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Lopers Had Two Indoor All-Americans, Looking for More in Pueblo

The Nebraska-Kearney track & field team will be sending eight men and two women to the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colo.

For a second straight year, RMAC-member Colorado State-Pueblo hosts this meet at the Neta & Eddie DeRosa ThunderBowl. A top eight finish in any event is good for All-American honors.

In March, Marissa Bongers (3rd/800 meters) and Dillon Schrodt (7th/heptathlon) earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Alabama. UNK’s other two qualifiers were Tanner Fruit (13th/5,000 meters) and Mark Seeba (pole vault).

Last May, Paul Pape (8th/800) and Marty Molina (7th/triple jump) cracked the top eight. Molina also was an All-American in 2012 (indoors & outdoors) in the triple.

Name (Outdoor Eligibility, High School) Event Rank Time/Mark
Tanner Fruit (Sr., Ogallala H.S.) 5,000 Meters 15th 14:14.58 (School-record)
Kyle Glidden (Sr., Dundy-County Stratton H.S.) Discus 18th 171-7
Ryan Hircock (Fr-R., Ansley H.S.) Discus 16th 172-7
Paul Pape (Jr., Lincoln H.S.) 800 Meters 20th 1:51.02
Marty Molina (Sr., Kearney H.S.) Triple Jump 8th 50-10 (School-record)
Dillon Schrodt (So., Lincoln North Star H.S.) Decathlon 11th 6,757 points (School-record)
Mark Seeba (So., Bellevue West H.S.) Pole Vault T-14th 16-4.75
Michael Thalken (Jr., Ogallala H.S.) Shot Put 18th 55-8.5

Marissa Bongers (So., East Butler H.S.) 800 Meters 4th 2:09.02 (School-record)
Andrea Howe (Jr., Beatrice H.S.) Discus 14th 156-9