SEWARD, Neb. – This truly will be the last chance for Concordia University Track & Field athletes hoping to secure automatic national qualifying marks. The Bulldogs are readying to host the Concordia Twilight Meet on Friday with the first events set to get started at 2 p.m. CT. Running events will begin at 4:30 p.m. and finish up just before 9 p.m.
Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads enter the meet with USTFCCCA NAIA National Ratings Index positions of No. 1 on the women’s side and No. 13 on the men’s side (as revealed in ratings released on May 12). As of the middle of the week, entries for the Twilight Meet were still being finalized. Select athletes from a large number of institutions are expected to be present on Friday.
2021 Concordia Twilight Meet
Friday, May 14 | 2 p.m. CT
Bulldog Stadium | Seward, Neb.
Event Schedule (PDF)
--Live Results: Black Squirrel (no video stream)
--Fan Attendance: Fans are allowed; no capacity limit.
A small group of Bulldogs competed last week at two separate meets: the Bronco Last Chance Meet and the University of South Dakota Tune-Up. Among the highlights, the Concordia women’s 4x100 meter relay clocked a fresh automatic national qualifying time, Addie Shaw continued her dominance across three events and Jerod Peters added his name to the national qualifying field in the shot put. The women’s 4x1 broke the school record with a time of 47.70. The group was made up of Sarah Lewis, Rachel Battershell, Hannah Mulligan and Cora Olson.
In sum, Bulldog athletes have combined for 30 automatic national qualifying marks. That list does not include the multi-events – Amy Richert and Emily Loy rank fourth and sixth, respectively, in the NAIA in the heptathlon. Concordia national leaders include Battershell (400 meters), Jacob Cornelio (hammer throw), Josie Puelz (pole vault), Addie Shaw (shot put; hammer throw) and Liz Stottlemyre (javelin). According to the USTFCCCA event squad rankings, the Bulldogs boast the No. 1-ranked women’s groupings in the 400 hurdles, pole vault, shot put, discus, hammer and heptathlon. Concordia also tops the nation in the men’s hammer.
Once the Twilight Meet is in the books, the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships are up next. The national meet will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 26-28.