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Outdoor Track & Field - Thu, May 25, 2017

Doane University Track and Field opened the 2017 NAIA Outdoor National Championships on Thursday in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Tigers posted their first points of the championship meet and posted several season-best marks on the track.

One change to the schedule was in the 3,000m steeplechase where both the men's and women's races were consolidated into a finals-only race on Saturday. Marissa DeWispelare (SR/David City, Neb.), the defending women's champion, will move on into the finals on Saturday at 2 PM.

In the 400m hurdles, Rachel Bramhall (SR/Papillion, Neb. ) and Kalyn Brannagan (SR/Shelton, Neb.) advanced to the finals on Saturday on at 4:10 PM. Bramhall posted the 3rd-fastest time and won her heat with a season-best time of 1:01.31. Brannagan was second in her heat and had the 5th-fastest time in running a personal-best time of 1:01.63. Emily Harsin (JR/Syracuse, Neb.) ran a time of 1:06.03 and placed 23rd overall.

Doane's first points of the day came in the women's javelin as a pair of Tigers placed in the Top 8. Kylie Gokie (SR/Lincoln, Neb.) placed 7th overall with a throw of 136-08 (41.65m) on her first throw of the meet. Gokie's throw was a season-best. Maitlyn Thomsen (SO/Beaver Crossing, Neb.) took 8th place with a throw of 135-00.25 (41.15m) on her fifth throw of the meet.

The women's 4x800m relay team posted a season-best time of 9:19.13 and placed 13th. Running for the Tigers were Logan Sieck (SR/Martell, Neb.), Ashley Cook (FR/Waverly, Neb.), Delaney Lemkau (SO/Sutton, Neb.) and DeWispelare.

The 4x100m relay team of Bramhall, Alyssa Duval (FR/Omaha, Neb.), Jordan Wietzki (SR/Bartlett, Neb.) and Kaitlin Bradley (SR/Crete, Neb.) ran a time of 47.45 and placed 11th.

In the women's pole vault, Maegan Hiatt (SO/Hershey, Neb.) took 18th in the pole vault with a height of 11-05.75 (3.50m). Abi Mohr (JR/McCook, Neb.) finished in 20th place with a height of 11-01.75 (3.40m). Courtney Schindler (FR/Norfolk, Neb.) did not make her opening height.

On the men's side, Levi Sudbeck (FR/Hadar, Neb.) will enter day two of the decathlon sitting in 12th place with 2,968 points. He is 335 points from the Top 8.

The 4x100m relay team of Michael Tross (JR/Saint Kitts), Zach Hickman (SR/Parker, Colo.), Xavier Bridges (SO/Fairmont, Neb.) and Drew Klein (JR/Papillion, Neb.) ran a season-best time of 41.45 and placed ninth, missing the finals by three-hundredths of a second.

Hickman also competed in the 400m hurdles. He ran a time of 54.78 and placed 18th.

Colin Appel (JR/Grand Island, Neb.), Chandler Flynn (SO/Lexington, Neb.), Tanner Harsin (FR/Syracuse, Neb.) and Alan Varela (SO/Oxford, Neb.) teamed up in the 4x800m relay. They ran a season-best time of 7:45.90 and placed 19th.

Chris Svoboda (SR/St. Paul, Neb.) was the lone field event competitor for the Tiger men on Thursday. He placed 11th in the hammer throw with a toss of 178-00 (54.25m).