Flemister and Kneifl reign at GPAC Championships

May 04, 2018 • Athletics

Kati Kneifl

Dom Flemister

Morningside crowned two champions during Friday’s action in the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sioux City.

Dom Flemister, a sophomore from Sioux City, used a school-record breaking performance to win the men’s long jump conference title with a distance of 24-3 3/4. Flemister won the competition by a four-inch margin over Doane University’s Xavier Bridges, the runner-up with a best of 23-11 3/4, and broke the former Morningside record of 23-9 set by Marquise Brown in 2000.

Kati Kneifl, a junior from Sheldon, Iowa, reigned in the women’s javelin throw with a distance of 137-11 for a victory margin of almost 10 feet over Darley Tiersa of Hastings College, who finished as the runner-up with a distance of 128-4.

The Mustangs had two of the top finishers in the women’s 10,000-meters, where Alexandra George, a sophomore from Seward, Neb., finished second with a time of 41:18.18 and Megan Maaske, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, finished fifth in 42:21.90.

Alexandra George

Alex Janssen

Morningside had three place winners in the men’s 10,000-meters, led by Alex Janssen, a senior from Crofton, Neb., who finished fifth with a time of 34:32.22. His teammates Connor Ritz, a freshman from Sioux City, and Tony Patton, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., finished sixth and seventh with times of 34:37.73 and 35:06.61, respectively.

Morningside finished third in the women’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 9:41.92 from Cassie Warner, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; Clare Kortlever, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; and Rose Pelelo-Ray, a junior from Merrill, Iowa.

The Mustangs also finished third in the men’s 3200-meter relay, where Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa; Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Dylan Lindstrom, a freshman from Hickman, Neb.; and Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, combined for a time of 7:45.27.

Morningside is in fourth place in the women’s team standings with 28 points and in fifth place in the men’s team standings with 25 points with six events scored.

Day One Results