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The Utah track and field team wrapped up the second and final day of competition at the Husky Classic on Saturday. Eight Utes set new personal records while the 4×400 meter relay team highlighted the day earned a second-place finish in the event.

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“It was really a terrific weekend, we had two lifetime bests in the 5,000-meter yesterday and today we added eight more,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We just had a huge day particularly in those middle distance and distance events.”

The Utah 4×400 meter relay team captured a second-place finish with a time of 3:47.03. Competing for the Utes was senior Grace Englund, senior Alissa Atisme, freshman Jackie Martin, and junior Caitlin Faust.

Moving to the 800-meter run, the Utes were led by Faust, who finished in 13th place with a time of 2:09.69. With this time, Faust set a new personal record topping her previous record by two seconds and moves her into seventh place all-time at Utah in this event. Coming in behind Faust and also recording a new best was sophomore Sarah Newton. Newton finished in 27th place with a time of 2:12.14, topping her previous record by two seconds and places her ninth all-time at Utah in the event. Englund finished in 34th place with a time of 2:13.17. Sophomore Melissa Taggart set a new personal record with a time of 2:14.17, topping her previous record by five seconds. Freshman Whitney Hesslercaptured 64th place with a time of 2:20.09.

In the mile race, senior Hannah McInturff led the way for the Utes capturing 44th place with a time of 4:54.07. Senior Megan Perkins-Killian set a new personal record with a time of 5:00.72 while finishing in 61st place. Also competing for the Utes and setting a new personal record was senior Dakota Grossman. Grossman finished in 63rd with a time of 5:02.21. This time barley topped her previous record of 5:02.64.

On to the 3,000-meter race, sophomore Poppy Tank led the Utes finishing in 29th with a time of 9:29.75. Finishing behind Tank was freshman Bella Williams. Williams finished in 59th place and set a new personal record with a time of 9:43.74. This time tops her previous record by nine seconds. Coming in behind Williams and also setting a new personal record was sophomore Trina Moreno. Moreno finished in 83rd place with a time of 9:59.08. This time tops her previous record by eight seconds. Freshman Aubrey Argyle also set a new personal record. Argyle finished in 97th place with a time of 10:10.61.

Freshman Ruby Jane Mathewson captured 40th place in the 400 with a time of 59.89. She also competed in the 60-meter hurdles for 52nd place with a time of 9.77.

In the 60-meter dash, Atisme and Raynee Helm Wheelock competed for the Utes. In the preliminaries, Atisme finished in 10th place with a qualifying time of 7.81. Wheelock captured 29th place with a time of 8.04.

In the high jump, junior Eliza Hansen finished in 20th place with a height of 1.54 meters.

“Overall it was just another very good weekend,” Kepler stated. “There was just a lot of good things and improvements which is what we are all about and what we love to see.”

The Utes will be back in action in two weeks, Feb. 23-24, at the MPSF Championships back in Seattle. Senior standout Grayson Murphy will also be returning to the track at the MPSF Championships.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
©Millrose Games 2018

Schweizer at the Millrose Games….Just “WOW!”

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou © Kirby Clarke Onyepunuka-Olear 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
© Kirby Clarke Onyepunuka-Olear 2017

After setting the collegiate record in the 3000m run at the Millrose Games (Feb. 3), Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer(Urbandale, Iowa) garnered two weekly honors on Tuesday. Schweizer was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Women’s Runner of the Week.

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Schweizer was the top collegiate finisher in the race, as she crossed the finish line fourth at 8:41.60. Schweizer’s time surpassed Colorado’s Jenny (Barringer) Simpson’s 2009 mark of 8:42.03, as well as the Mizzou school record mark of 9:06.39, which was set by Sabrina Dornhoefer in 1984. The mark is also the seventh-fastest time in the world this season.

Schweizer now holds top-five all-time NCAA marks in the mile run, 3000m run and 5000m run, all set this season. The Urbandale, Iowa, native clocked a time of 4:27.54 in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27), the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history, and a 15:17.31 in the 5000m run at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2, 2017), the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history.

It is the fourth occurrence this season, and the fifth time in her career Schweizer has given the top national honor from the USTFCCCA. Most recently, Schweizer’s remarkable performance in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27) gave her the nation’s top honor, as the Tiger senior smashed the school record en route to the fastest collegiate time this season. On Dec. 5, Schweizer was named the National Athlete of the Week after recording the top 5000m run time this season and resetting her own school record at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2).

This past fall during the cross country season, Schweizer was named the National Athlete of the Week on Sept. 18, after she set the course record at Percy Warner Park in the Commodore Classic (Sept. 16), finishing the 5K race more than a full minute ahead of the runner up at 16:25.4. Last season, Schweizer took home the national honor for the first time in her career after the 2016 BU Season Opener (Dec. 6, 2016), where she first set the 5,000m run school record with a time of 15:37.40, clocking the time just two weeks after her 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Championship performance.

During the track season, Schweizer looks to continue building her legacy as one of the top student-athletes in Mizzou Athletics history. Her impressive resume already includes six All-America honors, three national titles and five conference titles. The Urbandale, Iowa, native is the only female in Mizzou history to win multiple NCAA titles, while her six All-America honors rank tied for third in women’s program history and tied for fifth overall. Her five conference titles are tied for the fourth-most in women’s program history.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclones Post Big Marks Across the Country

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU ©Mike Brynes 2018

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU
©Mike Brynes 2018

The Iowa State track and field team boasted outstanding performances all around the country on Saturday.

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The Razorback Invite saw Dan Curts win the men’s mile with one of the top-10 times in the country this season, while Jasmine Staebler‘s effort in the 800 saw her move up to No. 3 in the nation this season. In Iowa City at the Black & Gold Premier, Jhoanmy Luque won her season debut in the triple jump, moving up to No. 7 in the nation on the year. At the UW Invitational in Seattle, Andrew Jordan joined some elite company with his sub-8 effort in the 3,000-meter run.

Razorback Invitational
Dan Curts continued his breakthrough 2017-18 with a victory in the mile on Saturday. After the pacer dropped with 600 meters to go, Curts took over, he led a pack of four for the final three laps, and eventually put it away with a strong push down the home stretch to clock a personal best 4:03.49.

Edwin Kurgat marked his ISU debut with a strong second-place effort in the men’s 3,000-meter run invite. The transfer from UT-Martin made a pass on the final lap to take the lead, but was pipped at the line by Oklahoma State’s Hassan Abdi. Kurgat’s time of 8:15.06 was a 14-second PR from his best indoor 3,000 mark from last season.

The Iowa State women were outstanding in the 800 today. Jasmine Staebler rode a big finish to take second in the 800-meter run invitational in 2:03.59, just half a second off her school record from last year’s Iowa State Classic and, at the time of publication, No. 3 in Division I in 2018. Erinn Stenman-Faheytook sixth in the 800 invite, running a PR of 2:06.33, moving her to No. 7 in program history. Earlier in the day, Larkin Chapman won the regular 800 in 2:06.18 to be No. 6 in program history.

The women’s 3,000 invite also saw a strong ISU effort, as Anne Frisbie led the way with a second-place effort in 9:23.45. Amanda Vestri was third in 9:30.50.

Black & Gold Premier
Jhoanmy Luque had her first performances of the season in the triple jump, and as expected took care of business. The senior and eight-time All-American picked up the victory with a best leap of 43-7 (13.28m). Luque, whose effort ranks her seventh in the country in the event at the time of publication, had five of the best six jumps of Saturday’s competition.

Coming off a personal best last weekend in Iowa City, Essence Henderson put up another strong performance in the women’s shot put on Saturday. The freshman finished the competition in second, with her fourth throw of the day going 50-3 1/2 (15.33m).

UW Invitational
Andrew Jordan represented ISU in the fast section of the men’s 3,000-meter run, and he delivered with an incredible performance to finish fifth in a personal best 7:56.61. Jordan’s time ranks him third in ISU history in the indoor 3,000 and he is the fifth Cyclone in program history to break eight minutes indoors at 3,000 and the first in 22 years.

The quartet Jordan joins breaking eight minutes at 3,000 reads as a whos-who of Cyclone distance running: Raf Wyns (7:49.83), John Nuttall (7:52.94), Dmitry Drozdov (7:57.64) and Jon Brown (7:59.67).

Up Next
Iowa State heads to Nebraska next weekend for the Husker Invitational. Action will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
Razorback Invitational
400m Dash (M):
1. Ricky Morgan, Jr., USC – 46.80; 15. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 48.59; 17. Ka’ven Berry, Iowa State – 48.73
800m Run Invitational (M): 1. Devin Dixon, Texas A&M – 1:49.95; 2. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 1:49.98; 5. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:50.68; Ka’ven Berry, Iowa State – DNF
800m Run Invitational (W): 1. Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M – 2:02.30; 2. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:03.59; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:06.33
800m Run (M): 1. Jack Wilkes, LSU – 1:49.94; 6. Frank Hayes, Iowa State – 1:51.84; Ben Kelly, Iowa State – DNF
800m Run (W): 1. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:06.18; 22. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:17.92; 23. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 2:19.91
Mile Invitational (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:03.49; 8. Nathan Rodriguez, Iowa State – 4:08.97
Mile Invitational (W): 1. Taylor Werner, Arkansas – 4:39.52; 5. Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – 4:46.72
Mile (M): 1. Everett Smulders, Ole Miss – 4:06.93; 10. John Nownes, Iowa State – 4:10.61
3,000m Run Invitational (M): 1. Hassan Abdi, Oklahoma State – 8:15.03; 2. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:15.06; 7. Stanley Langat, Iowa State – 8:35.30
3,000m Run Invitational (W): 1. Devin Clark, Arkansas – 9:21.20; 2. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 9:23.45; 3. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 9:30.50; 6. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 9:37.34; 10. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 9:45.59; 11. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 9:53.99
3,000m Run (M): 1. Colton Donahue, Kansas State – 8:21.54; 16. Sam Clausnitzer, Iowa State – 8:41.96
3,000m Run (W): 1. Addy Lippitt, Georgia – 9:47.27; 2. Megan Schott, Iowa State – 9:52.24
60m Hurdles Prelim (M): 1. Michael Nicholls, Georgia – 7.82; 9. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 8.20; 10. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 8.22

Black & Gold Premier
Shot Put (W):
1. Laulauga Tausaga, Iowa – 52-6 1/2 (16.01m); 2. Essence Henderson, Iowa State – 50-3 1/2 (15.33m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 43-7 (13.28m)

UW Invitational
3,000m Run (M):
1. Dillon Maggard, Utah State – 7:52.99; 5. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 7:56.61

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
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Schweizer’s Mile Romp Earns National Honor

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou © Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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There might be a bunch of new collegiate indoor records by the end of the season.

We wouldn’t doubt it based off what we’ve seen so far in 2018.

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This past weekend was another incredible installment and here are eight athletes who stood out from their peers and were named National Athletes of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

Find out more about these athletes by clicking their names or scrolling below.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and NJCAA Division I).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

Jolissa Kriegel-BGM-UNI
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Iowans Flex Muscles For Panthers Over the Weekend

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program turned in another successful home meet on Saturday, as the Panthers won nine events in the Mark Messersmith Invitational.

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The men won the Mark Messersmith team competition, scoring 146.5 points to defeat Indiana State (133), South Dakota State (53), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (50.33), Loyola (25.33), Drake (19.83) and Wartburg (4). The women (118) finished runner-up behind the Sycamores (163), while beating out five other squads (Drake – 43.5, SDSU- 38, Wisconsin-Milwaukee- 35.5, Loyola-32, Wartburg-2).

The Panthers began the day with the men and women sweeping the high jump, as Xavior Williams(6-06.75) and Kassidy Sharp (5-05.00) won their events. The victory for Williams in the high jump was his second of the season, while Sharp won the event for the first time in 2018.

Isaac Holtz continued the field success with a victory in the shot put, after earning a mark of 56-01.00. Holtz was joined by three teammates in the final standings as Darius King (55-11.25), Keegan Tritle (55-09.00) and William Blaser (55-03.00) took spots 2-4.

Moving into track competition, Isaiah Trousil improved his mark in the 60-meter dash by running a personal-best 6.84 to take the event for the first time this season. Trousil turned in another personal-best time in the 200-meter, blowing by the field to win with a 21.93.

Maddie Bell ran a 56.52 in the 400-meter to earn her third win of the season, all coming in different events for the junior. Jacob Smith took the 400-meter on the men’s side running a 48.53 for his first win of the season, while teammates Jojo Frost (48.66), Evan Long (48.96) and Sven Van Den Bergh(49.39) took spots 2-4 in the event.

Seb Gearhart won the first distance event for the Panthers, after running a 1:54.31 in the 800-meter for his first victory at UNI. The 4×400 men’s relay was dominated by Panther runners as Frost, Smith, Long and Van Den Bergh (3:16.01) took first place overall. The relay teams of Bryce Newcomb, Connor Blough, Blake Langhurst and Jack Butteris (3:20.39) and Tyler Bartz, Hunter Lavallee, Gearhart and Carter Von Essen (3:21.67) placed second and third.

Up Next
The Panthers have two meets next weekend as UNI travels to the Meyo Invitational and the Frank Sevigne Invitational on Feb. 2-3.

Social Media
For more information on the UNI track and field program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

Mark Messersmith Invite (Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018)
Cedar Falls, Iowa – UNI-Dome

Men Winners
High jump: Xavior Williams (6-06.75)
Shot put: Isaac Holtz (56-01.00)
60-meter: Isaiah Trousil (6.84)
200-meter: Isaiah Trousil (21.93)
400-meter: Jacob Smith (48.53)
800-meter: Seb Gearhart (1:54.31)
4×400: Frost, Smith, Long and Van Den Bergh (3:16.01)

Women Winners
High jump: Kassidy Sharp (5-05.00)
400-meter: Maddie Bell (56.52)

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa 
©Mike Brynes 2018

Plock Shines Along With the Rest of the Hawks

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa  ©Mike Brynes 2018

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa
©Mike Brynes 2018

The University of Iowa track and field team concluded its three meet indoor homestand with the Black & Gold Premier where two Hawkeyes reset their own school records.

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Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga broke the record in the shot put for the second straight week. She surpassed Gail Smith’s record from 1985 at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational and followed up with another record-breaking performance with a mark of 16.01 meters (52 feet, 6.5 inches). Tausaga won the event and now ranks seventh in the Big Ten.

 

“I have a sense of urgency because I want to make sure I can score at Big Tens and have the ability to score team points,” Tausaga said. “If I can score for my team then it means I am meeting my personal goals as well.”

In the women’s triple jump, senior Jahisha Thomas opened her 2018 season with a mark of 13.11 meters (43 feet) on her way to breaking her own record in the event set last year. Thomas now leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the country.

“I wanted to stay consistent and listen to my coaches,” Thomas said. “I didn’t want to rush things because I was just getting back into it, but I want to stay healthy, stay focused, and know what I need to do.”

QUOTING COACH WOODY
“I feel great about today. This meet was a little more of a low-key meet compared to last week, but I liked the way our athletes came back and have great performances. To have Jahisha (Thomas) back competing is big. Her performance today should get her to the national meet. For Lagi (Tausaga) to come back and have another personal best is always good too. That time for Chris (Douglas) is right on the border of being a time to get into the national championships in the hurdles. Overall, this is the type of meet we need to build depth. We know that Brittany (Brown) and Briana (Guillory) are ready to put up big performances, but to have some of those younger athletes get another competition under their belt is important.”

WOMEN’S 400 METER PREMIER
Four Hawkeyes — Sommer Sharpe (55.90), Sarah Plock (56.16), Kylie Welch (57.23), and Kylie Morken (57.25) — set personal bests in the 400-meter premier. Sharpe ranks 18th in the Big Ten.

FINAL KICK
Junior Chris Douglas clocked in at a personal best 7.76 in the 60-meter hurdles to move into sole possession of the best time in the conference and eighth in the country. In addition, Douglas won the event, defeating former Hawkeye Aaron Mallett.

Sophomore Antonio Woodard went 21.20 in the 200 meters for a personal best of his own. He is now second in the Big Ten and 18th in Division I.

UP NEXT
The Hawkeyes hit the road for the first time in 2018, traveling to the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame Feb. 2-3.

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
©Golden Gopher Athletics 2018

Iowans Among Big Scorers For Golden Gophers

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota  ©Craig Lassig

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
©Craig Lassig

The No. 13 Golden Gopher women’s track & field team wrapped up day two of the Larry Wieczorek Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa with a second-place team finish behind scoring finishes in five different events on the second and final day of the competition on Saturday.

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Titania Markland finished second overall in the 800m but picked up 10 points in the team race as the top collegiate runner. She ran a career-best time of 2:08.47 to move into eighth on Minnesota’s all-time list. Meanwhile, Abby Kohut-Jackson also clocked a career-best time, finishing sixth in 2:14.09.

Along with 14 points in the 800m, Minnesota picked up another 14 points in the shot put behind scoring finishes from Kiley Sabin and Nayoka Clunis in third and fourth place, respectively. Sabin threw 15.94m (52-03.75) while Clunis recorded a mark of 15.89m (52-01.75).

The No. 13 Gophers scored 98.33 points to finish second in the team standings behind No. 7 LSU with 114 points. Minnesota finished ahead of host Iowa (93.33), Florida State (77), and No. 18 Kansas State (58.33) to round out the top five teams. Arizona (47.50), No. 11 Wisconsin (41.50), No. 14 Iowa State (37), and Virginia (36) rounded out the nine-team meet.

Other day two scoring finishes on the track saw Elyse Prescott finish fifth in the 3,000m in a career-best 9:48.84 and earn four points for the team race while Emma Spagnola finished sixth in the 60m hurdles in her 2018 debut, clocking a time of 8.45 seconds and securing two points in the team standings.

Lorean Murray placed sixth in the triple jump to grab four points for the Gophers with a mark of 11.90m (39-00.50).

Minnesota wrapped up the day with a runner-up finish in the 4x400m relay as the team of Rachel Schow, Emerald Egwim, Brieasha Hobbs, and Markland ran 3:38.99, second to the event champion Hawkeyes in 3:37.37. The Gopher quartet posted the sixth-best time in program history.

Kaitlyn Long, weight throw champion, was named the Outstanding Female Field Event Athlete of the meet for her performance on day one of the meet. Long won the weight throw with a throw of 21.70m (71-02.50), setting a new meet and facility record at the Iowa Recreation Building.

Along with Long’s event title, day one of the meet also saw Val Larson lead the collegiate field in the 600m and Karlie Place finish as pole vault runner-up to lead the Gophers.

Minnesota returns home to host the Jack Johnson Classic next Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.

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

Covey and TerWee Help Lead Jackrabbits

Micayla TerWee-W. Lyon-S. Dakota St. ©Jackrabbits Athletics

Micayla TerWee-W. Lyon-S. Dakota St.
©Jackrabbits Athletics

South Dakota State wrapped up the last meet of the weekend on Saturday evening. The Jim Emmerich was one of two meets hosted by the Jackrabbits, with notable teams competing in the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

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

Highlighting the afternoon was sophomore Bryant Courter‘s performance. Courter started with the long jump, recording third (23-08.75).

Next was the triple jump, where he broke the 25-year-old school record in the first weekend of December. The Rich Hill, Mo., native came out this weekend and added another 1.25 inches to it. He now has the school record, SJAC record, and both meet records (SDSU Holiday Open & Jim Emmerich Invite).

Another strong performance came out of the women’s throwing group. On Friday at the SDSU DII Invite, the women added six personal bests between shot put and weight throw. Tonight, was more of the same.

Senior Kasie Vollmer tossed a seventh-place shot put (47-04.25), which put her name eighth on the school’s all-time throw list. The freshman Madeline Moorhouse heaved another shot put top 10, placing ninth in the event. Her mark of 45-11.75 puts her tied with fellow thrower, sophomore Micayla TerWee.

Juniors Rachel Astleford and Emma Johnson, and freshman Alex Dynes also increased their PR’s. Astleford finished 16th (42-00.00) in the Jim Emmerich shot put while Johnson and Dynes threw their best on Friday at the DII Invite and then topped their performances this afternoon. Johnson finished 21st (40-03.50) while Dynes finished 22nd (38-04.75).

The shot put was just half of the performance, in the weight throw, junior Abby Sudbeck launched a new career best of 58-02.50, which still puts her in sixth for the farthest in school history. She finished sixth in the competition.

Sophomore Allison Torrance also increased her personal best, notching 44-01.25 for a 28th-place finish. Freshmen Madeline Moorhouse, Naomi Wynn, and Alex Dynes, along with unattached Kenzie Shubert, competed in the weight throw for the first time.

Junior Krista Steele had a couple great runs in the 800m and 4x400m relay. She won the 800m with a personal best 2:11.00. The mark is ranked second behind fellow teammate, sophomore Oksana Covey. Then, at the end of the night, Steele ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay, which has the season-best time for Jacks.

Recap from Friday (SDSU DII Invitational)

Up Next
The Jackrabbits will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to compete in the Mark Messersmith Invitational on Saturday. It’ll be the second consecutive meet that the Jacks will compete in against the Panthers.

Social Media
For more information on the South Dakota State cross country and track and field teams, follow the Jackrabbits on Twitter (@GoJacksTFXC) and Instagram (@GoJacksTFXC) like us Facebook (/GoJacksTFXC).

Jackrabbit Results:
60m – Men
Prelims:
4. Zenner, Sam (6.92q)
12. Hilton, Coby (7.04)
15. Clarke, Daniel (7.15)
Finals:
6. Zenner, Sam (6.93)

60m – Women
Prelims:
19. Carlson, Delaney (8.11)
21. Thill, Jenny (8.22)

Freshman Daniel Clarke had his first race as a Jackrabbit while sophomore Jennifer Thill recorded a season best, just 0.03 seconds off of a career-best mark.

200m – Men
7. Hilton, Coby (22.20)
9. Larson, Landon (22.25)
14. Williams, Jalen (22.57)
20. Schroeder, Zach (23.12)

200m – Women
11. Carlson, Delaney (26.20)
19. Pistulka, Kristin (27.21)

200m – Alumni
30. Halverson, Adam (25.96)

It was a season-best mark for senior Zach Schroeder. For the women, both of them have competed in every meet thus far.

400m – Men
13. Kuil, Cameron (49.56)
15. Johnson, Sam (50.34)
16. Bray, Caleb (50.44)
17. Brockel, Brady (50.56)
23. Gibson, Lewis (51.26)

400m – Women
3. Dolezal, Savannah (56.61)
17. Sebern, Allison (59.52)
21. Gramer, Sandra (1:00.03)
26. Gray, Madison (1:01.64)
27. VandeBrake, Peyton (1:01.96)
29. Bermel, Chloe (1:02.35)

Redshirt freshman Caleb Bray notched a career best in the 400m. Senior Brady Brockel recorded his season-best time in 2018. Freshman Cameron Kuil ran his first 400m race as a Jack, his mark is second-best for the team this season.

Senior Sandra Gramer, junior Savannah Dolezal, sophomore Allison Sebern, and freshman Madison Gray all had season-best marks. It was the first 400m race for freshman Chloe Bermel.

600m – Women
10. Scislow, Jennie (1:45.00)

It was the second event senior Jennie Scislow recorded this weekend, posting an 800m race on Friday and notching a 10th-place finish in the 600m race this afternoon.

800m – Men
6. Acker, Mitchel (1:54.09)
7. Gatrost, Wyatt (1:54.16)
10. Goehring, Josh (1:54.44)
13. Boekelheide, Derek (1:56.23)
17. Radtke, Daniel (1:59.05)
22. Hanna, Jordan (2:00.72)
23. Schwinghamer, John (2:04.24)

800m – Women
1. Steele, Krista (2:11.00)
8. Dykstra, Renae (2:15.70)

Redshirt freshmen Mitchel Acker, Josh Goehring, sophomore Daniel Radtke and freshman John Schwinghamer all marked personal bests in the 800m. Acker was 0.07 off of cracking the school’s top 10 list. Freshman Derek Boekelheide and junior Wyatt Gatrost ran their first 800m race.

Junior Krista Steele won the 800m with a personal best 2:11.00. The mark is ranked second behind fellow teammate, sophomore Oksana Covey. Junior Renae Dykstra adds a season-best time with the eighth-place finish in the 800m.

Mile – Men
5. Sowada, Sebastian (4:19.68)
16. Mather, Micah (4:27.28)
25. Fick, Evan (4:36.59)
29. Munsterman, Ray (4:41.77)
32. Sargent, Cole (4:44.70)

Mile – Women
5. King, Rachel (4:54.51)
12. Dykstra, Kendra (5:04.20)
22. Fasen, Anna (5:20.57)
33. Schweiss, Jamie (5:33.07)
34. Bickett, Shelby (5:34.22)
37. Krause, Mary (5:37.20)

It was the first time running the mile this season for all the men.

Junior Rachel King and sophomore Jamie Schweiss notch their first races of 2018. King just missed her career best, which is SDSU’s third-best time, by less than three seconds. Sophomore Anna Fasen and freshman Mary Krause had their season-best mark of the season.

3,000m – Men
3. Capra, Trevor (8:27.50)
4. Cayo, Chase (8:32.07)
5. Peters, Gabe (8:34.13)
13. Klawitter, Chandler (9:00.18)
15. Auch, Alexander (9:02.85)

3,000m – Women
1. King, Rachel (9:50.67)
11. Donnay, Anna (10:11.62)
15. Schell, Mackenzie (10:32.26)
33. Nelson, Emma (11:17.89)
34. Propst, Rachel (11:23.08)

It was the first 3,000m for all the men and Rachel King, freshman Anna Donnay, and senior Mackenzie Schell. Junior Chase Cayorecorded his personal-best time.

60m Hurdles – Men
Prelims:
5. Wessels, Nick (8.40q)
13. Bates, Tom (8.70)
18. Hieber, Evan (8.87)
20. Bates, Peter (8.92)
Finals:
4. Wessels, Nick (8.30)

60m Hurdles – Women
Prelims:
3. O’Connor, Jaymie (8.81q)
8. Mottinger, Haley (9.17q)
21. Bohan, Sara (9.79)
25. Kreber, Kendyl (10.19)
Finals:
3. O’Connor, Jaymie (8.87)
7. Mottinger, Haley (9.35)

Redshirt freshman Nick Wessels posted a personal best, good enough for sixth all-time in school history. In the prelims, he broke a ninth-place tie with Zach Wirth to move into eighth place. Then, in the finals, Wessels improved his time by one tenth of a second to move to sixth.

Freshman Kendyl Kreber recorded her personal best while sophomore Haley Mottinger adds her best place finish in the 60m hurdles.

4x400m Relay – Men
4. SDSU “A” (3:17.63)
(1. Larson, 2. Kuil, 3. Goehring, 4. Johnson)
11. SDSU “B” (3:24.34)
(1. Bray, 2. Brockel, 3. Acker, 4. Gatrost)
13. SDSU “C” (3:27.64)
(1. Williams, 2. Gibson, 3. Scroeder, 4. Boekelheide)

4x400m Relay – Women
5. SDSU “A” (3:54.29)
(1. Dolezal, 2. Sebern, 3. Steele, 4. Gramer)
10. SDSU “B” (4:04.61)
(1. Bermel, 2. Gray, 3. Holtz, 4. VandeBrake)

The men’s “A” team now has the team-best time for the season. It ranks as the 10th-fastest time among all-time Jackrabbits.

Also, the women’s “A” team puts their name atop the season best times.

High Jump – Men
7. Hejna, JJ (6-04.75)
8. Sears, Riley (6-04.75)
18. Hieber, Evan (5-10.75)

High Jump – Women
4. Cowling, Bailey (5-03.00)
6. Holtz, Chloe (5-03.00)
16. Mingo, Madison (4-11.00)

High Jump – Alumni
4. Koosman, Zach (6-06.75)
9. Mack, Monique (5-01.00)

Senior J.J. Hejna and junior Riley Sears ties their season-best marks of 2018. Sophomore Chloe Holtz posts a personal-best mark.

Pole Vault – Men
3. Francom, Trent (15-11.00)
7. Andera, Anthony (14-11.00)
19. Branick, Brendan (12-05.50)

Pole Vault – Women
15. Muller, Amy (10-02.00)

Pole Vault – Alumni
7. Schaefer, Ryan (14-11.00)

Junior Brendan Branick records his first height this season. While Freshmen Amy Muller and Trent Francom have competed in every meet in the 2018 season so far.

Long Jump – Men
3. Courter, Bryant (23-08.75)
5. Clarke, Daniel (23-00.50)
29. Bates, Peter (19-02.75)

Long Jump – Women
9. O’Connor, Jaymie (17-06.75)
10. Stewart, Emma (17-06.75)
14. Atlenburg, Emily (16-11.50)
15. Lane, Vanessa (16-10.75)
24. Bohan, Sara (15-11.75)
26. Holtz, Chloe (15-07.50)
28. Neff, Kayla (15-04.25)
30. Kreber, Kendyl (15-00.00)

Triple Jump – Men
1. Courter, Bryant (50-02.00)
6. Dotson, Josh (46-05.25)
14. Albrecht, Ephram (41-11.25)

Triple Jump – Women
12. Altenburg, Emily (34-02.25)
14. Bisgard, Sophie (33-09.25)

Triple Jump – Alumni
5. Stephens, Jenna (36-10.50)

Highlighting the afternoon was sophomore Bryant Courter‘s performance. Courter started with the long jump, recording third (23-08.75).

Next was the triple jump, where he broke the 25-year-old school record in the first weekend of December. The Rich Hill, Mo., native came out this weekend and added another 1.25 inches to it. He now has the school record, SJAC record, and both meet records (SDSU Holiday Open & Jim Emmerich Invite). It ranks 23rd in the country as of Friday night.

Freshman Daniel Clarke and sophomore Chloe Holtz posted their first marks as a Jackrabbit in the long jump. Freshman Emily Altenburg made a personal best mark in the triple jump.

Freshmen Emma Stewart and Kendyl Kreber, along with sophomore Jaymie O’Connor set PR’s form themselves. O’Connor topped her mark by 8.25 inches while Stewart beat hers by 4.50 inches.

Shot Put – Men
16. Leiseth, Mason (51-06.50)
21. Huber, Noah (49-11.00)
23. Reinke, Max (49-03.75)
29. Leonhard, Dakota (44-10.75)

Shot Put – Women
7. Vollmer, Kasie (47-04.25)
9. Moorhouse, Madi (45-11.75)
10. TerWee, Micayla (44-10.75)
16. Astleford, Rachel (42-00.00)
21. Johnson, Emma (40-03.50)
22. Dynes, Alex (38-04.75)
25. Wynn, Naomi (35-00.50)

Weight Throw – Men
3. Bender, Colton (64-02.25)
13. Ammons, Logan (57-01.00)
26. Haushild, Austin (41-08.00)

Weight Throw – Women
6. Sudbeck, Abby (58-02.50)
28. Torrance, Allison (44-01.25)
31. Moorhouse, Madi (43-01.50)
35. Wynn, Naomi (40-09.00)
36. Shubert, Kenzie (40-04.25)
38. Dynes, Alex (28-09.75)

Another strong performance came out of the women’s throwing group. On Friday at the SDSU DII Invite, the women added six personal bests between shot put and weight throw. Tonight, was more of the same.

Senior Kasie Vollmer tossed a seventh-place shot put (47-04.25), which put her name eighth on the school’s all-time throw list. The freshman Madeline Moorhouse heaved another shot put top 10, placing ninth in the event. Her mark of 45-11.75 puts her tied with fellow thrower, sophomore Micayla TerWee.

Juniors Rachel Astleford and Emma Johnson, and freshman Alex Dynes also increased their PR’s. Astleford finished 16th (42-00.00) in the Jim Emmerich shot put while Johnson and Dynes threw their best on Friday at the DII Invite and then topped their performances this afternoon. Johnson finished 21st (40-03.50) while Dynes finished 22nd (38-04.75).

The shot put was just half of the performance, in the weight throw, junior Abby Sudbeck launched a new career best of 58-02.50, which still puts her in sixth for the farthest in school history. She finished sixth in the competition.

Sophomore Allison Torrance also increased her personal best, notching 44-01.25 for a 28th-place finish. Freshmen Madeline Moorhouse, Naomi Wynn, and Alex Dynes, along with unattached Kenzie Shubert, competed in the weight throw for the first time.

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Iowans Help Coyotes at Jackrabbit Classic

Hannah Draayer-AnkenyCent-S.D. ©Mike Brynes-2018

Hannah Draayer-AnkenyCent-S.D.
©Mike Brynes-2018

South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen improved his nation-leading pole vault mark at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational on Saturday inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. South Dakota captured seven events at the meet.

Courtesy Coyotes Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karina Dufoe-Adel-S.D.©Mike Brynes 2018

 

The Coyotes captured the women’s team race on Saturday with 130 points. North Dakota State and South Dakota State finished second and third, respectively. South Dakota’s men finished runner-up to Minnesota with 96 points.

Nilsen wrapped up Saturday’s competition with an NCAA-leading height of 18 feet, 6 ½ inches. Cincinnati’s Adrian Valles briefly passed Nilsen on the charts earlier in the day with a clearance of 18-4 ¾. Nilsen entered the competition after the remainder of the field had finished, clearing his first three bars without a miss. He missed one attempt at 18-6 ½ before clearing the second. Nilsen missed all three attempts at a new personal best bar of 18-10 ¾. The sophomore remains undefeated during indoor competitions with 10 consecutive indoor pole vault meet titles. Junior teammate Jake David finished runner-up with a height of 16-4 ¾.

Sophomore Helen Falda, a transfer from UT-Arlington, moved to the top of the Summit League women’s pole vault charts with a clearance of 13-1 ½. She won the pole vault for the second-straight week. Sophomore Makiah Hunt joins Falda at the height after finishing runner-up based on attempts.

South Dakota sophomores Ethan Toy and Zack Anderson captured the long and high jumps, respectively. Toy leaped an indoor best 23-11 to take the long jump while junior Joe Reagan finished runner-up in 23-9. The duo are tied for second in league standings at 23-11. Anderson took the high jump title for the second-straight week with a clearance of 6-10 ¾. Junior Deshonn Brown cleared 6-8 ¾ for third.

Competing in his first collegiate indoor 3,000-meter race, junior Eldon Warner took home the title with a time of 8:26.74. The time ranks sixth on USD’s all-time top-10 charts and tops the Summit charts this season. Warner also dropped two seconds off his personal best in the mile to place second in 4:11.30 behind Minnesota’s Nick Rink.

The Coyotes also added a 1-2 punch in the women’s 600 meters. Sophomore Hannah Draayercrossed the finish line in 1:37.29 for first with freshman Macy Heinz close behind in 1:37.52 for second.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay with legs from freshman Danielle Thompson, senior Brooke Ireland, senior Shanice Cannigan and junior Mallory Fine won in 3:48.91.

Cannigan leaped a new personal best of 19-3 ½ to place second in the long jump. She also added a runner-up finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56.

On the men’s side, senior Gawain Williams also tallied a pair of runner-up finishes in the 60 meters and 200 meters. Williams was less than a tenth of second shy of his best time in both events, clocking 6.79 seconds in the 60 meters and 21.89 for 200 meters.

Senior Ethan Fenchel took second in the weight throw with a new USD school record of 66-5 1/4. Fenchel improved his best throw from a season ago by three feet.

A week after finishing sub-five minutes in the mile for the first time, junior Madeline Huglen improved her time yet again by crossing the finish line in 4:53.47. Huglen finished third in the race with senior teammate Lindsay Joyce finishing right behind in 4:54.08 for another personal best. Joyce’s previous best mile time came at the same meet a season ago. Huglen added a second-place finish in the 3,000 meters later on in the meet with a clocking of 9:51.64.

Sophomore Samara Spencer finished runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 37-11 ¼.

Junior Karina Dufoe crossed the finish line in 7.77 seconds for second in the 60 meters.

USD volunteer assistant coach and recent graduate Danielle Waldner won the shot put in 51-11 ¾.

The Coyotes travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Jack Johnson Classic next Friday and Saturday. South Dakota hosts its lone home indoor meet on Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Dakota Realty Alumni Meet.

Hawks Pleased at Big Home Meet

Addie Swanson-PV-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2017

Addie Swanson-PV-Iowa
©Mike Brynes 2017

There was standing room only inside the UI Recreation building as Hawkeye fans watched some of the best collegiate and professional track and field athletes set top times in the NCAA and world on Saturday during the final day of the Larry Wieczorek Invitational.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Ryan Dorian-City and Iowa and Tysen VanDraska-CR Prairie-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2017

 

Junior Mar’yea Harris made a statement in two events on Saturday. The Auburn, Washington, native set the seventh best time in the world this year in the 400 meters alongside Nike athlete and NCAA 400 meter record holder Fred Kerley and AJ Bailey of Altis (46.50). Harris also ran the final leg of the men’s 4×400 meter relay premier, winning the race in the final feet with a closeout that rocked the UI recreation building.

 

Harris finished third in the 400 meters, but saw it going a little differently in his head.

“I am happy I opened up with a 46.5, but I am also really happy because I know I could have won the race,” Harris said. “I was coming at the end and if I didn’t get boxed out then I could have passed Bailey.”

“I didn’t expect Bailey to come out so hard so that made me adjust my running,” he said. “I have a small body compared to those other guys. Fred is much bigger than me, so once I saw Fred coming down hill at me I thought I had to settle in otherwise he was going to crash me and I would be stuck.”

Junior Briana Guillory set a personal best in the 400 meter premier. She finished second behind Nike athlete Georganne Moline. Guillory’s 52.95 is a personal best by almost two seconds and is first in the country entering the weekend.

You can’t say enough about the type of athlete Briana is,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said.  “She is going to be scaring a lot of people when we get closer to the national meet.”

QUOTING COACH WOODY
“After what Briana (Guillory) did this weekend, I can assure you that we will be one of the teams at the national level that will be competing for a top ten spot,” Woody said. “Briana is phenomenal. When you have talent like Briana, Brittany (Brown), and Jahisha (Thomas), who hasn’t done much yet, I mean, those girls are monsters along with Lagi (Tausaga).

HEPTATHLON CHAMPION
Senior Will Dougherty reset his own school record in the heptathlon with 5,572 points. He is now fifth in the NCAA, surpassing his previous record of 5,502 points. Dougherty defeated 2016 Olympian Zach Ziemek.
“Zach is a great competitor and I’ve competed against him at nationals so it was good to have someone there to push you,” Dougherty said. “I had an idea (that I could make an all-time mark) after the first day. I crunched the numbers and found out that I was about 50 points ahead of my previous PR. I knew if I put together an OK day then I’ll break the record.”

HAWKEYE FLYING OBJECTS
Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga broke a shot put school record that has stood since 1985. Tausaga threw 15.87 meters (52 feet, 1 inch) in the shot put to break Gail Smith’s record. Tausaga finished fifth in the event.

FINAL KICK

  • Chris Douglas set a personal best in the men’s 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.60. He improves to third all-time in program history and fifth in the country heading into the weekend.
  • Tysen VanDraska won the men’s 800 meter premier with a personal best time of 1:52.40.
  • Addie Swanson set a personal best in the 400 meters with a time of 57.60.
  • Guillory split 51.04 during the women’s 4×400 meter relay.

TEAM SCORES
The Iowa men won the men’s team title with 143.5 points and the LSU women won the women’s team title with 114 points.

UP NEXT
The Hawkeyes return for their third straight and final indoor home meet of the season on Jan. 26-27.