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Catching up: Augustana’s Docken, Neises qualify for NCAA wrestling championships

Winner native Jayd Docken and Howard graduate Bradyn Neises, both juniors for the Augustana college wrestling team, competed at the NCAA Super Region III Championships over the weekend in Edmond, Okla.

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Docken, a 2013 All-American, rebounded from a semifinal loss at 197 pounds to win a 3-2 decision over Northern State University’s Joe Gomez in the wrestlebacks, locking up a bid to the NCAA championships and spot in the third-place match.

After taking down the No. 4 wrestler on the first day of the tournament, Bradyn Neises earned himself a spot in the 157-pound semifinals. Neises lost in the semifinal and the next two matches in the consolation bracket, finishing in sixth place.

Docken now prepares for the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 14-15.

Van Dyke takes 10th in mile

Dordt College’s Christian Van Dyke, a former Mitchell Christian runner, finished in 10th place in the men’s 1-mile run at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships in Crete, Neb., on Feb. 22. Van Dyke, a freshman for the Defenders, finished the race in 4:32.71.

Black Hills State runners place in conference meet

Black Hills State University junior Sierra Miles, a Montrose native, placed 14th overall in the women’s 1-mile run at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in Alamosa, Colo., on the campus of Adams State University.

Miles finished with a time of 5:51.07.

Abby Klyaic, another junior for the YellowJackets, came in 16th in the 400-meter dash at the championships with a finish of 62.79 seconds. Klyaic, a former Canistota Hawk, was also a member of BHSU’s 4x400-meter relay team which took 10th.

On the men’s side, senior Mitch Kraft took second place in the 3K and had an NCAA provisional qualifying finish, helping the team to fifth place in the RMAC Championships. The former Wessington Springs standout will now compete at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track Championships in Winston Salem, N.C, on March 14-15.