RUNAWAY VICTORIES! Doane Claims GPAC Titles
Doane College claimed both the men's and women's GPAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon. The women won their tenth straight title by scoring 208 points. The men ended Nebraska Wesleyan's 19-year run by out-scoring the Prairie Wolves by 34 points, 212-178.
The men won the title with nine individual event champions. Paulvince Obuon (Kenya) and Jared Schuurmans (Norfolk, Neb.) won two events each. Schuurmans set a GPAC and Doane record in the discus with a throw of 176-03 and a GPAC record in the shot put with a throw of 55-10. Schuurmans received GPAC Performance-of-the-Meet honors from the conference coaches. Obuon was named the GPAC Male Athlete-of-the-Year.
"This championship was great for our kids," said Doane Head Coach Ed Fye, referring to the men's team ending Nebraska Wesleyan's 19-year win streak. "Losing by less than two points each of the past two years, the guys came in with a new focus and it started with a win during the indoor season. The second part of the season goal was accomplished tonight by claiming the outdoor championship. Their hard work, which started in September, really paid off here in May. I'm sure they felt it has been a long season but they remained focused towards the goal."
Doane had 32 men earn all-conference honors by placing in the Top Eight. Five athletes were all-conference in three events. Obuon and D'Artagnan Dai'Re (West Covina, Calif.) placed in the 100m and 200m dashes and were a part of the 4x100m relay team. Jess Wimmer (Alliance, Neb.) placed in the 400m dash and was a member of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. Lance Foster (Omaha, Neb.) won the 400m dash, placed in the 200m dash and was a member of the 4x400m relay team. Schuurmans placed in the discus, shot put and hammer throw.
Doane swept the relay races, posting NAIA automatic marks in the 4x100m and 4x400m. Trenton Volkmer (McCool Junction, Neb.) won the long jump with a mark of 23-02.00.
The women won the title with a balanced attack, winning only seven event titles. Abby Schlueter (Beatrice, Neb.) and Regan Carlstrom (St. Edward, Neb.) won two events each for the Tigers. Carlstrom set a school record in the 200m dash with a time of 24.79.
"Our depth played a key part in winning the women's title," Fye commented. "Winning only seven events, the kids stepped up when the opportunity was there and we need them to. We heard that our lead was only two points and I told our pole vaulters that we needed them to rally together and get us some points. They came out and took four of the five top spots!"
The Tigers used points from 28 women, each earning all-conference honors. Carlstrom and Deejay Silcott (El Paso, Tex.) led the way, placing in four events. They placed in the 100m and 200m dashes while teaming up in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Besides winning the long and triple jump, Schlueter also placed in the 100m hurdles. Jallenterina Holmes (Lincoln, Neb.) placed in the 400m hurdles and participated on the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. Kelcey Zutavern (Dunning, Neb.) placed in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
Erin Fogarty (Omaha, Neb.) claimed the 400m hurdles crown while finishing in second place in the 100m hurdles. Katie Bartels (Elk Creek, Neb.) won the high jump with a mark of 5-06. Meagan Bauer (Gering, Neb.) won the pole vault for the third time in four years.
Doane Head Coach Ed Fye was named the GPAC Coach-of-the-Year for both the men and women.