Concordia senior Cody Boellstorff added to his impressive resume by winning a national championship in the hammer throw at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Boellstorff won with a heave of 212 feet, 7½ inches. He was one of three Concordia throwers to place in the top five in the hammer. Senior Zach Lurz placed third with a throw of 200-11, and Philip Kreutzer placed fifth with a throw of 189-8¾.
For Boellstorff, it marked his second national outdoor title in the hammer throw. He won in 2015, too. The Waverly graduate has won four national titles between the outdoor and indoor seasons. The Bulldogs' throwing contingent also gave them the early lead, with 20 points on the opening day, for a 10-point advantage over Eastern Oregon and Bacone College.
Hastings' Alex Wellington placed sixth in the hammer throw, and Midland's Seth Sabata was eighth.
On the women's side, Concordia senior Kali Robb took third in the hammer throw with a mark of 181-5, and teammate Sydney Meyer was fifth at 175-1. Hastings' Sara Olsen captured All-America honors with an eighth-place finish.
Concordia senior Katricia Svoboda placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 141-0. Doane's Kylie Gokie and Maitlyn Thomsen finished seventh and eighth, respectively. In the pole vault, Hastings' Anna Megenhardt finished third, while Concordia added more points thanks to McKenzie Gravo's fourth-place finish. The Bulldogs lead Wayland Baptist, 19-17, after the first day.
Hastings sits fourth in the team race after Shantinique Cunningham added a fourth-place finish in the long jump.
Williams springs career-best in long jump to qualify for NCAAs: Nebraska senior Tierra Williams uncorked a career-best leap of 21-2 in the long jump on Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas, to book a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships in the event.
The Auburn graduate topped her old mark by a half an inch to finish fourth. Her best finish at the NCAAs is ninth in 2015. Williams triple jumps on Friday, looking to become a three-time NCAA qualifier in that event.
A total of five Huskers qualified for the NCAAs, with the javelin throwers leading the way. Brittni Wolczyk finished sixth in the women's javelin and Sydney Otto got the last qualifying spot with a 12th-place finish, while Seth Derr finished 10th in the men's to earn his spot in Eugene. In the men's long jump, Isaiah Griffith finished 10th to earn a qualifying spot.
Andy Jacobs just missed a qualifying spot in the women's pole vault, tying for 14th by clearing a personal-best 13-9¼ and missing an NCAA berth based on prior misses.
State colleges represent at NCAA Division II women's hammer throw: Two state college throwers finished first and second in the women's hammer throw to open the NCAA Division II Championships at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Chadron State’s Mel Herl won with a mark of 214 feet, 1 inch, with Wayne State's Michaela Dendinger second at 206-1. It was Dendinger's first All-American finish in the hammer and third overall. Seward graduate Ashlyn Hanson of Chadron State was 13th in the women's hammer throw (175-11).
Wesleyan relay team advances: The Nebraska Wesleyan women's 4x400 relay team finished second in its heat to advance to the finals at the NCAA Division III Championships in Geneva, Ohio. NWU had the fourth-fastest qualifying time.