SEWARD, Neb. – Following three meets on the road to begin the 2023 outdoor season, Concordia University Track & Field will host the Concordia Outdoor Invitational this Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs are preparing to welcome 11 competing institutions to Bulldog Stadium for their first home meet of the outdoor season. This past indoor season, Concordia hosted five meets, including the GPAC Championships. The Concordia Invite will get started on Friday with the hammer and javelin competitions. The meet will resume at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in the forecast, running events have been canceled (with the exception of the racewalk). The revised meet schedule is linked below.
College of Saint Mary
Concordia University Nebraska
Mount Marty University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Northern State University
University of Sioux Falls
So far this outdoor season, the Bulldogs have appeared at three meets: the Grand View Viking Relays (March 25), Central Nebraska Challenge (April 1) and Central Nebraska Challenge (April 7). Through the first three weekends of action, Concordia athletes have combined for five automatic national qualifying standards and eight ‘B’ standards. The list can be found below. As of last week, the Bulldogs appeared in the NAIA national ratings (as calculated by the USTFCCCA) at No. 9 on the women’s side and at No. 14 on the men’s side.
National ‘A’ and ‘B’ standards in 2023 outdoor season
· Matthew Boyer – B, Javelin (182’ 4”)
· Jenna Esch – B, 400 Meters (57.08)
· Jordan Koepke – A, 400 Hurdles (1:02.71)
· Ben Moll – B, Hammer Throw (178’)
· Hannah Newton – B, High Jump (5’ 5”)
· Erin Painter – B, Discus (139’ 7”)
· Kamryn Pokorney – B, Hammer Throw (164’ 6”)
· Josie Puelz – A, Pole Vault (12’ 1 ½”)
· Adrianna Rodencal – A, 100 Hurdles (14.15)
· Calvin Rohde – B, 1,500 Meters (3:54.98); B, 5,000 Meters (14:42.28)
· Darien Semedo – A, Hammer Throw (184’ 4”)
· Zach Zohner – A, Pole Vault (16’ 5 ¼”)
The highlight of the Central Invite in Pella, Iowa, last week was the school record turned in by Adrianna Rodencal in the 100-meter hurdles. Rodencal clocked in at 14.15, outrunning the previous Concordia women’s track standard of 14.25 by teammate Rachel Battershell. Rodencal won that event at the Central Invite and also placed third in the 200 meters (25.50). Other event champions at last week’s meet were Matthew Boyer (javelin), Josie Puelz (pole vault), Calvin Rohde (5,000 meters) and Zach Zohner (pole vault). Rohde came close to the school record in the 5,000 while finishing in 14:42.28 (just shy of the record of 14:42.07 by Luka Thor).
Due to the Easter weekend, a large number of Bulldogs did not compete last week. In other words, a lot of emphasis is being put on this week’s meet. The competition will be fierce and will include athletes from six GPAC institutions. Of the 12 schools represented this weekend, eight are NAIA, three are NCAA Division II and one is NCAA Division III (Nebraska Wesleyan). The D-II participants are Northern State University, Rockhurst University and the University of Sioux Falls.
Next up following the Concordia Invite will be the Jim Dutcher Memorial Classic on April 20-22. The schedule for that meet can be found HERE.