Meet Preview: 2022 Concordia Classic

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 1, 2022 in Track & Field

SEWARD, Neb. – For the third time this season, Concordia University Track & Field will play the role of meet host. The Bulldogs will welcome athletes from 14 institutions for Friday’s Concordia Classic, which is slated to get started with field events at 12 p.m. CT. The field of teams includes GPAC rivals in Briar Cliff, College of Saint Mary, Doane, Hastings and Mount Marty. Earlier this season, Head Coach Matt Beisel’s programs also hosted the Concordia Early Bird (Dec. 10-11) and the Concordia Polar Dog Invite (Jan. 22). Select Bulldog athletes will also be headed to the University of Nebraska for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (Feb. 4-5).

Meet Info

Concordia Classic
Friday, Feb. 4 | Fieldhouse | 12 p.m. CT
--Live Results (Black Squirrel Timing)
--Tickets (also sold on site)
--Event Schedule (PDF)

Live Streaming Links

·        Running Events:    

·        Men’s & Women’s High Jump:    

·        Women’s Long Jump / Triple Jump (north runway):    

·        Men’s & Women’s Throwing Events:    

·        Men’s & Women’s Pole Vault & Men’s Long Jump / Triple Jump (infield jumping events):

Competing Teams
Bellevue University
Benedictine College (Kan.)
Briar Cliff University
College of Saint Mary
Concordia University
Doane University
Friends University (Kan.)
Hastings College
MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.)
Missouri Valley College
Mount Marty University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
University of Nebraska-Kearney
York College

In last week’s action at the Fred Beile Classic hosted by Doane, Concordia competitors achieved nine performances that met the automatic national qualifying standard and produced eight event titles. Fresh ‘A’ standards were turned in by the men’s distance medley relay, Abigail Gerber in the weight throw and Wyatt Loga in the high jump. Those efforts push the total number of ‘A’ standards this season for Bulldog athletes to 16. Below is a summary of Concordia marks that currently rank in the top five on the NAIA national lists.

·        Rylee Haecker – No. 2 in 1,000 meters (2:56.45)

·        Josie Puelz – No. 2 in pole vault (13’ 2 ¼”)

·        Sarah Ragland – No. 2 in weight throw (57’)

·        Women’s 4x400 meter relay – No. 3 (3:53.73)

·        Women’s 4x800 meter relay – No. 3 (9:29.48)

·        Men’s distance medley relay – No. 4 (10:11.03)

·        Morgan De Jong – No. 4 in weight throw (55’ 10 ½”)

·        Chris Wren – No. 4 in weight throw (64’ 1 ¾”)

·        Erin Mapson – No. 5 in pole vault (12’ 1 ½”)

·        Hannah Newton – No. 5 in high jump (5’ 5”)

·        Amy Richert – No. 5 in high jump (5’ 5”) / No. 5 in pentathlon (3,407)

Based on the NAIA national lists prior to the Beile Classic, the Bulldogs earned NAIA National Rating Index positions of No. 2 on the women’s side and No. 18 on the men’s side, according to U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association calculations. The GPAC was well-represented in those rankings. Other men’s top 25 teams in the GPAC were No. 2 Dordt, No. 4 Doane, No. 7 Mount Marty, No. 13 Midland and No. 24 Briar Cliff. Top 25 women’s teams include No. 5 Hastings, No. 6 Doane, No. 8 Dordt and No. 23 Northwestern.

Additional information on the Sevigne Husker Invite will be released later in the week. Live video and results can be found on the University of Nebraska website HERE.

The Concordia Indoor Invite on Feb. 12 will serve as the final meet prior to the 2022 GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 18-19). The schedule of events for the conference meet can be viewed HERE.