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Doane Rallies and Ties for GPAC Crown

Doane Rallies and Ties for GPAC Crown

Doane scored 158 points and rallied from behind to tie Concordia University for the conference title in women's track and field action.

The women's side went down to the final event and even the final throws of the discus. Typically the last event for the meet is the 4x400m relay but the discus went 40 minutes longer and proved to be the deciding event.

Doane trailed by nearly 40 points halfway through the meet but posted big point totals in several events down the stretch to take a one point lead, 144-143, with the discus remaining.

Concordia received a first place finish from Carly Stokebrand in the discus but Doane responded by taking second and third play with Ashton Henderson and Sarah Hinman, respectively. The Bulldogs received a sixth place finish from Amy Baller and seventh place finish from Tierra Hubbard. Hubbard hit a mark that moved her from eighth to seventh on her final throw of the event while Baller hit a better throw but did not move up. In the end, Concordia picked up 15 points in the discus to Doane's 14.

"We thought we had lost on those throws," Doane Head Coach Ed Fye said of Baller and Hubbard's last throws. "We went back to the announcing area thinking we had lost by just a point or two."

Rarely do the throws events draw the attention of the entire fan base but with everything resting of the shoulders of the discus participants, fans entered the dark surroundings to watch as a disc would come out of nowhere to land in one lit area.

"There was one light out there and even though our entire team was out there, you wouldn't know it until you heard them cheer after one of Ashton's or Sarah's throws," Fye said. "Those two girls really stepped up with the pressure on."

Doane's rally, however, shook the grounds of Hastings College track facility when the Tigers brought home a 1-2 finish in the 200m dash. Deejay Silcott and Blair Dixon combined to pick up 18 points while Concordia was shutout in the race. Silcott went on to earn Outstanding Athlete-of-the-Meet honors with two first place finishes.

"I knew we were down but we had a chance late. It got to a point where I stopped listening to what the score was and just watched our girls step up. When you look back, you see how every event is so important," Fye commented.

 All-GPAC Performers (Top 8 finishes)
 Leah Petersen  Auburn, Neb.  Pole Vault  11-03.00  6th
     Javelin  110-11  8th
 Alyssa Rogge  Auburn, Neb.  High Jump  5-03  5th
 Ashton Henderson  Aurora, Neb.  Discus  136-05  2nd
     Javelin  129-05  1st
 Alyssa Straube  Blair, Neb.  4x400m Relay  4:01.51  6th
 Cami Hasenohr  Clatonia, Neb.  4x100m Relay  48.08  3rd
 Janelle Weber  Dorchester, Neb.  Triple Jump  38-01.25  1st
 Katie Bartels  Elk Creek, Neb.  High Jump  5-05  2nd
 Shelby Meier  Elm Creek, Neb.  Triple Jump  35-08.50  5th
 Kayti Mark  Exeter, Neb.  Heptathlon  3,217 pts  5th
     High Jump  5-01  7th
 Sarah Hinman  Grand Island, Neb.  Shot Put  41-08.50  8th
     Discus  136-01  3rd
 Abby McCloskey  Grant, Neb.  Javelin  112-02  7th
 Amanda Woodward  Kearney, Neb.  4x400m Relay  4:01.51  6th
     4x800m Relay  9:49.02  4th
 Kelsee Meisner  McCook, Neb.  Shot Put  42-11.75  5th
 Jillian Ourada  Omaha, Neb.  100m Hurdles  14.90  2nd
     400m Hurdles  1:06.73  5th
 Lizzie Kolbo  Papillion, Neb.  4x800m Relay  9:49.02  4th
 Whitney Collins  Prague, Neb.  Shot Put  43-00.50  4th
     Hammer Throw  153-02  7th
 Mikayla Baumert  Scribner, Neb.  4x400m Relay  4:01.51  6th
     4x800m Relay  9:49.02  4th
 Emily Reed  Syracuse, Neb.  Long Jump  16-11.25  6th
 Michelle Ortmeier  Utica, Neb.  High Jump  4-11  8th
 Brooke Pfeifer  Waco, Neb.  Heptathlon  2,689 pts  7th
 Blair Dixon  Wauneta, Neb.  200m  24.77  2nd
     400m  57.13  1st
     4x100m Relay  48.08  3rd
     4x400m Relay  4:01.51  6th
 Natalie Kramer  Holyoke, Colo.  4x100m Relay  48.08  3rd
 Viviana Arreola  El Paso, Tex.  5,000m  18:08.26  3rd
     10,000m  38:46.23  2nd
 Yadira Salazar  El Paso, Tex.  4x800m Relay  9:49.02  4th
 Deejay Silcott  El Paso, Tex.  100m  12.17  1st
     200m  24.72  1st
     4x100m Relay  48.08  3rd
 Bailey Kremke  Casper, Wyo.  Heptathlon  2,660 pts  8th