(Sioux City, Iowa) – Doane University claimed team titles at the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sioux City, Iowa. The two-day event took place Elwood Olsen Stadium on the Morningside College campus the last two days (May 4-5, 2018). The Doane women scored 215 points, while the Doane men tallied 237. The Hastings women and Northwestern men placed second with 161 and 116 points each. For the Doane women this is their sixth GPAC Title in a row. The Tiger women have won or shared 16 conference titles since the leage was formed in 2000-2001.
The Doane men won their third GPAC title in row and their ninth in GPAC history. Shantinique Cunningham from Hastings was the Female Outstanding Performer-of-the-Meet and is the Hauff Mid-America Sports Athlete-of-the-Year. She scored 36.50 points. Cunningham won the 100 Meter Dash, Long Jump, and was on the first place 4×100 relay team. She placed second in the Triple Jump and third in the 200. Cunningham won the same honor for the 2018 indoor season. Alex Wellington from Hastings was Male Outstanding Performer-of-the-Meet and is the Hauff Mid-America Sports Athlete-of-the-Year. Wellington won the Shot Put, placed second in the Discus, and was third in the Hammer Throw. He scored 24 points for the Broncos. The Outstanding Performaces of the Meet and the Jim McMahon/Fred Beile GPAC Track and Field Coaches-of-the-Year will be named this coming week.