It was a significant Concordia Twilight meet for Bulldog throwers, who posted four new 'A' standards on Friday (May 12). In addition, Lauren Dawson broke her own school record in a meet that included a lightning delay of nearly four hours.
In a phenomenal freshman campaign, Adrianna Rodencal has swept GPAC Women's Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year awards. In addition, 53 Bulldogs earned all-conference awards and Matt Beisel was named GPAC Women's Coach of the Year.
In winding down a fifth year of a remarkable collegiate journey, the triple major Rachel Battershell has rediscovered the joy that made her a champion. Nearing the finish line, Battershell reflected on an experience she calls "really special."
For athletes still seeking automatic national qualifying marks, two twilight meets will serve as last chance opportunities. The Bulldogs will host the Concordia Twilight this Thursday-Friday before heading to Kearney for the Loper Twilight.
Concordia Women's Track & Field raised the GPAC title banner once again while following the lead of stars such as Rachel Battershell and Adrianna Rodencal. Meanwhile, the men placed third at the 2023 conference outdoor meet hosted by Dordt.
The highlights from day one of the 2023 GPAC outdoor meet included pole vault titles from Josie Puelz and Zach Zohner and some big throws in the hammer. The Bulldogs lead the team scoring for the men and women entering day two.
Following six weeks of outdoor competition, Concordia Track & Field looks ahead to the 2023 GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The conference meet will take place at the home track of Dordt in Sioux Center, Iowa.
It was the women's relays that stole the show for the Bulldogs in their final weekend of action prior to the 2023 GPAC outdoor championships. The women's 4x2, 4x4 and 4x8 relays each achieved great heights at the Drake Relays.
In the final week of action prior to the 2023 GPAC outdoor championships, Concordia Track & Field will be represented at the Drake Relays and the Prairie Wolf Invitational. The Bulldogs have totaled nine automatic national marks in 2023.
After posting automatic national qualifying times in the 400 meters and as part of the 4x400 meter relay, Jenna Esch has been named the GPAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week. Concordia has pulled in 11 weekly awards in 2022-23.
A state champion pole vaulter, Chase Berry will stay home and compete as a Bulldog. Along with Chase come lofty expectations. Because of circumstances he's faced, Chase is uniquely equipped to handle the expectations.
Dr. Brandon Seifert is a prime example of what happens when a standout athlete combines focus and determination. In a defining moment, the now surgeon overcame significant injury and triumphed in impressive fashion.
Adrianna Shaw hasn't always loved throwing the discus, but it's safe to say it's grown on her. The idea of being a national champion is still sinking in for the latest Bulldog to climb to the top of the podium.
Nearly three weeks after completing the indoor season, the Bulldog track and field teams are ready for outdoor competition. Most of the team's athletes will get started next week at the Fort Hays State Invite.
The 2018 Concordia track and field roster has a different look with the loss of an accomplished senior class and the arrival of the program's largest ever recruiting class. Expectations remain high.
A returning national champion in the shot put, Samantha Liermann is one of the few holdovers from the past two years that saw Concordia throwers blow all reasonable expectations out of the water. She's back for more.
Stephanie Tietjen (maiden name Beberniss) blazed a trail for female pole vaulters at Concordia. She was utterly dominant in 2003, winning national and GPAC titles in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault.
It would be difficult to find an athlete with a more impressive résumé than senior Zach Lurz. Says Lurz, "I’m sure I’ll look back in five years and think that this was amazing." Lurz has four national titles to his credit.
An ACL tear as a senior in high school helped Allie Brooks realize just how much the pole vault means to her. Now as a sophomore at Concordia, Allie has taken flight and is living up to the Brooks name.
First-year head coach Matt Beisel finds himself in a unique situation in that he takes over programs that have raised a national championship trophy in back-to-back years. Bulldog track and field has created a climate of high expectation.