SIOUX CITY – Robert Iron Shell is looking for a three-peat at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The two-day meet begins Friday at the Dordt College Rec Center and concludes Saturday on the college’s Sioux Center campus.
Iron Shell, a Briar Cliff senior out of Le Mars, Iowa, is the two-time defending champ in the 400, where he established the GPAC meet record as a sophomore in 2015.
Iron Shell is a five-time NAIA Indoor All-American but has been hampered most of this indoor season with a nagging injury. He is the GPAC qualifying leader in both the 200 and 400 entering this weekend.
“He’ll run the 400 and 200 for sure and then we’ll see how he feels,” said Briar Cliff coach Nate Treinen. “He’s been battling an injury since Christmas break. This past weekend at SDSU was finally the first meet where he looked good.
“He’s not quite 100 percent, he is getting close, not quite where he was before the injury.”
It should be a very intriguing meet as Doane looks to keep its stranglehold on the team championships and individuals go after league titles and possible NAIA national qualification marks.
Dordt senior Sam Wensink, the defending GPAC champ in the 1,000, will run the 800 on Saturday where his season best of 1:53.24 leads the GPAC and ranks fifth in the NAIA. Right behind Wensink ranking sixth in the NAIA is Northwestern sophomore Peter Hollinger with a 1:54.04.
Wensink ranks third in the NAIA in the 1,000, but can’t compete in both events since they are back-to-back on the meet schedule. Morningside junior Jacob Green ranks sixth in the NAIA with a 2:31.34.
Northwestern sophomore Rebekah Muilenburg enters the 600 ranked sixth in the NAIA with a season best of 1:36.03. Red Raider teammates Katie Landhuis (2:14.67) and Katie Bosch (2:15.19) are third and fourth in the NAIA rankings.
Bosch, a junior, will bypass the 800 to compete in the 1,000 where her 2:59.40 ranks sixth in the NAIA, right behind Morningside junior Michelle Mumm (2:58.91).
Northwestern and Dordt are ranked second and third in the NAIA in the women’s 4x800.
Doane women are seeking a seventh straight indoor league title while the men’s team is in search of a third-straight league crown.