UPDATE: Concordia track & field cancels weekend slate due to inclement weather

By Jacob Knabel on Jan. 10, 2024 in Track & Field

UPDATE: As of the morning of Jan. 12, Concordia Track & Field has canceled its involvement in the Graduate Classic (Jan. 12-13) and the Scott Nisely Memorical Classic (Jan. 13) due to inclement weather.

SEWARD, Neb. – It’s time to get back to action. Following the semester break, Concordia University Track & Field is gearing up for two nearby weekend meets. The Bulldogs will be represented at the Graduate Classic (Jan. 12-13) hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at the Scott Nisely Memorial Classic (Jan. 13) hosted by Doane. Select athletes will be headed to the Devaney Center in Lincoln while the majority of Concordia’s roster will compete at the Nisely Memorial in Crete. Additional details about those meets can be found below.

Meet Info – weekend of Jan. 12-13

Graduate Classic – Jan. 12-13
Devaney Center Indoor Track | Lincoln, Neb.
--Meet Schedule
--Live Coverage: Results | Video

Scott Nisely Memorial Classic – Jan. 13
Fuhrer Field House | Crete, Neb.
--Meet Schedule
--Live Coverage: Results

Head Coach Matt Beisel’s program has been idle since it hosted the Bulldog Early Bird Meet on Dec. 8-9. That particular meet proved to be a fruitful one as Concordia athletes combined for 18 automatic national qualifying standards and six NAIA ‘B’ marks. Major highlights from the Bulldog Early Bird were the school records turned in by Hayley Miles in the long jump (19’ 4 ¼”) and Adrianna Rodencal in the 60 meter hurdles (8.57). Entering the weekend, Miles, Rylee Haecker (1,000 meters) and Zach Zohner (pole vault) each own a mark that ranks No. 1 nationally. Also noteworthy, junior Jenna Esch qualified for nationals in the 400 meters, 600 meters and as part of the 4x400 meter relay. Below is a complete list of the automatic national qualifiers that came out of the Bulldog Early Bird.

Automatic National Qualifiers

·        Women’s 4x400m Relay (3:57.82) – Esch, Kirchner, Tuls, Koepke

·        Amira Cummings – Pole Vault (11’ 8 ½”)

·        Jenna Esch – 400 Meters (57.64); 600 Meters (1:36.35)

·        Abigail Gerber – Weight Throw (53’ 10 ½”); Shot Put (45’ 9”)

·        Rylee Haecker – 1,000 Meters (3:01.00)

·        Jordan Koepke – 600 Meters (1:36.73)

·        Hayley Miles – Long Jump (19’ 4 ¼”)

·        Kamryn Pokorney – Weight Throw (53’ 7 ¾”)

·        Josie Puelz – Pole Vault (11’ 8 ½”)

·        Joel Rathe – Long Jump (23’ 6 ¾”)

·        Sydney Reichert – Pole Vault (11’ 8 ½”)

·        Adrianna Rodencal – 60 Hurdles (8.57)

·        Chris Wren – Weight throw (64’ 5”)

·        Zoey Walker – High Jump (5’ 6”)

·        Abi Wohlgemuth – Weight Throw (58’ 10 ¼”)

·        Zach Zohner – Pole Vault (16’ 7 ¼”)

The all-time Concordia Track & Field performance lists are updated periodically and are available to the public HERE. Current Bulldogs other than Miles and Rodencal who own school indoor records are Josie Puelz (pole vault) and Amy Richert (pentathlon). A Lincoln Lutheran alum like Rodencal, Puelz will be looking to add to her five career NAIA pole vault national titles. Puelz has already qualified for nationals along with pole vault teammates Amira Cummings and Sydney Reichert.

The Bulldogs will return home to host the Concordia Polar Dog Invite on Friday, Jan. 19. The tentative meet schedule can be found HERE.