Relays, mid/long-distance runners highlight second day of Husker Invite

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 5, 2022 in Track & Field

Friday (Feb. 4) Meet Recap

LINCOLN, Neb. – After hosting the Concordia Classic and competing on day one of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday, Concordia University Track & Field wasn’t quite finished with the weekend. Sixteen Bulldogs were in action on Saturday for the second and final day of the Husker Invite at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. Among the biggest highlights, three Concordia individuals achieved personal bests on the track and both 4x400 meter relays produced strong times.

Thanks to the men’s 4x4 clocking a ‘B’ standard on Saturday, Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads wound up with five fresh ‘B’ marks for the weekend.

The men’s 4x4 at the Husker Invite featured Xavier Ross, Mark Cooke, Cade Kleckner and Jacob Jennings. Collectively, they turned in a time of 3:19.18, placing fourth out of 13 relays, including six from the NCAA Division I level. Jennings’ split of 49.22 was best on the team. That same group had run a 3:23.31 on the home indoor track on Friday.

Also some of top Bulldog cross country runners, Grace Reiman, Calvin Rohde and Camden Sesna clocked new PR’s on Saturday. Reiman ran 5:20.59 in the mile (second place out of five), Rohde completed the mile in 4:16.35 (seventh out of 18) and Sesna paced the 3,000 meters in 8:43.44 (ninth out of 13). Rohde already owned an ‘A’ standard in the mile.

As for the women’s 4x4, the group included Jacee Pfeifer, Jordan Koepke, Trinity Tuls and Rachel Battershell. They finished in 3:52.96, which would top the previous season best of 3:53.73 (prior to conversion). Koepke managed the fastest split with a 57.18 split. Battershell was close behind with a 57.26 split.

Other Bulldogs who competed on Saturday were Brittney Aitken (26.75 in 200m), Gabby Diamond (34’ 5 ¾” in triple jump), Kleckner (22.99 in 200m), Wyatt Loga (6’ 4 ¾” high jump), Hannan Newton (no height in high jump) and Amy Richert (5’ 1 ¼” high jump).

The Bulldogs will play the role of meet host for the final time this indoor season when they put on the Concordia Indoor Invite next Saturday (Feb. 12). That meet will be the precursor to the GPAC Championships coming up Feb. 18-19 at Doane. The tentative Concordia Invite schedule can be found HERE.

Saturday Highlights

·        Men’s 4x400m relay – placed fourth (3:19.18); ‘B’ standard

·        Women’s 4x400m relay – placed third (3:52.96)

·        Grace Reiman – mile PR of 5:20.59

·        Calvin Rohde – mile PR of 4:16.35

·        Camden Sesna – 3,000 meter PR of 8:43.44