A group made up of mostly distance runners and throwers represented Concordia University Track & Field in the program’s first outdoor meet of the 2023 season. Collectively, the Bulldogs won six event titles at the Grand View Viking Relays.
Outdoor track season has nearly arrived for the Bulldogs, who are coming off indoor GPAC placements of first for the women and third for the men. The dynamics change with a different set of events on tap for outdoor track.
Courtesy of their performances at the 2023 NAIA indoor national meet, 11 Bulldogs have earned All-America awards. The list includes pole vault national champ Josie Puelz and national runners up Kylahn Freiberg and Zach Zohner.
It was a day for underdogs as Kylahn Freiberg and Zach Zohner earned national runner up finishes while starring for the Bulldogs on the final day of the 2023 NAIA indoor national meet. The women placed sixth as a team while the men placed 31st.
Driven by her pursuit of excellence, Josie Puelz has achieved greatness. She won her fifth career NAIA pole vault national title while leading the way for the Bulldogs on Friday (March 3). Erin Mapson also earned a podium finish in the pole vault.
On day one of the NAIA National Championship meet, 13 athletes represented the Bulldogs in Brookings, S.D. Most notably, the Concordia women's 4x4 qualified for the finals as one of three relays to run on Thursday (March 2).
The 2023 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships will wrap up the indoor season for the Bulldogs, who will send 32 athletes to Brookings, S.D. Concordia's field includes 14 past All-Americans.
In conjunction with the NAIA's release of 2023 indoor national qualifiers, Concordia Track & Field has announced its qualifying roster of 32 Bulldogs. They will be headed to Brookings, S.D., for the 2023 national indoor meet March 2-4.
Matt Beisel was named both 2023 GPAC Women's Indoor Coach of the Year and 2023 NAIA Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year on Thursday (Feb. 23). Beisel guided the women's program to an eighth GPAC title in a row.
As announced by the GPAC on Thursday (Feb. 23), Adrianna Rodencal has been named the 2023 GPAC Indoor Women's Athlete of the Year and Matt Beisel the 2023 GPAC Women's Indoor Coach of the Year. In addition, 59 Bulldogs garnered all-conference accolades.
With a bevy of past All-Americans back in the fold, the Bulldogs are looking to remain a player on the conference and national scenes. The 2022 outdoor season gets started on Saturday with the Viking Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
After nearly deciding to go elsewhere for college, Sarah Lewis felt something calling her to stay closer to home. Her presence at Concordia has been a blessing to a program that has taken off with the help of Lewis.
Roughly 30 years after John Puelz made his mark at Concordia, John's daughter Josie has brought the Puelz name back to the forefront in a big way. The family's legacy will always have a deep and special connection to Concordia.
Concordia Track & Field has reached meet week while readying to host the Bulldog Early Bird. The Bulldogs are coming off 2021 GPAC indoor placements of first on the women's side and third on the men's side.
It had to be God's plan that resulted in Carol Bailey-Moravec landing at Concordia College in 1986. The next four years saw Bailey-Moravec achieve unprecedented success.
The accomplished Addie Shaw earned 11 All-America awards and two national titles in an incredible collegiate career. Shaw provided a reflection on her time at Concordia.
A wave emotion hit Liz Stottlemyre after the final throw of her Bulldog career resulted in a national title and school record. It was a moment made even more special by the people involved.
Fresh off a thrilling 2021 indoor season, the Bulldogs have high hopes for the spring. The roster has been beefed up for outdoor track & field, which is back after a year hiatus in 2020.
The success experienced by the Concordia Women's Track & Field program has been a byproduct of the special combination of talent, faith, family atmosphere and elite competition within the program.
There have been moments of frustration and self-doubt, but senior Anna Baack overcame those struggles to return to a national qualifying level. Her story is one of perseverance with the help of a strong support system.