Track tops nation in men's and women's scholar-athletes for second-straight year

By admin on May. 22, 2015 in Track & Field

Track tops nation in men’s and women’s scholar-athletes for second-straight year

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SEWARD, Neb. – A combined total of 33 (17 women, 16 men) Concordia University track and field athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the NAIA on Friday. Thirteen of those honorees are repeat winners (view complete list below). For the second-straight year, both Bulldog track programs led the nation in total number of scholar-athletes.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 450 women’s and 287 men’s track and field student-athletes across the nation were named scholar-athletes by the NAIA.

Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,106 and counting. The 2014-15 season has produced 86 Bulldog scholar-athletes. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.

2015 Concordia track and field Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

MEN (16)

  • Josh Allwardt, Sr. | Frederick, Md. | Biology/Chemistry; Pre-Med
  • Garrett Blomstedt, Sr. | Sutherland, Neb. | Elementary Education
  • Charlie Bloomfield, Sr. | Blair, Neb. | Elementary Ed/Christian Education Leader
  • Trevor Bresson, Jr. | Colorado Springs, Colo. | Biology; Pre-Nursing
  • Trey Farmer, Sr. | Seward, Neb. | Biology/Chemistry
  • Thomas Hinrichs, Jr. | Auburn, Neb. | Middle Level Education
  • Jacob Kettner, Jr. | Salem, Mo. | Exercise Science; Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Ben Montgomery, Jr. | North Platte, Neb. | Elementary Education
  • Taylor Mueller, Jr. | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Secondary Ed/Phys. Ed/American History
  • Creighton Pearse, Sr. | Kearney, Neb. | Secondary Education
  • Jordan Potrzeba, Jr. | Hastings, Neb. | Elementary/Special Ed
  • Casey Roberts, Sr. | Wamego, Kan. | Director of Christian Ed
  • Benjamin Schulteis, Jr. | Greenfield, Iowa | Secondary Education
  • Ben Sievert, Sr. | Frankenmuth, Mich. | Middle Level Education
  • Jaap van Gaalen, Jr. | Ramstein AFB, Germany | Conservation Science
  • Tim von Behren, Sr. | Elk Creek, Neb. | Biology/Chemistry/Exercise Science Concentration

WOMEN (17)

  • Tanel Baehr, Sr. | Mesa, Ariz. | Community Health and Gerontology
  • Breanna Brockhaus, Jr. | Humphrey, Neb. | Behavioral Science/Psychology
  • Stephanie Coley, Jr. | Gering, Neb. | English
  • Michaela Curran, Jr. | Wahoo, Neb. | Secondary Education
  • Talitha Elbert, Jr. | Ramstein, Germany | Secondary Education
  • Brittany Erdmann, Sr. | Chanhassen, Minn. | Secondary Education
  • Rianne Gross, Sr. | Riverside, Calif. | Elementary Education
  • Shelby Hohnholt, Sr. | Saratoga, Wyo. | Health and Human Performance
  • Liz King, Jr. | Billings, Mont. | Secondary Education
  • Cynthia Mick, Jr. | Carleton, Neb.
  • Candace Norman-Kolling, Jr. | Crawford, Neb. | English/History
  • Lauren Pankow, Jr. | Milwaukee, Wis. | Elementary/Early Childhood Ed
  • Nicole Perry, Jr. | Menifee, Calif. | Secondary Ed/Environmental Science
  • Katelyn Shoup, Jr. | Hordville, Neb. | Elementary Education
  • Cassie Starks, Sr. | Haigler, Neb. | Biology
  • Renee Williams, Sr. | Lincoln, Neb. | Elementary Ed/Early Childhood/ESL
  • Kim Wood, Jr. | Greeley, Neb. | Psychology/Behavioral Science