Tigers' Sughroue tops NAIA charts

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DoaneXC-sughroue-41webDoane freshman Jessa Sughroue recorded the fastest 600- and 800-meter times recorded in the NAIA so far this season and the Tigers’ Alyssa McDowell and Madison Wakefield won the unseeded portion of their events during the Holiday Inn Invitational track and field meet hosted by the University of Nebraska Friday and Saturday at the Devaney Center indoor track.

The accomplishments of the three Tiger ladies over the weekend came just days after Doane men Rob Keeney and Edwin Ronoh were named the NAIA Men’s Track and Field National Athletes of the Week for their performances in the Nisely Classic at Doane Jan. 7.

Keeney, a junior from Callaway, won the high jump (6 feet, 8 3/4 inches) and long jump (22-10) and placed second in the 55-meter hurdles (7.89 seconds).

Ronoh, a senior from Kericho, Kenya, won the 1,000-meter run in a national meet qualifying time of 2:30.98 and the mile (4:34.90) and ran a leg on the Doane 4x400 relay team.

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The naming of Keeney and Ronoh to the NAIA award Wednesday marked the first time since such recognitions began last year that two members of the same team won in the same week.

Tiger track and field team members were split this week between the meet at the university and at the Doane Field Plus Sprint meet Saturday at Fuhrer Fieldhouse.

Sughroue, a freshman from McCook, placed fourth in the 800 Friday night and came back for another fourth in the 600 Saturday in Lincoln.

Her times of 2 minutes, 16.99 seconds in the half and 1:36.42 in the 600 were both NAIA automatic national meet qualifying marks and came against heady competition.

She was beat to the line in the 800 by two elite competitors (one of them former NU standout, recent U.S. 400-meter finalist and Lauritsen Track 400 record holder Angee Henry) and an NCAA Division I competitor.

In the 600, she trailed only a trio of Nebraska upper class runners and defeated six other competitors from both Nebraska and the University of Minnesota.

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McDowell scaled 5 feet, 5 inches Friday night to win the unseeded competitors’ high jump at Devaney and then cleared a personal-best 5-7 3/4 on the way to winning at the Doane meet.

A sophomore from Trumbull, McDowell cleared 5-6 1/2 at the Nisely Classic Jan. 7 and was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Week last Wednesday.

For more on last weekend's Doane track and field action, see the Jan. 18 print or E-editions of The Crete News.