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The Doane Track & Field teams got off to a solid start during their first meet of the 2008 season. Six athletes hit automatic marks while 12 others met the provisional qualifying mark for the NAIA National Championship Meet in March.
On the women's side, field events took center stage as four ladies hit automatic marks. Meagan Bauer qualified in the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet even. Abby Schlueter and Janelle Weber qualified in the triple jump. Schlueter won the even with a mark of 37-06.75 while Weber was second with a jump of 36-09. Tawny Fye won her first collegiate event, taking the weight throw with a mark of 49-11.
Five women also hit provisional marks in the field events. In the high jump, Katie Bartels, Amanda Apodoca and Jenna Temme went 5-03. Ale Cano vaulted 10-10 in the pole vault while Schlueter jumped 17-03.50 in the long jump.
On the track, Kym Bennett hit an automatic qualifying mark in the mile run. She posted a time of 5:15.11 in the victory. Provisionally qualifying in the 55 meter dash (the distance at nationals is 60 meters) was Regan Carlstrom. She ran a time of 7.32, barely missing the automatic qualifying mark of 7.31. Erin Fogarty hit a provisional time in the 55 meter hurdles (60 meters at nationals) with a mark of 8.73.
On the men's side, Maurice Smith was the only male to hit an automatic mark for the Tigers. He jumped 23-09.50 in the long jump and won the event.
Michael Tierney hit a provisional mark in the shot put with a throw of 50-03. In the high jump, Kenneth Martin and Nathan Greene went 6-06 to provisionally qualify for nationals.
On the track, D'Artagnan Dai'Re ran a time of 6.52 in the 55 meter dash. The Tiger 4x400 relay team posted a mark of 3:26.41. The team consisted of Lance Foster, Shane Hamm-Simpkins, Cody Ingold and Greg Torres.
Doane will participate in the UNL Holiday Inn Open on January 18-19 and the Doane Field Events meet on January 19.