedo (shot put), Chris Wren (hammer throw) and Zach Zohner (pole vault). The women’s 4x4 was made up of Jenna Esch, Kayla Kirchner, Trinity Tuls and Koepke. The honor roll features 26 women’s and 24 men’s athletes from Concordia. Seventeen of the 50 all-conference Bulldogs earned recognition in multiple events.

There were three athletes from the GPAC championship women’s team that landed on the all-conference list in four events: Esch, Rodencal and Kayla Kirchner. The shot put champion Gerber placed on the podium in three throwing events. On the men’s side, Semedo led the way with 16 team points thanks to his win in the shot put and third-place claim in the hammer.

Before the focus moves to the 2024 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships (May 22-24), the Bulldogs will host the Concordia Twilight on Friday. Select athletes will also be in action at the UNK Loper Twilight on Saturday.

2024 GPAC Outdoor All-Conference


·        Connor Asche – hammer throw (5th); shot put (7th)

·        Matthew Boyer – javelin (1st)

·        Westley Determan – 3,000m steeplechase (8th)

·        Josiah Edwards – hammer throw (6th)

·        Jack Ellis – 10,000 meters (6th)

·        Carson Fehlhafer – shot put (3rd); discus (7th)

·        Thomas Gorline – 10,000 meters (8th)

·        Luke Hammang – 5,000m race walk (2nd)

·        Mason Hodges – 5,000m race walk (4th)

·        Jax Jacobson – pole vault (5th)

·        Brady Klute – hammer throw (4th)

·        Trevor Kuncl – 1,500 meters (3rd)

·        Mayson Ostermeyer – pole vault (2nd)

·        Jonah Paulsen – triple jump (6th)

·        Nathan Pennekamp – 3,000m steeplechase (3rd)

·        Trey Robertson – 5,000 meters (6th)

·        Calvin Rohde – 1,500 meters (2nd); 5,000 meters (5th)

·        Austen Rozelle – discus (2nd); hammer throw (7th)

·        Myles Sadd – long jump (7th)

·        Caleb Schlichting – 5,000m race walk (3rd)

·        Darien Semedo – shot put (1st); hammer throw (3rd)

·        Aaron Spivey – triple jump (5th)

·        Chris Wren – hammer throw (1st)

·        Zach Zohner – pole vault (1st)


·        Elena Batenhorst – heptathlon (8th)

·        Hannah Beintema – 3,000m steeplechase (5th)

·        Amira Cummings – pole vault (3rd)

·        Jenna Esch – 4x400m relay (1st); 400 meters (3rd); 200 meters (4th); 800 meters (8th)

·        Faith Espinosa – heptathlon (7th)

·        Kylahn Freiberg – 1,500 meters (1st); 5,000 meters (2nd)

·        Abby Gerber – shot put (1st); hammer throw (3rd); discus (6th)

·        Rylee Haecker – 1,500 meters (3rd)

·        Kayla Kirchner – 4x400m relay (1st); 4x100m relay (2nd); 400 meters (4th); 200 meters (6th)

·        Jordan Koepke – 400m hurdles (1st); 4x400m relay (1st)

·        Emma Kucera – heptathlon (6th); javelin (8th)

·        Emma Lloyd – discus (3rd)

·        Hayley Miles – long jump (4th)

·        Josi Noble – heptathlon (1st); 400m hurdles (4th); triple jump (5th)

·        Kiki Nyanok – long jump (3rd)

·        Kamryn Pokorney – discus (5th); shot put (7th)

·        Sydney Reichert – pole vault (3rd)

·        Kellie Rhodes – 4x100m relay (2nd)

·        Amy Richert – heptathlon (2nd)

·        Adrianna Rodencal – 100m hurdles (1st); 4x100m relay (2nd); 200 meters (3rd); 100 meters (7th)

·        Cambria Saunders – 4x100m relay (2nd)

·        Gretchen Stottlemyre – javelin (2nd)

·        Kayla Svoboda – 100m hurdles (5th); pole vault (7th)

·        Trinity Tuls – 4x400m relay (1st); 400 meters (6th)

·        Zoey Walker – heptathlon (3rd); high jump (6th)

·        Abi Wohlgemuth – hammer throw (6th)