SEWARD, Neb. – Forty members of the Concordia University track and field programs have officially been named All-GPAC performers based on their top-eight place finishes at last week’s GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sioux City, Iowa. The list includes 22 women and 18 women who each contributed to point totals of 131.5 on the women’s side and 71 on the men’s side at the conference championship meet. The Bulldog women placed third while the men finished sixth.
Among the all-conference honorees for head coach Matt Beisel’s squads are GPAC champions Taylor Grove (10,000 meters), Samantha Liermann (shot put) and Cody Williams (decathlon). Eleven Bulldogs turned in All-GPAC placements in multiple individual events: Mika Brees, Jacob Cornelio, Morgan De Jong, Jessica Deterding, Jazzy Eickhoff, Liermann, Kennedy Mogul, Johanna Ragland, Adrianna Shaw, Carley Skorepa and Williams.
The highest point scorers were Liermann (16 points) for the women and Williams (11 points) for the men. Liermann has now won three GPAC shot titles in her well credentialed career. Meanwhile, both Grove and Williams were crowned GPAC champions for the first time. Simon Brummond (pole vault), Josiah McAllister (800 meters) and Skorepa (hammer throw) achieved a GPAC runner-up finish. Liermann and the throwers were especially impressive, producing a combined 50 points and 13 total all-conference finishes. Adrianna Shaw racked up 12 points courtesy of three top-six placements in the throws.
New GPAC outdoor meet records were set by both Mogul and Williams. Mogul broke a GPAC record in heptathlon 800 meter race with a time of 2:23.08. Additionally, Williams set a new conference standard in the decathlon 110 meter hurdles by clocking in at 15.05.
The Bulldogs are getting set to host the annual Concordia Twilight Meet on Friday. It will be the last chance for competitors to qualify for nationals or improve already existing ‘A’ standard marks. The complete national qualifying field will be announced next week by the NAIA. The 2018 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will be held in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 24-26.
2018 Concordia GPAC Outdoor All-Conference performers