Tigers Start Nationals Strong
Though the Doane Tigers were held off the scoreboard on Day One of the NAIA Track & Field National Championships, the tone was set for the teams to have a strong showing over the three day event.
The headliner for the Tigers on the day was senior Deejay Silcott as she re-wrote the record books in the 100m and 200m dashes. The two events were run roughly two hours apart and Silcott had already run a leg of the 4x100m relay team that advanced to the semifinals.
In the 100m dash, Silcott broke the mark that she set in mid-April by running a time of 11.78, topping her personal best of 11.95. In the 200m dash, she broke her record set in last year at the NAIA Championships of 24.72. Today, she ran a time of 24.10 to top the mark by 0.62 seconds.
The day started for the Tigers with the men's decathlon as Rob Keeney and Brad Higgins are entered in the two-day event. Keeney had a strong first day and sits third overall after five events with 3,587 points. Higgins posted 3,072 points and is currently outside of the Top 10.
Whitney Collins entered the hammer throw with the 27th best mark but left with a 14th place finish after posting a throw of 46.75m (153-04).
Micah Marvin posted a personal best throw of 58.82m (193-00) in the men's javelin and placed 12th overall, two spots better than what he entered the meet at.
Ashton Henderson placed 15th in the women's javelin, moving up three spots from where she entered the meet. Her best throw was 39.35m (129-01).
Leah Peterson tied for 13th in the pole vault, though she entered the meet ranked 14th in the event. She equaled her season best mark of 3.58m (11-09.00).
In ten running events on the day in which a Tiger athlete participated, Doane moved on in eight of those preliminary events.
Silcott was joined by Natalie Kramer, Blair Dixon and Cami Hasenohr in the 4x100m relay as they posted a time of 47.82, their personal best on the season. It was the 12th best time of the day.
In the men's 4x100m relay, Adam Baxa, Vince Martinez, Ben McCaleb and Adam Bosley ran a time of 41.65 to advance.
Jillian Ourada advanced in the 100m hurdles as she ran a time of 14.72, a personal best.
Dixon, injured a week prior to leaving for the meet, gutted out a time of 57.50 to advance in the 400m dash.
Jens Scholl ran a time of 1:55.64 and moves on in the 800m run after a second place finish in his heat.
Paul Garcia advanced in the 3,000m steeplechase after posting a time of 9:26.32.
In the 200m dash, Adam Bosley was a tenth-of-a-second off of his season best time as he ran to a 21.79 finish. Amanda Woodward missed out on the semifinals in the 800m run.
The Tigers have 11 participants in four field events scheduled for Friday afternoon as well as participation in eight running events, all semifinals.