(Sioux City, Iowa) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports are proud to announce the following men's outdoor track & field athletes-of-the-week for March 31 – April 6, 2014. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2013-2014 GPAC players-of-the-week and players and coaches-of-the-year awards program.
Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athletes-of-the-Week
Field Events – Zach Lurz, Concordia
Zach Lurz of Concordia is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Field Athlete-of-the-Week. A freshman from Torrington, Wyoming, Lurz finished in the top three in each of the three events he competed in at the UNK Invite last week, becoming the first in Concordia program history to automatically qualify for nationals in the discus, shot put and hammer throw. His mark of 177'9" in the discus won the meet and ranks second in the NAIA and first in the GPAC. He also ranks third in the NAIA in the shot put and tenth in the hammer throw.
Track Events – John Cartier, Concordia
Concordia's John Cartier is this week's GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Track Athlete-of-the-Week. Cartier, a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, finished second in the 400 meter dash at the UNK Invite with a NAIA 'B' qualifying mark of 48.37 seconds, the best in the GPAC. He also was a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams for the Bulldogs which both finished in the top five, just short of NAIA qualifying marks.