In 2012, track and field student-athlete Josh Goerdt
(’14) (Dyersville, Iowa) traveled to California for nationals and was one spot off of the All-American podium with his ninth place finish in the 400-meter dash. This year, the trip was shorter and the reward sweeter.
Goerdt qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships with his school record 47.39 at La Crosse, Wis., on May 16 – the second fastest time in the country.
In his preliminary race at nationals in La Crosse a week later, in the third of three heats, Goerdt reached the finish line first to automatically qualify for the finals. He finished that race in 48.00 seconds.
Goerdt put himself in position for an All-American finish with his appearance in the finals, but needed to finish in the top eight to reach the podium. He responded on Saturday afternoon, May 25, with another sub-48 time, this time 47.55 seconds. It was good enough for third place and a spot on the coveted All-American podium.
Two weeks before his All-American moment, on May 11, Goerdt won the Iowa Conference Men’s Track MVP award after winning three races on his home turf, Loras’ Rock Bowl, including the 400-meter dash, and anchoring the 4x400-meter relay team.