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Cyclones Men Finish 2nd at Conference

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
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The No. 20 Iowa State men’s track and field team had its best indoor conference meet in 22 years, finishing second Saturday at the 2019 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Cyclone men came in second for the first time since 1997 and their 109-point haul marks a second-straight indoor campaign hitting a century at the Indoor Championships.

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The ISU men were led on the day by a pair of conference titles from Roshon Roomes (600y run) and Edwin Kurgat (3,000m run). Kurgat completed the 3K/5K sweep, the first Cyclone since 1992 to do so, and earned a share of the Big 12 High Point Award for the meet.

The Iowa State women finished seventh with 66 points, led by Keira Christie-Galloway’s title in the 60-meter hurdles, ISU’s first indoor crown in the hurdles since 2007.

Iowa State got an outstanding pair of performances in the 600-yard run. Heat one saw Eric Fogltanzcome from behind to knock off defending champ Vincent Crisp of Texas Tech in a PR 1:08.22. However, Roshon Roomes took over the stage as he held off a hard-charging Derrick Mokaleng of TCU to win in a school and collegiate-record 1:07.67, knocking off the old school mark of 1:07.73 set by Frankie Atwater in 1991.

Roomes earned his first career Big 12 crown and got ISU’s seventh conference title in the 600-yard run, the most recent being by Jaymes Dennison two years ago in Ames. Fogltanz’s time ranks No. 3 in ISU history.

The Cyclones delivered again in the men’s 3,000 with a 24-point outlay. 1,000m in, the already-old rivalry between Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez resumed, as the two split up from the field to do their own battle. It was neck-and-neck the whole way, but Kurgat came through to get the win and do the 3K/5K sweep in 8:16.17.

Kurgat is the first Big 12 men’s student-athlete to do the 3K/5K sweep indoors since Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa in 2014, and is the first individual Cyclone to do the double since Jon Brown in 1992. As a team, ISU did the double in 1993, with Dmitry Drozdov winning the 3K and Jonah Koech taking the 5,000m.

Joining Kurgat on the medal stand was David Too (3rd, 8:22.22), Andrew Jordan (4th, 8:23.87), Chad Johnson (7th, 8:25.81) and John Nownes (8th, 8:26.49). Thomas Pollard joined them in the top-10 in ninth at 8:27.90.

Festus Lagat came into today’s 800m well rested, as a seven-man field meant no Friday prelim. He showed what he had by pushing Kansas All-American Bryce Hoppel the whole way to run a personal best 1:48.35. The time was converted down to 1:48.04 for altitude, and at the time of publication ranks No. 16 in NCAA Division I this season.

ISU got a bronze-medal effort in the 60m hurdles from Mason Weh, who crushed his previous best from earlier this season by crossing in 7.80. Logan Schneider brought in five points for ISU by taking fourth in 7.89.

For the second-straight day, Christie-Galloway was in a battle with Texas’ Mariam Abdul-Rashid. Once again today, the Cyclone got the better of the battle, using a strong finish to cross in 8.17, tying her school record from yesterday in prelims. The ISU freshman claimed the Cyclones’ first Big 12 60m hurdles title since Rebecca Williams in 2007, and it was the fourth time the ISU women have won an indoor hurdles title.

The Cyclone women brought home 16 points in the long distance race for a second-straight day, this time in the 3,000-meter run. The effort was guided by Cailie Logue, who came home with the bronze medal in 9:29.18. She was joined on the podium by Amanda Vestri (4th, 9:35.97), Anne Frisbie (6th, 9:36.77) and Karly Ackley (7th, 9:44.59).

Up Next
Qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be announced on Tuesday. The competition will take place in Birmingham, Alabama on March 8-9.

Team Standings
Men:
1. Texas Tech, 179; 2. Iowa State, 109; 3. Kansas, 87; 4. Oklahoma State, 72.5; 5. Texas, 69.5; 6. Baylor, 68; 7. Oklahoma, 57; 8. Kansas State, 56; 9. TCU, 39
Women: 1. Texas, 128; 2. Texas Tech, 108.5; 3. Kansas State, 102; 4. Kansas, 89.5; 5. Oklahoma State, 69; 6. Baylor 68; 7. Iowa State, 66; 8. Oklahoma, 60.5; 9. TCU, 32; 10. West Virginia, 15.5

Iowa State Results
600y Run Final (M):
1. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:07.67; 3. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 1:08.22
800m Run Final (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:46.84; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:48.35
800m Run Final (W): 1. Marleena Eubanks, Kansas – 2:03.99; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:10.83
1,000m Run Final (W): 1. Sinclaire Johnson, Oklahoma State – 2:44.23; 4. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:50.73; 7. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:55.24
Mile Run Final (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 4:05.12; 4. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:07.62; 6. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:08.65
Mile Run Final (W): 1. Molly Sughroue, Oklahoma State – 4:48.75; 6. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 4:52.33
3,000m Run (M): 1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:16.17; 3. David Too, Iowa State – 8:22.22; 4. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 8:23.87; 7. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 8:25.81; 8. John Nownes, Iowa State – 8:26.49; 9. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 8:27.90; 25. Finn Gessner, Iowa State – 8:46.87
3,000m Run (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 9:20.71; 3. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 9:29.18; 4. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 9:35.97; 6. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 9:36.77; 7. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 9:44.59; 10. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 9:51.90; 13. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 9:56.76; 33. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 10:21.95; Morgan Gigandet, Iowa State – DNF
60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. John Burt, Texas – 7.73; 3. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 7.80; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.89
60m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Keira Christie-Galloway, Iowa State – 8.17
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Baylor, 3:05.58; 5. Iowa State (Charlie Johnson, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Cebastian Gentil) – 3:14.26
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Baylor, 3:33.92; 9. Iowa State (Sydney Milani, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Emma Whigham, Jasmine Staebler) – 3:43.52

Shot Put (M): 1. Adrian Piperi, Texas – 66-6 (20.27m); 11. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-7 1/4 (15.12m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Meia Gordon, Oklahoma – 54-0 (16.46m); 10. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 46-4 3/4 (14.14m)
High Jump (M): 1. Tejaswin Shankar, Kansas State – 7-5 3/4 (2.28m); 9. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-8 (2.03m)
High Jump (W): 1. Zarriea Willis, Texas Tech – 6-0 3/4 (1.85m); 11. Megan Durbin, Iowa State – 5-6 (1.68m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State – 43-5 (13.23m); 8. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 41-9 3/4 (12.74m); 17. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 38-7 (11.76m)

UNI Men's Track Team
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Panthers Men and Women Place High at Conference

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI ©Panther Athletics 2019

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI
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The UNI men finished second, the Panther women finished fourth, Connor Ham was named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete and 14 individual and a pair of relay teams earned All-Conference honors to highlight the final day of the Missouri Valley Indoor Conference Championship Sunday at the UNI-Dome.

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The Illinois State men won with a team score of 159, UNI was second with a total of 144.5. Indiana State was third with a score of 95.50.
On the women’s side, Illinois State won with a score of 173. Indiana State was second at 141, Southern Illinois scored 95 points for third and the Panthers were fourth with a total of 78.5.
Connor Ham won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.93, a personal best and the highest ranked mark in the NCAA among the men’s track events which earned him Most Outstanding Athlete honors.
Maddie McCalla also earned a gold medal with a win in the 400-meter dash. She won the event with a time of 54.89, matching her career best from the MVC Outdoor Championship a year ago.
The final UNI championship came from the men’s 4×400 team. The Panther team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Tayshaun Cooper, Bryce Newcomb and Connor Bloughwon the event by more than two seconds with a time of 3:14.38.
McCalla tallied a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.52, a personal best. Lyndsie Schinkel tallied a third-place finish in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10. 37. Patrice Watson finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.58, a tenth of a second faster than her previous best time. Maria Gonzalez scored a third-place finish in the high jump with a jump 5-feet-5.25 to earn All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season.
On the men’s side, Evan Long finished second in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. He notched a time of 21.65 in the 200 and 47.79 in the 400. Van Den Bergh joined Long on the podium in the 400 with a time of 48.25.
Austin Heitland closed out the heptathlon with a strong performance in the Pole Vault and a PR in the 1,000-meter run to finish second with a final score of 5,066. He was just seven points short of the Jordan Wilkerson who won with a score 5,073.
In the field events, Keegan Tritle finished second in the shot put with a throw of 61-feet-5. He led a pack of Panthers that picked up four, top-six finishes.
Saturday, the Panthers picked up All-Conference honors from Brooke Lorenz in the Pentathlon, Cade Kirkpatrick in the long jump, Isaac Holtz in the weight throw and the women’s DMR team.
The second-place finish is the highest finish in the indoor meet since the Panthers took home the title in 2009.
UP NEXT:
Despite the weather outside, the outdoor season is just around the corner. The Panthers are slated to open at the Jim Duncan Invite on March 30 in Des Moines. The UNI men will look to defend their outdoor title which they won by one point over Illinois State a season ago.
All-Conference
Connor Ham – 1st – 60H
Patrice Watson – 3rd – 60H
Evan Long – 2nd – 200M
Maddie McCalla – 2nd – 200M
Evan Long – 2nd – 400M
Sven Van Den Bergh – 3rd – 400M
Maddie McCalla – 1st – 400M
Lyndsie Schinkel – 3rd – 800M
Austin Heitland – 2nd – Hept
Brooke Lorenz – 2nd – Pent
Maria Gonzalez – 3rd – HJ
Cade Kirkpatrick – 2nd – LJ
Keegan Tritle – 2nd – SP
Isaac Holtz – 2nd –  WT
Men’s 4×400 – 1st
Women’s DMR – 2nd
McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI 
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Panthers Find Success at ISU Classic

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI  ©Panthers Athletics 2018

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI
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UNI Track and Field concluded a successful weekend at the elite Iowa State Classic at the Leid Rec Center in Ames with 45 top eight finishes and wins by Maddie McCalla in the 400m and Evan Long in the 200m. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team took second by less than a 100th of a second to Minnesota but improved its MVC best time in the process.

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Tayshaun Cooper finished second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.88 and Ben Daumueller was third in the 600m with a time of 1:13.57. Connor Ham and Cole Phillips went 2-3 in the 60-meter hurdles with times of 8.13 and 8.24 respectively.

In the men’s field events, Cam Bauer finished third in the pole vault with a vault of 14-11 and third in the long jump with a leap of 43-7. Chase Van Sant finished third in the Long Jump with a leap of 22-9.75. The UNI shot put squad continued to perform at a high level. Keegan Tritle took second with a season-high toss of 60-5.25. Darius King finished fourth (58-11.25), Isaac Holtz was fifth (56-8) and Tom Yexek was sixth (55-7). Holtz threw a season-high 58-10.75 in the weight throw to finish second.

On the women’s side, McCalla took second in the 200 with a mark of 24:67 while Taylor Raines finished third with a personal best time of 25:08.

McKayla Cole finished 14th in the incredibly deep 5k field with a personal best time of 17:01.38. The time moved her to fourth in the MVC rankings.

Allison Griffin set a PR by almost two feet to earn a second-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 59-9.75.

UP NEXT: The Panthers travel to the Wisconsin Shell Shocker Classic on Friday, Feb. 15 for the final meet of the regular season. The MVC Championship is slated for Feb. 23-24 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclone Distance Runners Shine

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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The final day of competition at the Iowa State Classic saw the Cyclones put up many strong performances and personal bests Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. ISU got a pair of victories on the day and a trio of impressive performances in the 800-meter run.

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In the final event of the weekend for ISU, Festus Lagat and Roshon Roomes notched personal bests in the 800m run. Roomes ran his race from the front, running at or near the rabbit, while Lagat settled into the back. However, when it came down to it the two found each other side-by-side making their moves for the finish line. Roomes crossed in third at 1:48.70, while Lagat was right behind in fourth at 1:48.80 now No. 4 and No. 5 in ISU history, respectively. At the time of publication, Roomes was ranked No. 15 on the NCAA Division I Indoor 800m list this season, Lagat 16th.

Erinn Stenman-Fahey stayed in the back of the pack for the first half of the women’s 800-meter run’s sixth section. Lett the field do battle, she began to work her way up within the final 200 and then made a big move heading onto the backstretch and into the final corner to surge ahead of the back and ease her way to the section win in an indoor personal best 2:06.20, which at the time of publication ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division I for the season.

Eric Fogltanz led wire-to-wire to take the 400-meter dash crown in 47.34. The Cyclones also got a victory form Jalaiya Bartley in the women’s triple jump, as her third jump of the day was the winning leap at 40-1 3/4 (12.22m).

Among the other highlights on Saturday was Milo Greder’s impressive performance in the men’s mile, with the redshirt freshman getting a personal best with his 4:05.74 effort, over two seconds better than his best run last month at Arkansas.

Up Next
Iowa State will take part in the JDL DMR Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
400m Dash (M):
1. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 47.34; 10. Nate Kennedy, Iowa State – 49.30; 11. Charlie Johnson, Iowa State – 49.61
400m Dash (W): 1. Maddie McCalla, UNI – 55.10; 8. Sydney Milani, Iowa State – 56.39
800m Run, Section 9 (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:48.10; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:48.70; 4. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:48.80
800m Run, Section 4 (M): 1. Xavier Wolf, Kansas – 1:50.94; 5. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 1:52.18
800m Run, Section 1 (M): 1. Karson LeComte, Nebraska – 1:54.94; 4. Franklin Shue, Iowa State – 1:56.55
800m Run, Section 6 (W): 1. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:06.20; 7. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:09.96
800m Run, Section 2 (W): 1. Lindsey Greenlund, Minnesota – 2:12.17; 6. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:14.73; 8. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:15.32
Mile Run, Section 5 (M): 1. Kenneth Hagen, Unattached, 4:01.80; 7. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:05.74
Mile Run, Section 1 (W): 1. Rachel Boice, Kentucky – 4:56.68; 11. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 5:19.91

Shot Put (M): 1. Nace Plesko, Virginia – 61-4 3/4 (18.71m); 8. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-9 3/4 (15.18m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Brittany Jones, Virginia – 51-2 3/4 (15.61m); 7. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 44-1 1/2 (13.45m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/4 (12.22m); 4. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 38-1 1/4 (11.61m)
High Jump (M): 1. Brenton Foster, Virginia – 6-11 (2.11m); 9. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-5 (1.96m)

Daniel Soto-WDM Valley-Iowa 
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Big PR Weekend For the Hawks

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-Iowa ©Darren Miller/Hawkeyesports.com 2019

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-Iowa
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It was a day of personal bests for the University of Iowa track and field team at the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational on Friday.

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The distance group led the Hawkeyes, seeing improved times in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Senior Daniel Soto broke onto the Iowa all-time list, ranking third in the 5,000 meters (13:59.82).

“I thought overall we made some progress today as a team,” Iowa Director of Track & Field Joey Woody. “It was awesome to see some of the great performances at Iowa State from our distance athletes. Dan Soto continues build on his fantastic cross country season with another big personal record today.”

Seniors Ian Eklin (14:24.17) and Bailey Hesse-Withbroe (14:43.81), and junior Megan Schott (16:39.54) ran their fastest 5,000 meters, and freshmen Noah Healy (8:15.32) and Anna Hostetler (9:35.10) ran their fastest 3,000 meters.

In the 400 meters, sophomore Aly Weum ran 55.31 and freshman Daneisha Woodsideran 57.97, recording their best times, and Maria Gorham inched her way to a new high jump best (1.66 meters, 5-5 1/4).

Junior Chris Thompson on the 600 yards in 1:11.17, senior Chris Douglas placed second and tied his personal best for the fourth time in the 60-meter hurdles (7.76), and juniors Nia Britt and Aubrianna Lantrip took third in the weight throw (18.14 meters, 59-6 1/4) and the high jump (1.66 meters, 5-5 1/4), respectively.

“I was happy to see Chris Douglas tie his personal best from last year with a time that should qualify him to the NCAA meet,” Woody said. “It was the best hurdle field in the country, so I was more excited for him to finish second and beat some NCAA caliber hurdlers.”

The Hawkeyes continue to compete in the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational on Saturday. The Iowa State Classic starts at noon (CT), and the Tyson Invitational starts at 10:30 a.m. (CT) with field events and running events start at 1:30 p.m.

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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Hawk’s Lilly Has High Hopes For 2020

Carter Lilly-S.C. East-Iowa ©Mike Byrnes 2017

Carter Lilly-S.C. East-Iowa
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Carter Lilly has one season of college track awaiting, the 2019 Outdoor season at the University of Iowa. Lilly, a Drake Relays High School 800 meter champion while at Sioux City East has hopes and dreams of making the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as a part of the Philippines track and field team.

Feature photo: Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com

 

Lilly’s mother was born in the Philippines and he has dual citizenship.

His career as a Hawkeye is nearing the end but is far from over.  Iowa hosts the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this coming May and Lilly would love to play a big role in the Hawks winning the team title.

But first things first for the 2014 Drake Relays High School 800 champion and 2 time 4A state meet 800 runner-up from Sioux City East.

This March he will run in the Philippine national championship meet to officially try out for the team.  He will then complete his NCAA eligibility during the outdoor season.  Then in November, should he make the team, he will compete in the South East Asian Games for the Philippines.  His ultimate goal is to compete in Tokyo in 2020.  He will need to achieve the 2020 Olympic standard which has not been released yet.

During his career in Iowa City, Lilly has run on 3 Drake Relays champion relays, qualified to both the indoor and outdoor championships in the 800, has earned 8 First Team Big Ten honors.

Carter is on Iowa’s All Time Top 10 Indoor list 6 different times in 4 different events and holds the schools indoor 800 record and is on the school record, 2018 Big Ten champion Distance Medley Relay.  He is also on the Outdoor All Time list 4 times in 4 different events including #2 in the 800.

The start of the record breaking two mile relay. A young David Peterson leads off (far left)
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A True Story by David Peterson

The winning and record setting baton ©David Peterson 2019

The winning and record setting baton
©David Peterson 2019

The signed World Record Baton. ©David Peterson 2019

The signed World Record Baton.
©David Peterson 2019

David Peterson is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the Des Moines Register.  Below is his story he originally published on Facebook.  In 2014, he published a book featuring some of his Drake Relays photos, click here!   David was one of our first guests on our Next Level Iowa Podcast.  You can see more of David’s photos at his website, click here!

Feature photo:The start of the record breaking two mile relay. A young David Peterson leads off (far left).              ©David Peterson 2019 

He ran track at Kansas State University and fifty years ago he was part of a World Record breaking two-mile relay. He shares his memories below.

 

THIS IS A TRUE STORY – insanely improbable but worth sharing. Fifty years ago today, four midwestern kids flew to Houston, Texas to run a relay race and ended up on top of the world. I was one of those four, along with my roommate Jerome Howe from Treynor, Ia, Bob Barratti from Wichita, Ks. and Ken Swenson from Clay Center, Ks.

For three of us, it was our first varsity competion running for Kansas State University. We were two freshman, a sophomore and a junior. Only Swenson had run in competition as a K-Stater. The track meet was the very first one ever held in the Astrodome.

I came to K-State to run with other good runners and to run in big meets like this one. But in my wildest dreams, I never saw this coming. We were entered in the two-mile relay against a stellar field. We were to each run an 880 (half mile) and the order would be Peterson, Howe, Barratti and Swenson. At the starting line (see photo) I was handed a cardboard baton with a Houston Astrodome logo on it. It was a souvenir that I would end up keeping and cherishing for 50 years.

Ken Swenson finishes the World Record Breaking Two Mile Relay in 1969 ©David Peterson

Ken Swenson finishes the World Record Breaking Two Mile Relay in 1969
©David Peterson

I ran the first leg like a scared rabbit, splitting 1:50.3, giving Jerome Howe the lead. Howe, who was mostly a miler, ran a 1:52.5, giving Bob Barratti the lead. Barratti kept our lead with a 1:50.7 and handed the baton to the incomparable Ken Swenson, who would later become an Olympian. Swenson breezed to a 1:50.2 carry and we won the race comfortably. But what we didn’t know until a few moments later was that we had just set a World Indoor Record for the two mile relay of 7:23.7.

In the joy of the moment, I remember grabbing the baton from Swenson and later having all of us sign it.

Keegan Tritle-Lisbon UNI
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Split Teams Perform Well For Panthers

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI ©Darren Miller/Panthers Athletics 2018

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI
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The UNI men’s and women’s track and field teams performed admirably at during split competitions at the Notre Dame Meyo Invite and the Nebraska Husker Invite.

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The Panthers combined for 12 top-eight finishes, highlighted by Keegan Tritle’sthird-place finish in the shot put in Nebraska and Connor Ham’s third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles.

Tritle threw 60-3.25 to take third, but Darius King took third with a throw of 59-9.75 and Isaac Holtz hit 58-3.75 for eighth place.

Ham won his section of the 60h final with a time of 8.03 for third place in an event that included 34 entries. Cole Phillips finished eighth in the event with a time of 8.22.

On the women’s side, Maddie McCalla finished fifth in the 400m dash at the Meyo with a season-best time of 55.34 to improve her MVC best time by .23 of a second.

Alanna Nietert finished fifth in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 61-6.75.

Other top-eight finishers were; Lyndsie Schinkel (7th – 800m), Cade Kirkpatrick (4th – long jump), Cameron Bauer (8th – pole vault), Tayshaun Cooper (6th – 200m) and Evan Long (6th – 400m).

In total, 19 UNI athletes improved their season marks in the MVC top-20 rankings.

UP NEXT: The Panther split again next weekend with groups going to the South Dakota State Classic and the Iowa State Classic. Both meets run Friday and Saturday.

Eldon Warner-CB  Jefferson-S.Dakota
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Iowans Propel Coyotes at Jack Johnson

Eldon Warner-CB  Jefferson-S.Dakota ©Coyotes Athletics 2019

Eldon Warner-CB Jefferson-S.Dakota
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A new meet record by senior Megan Billington, a school record by senior Lara Boman and eight event wins highlighted South Dakota in action at the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday.

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Billington broke her own meet record as she won the 5,000-meter run for the second-straight year. She lapped the field as she clocked 16 minutes, 48.62 seconds, a time two seconds shy of her career best. With the time conversion for track size, Billington moves to the top of the league and 46th nationally in the event. The Coyotes have dominated the 5,000 meters at the Jack Johnson in recent history, winning the event for seven-straight years dating back to 2013. Sophomore Abby Ripperda placed third in 17:37.60, while the Coyotes also picked up fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth place in the field.

Boman was the top collegiate finisher as she launched the weight throw 70-5 to break her own school record. The mark is four feet further than her previous best. She moved to 11th in the nation with the throw.

Junior Chris Nilsen captured the pole vault, clearing 18-8 ¾ and every bar leading up to it on his first attempted. The height ranks third in the NCAA. Classmate Nick Johnson finished runner-up with a vault of 16-10 ¼.

The Coyotes swept the top-three spots in the men’s high jump as freshman Jack Durst edged out junior Zack Anderson for first place. Both cleared 7-0 ¼, but Durst cleared the bar on a first-attempt make to earn the title. Durst moves into a tie for 29th nationally for the height, while Anderson’s season-best of 7-3 ¼ sits ninth. Sophomore Travis Larson finished third on Saturday in 6-9 ¾.

With a middle-distance sweep, senior Eldon Warner took gold in both the mile and 800 meters. He clocked a season-best of 4:09.05 in the mile, which moves him to 42nd in the nation when converted for track size. Warner captured the 800 in 1:55.88.

Sophomore Macy Heinz captured the women’s 800 meters in 2:13.99, a time less than a second shy of her indoor best set last weekend. Senior Mallory Fine placed third in 2:16.30.

Nearing USD’s program record in the event, junior Ellie Wilson captured the 600 meters in 1:36.68.

Junior Helen Falda’s pole vault title in 14-2 on Friday night rounded out the Coyotes’ eight event titles. South Dakota has won 33 titles at the Jack Johnson Classic since 2011.

The junior duo of Samara Spencer and Britny Kerr both compiled a handful of top-three finishes in Minnesota. Spencer placed second in the 60 meters (7.59), second in the high jump (5-4 ¼), second in the long jump (18-0 ½) and third in the triple jump (37-9 ¼). Kerr finished runner-up in the 60 hurdles (8.91), second in the triple jump (38-7 ½) and third in the high jump (5-2 ¼).

Seniors Ethan Fenchel and Ben Hammer placed second in their respective throwing events. Fenchel launched the weight throw 67-4 ¼, three inches shy of his school record set earlier this season. Hammer sent the shot put 58-5 ¼.

Junior Blake Vande Hoef finished runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 21-7 ½.

In the short sprints, junior Tasheka Gordon placed third in 7.68 for 60 meters while senior Alanisse Williams took third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.94 seconds.

On the men’s side, junior Habib Jallow took third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.42 seconds, while freshman Collin Brison placed third in the 200 meters in 22.73 seconds.

South Dakota returns home to host its lone indoor meet of the season next Saturday. The Dakota Realty Alumni Meet will be held inside the DakotaDome with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running events to follow at 1 p.m.

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Panthers Get 5 Wins at the Black and Gold

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The UNI track and field team picked up five event wins and 15 top-three finishes at the Black and Gold Premier hosted by Iowa Saturday in Iowa City.

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The Panthers got it started with a stellar performance from Tayshaun Cooper in the 60m dash. He won the Olympic development section of the 60m with a PR time of 6.85, the first MVC athlete to break 6.90 so far this season.

Lyndsie Schinkel won the 600m with a time of 1:33.91, less than half a second off of her career best.

Alex Jackson won the unseeded division of the 3,000m run with a time of 8:38.87, a career-best time.

The Panther 4×400 relay team won with a time of 3:10.86. The mark is the fastest of the year for UNI and just less than half a second off of the Panthers’ time in the NCAA Outdoor Regionals last season.

UNI took first and second in the shot put. Darius King won the shot put with a toss of 59-2.25 edging teammate Keegan Tritle by an inch.

Other top-three finishers are Patrice Watson (2nd-60H), Sven Van Den Bergh (3rd-200m), Maddie McCalla (3rd-200m), Jasmine Blue (3rd-400m), Evan Long (3rd-400m), Hunter Lavallee (2nd-600m), Katie Nimrod (2nd-800m), Wal Khat (3rd-800), Ben Ahlrichs  (3rd-1 Mile), Alyssa Williams (2nd-1 Mile), Cameron Cantrall (2nd – HJ), Owen Minshall (3rd-HJ) and women’s 4×400 (2nd).

UP NEXT…
The Panthers split next week. Part of the team travels to the Meyo Invite at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and the rest of the team heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invite.