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Outdoor Track & Field - Sat, May 27, 2017

(Edited Saturday evening)

Doane University Track and Field concluded the 2017 NAIA National Championships on Saturday with a handful of All-Americans earned in competition. As a team, the Tiger men finished with 26 points and finished 10th while the women ended with 23 points and placed 11th.

Several seniors closed out their athletic careers and on the women's side, three brought home a combined four All-American honors. Marissa DeWispelare (SR/David City, Neb.) posted a school record time of 10:23.99 in the 3,000m steeplechase to win the NAIA National Championship for the second straight year. She is only the third woman to repeat in the steeplechase at the NAIA Championships.

Rachel Bramhall (SR/Papillion, Neb. ) posted a pair of Top 8 finishes in the hurdles races and became the first Tiger track athlete, male or female, to earn All-American honors in both hurdles races during the same season. In the 100m hurdles, she posted a time of 14.45 and placed 8th. She took 6th place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.48.

Kalyn Brannagan (SR/Shelton, Neb.) placed 3rd in the 400m hurdles with a personal best time and the second-fastest time in school history. She was clocked in 1:00.86, only 0.32 seconds off the school record time.

Also on the women's side in the high jump, the Tigers had a trio competing. Alexis Dale (FR/Ravenna, Neb.) placed 11th with a height of 5-05 (1.65m) with Shay Brown (SO/Roca, Neb.) taking 13th as she cleared 5-03 (1.60m). Claire Sintek (SO/Norfolk, Neb.) took 16th as she also hit 5-03 but moved down by taking one extra attempt.

Kate Grint (FR/Ord, Neb.) posted a throw of 133-11 (40.81m) in the women's discus and finished in 14th place.

For the men, Zach Brittain (JR/Grand Island, Neb.) earned his second All-American honor of the week as he earned national runner-up honors in the shot put. He posted a top throw of 57-05.75 (17.52m). Ben Berreckman (JR/Holdrege, Neb.) hit a personal best throw on his final toss of the season to move from 7th to finish in 4th place. He hit a toss of 56-05.75 (17.21m) as the GPAC took the Top 4 spots in the event.

Drew Klein (JR/Papillion, Neb.) repeated as a NAIA All-American, placing 7th in the pole vault. He cleared 15-09.00 (4.80m) for the second straight year at the national meet. Holden Oelke (SR/Hickman, Neb.) tied for 9th for the Tigers with a height of 15-05.00 (4.70m) and Levi Sudbeck (FR/Hadar, Neb.) was 11th with a height of 15-05.00 (4.70m). Sudbeck took one extra vault to clear the height which dropped his placement.

In the triple jump, Shingai Kusena (JR/Marondera, Zimbabwe) was the top finisher with a 14th place finish and top mark of 46-11.75 (14.32m). Henry Arnold (FR/Falls City, Neb.) placed 20th with a jump of 45-10.75 (13.99m). De'Andre Miller (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) fouled on his three attempts and did not place.

 

POST-MEET HONORS

Doane University senior Marissa DeWispelare was named the Women's Most Outstanding Performer at the NAIA National Championships on Saturday following the conclusion of the meet.

DeWispelare, a David City native, won the 3,000m steeplechase for the second straight year as she posted a Doane school record time of 10:23.99. In winning, she out-distanced the field and topped the favorite, national runner-up Leah Esposito of Carroll College, by 23 seconds. Esposito had posted a time two seconds faster than DeWispelare earlier this season which was the fastest time in the NAIA entering the meet.

As her career comes to a close, DeWispelare finishes as a two-time NAIA National Champion (steeplechase), 12 NAIA All-American in cross country and track, and holds six school records (individual and relays). DeWispelare was the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year the past two seasons and was recently named the NAIA Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year by the US Track and Field-Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Adding to her athletic accolades is an impressive academic resume. She was named CoSIDA Academic All-American last year and is up for the honor again this year, a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, and four-time GPAC Scholar-Athlete. DeWispelare was named the NAIA A.O. Duer Award winner this year as well.