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Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, Apr. 22, 2017

Doane Track and Field hosted the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Crete. The Tigers hit 17 NAIA automatic qualifying marks and nine provisional qualifying marks with 14 of the marks either new qualifying marks or improved season marks.


Men's Highlights

  • Dakarai Hightower (JR/Tacoma, Wash.) came up just shy of breaking the school record in the high jump a week ago but he would not be denied for a second week in a row. Hightower cleared 7-01.75 on Saturday to top the mark set in 1995 by Quenten Esser of 7-01.00.
  • Drew Klein (JR/Papillion, Neb.) won the pole vault with a height of 15-11.00 on Friday evening, clearing the NAIA automatic mark. Dustin Axline (SO/Exeter, Neb.) cleared 15-01.00 to meet the provisional mark.
  • In the triple jump, De'Andre Miller (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) and Shingai Kusena (JR/Marondera, Zimbabwe) had season-best jumps that cleared the automatic qualifying distance. Miller had a top jump of 48-07.25 with Kusena going 48-01.75.
  • Zach Brittain (JR/Grand Island, Neb.) had two season-best throws which came in the shot put and the discus. He had a throw of 56-10.75 in the shot put and a throw of 168-05 in the discus, both automatic qualifying distances.
  • Ben Berreckman (JR/Holdrege, Neb.) added an automatic qualifying throw in the shot put with a distance of 53-05.75, a season-best.
  • Chris Svoboda (SR/St. Paul, Neb.) had a season-best throw in the shot put of 50-08.25 to meet the provisional standard. He added an automatic distance in the hammer throw with a mark of 181-04.
  • Levi Sudbeck (FR/Hadar, Neb.) met the provisional standard in the decathlon as he posted 5,951 points. The Top 16 marks in the decathlon that meet the provisional standard will compete at nationals.

Women's Highlights

  • Rachel Bramhall (SR/Papillion, Neb. ) met the NAIA automatic qualifying time in the hurdles for the second straight week. In the 100m hurdles, she posted a season-best time of 14.31 while taking the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:02.65.
  • Kalyn Brannagan (SR/Shelton, Neb.) had a season-best time in hitting the automatic qualifying time in the 400m hurdles. She was clocked in 1:03.29.
  • A pair of relay teams hit the automatic qualifying times. In the 4x100m relay, the team clocked a time of 47.40. The 4x800m relay team was clocked with a time of 9:22.40, the 5th fastest in the NAIA.
  • Alexis Dale (FR/Ravenna, Neb.) and Shay Brown (SO/Roca, Neb.) met the automatic qualifying height in the high jump with leaps of 5-08.50. For Dale, it was a season-best jump, while Brown matched her season best. Claire Sintek (SO/Norfolk, Neb.) met her season-best leap of 5-06.00 to also surpass the automatic mark.
  • Maitlyn Thomsen (SO/Beaver Crossing, Neb.) hit the NAIA automatic qualifying distance in the javelin with a throw of 133-09 during the heptathlon. Thomsen met the provisional qualifying points for the heptathlon with 3,997 points.
  • Ashley Cook (FR/Waverly, Neb.) and Amanda Cook (FR/Waverly, Neb.) also met the provisional qualifying total for the heptathlon. Ashley posted 4,126 points while Amanda finished with 3,863 points. The Top 16 in the NAIA will compete at the national meet.
  • Marissa DeWispelare (SR/David City, Neb.) hit the provisional qualifying time in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:37.53, a season best.
  • Jordan Wietzki (SR/Bartlett, Neb.) met the provisional standard in the 100m hurdles as she was clocked in 14.98.
  • Kate Grint (FR/Ord, Neb.) had a throw of 139-03 in the discus to meet the provisional standard.

On Deck for the Tigers

  • Doane will participate in the Prairie Wolf Invite at Nebraska Wesleyan on Thursday, April 27, in Lincoln.