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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Jared Schuurmans||Norfolk, Neb.||Discus||180-00||1st|
|Justin Cox||Omaha, Neb.||4x800m Relay||7:48.89||2nd|
|Ben McCaleb||Omaha, Neb.||100m||10.84||6th|
|Brett Jorgensen||Ralston, Neb.||Triple Jump||46-01.50||1st|
|Jens Scholl||Ruskin, Neb.||800m||1:52.88||1st|
|Derek Wegner||West Point, Neb.||Long Jump||23-05.25||2nd|
|Jake McCaffery||Longmont, Colo.||Javelin||168-02||5th|
|Alex Reynolds||Lenexa, Kan.||400m||50.08||8th|
|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|
|Adam Bosley||Toronto, Canada||100m||10.81||4th|