SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Robert Iron Shell got his three-peat and the Doane men and women’s teams came away winners during the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held Saturday inside the Dordt Rec Center.
Briar Cliff senior Iron Shell, a Le Mars graduate, raced to a third-straight GPAC title in the 400 (49.26) while also adding a victory in the 200 (22.33). He was the lone individual to win two running events in the meet.
Doane women scored 183 points to win a seventh-straight league indoor championship while the Tigers men’s team captured a third-straight league crown, scoring 162 points.
Hastings sophomore Shantinique Cunningham was named the female outstanding athlete of the meet after scoring 32 points, including three individual wins, the triple jump (38-5), long jump (18-7.75) and 55-meter dash (7.19).
Concordia senior Lucas Wiechman earned male outstanding athlete of the meet honors after scoring 37.5 points and also claiming three individual victories. Wiechman won the 55-meter hurdles (7.65), the pole vault (15-11) and the heptathlon (4,891 points). He added a fourth in the lone jump for the Bulldogs, team runners-up with 150.5 points.
Third-place Northwestern men received GPAC titles from Tim Rose in the mile and it’s 4x800 crew of Bryce Nitzsche, Caleb Benzing, Sean Crowell, Peter Hollinger). Rose, a junior, established one of just three new meet records in running events when he broke a 10-year old mark by running 4:14.77 in the mile.
Red Raider senior Jordan Strand, the Heptathlon runner-up, established one of three new records in the individual events within the heptathlon and pentathlon when he ran 6.72 in the 55-meter dash.
Fourth-place Morningside saw Perman Wilson (55-meter dash) and Jacob Green (1,000) capture GPAC titles while fifth-place Dordt’s lone GPAC title came from Sam Wensink, who set a new meet record in the 800 (1:53.91).
Dordt finished third in the women’s race behind Doane and Hastings and had three individuals win GPAC title while also capturing the 4x800 with the quartet of Miranda Velgersdyk, Elizabeth Rankin, Jenna Wilgenburg and Joscelyn Wind. Velgersdyk won the 400, Justine Van Zee the 800 and Audrey Brooks the 5,000 for the Defenders.
Fifth-place Morningside’s lone GPAC title on the women’s side came from Michelle Mumm, who won the Mile in 5:05.12, edging Dordt’s Annacheina Knevelbaard and Doane’s Marissa DeWispelare, the GPAC cross country runner of the year and 3,000 meter champ.
Northwestern got a GPAC title from Rebekah Muilenburg in the 600 who also ran of the champion 4x800 relay team with Breanna Harthoorn, Sam Sinclair and Katie Landhuis.
The teams now turn their attention to the NAIA National Championships that will be held March 2-4 in Johnson City, Tenn.