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Doane Tops GPAC in Repeat

Doane Tops GPAC in Repeat

The Doane men's track and field squad defended their conference crown on Saturday afternoon in Hastings, scoring 192.50 points.

On the men's side, Doane was in a tight battle early on but once the field events were scored, the Tigers took a commanding lead.

Getting the Tigers off to a strong start were the decathletes who combined to go 1-2. Rob Keeney won the event and Brad Higgins placed second. Keeney's first place finish may not be the moment the fans and coaches will remember, however.

Keeney ran the final event of the decathlon, the 1,500m run, and then immediately following had to run the 110m hurdles without any rest. Keeney qualified for finals, struggling to get over the final hurdle and then placed third in the finals.

Another big performance for the Tigers came from Derek Wegner. Wegner had been performing well in the high jump as of late and finished with a third place finish at 6-07.00. He also participated in the long jump, an event he had just started training for because he was interested in doing the decathlon. On the first jump of finals, he hit a mark of 23-05.25 and finished second.

A favorite in the long jump was Brett Jorgensen for Doane but he was unable to qualify for finals. However, in the triple jump where he entered with one of the lowest marks of the qualifiers, Jorgensen pulled out a career-best 46-01.50 to win the event.

"We out-performed what we were expected to do," Fye said of the men's team. "We entered expecting to score around 160 points but when one person didn't meet their mark, someone else stepped up. It was an all-around team performance, each guy had the other's back."

The Doane women picked up 30 finishes in the Top 8 to score points while the men posted 36 finishes in the Top 8. More than 60 athletes earned All-GPAC honors for placing in the Top 8 of their respective events.

 All-GPAC Performers (Top 8 finishers)
 Alvin Voss  Arlington, Neb.  Shot Put  50-00.50  6th
 Nate Teten  Auburn, Neb.  Pole Vault  15-05.00  3rd
 Jake Eckhardt  Blue Hill, Neb.  Hammer Throw  162-08  7th
 Rob Keeney  Callaway, Neb.  Decathlon  6,269 pts  1st
     110m Hurdles  15.48  3rd
 Zack Lindsley  Columbus, Neb.  Discus  155-01  3rd
 Vince Krejci  Crete, Neb.  Discus  149-03  7th
 Micah Marvin  Crete, Neb.  Javelin  170-10  4th
 Brian Hubbert  Elm Creek, Neb.  Triple Jump  45-11.25  3rd
 Jacob Clouse  Friend, Neb.  Shot Put  48-09.00  7th
     Hammer Throw  161-06  8th
 Jory Pflasterer  Grand Island, Neb.  4x800m Relay  7:48.89  2nd
 Adam Baxa  Hickman, Neb.  4x100m Relay  41.91  3rd
 Scott Ohlson  Imperial, Neb.  1,500m  4:06.22  6th
 Laith Etmund  Martell, Neb.  200m  22.31  8th
     400m  49.46  7th
     Javelin  175-11  2nd
     4x400m Relay  3:16.16  2nd
 Trenton Volkmer  McCool Junction, Neb.  Long Jump  22-07.00  6th
 Brad Higgins  Norfolk, Neb.  Decathlon  6,044 pts  2nd
 Sufian Kalil  Norfolk, Neb.  1,500m  4:00.52  3rd
     5,000m  15:09.61  2nd
 Jared Schuurmans  Norfolk, Neb.  Discus  180-00  1st
     Shot Put  55-11.75  2nd
 Justin Cox  Omaha, Neb.  4x800m Relay  7:48.89  2nd
 Ben McCaleb  Omaha, Neb.  100m  10.84  6th
     4x100m Relay  41.91  3rd
 Brett Jorgensen  Ralston, Neb.  Triple Jump  46-01.50  1st
 Jens Scholl  Ruskin, Neb.  800m  1:52.88  1st
     4x400m Relay  3:16.16  2nd
     4x800m Relay  7:48.89  2nd
 Derek Wegner  West Point, Neb.  Long Jump  23-05.25  2nd
     High Jump  6-07.00  2nd
 Jake McCaffery  Longmont, Colo.  Javelin  168-02  5th
 Alex Reynolds  Lenexa, Kan.  400m  50.08  8th
     4x400m Relay  3:16.16  2nd
 Jamil Chehade  El Paso, Tex.  4x800m Relay  7:48.89  2nd
 Paul Garcia  El Paso, Tex.  3,000m Steeplechase  9:28.53  3rd
 Vince Martinez  El Paso, Tex.  200m  22.26  7th
     400m  48.89  5th
     4x100m Relay  41.91  3rd
     4x400m Relay  3:16.16  2nd
 Adam Bosley  Toronto, Canada  100m  10.81  4th
     200m  21.68  3rd
     4x100m Relay   41.91  3rd