The men's track & field team may not have won another team conference title on Saturday but they remain one of the elite in the GPAC as they took runner-up honors with 172 points. A mark that in some years would be enough to win, the Tigers finished just behind Concordia who won their first-ever indoor crown with 196 points.
A total of 39 All-GPAC honors were earned by 23 Tiger athletes by placing in the top eight of the events. Kale Wolken (SO, Tecumseh, Neb.) earned honors in four events, which included two victories. For his efforts, he was named the GPAC Men's Outstanding Athlete-of-the-Meet and the GPAC Men's Athlete-of-the-Year.
The running events were where the Bulldogs earned some separation with the Tigers. Doane picked up points from Chris Busby (SR, Hempstead, Texas) in the 60m dash as he placed third with a time of 6.98. He followed up with a victory in the 200m dash with a season-best time of 22.24.
Sam Housh (SR, Lincoln, Neb.) added to the Tiger point total with an eighth place finish in the 200m dash. Housh was the 60m hurdles champion after matching his season-best time of 8.07 seconds. Doane had four athletes earn points in the hurdles. Cassius McClintic (FR, Burwell, Neb.) took 5th (8.58), Jake Krueger (JR, Blair, Neb.) was 6th (8.61) and Sean Ryan (SO, North Platte, Neb.) placed 7th (8.63).
Eric Weers (SO, Bellevue, Neb.) won the 1000m run with a time of 2:31.39, posting a NAIA "A" standard. He added a fifth place finish in the mile (4:22.70) as well as fifth in the 3000m (8:56.47) for all-conference honors. Jake Kment (JR, Hooper, Neb.) also scored for the Tigers in the mile with a time of 4:25.90.
The 4x400m relay of Austin Cherry (FR, McCook, Neb.), Zach Hickman, Lance English (SO, Sumner, Neb.) and Andre Collins (FR, El Paso, Texas) placed seventh with a time of 3:27.18. The 4x800m relay team of Cherry, Chris Mauer (SO, York, Neb.), Steven Wilson (JR, Fremont, Neb.) and Josh Whyrick (SO, Eagle, Neb.) placed fifth with a time of 8:02.70.
Collins added to his honors in the field events by placing in three more events to match Wolken with four during the indoor season. Collins took third in the high jump with a provision NAIA mark of 2.01m (6-07.00). In the long jump he took fourth with a mark of 6.94m (22-09.25) and fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.84m (45-05.00).
Wolken placed sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.91m (6-03.25) and fifth in the pole vault with a height of 4.55m (14-11.00). He opened the meet with a victory in the heptathlon and added a victory in the long jump with a mark of 7.29m (23-11.00). In the heptathlon, he posted three meet records on his way to 5,135 points.
Austin Starr (FR, Stapleton, Neb.) added all-conference honors in the high jump with a height of 1.86m (6-01.25). He took third in the long jump with a leap of 6.99m (22-11.25) and third in the triple jump with a mark of 14.01m (45-11.75). Colin Lauenroth (SO, Crete, Neb.) joined in the Tigers' success in the triple jump with a mark of 13.36m (43-10.00) to place sixth.
In the pole vault, Andrew Tatum (SO, Lincoln, Neb.) pulled off an upset of Carson Farr of Concordia. Farr had the 2nd best mark in the NAIA and a substantial lead on the rest of the conference entering the meet but Tatum brought his best as he posted a season-best height of 4.80m (15-09.00) to win the event and qualify for nationals.
Krueger also placed in the pole vault, taking third with a heigh of 4.55m (14-11.00). Zach Wordekemper placed seventh and Andrew Smith was eighth as they both cleared 4.40m (14-05.25). Krueger added a runner-up finish in the heptathlon with 4,738 points and McClintic was fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,528 points.
The shot put saw Dillon Carmichael (SR, Loomis, Neb.) post a throw of 16.04m (52-07.50) to place second. John Clouse (SO, Friend, Neb.) was fourth with a throw of 15.65m (51-04.25). Levi Hillman (SO, Bennet, Neb.) took third in the weight throw with a mark of 18.47m (60-07.25). All three throws met the NAIA "A" standard.