SEWARD, Neb. – In the aftermath of second (men) and third (women) place finishes at the 2017 GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 40 athletes (complete list below) from the Concordia University track and field programs were officially named all-conference honorees by the GPAC on Thursday (May 11).
Major awards went to seniors Zach Lurz and Lucas Wiechman. Winner of four individual GPAC outdoor titles, Wiechman collected the Men’s GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Outstanding Athlete of the Year award. Meanwhile, Lurz took home the honor of Men’s Field Performance of the Meet courtesy of his winning mark of 202’ 1” in the hammer throw.
Wiechman is enjoying a senior season unlike any other in program history. He also earned the GPAC outstanding athlete of the year award for indoor track. Additionally, he’s raked in 2017 honors for outstanding athlete of the meet at the GPAC indoor and outdoor championships and at the NAIA indoor national championships. His 2017 tally includes seven individual GPAC titles and two other conference championships as part of relay teams. At indoor nationals, Wiechman won the heptathlon and was also an All-American in the pole vault and 60 meter hurdles.
Lurz put together a stellar meet of his own, winning GPAC titles in the hammer and discus while placing fourth in the shot put. The native of Chadron, Neb., has captured eight conference and four national titles during his impressive throwing career. He earned the GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Outstanding Athlete of the Year award in 2014, helping lead the Bulldogs to a team conference championship.
The list of all-conference performers includes additional GPAC champions in members of the men’s 4x400 meter relay, Samantha Liermann (shot put), Kali Robb (hammer) and Tricia Svoboda (discus). Sixteen of the 40 Bulldog All-GPAC honorees posted top-eight finishes in two or more events. The following Concordia athletes were All-GPAC place finishers in three or more events: Cody Boellstorff, Lurz, CJ Muller, Svoboda and Wiechman.
Before focusing on the outdoor national championships (May 25-27), the Bulldogs will host the Concordia Twilight Meet on Friday (May 12). The event schedule can be viewed HERE.
Concordia All-GPAC athletes