The Nebraska Wesleyan women's track & field team had five individual winners as the Prairie Wolves scored 105 team points to edge Wartburg College by three points for the team title at the Darren Young Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 9) at Grinnell College. The NWU men placed sixth as a team.
On the track, Taylor Tacha won the 200 meters in a time of 26.29. She set a new meet record in the preliminaries of the 60 hurdles but finished eighth in the finals.
Other top placers on the track were Erin Twibell who was second in the 60, Erin Kautz took second in the Mile and Meleia Oestmann was second in the 5,000.
The Prairie Wolves were big winners in field events with four individual winners. Jillian Guerrero won the long jump with a leap of 16-11 1/2. Sarah Oligmueller won the pole vault for NWU. In throws, Deanna Dirkschneider had a toss of 44-9 3/4 to win the shot put and Kayla Franzluebbers won the weight throw with a toss of 52-2 3/4.
Johnny Rutford was the lone winner for the Nebraska Wesleyan men. Rutford set a new meet record to win the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:38.0.
Jack Chatelain was the runner-up in the triple jump with Garrett Sellhorst taking third and Edson deOliveira fourth in the same event.
The Prairie Wolves now prepare for the GPAC Championships on Saturday at the Devaney Center.