SEWARD, Neb. – In the final week prior to the GPAC Championship, Concordia University Track & Field is getting set to send athletes to the Prairie Wolf Invitational (April 22) and the prestigious Drake Relays (April 23-24). So far this outdoor season, Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads have competed in four different meets, including the Concordia Invite (April 9-10). In action last week at the Jim Dutcher Memorial, Bulldog athletes combined for 15 performances that met the automatic national qualifying standard and 12 event titles.
Drake Relays Competitors
Women’s CD Discus: Adrianna Shaw (8:30am, Friday)
Women’s CD Pole Vault: Josie Puelz, Erin Mapson (9:30am, Friday)
Women’s 4x800m Relay: Rylee Haecker, Keri Bauer, Grace Reiman, Alyssa Fye (9:34am, Friday)
Women’s Javelin: Elizabeth Stottlemyre (10:15am, Friday)
Women’s 400m: Rachel Battershell (11:07am, Friday)
Women’s 4x100m Relay: Emily Loy, Amira Cummings, Hannah Mulligan, Cora Olson (11:59am, Friday)
Men’s Hammer Throw: Jacob Cornelio (8:00am, Saturday)
Women’s Hammer Throw: Adrianna Shaw, Sarah Ragland (9:45am, Saturday)
Women’s High Jump: Amy Richert (10:00am, Saturday)
Women’s 4x400m Relay: Keri Bauer, Sarah Lewis, Sydni Schernikau, Rachel Battershell (10:42am, Saturday)
Men’s 4x400m Relay: Cade Kleckner, Jacob Jennings, Henry Reimer, Colton Meyer (10:59am, Saturday)
The Drake Relays are back in 2021 after a year hiatus. The Bulldogs will travel a large group of 22 athletes to Des Moines. The list shown above features four different relays, all hoping to either improve upon an existing national qualifying time or hit the ‘A’ standard for the first time in 2021. The standout crew headed to Drake also includes NAIA national leaders in Jacob Cornelio (hammer), Addie Shaw (shot put) and Liz Stottlemyre (javelin).
Through four meets this season, Concordia athletes have combined for 24 automatic national qualifying standards, six provisional marks and four performances that met the minimum national reporting standard in the multi-events. Based on the NAIA national performance list, the Bulldogs sported national rankings last week of No. 1 on the women’s side and No. 8 on the men’s side.
New automatic qualifying marks were turned in at the Dutcher Memorial by Jordyn Anderson (shot put), Rachel Battershell (100 hurdles), Abigail Gerber (shot put), Mackenzie Koepke (high jump), Sarah Lewis (400 hurdles) and Bethany Shaw (discus). Additionally, freshman Amy Richert totaled 4,683 points in the heptathlon, putting her No. 3 on the NAIA national list. Emily Loy (4,464 points) ranks No. 5 nationally in the heptathlon.
Concordia will have the opportunity to host the 2021 GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The conference meet will take place April 30 – May 1. The meet schedule can be viewed HERE.