Jackie Spelts broke a new school record and set the new meet record in the 10,000 meters to highlight an outstanding day for the Nebraska Wesleyan women's track & field team as they won the team title at the Dick Young Classic at Grinnell College held on Saturday (Apr. 18). NWU scored 210 points to defeat second place Simpson College by 84 points.
The Prairie Wolves won eight events and had five NCAA qualifying marks on the day.
Spelts ran a time of 36:10.2 to win the 10,000 by three minutes over teammate Malaina Huebert. Her time broke the NWU school record by 27 seconds and broke the meet record by 1:43. She now ranks among the top seven in the NCAA in the 10,000 meters.
Freshman Deanna Dirkschneider also had an outstanding day as the team's only double winner. She won both the shot put and the discus. Her toss of 42-11 1/2 in the shot put was a NCAA Qualifying mark.
There were five other NWU athletes who were individual winners. Amanda Brichacek broke her old school record with an NCAA Qualifying mark of 170-9 to win the hammer throw. Taylor Tacha ran a NCAA provisional time and won the 100 hurdles. She ran 14.76 in the preliminaries and 14.86 in the finals. Anne Kersenbrock ran a time of 26.01 to win the 200 meters. Also on the track, Katie Nelson won the 1,500 meters (4:43.86) and Meleia Oestman won the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:45.02).
The 4x100 relay team of Tacha, Erin Twibell, Allee Kuska and Kersenbrock also had a NCAA qualifying time as they won the race in a time of 48.59.