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Lisa Uhl to be Inducted Into Cyclone Hall of Fame!

Lisa Uhl-Ft. Dodge-ISU ©Jim Kirby 2011

Lisa Uhl-Ft. Dodge-ISU
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The Iowa State Letterwinners Club announced today Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2020. Five former Cyclone stars will be inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday Oct. 16 in a ceremony at the Sukup End Zone Club in Ames. All five inductees will be honored at halftime of the Iowa State-Oklahoma game on Saturday Oct. 17.

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To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, athletes must be 10 years removed from their final season of competition at Iowa State. The 10-year eligibility rule was implemented this year from 15 years, which is a standard guideline among peer institutions.

Registration to purchase tickets for the banquet will open at a later date on

Public tickets are $50 and athletic alumni are encouraged to join us for the entire weekend with reunion benefits.

The Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1997 and 193 Cyclone legends have been enshrined. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon by the Iowa State Athletics Department and decided by a selection committee comprised of Iowa State administrators and athletic alumni.

2020 Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

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Lisa Koll (2007-2010) – Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country

  • Four-time National Champion (2008, 2010)
  • 11-time All-American (2007-10)
  • USTFCCA National Female Track Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Three-time First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2008-10)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (2009)
  • Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Nine-time Big 12 Champion (2007-10)
  • Two-time Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year (2008, 2010)
  • Outstanding Performer at Big 12 Outdoor Championship (2009, 2010)
  • Outstanding Performer at Big 12 Indoor Championship (2010)
  • Collegiate record-holder in the 10,000-meter run at 31:18.07 (2010)
  • U.S. Olympian in the 10,000-meter run (2012)


Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.
©Jim Kirby 2017

Iowans Covey and Yeager Help Jack Rabbits to Big Finish at Conference

Joshua Yeager-Cedar Point-Drake SDST ©Jack Rabbits Athletics 2020

Joshua Yeager-Cedar Point-Drake SDST
©Jack Rabbits Athletics 2020

The South Dakota State track and field teams concluded the 2020 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships Presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare on Saturday at the Lutheran Health Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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The Jackrabbit men finished second with 179 points, while the women came in third with 94 points.

Sam Zenner won gold in the men’s 200 and also picked up the new Lutheran Health Fieldhouse facility record with his mark of 21.60. Behind Zenner’s, Coby Hilton finished fifth with 21.97and Daniel Clarke ended with a mark of 22.39 to earn seventh.

Addison Eisenbeisz picked up SDSU’s second individual conference title in the women’s high jump. Eisenbeisz leaped for a new personal best of 5-8.75, moving her from eighth to fourth on SDSU’s all-time list. After Eisenbeisz, Chloe Holtz took fourth at a 5-7.00 and Maddie Mingo took 12th with a jump of 5-1.00.

Micah Mather edged teammate Joseph Minor-Williams by five thousandths of a second to earn the conference title in the men’s 5,0000. Mather crossed the line at 14:40.013 while Minor-Williams followed at 14:40.018 to earn silver. Joshua Yeager finished fifth at 14:50.04, Gabe Peters took sixth with a mark of 14:50.82, Lukas Nelson picked up seventh with a 14:57.06 and Thomas Breuckman clocked a 15:26.15 to round out Jackrabbit finishers.

Nick Wessels earned runner-up and a silver medal in the men’s 60m hurdles with his time of 8.10. Jacob Lackas finished sixth with a 8.41 and Reid Pierzinski finished eighth in the event’s finals.

Ellie Friesen took second in the women’s mile, clocking a 4:57.97 to earn silver.

Oksana Covey took silver in the women’s 800 with a mark of 2:11.58. Tori Glazier finished fifth at 2:17.49 and Jessica Christoffercame in eighth with a time of 2:27.38.

Familiar faces found themselves back on the podium today. Lukas Nelson and Joshua Yeager, who took second and third in the men’s 3,000 yesterday, were back today after Nelson took second in the men’s mile with a mark of 4:11.65 and Yeager crossed at 4:12.57 for third.

Caleb Bray earned bronze in the men’s 400 with his time of 48.77.

Sam Zenner won bronze in the men’s 60m dash with a mark of 9.91. Behind him, Coby Hilton took fourth with a 6.94 and Daniel Clarke took seventh, clocking a 7.00.

SDSU’s women’s 4×400 of Lauren Van Dyke, Hannah Whitbread, Rich-Ann Archer and Oksana Covey earned bronze with a mark of 3:52.59, while the men’s 4×400 of double medalists Sam Zenner and Caleb Bray along with Blake Iverson and Landon Larsoncrossed the finish line at 3:21.11 to also take third.

Anna Donnay finished fourth with a 17:19.21 in the women’s 5,000. Noah Huber took sixth in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 62-7.25. Rich-Ann Archer ran a 25.62 in the women’s 200m finals with her seventh place finish in her debit conference championships. Archer (7.932) and Emily Altenburg (7.938) went five and six in the women’s 60m dash.

Blake Iverson (5th place, 1:56.15) and Derek Boekelheide (7th place, 2:00.19) represented  the Jacks in the men’s 800 finals, while Lauren Van Dyke ran a 57.86 in the women’s 400 finals.

Haley Mottinger ended the women’s 60m hurdle finals with a sixth place finish that matches her career-best mark of 8.76 that has her at sixth all-time at SDSU.  The Jacks went 4-5-7-11 in the men’s triple jump with Reid Pierzinski (4th place, 46-1.50), Trey Tiefenthaler (5th place, 46-0.75), Tre Manning (7th place, 45-6.25) and Daniel Clarke (11th place, 43-2.50).


1.) North Dakota State 211.5
2.) South Dakota State 179
3. South Dakota 156.5
4.) Oral Roberts 74.5
5.) North Dakota 21.5
6.) Western Illinois 11
7.) Purdue Fort Wayne 7

1.) North Dakota State 213.5
2.) South Dakota 148
3.) South Dakota State 94
4.) North Dakota 72.5
5.) Oral Roberts 72
6.) Western Illinois 39
7.) Purdue Fort Wayne 18
8.) Nebraska-Omaha 6

Full results of the South Dakota State track and field teams concluded the 2020 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships Presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare can be found here.

South Dakota State returns for outdoor season March 25-28 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and March 27 and 28 at the Texas State Bobcat Invite in San Marcos, Texas.

Cyclones Track and Field 2020
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Iowans Propel Cyclones to Big 12 Title!

The Iowa State men’s indoor track and field team are Big 12 Champions. The Cyclones won their first track and field team title in the Big 12 era on Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center, posting 137 team points.

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Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics 2020

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics 2020


Iowa State’s last indoor track and field title came in 1994 during the Big Eight Era. For Director of Track & Field Martin Smith, it ended a 10-year wait to lift the indoor title, as he last won it with Oklahoma in 2010.

The Cyclone men were led by the repeat winner of the Big 12 High Point Award for the Indoor Championships Edwin Kurgat, who did the 3K/5K double for the second-straight indoor season along with taking third in the mile. Roshon Roomes picked up a pair of titles on Saturday, repeating his triumph in the 600-yard run and adding an 800-meter run title to his trophy collection.

The Cyclone men showed their strength in the middle and long distance events, racking up a combined 123 points across the 600-yard, 800-meter, 1,000-meter, mile, 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter runs and the distance medley relay.

The Iowa State women enjoyed a strong day as well, finishing fourth with 74.33 points, with Cailie Loguealso doing a 3K/5K sweep to share the High Point Award for the meet.

ISU entered the men’s 3,000 needing 16 points to guarantee the title. The Cyclones sent Kurgat and Thomas Pollard out on their own while Chad Johnson played defense against the rest of the field. The Cyclone duo was never caught, repeating their 1-2 from the night before in the 5,000. Kurgat got conference title No. 6 in 8:10.48, while Pollard brought home another silver medal in 8:14.85. Johnson was rewarded for his hard work with a sixth-place finish in 8:17.92.

Roomes had a busy day, taking on his section of the 600-yard final at 2:40 p.m. He took care of business to repeat in 1:08.66, and brought teammate Cebastian Gentil with him in second in 1:09.45. 70 minutes later, Roomes returned to the track in the 800 and was again dominant in a wire-to-wire victory. Yet again it was one of his teammates, Daniel Nixon, who joined him atop the podium as he ran to silver in 1:48.65.

Festus Lagat added to his gold medal in the DMR last night, with a pair of silver medals in the mile (4:13.84) and the 1,000 (2:26.98). Lagat was third behind Kurgat (26 points) and Roomes (20 points) in terms of points responsible for at the Big 12 Championships, notching 18.5 points across the two days.

For the second-straight season, Mason Weh was the bronze medalist in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 7.93. In the field, Cody Durbin posted a career-best high jump of 6-10 3/4 (2.09m) to finish in fifth.

For the Cyclone women, Logue took the lead after 1,000 meters and never looked back to pick up her sixth career Big 12 individual crown. It was her teammate Abby Caldwell, who ran to a second silver medal of the weekend, who surprised. The sixth-year senior was sitting in sixth with two laps to go, but showed good strength to record the second place finish.

Another big finisher for the Cyclone women was Larkin Chapman, who went from eighth place to the bronze medal in the 1,000-meter run on the final lap, clocking in at 2:50.21. Katarina Vlahovic finished her indoor season with yet another personal best and a bronze medal in the 60 hurdles, finishing in 8.30. In the field, Keiara Williams had another career-best day, using a top shot put throw of 48-11 1/2 (14.92m) to finish sixth.

Up Next
Qualifiers for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be announced on Tuesday night. The Championships will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico this season on March 13-14.

Team Scores
Men: 1. Iowa State – 137
; Texas Tech – 127; 3. Texas – 118; 4. Oklahoma – 87; 5. Kansas State – 76; 6. TCU – 53; 7. Baylor – 50; 8. Oklahoma State – 46; 9. Kansas – 45
Women: 1. Texas – 180.33; 2. Texas Tech – 131; 3. Kansas State – 91; 4. Iowa State – 74.33; 5. Oklahoma – 72; T-6. Kansas, Oklahoma State – 54; 8. Baylor – 34.33; 9. TCU – 34; 10. West Virginia – 16

Iowa State Results
600-Yard Run (M):
1. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:08.66; 2. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 1:09.45
600-Yard Run (W): 1. Brooke Jaworski, Texas – 1:19.14; 8. Zakiyah Amos, Iowa State – 1:22.79
800-Meter Run (M): 1. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:48.39; 2. Daniel Nixon, Iowa State – 1:48.65
1,000-Meter Run (M): 1. Takieddine Hedeilli, Texas Tech – 2:26.67; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 2:26.98; 7. Leonel Perez, Iowa State – 2:30.27
1,000-Meter Run (W): 1. Kassidy Johnson, Kansas State – 2:44.89; 3. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:50.21
Mile Run (M): 1. Takiddine Hedeilli, Texas Tech – 4:13.27; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 4:13.84; 3. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 4:14.28; 8. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:20.27
Mile Run (W): 1. Kathryn Gillespie, Texas – 4:36.89; 6. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 4:50.27; 11. Brina Kraft, Iowa State – 5:24.80
3,000-Meter Run (M): 1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:10.48; 2. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 8:14.85; 6. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 8:17.92; 9. Mitchell Day, Iowa State – 8:20.45; 10. Gable Sieperda, Iowa State – 8:22.24; 11. David Too, Iowa State – 8:24.02
3,000-Meter Run (W): 1. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 9:28.88; 2. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 9:29.64; 6. Winrose Chesang, Iowa State – 9:38.20; 10. Madelynn Hill, Iowa State – 9:46.68; 11. Grace Dickel, Iowa State – 9:49.01; 29. Norah Korir, Iowa State – 10:07.70
60-Meter Hurdles (M): 1. John Burt, Texas – 7.71; 3. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 7.93
60-Meter Hurdles (W): 1. Gabrielle McDonald, Texas Tech – 8.04; 3. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.30; 7. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.46
4×400-Meter Relay (M): 1. TCU – 3:06.90; 9. Iowa State (Gage Clay, Joven Nelson, Nate Kennedy, Cebastian Gentil) – 3:15.60
4×400-Meter Relay (W): 1. Texas – 3:32.64; 9. Iowa State (Kaylyn Hall, Zakiyah Amos, Janette Schraft, Maggie Davis) – 3:55.76

High Jump (M): 1. Tejaswin Shankar, Kansas State – 7-3 3/4 (2.23m); 5. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-10 3/4 (2.09m); T-9. Miles Rupiper, Iowa State – 6-6 1/4 (1.99m)
High Jump (W): 1. Jillian Johnson, TCU – 5-10 3/4 (1.80m); T-8. Megan Durbin, Iowa State – 5-6 (1.68m)
Shot Put (M): 1. Adrian Piperi, Texas – 68-10 (20.98m); 8. Kevin Sakson, Iowa State – 56-1 (17.09m); 15. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-10 (15.19m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Elena Bruckner, Texas – 55-2 1/4 (16.82m); 6. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 48-11 1/2 (14.92m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Ruth Usoro, Texas Tech – 43-8 (13.31m); 22; Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 38-10 1/4 (11.84m)

Grace Proesch-N. Cedar-Air Force Academy (far left)
Air Force Academy 2020

Air Force’s Proesch Helps Cadets Win Mountain West Title

Grace Proesch-N. Cedar-Air Force Academy  ©Air Force Academy 2020

Grace Proesch-N. Cedar-Air Force Academy
©Air Force Academy 2020

The Air Force track and field team kicked off the 2020 Mountain West Indoor Championships this afternoon (Feb. 27) with two medals and the fourth-fastest women’s distance medley relay in Academy history.

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The DMR squad of senior Swathi Samuel, sophomore Grace Proesch, sophomore Brid O’Connell and senior Lindsey Blanks accounted for an altitude-adjusted time of 11:38.54 (11:49.27 actual) to debut in fourth on the program’s all-time standings and earn a spot on the podium, as Blanks used a strong finish to move the Falcons into a third-place finish in the 10-team final.

UNI Track
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Panthers MVC Champions!


Tayshaun Cooper-Waterloo-UNI ©Panthers Athletics 2020

Tayshaun Cooper-Waterloo-UNI
©Panthers Athletics 2020

UNI men’s track and field took first place for the first time in 11 years and 18th overall with a total of 143.5 points, over 30 points better than second-place teams Illinois State and Southern Illinois. The women finished in fifth place overall with 71.5 points, 2.5 points shy of third place.

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Isaiah Trousil and Darius King earned championships and 17 Panthers earned 23 All-Conference finishes. Trousil and King earned gold in the 200-meter dash and shot put respectively.

Tayshaun Cooper and Isaiah Trousil earned three All-Conference honors followed by Darius Kingand Cameron Bauer with two honors. Cooper and Trousil earned honors in 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the 4×400 relay. King medaled in weight throw and shot put. Bauer saw the podium in pole vault and triple jump.

Teammates Jack Sumners, Chase Van Sant, Kyler Yodts, Isabelle Holtzen, Hannah Schau, Megan Hudson, Wal Khat, Cameron Cantrall, Thomas Yezek, Allison Griffin, Elijah Hicks, Thai Thompsonand Dan Blocker join the list of honorees.

On Sunday, the championship resumed with men’s heptathlon where Thompson recorded a personal best in the pole vault at a mark of 4.11m. Thompson ended the events in third place with a total of 5,035 points.

Cantrall earned more points for the Panthers with a third-place finish in high jump with a height of 2.04m. On his last attempt, Bauer recorded a personal best mark of 14.76m in the triple jump placing him in third. Griffin took bronze in the women’s shot put on a season best throw of 14.89m. King and Yezek closed out the field events by going 1-2 in the shot put with distances of 19.09m and 18.71m respectively.

Cooper and Trousil rose onto the podium for the first time with second and third place finishes in the 60-meter dash with times of 6.78 and 6.82. They returned following the 200-meter dash in first and third place with times of 21.49 and 21.72. Hicks and Blocker joined them on the podium after finishing third in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:19.64.

Schau and Hudson finished back-to-back to take second and third in the 60-meter hurdles with times of 8.72 and 8.78.

Khat came from behind to earn second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.06.

For most of the team, the championship concludes the indoor season, but for King, who sits 14th in the NCAA in the shot put, will likely take a trip to Albuquerque, N.M. for the Indoor Track and Field Championship on March 13-14. Only the top 16 competitors at every event advance to the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Jack Sumners – LJ (3)
Chase Van Sant – LJ (2)
Darius King – WT (3), SP (1)
Kyler Yodts – WT (2)
Isabelle Holtzen – PV (3)
Cam Bauer – PV (3), TJ (3)
Isaiah Trousil – 60m (2), 200m (1), 4×400 (3)
Tayshaun Cooper – 60m (3), 200m (3), 4×400 (3)
Hannah Schau – 60m H (2)
Megan Hudson – 60m H (3)
Wal Khat – 800m (2)
Cameron Cantrall – HJ (3)
Tom Yezek – SP (2)
Allison Griffin – SP (3)
Eli Hicks – 4×400 (3)
Dan Blocker – 4×400 (3)
Thai Thompson – Hept. (3)

TOP-8 FINISHES (Earned Points):
60m – Isaiah Trousil (2), Tayshaun Cooper (3), Eli Hicks (6)
60m H – Jack Sumers (6)
200m – Isaiah Trousil (1), Tayshaun Cooper (3), Eli Hicks (5)
800m – Wal Khat (2)
Mile – CJ May (7)
High Jump – Cameron Cantrall (3)
Long Jump – Chase Van Sant (2), Jack Sumners (7), Cade Kirkpatrick (8)
Pole Vault – Cam Bauer (3)
Shot Put – Darius King (1), Tom Yezek (2), Kyler Yodts (5), William Blaser (6), Keegan Tritle(7)
Triple Jump – Cam Bauer (3)
Weight Throw – Kyler Yodts (2), Darius King (3), Cam Jones (8)
4×400 Relay (3)
Distance Medley Relay (6)

60m H – Hannah Schau (2), Megan Hudson (3)
200m – Taylor Raines (5), Tyler Gray (6)
800m – Dianna Slight (5), Katie Nimrod (6)
5,000m – McKayla Cole (5)
Pole Vault – Isabelle Holtzen (3), Cierra Laux (5)
Shot Put – Allison Griffin (3), Morgan Nealey (5)
Weight Throw – Alanna Nietert (4), Allison Griffin (6)
4×400 Relay (6)
Distance Medley Relay (5)

Luther's Men Cross Country
© Wyatt Hill 2019

Preview American Rivers Indoor Conference Championships

 Ryan Bonthius-Regina-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2020

Ryan Bonthius-Regina-Wartburg
©Knights Athletics 2020

The 2020 American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29 in Decorah, Iowa with Luther College serving as host.

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In 2019 the Nebraska Wesleyan women took back the title from Wartburg after winning the title in 2017. The Prairie Wolves and Knights have gone back and forth the last three years. Nebraska Wesleyan broke Wartburg’s streak of fourteen-straight Indoor titles in 2017. The final margin of victory in 2019 was a mere 3.0 points as NWU scored 181.5 points to Wartburg’s 178.5 points. Loras finished third with 156.5 points, and Dubuque came in fifth with 92. The A-R-C title marked NWU’s second since joining the conference in 2016.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings released on Tuesday, February 25 Loras College owned the No. 5 spot. Dubuque enters the Championships ranked No. 10 nationally, while Wartburg checks in at No. 23.

In the USTFCCCA Central Region rankings, five A-R-C schools are ranked in the top-10. Wartburg leads the pack at No. 1 with Loras at No. 2, Dubuque at No. 4, Nebraska Wesleyan at No. 5, and Central at No. 8. The other four conference teams ranked within the top-25 of the Central Region as Buena Vista checked in at No. 12, Luther at No. 16, Coe at No. 21, and Simpson rounding it out at No. 22.

This years women’s events will feature 10 returning individual champions from 2019. Gabrielle Noland of Loras, the back-to-back reigning Most Valuable Track Performer, claimed titles the 60-meter dash (7.60) and the 400-meter title (57.51) a season ago. Noland’s 60-meter dash time last season broke the Conference Championships record of 7.71 set in 2012 by Wartburg’s Faith Burt and in 2016 by Central’s Abigail Davis. This season, Noland’s 60-meter dash time of 7.56 ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division III. Additionally, Noland ranks No.1 in the A-R-C and third in Division III with a 400-meter time of 57.18.

Dubuque’s Alison Beeman bested Noland in the 200-meter dash by just .01 one week ago, recording the top time in NCAA Division III at 24.49. Noland, at 24.50 ?ranks second in Division III. At the 2019 A-R-C Championships Beeman edged out Noland to claim gold, while the 2019 NCAA Championships saw Noland claim the title of National Champion and Beeman earning All-American honors with a third place finish. The two standout sprinters are sure to produce another epic finish at 2020 A-R-C championships.

Joining Beeman as a returing champion for the UD Spartans is Alyssa Skrove. A season ago she took home the top spot in the triple jump with a leap of 11.30 meters (37’1″). Skrove sits 16th in NCAA Division III in 2020 with a triple jump mark of 11.60 meters (38″ 0.75′).

Central junior Mary Gray is looking to make it three consecutive years winning the pentathlon. In 2019 she stood atop the podium with 3,352 points. She enters the meet leading the A-R-C with as season best point total of 3,280 on January 31 at the Wartburg College Select. The score currently sits 17th-best in the NCAA Division III.

Central’s Courtney Kruthoff returns to the 2020 field after taking first place in the high jump a season ago with a cleared height of 1.66 meters (5’5.25″). Kruthoff will have her work cut out for her this weekend as she ranks sixth in the A-R-C.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Dayton Dolincheck sits atop NCAA Division III in the shot put with a mark of 14.40 meters (47’3″), recorded on January 30 at the 2020 Concordia (Neb.) Classic. She returns this season after claiming the A-R-C shot put title last season with a mark of 14.03 meters (46’0.5″).

2019 A-R-C pole vault champion, Molly Tolly of Nebraska Wesleyan owns the conference’s top mark (3.43 meters) heading into championship weekend. A season ago she won the title with a cleared height of 3.40 meters (11′ 1.75″).

Wartburg’s Carina Collet returns to the field in 2020 after taking home two individual titles in 2019, claiming the 3000-meter (9:57.83) and  5000-meter (17:26.12) runs.

The 1-mile run will feature returning champion, Cassidy Christopher of Wartburg. In 2019, Christopher crossed the finish line in a time of 5:12.60. Heading into this weekend’s championships, Christopher holds the ninth fastest time in the field.

Maggi Bjustrom joins teammates Collet and Christopher as a returning champion. Bjustrom ran to a time of 9.02 in the 60-meter hurdles a season ago, claiming the title. Bjustrom brings the A-R-C’s second fastest time (9.16) into the championships. Loras’ Elayna Bahl owns the top time at 8.96.

Also back in 2020 is Dubuque’s Jenna Heimark, the 2020 Most Valuable Field Performer. In 2019 Heimark scored 14 points for Dubuque with a second-place finish in the triple jump (11.16m) and a bronze medal in the pole vault (3.10m).

On the men’s side, 2019 saw the Wartburg Knights win their first outright title since 2014. The Knights collected 177 points at last year’s championships, besting second place Loras by 40.5 points. Nebraska Wesleyan followed in third place with 122 points, and Dubuque came in fourth with 104 points.

In the most recent USTFCCCA national polls, only the Loras Duhawks are ranked in the top-25, checking in at No. 3. The Duhawks have been ranked inside the top-5 all season and will look to continue their success at this year’s A-R-C Championships.

Six of the nine conference schools find themselves inside the top-10 of the USTFCCCA Central Region rankings entering this weekend. Wartburg leads the pack coming in at No. 2. Loras sits at No. 3, Nebraska Wesleyan at No. 4, Dubuque at No. 5, Simpson at No. 8, and Central checks in at No. 9. The other three league schools are ranked within the top-25 as Buena Vista sits at No. 15, Luther at No. 16, and Coe at No. 21.

Five individual men’s champions return to the track and field at this weekend’s A-R-C championships. 2019 Most Valuable Men’s Track Performer, Patrick Mikel of Loras returns in 2020. Mikel won two events last year, the 200 meter (47.93) and the 400 meter (22.01). Mikel’s 400-meter performance broke the Conference’s all-time record of 47.95, set by Mikel himself in 2019. The reigning 400-meter dash National Champion, Mikel once again owns the top time in Division III at 48.53, .26 seconds better than second place. The senior sprinter also owns Division III’s third best time in the 200-meter this season at 21.99.

Fellow Duhawk Ryan Rogers also won two events in 2019, including the 60-meter hurdles (8.32) and pole vault with a height of 4.46 meters (14’7.50″). Heading into the A-R-C championships, Rogers ranks fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.26) and first in the pole vault (4.54-m) among league competitors.

Wartburg’s Matt Heinzman took first in the one mile-run in 2019 with a time of 4:16.70. In 2020 Heinzman’s time of 4:20.86 ranks fourth-best in the A-R-C.

The Knights also return 2019 champions Caleb Appleton (3000-meter) and Riley Barrett (heptathlon) Appleton took home the 2019 title in a time of 8:34.62. Heading into this weekend’s championships he owns the fourth-best time. Barrett totaled 4,261 points to win the 2019 championship. He currently has a season-best point total of 4,380 to rank second in the A-R-C.

The titles in the 60-meter dash, 800-meter run, 5000-meter run high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, and the weight throw will see new champions in 2020, as there are no returning gold medal winners from 2019.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium 
©Jim Kirby 2018

Schweizer Smashes American Record in 3,000m!

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Paul Merca 2019

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Paul Merca 2019

A breakthrough professional season for Missouri track alumna Karissa Schweizer just got more impressive.

Courtesy The Missourian, Anderson Kimball, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
©Jim Kirby 2018


At the BU Last Chance Open on Thursday in Boston, Schweizer stormed down the homestretch to outrun two of her Nike Bowerman teammates and set an American record in the indoor 3,000-meter run with a winning time of eight minutes, 25 seconds, 70 milliseconds..

All three Bowerman runners, Shelby Houlihan, Colleen Quigley and Schweizer, broke the previous record of 8:33.25 that was set in 2007 by Shalane Flanagan at Boston. Schweizer’s finish was good enough to be ranked fifth best in world history after barely edging out Mary Slaney’s outdoor American record of 8:25.83 from 1985.

Schweizer won out Thursday, though, gliding past Houlihan in the last 100 meters with her signature kick that won her six national titles at Missouri from 2014-18.

The record-setting performance is another achievement in an impressive second professional season. Schweizer finished in ninth place at the IAAF World Championships in October in Doha, Qatar, and became the fifth-fastest woman in American history in the 5,000-meter run with a mark of 14:45.18.

Now, Schweizer will continue to prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June at Eugene, Oregon. She aims to earn her first Olympic berth in the 5,000-meter run and could also try to qualify in the 10,000-meter run. Schweizer is unlikely{ to try to qualify in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and there is no 3,00-meter run at the Olympics.

Grand View Men's Track Team
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Vikings Heart of America Conference Champions

Talon Munger-Oskaloosa and Ben Huftalin-Osage-GVU ©Doug Wells 2020

Talon Munger-Oskaloosa and Ben Huftalin-Osage-GVU
©Doug Wells 2020

The Vikings competed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships this weekend.  Grand View secured the conference championship on Saturday.

Courtesy Vikings Athletic, click here! Feature photo: Grand View Men’s Track Team©Doug Wells 2020


Vikings Champions…

Ben Huftalin (JR/Osage, Iowa) was crowned the champion of the 1,000-meter finals.  Huftalin posted a time of 2:31.87.

The 4X400 relay team continued their dominance of the indoor season, as they captured the conference championship crown.  Team members include, Jacob Clouse (JR/Albia, Iowa), Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer (JR/Buffalo, New York), Leo Desequeira(FR/Davenport, Iowa), and Isaiah Wittrock (SO/Richland, Iowa).  They posted a time of 3:18.82.

Grand View won the 4X800 relay with a time of 7:46.03.  Team members include, Carter Huyser (FR/Oskaloosa, Iowa), Isaiah Wittrock, Talon Munger (SO/Oskaloosa, Iowa), and Ben Hufatlin.

It was Zach Stacy (SO/West Des Moines, Iowa) who was victorious in the Shot-Put finals.  Stacy threw 15.44 meters.

Clay Siefken (SR/Burlington, Iowa) won the Weight Throw championship.  Siefken threw 18.51 meters.

Other Notables…

Daniel Headley (SR/Melbourne, Florida) finished in 5th place overall in the 60-meter finals.  Headley posted a time of 6.97 seconds.

It was Headley again finishing inside the top 10 in the 200-meter finals.  Headley finished in 4th place with a time of 22.17 seconds.

Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer recorded a top 5 finish in the 400-meter finals.  Rodriguez-Spencer posted a time of 49.69 seconds, which was good enough for 5th place overall.  Jacob Clouse finished in 7th place, posting a time of 50.04 seconds.

Two additional Vikings finished inside the top 10 in the 400-meter finals.  Tyler Miller (SO/Madrid, Iowa) finished in 9th place overall (50.19 seconds) and Leo Desequeira finished in 10th place overall (50.19 seconds).

It was a Grand View and MidAmerica Nazarene finals in the 600-meter race.  Isaiah Wittrock finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 1:21.05.  Carter Huyser finished in 5th place overall (1:21.81).

A group of Vikings finished inside the top 10 in the 800-meter finals.  Isaiah Wittrock finished in 3rd place with a time of 1:57.06.  Ben Huftalin finished in 5th place (1:57.53).  Talon Munger was able to finish in 8th place with a time of 1:58.88.

In the 1,000-meter finals, Talon Munger finished in 6th place.

Ahren Davis (SO/Ankeny, Iowa) posted a time of 4:27.80 in the finals of the Mile Race.  Nick Wakefield (FR/Roland, Iowa) also finished inside the top 10, with an 8th place overall finish.

Trevor Albert (JR/Eldon, Iowa) finished in 2nd place in the 3,000-meter finals.  Albert posted a time of 8:50.82.  Albert also followed up his 3,000-meter finish with a top 5 finish in the 5,000-meter race.  Albert finished in 4th place overall with a time of 15:25.03.  Anthony Rodriguez also finished in 8th place overall.

It was Grand View’s Caleb Chmelka (SO/Council Bluffs, Iowa) who finished in 3rd place overall in the 3,000-meter race/walk finals.  Chmelka posted a time of 17:12.67.

In the 60-meter hurdle finals, it was Tyler Miller who finished in 6th place overall.  Miller posted a time of 8.63 seconds.

In the Distance Medley Relay finals, it was the Vikings team of Nick Wakefield, Brandon Albaugh (SR/Polk City, Iowa), Ben Huftalin, and Ahren Davis who finished in 2nd place overall.  They posted a time of 10:44.67.

Trent Beck finished in 2nd place overall in the Long Jump.  Beck jumped 7.16 meters.  Daniel Headley finished right behind him with a 3rd place finish overall with 7.07 meters.

Headley continued his strong conference championships with a 4th place finish in the Triple Jump.  Headley posted a jump of 13.69 meters.

All indoor season long it has been Vikings inside the top 10 in the Shot-Put event.  The conference championship was no different.  Austin Hill (SR/Pella, Iowa) finished in 3rd place, Clay Siefken finished in 5th place, Niles Siefken (SO/Burlington, Iowa) finished 7th overall, and Tyler Goeller (SR/Fairbank, Iowa) finished in 9th place overall.

The same group continued their dominance in the Weight Throw finals as well.  Austin Hill finished in 2nd place, Tyler Goellerfinished in 5th place, and Noah Clark (JR/Prairie City, Iowa) finished in 10th place overall.

In the Heptathlon finals there were four Vikings who finished inside the top 11 overall.  Sean Madsen (SO/Grimes, Iowa) finished in 5th place, Malachi Thongvanh (SO/Adel, Iowa) finished in 6th place, Jacob Large (SO/Olathe, Kansas) finished in 10thplace, and it was Bubba Rutledge (SR/Tama, Iowa) who finished in 11th place overall.


What’s Next?

The Vikings will have some time to rest and prepare for the NAIA National Championships.  Events will begin on Thursday, March 5th.  The championships are a three-day event, running Thursday through Saturday.  Please make sure to check back to for all of your updates!

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU
©Fighting Bees Athletics 2020

Bees’ Pestka Conference Athlete of the Week

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU ©Fighting Bees Athletics 2020

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU
©Fighting Bees Athletics 2020

Olivet Nazarene University’s Bryce Vollrath (Peoria, Ill.) claimed his fourth straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week award, while St. Ambrose University’s Josh Pestka (Eldridge, Iowa) captured his first Track Athlete of the Week honor for the seven-day period ending Feb. 9, it was announced by the league office Wednesday morning.

Courtesy Bees Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Josh Pest
ka-N. Scott-SAU©Fighting Bees Athletics 2020


Pestka ran the fastest time in the NAIA this year in the 1,000 meter run on Saturday. The senior clocked in at 2:27.93 to win the event at the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat Open. A total of 35 individuals made up the field.

Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.
©Jim Kirby 2017

Jackrabbits’ Covey Celebrates Birthday with New School Record

Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S.Dakota St ©Mike Brynes

Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S.Dakota St
©Mike Brynes

From the SDSU Indoor Classic at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, the South Dakota State Track and Field teams kept busy Saturday. South Dakota State would end the day having captured seven individual titles, (3 women, 4 men), account for 15 changes to the program’s top 10 list (6 women, 9 men), three new school records and a slew of personal bests across both locations.

Courtesy Jackrabbits Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.©Jim Kirby 2017 

In the end, the Jackrabbits would walk away from the SDSU Indoor Classic with the men’s and women’s team titles.

In her first race wearing a Jackrabbits uniform, newcomer Rich-Ann Archer from Kingston, Jamaica landed herself on the all-time list in the women’s 60m dash. Archer ran a 7.81 in the first qualifying heat of the event, placing her ninth all-time. Later on in prelims, Archer improved her 7.81 mark to a 7.80, tying her for the eighth best mark in Jackrabbit history.

Anna Fasen took third and picked up a new PR in the women’s mile with her 5:00.63 performance.

Three Jacks picked up points in the women’s shot put. Alexis Schmidt came in first with her throw of 46-06.25, which also earned her a PR. After Schmidt, Micayla Ter Wee tied for second with her throw of 46-02.75 and Madi Moorhouse came in fourth place with her mark of 45-05.25.

Micayla Ter Wee went on to second in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 57-05.00, and Caitlin Thilges landed third place with a throw of 55-03.00.

Chloe Holtz and Addison Eisenbeisz tied for second in the women’s high jump with leaps of 5-03.75.

Lauren Van Dyke grabbed the new No. 9 spot on the program’s all-time list in the women’s 400. Van Dyke came in second place with a 57.32.

The Jackrabbits went 1-2-3 in the women’s long jump. Annie Wendt took first with her leap of 18-09.50, Emma Stewart came in second with an 18-06 and Emily Alteburg finished third with her mark of 18-03.75.

Unattached Jackrabbit Jaymie O’Connor took second in the women’s 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8.57.

SDSU took first and second in the women’s triple jump. Chloe Holtz jumped for a distance of 37-03.75 and took second while Sophie Bisgard added her name to the program’s top 10 list with her jump of 37-10.25, placing her ninth.

The South Dakota State ‘A’ relay of Lauren Van Dyke, Hannah Whitbread, Rich-Ann Archer and Elizabeth Kolb took third in the women’s 4×400 with a 3:55.98,

Ellie Friesen PR’d in the women’s mile, tying her with Jodi Smith’s mark of 4:54.06 set in 2000 for fourth place on day two of the Iowa State Classic.

Oksana Covey picked up the first school record of the day for the Jackrabbits, placing ninth with a mark of 2:08.33 in the women’s 800.

1) South Dakota St. 105.25

2) Iowa Central CC 82.75
3) North Dakota 81.5
4) Black Hills St. 66
5) U of Manitoba 51
6) Augustana (S.D.) 38
7) Dordt 35
8) Sioux Falls 24
9) Gustavus Adolphus 23
10) South Dakota Mines 17
11) North Dakota State 15.5
12) Dickinson St. 13
12) Nebraska-Omaha 13
14) Dakota Wesleyan 11
15) MSU-Moorhead 9
15) Northwestern (Iowa) 9
17) Valley City State 7
18) Northern State 5
18) North Iowa Area CC 5
20) Minnesota-Duluth 3
21) Minot State 2
22) Southwestern CC 1

Full results from the SDSU Indoor Classic can be found here.

Lukas Nelson continued to climb the all-time list. His 4-06.63 second place finish in the men’s mile put him at fifth on the list. His previous best was a 4:09.06 that had him at 10th.

Three new personal best marks accompanied three new all-time marks in the men’s weight throw. Noah Huber took first with a throw of 63-11.00, good enough for the third best all-time mark. Sam Coil came in second with his throw of 63-09.25, which placed him fourth on the all-time list and Tyson Jenkins threw for a mark of 57-07.00, placing him fourth in the event and ninth on the program’s all-time list.

Jacob Lackas took third in the men’s 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8,26. Coby Hilton took second in the men’s 60m dash with a 6.89.

Nick Wessels picked up another school record for SDSU. Wessels finished first in the men’s 60m hurdles with his mark of 8.02.Caleb Bray took second in the men’s 400 with a 48.06.

Trent Francom set a new school record in the men’s pole vault, beating his previous best 17-00.75 with a vault of 17-05.00 to take first place.

Tre Manning long jumped for a distance of 3:55.98. Taking second place and the 10th spot on SDSU’s all-time list for the men’s long jump

Noah Huber, Sam Coil, Tyson Jenkins and Trevor Begeman went 1-5 in the men’s shot put. Noah Huber picked up the second best all-time mark with a toss of 57-05.25 and Trevor Begeman moved into ninth on the list with his throw of 53-10.00 that earned him fifth place. Dominick Etherington grabbed second with a throw of 56-05.25, Sam Coil took third with a mark of 55-09.75 and Tyson Jenkins came in fourth with a 54-00.00. These five account for four of the top five shot put marks in program history, and five in the top 10.

1) South Dakota St. 139.75 

2) Iowa Central CC 137.833
3) Dordt 43.5
4) U of Manitoba 38
5) Chadron State 32.75
6) MSU-Moorhead 31.25
7) Dakota State 27
7) Black Hills St. 27
9) North Dakota 21.3333
10) Dakota Wesleyan 15.3333
11) Northwestern (Iowa) 15
12) Valley City State 12.5
13) South Dakota Mines 11
14) Southwestern CC 9
15) North Dakota State 8
15) Gustavus Adolphus 8
17) SDSU Alumni 6
17) Simpson (Iowa) 6
19) Morningside 5
19) Ragnarokac AC 5
21) Mount Marty 4
22) Dickinson St. 3.25
23) Augustana (S.D.) 3
23) Waldorf 3
25) Sioux Falls 2
26) North Iowa Area CC 1

Full results from the SDSU Indoor Classic can be found here.

The Jacks conclude the regular season Friday at the SDSU Last Chance Meet. More information on all home events can be found here.