Doane track

The Doane women celebrate their GPAC indoor championship Saturday in Crete.

The Doane men and women swept the Great Plains Athletic Conference track and field indoor championships on their home oval Saturday in Crete.

The Tigers ran away with the men's title, scoring 215½ points. Northwestern (98) was second, and Hastings (84) was third. Concordia (71) finished tied for fourth.

On the women's side, Doane scored 184 points. Hastings (145) was second, and Concordia (83) was fifth.

The Doane women got first-place finishes from Emily Harsin (400-meter dash) and Alexis Dale (high jump). Dale led a 1-2-3-4-5 finish in the event. The sophomore won with a leap of 5 feet, 7¼ inches. Claire Sintek (5-6) was second, Paige Hervert (5-5) was third, Shay Brown (5-5) was fourth and Isabelle Watson (5-3) was fifth.

From an individual standpoint, Hastings junior Shantinique Cunningham stole the show. She set a meet record in the 60 meters, finishing in :7.68. She also won the long and triple jumps.

Concordia's Samantha Liermann, who ranks second nationally in the shot put, won the women's event with a toss of 48 feet.

The Doane men got a boost from multiple champions. Senior Josiah Oyebefun won the 60 in :6.87, Alan Varela won the 600 in 1:21.28, narrowly missing a track record, Austin Becker won the high jump in 6-8¼ and Levi Sudbeck took the pole vault title in 15-9.

Sudbeck also took the heptathlon title with a 4,947 point total, which ranks second nationally.

Concordia's Scott Johnson won the triple jump in 47-2½, which is also the top mark in the nation this year. Hastings freshman Jon Flight, a Wahoo graduate, finished first in the 60 hurdles in :8.07.

Hastings' Alex Willingham broke a meet record in the shot put with a winning toss of 60-6¾.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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