Tigers Post 17 Automatic Marks in Wichita
Doane was one of four teams to take part in the Wichita State Quad Meet held in Kansas. Doane, along with Wichita State, Texas-Arlington and Butler CC competed against each other for the second straight year. Doane left the meet with 17 NAIA automatic qualifying marks and four provisional marks in addition to a high score in the pentathlon that will likely also be an automatic qualifying mark at the end of the season.
In women's action, Doane posted nine automatic marks and one provisional mark. Blair Dixon posted an automatic mark of 58.87 in the 400m dash and placed 10th. Jillian Ourada posted an auto mark in the 55m hurdles with a fourth place finish. She ran a time of 8.41 which converts to 8.98 seconds for the 60m hurdles. Dixon and Ourada ran the final two legs of 4x400m relay team that posted a season-best mark of 3:56.80. Allison Hartnett and Jessica Steinkamp ran the first two legs as all four runners ran sub-60 second 400m legs.
Steinkamp posted an automatic mark in the high jump with height of 1.68m (5-06.00). Lauren Baird hit a provisional mark in the long jump with a distance of 5.35m (17-06.75). In the triple jump, Tess Moyer posted an automatic mark of 11.21m (36-09.50).
Kelsee Meissner picked up a first place finish in shot put with an automatic mark of 13.48m (44-02.75). Whitney Collins also hit an automatic mark as she placed second with a mark of 13.39m (43-11.25). In the weight throw, Collins placed second with a throw of 16.07m (52-08.75) while Meissner was third with a mark of 15.26m (50-00.75), both automatic marks.
Ourada placed second in the pentathlon with 3,495 points and currently ranks second in the NAIA. The Top 16 marks over 3,000 points automatically qualify for the NAIA National Championship meet.
In men's performances on the track, BJ Lawrence continued to excel as he won the 55m and 200m dashes. He posted automatic marks in both, improving his NAIA season-best mark in the 200m with a time of 21.52, 0.02 seconds off the school record. He won the 55m dash with a time of 6.23. Ben McCaleb posted a provisional mark in the 55m dash as he placed sixth with a time of 6.45. He hit an automatic mark in the 200m with a fifth place finish and time of 22.12.
Edwin Ronoh moved into second place in the NAIA 800m run with a time of 1:52.15, a second shy of the school record. He placed second in the race. Virgil Mitchell posted an automatic mark in the 55m hurdles with a prelim time of 7.49 as he placed fifth in the finals with a time of 7.56.
Nate Teten posted an automatic mark in the pole vault with a second place finish and vault of 4.75m (15-07.00). In the shot put, Chase Trecek finished third with a provisional mark of 15.46m (50-08.75). Zack Lindsley hit an automatic mark in winning the weight throw with a mark of 17.35m (56-11.25). Jacob Clouse was second with a provisional mark of 17.10m (56-01.25).
Doane will go to Seward for the Concordia Invite next week in the final tune-up for the GPAC Championship meet on February 19.