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|
|Alyssa Rogge||Auburn, Neb.||High Jump||5-03||5th|
|Ashton Henderson||Aurora, Neb.||Discus||136-05||2nd|
|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|
|Sarah Hinman||Grand Island, Neb.||Shot Put||41-08.50||8th|
|Abby McCloskey||Grant, Neb.||Javelin||112-02||7th|
|Amanda Woodward||Kearney, Neb.||4x400m Relay||4:01.51||6th|
|Kelsee Meisner||McCook, Neb.||Shot Put||42-11.75||5th|
|Jillian Ourada||Omaha, Neb.||100m Hurdles||14.90||2nd|
|Lizzie Kolbo||Papillion, Neb.||4x800m Relay||9:49.02||4th|
|Whitney Collins||Prague, Neb.||Shot Put||43-00.50||4th|
|Mikayla Baumert||Scribner, Neb.||4x400m Relay||4:01.51||6th|
|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|
|Natalie Kramer||Holyoke, Colo.||4x100m Relay||48.08||3rd|
|Viviana Arreola||El Paso, Tex.||5,000m||18:08.26||3rd|
|Yadira Salazar||El Paso, Tex.||4x800m Relay||9:49.02||4th|
|Deejay Silcott||El Paso, Tex.||100m||12.17||1st|
|Bailey Kremke||Casper, Wyo.||Heptathlon||2,660 pts||8th|