Panec qualifies for nationals, Tigers compete at GPAC Indoor Championships

Panec qualifies for nationals, Tigers compete at GPAC Indoor Championships

 SIOUX CENTER, Iowa. – The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field teams took part in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

 Junior Jeremiah Panec (Keenesaw, Neb.) qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships, beginning on March 2 in Johnson City, Tenn. Panec finished third out of 17 runners in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:32.96, while breaking his own school record of 2:34.68.

 Also on the men's side, Rex Schlicht (Woonsocket, S.D.) brought home an 11-th-place finish in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:25.53. Fellow freshman Anthony Fontenot (Stephan, S.D.) competed in the 400-meter dash and finished with a time of 54.49, good for 16th-place.

 Jon Harmening (Jackson, Minn.) competed in the triple jump and finished with a leap of 42-07.50 (12.99-meters), good for 10th-place. Jared Rabenberg (Britton, S.D.) also competed in the triple jump and secured a 12th-place finish with a leap of 41-11.50 (12.79-meters). Rabenberg took part in the high jump and finished fourth with a jump of 6-05 (1.96-meters). Senior Gabe Dirksen (Lead, S.D.) finished eighth in the heptathlon with a final score of 4,131.

 For the DWU women, freshman Alyssa Weidler (Sioux Falls, S.D.) finished in sixth place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.43. She also competed in the long jump and finished sixth with a jump of 17-01.50 (5.22-meters).  

 Shailhyn Schweigert (Burke, S.D.) came home with a 13th-place finish in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:46.82. Sophomore Kristen Longville (Lake Preston, S.D.) took sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 35-00.25 (10.67-meters).

 Kamberlyn Lamer (Hartford, S.D.) took part in the pentathlon and finished first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.69, while breaking the GPAC record in that event. She also took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16-03.75 (4.97-meters), 10th in the shot put with a toss of 30-03.50 (9.23-meters), while placing 14th with a score of 2,277.

 The outdoor portion begins on March 25 at the Wildcat Classic in Wayne, Neb.