Tigers Claim Fifth Straight GPAC Title
The Doane Tiger men's track and field team claimed their fifth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) outdoor title as they scored 234 points on the day. The outdoor championships were held in Lincoln this year at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Prairie Wolves finished second at the championships with 150 points.
Doane athletes claimed 11 First Place finishes on the day. Edwin Ronoh led the way for the Tigers, earning Male Outstanding Athlete-of-the-Year honors by claiming 29.50 points. He became the first athlete in GPAC history to win the cross country/track triple crown, named the GPAC Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Athlete-of-the-Year.
Ronoh won the 800m (1:52.77) and 1500m (3:58.75) runs, placed third in the javelin (178-07), and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x800m relay (7:48.28) and fourth place 4x400m relay (3:18.08). Joining Ronoh on the 3200m relay were Jory Pflasterer, Omar Fernandez and Jens Scholl. Scholl, along with Andrew Hamann and Alex Reynolds, were on the 1600m relay.
Ben McCaleb lifted the Tigers in the sprints, claiming the 100m (10.48) and 200m (21.39) dashes. Sam Housh won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.52. The Tiger 4x100m relay team (41.60) was victorious as Housh, McCaleb, Adam Baxa and Jeremiah Saffold ran together for the first time.
Micah Marvin claimed the javelin title with a throw of 186-07. Nate Teten was the pole vault champion with a mark of 15-09.00. Zack Lindsley posted a mark of 165-02 to win the discus. Brad Higgins won the decathlon with a score of 6,625 points, a GPAC record.
Doane athletes claimed 39 All-GPAC honors by placing in the Top Eight of the 22 events. The Tigers overcame injuries prior to the championships that included the losses of BJ Lawrence and Chris Busby, two of the teams top sprinters, who were expected to earn around 50 points combined.