Concordia seniors Sarah Kortze and Colin Morrissey and junior Benjamin Hinckfoot have each been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 Track & Field/Cross Country teams of the College Division, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. District 6 of the College Division includes NAIA and two-year schools in the states of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as Canadian institutions.
As stated by CoSIDA, “the 2013 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.”
Kortze, a native of Rockford, Ill., is a two-time cross country All-American who added another All-America honor with her fifth-place finish in the 10,000 meter run at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. She took first place at the 2012 GPAC Cross Country Championships to earn GPAC Runner of the Year honors. The biology and physical science major has received Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades for cross country and track and field in each of the last two years.
Morrissey, who hails from Omaha, Neb., received 2012 GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year honors on the men’s side by placing first at the conference meet. Morrissey is a three-time cross country national qualifier and a three-time all-conference performer. This past indoor track and field season, Morrissey earned All-GPAC recognition in three events, winning the 3,000 meter run conference title. The secondary education major holds numerous all-conference track and field honors dating back to 2009.
Hinckfoot, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., came into his own as a junior. Hinckfoot finished as an All-American in three different events at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Along the way, the secondary education major twice broke his own school record in the 400 meter hurdles, won the GPAC 110 meter hurdle title and helped set a new Concordia record as part of the 4x400 meter relay team. Hinckfoot also starred on the All-America 4x400 meter relay at the indoor championships.
As all-district winners, the three Bulldog athletes will now receive consideration as part of the academic All-America ballot.