SEWARD, Neb. – Athlete of the week recognition rolled in for a pair of Concordia University track and field representatives with national leading marks. On Wednesday (Feb. 15), senior Kali Robb earned the distinction of Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week while senior Lucas Wiechman was named GPAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. Head coach Matt Beisel’s track and field programs have totaled eight GPAC weekly awards this indoor season.
Robb, the defending GPAC champion in the weight throw, took over the national lead in the weight throw with a winning toss of 59’ 4” at last week’s Concordia Indoor Invitational. The Sidney, Neb., native also placed second in the shot put with a mark of 46’ 4 ¼” (fifth best in the NAIA). Robb is a seven-time All-American and a key member of the 2016 outdoor national championship team.
Wiechman has raked in three GPAC athlete of the week awards this season while starring both on the track and in the field. At the Concordia Invite, the Pilger, Neb., native won every event he competed in while posting personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles (8.21) and the pole vault (16’ 4 ¾”). He also ran the leadoff leg for the Bulldog 4x400 meter relay that clocked a season best of 3:20.37. Wiechman ranks No. 1 nationally in the heptathlon, an event he placed runner up in at the 2016 indoor national championships.
Robb, Wiechman and the men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to action this weekend at the 2017 GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 17-18). Based on last week’s release, Concordia sports national rankings of sixth on the men’s side and 10th on the women’s side.
2017 Concordia track & field GPAC athletes of the week
Feb. 15 – Kali Robb (field); Lucas Wiechman (track)
Feb. 8 – *Allie Brooks (field); CJ Muller (field); Lucas Wiechman (track)
Jan. 25 – *Cody Boellstorff (field); Lucas Wiechman (track)
Jan. 18 – CJ Muller (track)
*NAIA National Athlete of the Week