SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia seniors John Cartier, Benjamin Hinckfoot, Sarah Kortze and junior Benjamin Sievert have each been named to the Capital One Academic All-District® 3 Track & Field/Cross Country First Team of the College Division, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. District 3 of the College Division includes NAIA schools in the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and North Dakota
As stated by CoSIDA, “the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by CoSIDA, have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.”
Both Hinckfoot and Kortze are receiving all-district recognition for the second-straight year. The honor is the first for Cartier and Sievert.
Cartier, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., helped Concordia to two GPAC championships this season while adding GPAC titles in the 200 meters (outdoor), 400 meters (indoor) and as the anchor leg for the 4x400 meter relay (indoor). Cartier was also an All-American this past season in the 4x4 (indoor) and the 400 meters (outdoor). In his career, Cartier is a six-time All-American and a six-time GPAC titlist. He has been all-conference a total of 26 occasions. He is also a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Hinckfoot, who hails from Colorado Springs, Colo., won a GPAC title in the 400 meter hurdles and also claimed All-America honors in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles this past outdoor season. The 2013 Capital One First Team Academic All-American® has eight total All-America claims in his career on the track. He’s been all-conference 16 times and a scholar-athlete twice.
Kortze, who calls Rockford, Ill., home, stands out as one of the most accomplished runners in the history of Concordia athletics. The 2012-13 Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete of the Year won a GPAC title in the 3,000 meters during the 2014 indoor season and was a national qualifier in the event. Kortze owns three GPAC career GPAC titles, 12 all-conference honors and one All-America claim on the track. In cross country, earned GPAC runner of the year in 2012, three all-conference awards and two All-America finishes. She’s a three-time scholar-athlete in both sports.
Sievert, a native of Frankenmuth, Mich., captured All-America honors at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships. He’s been all-conference three times in cross country and 14 times on the track. He’s qualified for cross country nationals three-straight years and has been part of two All-America 4x800 meter relays. This athletic season he was named a scholar-athlete for both cross country and track.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in June.
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.