The Nebraska Wesleyan women's track and field team finished third overall, while the NWU men were fourth overall at the 2011 Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships held on Saturday (Feb. 19) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
It came down to the final race of the day in the women's team race as the Prairie Wolves 4x400 relay team had an exciting finish. Needing to finish third in the race, the quartet of Allee Kuska, Taylor Tacha, Jami Pritschau and Claire Boyer ran a season-best time of 3:57.52 to place third and edge Concordia by 0.5 points for third overall. NWU had 91.5 team points, compared to 90 for the Bulldogs.
For Nebraska Wesleyan, two women were the lone individual winners on the day.
Taylor Tacha was the winner in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.87 to earn the individual title. Amanda Brichacek was the other winner for the Prairie Wolves as she won the individual championship in the weight throw with a mark of 56-1.25.
Tacha placed in three other events on the day. She placed third in the 60 meters, ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay and also was fourth in the 200.
The Nebraska Wesleyan men placed fourth in the team standings, finishing six points behind third place Sioux Falls.
For NWU, two men placed second overall in their individual events. Elliott Bulling had a mark of 51-4 to finish second in the shot put, while John Kersenbrock was second in the long jump with a leap of 23-0.
Doane College won both the women's and men's team championship.