Old conference rivals Nebraska Wesleyan and Doane College met on Thursday night (Apr. 1) in Crete for their annual track & field dual. The Tigers held on to win both the men's and women's team races defeating NWU 104-97 on the men's side and 110-85 on the women's side.
It was the first outdoor meet of the season for the NWU track & field teams and they performed well in windy conditions in Crete.
The Prairie Wolves men had eight individual winners on the night. Harry Meginnis was the only double winner taking the title in the 100 (11.10) and the 200 (22.28) meter dashes. Also on the track, Nick Sawyer won the 400 meters (50.34), Logan Watley was the 1500 winner (4:06.28), Brian Copley won the 5,000 (15:29.69) and in the hurdle races Kevin Janata won the 110 (14.69) and Derrick McKenzie won the 400 hurdles (56.22).
The only field event won by the NWU men was the long jump where a pair of freshmen had outstanding marks. John Kersenbrock and Jack Chatelain both had distances of 23-7.5 to place on top in the long jump.
On the women's side, NWU won seven individual events and one relay. Two women were double winners as Jackie Spelts and Taylor Tacha both won two events. Spelts was the winner in the 1,500 (4:50.80) and the 5,000 (18:06.66) while freshman Tacha won both hurdle events winning the 100 (14.73) and 400 (1:06.76) hurdles. Also on the track, Katie Nelson was the winner in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (12:08.50).
In the field events, All-American Anne Kersenbrock won the long jump with a leap of 18-3.0 and Amanda Brichacek won the weight throw with a toss of 165-5.
The 4x100 relay team of Tacha, Erin Twibell, Michelle Tiedke and Kersenbrock ran a time of 49.37 to win that event.