For the second year in a row, the Tigers found themselves atop the GPAC Indoor Track and Field standings at the end of action on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. The Doane men dominated their competition by posting 175.50 points in the meet. Concordia University placed second with 110 points. The women's standings went down to the final race, the 4x400m relay. Doane took a two point lead into the event over Dordt College and the two squads pushed each other in the final race. Doane posted a season-best time to win the 4x400m relay and claim 136 points to Dordt's 132 points.
Briana Vander Woude from Dordt was the female outstanding performer with 44 individual points while Edwin Ronoh from Doane was the male outstanding performer with 26 points. The top eight in each event (including relays) are GPAC All-Conference. The top performances of the meet and coaches of the year will be announced next week.
The Tiger men posted 32 All-GPAC performances (Top 8 finishes) while winning six events. Ronoh won the 800m run with a time of 1:55.89 and the mile run with a time of 4:15.68. He took third in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:50.94. BJ Lawrence won the 60m and 200m dashes for Doane. In the 60m, he posted a time of 6.68 while in the 200m dash he won with a time of 21.28.
Sam Housh pulled off a mild upset in the 60m hurdles, posting a time of 8.20 in the finals for the victory while Rob Keeney set a school and GPAC record in the heptathlon. Keeney posted 5,223 points and will go into the NAIA Championships with the top mark in the nation.
In the 60m dash, Ben McCaleb took second to Lawrence with a time of 6.84 and Chris Busby took eighth. Keeney took third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.54 with Tyler Vaughn finishing seventh with a time of 8.77.
The 600m run featured a pair of All-GPAC performances by Alex Reynolds and Jory Pflasterer. Reynolds placed fourth with a time of 1:22.94 while Pflasterer was fifth with a time of 1:23.04. In the 1000m, Jarid Holliday was fifth as he posted a time of 2:33.69.
Joining Ronoh in the mile run were Derek Schnell and Jake Kment. Schnell finished third with a time of 4:18.35 and Kment was eighth with a time of 4:25.53. The 4x800m relay team placed second with a time of 7:56.14. Relay members were Eliezer Fernandez, Zach Christensen, Holliday and Pflasterer.
In the long jump, three Tigers earned All-GPAC. Mauro Parnell took fifth with a mark of 21-06.25. Masen Needles was seventh with a mark of 21-04.00 and Adam Baxa took eighth with a leap of 21-00.75.
Parnell added a second place finish in the triple jump as he leaped 47-07.25. Byron Evans was third with a mark of 46-02.00.
The pole vault team was led by Nate Teten's second place finish with a height of 15-05.00. Ethan Shunkwiler was tied for fourth with a mark of 14-05.25 and Brad Higgins placed sixth based on attempts with a mark of 14-05.25.
The Tigers racked up points in the shot put, claiming five of the top eight spots. Zack Lindsley was second with a mark of 54-05.25. Vince Krejci took fourth with a throw of 51-00.25. Dillon Carmichael finished sixth with a throw of 50-09.50 and Kyle Bartlett took seventh with a toss of 50-04.00. Alvin Voss rounded out the group with an eighth place finish and throw of 48-08.25. Voss took eighth in the weight throw with a mark of 54-01.00.Joining Keeney in the heptathlon was Higgins. He placed second with a personal best score of 5,019 points.
The Doane men claimed their sixth straight indoor GPAC title.
On the women's side, Doane won three events but it was the 28 finishes in the Top 8 that propelled Doane to the victory. Jessa Sughroue won the 600m run with a time of 1:35.69. Rae Gordon won the triple jump with a mark of 36-09.00. The 4x400m relay team won with a time of 3:56.09. Members of the relay team were Blair Dixon, Alyssa Straube, Erin Klein and Sughroue.
Women's 4x400m Relay
(Andy McCallister/The Crete News)
In the 60m dash, Kalli Brannagan finished eighth with a time of 8.01. Susan Rollman took fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.66.
Dixon placed sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 26.01. Dixon took third in the 400m dash with a time of 58.77. Klein was fourth in the 400m with a time of 58.79. Both hit automatic NAIA marks in the race.
Straube finished fourth in the 600m dash behind Sughroue. Straube posted a time of 1:39.41. Sughroue was second in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.43. In the mile run, Jessica Driewer placed sixth with a time of 5:16.00.
The 4x800m relay team placed third with a time of 9:40.32. Members of the team were Kelsey Christensen, Bailey Hirsch, Casarah Schutt and Straube.
Lauren Baird took eighth in the long jump with a mark of 16-09.75. The triple jump proved to be a key event for the Tigers. Behind Gordon, Shelby Meier placed third with a mark of 36-07.50. Tess Moyer finished fourth with a leap of 36-07.00 and Karissa Blank placed fifth with a mark of 36-02.75.
Alyssa McDowell took fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5-04.50. Erin DeVries tied for sixth with a height of 5-02.50. In the pole vault, Madison Wakefield was fourth with a height of 11-03.00 while Kayla Ambrose was seventh with a mark of 10-03.25.
In the shot put, Jessica Payne took fifth with a throw of 43-02.50. Whitney Collins was seventh with a toss of 42-06.00. Collins took second in the weight throw with a mark of 54-04.75. Kelsee Meissner was third with a toss of 53-07.50 with Carly Henry taking fifth with a throw of 53-03.75. Haley Mondt was eighth with a mark of 50-00.00.
The pentathlon title was decided on Friday in Seward. Rollman took third with a score of 2,940 points. Sonny Adkins finished fifth with a score of 2,838 points.
The following is an alphabetical list of the All-GPAC recipients...
Adam Baxa (Hickman) - long jump
Kyle Bartlett (Norfolk) - shot put
Chris Busby (Hemstead, TX) - 60m
Dillon Carmichael (Loomis) - shot put
Zach Christensen (Fremont) - 4x800m relay
Byron Evans (Chicago, IL) - triple jump
Eliezer Fernandez (Norfolk) - 4x800m relay
Brad Higgins (Norfolk) - pole vault, heptathlon
Jarid Holliday (Minden) - 1000m, 4x800m relay
Sam Housh (Lincoln) - 60m hurdles
Rob Keeney (Callaway) - 60m hurdles, heptathlon
Jake Kment (Fremont) - mile
Vince Krejci (Crete) - shot put
BJ Lawrence (Omaha) - 60m, 200m
Zack Lindsley (Columbus) - shot put
Ben McCaleb (Omaha) - 60m
Mason Needles (Wilber) - long jump
Mauro Parnell (Omaha) - long jump, triple jump
Jory Pflasterer (Grand Island) - 600m, 4x800m relay
Alex Reynolds (Lenexa, KS) - 600m
Edwin Ronoh (Kericho, Kenya) - 800m, mile, 3000m
Derek Schnell (Lincoln) - mile
Ethan Shunkwiler (Crete) - pole vault
Nate Teten (Auburn) - pole vault
Tyler Vaughn (Minden) - 60m hurdles
Alvin Voss (Arlington) - shot put, weight throw
Sonny Adkins (Douglas) - pentathlon
Kayla Ambrose (El Paso, TX) - pole vault
Lauren Baird (Omaha) - long jump
Karissa Blank (Madison) - triple jump
Kalli Brannagan (Shelton) - 60m
Kelsey Christensen (Seward) - 4x800m relay
Whitney Collins (Prague) - shot put, weight throw
Erin DeVries (Chambers) - high jump
Blair Dixon (Wauneta) - 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay
Jessica Driewer (York) - mile
Rae Gordon (El Paso, TX) - triple jump
Carly Henry (Cozad) - weight throw
Bailey Hirsch (Grand Island) - 4x800m relay
Erin Klein (Papillion) - 400m, 4x400m relay
Alyssa McDowell (Trumbull) - high jump
Shelby Meier (Elm Creek) - triple jump
Kelsee Meissner (McCook) - weight throw
Haley Mondt (Funk) - weight throw
Tess Moyer (Aurora) - triple jump
Jessica Payne (North Platte) - shot put
Susan Rollman (Humphrey) - pentathlon, 60m hurdles
Casarah Schutt (Fremont) - 4x800m relay
Alyssa Straube (Blair) - 600m, 4x400m relay, 4x800m relay
Jessa Sughroue (McCook) - 600m, 800m, 4x400m relay
Madison Wakefield (Blair) - pole vault