Schuurmans Claims Discus Title
As Jared Schuurmans put it, "It was four years in the making" when speaking about his run to his first-ever NAIA National Title. Schuurmans claimed the NAIA men's discus championship on Friday afternoon in Marion, Indiana.
Schuurmans had the meet won with his very first throw but he also hit three more throws that were better than the first including his final collegiate discus throw that will go down in the record books as the national championship mark. He posted a throw of 54.75m (179-07) for the winning mark.
"My freshman year I went in thinking I should be given an All-American plaque," Schuurmans said as he recalled the past four years. "It really frustrated me to miss All-American honors by an inch and it motivated me from that point on."
He will go into the final day of competition in search of another title when he takes part in the shot put. Schuurmans enters the meet with the second best mark of the competitors.
Schuurmans will not be alone tomorrow when he steps to the platform for his championship plaque. Teammate Zack Lindsley placed sixth to earn All-American status, hitting a throw of 47.82m (156-11) on his second-to-last attempt to edge out the next competitor by three inches. He squeezed in to the final round as the last competitor in and was unaware of his accomplishment as results were not posted until nearly 40 minutes after the completion of the event.
Also scoring points for the Tigers on Friday was Rob Keeney as he finished seventh in the men's decathlon. He scored a personal best 6,572 points, 350 points better than what he entered the meet with. Finishing 14th in the event was Brad Higgins as he also posted a personal best with 6,130 points.
A pair of Tigers qualified for the finals in events scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Jens Scholl placed ninth in the 800m run with a time of 1:51.57. The Doane 4x100m relay team advanced to finals with a time of 41.45, a season-best.
The Tigers had several close calls and near misses on Friday as well, despite strong performances.
Jake Eckhardt was edged out by Lindsley for the final spot in the discus as he posted a best throw of 45.97m (150-10).
Kelsee Meissner placed 10th in the shot put with a personal best of 13.67m (44-10.25). Whitney Collins also hit her personal best with a throw of 13.61m (44-08.00) to place 12th.
Janelle Weber finished 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 11.54m (37-10.50). Shelby Meier placed 26th in her first outdoor meet with a mark of 10.77m (35-04.00).
Deejay Silcott ran a time of 12.00 in the 100m dash to advance to finals but placed ninth in the championship race with a time of 12.01.
Silcott was joined by Blair Dixon, Natalie Kramer and Cami Hasenohr on the 4x100m relay team that placed 14th with a time of 48.33.
Dixon placed 15th in the 400m dash with a time of 57.78, still feeling the side-effects of an injury sustained last week.
Jillian Ourada hit a personal best in the 100m hurdles as she posted a time of 14.56 to place 12th overall.
In the men's long jump, Brett Jorgensen placed 21st with a mark of 6.86m (22-06.25) and Derek Wegner did not place after missing on three attempts.
Sufian Kalil finished two seconds away from the finals in the 5,000m run after running a time of 15:16.06 to finish 18th.
The Tiger 4x400m relay team finished with a season-best time just over 3:14.00 (official time not currently available from the NAIA results page).
Doane will close out the meet on Saturday with several more competitors ready to go on the final day of competition.