SEWARD, Neb. – A total of 45 Concordia University track and field athletes were officially named indoor track and field all-conference athletes by the GPAC on Thursday (Feb. 23). Individually, the highest honors have been awarded to senior Lucas Wiechman. The native of Pilger, Neb., scored 37.5 points at last week’s conference championship meet, allowing him to claim the Men’s Hauff Mid-America Sports GPAC Indoor Track and Field Outstanding Athlete of the Year award. Additionally, Wiechman reeled in the Men’s Field Performance of the Meet honor (voted on by GPAC coaches) for his winning effort in the heptathlon.
In sum, 21 all-GPAC Bulldog male athletes combined for a total of 29 all-conference performances while 24 all-conference female athletes combined for 25 all-conference efforts. The list of All-GPAC honorees includes six individual titlists and one GPAC championship-winning relay for first-year head coach Matt Beisel. All-conference accolades were awarded for top-eight finishes at the 2017 GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Eleven Concordia men’s athletes were named all-conference in more than one event. The group is headlined by Wiechman, who garnered GPAC Men’s Most Outstanding Athlete of the Meet honors after winning three individual conference titles and one as part of the 4x400 meter relay. Other men’s individual champions were Cody Boellstorff (weight throw), Zach Lurz (shot put) and CJ Muller (600 meters). As a team, the Bulldog men finished second in a tight race at the top.
On the women’s side, seven athletes collected multiple All-GPAC awards, including conference champions Allie Brooks (pole vault) and Kali Robb (shot put). Robb also turned in a runner-up finish in the weight throw. Additional second-place finishers were Jessica Deterding (triple jump) and Adrianna Shaw (shot put). The women placed fourth as a team at the conference meet.
All that remains on the indoor schedule are the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. The grand event will play out March 2-4 at David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field in Johnson City, Tenn. Official national qualifiers will be announced by the NAIA on Friday.