Meet Preview: 2022 NAIA Indoor National Championships

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 28, 2022 in Track & Field

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SEWARD, Neb. – Thirty-four members of the Concordia University Track & Field programs are making their final preparations for the 2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. After being held in Yankton, S.D., in 2021, the national meet returns to the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, S.D., for the third time in NAIA history. The three-day national championship meet will run Thursday through Saturday. A full list of national qualifiers can be found at bottom.

Entering the meet, head coach Matt Beisel’s squads own national rankings of second on the women’s side and are just outside of the top 25 on the men’s side, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NAIA ratings index. NAIA powerhouse Indiana Tech carries the No. 1 ranking on both sides.

Fresh off a sixth-straight GPAC title, the Concordia women’s program has the potential for another trophy finish (top four in the NAIA) after placing third nationally at both the 2021 NAIA indoor and outdoor meets. Both Rachel Battershell (400 meters) and Josie Puelz (pole vault) are returning national champions from a year ago. The 20 national qualifiers on the women’s side have combined for a total of 37 career All-America awards. Bulldogs who possess multiple All-America awards are Battershell (eight), Morgan De Jong (two), Rylee Haecker (two), Sarah Lewis (six), Erin Mapson (four), Jacee Pfeifer (five), Puelz (three) and Sarah Ragland (two).

Concordia’s men’s national qualifying roster is 14 athletes strong. The list of returning All-Americans from the 2021 NAIA indoor meet includes Zach Bennetts and Chase Berry in the pole vault, Jacob Jennings, Cade Kleckner and Colton Meyer as part of the 4x400 meter relay, Wyatt Loga in the high jump and Chris Wren in the weight throw. Berry is a two-time All-American in the pole vault. The men’s program has placed 17th or better at each of the past three NAIA indoor national championships.

According to the USTFCCCA, the Bulldogs boast many of the top event groupings in the NAIA. Based on the coaches association’s event squad rankings, Concordia owns the nation’s top women’s pole vault and women’s weight throw crews in the nation. No. 2 NAIA rankings are held down by the women’s 400 meter, women’s high jump, men’s pole vault, women’s shot put, men’s weight throw and women’s pentathlon groups.

The top indoor team national finishes in the history of Bulldog Track & Field were second on the men’s side and third on the women’s side. Both programs have won a team national title in outdoor competition.

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2022 Concordia Indoor National Qualifiers
Andy Amos, junior (second trip to nationals)
Jordyn Anderson, junior (second trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Elena Batenhorst, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Rachel Battershell, junior (sixth trip to nationals; eight All-America awards; two-time 400 meter national champ)
Keri Bauer, senior (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Zach Bennetts, junior (second trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Chase Berry, junior (third trip to nationals; two All-America awards)
Mark Cooke, junior (first trip to nationals)
Amira Cummings, sophomore (third trip to nationals)
Morgan De Jong, senior (fifth trip to nationals; two All-America awards)
Abigail Gerber, sophomore (third trip to nationals)
Rylee Haecker, sophomore (second trip to nationals; two All-America awards)
Kylahn Heritage, sophomore (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Jacob Jennings, senior (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Cade Kleckner, senior (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Jordan Koepke, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Grant Lammers, junior (first trip to nationals)
Sarah Lewis, junior (sixth trip to nationals; six All-America awards)
Wyatt Loga, sophomore (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Erin Mapson, junior (fifth trip to nationals; four All-America awards)
Maccoy Menke, sophomore (third trip to nationals)
Colton Meyer, sophomore (fourth trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Hannah Newton, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Grace Oberg, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Jacee Pfeifer, senior (sixth trip to nationals; five All-America awards)
Sam Plante, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Josie Puelz, sophomore (fourth trip to nationals; three All-America awards; two-time pole vault national champ)
Sarah Ragland, senior (fifth trip to nationals; two All-America awards)
Grace Reiman, sophomore (second trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Amy Richert, sophomore (third trip to nationals; two All-America awards)
Calvin Rohde, sophomore (second trip to nationals)
Camden Sesna, sophomore (second trip to nationals)
Trinity Tuls, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Chris Wren, sophomore (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)

Concordia Event Schedule – 2022 NAIA Indoor T&F National Championships

Pentathlon (Thursday, 12 p.m.) – Elena Batenhorst, Amy Richert  

Women’s 4x800m Relay (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.) – Rylee Haecker, Keri Bauer, Grace Reiman, Kylahn Heritage, Grace Oberg

Women’s 4x400m Relay (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.) – Sarah Lewis, Jordan Koepke, Jacee Pfeifer, Rachel Battershell, Trinity Tuls

Men’s 4x400m Relay (Thursday, 5 p.m.) – Jacob Jennings, Cade Kleckner, Colton Meyer, Mark Cooke, Maccoy Menke

Men’s Distance Medley (Thursday, 6 p.m.) – Camden Sesna, Grant Lammers, Sam Plante, Calvin Rohde

Men’s Weight Throw (Friday, 12 p.m.) – Andy Amos, Chris Wren

Women’s Mile Run (Friday, 12 p.m.) – Kylahn Heritage

Men’s Mile Run (Friday, 12:20 p.m.) – Calvin Rohde

Women’s 60m Hurdles (Friday, 12:35 p.m.) – Sarah Lewis

Women’s Long Jump (Friday, 1 p.m.) – Amy Richert

Women’s 400m Dash (Friday, 1:05 p.m.) – Rachel Battershell, Sarah Lewis 

Women’s 600m Run (Friday, 1:45 p.m.) – Keri Bauer, Jordan Koepke, Jacee Pfeifer

Men’s High Jump (Friday, 2 p.m.) – Wyatt Loga

Women’s Pole Vault (Friday, 3 p.m.) – Erin Mapson, Josie Puelz

Women’s Weight Throw (Friday, 3 p.m.) – Morgan De Jong, Abby Gerber, Sarah Ragland

Women’s 1,000m Run (Friday, 3:15 p.m.) – Rylee Haecker

Women’s Shot Put (Saturday, 11 a.m.) – Jordyn Anderson, Abby Gerber

Men’s Pole Vault (Saturday, 1:15 p.m.) – Zach Bennetts, Chase Berry

Women’s High Jump (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.) – Hannah Newton, Amy Richert

Saturday race final times:
12:25 p.m. – Women’s Mile
12:35 p.m. – Men’s Mile
12:45 p.m. – Women’s 60 Hurdles
1:05 p.m. – Women’s 400 Meters
1:25 p.m. – Women’s 600 Meters
2:25 p.m. – Women’s 1,000 Meters
4:40 p.m. – Men’s DMR
4:55 p.m. – Women’s 4x400m Relay
5:15 p.m. – Men’s 4x400m Relay

Concordia indoor national finishes since 2000
2021: M– 12th | W – 3rd
2020: M – 17th | W – 4th
2019: M – 9th | W – 9th
2018: M – 42nd | W – 9th
2017: M – 2nd | W – 7th
2016: M – 3rd | W – 5th
2015: M – 5th | W – 11th
2014: M – 17th|W11th
2013: M 27th |W 13th
2012: M – 38th |W – 29th
2011: M – 7th|W 26th
2010: M 15th|W 12th
2009: M 12th|W 11th
2008: M 7th|W 14th
2007: M 19th|W 36th
2006: M5th|W 29th
2005: M 26th|W 15th
2004: M 7th|W 27th
2003: M 5th|W 9th
2002: M 20th| W 8th
2001: M 12th|W 21st
2000: M2nd |W 12th

Concordia outdoor national finishes since 2005
2021: M – 28th | W – 3rd
2019: M – 31st | W – 5th
2018: M – 69th | W – 12th
2017: M – 5th | W – 6th
2016: M – 2nd | W – 1st
2015: M – 1st | W – 5th
2014: M – 11th | W – 9th
2013: M – 42nd | W – 20th
2012: M – 57th | W – 15th
2011: M – 11th | W – 57th
2010: M – 24th | W – 14th
2009: M – 7th | W – 19th
2008: M – 11th | W – 29th
2007: M – 15th | W – 24th
2006: M – 7th | W – 28th
2005: M – 13th | W – 17th