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Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa 
©Mike Brynes 2018

Hawks’ Plock Makes Her Presence Felt at Big 10’s by Jack Rossi

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa ©Darren Miller hawkeyesports.com 2018

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa
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Senior Jahisha Thomas became the conference’s undisputed top jumper, senior Brittany Brownrepeated in the 200 meters, and Briana Guillory grabbed her first Big Ten Indoor title as the Hawkeyes completed the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday.

Courtesy Jack Rossi, Hawkeyesports.com, click here! Feature photo: Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2018

After becoming the first Hawkeye in program history to win the long jump, Thomas returned on Saturday to become the second Hawkeye to win the triple jump with a personal best 13.22 meters, joining Renee White, who won in 2008.
“It was a rough season at the beginning, but God has impeccable timing and today I really had to compete because there was great competition,” Thomas said. “I was always thinking of winning them both. I was thinking it into existence and train like you’re going to win both.”

Brown won the 200 meters to repeat as champion in the event with a time of 23.20. Brown’s victory makes her the first Hawkeye to repeat an indoor conference championship since Kineke Alexander (400 meters, 2006-07).

“This indoor season has been really long and tough,” Brown said. “I’ve been battling stuff off the track and to be able to defend my title is great. I am happy to be here, to defend it and be healthy.”

Guillory finished runner-up in the 200 meters to Brown and won a Big Ten title of her own in the 400 meters, the first indoor championship of her career with a time of 52.08.
“Not taking anything away from Brittany because she is a great competitor, but if I had executed my race a little better than I think I would have been even closer to Brittany in the 200 meters,” Guillory said.

Guillory Iowa’s first Big Ten Champion in the 400 meters since Elexis Guster in 2016.

“Having Elexis as a training partner freshman year was very helpful because I knew I had to step into her shoes this year.”

Junior Mar’yea Harris held the highest finish on the men’s side with a runner-up finish in the 400 meters.

RELAY WARRIORS
The meet ended with the women’s and men’s 1,600 meter relays where the women and men both placed third and both set the second best times in school history.

The women’s relay of Sheridan Champe, Briana Guillory, Brittany Brown, and Sarah Plock clocked a time of 3:33.31.

The men’s team of Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, Bradford Garron, and Harris recorded a 3:05.33.

TEAM SCORES
The women placed the highest since 2016 with a fifth place finish and 74 points, their highest point total since 2007, while the men were seventh overall with 54 points.
The Minnesota women won the team title with 91.5 points and the Ohio State men won with 101.5 points.

B1G SCORERS
Iowa’s team point scorers (Athletes that place 1-8 in an event) include:

Jahisha Thomas: Long Jump (1st), Triple Jump (1st)
Nathan Mylenek: Distance Medley Relay (1st)
Carter Lilly: Distance Medley Relay (1st)
Chris Thompson: Distance Medley Relay (1st)
Michael Melchert: Distance Medley Relay (1st), Mile (8th)
Briana Guillory: 400 Meters (1st), 200 Meters (2nd), 4×400 Meter Relay (3rd)
Brittany Brown: 200 Meters (1st), 60 Meters (5th), 4×400 Meter Relay (3rd)
Reno Tuufuli: Shot Put (2nd)
Mar’yea Harris: 400 Meters (2nd), 4×400 Meter Relay (3rd)
Sheridan Champe: 4×400 Meter Relay (3rd)
Chris Douglas: 60 Meter Hurdles (4th)
Tysen VanDraska: 800 Meters (5th)
Antonio Woodard: 200 Meters (6th)
Kyara Avant: 60 Meters (7th)
Jenny Kimbro: 60 Meter Hurdles (7th)
Matt Manternach: 800 Meters (7th)
Anthony Williams: 60 Meter Hurdles (8th)
Laulauga Tausaga: Weight Throw (8th)

UP NEXT
The top 16 individuals and top 12 relays in the country qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Luque and Chapman Motivate Cyclones at Big 12’s

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Darren Miller-Hawkeyesports.com 2018

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
©Darren Miller-Hawkeyesports.com 2018

The Iowa State track and field teams added two more individual titles en route to putting together some of the top team performances of the Big 12 Era on Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor Championships at Lied Recreation Athletics Center. The Cyclones got individual titles from Larkin Chapman in the women’s 1,000-meter run, while Jhoanmy Luque completed the horizontal jumps sweep for the second-straight season with the triple jump title.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jhoanmy Luque-ISU©Jim Kirby 2017

 

In the team standings, the ISU men finished third with 115 points, their second-highest team finish and highest team point total of the Big 12 era. The Cyclone women were fourth with 97 points, their second-best team score and team finish in the Big 12 time.

Iowa State picked up a 1-2 finish in the women’s 1,000-meter run with Chapman bringing home the title in a personal best 2:45.55. Right behind her was Erinn Stenman-Fahey, who clocked in second at 2:46.18. Chapman’s time moves her up to No. 2 in ISU history for the event, while Stenman-Fahey checks in at No. 5 for the Cyclones in the event all-time.

In the sand, Luque was dominant again today en route to her triple jump win. The Venezuelan, who is now a five-time Big 12 champion, took the lead on her second jump and was dominant from there. Her best effort of the day was her third at 44-4 (13.51m), a season-best that saw her reclaim her slot at No. 5 in the country for the event.

The Cyclone men had many outstanding performances, racking up four silver medals, three bronze medals and a pair of fourth place finishes. Dan Curts got a pair of runner-up finishes in the mile and the 1,000, with the latter seeing Curts edged at the line in a photo finish. Edwin Kurgat claimed his second silver in as many days, this one coming in the men’s 3,000. He and Hassan Abdi of Oklahoma State had another back-and-forth battle, with Kurgat’s late surge not enough, but his 8:02.44 being good for silver. Andrew Jordan was right behind in third at 8:04.89.

Jaymes Dennison (second, 600-yard run) and Roshon Roomes (fourth, 800-meter run) used their strong individual event performances to help push them into the relay, as they combined with Eric Fogltanz and Frank Hayes to speed to the bronze medal in the 4×400-meter relay to close out the day in 3:10.07.

Logan Schneider notched a season-best 8.05 in the 60-meter hurdles to claim a third-place finish. In a high-level high jump competition, Jalen Ford posted a personal best 7-1 (2.16m) to fight his way into fifth place.

On the women’s side, Jasmine Staebler took second in an elite women’s 800 competition, edging out Kaylee Dodd of Oklahoma State, but not being able to overcome Aaliyah Miller of Baylor. Karly Ackleycontinued her outstanding indoor season with a bronze-medal effort in the women’s 3,000 in 9:31.82, while Kelly Naumann got her second sixth-place finish in as many days in 9:32.52. In the women’s mile, Evelyne Guay earned fourth place in 4:56.71.

Up Next
Qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships will be announced on Tuesday. The 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Texas A&M on March 9-10.

Team Standings
Men:
1. Texas Tech, 143; 2. Texas, 129; 3. Iowa State, 115; 4. TCU, 74; 5. Kansas, 63; 6. Kansas State, 59.5; 7. Oklahoma State, 57; 8. Baylor, 51.5; 9. Oklahoma, 48
Women: 1. Texas, 117; 2. Kansas, 112; 3. Oklahoma, 98.5; 4. Iowa State, 97; 5. Kansas State, 85; 6. Texas Tech, 81; 7. Baylor, 70.5; 8. Oklahoma State, 55; 9. West Virginia, 15; 10. TCU, 10

Iowa State Results
Heptathlon:
1. George Patrick, Texas – 5,552; 4. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 4,995
60m Hurdles (Hept.): 1. George Patrick, Texas – 8.25; 4. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 8.64
Pole Vault (Hept.): 1. Luke Littlefield, Baylor – 15-0 3/4 (4.59m); 7. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 13-9 (4.19m)
1,000m Run (Hept.): 1. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 2:45.08

60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. Bryce Douglas, Oklahoma – 7.94; 3. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 8.05; 6. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 8.14
Mile Final (W): 1. Molly Sughroue, Oklahoma State – 4:52.48; 4. Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – 4:56.71; 8. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 4:58.48
Mile Final (M): 1. Alex Rogers, Texas – 4:02.60; 2. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:05.66
600y Run Final (M): 1. Vincent Crisp, Texas Tech – 1:08.90; 2. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 1:09.51
1,000m Run Final (W): 1. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:45.55; 2. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:46.18
1,000m Run Final (M): 1. Calvin Miller, Oklahom – 2:30.44; 2. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 2:30.47; 4. Zach Black, Iowa State – 2:31.06
800m Run Final (W): 1. Aaliyah Miller, Baylor – 2:04.58; 2. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:05.11
800m Run Final (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:47.20; 4. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:48.97; 5. Frank Hayes, Iowa State – 1:50.42
3,000m Run Final (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 9:19.97; 3. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 9:31.82; 6. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 9:32.52; 10. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 9:36.25; 13. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 9:40.39; 14. Megan Schott, Iowa State – 9:48.74
3,000m Run Final (M): 1. Hassan Abdi, Oklahoma State – 8:02.22; 2. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:02.44; 3. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 8:04.89; 8. Greyson Dolezal, Iowa State – 8:14.30; 11. John Nownes, Iowa State – 8:20.31; Nathan Rodriguez, Iowa State – DNF
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Kansas – 3:35.89; 9. Iowa State (Whigham, Chapman, Staebler, Stenman-Fahey) – 3:50.64
4x400m Relay (M): 1. TCU – 3:07.75; 3. Iowa State (Dennison, Roomes, Fogltanz, Hayes) – 3:10.07

Shot Put (W): 1. Jessica Woodard, Oklahoma – 57-3 1/2 (17.46m); 6. Essence Henderson, Iowa State – 49-8 1/2 (15.15m); 13. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 39-9 3/4 (12.13m)
Shot Put (M): 1. Adrian Piperi, Texas – 64-0 1/2 (19.52m); 11. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 50-10 1/4 (15.50m)
High Jump (M): 1. Trey Culver, Texas Tech – 7-7 (2.31m); 5. Jalen Ford, Iowa State – 7-1 (2.16m); 8. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-9 3/4 (2.08m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 44-4 (13.51m); 11. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 39-0 1/4 (11.89m)

Tiffany Christiansen-Eagle Grove-UNI
©Panthers Athletics 2018

Correy Leads Panthers at Conference

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI ©Panthers Athletics 2018

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI
©Panthers Athletics 2018

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program concluded the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday, with the Panthers posting a stellar closeout to the league capper.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Tiffany Christiansen-Eagle Grove-UNI©Panthers Athletics 2018

A total of 16 Panthers earned All-Conference honors on Sunday, to add to UNI’s total and give the program 23 for the weekend. The Panther women finished third in the team standings after scoring 103.5 points on the weekend, while the men placed fourth after earning 86 points. Illinois State swept both conference crowns for the women and men.

Senior Brette Correy and freshman Lauren Beauchamp won individual conference titles in their respective events, with Correy winning her second-career MVC title in the 800-meter and Beauchamp claiming her first in the pole vault. Correy’s conference crown on Sunday was her second overall for the weekend, after winning the distance medley for UNI on Saturday night.

The win for UNI in the 800-meter marked the third time in four years the Panthers have won the league crown for the event, while the win in the pole vault was UNI’s first since Kayleen Popp took the event in 2003.

Correy was also honored with the MVC’s Elite 17 Award, becoming the first Panther to win the academic award twice for the women. The Elite 17 Award is given to the athlete with the highest GPA at each conference championship.

The day began with Tiffany Christensen and Evan Long claiming All-Conference honors in the mile and 400-meter, after the pair each placed third in their respective events. Jordan Pingel continued the success for the men on the track, after placing third in the 800-meter for his first All-MVC honor as a Panther.

Moving into field action, the Panther duo of Maria Gonzalez and Kassidy Sharp went back-to-back in the high jump to earn All-MVC distinctions. The honor was the first for Gonzalez and the second for Sharp.

Continuing in field action, the quartet of Darius King, Keegan Tritle, Isaac Holtz and Billy Blaserracked up points for the men’s squad, but narrowly missed out on All-MVC honors after finishing fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth respectively.

To close out the day, the 4×400 relay team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith, Evan Long placed second in the event, racking up points for the Panthers and earning All-MVC laurels in the process.

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TOP-8 IN MVC

MEN
60: Isaiah Trousil (4th,6.86)
200: Jacob Smith (5th, 21.96), Jojo Frost (7th, 22.17)
400: Evan Long (3rd, 48.30), Jacob Smith (4th, 48.30), Jojo Frost (5th, 48.54)
800: Jordan Pingel (3rd, 1:55.64)
60h: Cole Phillips (4th, 8.09)
4×400: Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith, Evan Long (2nd, 3:15.03)
SP: Darius King (4th, 59-7.50), Keegan Tritle (5th, 59-3.00), Isaac Holtz (6th, 58-2.00), Billy Blaser(8th, 57-2.75)
HJ: Cameron Cantrall (6th, 6-7.50)

WOMEN
200: Maddie Bell (6th, 24.77)
400: Maddie Irmen (7th, 57.10)
800: Brette Correy (1st, 2:09.82), Lyndsie Schinkel (5th, 2:12.43), Dianna Slight (8th, 2:15.83)
3000: MaKayla Cole (5th, 9:56.56), Tiffany Christensen (8th, 10:01.59)
4×400: Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen, Brette Correy, Jolissa Kriegel (4th, 3:52.94)
HJ: Maria Gonzalez (2nd, 5-6.50), Kassidy Sharp (3rd, 5-6.50), Marissa Ward (6th, 5-5.25), Brooke Lorenz (8th, 5-4.25)
PV: Lauren Beauchamp (1st, 12-4.00)

UNI MVC Award Winners

Conference Champions

WOMEN
Lauren Beauchamp (Pole Vault)
Brette Correy (DMR, 800)
Maddie Irmen (DMR)
Ashley Norem (DMR)
Lyndsie Schinkel (DMR)

Elite 17 Award
Brette Correy

All-MVC

WOMEN
Lauren Beauchamp (Pole vault)
Tiffany Christensen (Mile)
Brette Correy (DMR, 800)
Maria Gonzalez (High jump)
Maddie Irmen (DMR)
Lauren Frederick (Pentathlon)
Alanna Nietert (Weight throw)
Ashley Norem (DMR)
Sarah Pate (Weight throw)
Lyndsie Schinkel (DMR)
Kassidy Sharp (High jump)

MEN
Jojo Frost (4×400)
Evan Long (400, 4×400)
Jordan Pingel (800)
Jacob Smith (4×400)
Sven Van Den Bergh (4×400)

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2018

Schweizer Sets SEC Record…Again

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics 2018

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2018

Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) captured her sixth career conference title with a Southeastern Conference Indoor meet record performance in the 3,000m run Saturday at the SEC Indoor Championships. Schweizer’s title was one of three scoring performances for Mizzou on the first day of competition at Gilliam Indoor Stadium, as she was joined by a fifth-place finish in the long jump from redshirt freshman Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, Ill.) and an eighth-place performance in the shot put from redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs (Bloomington, Ill.).

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics 2018

TEAM SCORES

Through five events scored in the women’s team race, Mizzou sits in seventh-place with 11 points. Through four event in the men’s team race, the Tigers sit in eighth-place with four points.

NOTABLE FINISHES

Schweizer, who set the collegiate record in the 3,000m run earlier this month at the Millrose Games (8:41.60, Feb. 3), set the SEC indoor conference meet record with a time of 9:00.56, surpassing Cory McGee’s (Florida) 2014 record of 9:10.48. The conference title was Schweizer’s sixth in her career, as she ties Teri LeBlanc and Lorinda Richardson for the second-most conference titles in Mizzou women’s history. The Tiger senior will return to the track tomorrow, as she plans to run the anchor leg of Mizzou’s distance medley relay team at 7:58 p.m. (CT).

Ward’s fifth-place finish in the long jump scored four points for the Mizzou men. The Tiger freshman used his first jump to record a leap of 7.75m (25-5.25). Ward will await to see if his mark of 7.97m (26-1.75) at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge (Feb. 16) will hold up as a qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Entering the weekend, it ranked as the fourth-best mark in the NCAA this season. Ward will return to action tomorrow as he is slated to compete in the triple jump at 5 p.m. (CT).

In the women’s shot put, Jacobs was the first to score on the day for the Mizzou women, as she placed eighth with a throw of 15.06m (49-5). The mark scored one point for Mizzou.

QUOTABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter

On Schweizer’s performance…

“The SEC is an extraordinary league, and it’s an extraordinary record for Karissa. The way she did it was absolutely remarkable. It was quite an impressive competitive effort. Overall, we are really excited for her and Coach Burns, and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”

On Ja’Mari Ward and Gabi Jacobs scoring…

“Points aren’t easy in this league, as this meet is basically an NCAA Championships preview. Any time you can put up points at this meet, it’s really valuable. Gabi has worked real hard to increase her competitive integrity in the shot put. We know what she can do in the discus, but she really invested in the shot put this fall, so I was really happy to see it pay off for her. Ja’Mari’s effort was really exciting. If you look at his six-jump average over the event, that’s a NCAA championship-caliber average. It’s really important for him to make those jumps consistently as he prepares for the bigger jumps down the road. His event is an ultra-competitive field, and he delivered, so I’m really happy for him.”

Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer

On setting the SEC record in the 3K…

“I was not expecting that. I just wanted to stay relaxed in the beginning of the race, then I was able to let it go near the end.”

UP NEXT

Mizzou concludes action at the SEC Indoor Championships on Sunday, beginning with heptathlon events at 2:30 p.m. (CT), while track and field events will resume at 5 p.m. (CT). The SEC Network will provide a live broadcast of the meet from 5-10 p.m. (CT).

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

RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS

60m Dash, Women (prelims): 23. Maya Cody, 7.46 // 36. Tsai-Anne Joseph, 7.72 // 37. Jazmyn Shumaker, 7.87 PR
200m Dash, Women (prelims): 36. Jazmyn Shumaker, 25.42 // 37. Tsai-Anne Joseph, 25.45
400m Dash, Men (prelims): 18. Jerrad Mason, 47.12
800m Run, Men (prelims): 10. Chris Conrad, 1:51.38 // 18. Mark Sheridan, 1:54.09 // 20. Ben Goodman, 1:54.57 // 24. Robert Kuhlmann, 1:56.99
3000m Run, Men: 9. Marc Dubrick, 8:14.82 // 12. Thomas George, 8:17.05 PR // 16. Austin Hindman, 8:21.48 // 20. Zach Cook, 8:29.03
3000m Run, Women: 1. Karissa Schweizer, 9:00.56 MR // 10. Melissa Menghini, 9:44.64 PR // 19. Hannah Thomas, 10:05.03 // 20. Ellyn Atkinson, 10:05.56 PR

RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS

High Jump, Men: Landon Cuskelly, NH
Long Jump, Men: 5. Ja’Mari Ward, 7.75m (25-5.25) (4 pts)
Long Jump, Women: Arielle Mack, FOUL
Shot Put, Women: 8. Gabi Jacobs, 15.06m (49-5) (1 pt) // 12. Emily Stauffer, 14.08m (46-2.5) // 14. Jordan Speer, 13.26m (43-6)
Weight Throw, Men: 13. Patrick Kunza, 19.58m (64-3) PR // 15. Avery Carter, 19.22m (63-0.75) PR

RESULTS – HEPTATHLON

60m Dash: 9. Rauno Liitmae, 7.28 (785 pts) // 10. Jason Edwards, 7.39 PR (749 pts)
Long Jump: 6. Rauno Liitmae, 6.78m/22-3 (762 pts) PR // 10. Jason Edwards, 6.40m/21-0 (675 pts)
Shot Put: 2. Rauno Liitmae, 14.18m/46-6.25 (739 pts) PR // 7. Jason Edwards, 11.86m/38-11 (598 pts)
High Jump: 1. Rauno Liitmae, 1.97m/6-5.5 (776 pts) PR // 7. Jason Edwards, 1.85m/6-0.75 (670 pts)
Overall (4/7 events completed): 6. Rauno Liitmae, 3,062 pts // 9. Jason Edwards, 2,692 pts

©Utes Athletics 2018

Moreno Posts Big PR

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah ©Utes Athletics

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah
©Utes Athletics

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.

Courtesy Utes Athletics, click here! Feature photo: ©Utes Athletics 2018

“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.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou  ©Millrose Games 2018

 

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.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jhoanmy Luque-ISU©Jim Kirby 2017

 

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 
©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning photo.shutterfly.com

Schweizer’s Mile Romp Earns National Honor

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

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

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.

Courtesy USATFCCCOA.com, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning photo.shutterfly.com

 

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
©Panther Athletics

Iowans Flex Muscles For Panthers Over the Weekend

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI
©Mike Byrnes

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.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jolissa Kriegel-BGM-UNI©Panther Athletics

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.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa  ©Mike Brynes 2018

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.