The Nebraska Wesleyan relay quartet of Elizabeth Jones, Abbie Hunke, Kaylee Jones and Katie Krick just seems to keep racing, and winning.
The four teamed to win a third straight 4x400-meter relay national title on Saturday's final day of the NCAA Division III Championships in Geneva, Ohio. They raced to the win in a stadium-record 3 minutes, 41.25 seconds to defend their 2016 outdoor title and follow an indoor title from earlier this year.
Krick and the Jones sisters also added All-America finishes in the 400. Krick, a Pius X graduate, was second, Elizabeth Jones was third and Kaylee Jones was sixth.
The NWU women finished seventh overall with 27 points. Washington University won the women's title with 56 points.
Garrett Sellhorst finished seventh in the triple jump to lead the Nebraska Wesleyan men on the final day.
Huskers add nine national qualifiers on final day of NCAA West Preliminary: Landon Bartel was perfect on his four high jump attempts and tied for first by clearing 7 feet, 1¾ inches as the Nebraska track and field teams finished competition at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas.
Michael McCann finished seventh to also qualify for the NCAA Championships in early June in Eugene, Oregon. A total of eight individual Huskers punched tickets to nationals along with the men's 4x400 relay on Saturday. NU had a total of 18 national qualifiers over the three-day meet.
NU's Nick Percy and Nicholas Coghill both qualified in the men's discus, with Percy finishing second with a mark of 201-0. Isaiah Griffith was 11th in the men's triple jump to qualify for the NCAAs as well. Antoine Lloyd was just shy of matching his personal best in the 110 hurdles to finish seventh and earn back-to-back trips to Eugene in the event. The NU 4x400 relay finished ninth to also advance.
Nebraska's Angela Mercurio finished sixth in the women's triple jump to earn her first trip to nationals in the event and Toni Tupper, a Lincoln Northeast graduate, earned her first nationals berth with a personal best shot put of 56-0 to finish fifth.
DeWispelare defends title, throwers clean up at NAIA Championships: Doane senior Marissa DeWispelare successfully defended her national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to close out the NAIA Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. DeWispelare, an Aquinas graduate, won in a school-record 10:23.99, outpacing second place by more than 23 seconds. DeWispelare is just the third woman to repeat as the steeplechase national champion and was named the most outstanding performer of the meet.
Doane's Rachel Bramhall added All-America finishes in both hurdles races to become the first Tiger track athlete, male or female, to earn All-America honors in both hurdles races during the same season. Bramhall was eighth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 400 hurdles. Kalyn Brannagan finished third in the 400 hurdles in 1:00.86, the second-fastest time in school history.
Throwers from state colleges also piled up hardware on the final day of the meet. Hastings junior Alex Wellington won the men's shot put at 59-3, Doane's Zach Brittain was second, Concordia's Zach Lurz was third, Doane's Ben Berreckman was fourth and Midland's Seth Sabata was seventh. Concordia's Cody Boellstorff just missed first-team All-America with a ninth-place finish.
Hastings senior Teeka Thompson won the women's discus with heave of 160-4. The Concordia trio of Katricia Svoboda (fifth), Bethany Shaw (sixth) and Jan Steinbrueck (ninth) all added top-10 finishes.
The Concordia men added one final national title, with Lucas Wiechman winning the pole vault by clearing 16-10¾. Wiechman added a fifth in 400 hurdles as the Bulldogs finished fifth in the team standings. Doane was 10th and Hastings was 20th. British Columbia won the men's title with 71 points as the top three teams were separated by just seven points.
The Concordia women were sixth in the team standings, with Hastings seventh and Doane 11th. Wayland Baptist cruised to the women's title with 75 pints.
Dendinger, Herl trade places at NCAA Division II Championships: Much like the hammer throw, the women's shot put was dominated by a Nebraska state college duo on the final day of the NCAA Division II Championships at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Wayne State's Michaela Dendinger uncorked a put of 54-9¼ on her first throw to claim the national title and also set a school record. Chadron State's Mel Herl was second with a mark of 53-0. Herl won the hammer throw Thursday, with Dendinger second. They each had three All-American finishes apiece in the three throwing events.