Concordia University Wisconsin Athletics

 

Men's Track & Field

 
John Balsman
John Balsman
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Rockford, Ill.
High School: Rockford Lutheran
Position: Sprints
Major: Theology
Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor/Outdoor

2014 Season (Senior): Competed in the 55-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, as well as various relays...INDOOR: Competed at four meets...Helped 4X200-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish at the UW-Platteville Invitational (Feb.15)...Ran a season-best 6.92 in the 55-meter dash at the NACC Indoor Championships (Mar. 1)...Placed eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.88 at the Private College Invitational (Jan. 17-18)...OUTDOOR: Competed at three meets...Posted season-best times in the 100-meter (11.41) and 200-meter (23.15) dashes at the Beloit Relays (Apr. 25-26)...Also helped 4X100-meter relay team to a 2nd-place finish at the Beloit Relays.

2013 Season (Junior): Competed in the 55-meter, 60-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter dashes as well as various relays...INDOOR: Ranked third in the Northern Athletics Conference in the 200-meter dash with his time of 22.86 at the NAC Indoor Championships (Feb. 23)...Placed seventh in the 55-meter dash at the NAC Indoor Championships with a 6.69, one-tenth of a second off his personal record set in the preliminaries at the same meet...Placed fourth in the 200-meter dash at the UW-Parkside Classic (Feb. 2), running the race in 23.00...OUTDOOR: Tied for the second fastest time in the 100-meter dash in the NAC, running a 10.91 at the Wisconsin Private College Championships (Apr. 27)...Earned a second-place finish in the 100 and a third place finish in the 200-meter dash at the Private College Championships...Placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.50) and fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.18) at the NAC Outdoor Championships (May 3-4)...His 200-meter dash time at the NAC Outdoor Championships was a personal record.

2012 Season (Sophomore): Named to the All-Northern Athletics Conference Outdoor Track & Field All-Sportsmanship Team...Helped set the school record in the 4x200-meter relay (1:31.01) at the Eastbay/Pointer Invitational (Feb. 18)...Competed in the 55-, 60-, 100- and 200-meters, 4x100-meters, 4x200-meters, 4x400-meters and long jump...Set personal records in the 55-, 60-, 100- and 200-meters...Posted numerous top-10 finishes in the 100- and 200-meters, 4x100-, 4x200- and 4x400-meters...Helped the men's team win the Northern Athletics Conference Indoor Championship...INDOOR: Helped the 4x400-meter relay team finish fourth (3:28.53) at the Tadd Metzger Invitational (Jan. 27)...Was a member of the 4x200-meter relay winning team (1:31.01) at the Eastbay/Pointer Invitational (Feb. 18)...Member of the 4x400-meter relay winning team (3:29.00) at the NAC Indoor Championships (Feb. 25)...OUTDOOR: Helped the 4x100-meter relay team win (42.21) at the Emory Invitational (Mar. 23-24)...Took second in the 100-meters (11.22) and fourth in the 200-meters (22.89) at the Cougar Invitational (Apr. 19-20)...Recorded four top-4 finishes at the NAC Outdoor Championships (May 4-5) taking first in the 4x100-meter relay (42.09), fourth in the 100-meters (11.17), fourth in the 200-meters (22.87) and fourth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:29.84).

High School: Graduated Magna Cum Laude...Member of the Nantional Honors Society and was an Illinois State Scholar...Was a state qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter dash...Tied a school record in the 200-meters with a time of 22.3 seconds...Earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track & field.

Personal: Son of Russ and Lois...Has two older brothers, Ben and Erich...Grandfather, Erich Van Fange, is a member of the Concordia University Nebraska Hall of Fame.