Tigers bring home All-GPAC honors in five events

MaKenzie Hageman from DWU.

MaKenzie Hageman

Tamika Irvin from DWU.

Tamika Irvin

Haley Brunke from DWU.

Haley Brunke

MITCHELL, S.D. – Three members of the Dakota Wesleyan University track and field team earned All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors in five events Friday and Saturday at the GPAC Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.

Tamika Irvin and MaKenzie Hageman each earned a pair of all-conference honors in the 60- and 200-meter dashes and freshman Haley Brunke earned All-GPAC accolades in the 5,000-meter run Saturday. Irvin took third in the 60 in 7.84 seconds – which also qualified her for the NAIA Indoor National Championships – and Hageman was fifth in 7.9 seconds, the second-fastest time in DWU history.

Irvin also took third in the 200-meter dash in 25.20 seconds. Hageman, a freshman, was eighth in the same race in 26.16 seconds – the fourth-best time in school history. Brunke took eighth in the 5,000 in 19:30.94. That time is the third-fastest time in school history.

Also for the Tigers over the weekend, Dalton Smith finished 13th in the 200-meter dash in 22.90 seconds – the fourth-best time in DWU history. Daniel Porter was 15th in the triple jump with a leap of 38-feet-11 inches. Skylar Forgey finished 11th in the 800 in 2:28.52 and Jessie Pederson took 15th in the long jump with a mark of 15-9.75 and 17th in the triple jump in 31-10.75.

Thursday afternoon, freshman Nicole Court-Menendez finished second in the 3,000-meter race walk at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge Indoor Meet in Columbia, Mo. She finished the race in 15:54.41, which sets a school record.

Saturday wrapped up the indoor season for Dakota Wesleyan except for the indoor national meet, which is Feb. 28 through March 2 in Geneva, Ohio. Irvin and Court-Menendez both qualified for the indoor meet – Irvin in the 60- and 200-meter dashes and Court-Menendez in the 3000 race walk. The Tigers’ indoor season starts March 29-30 at the Wayne State Invite in Wayne, Neb.