Koepke hurdles way to GPAC honors

By Jacob Knabel on Apr. 20, 2022 in Track & Field

GPAC Release

SEWARD, Neb. – A personal best in the 400 meter hurdles paved the way for freshman Jordan Koepke to be named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference on Wednesday (April 20). Koepke is the sixth different athlete from Concordia University Women’s Track & Field to be recognized as a GPAC Athlete of the Week for either indoor our outdoor in 2022. Koepke has garnered her first career GPAC weekly award.

A native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Koepke has made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs. At last week’s Loper Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Koepke won the 400 hurdle race in a time of 1:02.82 that automatically qualifies her for the national meet. Her time ranks No. 2 in the GPAC (second to teammate Sarah Lewis) and No. 7 on the NAIA national list. It also puts Koepke at No. 4 on the program’s all-time 400 hurdle list. Koepke will have a chance to add to the All-America honors she collected at the NAIA indoor national championships when she placed third in the 600 meters and fifth as part of the 4x400 meter relay.

Koepke and company are slated to be in action this weekend at the Jim Dutcher Classic (April 21-23). Head Coach Matt Beisel’s Concordia women’s team is currently ranked third in the NAIA, according to the USTFCCCA.

2021-22 GPAC Athletes of the Week
April 20 – Jordan Koepke (track)
April 6 – Josie Puelz (field)
Feb. 9 – Erin Mapson (field)
Feb. 2 – Sarah Ragland (field)
Jan. 19 – Morgan De Jong (field)
Dec. 15 – Sarah Lewis (track)