Meet Preview: 2022 Concordia Outdoor Invite

By Jacob Knabel on Apr. 6, 2022 in Track & Field

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University Track & Field program is gearing up for its first home meet of the 2022 outdoor season. Eleven different colleges/universities will be represented at the Concordia Outdoor Invite set for Friday and Saturday. Only select throwing events will take place on Friday before the action ramps up starting at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday. Most events will unfold inside Bulldog Stadium while the throws will be contested in the grass fields east of the stadium.

Meet Info

Concordia Outdoor Invite
Friday, April 8 – 2 p.m. | Throws Areas (east of stadium)
Saturday, April 9 – 12 p.m. | Bulldog Stadium
--Live Results (Black Squirrel Timing)
--Day 1 Results
--Tickets (also sold on site)
--Event Schedule (PDF)
--Heat Sheets (PDF)

Competing Teams – National Team Rankings (According to the USTFCCCA)
Benedictine College (Kan.)
College of Saint Mary
Concordia University – 3 (W)
Doane University
Grand View University (Iowa) – 25 (M)
Hastings College – 22 (M) | 18 (W)
Midland University – 9 (M)
Mount Marty University
Nebraska Wesleyan University – 7 (W); NCAA D-III
St. Ambrose University (Iowa)
York College

Through two weeks of indoor competition, Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads have combined for seven automatic national qualifying marks and four ‘B’ standards. Below is a list of those marks. With Josie Puelz and Erin Mapson leading the way, Concordia figures to boast the top women’s pole vault crew in the nation just like it did during the indoor season. Puelz is the current NAIA national leader in the pole vault and is fresh off her third NAIA national title in the event. Of the 11 marks put on the national list by Bulldog athletes, six have come from throwers. Though not listed nationally, Camden Sesna (15:02.66) and Calvin Rohde (15:12.86) ran solid times last week in the 5,000 meters.

·        Jordyn Anderson – B, shot put (43’ 5 ¼”)

·        Morgan De Jong – A, hammer (173’ 3”)

·        Mackenzie Ferrel – B, hammer (164’ 4”)

·        Rylee Haecker – B, 1,500 meters (4:42.36)

·        Sara Huss – A, discus (151’)

·        Jordan Koepke – B, 400 hurdles (1:04.34)

·        Sarah Lewis – A, 400 hurdles (1:02.70)

·        Erin Mapson – A, pole vault (11’ 11 ¾”)

·        Josie Puelz – A, pole vault (12’ 7 ½”)

·        Sarah Ragland – A, hammer (166’ 4”)

·        Chris Wren – A, hammer (185’ 6”)

In the latest ratings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Concordia appeared at No. 1 in the event groupings for women’s pole vault, women’s shot put, women’s hammer and men’s hammer. In the overall team NAIA ratings index released by the USTFCCCA on Wednesday (April 6), the Bulldog women moved all the way up to No. 3 nationally. The men could crack next week’s top 25 with a strong performance this weekend. According to the USTFCCCA ratings, there will be a combined six top 25 teams on hand at the Concordia Invite. That includes the NCAA Division III Nebraska Wesleyan women (ranked seventh).

Following the Concordia Invite, the Bulldogs will next look forward to the University of Nebraska-Kearney Invite on April 15. The meet is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. CT.