Track & field program solidifies 2024 indoor nationals roster

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 23, 2024 in Track & Field

NAIA National Qualifiers: Men | Women

SEWARD, Neb. – The field of 2024 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships qualifiers has been solidified. In conjunction with the NAIA’s release on Friday (Feb. 23), the Concordia University Track & Field program has announced a nationals team of 32 individuals (including 20 women and 12 men). The event will run March Feb. 29 – March 2 at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, S.D. This will mark the fifth time the NAIA national indoor meet has taken place at this location.

Head Coach Matt Beisel’s squads are coming off conference places finishes of first for the women and third for the men at last week’s GPAC Championships hosted by Mount Marty. In the most recent NAIA ratings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Concordia appeared at No. 3 on the women’s side and at No. 9 on the men’s side.

The women have hopes of bringing back a team trophy (top four teams earn hardware) from Brookings. Among the 20 national qualifiers are eight previous All-Americans: Jenna Esch (three), Kylahn Freiberg (four), Abby Gerber (one), Rylee Haecker (eight), Jordan Koepke (five), Josi Noble (one), Josie Puelz (seven) and Trinity Tuls (two). At the 2023 indoor national meet, Freiberg placed second in the 1,000 meters, Abby Gerber placed seventh in the shot put, Rylee Haecker placed sixth in the 1,000 meters, Erin Mapson placed seventh in the pole vault, Josie Puelz won the pole vault national title and the 4x4 relay placed sixth. Puelz has won five pole vault national titles in her career.

The men placed 31st at the 2023 NAIA indoor meet. Among the team’s 12 national qualifiers, three have claimed All-American hardware in the past: Darien Semedo (one), Chris Wren (three) and Zach Zohner (two). Zohner will enter the meet as the nation’s top seed in the pole vault with a mark of 17’ 1.” Zohner burst onto the scene in Brookings last year and placed as the national runner up. The qualifying roster also includes Calvin Rohde, who led the Bulldogs in scoring at the GPAC meet and was the conference champion in the 1,000 meters.

The list of Bulldogs making their first-ever national championship appearance includes Liam Fagan, Carson Fehlhafer, Brady Klute, Trevor Kuncl, Julie McIntyre, Hayley Miles, Mayson Ostermeyer, Trey Robertson, Sydney Reichert, Isabelle Salters, Colby Sugden and Zoey Walker.

For additional details on the national meet, visit the NAIA website HERE.

2024 Concordia indoor national qualifiers

(National seeding in parentheses)


·        Erin Boggs, junior
-Pole vault (25th, 11 4 ½”)

·        Amira Cummings, junior
-Pole vault (15th, 11’ 8 ½”)

·        Jenna Esch, junior
-4x800m relay (1st, 9:09.93)
-800 Meters (4th, 2:14.14)
-4x400m relay (9th, 3:53.06)

·        Kylahn Freiberg, senior
-4x800m relay (1st, 9:09.93)
-Mile (8th, 5:00.37)

·        Abby Gerber, junior
-Shot put (10th, 45’ 9”)
-Weight throw (25th, 53’ 10 ½”)

·        Rylee Haecker, junior
-4x800m relay (1st, 9:09.93)
-1,000 Meters (4th, 2:54.91)

·        Rhaya Kaschinske, junior
-4x800m relay alternate (1st, 9:09.93)
-1,000 meters (21st, 3:01.65)

·        Kayla Kirchner, sophomore
-4x400m relay (9th, 3:53.06)

·        Jordan Koepke, junior
-4x400m relay (9th, 3:53.06)
-600 Meters (9th, 1:35.56)

·        Julie McIntyre, senior
-4x800m relay (1st, 9:09.93)

·        Hayley Miles, sophomore
-Long jump (4th, 19’ 4 ¼”)
-Triple jump (25th, 37’ 1 ¾”)

·        Josi Noble, sophomore
-Pentathlon (14th, 3,221)
-Triple jump (18th, 37’ 6 ¾”)

·        Kamryn Pokorney, junior
-Weight throw (26th, 53’ 7 ¾”)

·        Josie Puelz, senior
-Pole vault (15th, 11’ 8 ½”)

·        Sydney Reichert, junior
-Pole vault (15th, 11’ 8 ½”)

·        Adrianna Rodencal, sophomore
-60 hurdles (8th, 8.55)

·        Isabelle Salters, junior
-4x400m relay (9th, 3:53.06)

·        Trinity Tuls, junior
-4x400m relay (9th, 3:53.06)

·        Zoey Walker, freshman
-High jump (9th, 5’ 6”)
-Pentathlon (16th, 3,185)

·        Abi Wohlgemuth, junior
-Weight throw (4th, 58’ 10 ¼”)


·        Liam Fagan, sophomore
-Distance Medley Relay (16th, 10:11.14)

·        Carson Fehlhafer, sophomore
-Shot put (29th, 51’ 4 ½”)

·        Brady Klute, senior
-Weight Throw (27th, 56’ 8 ½”)

·        Trevor Kuncl, sophomore
-Distance Medley Relay (16th, 10:11.14)

·        Mayson Ostermeyer, sophomore
-Pole Vault (16th, 15’ 3”)

·        Joel Rathe, junior
-Long jump (14th, 23’ 9”)

·        Trey Robertson, freshman
-Distance Medley Relay (16th, 10:11.14)

·        Calvin Rohde, junior
-Mile (3rd, 4:11.45)
- Distance Medley Relay (16th, 10:11.14)

·        Darien Semedo, junior
-Shot put (13th, 53’ 5 ¾”)
-Weight throw (25th, 56’ 11 ½”)

·        Colby Sugden, junior
-Distance Medley Relay (16th, 10:11.14)

·        Chris Wren, senior
-Weight throw (2nd, 65’ 2”)

·        Zach Zohner, junior
-Pole Vault (1st, 17’ 1”)

2024 Concordia Indoor National Qualifiers – a closer look
Erin Boggs, junior (third trip to nationals)
Amira Cummings, senior (sixth trip to nationals)
Jenna Esch, junior (fourth trip to nationals; three All-America awards)
Liam Fagan, sophomore (first trip to nationals)
Carson Fehlhafer, sophomore (first trip to nationals)
Kylahn Freiberg, senior (seventh trip to nationals; four All-America awards; 2023 indoor 1,000 meter national runner up)
Abby Gerber, junior (sixth trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Rylee Haecker, senior (sixth trip to nationals; eight All-America awards)
Rhaya Kaschinske, junior (fourth trip to nationals)
Kayla Kirchner, sophomore (second trip to nationals)
Brady Klute, senior (first trip to nationals)
Jordan Koepke, junior (fifth trip to nationals; five All-America awards)
Trevor Kuncl, sophomore (first trip to nationals)
Julie McIntyre, senior (first trip to nationals)
Hayley Miles, sophomore (first trip to nationals)
Josi Noble, sophomore (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Mayson Ostermeyer, sophomore (first trip to nationals)
Kamryn Pokorney, junior (third trip to nationals)
Josie Puelz, senior (eighth trip to nationals; seven All-America awards; five-time pole vault national champ; one pole vault runner-up claim)
Joel Rathe, junior (fifth trip to nationals)
Trey Robertson, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Sydney Reichert, junior (first trip to nationals)
Adrianna Rodencal, sophomore (third trip to nationals)
Calvin Rohde, senior (fifth trip to nationals)
Isabelle Salters, junior (first trip to nationals)
Darien Semedo, senior (third trip to nationals; one All-America award)
Colby Sugden, junior (first trip to nationals)
Trinity Tuls, junior (fourth trip to nationals; two All-America awards)
Zoey Walker, freshman (first trip to nationals)
Abi Wohlgemuth, junior (third trip to nationals)
Chris Wren, senior (seventh trip to nationals; three All-America awards)
Zach Zohner, junior (fifth trip to nationals; two All-America awards; 2023 indoor pole vault national runner up)