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Outdoor Track & Field - Thu, May 4, 2017

Doane Track and Field will compete at the GPAC Championships this weekend in Fremont with the meet hosted by Midland. The championships begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Saturday evening. Doane is the defending champions, winning the men's title last year in Hastings with 203 points while the women posted 235 points in the win. Hastings and Concordia are expected to be the toughest competition on both sides as they seek to prevent Doane from repeating.

The Tiger men have six event leaders going into the meet that consists of 22 total events. On the track, Michael Tross (JR/Saint Kitts) will pace the sprints in the 100m dash. A two-time GPAC Track Athlete of the Week, Tross takes the top time in with 10.72 seconds. He is the only runner to hit the provisional qualifying standard so far this season in the race.

Drew Klein (JR/Papillion, Neb.) is tied for the top time this year in the 200m dash. His time of 21.90 is shared for the top mark with Sage Lloyd of Briar Cliff. Tross enters with the 8th fastest time this year in the conference.

In the 400m dash, Dillon Nerud (SO/Crete, Neb.) takes Doane's top time into the race at 51.27 seconds, 23rd in the GPAC this year. Alan Varela (SO/Oxford, Neb.) will race the 800m run and has the second fastest time at 1:53.51. His top time this year is one-hundredth of a second from the NAIA provisional time.

Tanner Dunn (SR/Blair, Neb.) has the Tigers top time in the 1500m run at 4:18.86. Rosten From (SO/Roca, Neb.) will be pulling long-distance double duty as he takes the top mark of Doane runners into the 3,000m steeplechase and the 5,000m run. In the steeplechase, he has the 5th fastest time at 10:03.38 while posting a time of 15:39.54 in the 5K which is the 6th fastest. Matthew Villarreal will be the Tigers only runner in the 10K with the 21st ranked time at 36:33.32.

Zach Hickman (SR/Parker, Colo.) is the top Doane runner in the hurdles, taking the 6th fastest time into the 110m hurdles (15.37) and 2nd fastest in the 400m hurdles (54.76).

The men's 4x100m relay team has the top time entering the meet at 42.05. Doane is the defending champion in the race. The 4x400m relay team is 4th entering the meet with a top time of 3:21.14 while the 4x800m relay is 6th at 7:53.25.

In the field events, the Tigers hold three of the leading marks in the GPAC. In the triple jump, Doane has the top three marks of the event. De'Andre Miller (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) has the top leap at 48-07.25. Shingai Kusena (JR/Marondera, Zimbabwe) is second at 48-01.75 and Henry Arnold (FR/Falls City, Neb.) is third at 46-09.00.

Dakarai Hightower (JR/Tacoma, Wash.) has the top mark in the NAIA in the high jump at 7-01.75, a school record. He earned GPAC Field Athlete of the Week earlier this year after hitting the mark.

In the long jump, Xavier Bridges (SO/Fairmont, Neb.) ranks third in the GPAC entering the championship with a mark of 22-03.50. Klein ranks second in the pole vault with a mark of 16-00.75 and is the defending champion with Holden Oelke (SR/Hickman, Neb.) sitting third at 15-09.00.

Zach Brittain (JR/Grand Island, Neb.), a NAIA National Field Athlete of the Week and two-time GPAC Field Athlete of the Week, has the top mark in the NAIA in the shot put with a toss of 59-01.50. He also takes the third best mark into the discus with a throw of 168-05. Chris Svoboda (SR/St. Paul, Neb.) holds the third best toss in the hammer throw with a mark of 192-07. Preston Cuddy (FR/Lincoln, Neb.) will take the fourth best javelin throw into the meet with a top mark of 174-08.

The Tigers will have three athletes compete in the two-day decathlon. Levi Sudbeck (FR/Hadar, Neb.) takes the team's top mark into the meet and fourth best in the GPAC after posting 5,951 points earlier this year. Landon Schmitt (SO/Hebron, Neb.) and Matthew Wieser (SO/Norfolk, Neb.) will also be in competition over the two days.

Doane's women hold seven of the top marks in 22 events. Five of the leading marks come in the running events.

In the hurdles, Rachel Bramhall (SR/Papillion, Neb. ), a two-time GPAC Track Athlete of the Week, holds the top mark in the 100m and 400m hurdles races. She holds a time of 14.31 in the 100m and 1:02.46 in the 400m races.  The 400m hurdles race has the Tigers holding the top three times. Kalyn Brannagan (SR/Shelton, Neb.) is second with a time of 1:03.29 and Emily Harsin (JR/Syracuse, Neb.) is third with a time of 1:04.86.

Marissa DeWispelare (SR/David City, Neb.) looks to repeat as the GPAC champion in the 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase. She takes the top times into the meet in both races. She has a time of 17:40.24 in the 5K and a time of 10:31.91 in the steeplechase, which is the second fastest time in the NAIA.

Alyssa Duval (FR/Omaha, Neb.) will go into the 100m dash with a top time this season for Doane of 12.23, the second fastest in the GPAC. She holds the third fastest GPAC time in the 200m dash with a time of 25.53. Kaitlin Bradley (SR/Crete, Neb.) is the defending 100m champion and has a top time of 12.36 this season. Kylie Gokie (SR/Lincoln, Neb.) has the second fastest time in the 400m dash with a top time of 58.87 this season.

Delaney Lemkau (SO/Sutton, Neb.) has the ninth fastest time in the GPAC in the 800m run entering the meet at 2:20.87. Anna Schouboe (FR/Fairbury, Neb.) is the only Tiger competing in the 1500m run with a time this season of 6:12.93.

In the relays, Doane holds the fastest time in the 4x100m relay with a time of 47.40. They are the defending champions in the race. The 4x400m relay team takes the fourth fastest time in at 4:04.76 and the 4x800m relay team is also fourth with a time of 9:22.40.

The women's high jumpers lead the field events with four of the top six marks this year. Shay Brown (SO/Roca, Neb.) and Alexis Dale (FR/Ravenna, Neb.) are tied for the top height of 5-08.50. Claire Sintek (SO/Norfolk, Neb.) is fourth at 5-06.00 and Nicole White (SO/Plainview, Neb.) is sixth at 5-03.00.

Bradley will take the eighth best distance in the long jump with a top mark of 17-02.00. Jaysa Hoins (SO/Superior, Neb.) is second in the triple jump with a mark of 36-10.50. In the pole vault, Abi Mohr (JR/McCook, Neb.) and Maegan Hiatt (SO/Hershey, Neb.) are tied for fourth at 11-01.75.

In the discus, Kate Grint (FR/Ord, Neb.) holds the top mark on the season in the NAIA and GPAC with a throw of 158-09. She has the ninth best mark in the GPAC shot put entering the meet at 42-05.25, 1.5 inches from the Top 8. Jami Hillman (JR/Bennet, Neb.) is 14th in the hammer throw with a top toss of 151-10.

Maitlyn Thomsen (SO/Beaver Crossing, Neb.) is third in the GPAC in the javelin with a top throw of 133-09. She will pull double duty and also compete in the two-day heptathlon where she ranks fifth entering action with 3,997 points. Ashley Cook (FR/Waverly, Neb.) is the top Tiger in the heptathlon entering action after scoring 4,126 points earlier this season.