Concordia University – Pole Vault

Concordia University, Nebraska has one of the country’s strongest and most historic pole vault programs. Since 1985, the vaultdogs have produced 83 NAIA All-Americans (as of the end of the 2022 season). Our national qualifiers list numbers in the hundreds. This period of time is highlighted by having 21 national champions. A benchmark few large or small colleges can match. We are proud of this tradition, but more importantly, we are proud of all the amazing people that have vaulted at Concordia University.

On our conference level, we hold indoor and outdoor conference records for both Men and Women. The vaultdogs also hold many conference championship titles. So many in fact, I am still researching and trying to go back prior to 1985 to get as accurate of a count as possible. I’ll just say the current count is around 40!

Below you can view our combined indoor and outdoor all-time records list. Also, you can view the list of National Champions.

All-Time Women (top 20):

Rank Name Feet Metric Date Event
1 Josie Puelz 13’07.25″ 4.15m 04/30/21 GPAC Championships (Champ)
2 Allison Brooks 13’04.25″ 4.07m 03/06/20 NAIA Nationals (Runner-up)
3 McKenzie Gravo 12’08.00″ 3.86m 04/21/17 Sioux City Relays
4 Erin Mapson 12’07.50″ 3.85m 04/02/21 Hastings Invite
5 Cassie Starks 12’06.25″ 3.82m 02/21/15 GPAC Championships (Champ)
6t Michelle Anderson 12’06.00″ 3.81m 02/09/07 Buena Vista
6t Steph Beberniss 12’06.00″ 3.81m 04/26/03 Drake Relays
8 Cynthia Mick 12’03.50″ 3.75m 05/22/15 NAIA Nationals (Runner-up)
9 Shelby Yelden 12’02.00″ 3.71m 05/03/14 GPAC Championships (Champ)
10 Kellie Fegter 12’01.75″ 3.70m 01/21/11 NWU Invitational
11 Jacee Pfeifer 12’00.50″ 3.67m 03/02/19 NAIA Championships
12t Amira Cummings 11’11.75″ 3.65m 05/14/22 Loper Twilight
12t Katie Andreasen 11’11.75″ 3.65m 05/24/03 NAIA Nationals
14t Tristen Moiser 11’09.75″ 3.60m 04/06/19 Concordia Invite
14t Kamala Moore 11’09.75″ 3.60m 03/30/13 Wayne Wildcat Classic
14t Erin Eitzman 11’09.75″ 3.60m 05/26/07 NAIA Nationals
17t Amanda Fosler 11’08.25″ 3.56m 05/12/06 Concordia Twilight
17t Lindsey Aurich 11’08.25″ 3.56m 02/25/06 GPAC Championships
19 Anna Baack 11’08.00″ 3.56m 01/29/21 Doane Classic
20 Ashlee Brown 11’07.00″ 3.53m 04/21/12 Prairie Wolf Invitational

All-Time Men (top 20):

Rank Name Feet Metric Date Event
1 Gene Brooks 18’00.50″ 5.50m 03/03/90 NAIA Nationals (Champ)
2 TJ Kloster 17’06.25″ 5.34m 05/25/02 NAIA Nationals (Champ)
3 Don Kitzmann 17’04.00″ 5.29m 05/12/89 NAIA District XI (Champ)
4 Joel Sievers 17’03.75″ 5.28m 02/06/92 Husker Invitational
5 Lucas Wiechman 16’10.75″ 5.15m 05/27/17 NAIA Nationals (Champ)
6 Carson Farr 16’08.75″ 5.10m 05/24/14 NAIA Nationals
7t Jeb Myers 16’06.00″ 5.03m 05/17/00 Concordia Twilight
7t Jason Berry 16’06.00″ 5.03m 02/20/93 NIAC Championships (Champ)
7t Patrick Gellens 16’06.00″ 5.03m 03/01/85 NAIA Nationals (Champ)
10t Gavin DeHaai 16’04.75″ 5.00m 12/14/19 Concordia Early Bird Invite
10t Luke Meyers 16’04.75″ 5.00m 05/28/05 NAIA Nationals
12 John Snow 16’04.00″ 4.98m 02/26/93 NAIA District XI (Champ)
13 Andy Mittan 16’03.50″ 4.97m 05/05/90 NIAC Championships
14 Chase Berry 16’01.75″ 4.92m 04/28/22 Prairie Wolf Invite
15t Dusty Morehead 16’01.00″ 4.91m 05/09/08 Concordia Twilight
15t Reid Ehrisman 16’01.00″ 4.91m 04/09/05 Concordia Invitational
17t Cody Williams 16’00.75″ 4.90m 02/16/19 GPAC Championships
17t Josh Tonniges 16’00.75″ 4.90m 02/19/09 GPAC Championships
19 Zach Zohner 15’11.25″ 4.86m 02/19/21 GPAC Championships
20t Zach Bennetts 15’11.00″ 4.85m 03/0321 NAIA Nationals
20t Brandon Ramos 15’11.00″ 4.85m 05/23/15 NAIA Nationals

NAIA National Champions (21):

Name Feet Metric Year Event
Josie Puelz 13’01.50″ 4.00m 2022 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
Josie Puelz 13’05.25″ 4.10m 2022 NAIA Indoor Nationals
Josie Puelz 13’03.50″ 4.05m 2021 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
Josie Puelz 13’04.50″ 4.08m 2021 NAIA Indoor Nationals
Lucas Wiechman 16’10.75″ 5.15m 2017 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
Steph Beberniss 11’11.75″ 3.65m 2003 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
Steph Beberniss 12’01.50″ 3.70m 2003 NAIA Indoor Nationals
Jeb Myers 16’05.50″ 5.02m 2003 NAIA Indoor Nationals
TJ Kloster 17’06.25″ 5.34m 2002 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
TJ Kloster 16’05.50″ 5.02m 2001 NAIA Indoor Nationals
TJ Kloster 16’02.75″   2000 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
TJ Kloster 17’06.00″   2000 NAIA Indoor Nationals
TJ Kloster 16’08.75″ 5.10m 1998 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
TJ Kloster 16’08.00″   1998 NAIA Indoor Nationals
Gene Brooks 18’00.50″ 5.50m 1990 NAIA Indoor Nationals 
Gene Brooks 16’08.75″ 5.10m 1989 NAIA Outdoor Nationals 
Gene Brooks 17’00.00″   1989 NAIA Indoor Nationals 
Gene Brooks 17’00.00″   1988 NAIA Indoor Nationals 
Gene Brooks 16’00.00″   1987 NAIA Indoor Nationals 
Patrick Gellens 16’04.75″ 5.00m 1985 NAIA Outdoor Nationals
Patrick Gellens 16’06.00″ 5.03m 1985 NAIA Indoor Nationals