Women's Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Men's Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

SEWARD, Neb. – A combined total of 29 (20 women, nine men) Concordia University track and field athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the NAIA on Monday. Just days after capturing the national title, the women led the nation in scholar-athletes. The 29 combined honored Bulldogs was more than any other school’s total. Seventeen of those honorees are repeat winners (view complete list below).

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 451 women’s and 302 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 1,300 and counting. So far, the 2015-16 season has produced 86 Bulldog scholar-athletes. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. 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.

2016 Concordia track and field Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Men (9)

  • Trevor Bresson | Sr. | Colorado Springs, Colo. | Biology, Pre-Nursing
  • Christian Egger | Jr. | Galva, Iowa | Secondary Education
  • Thomas Hinrichs |Sr. | Auburn, Neb. | Middle Level Education
  • Jacob Kettner | Sr. | Salem, Mo. | Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Taylor Mueller | Sr. | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Secondary Education, History
  • CJ Muller | Jr. | Omaha, Neb. | Exercise Science
  • Andrew Mussell | Jr. | Buffalo, Minn. | Director of Christian Education
  • Benjamin Schulteis | Sr. | Greenfield, Iowa | Secondary Education
  • Jaap van Gaalen | Sr.| Ramstein AFB, Germany | Conservation Science

Women (20)

  • Christine Beune | Jr. | Dodge, Neb. | Exercise Science
  • Stephanie Coley | Sr. | Gering, Neb. | English
  • Michaela Curran | Sr. | Wahoo, Neb. | Secondary Education, Mathematics
  • Alayna Daberkow | Jr. | Madison, Neb. | Marketing
  • Morgan Eggert | Jr. | Atkins, Iowa | Behavioral Science
  • Talitha Elbert | Sr. | Albuquerque, N.M. | Secondary Education
  • Breanna Gardels | Jr. | Humphrey, Neb. | Behavioral Science, Psychology
  • Liz King | Sr. | Billings, Mont. | Secondary Education, History & Spanish
  • Fallon Kostbahn | Jr. | Grand Island, Neb. | Elementary/ Early Childhood Education
  • Cynthia Mick | Sr. | Carleton, Neb.
  • Candace Norman-Kolling | Sr. | Crawford, Neb. | English, History
  • Lauren Pankow | Sr. | Milwaukee, Wis. | Elementary/ Early Childhood Education
  • Nicole Perry | Sr. | Menifee, Calif. | Secondary Education, Environmental Science
  • Beth Rasmussen | Jr. | Omaha, Neb. | World & Intercultural Studies, Spanish
  • Katelyn Shoup | Sr. | Hordville, Neb. | Elementary Education
  • Emily Sievert | Jr. | Frankenmuth, Mich. | Secondary Education, English & Music
  • Angie Steinbacher | Jr. | St. Charles, Mo. | Elementary Education
  • Jordyn Sturms | Jr. | Parker, Colo. | Art Education
  • Marti Vlasin | Jr. | Seward, Neb. | Middle Level Education
  • Kim Wood | Sr. | Greely, Neb. | Behavioral Science, Psychology