Doane Reigns Supreme
The Tiger track & field programs swept the 2011 GPAC Championships on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. The men rallied in the final race of the day while the women built a solid lead and held on for a win. Doane athletes broke four GPAC records and three school records in winning an event. All athletes placing in the Top Eight of an event earn All-GPAC honors. A total of 41 Doane athletes received the honor this year. Jillian Ourada was named the GPAC Indoor Female Athlete-of-the-Year after posting 28 points for the Tigers.
On the women's side, Kalli Brannagan took second in the 60m dash with a time of 7.85 in the finals. Blair Dixon placed fourth with a time of 7.94. Brannagan's time is a provisional NAIA qualifying mark.
Dixon took the 200m title with a GPAC record time of 25.12. Brannagan placed eighth with a time of 26.34. Dixon posted a NAIA automatic mark.
Dixon finished third in the 400m dash with a time of 57.39. Jessica Steinkamp was sixth in the race after posting a time of 59.68. Dixon's time was a NAIA automatic mark.
Allison Hartnett took second place in the 600m run with a time of 1:36.71, an automatic NAIA time.
In the 60m hurdles, Jillian Ourada and Joslyn Soucie hit NAIA automatic marks. Ourada placed second with a time of 9.01 while Souice was third with a time of 9.15.
The Tiger relay team won the 4x400m with a NAIA automatic time of 3:55.00. Team members were Hartnett, Steinkamp, Amanda Woodward and Dixon. The 4x800m team took sixth and consisted of Lizzie Kolbo, Bailey Hirsch, Alyssa Straube and Woodward.
In the women's field events, Alyssa Rogge took fifth in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.00. Steinkamp posted a mark of 5-03.00 and placed sixth.
Leah Petersen took fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 11-05.00, a NAIA automatic mark. Ale Cano tied for sixth with a mark of 10-11.00.
Ourada won the long jump with a leap of 17-05.25. Lauren Baird placed sixth a jump of 17-00.00.
Doane placed four in the triple jump. Shelby Meier won with an automatic mark of 37-10.75. Tess Moyer was second with a leap of 37-06.50, also an automatic mark. Baird took sixth with a jump of 35-03.00 while Rae Gordon posted a mark of 34-08.25.
In throws, Kelsee Meissner and Whitney Collins posted Top Eight finishes. Meissner took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 43-01.00 while Collins was sixth with a toss of 42-06.25. Collins took third in the weight throw with a mark of 52-11.00 while Meissner was fifth with a throw of 51-05.50.
Ourada had the top mark in three of the five pentathlon events and won the overall title with 3,437 points. Courtney Richards placed fourth with 2,878 points.
In men's action, BJ Lawrence won a pair of races in GPAC and school record time. In the 60m dash, Lawrence ran a time of 6.64 while posting a time of 20.99 in the 200m dash. Ben McCaleb placed third in the 60m with a time of 6.91 and took second in the 200m with a time of 21.62.
Virgil Mitchell placed third in the 200m with a time of 21.65. He won the 400m dash with a record time of 47.94. Both marks were automatic NAIA qualifying marks.
In the 600m, Jory Pflasterer hit a provisional mark with a time of 1:21.25 as he placed fourth.
Edwin Ronoh won the 1000m with a time of 2:30.90, an automatic time. Jarid Holliday placed seventh in the race with a time of 2:35.58.
Ronoh took fifth in the mile run with an automatic qualifying time of 4:18.86.
Rob Keeney placed third in the 60m hurdles with a provisional mark of 8.37.
In relay action, the Tiger 4x400m team won in the final race of the day to overcome a two-point deficit to Concordia. The Bulldogs placed 12th and did not score in the race. Team member for Doane were Mitchell, Pflasterer, Vince Martinez and Ronoh. The 4x800m team of Omar Fernandez, Steve Jerina, Zach Christensen and Holliday placed fourth.
In field events, Andrew Christen placed third in the high jump with a mark of 6-04.75. Mitchell posted the same mark and finished with a fourth place finish.
Nate Teten tied for third in the pole vault with a mark of 15-07.00. Ethan Shunkwiler placed eighth with a mark of 14-07.25.
In the triple jump, Byron Evans took second with a jump of 46-01.50 while Brian Hubbert placed fourth with a mark of 45-10.00.
Jacob Clouse took fourth in the shot put with a mark of 51-03.00. Chase Trecek was seventh in the event with a throw of 50-08.25 while Dillon Carmichael took eighth with a toss of 50-08.25.
Zack Lindsley placed fourth in the weight throw with a top mark of 57-10.25. Clouse was sixth with a throw of 55-09.75.
Keeney won two of the seven events in the heptathlon as he posted the top overall score to win the event. Keeney finished with 5,006 points. Brad Higgins placed third in the heptathlon with 4,535 points. Both athletes have been injured since returning from the holiday break and have limited practice over the past six week.
Doane's next competition will be at the NAIA Championship in early March.