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Minnesota’s Hawkins Adding to School’s Record Book

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota
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The Golden Gopher women’s track & field team won the team title at the Kansas Relays Quadrangular with host Kansas, Southern Illinois, and Cal to wrap up the four-day Kansas Relays Saturday evening. Minnesota won 10 events and secured seven runner-up finishes to seal the team crown over host Kansas, 195.5 to 181.5.

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Minnesota took the top two places in five events: shot put, high jump, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 5,000-meter run.

Kiley Sabin (15.55m, 51-00.25) won the shot put title with Shay Nielsen (14.54m, 47-08.50) behind her for a runner-up showing. Sabin’s title marked her second shot put crown of the week after she also won the collegiate shot put earlier this week with a throw of 16.08m (52-09.25).

Taylor Wiebke used a collegiate-best mark to win the high jump and move into sole possession of second in Gophers’ history at 1.81m (5-11.25) while Heta Tuuri finished second (1.76m, 5-09.25).

In the 100m hurdles, Kimberly Golding (13.33) and Emma Spagnola (season-best 13.35) took the top two spots. Minnesota swept the hurdles as Rachel Schow won the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best 59.24 seconds to move into seventh in program history, and Erin Huls finished as runner-up in 1:01.01.

Patty O’Brien and Bailey Ness both recorded career-best marks to finish first and second in the 5,000-meter run. O’Brien won in 16:50.49 while Ness finished second in 16:59.00.

Minnesota also picked up titles in the 200-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay, 1,500-meter run, long jump, and discus.

Emerald Egwim ran a career-best 23.74 seconds in the 200m to win the event and move into third in Gophers’ history. She joined Golding, Spagnola, and Erin Hawkins on Minnesota’s winning 4x100m relay team, which clocked a season-best 44.80 seconds to move into third in program history.

Rounding out Minnesota’s titles on the track was Madeline Strandemo winning the 1,500m in 4:25.50, marking the fastest 1,500m time at the Kansas Relays since 2013 when professional Nicole Sifuentes, representing Saucony, ran 4:15.54. Strandemo’s time beat all other collegiate champions in the event dating back to 2008 when fellow Gopher Heather Dorniden ran a 4:23.21.

Shanique Wright won the long jump with a career-best mark of 5.97m (19-07.00) to move into seventh in Gophers’ history. She also led Minnesota in the triple jump with a runner-up showing (12.66m, 41-06.25).

The Gophers earned 15 points in the discus led by Agnes Esser’s winning throw of 57.02m (187-01). Angie Guenther (50.63m, 166-01) and Sabin (50.13m, 164-05) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Minnesota closed out the meet with a runner-up showing in the 4×400-meter relay as Schow, Huls, Bolade Jinadu, and Egwim ran a season-best 3:40.27.

Along with the quadrangular events, the Gophers competed in event finals for the KU Relays collegiate competition on Saturday as well. Spagnola won the 400m hurdles in a career-best 58.52 to move into fifth in program history, and Lindsey Smits ran her fifth-straight 400m hurdles PR with a time of 1:00.50 to take third. Schow finished as runner-up in the 100m hurdles in 13.49 seconds, moving into third in Gophers’ history.

The Gophers also competed locally at the Holst Invitational hosted by Concordia St. Paul on Saturday where Caitlin Dillon (3,000m steeplechase) and Anne Haakenstad (800m) won event titles to lead the Maroon & Gold. The Gophers’ unattached competitors also picked up six more event titles.

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Panthers Headed For Drake This Weekend

Jake Humpal-Decorah-UNI ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jake Humpal-Decorah-UNI
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The UNI track and field program will stay in the state of Iowa for the second consecutive week as they take on the 2017 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, April 26-29.

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The UNI track and field program will stay in the state of Iowa for the second consecutive week as they take on the 2017 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, April 26-29.

The Panthers will compete in 14 events on the women’s side and 16 on the men’s throughout the weekend, going head-to-head with teams from across the country. UNI will compete against teams from the Big 12, Big 10, SEC and the Missouri Valley along with multiple other conferences being represented at the historic meet.

UNI will kick off the meet on Wednesday when Austin Heitland and Cade Kirkpatrick will start the first day of the decathlon and Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz and Amanda Wiebke will all take on the heptathlon. Both Kirkpatrick and Frederick are sitting in scoring position in the MVC with Frederick ranking No. 6 in the heptathlon and Kirkpatrick sitting at No. 4 in the decathlon.

The Panthers will take part in the distance carnival on Thursday night with Kelsey Kirchoff in the 10,000 meter run and freshman Hannah Truniger competing in the 5,000 meters. Truniger ranks No. 2 all-time at UNI in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:52.67 while Kirchoff ran the fourth fastest time in school history in the 10K in 2016 (36:38.29).

UNI will have a full day on Friday with 16-plus athletes competing in the field and on the track. Senior Brandon Carnes will highlight the day in the 100 meter dash, coming off the Musco Twilight where he shattered his own UNI and conference records with a time of 10.06. It ranks him first in the MVC and NCAA West region and No. 5 overall in the country.

A quartet of hurdlers will also compete on Friday with Jon Rus, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips and Daurice Fountain all taking part in the 110 meter Hurdles. All four athletes are currently in scoring position in the Valley with Rus and Phillips also ranking No. 25 and No. 41 in the NCAA West, respectively.

Junior Sarah Pate will take to the field on Saturday, competing in the women’s hammer throw. The Osceola, Iowa, native enters the meet ranked No. 10 in the NCAA West region after breaking the UNI record in the hammer throw with a toss of 203-6.00.

On the men’s side, a pair of throwers will look to improve their PRs with Isaac Holtz and Brad Walski competing in the hammer throw, the shot put and the discus. Holtz ranks No. 25 in the NCAA West and No. 2 in the MVC in the discus while Walski is sitting at No. 30 in the West and No. 1 in the Valley in the hammer.

Live results will be available throughout the duration of the meet along with a live stream (requires subscription) by USATF.TV. Results and recaps will be available throughout the meet at www.UNIPanthers.com.

 

UNI Male Competitors:
Wednesday, April 26
Decathlon, 11:30 a.m. – Austin Heitland, Cade Kirkpatrick (Day 2, April 27, 9:30 a.m.)
Friday, April 28
110 Meter Hurdles, 9:45 a.m. (Prelims) – Jon Rus, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips, Daurice Fountain (finals, Saturday @ 2:44 p.m.)
Shot put, 11 a.m. (Finals) – Isaac Holtz, Kyler Yodts, Jake Humpal, Brad Walski
4X100 Meter Relay, 12:05 p.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, Saturday @ 3:20 p.m.)
Triple Jump, 1:30 p.m. (Finals) – Charles Brown
100 Meter Dash, 1:39 p.m. (Prelims) – Brandon Carnes (finals, Saturday @ 2:25 p.m.)
4X400 Meter Relay, 3:28 p.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, Saturday @ 3:52 p.m.)
4X800 Meter Relay, 8:19 p.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Saturday, April 29
Discus, 9 a.m. (Finals) – Jake Humpal, Thomas Yezek, Evan Colfack, Brad Walski, Isaac Holtz
3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 9:50 a.m. (Finals) – Shane Kirchoff, C.J. May
Sprint Medley, 10:27 a.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Shuttle Hurdle Relay, 11:05 a.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, 12:25 p.m.)
Distance Medley Relay, 12:30 p.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Hammer, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Isaac Holtz, Brad Walski
400 Meter Hurdles, 1:15 p.m. (Finals) – Raheem Black, Jacob Smith
800 Meter Run, 1:53 p.m. (Finals) – Jordan Pingel, Luke Johnston

UNI Female Competitors:
Wednesday, April 26
Heptathlon, 1:30 p.m. – Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz, Amanda Wiebke (Day 2, April 27, 10:30 a.m.)
Thursday, April 27
10,000 Meters, 7:30 p.m. (Finals) – Kelsey Kirchoff
5,000 Meters, 8:40 p.m. (Finals) – Hannah Truniger
Friday, April 28
High Jump, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Kassidy Sharp, Maria Gonzalez
Javelin, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Anna Bentley
Discus, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Sarah Pate, Hope Koerperich
800 Meter Run, 2:59 p.m. (Finals) – Lindsey Kite
4X400 Meter Relay, 3:04 p.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, Saturday @ 3:45 p.m.)
4X800 Meter Relay, 7:49 p.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Saturday, April 29
Hammer, 9 a.m. (Finals) – Sarah Pate
Pole Vault, 10 a.m. (Finals) – Anna Loken
Sprint Medley Relay, 10:07 a.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Shot Put, 12:30 p.m. (Finals) – Allison Griffin

The Panthers will compete in 14 events on the women’s side and 16 on the men’s throughout the weekend, going head-to-head with teams from across the country. UNI will compete against teams from the Big 12, Big 10, SEC and the Missouri Valley along with multiple other conferences being represented at the historic meet.

UNI will kick off the meet on Wednesday when Austin Heitland and Cade Kirkpatrick will start the first day of the decathlon and Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz and Amanda Wiebke will all take on the heptathlon. Both Kirkpatrick and Frederick are sitting in scoring position in the MVC with Frederick ranking No. 6 in the heptathlon and Kirkpatrick sitting at No. 4 in the decathlon.

The Panthers will take part in the distance carnival on Thursday night with Kelsey Kirchoff in the 10,000 meter run and freshman Hannah Truniger competing in the 5,000 meters. Truniger ranks No. 2 all-time at UNI in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:52.67 while Kirchoff ran the fourth fastest time in school history in the 10K in 2016 (36:38.29).

UNI will have a full day on Friday with 16-plus athletes competing in the field and on the track. Senior Brandon Carnes will highlight the day in the 100 meter dash, coming off the Musco Twilight where he shattered his own UNI and conference records with a time of 10.06. It ranks him first in the MVC and NCAA West region and No. 5 overall in the country.

A quartet of hurdlers will also compete on Friday with Jon Rus, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips and Daurice Fountain all taking part in the 110 meter Hurdles. All four athletes are currently in scoring position in the Valley with Rus and Phillips also ranking No. 25 and No. 41 in the NCAA West, respectively.

Junior Sarah Pate will take to the field on Saturday, competing in the women’s hammer throw. The Osceola, Iowa, native enters the meet ranked No. 10 in the NCAA West region after breaking the UNI record in the hammer throw with a toss of 203-6.00.

On the men’s side, a pair of throwers will look to improve their PRs with Isaac Holtz and Brad Walski competing in the hammer throw, the shot put and the discus. Holtz ranks No. 25 in the NCAA West and No. 2 in the MVC in the discus while Walski is sitting at No. 30 in the West and No. 1 in the Valley in the hammer.

Live results will be available throughout the duration of the meet along with a live stream (requires subscription) by USATF.TV. Results and recaps will be available throughout the meet at www.UNIPanthers.com.

 

UNI Male Competitors:
Wednesday, April 26
Decathlon, 11:30 a.m. – Austin Heitland, Cade Kirkpatrick (Day 2, April 27, 9:30 a.m.)
Friday, April 28
110 Meter Hurdles, 9:45 a.m. (Prelims) – Jon Rus, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips, Daurice Fountain (finals, Saturday @ 2:44 p.m.)
Shot put, 11 a.m. (Finals) – Isaac Holtz, Kyler Yodts, Jake Humpal, Brad Walski
4X100 Meter Relay, 12:05 p.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, Saturday @ 3:20 p.m.)
Triple Jump, 1:30 p.m. (Finals) – Charles Brown
100 Meter Dash, 1:39 p.m. (Prelims) – Brandon Carnes (finals, Saturday @ 2:25 p.m.)
4X400 Meter Relay, 3:28 p.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, Saturday @ 3:52 p.m.)
4X800 Meter Relay, 8:19 p.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Saturday, April 29
Discus, 9 a.m. (Finals) – Jake Humpal, Thomas Yezek, Evan Colfack, Brad Walski, Isaac Holtz
3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 9:50 a.m. (Finals) – Shane Kirchoff, C.J. May
Sprint Medley, 10:27 a.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Shuttle Hurdle Relay, 11:05 a.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, 12:25 p.m.)
Distance Medley Relay, 12:30 p.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Hammer, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Isaac Holtz, Brad Walski
400 Meter Hurdles, 1:15 p.m. (Finals) – Raheem Black, Jacob Smith
800 Meter Run, 1:53 p.m. (Finals) – Jordan Pingel, Luke Johnston

UNI Female Competitors:
Wednesday, April 26
Heptathlon, 1:30 p.m. – Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz, Amanda Wiebke (Day 2, April 27, 10:30 a.m.)
Thursday, April 27
10,000 Meters, 7:30 p.m. (Finals) – Kelsey Kirchoff
5,000 Meters, 8:40 p.m. (Finals) – Hannah Truniger
Friday, April 28
High Jump, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Kassidy Sharp, Maria Gonzalez
Javelin, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Anna Bentley
Discus, 1 p.m. (Finals) – Sarah Pate, Hope Koerperich
800 Meter Run, 2:59 p.m. (Finals) – Lindsey Kite
4X400 Meter Relay, 3:04 p.m. (Prelims) – Runners will be announced closer to date (finals, Saturday @ 3:45 p.m.)
4X800 Meter Relay, 7:49 p.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Saturday, April 29
Hammer, 9 a.m. (Finals) – Sarah Pate
Pole Vault, 10 a.m. (Finals) – Anna Loken
Sprint Medley Relay, 10:07 a.m. (Finals) – Runners will be announced closer to date
Shot Put, 12:30 p.m. (Finals) – Allison Griffin

Kelly Naumann-ISU
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Cyclones Set For the Relays

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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The Iowa State track and field team stays in-state this weekend as the Cyclones send a contingent to the Drake Relays in Des Moines. ISU begins competition with the decathlon on Wednesday and Thursday, with track events beginning Thursday evening at 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

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Tickets can be purchased online for all sessions or single sessions through the Drake Ticket Office (here), and on the day of the meet at Drake Stadium. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets for the Saturday session in advance, as it traditionally sells out each year.

Starting with the Thursday evening session, live video will be provided by USATF.TV, which requires a RunnerSpace +PLUS subscription. USATF.TV will show the Thursday evening session, both Friday sessions and Saturday track events until 2 p.m. From 2-4 p.m., track events will be shown on NBCSN and streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra. Field events during that time will continue to be shown on USATF.TV. For more information on USATF.TV and RunnerSpace +PLUS, please click here.

Live results for the Drake Relays will be here.

Drake Relays week means that many former Cyclones will be back in town competing in various events. Tonight at the Grand Blue Mile/USATF 1 Mile Road Championships will see Hillary Bor, Brian Llamas and Patrick Peterson all in action, starting at 6 p.m. in Downtown Des Moines. At Drake Stadium, Taylor Sanderson is entered to compete in the decathlon, Bor will be back with Edward Kemboi in the invitational 1,500-meter run on Saturday and Tina Hillman will take part in the invitational shot put.

Drake Relays Entries (as of Apr. 23, 8:54 p.m.)
Men
800m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Christian DeLago, Jaymes Dennison, Roshon Roomes
1,500m Run: Zach Black
10,000m Run: Sam Clausnitzer
110m Hurdles: Elijah Young
400m Hurdles: Derek Jones
4x100m Relay: One Team
4x400m Relay: One Team
4x800m Relay: One Team
DMR: One Team
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona
Javelin: Trey Achterhoff
Decathlon: Wyatt Rhoads

Women
800m: Larkin Chapman, Evelyne Guay, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m: Erin Hooker
5,000m: Bethanie Brown, Anne Frisbie, Megan Schott, Gwynne Wright
3,000m Steeplechase: Grace Gibbons, Kelly Naumann
4×100 Relay: One Team
4×800 Relay: One Team
4×1,600 Relay: One Team
DMR: One Team
High Jump: Katie Reeves
Long Jump: Jhoanmy Luque, Allanah McCorkle
Triple Jump: Jhoanmy Luque
Hammer Throw: Ariana Kuhn
Javelin: Bailey Righi
Heptathlon: Emma Whigham

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Record Breaking Day For Panthers at Musco

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Lyndsie Schinkel-Ankeny-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program placed high at the Musco Invitational today, coming away with multiple wins and three school records.

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Brandon Carnes started the day by shattering his own UNI and Missouri Valley Conference records in the 100 meter dash, running a time of 10.06. It set a new facility record and ranks him first in the NCAA West region and fifth overall in the country heading into the weekend.

He followed it up with an outstanding performance in the 200 meters, running a new personal-best time of 20.50 to capture the outdoor 200 meter record at UNI. His time set a meet record and ranked him sixth in the NCAA West and in the top-15 in the NCAA.

Following the winning ways, the Panthers had a pair of young athletes earn top performances on the women’s side. Rose Gamamou won her first collegiate race today with a victory in the 100 meters with a time of 12.46 followed by Kayla Lawrence in second with a time of 12.54.

The dynamic duo of Lindsey Kite and Lyndsie Schinkel continued to shine in the 800 meters, both scoring PRs. Kite finished in second with a time of 2:09.77 while Schinkel notched a personal-best for the second meet in a row with a time of 2:10.18.

Bo Hjelle won the men’s 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:53.90 with freshman Hunter Lavaellee also finishing with a PR of 1:54.05.

In the hurdles, Cade Kirkpatrick won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.95, recording a personal-best on the day. Jacob Smith continued improving his time in the 400 meter hurdles, grabbing another PR time of 51.68 to rank him first in the Valley and 21st in the NCAA West.

C.J. May posted one of UNI’s final wins of the day on the track, coming away victorious in the 3,000 meters steeplechase. In his first collegiate attempt at the event, the true freshman finished with a strong time of 9:22.84.

Sarah Pate recorded UNI’s third school record of the day, throwing a personal-best mark of 203-06 in the hammer throw. The mark is second in the Valley and 26th in the NCAA West, beating the previous UNI record of 203-04 set by Rachel Jansen in 2008.

Charles Brown rounded out the UNI field events with a personal-best in the triple jump. He finished in second overall with a mark of 48-8.00, ranking him second in the MVC and in the top-50 in the NCAA West.

The Panthers wrapped up action at the meet with a win in the women’s 4X400 meters. Jasmine Blue, Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen and Kite finished with a season-best time of 3:44.95 for the win.

UNI track and field returns to action next week when they take part in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The meet is set to run April 26-29.

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Hawks Claim 13 Titles at Musco

Julie Hollenesbe-Williamsburg-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2017

Julie Hollenesbe-Williamsburg-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team claimed 13 event titles at the 18thannual Musco Twilight meet at Cretzmeyer Track on Saturday.

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In front of 1,925 fans, the Hawkeyes competed under the lights with Creighton, Drake, Dubuque, Iowa Central CC, Loyola, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Simpson College, Wartburg, and Western Illinois. Iowa swept the field with the men scoring 237.5 points and women tallying 203 points.

“Overall it was fun to have different events rise to the top and we just need to keep plugging away and we’ll have a good shot to make a big run at the Big Ten meet,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “It sets us up really well for the Drake Relays. Our number one goal is to go out and win a bunch of relays, but we have individual events too.”

Iowa also honored 20 seniors during the meet who were competing in their final home meet of their careers.

This is bittersweet,” senior Avery Meyers said. “I remember my first Musco like it was yesterday, so to finish on a high note like this is really excited a accumulation of a lot of hard work.”

 

Senior Aaron Mallett won the 110 meter hurdles, posting a time of 13.56 seconds to place fourth in the NCAA and win his fourth straight Musco Twilight hurdle title.

“I only had one good workout coming into this race, so I really just wanted to finish the race without doing anything detrimental to myself, just get a good race in,” Mallett said. “I’m used to this crowd give me the energy to be a four-time Musco champ. I think it’s a big deal to win it as a freshman and continue to win it in front of the people.”

 

Meyers and sophomore Reno Tuufuli dominated the throwing competitions. The duo finished in the top two in the shot put and discus throw with Meyers winning the shot put competition with a seasons best throw of 18.30m and Tuufuli winning the discus throw with a mark of 56.58m

“I had a good day,” Meyers said. “The shot put went well. It was probably my best outdoor series. I fouled a PR but it was really positive. Discus was a little bit tougher. I had some good practices but it didn’t show up this week. I’ll get back to work and show up for a good competition at Drake.”

Junior Jahisha Thomas set a Musco Twilight meet record in the women’s triple jump. Thomas won the competition with a mark of 12.86m. She is now second in the conference.

“I’m happy because the last time I triple jumped was Florida and it wasn’t smooth,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t good and it’s not what I can do. Today was a touch on what I believe I can do and what my coach believes I can do. Hopefully it sets me up for Big Tens.”

The Hawkeyes head to the Drake Relays next week, April 26-29, in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Other Notables

Women’s Shot Put:  Nia Britt, Event title (14.49m)

Men’s Pole Vault: Andy Jatis, Event title (4.71m)

Women’s Pole Vault: Amy Smith, Event title (3.65m), tied personal best

Women’s Discus:  Laulauga Tausaga, Event Title (52.47m)

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Kelly Breen, runner-up (10:59.99, 7th all time)

100m hurdles: Jenny Kimbro, Personal best (13.81)

Women’s 100 meters: Alexis Hernandez, Personal best (11.92)

Men’s 100m: Thompson, Personal best (10.57)

Men’s 400m: Mar’yea Harris, Event title (46.33)

Women’s 200m: Jenny Kimbro, Personal best (25.16), Alexis Hernandez, Event title (24.29)

Men’s 200m: Chris Thompson, Personal best (21.28), Collin Hofacker, Personal Best (20.95)

Women’s 1500m: Julie Hollensbe, Personal best (4:37.98)

Men’s 1500m: Adam Jones, Event title, Personal best (3:45.48)

Men’s 3,000m: Ian Eklin, event title, personal best, meet record, facility record (8:23.41)

Coach Joey Woodey-Iowa
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Hawks Host Musco Twilight

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Noah Larrison-Waukee-Iowa
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At the midway point of the University of Iowa track and field’s outdoor season, the Hawkeyes are eager to host its only home meet of the season.

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Iowa hosts the 18th annual Musco Twilight meet Saturday. It is Iowa’s first home competition since it held the Iowa Open at the UI Recreation Building during the indoor season.

“It’s great, we get to showcase our team at home,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “We’re a better outdoor team right now and we’re happy to be able to showcase the 4×100, 400-meter hurdles, and all those outdoor events that we don’t get to compete indoors.”

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The Hawkeyes enter the meet in a comfortable position in the Big Ten. On paper, Iowa is one of the best teams in the conference, holding the top spot in six events, including three relays.

“Our men’s team is ranked first and our women’s team is third based on paper points at this time in the season,” Woody said. “There are still a lot of teams that have not put up big marks yet that are capable, but we feel confident about where we are at.”

The team is leading the Big Ten without star hurdler senior Aaron Mallett, who has yet to put up a top time. Mallett opened his outdoor season at the Mt. SAC Relays where he stumbled over the final hurdle in the 110-meter hurdles, costing him a top finish.

Heading into the homestretch of the outdoor season, Woody isn’t worried the slightest.

“No I’m not worried,” Woody said with a smile.

It has been four weeks since the Hawkeyes were in Iowa City for a weekend. After traveling all over the country, the team is happy to back at home and sleep in their own beds.

“That’s a big deal,” Woody said. “That’s why I feel like we had a great indoor season because our athletes were able to stay in town and walk across campus to compete.”

A Musco featured race is the Larry Wieczorek 1,500-meter run, named after legendary UI head coach Larry Wieczorek, who coached 79 Big Ten champions and 53 All-Americans during his Hawkeye tenure. As an athlete, Wieczorek was a six-time Big Ten champion and four-time All-American.

The Larry Wieczorek 1,500 will be one of the last events available for Hawkeye athletes to make coaches take notice as they are getting their Big Ten lineup set.
“This is our last open meet,” Woody said. “We are close to putting together our Big Ten roster. We will have the Drake Relays, but there are not a lot of open events there, so we are getting close to having our lineups set for Big Tens.”

Musco Twilight XVIII will run all day Saturday. The field events start at 12 p.m. (CT) with opening ceremonies and senior recognition will take place at 4 p.m. The meet will be produced live to tape on Big Ten Network and will air on Monday at 6 p.m.

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones’ Staebler Impresses at Stanford

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Mike Byrnes

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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The Iowa State track and field team’s distance runners had a strong night at the Cardinal Classic Friday at Stanford. All four Cyclones ran at least collegiate best marks, with many ISUers putting themselves in strong position to advance to the NCAA West Preliminaries at the end of May.

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Jasmine Staebler made her outdoor season debut Friday night. A First Team All-American in the 800 during the indoor season, Staebler ran to an outdoor personal best of 2:05.67 to take fifth in the invitational section. The time also moves her up to No. 7 in Iowa State’s all-time top 10 for the outdoor women’s 800-meter run.

Staebler’s Cyclone teammate Erinn Stenman-Fahey ran to a collegiate-best of 2:07.26 to take third in second two of the 800. The Canadian’s effort also puts her on the bubble for making it into the top 48 for the NCAA Championships West Preliminaries next month.

On the men’s side, Andrew Jordan has moved himself into a virtual lock to advance to the West Prelims in the 5,000 after running a 13:55.12 to finish ninth in Section 1 of the men’s 5K. Jordan dropped 30 seconds off his 5,000 mark from the indoor season, when he ran 14:25. Thomas Pollard was close behind in 11th place in 14:02.48, dropping eight seconds from his mark he ran at Stanford three weeks ago.

Up Next
Iowa State has student-athletes in the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter run at the Cardinal Classic tomorrow. The Cyclones’ events will begin at 8:16 p.m. Central Time. Meanwhile, the Cyclones will be in action at the Musco Twilight in Iowa City. Field events start at noon and track events at 3:15 p.m.

Iowa State Results
800m Run, Section 1 (W):
1. Olivia Baker, Stanford – 2:03.45; 5. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:05.67
800m Run, Section 2 (W): 1. Kaytlyn Larson, Oklahoma State – 2:06.60; 3. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:07.26
5,000m Run, Section 1 (M): 1. Grant Fisher, Stanford – 13:37.77; 9. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 13:55.12; 11. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 14:02.48
5,000m Run, Section 2 (M): 1. Matt Jablonski, Strava TC – 14:05.87; 11. John Nownes, Iowa State – 14:35.31

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI
©Mike Byrnes

Panthers Set For Musco

The UNI track and field program is set to head to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, April 22 to compete in the Musco Invitational.

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Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI
©Mike Byrnes©Mike Byrnes

The meet will take place in the afternoon with field events starting at noon and action on the track getting underway at 1:55 p.m. The Panthers will be competing against teams from Creighton, Dubuque, Iowa Central, Iowa State, Iowa, Simpson, Wartburg, and Western Illinois along with MVC foes Drake and Loyola.

UNI will be traveling its largest group of the season with 39 men and 38 women competing on Saturday. The Panthers are coming off yet another successful weekend of track and field after competing at the Tom Botts Invitational.

Twenty-two women and 27 men recorded season-best marks while in Columbia, Mo., with 31 Panthers ranked in the top-eight in their respective events. UNI heads into the weekend with eight athletes ranked in the top-48 in the NCAA West in eight events.

Men’s NCAA West Region Top-48:
3. Brandon Carnes – 100 Meters – 10.17 (UNI/MVC record)
3. Brandon Carnes – 200 Meters – 20.31 (Wind-aided)
24. Jon Rus – 110 Hurdles – 14.18
25. Isaac Holtz – Discus – 177-7.00
35. Jordan Pingel – 800 Meters – 1:50.19
38. Cole Phillips – 110 Hurdles – 14.37 (Wind-aided)
38. Jacob Smith – 400 Hurdles – 52.52

Women’s NCAA West Region Top-48:
23. Sarah Pate – Hammer – 195-6.00
35. Hope Koerperich – Discus – 165-8.00

Men’s NCAA Top-50:
5. Brandon Carnes – 200 Meters – 20.31 (Wind-aided)
7. Brandon Carnes – 100 Meters – 10.17 (UNI/MVC record)

Women’s NCAA Top-50:
48. Sarah Pate – Hammer – 195-6.00

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Mike Byrnes

Cyclones Send Split Squads to Stanford and Iowa

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The Iowa State track and field teams split up for the final time in 2017 this weekend. Select distance runners will be traveling to Stanford for the Cardinal Classic on Friday and Saturday, while the rest of the ISU squad will go to Iowa City for the Musco Twilight on Saturday.

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The meet at Stanford will be shown live on FloTrack, here, and will have live results provided by Record Timing here. The Musco Twilight will not have live video, with Wayzata Results doing live results, here.

The Cyclones’ crew at Stanford will be looking to hit times that will put them in the top-48 in the West Region to qualify for the NCAA West Prelims in a month’s time. On the men’s side, Dan Curts‘ 1,500 time 3:44.10 last weekend puts him on the right side of the bubble, but he will be looking to cut a couple tenths more off his time to guarantee his qualification. In the men’s 5,000, Thomas Pollard and Nathan Rodriguez are back at Stanford for a second effort, while Andrew Jordan and John Nownes will be making season debuts in the 5K.

On the women’s side, Indoor First Team All-American Jasmine Staebler will begin her outdoor season on Friday with the 800, and then the 1,500 on Saturday. Erinn Stenman-Fahey will also be doing the 800-1,500 double this weekend, while Evelyne Guay will look to improve on her career-best 4:22.32 effort in the 1,500 at Stanford three weeks ago.

Meanwhile in Iowa City, the Cyclones have a full-team slated to compete. Among the notable entries are Trever Ryen, back from spring football, in the 100, 200 and 4×100. 2016 All-American Derek Jones will be back in action, entered in the 400-meter hurdles, leading a group of six Cyclone entrants in the event. The Iowa State throwers have had a strong season, and will look to continue that success in Iowa City, with Chris Celona leading the hammer throwers, and Trey Achterhoff guiding the javelin crew.

The Cyclone women have a big group in the 1,500, with seven entries for the event, including Bethanie Brown, Anne Frisbie, Grace Gibbons, Erin Hooker and Kelly Naumann. Jhoanmy Luque is entered to compete in the long and triple jumps, while the full hammer throw squad led by Ariana Kuhn is also slated to be in action.

Iowa State Entries (as of Apr. 20, 9:30 AM)
Cardinal Classic
Men
1,500m: Dan Curts
5,000m: Andrew Jordan, John Nownes, Thomas Pollard, Nathan Rodriguez

Women
800m: Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m: Evelyne Guay, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey

Musco Twilight
Men
100m: Trever Ryen, Orion Salters, Jomal Wiltz
200m: Jim Hoesley, Ben Kelly, Trever Ryen
400m: Wyatt Rhoads, Kyle Werning
3,000m: Greyson Dolezal
110m Hurdles: Devon Alvarado, Logan Schneider
400m Hurdles: Davis Eldridge, Finn Hoogensen, Derek Jones, Mitchell Nelsen, Will Seeser, Elijah Young
4×100 Relay: One Team
4×400 Relay: Two Teams
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Long Jump: Wyatt Rhoads
Shot Put: Zach Timm
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona, Vlad Pavlenko, Brett Peters
Javelin: Trey Achterhoff, Blake Hughes, Wyatt Rhoads

Women
100m: Mariah Anderson, Tasha Frazier
200m: Mariah Anderson, Emma Whigham
800m: Larkin Chapman
1,500m: Bethanie Brown, Anne Frisbie, Grace Gibbons, Erin Hooker, Kelly Naumann, Megan Schott, Gwynne Wright
100m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier, Emma Whigham
4x100m Relay: One Team
Long Jump: Tasha Frazier, Jhoanmy Luque, Allanah McCorkle, Emma Whigham
Triple Jump: Jhoanmy Luque
High Jump: Katie Reeves
Hammer Throw: Tessa Krempel, Ariana Kuhn, Christabel Okeke, Megan Wiese
Javelin: Juana Castelli, Bailey Righi

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
©Jim Kirby-2017

Bulldogs Collect Records and Wins at Jim Duncan

Mariah Crawford-Drake ©Jim Kirby-2017

Mariah Crawford-Drake
©Jim Kirby-2017

The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams finished the 41st Jim Duncan Invitational with two meet records and 11 first-place finishes over two days of competition at Drake Stadium.

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“Ecstatic is the best word I can use to describe my thoughts on the team’s performance this weekend,” said Drake co-interim head coach LaRon Bennett. “We carried a lot of momentum from the indoor season and I knew we had to stay healthy and believe in the process. It’s good to see that faith and hard work pay off with meet records and wins. I’m proud of our team and happy for them.”

The women’s 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of Mariah CrawfordMary Young (Urbandale, Iowa), Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) and Ebele Okoye (McDonough, Ga.) set a Jim Duncan Invitational record with a time of 3:42.63. The time was also the second-fastest time in school history and bested the previous meet record by nearly two seconds.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay team had similar success with a first-place time of 3:14.54 from Dominic Lombardi (Columbus, Ohio), Blair Barrow, Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ont.) and Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands).

Earlier in the day, sprinters Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.), Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.), Aaron Cheir (Belgium, Wis.) and Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) combined to run a 40.97 4×100-meter relay for another meet record. Their time shattered the 25-year-old mark of 41.10 set by Iowa in 1992. Three of the four also went on to place top five in both the 100 and 200 meters with Shelton taking first the 100 meters in 10.76 against a strong headwind. The women’s 4×100-meter team also took top honors in 46.51 thanks to Crawford, Young, Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) and Okoye’s efforts.

Crawford also swept the 100 and 200 meters with times of 12.55 and 24.89, just ahead of Coombe, who finished second in both the 100 and 200 meters with personal bests in both events.

Drake also had a pair of first-place finishes in the hurdles with Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) winning the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 52.96 while Young won the women’s 100-meter hurdles in 13.86. Priebe’s finish led to a sweep of the top three spots in the race with Lombardi and Metivier following with personal bests of 53.13 and 53.31, respectively.

Rolle led the Bulldogs’ efforts in the field events with a first-place jump of 39-1.

The Bulldogs will be back in action April 22 at MUSCO Twilight meet in Iowa City, followed by the Drake Relays April 25-29 back on the Jim Duncan Track.

Jim Duncan Invitational
April 14-15
Jim Duncan Track – Drake Stadium

Drake Individual Men’s Results
100 Meters
1. Demetrius Shelton, 10.76
3. Caulin Graves, 10.88
4. Aaron Chier, 11.11
6. Deonne Witherspoon, 11.28
15. Nihad Ejubovic, 11.60

200 Meters
3. Caulin Graves, 21.62
4. Demetrius Shelton, 21.72
5. Aaron Chier, 21.82
10. Deonne Witherspoon, 22.60
11. Nihad Ejubovic, 22.61
12. Blair Barrow, 22.63
19. Maxwell Harlan, 23.09

400 Meters
12. Blair Barrow, 50.56
18. Maxwell Harlan, 51.99

800 Meters
2. George Webb 1:54.30
5. Xavier Lechleitner 1:55.24
7. Cory Erickson 1:55.32
9. Matt Cozine 1:55.87
10. Josh Yeager 1:56.82
23. Michael Cooper, 2:03.55
24. Alec Bognar, 2:04.43
26. John Freeman, 2:06.72

1,500 Meters
3. Josh Yeager, 3:51.89
5. Xavier Lechleitner, 3:52.45
6. Reed Fischer, 3:52.48
10. Matt Cozine, 3:58.38

5,000 Meters
9. Kyle Cass, 15:03.73
10. Kyle Brandt, 15:04.49

4×100-Meter Relay
1. Witherspoon, Shelton, Cheir, Graves, 40.97

4×400-Meter Relay
1. Lombardi, Barrow, Metivier, Van Leersum, 3:14.54
9. Erickson, Webb, Lechleitner, Bognar, 3:27.01
10. Zak, Cozine, Cooper, Harlan, 3:29.28

110-Meter Hurdles
3. Hudson Priebe, 15.32
5. Dominic Lombardi 15.47

400-Meter Hurdles
1. Hudson Priebe, 52.96
2. Dominic Lombardi, 53.13
3. Malik Metivier, 53.31
6. Tyler Zak, 55.30

3,000-Meter Steeplechase
2. Chris Kaminski, 9:54.53

High Jump
3. Forest Moses, 6-4 (1.93m)

Discus
6. Michael Dolan, 136-05 (40.62m)

Hammer Throw
8. Michael Dolan, 155-10 (47.51m)

Javelin
5. Erik Olson, 126-10 (38.66m)

Drake Individual Women’s Results
100 Meters
1. Mariah Crawford, 12.55

200 Meters
1. Mariah Crawford, 24.89
2. Ebele Okoye, 25.15

400 Meters
1. Rai Ahmed-Green, 56.86

800 Meters
2. Meghan Kearney, 2:17.62
3.  Kayla Giuliano, 2:17.97
7. Kaylen Rettig, 2:18.88
8. Samantha Nielsen, 2:20.59
12. Olivia Rogers, 2:25.79
13. Paige Nicholson, 2:27.15

1,500 Meters
9. Olivia Rogers, 4:52.63
11. Meghan Kearney, 4:54.73
13. Morgan Garcia, 4:57.07
19. Shelby Varney, 5:13.04

5,000 Meters
10. Bailee Cofer, 18:06.60
14. MyKaela Cole, 18:43.73

4×100-Meter Relay
1. Crawford, Rolle, Young, Okoye, 46.51

4×400-Meter Relay
1. Crawford, Young, Coombe, Okoye, 3:42.63 Meet record
4. Lang, Giuliano, Rettig, Nicholson, 4:01.51

100-Meter Hurdles
1. Mary Young, 13.86
2. Victoria Coombe, 14.61
10. Bryce Lang, 16.99

400-Meter Hurdles
2. Victoria Coombe, 1:02.54
8. Bryce Lang, 1:07.09

High Jump
4. Tamar Mosby, 5-03 (1.6m)
6. Taylor Patton, 5-01 (1.55m)

Pole Vault
4. Christina LeMunyon, 10-02 (3.10m)

Triple Jump
1. Taryn Rolle, 39-01 (11.91m)