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Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, May 6, 2017

Claiming conference titles are never easy, despite how easy the Doane Track and Field teams have made it look in recent years. The Tigers swept the outdoor crowns on Saturday in Fremont, giving them a sweep of all four track and field titles for 2017. Athletes typically step up their game come conference time and Doane did that over the last two days with 25 new or improved NAIA national qualifying marks and 12 first place finishes.

On the men's side, Doane won with 219 team points with Concordia finishing second with 156.50 points. The Doane women won with 217 points as Hastings took runner-up honors with 189 points. Athletes placing in the Top 8 of their event receive all-conference honors.

For the men, Levi Sudbeck (FR/Hadar, Neb.) was by far the busiest of the Tiger athletes. Sudbeck competed in the 10-event decathlon and won with 6,239 points, moving into 8th place on the NAIA charts. On Friday, Sudbeck posted an automatic qualifying height in the pole vault (15-05.00) as he placed fourth. He added a pair of seventh place finishes on Saturday in the high jump (6-02.25) and 110m hurdles (15.89).

Joining Sudbeck in the decathlon were Landon Schmitt (SO/Hebron, Neb.) and Matthew Wieser (SO/Norfolk, Neb.). Both men posted personal best totals on their way to a sixth and seventh place finish, respectively. Schmitt met the NAIA provisional point total but did not move into the Top 16, which is the cut-off for participants at nationals. He finished with 5,653 points while Wieser posted 5,462 points.

Doane had four score in the men's pole vault. Drew Klein (JR/Papillion, Neb.) took second with a height of 16-00.75 and Holden Oelke (SR/Hickman, Neb.) was third with a height of 15-09.00. Following Sudbeck's fourth place finish was Drew McClellan (SO/North Platte, Neb.) with a sixth place finish and NAIA provisional qualifying height of 15-01.00.

In the high jump, Dakarai Hightower (JR/Tacoma, Wash.) led four Tigers to score points. Hightower won the high jump based on jump attempts as he had a top mark of 6-11.75. Austin Becker (SO/Norfolk, Neb.) took fourth with a height of 6-04.25 while Corey Bird (SO/Dorchester, Neb.) was 6th with the same height, 6-04.25. Sudbeck rounded out the group in seventh.

Three placed for the Tigers in the 110m hurdles, led by Zach Hickman (SR/Parker, Colo.) in sixth place with a time of 15.29. Sudbeck followed with Nate Stolze taking eighth in a time of 16.16.

In the triple jump, Doane placed six in the Top 8. De'Andre Miller (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) won the individual crown with a top jump of 47-10.00. Henry Arnold (FR/Falls City, Neb.) took second with a NAIA automatic qualifying mark of 47-05.00. Shingai Kusena (JR/Marondera, Zimbabwe) was fourth with a mark of 44-08.75. Matthew McCarthy came in fifth with a jump of 43-09.25 and Christopher Smith (SO/Arlington, Neb.) was sixth with a leap of 43-04.25. Abraham Grijalva (SR/El Paso, Texas) rounded out the group in eighth place with a mark of 42-06.25.

The long jump brought home four more scored positions. Scott Hild (SR/Edgar, Neb.) took second with a leap of 22-07.00. Xavier Bridges (SO/Fairmont, Neb.) was right behind Hild in third place with a mark of 21-11.75. Mitch Marvin (SR/Crete, Neb.) followed in fourth place with a jump of 21-03.25. Kusena added a seventh place finish and mark of 20-11.75.

In the throws, Doane added eight scored finishes in four events. The shot put led the way with three Top 8 finishes. Zach Brittain (JR/Grand Island, Neb.) was second with a throw of 57-01.00. Ben Berreckman (JR/Holdrege, Neb.) came in sixth with a toss of 52-00.00 and Chris Svoboda (SR/St. Paul, Neb.) was eighth with a mark of 50-08.25 and picking up a NAIA provisional qualifying mark.

Brittain added another runner-up finish, adding the discus to his list. He posted a throw of 167-04. Berreckman picked up a fourth place finish in the discus with a throw of 157-00. Svoboda was fourth in the hammer throw for the Tigers with a mark of 188-10.

In the javelin, Preston Cuddy (FR/Lincoln, Neb.) finished in second place with a throw of 176-05. Seth Henry (SR/San Antonio, Texas) placed seventh with a throw of 160-11.

Alan Varela (SO/Oxford, Neb.) had the men's only first place finish on the track as he won the 800m run with a NAIA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.67. Varela ran the anchor leg of the 4x800m relay team that placed fifth and picked up a provisional qualifying time. He was joined by Chandler Flynn (SO/Lexington, Neb.), Tanner Harsin (FR/Syracuse, Neb.) and Colin Appel (JR/Grand Island, Neb.) in posting a time of 7:46.53. Varela was also on the 4x400m relay team that posted a sixth place finish. He was joined by Harsin, Hickman and Dillon Nerud (SO/Crete, Neb.). They ran a time of 3:26.05.

Hickman posted a NAIA provisional qualifying time in the 400m hurdles as he took third place with a time of 54.23. Stolze added an eighth place finish in a time of 57.17. In the 3,000m steeplechase, Rosten From (SO/Roca, Neb.) picked up a runner-up finish. He notched a time of 9:54.83.

In the sprints, Michael Tross (JR/Saint Kitts) placed second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.96. Klein picked up a third place finish with a time of 10.98 and Bridges was fifth with a time of 11.08. Klein edged Tross in the 200m dash as he placed fourth with a time of 22.19. Tross took fifth with a time of 22.25. They teamed up with Bridges and Braden Knuth (JR/Grand Island, Neb.) in the 4x100m relay to place third with a time of 42.24.

There was one school record broken on the day as the women's 100m hurdles record was dropped. An 18-year record was edged out as Rachel Bramhall (SR/Papillion, Neb. ) raced to victory on Saturday with a time of 14.22. She knocked off the record of 14.24 set by Keri Wulf in 1999. Bramhall also won the 400m hurdles as she posted a time of 1:01.64, also a season-best time.

Jordan Wietzki (SR/Bartlett, Neb.) and Caitlin Peterson (JR/Bennet, Neb.) joined Bramhall in scoring in the 100m hurdles. Wietzki ran a time of 15.04 and finished fourth while Peterson had a time of 15.88 to place eighth. Meanwhile, Doane had five of the Top 8 finishes in the 400m hurdles. Behind Bramhall was Kalyn Brannagan (SR/Shelton, Neb.) in third place. She had a season-best and NAIA automatic qualifying time of 1:03.14. Amanda Cook (FR/Waverly, Neb.) ran a provisional qualifying time of 1:04.69 to place fourth. Emily Harsin (JR/Syracuse, Neb.) was fifth with a time of 1:05.95 and Ashley Cook (FR/Waverly, Neb.) was seventh with a time of 1:06.83.

Bramhall and Wietzki teamed up with Alyssa Duval (FR/Omaha, Neb.) and Kaitlin Bradley (SR/Crete, Neb.) in the 4x100m relay as they tied the GPAC meet record. They posted a time of 47.00, a NAIA automatic qualifying time. The 4x400m relay team consisted of Bramhall, Harsin, Brannagan and Kylie Gokie (SR/Lincoln, Neb.). They posted a provisional qualifying time of 3:55.13. The 4x800m relay team took third with a time of 9:26.42. Running on the team were Logan Sieck (SR/Martell, Neb.), Amanda Cook, Delaney Lemkau (SO/Sutton, Neb.) and Marissa DeWispelare (SR/David City, Neb.).

DeWispelare rolled up a pair of victories on Saturday. She started the meet with a victory in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 10:48.36. Sieck added a fourth place finish in the race as she was clocked in 11:43.57. In the 5,000m run, DeWispelare won with a time of 17:49.05.

Duval and Bradley led the way in the sprints. In the 100m dash, Duval took home "fastest in the GPAC" with a winning time of 12.21. Bradley placed sixth with a time of 12.58 while Peterson finished eighth in a time of 12.86. In the 200m dash, Bradley and Duval had nearly identical times of 24.91 as they placed third and fourth, respectively, and met the NAIA provisional qualifying time. When taken to the thousandth of a second, Bradley had a time of 24.902 while Duval was 24.906.

Three Tigers placed in the 400m dash, led by Gokie with a time of 58.08 to place third. Harsin was fifth with a time of 58.53 and Brannagan placed seventh with a time of 59.08. Lemkau added a seventh place finish in the 800m run with a time of 2:19.53.

As expected, the women's high jump featured several Tigers in the Top 8. Shay Brown (SO/Roca, Neb.) was the individual champion with a top height of 5-06.00. Alexis Dale (FR/Ravenna, Neb.) took third with a height of 5-03.00. Nicole White (SO/Plainview, Neb.) placed fifth with a mark of 5-01.00 with Claire Sintek (SO/Norfolk, Neb.) taking seventh at the same height. Hannah Allfree (FR/Wahoo, Neb.) placed eighth with a height of 4-11.00.

The women's pole vault featured several season-best marks. Abi Mohr (JR/McCook, Neb.) hit the NAIA automatic qualifying height and placed fourth with a mark of 11-09.75. Courtney Schindler (FR/Norfolk, Neb.) and Meagan Hiatt each posted a provisional qualifying height as they went 11-05.75 to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Macy Jones (SR/Geneva, Neb.) placed eighth with a height of 10-11.75.

Julie Reed tied for the top mark in the triple jump but took second based on her next best jump. She hit a personal best leap of 36-06.75. Jaysa Hoins (SO/Superior, Neb.) added a third place finish with a jump of 35-10.50 and Jasey Hartman (SO/Firth, Neb.) was eighth with a mark of 33-09.50. In the long jump, Bradley placed sixth with a mark of 17-01.50.

Maitlyn Thomsen (SO/Beaver Crossing, Neb.) posted a victory for the Tigers in the javelin. She hit a season-best throw of 135-03 in the victory. Gokie also posted a season-best throw and met the NAIA automatic qualifying distance as she placed third with a distance of 134-11.

Thomsen also competed in the women's heptathlon for the Tigers. She placed fourth with a score of 4,104 points. Ashley Cook was the top Tiger in the event, placing second with a score of 4,168 points. Both met the provisional qualifying total but did not move into the Top 16.

In the throws, Kate Grint (FR/Ord, Neb.) posted a pair of finishes in the Top 8. She took fifth in the discus with a throw of 144-05. In the shot put, Grint finished seventh with a throw of 44-01.50.

Next up for the Tigers is the Concordia Twilight meet on May 12. It will be the last chance for individuals to qualifying for the NAIA National Meet in Alabama.