Puelz, Rodencal honored with GPAC weekly awards

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 15, 2023 in Track & Field

GPAC Release

SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia University Track & Field has earned a clean sweep of GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Athlete of the Week awards. As announced by the conference on Wednesday (Feb. 15), Josie Puelz (field) and Adrianna Rodencal (track) have been recognized with GPAC weekly awards. Both Puelz and Rodencal are Lincoln Lutheran High School alums. Between the men’s and women’s squads, Bulldog athletes have combined for five GPAC athlete of the week honors this 2022-23 indoor season.

The four-time NAIA pole vault national champion Puelz continues to hover in the 13-foot range on a meetly basis. At last week’s Concordia Invite, Puelz cleared 12’ 10 ¼” and placed second (behind only an unattached competitor). On the current performance lists, Puelz ranks first in the GPAC and third in the NAIA. In this week’s action, Puelz will be aiming to add to her four career GPAC pole vault titles. She is the GPAC indoor and outdoor championships meet record holder.

Rodencal is only getting started on a promising collegiate career. She lowered her own school record time in the 60 meter hurdles last week while winning the event title at the Concordia Invite in 8.76. That time came in just under her previous best of 8.80. In addition, Rodencal was the meet champion in the 200 meters with a ‘B’ standard time of 25.38 (after conversion). On the GPAC performance lists, Rodencal ranks No. 1 in the 60 hurdles, No. 2 in the 200 meters and No. 4 in the 60 meter dash. Nationally, she ranks No. 12 in the 60 hurdles.

Head Coach Matt Beisel and the Bulldogs are readying to host the 2023 GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships this Friday and Saturday inside the Fieldhouse. The meet schedule can be found HERE.

2022-23 GPAC Athletes of the Week
Feb. 15 – Josie Puelz (Field); Adrianna Rodencal (Track)
Feb. 8 – Calvin Rohde (Track)
Feb. 1 – Calvin Rohde (Track)
Dec. 14 – Amy Richert (Field)