SEWARD, Neb. – Senior Kim Wood reeled in another significant honor and a combined 39 Concordia men’s and women’s track and field athletes were officially acknowledged on Wednesday as GPAC all-conference honorees based on top-eight placements at the 2016 GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 19-20). The complete list of all-conference Bulldogs can be viewed at bottom.
The GPAC runner-up Concordia women were led by the five all-conference claims produced by Wood, who on Wednesday garnered the women’s Most Outstanding Performance of the Meet award (voted on by league coaches) for her unprecedented work over the weekend. Wood won four GPAC titles and broke three meet records. She totaled 41 points on the way to winning Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Indoor Track and Field Outstanding Athlete of the Year recognition.
In sum, 18 Bulldog all-conference female athletes totaled 23 all-GPAC performances. Wood was one of eight to earn all-conference recognition in more than one event. In addition, Kali Robb broke the conference meet record in the weight throw.
For the third-place Concordia men, 21 athletes received recognition. Cody Boellstorff, Zach Lurz and CJ Muller claimed one event title apiece to headline their efforts. Boellstorff increased his NAIA-leading and school record mark in the weight throw while Lurz set a new GPAC indoor standard in the shot put. The Bulldog men thoroughly dominated the weight throw, holding down six of the eight all-conference placements. They also earned five all-conference honors in the shot put.
Other event titles were recorded by Stephanie Coley (shot put) and McKenzie Gravo (pole vault). Runner-up finishes were turned in by Allison Brooks (pole vault), Lurz (weight throw), Jose Rojas (shot put), Emily Sievert (5,000 meter run) and Lucas Wiechman (heptathlon).
The 2016 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships will take place at David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field in Johnson City, Tenn., March 3-5. The NAIA will officially announce the field of national qualifiers on Friday.