|Lindsley takes third in discus for Tigers|
|Written by Andy McCallister|
|Saturday, 26 May 2012 08:24|
MARION, Ind. — Zack Lindsley scored a third place in the discus throw for the second year in a row and Tiger multi-event athletes Brad Higgins and Erin DeVries both finished in the points Friday to highlight an up and down day for Doane at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships.
Lindsley let loose with a 173 foot, 11 inch toss in the first round of throws to place third. Teammate Alvin Voss, one of four other Tiger men in the competition, narrowly missed a spot on the All-America podium with ninth at 161-1.
Crete’s Vince Krejci was 21st with a 150-3 toss.
Brad Higgins, with solid second-day performances in the pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500-meter run, moved up the order three spots and finished sixth in the decathlon with 6,526 points.
After a 16.17 clocking in the 110-meter hurdles to start the second day, Higgins threw the discus 120-6, cleared 14-3 1/4 in the pole vault and won the 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 31.13 seconds.
DeVries, a freshman competing in just her third heptathlon, also moved up on the second day, placing seventh with 4,385 points.
She opened the day with a personal-best mark in the long jump of 17-7 1/2, threw the javelin 105-0 and ran the 800 meters in 2:33.58.
On the track, Edwin Ronoh was the only Tiger to advance to a Saturday final after BJ Lawrence aggravated a sore hamstring in the semifinals of the 100-meter dash.
In his 800-meter semifinal, Ronoh bolted to the front on the second lap and then settled for fourth place in 1:52.42 to automatically qualify for Saturday’s final.
Lawrence, who strained a hamstring in practice May 1 and had not competed between that time and Thursday’s opening round events, pulled up shortly after finishing third in his 100-meter semi Friday with a time of 10.53.
He attempted to run the anchor leg on Doane’s 4x100-meter relay a little more than an hour later, but was unable to accelerate after receiving the baton from Adam Baxa and coasted across the line in sixth with a time of 41.96.
The time was not fast enough to advance to Saturday’s final. Lawrence withdrew from the 100-meter final held Friday afternoon and the 200 on Saturday.
The Doane women’s 4x400-meter relay team, in semifinal action Friday night, narrowly missed a spot in Saturday’s final after placing fifth in their heat with a season-best time of 3:51.12.
The Tiger foursome of Jessa Sughroue, Blair Dixon, Casarah Schutt and Erin Klein took more than four seconds off their season-best time, but was edged by 0.26 of a second for the ninth and final spot in the final.
On Saturday, Tiger field event performers will be in the spotlight as three men’s shot putters and triple jumpers will be in action along with a pair of women’s discus throwers, Nate Teten in the pole vault and Alyssa McDowell in the high jump.
Ronoh and Chris Busby will be the lone Tiger representatives in action on the track. Busby advanced to the 200-meter semifinals following the first round on Thursday.
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