Nebraska Wesleyan finished fourth in both the men's and women's team races at the 2012 GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (Feb. 18) at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Doane College won the team title for the men and women.
NWU men had 104 team points to finish 1.5 points behind third place Morningside. Doane had 175.5 to win with Concordia in second at 110. In the women's race, NWUwas fourth with 90 points. Doane scored 136 to defeat Dordt by four points (132) with Morningside in third (102).
The Prairie Wolves had two individual GPAC Champions for the women and two winners on the men's side.
It was the distances races that saw total domination for the NWU women. The Prairie Wolves finished 1st-3rd in both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters races. Hannah Kinberg won the 5,000 meters in a time of 17:35.15 followed by Malaina Huebert (17:40.57) and Hayley Sutter (18:10.84). In the 3,000 it was Huebert who was the GPAC champion in a time of 10:26.66. Sutter (10:26.77) was the runner-up with Kinberg (17:35.15) placing third.
Senior Katie Schoen also had a solid day for the Prairie Wolves women as she was the GPAC runner-up in the 60 hurdles (9.08) and was third in the high jump (5-4.25).
For the NWU men, freshman Parker Schoen won the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:48.71. Schoen looked to be a two-time champion as he crossed the tape first in the Mile but was later disqualified.
Jay Wall was the only Prairie Wolf champion in the field events as he won the men's pole vault with a height of 15-11.
Junior John Kersenbrock was a two-time GPAC runner-up just missing two individual titles. Kersenbrock was edged by one hundreth of a second in the 400 meters as John Cartier from Concordia ran a time of 48.34 to beat Kersenbrock's time of 48.35. In the long jump, Ronnie Taylor of Hastings leaped 23-9.5 with Kersenbrock in second at 23-8.