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Junior Laulauga Tausaga opened the University of Iowa track and field indoor season with a school record and win in the weight throw (20.19m, 66′ 3″), and junior Antonio Woodard set the UI Rec Building record to win the 300 meters (32.89) at the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Saturday.
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“Lauga seems to break the school record in every meet,” Iowa head coach Joey Woodysaid. “She’s keeping the same trend going as she did last year. She’s one of the biggest leaders on the team, not just with her performances, but she’s also a great leader, very charismatic person. It’s fun to see her have some success.
“Then seeing Antonio go out and have a great meet today, he’s a guy that continues to work hard and is dedicated and focused on training, and taking care of his body. It was fun to watch him run back-to-back 60 meters and come back to break the track record.”
The event was the first December competition that the Hawkeyes have hosted, and success was around every turn.
“It was a long day, but it was fun,” Woody said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had the Jimmy Grant Invitational. It’s exciting to honor our former coach Jimmy Grant. We came away with some great performances.”
Tausaga and Woodard added two more wins in the shot put (16.46m, 54′ 0″) and 60 meters (6.88), respectively.
“I know there is a lot more in the tank,” Tausaga said. “Practices have been going very well, and Coach [Eric Werskey] wanted us to start off like we never ended the last season. To come out, PR, and break the school record was amazing and it just sets me up for some damage that can help the team.”
Woodard added similar thoughts.
“I can’t complain, it was a pretty good day,” he said. “I was a little tired going into the 300 meters, but I was like ‘I’m just going to lay it all out there and forget about what I’m feeling right now. This is bigger than what I’m feeling right now. This is the home track. Everyone’s watching.’ I wanted to do what I could and make my team and coaches proud.”
Eight more Hawkeyes earned wins, including Jenny Kimbro with the third fastest 60-meter hurdles time (8.34) in Iowa history, Reno Tuufuli in the shot put (18. 04m, 59′ 2 1/4″), Taylor Arco (1:32.82) and Mar’yea Harris (1:18.77) in the men’s and women’s 600 meters, Daneisha Woodside in the 500 meters (1:17.03), Antonise Christian in the 60 meters (7.64), and James Carter (14.53m, 47′ 8″) and Hannah Schlib (12.10m, 39′ 8 1/2″) in the triple jump.
The 1,600-meter relay teams including Raymund Clarke, Austin Leitz, Tyler Olson, and Mar’yea Harris (3:13.34) for the men, and Payton Wensel, Daneisha Woodside, Mariel Bruxvoort, and Aly Weum (3:47.73) added two more wins for Iowa.
“We expect to compete at a high level, especially when we’re at home,” Woody said. “We want to win every race. It doesn’t matter if it’s heat one, two, three or four. I just want my athletes, when they’re going head-to-head, to win their event, win their heat, their flight, or whatever because that’s how they are going to continue to grow.”
The success continued for the team with nine Hawkeyes setting career bests. Tausaga, Arco and Kimbro’s wins in the weight throw, 600 meters, and 60-meter hurdles earned their top marks. Additional career bests came from Josh Braverman in the 60-meter hurdles, Tia Saunders (1:33.30), Alexis Gay (1:37.72), Lindsay Welker (1:38.57), and Matt Manternach (1:18.79) in the 600 meters, and Macie Weber in the 1,000 meters (3:00.83).
The Hawkeyes return to the UI Rec Building January 11-12 to host the Hawkeye Invitational.
Nathan Mylenek ran in high school to stay in shape for soccer. He will run Saturday to become a collegiate All-American.
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Mylenek, a junior from Clarkston, Michigan, is the first University of Iowa men’s cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Jeff Thode in 2011. He did so by finishing third at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 9 in Peoria, Illinois, the best placing by a Hawkeye since Micah VanDened won in 2006.
In other words, Mylenek has come a long way since his prep days as a soccer player running for fitness.
“I would love to be an All-American,” he said. “If the race runs right and I’m feeling good, I think the top 40 is reasonable. But this meet is elite. If I could crack the top 100, that would be impressive.”
Then Mylenek quickly offered a disclaimer.
“I don’t race to be top 100, I want to win,” he said. “I will put myself into position to win whether or not I have a shot.”
The evolution of Mylenek as an elite Division I distance runner is remarkable. Primarily a soccer player at Pontiac Notre Dame High School, his final three seasons he joined the cross country team once soccer season ended. Still, in three trips to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state championships, he had finishes of 21st, fifth, and third.
“My senior year I was doing a double sport, so they moved the soccer times,” Mylenek said. “I would run after school, have an hour break, and then go to soccer practice. I did that for an entire year and it was awesome.”
In the summer of 2015, before his senior year of high school, Mylenek competed in AAU track and field meets. The steeplechase was an option, so in typical Mylenek fashion he thought, why not? He became a Junior Olympic All-American in the 1,500-meter run and the 2,000 steeplechase.
Mylenek, who began his career at Iowa as a walk-on, really broke through in running circles during his sophomore season at Iowa in 2017-18. He was the top Hawkeye in five of six cross country competitions and set the school 10K cross country record of 29:53.15 at the Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa. At the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, Mylenek finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase and fifth in the 5,000 run.
He hasn’t slowed since.
Mylenek led the Hawkeyes in the three most recent races this fall: Wisconsin Pre-Nationals, Big Ten, and Midwest Regional.
Typically not one to fret before a race, Mylenek admitted to having a few butterflies at regionals until he stepped to the starting line.
“Normally I’m never nervous or worried,” he said. “So when the starter blew the whistle, I put my toe on the line and I was ready.”
Mylenek and Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank anticipated a slower pace because of cool temperatures and a muddy course. They were right. Mylenek led the first half of the 10 kilometer race and stayed within striking distance, even after Iowa State junior Edwin Kurgat and Oklahoma State freshman Isai Rodriquez passed.
“What he did the other day was pretty difficult because he is used to doing short, fast stuff — miles and steeplechase, where you have to be aggressive,” Hasenbank said. “To see him execute 10,000 meters with a couple of the best guys in the entire country was exciting to watch.
“We talk about developing your skillset as a distance runner. When you step on the line, you like to believe that your tool kit is as good as anyone’s. You’re the fastest 800 guy, you’re pretty solid at 10,000 meters, and your specialty is somewhere in between.”
Only six Hawkeyes have run to All-America status in cross country. The first was Deacon Jones in 1957 and the most recent was Thode in 2010. Former coach Larry Wieczorek (1966-67) and Kevin Herd (1992-93) did it twice.
The men’s 10K at the NCAA Championships begins Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (CT) on the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. Runners who finish in the top 40 earn All-America accolades.
“I’m hoping we run through 5K at a good clip and then that’s when the race really starts,” Mylenek said. “If that happens, I think I have a good shot to do what I want to do…if not better.”
Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships. What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.
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In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015
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Representing the state of Iowa at the D3 Cross Country Championships at UW Osh Kosh Saturday will be:
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- Wartburg Men and Women
- Alec Bass-University of Dubuque
- Mason Wicker, Cuyler Gabriel and Austin Bach-Cornell
- Kassie Rosenbum-Loras
- Miranda Kruiswyk-Central
Complete list of D3 qualifiers:
In the D1 Championships, also Saturday, in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Iowa State Men and Women
- Nathan Mylenek-Iowa
Full list of D1 qualifiers:
In the women’s championship, junior Esther Gitahi led the Tide with a 29th-place finish in 21:16.7 over the 6,000-meter course. Fellow juniors McKenzie Yanek (21:33.4) and Rebecca Buteau (21:42.0) finished 39th and 50th, respectively, while senior Nicole Gardner (21:45.9) finished 54th and sophomore Maddie Dearborn finished 72nd in 22:11.7 to round out the scoring for UA.
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“We ran a fantastic race today,” women’s distance coach Will Palmer said. “We showed a lot of fight and executed our game plan. It was good to finish strong and move up a couple of team places over the last 2,000 meters. It’s exciting to end the season that way. We kept fighting and ran as a team. That’s a good lesson to take into the offseason.”
Alabama finished eighth as a team in the women’s meet. Florida State and Florida finished 1-2 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
NCAA South Regional
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Apalachee Regional Park
Host: Florida State University
Women’s 6,000 Meters Team Results
1. Florida State (60)
2. Florida (54)
3. Ole Miss (87)
4. Georgia Tech (144)
5. Georgia (165)
6. Vanderbilt (183)
7. Tennessee (221)
8. ALABAMA (231)
Alabama Individual Women’s Results
29. Esther Gitahi, 21:16.7
39. McKenzie Yanek, 21:33.4
50. Rebecca Buteau, 21:42.0
54. Nicole Gardner, 21:45.9
72. Maddie Dearborn, 22:11.7
120. Megan Patton, 23:07.0
The No. 15 Iowa State women’s cross country team cruised to its third NCAA Midwest Regional title in a row, and its seventh in the last eight seasons. The Cyclones tallied 78 team points, which was 62 points better than second-place Oklahoma State (140).
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With their victory, the Cyclones have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., next Saturday, Nov. 17.
Individual Big 12 Champion, Cailie Logue, added to her hardware today. Logue was the individual Midwest Regional Champion with a 6k time of 20:13.5. Logue was at the front of the pack all day before jumping out to the lead in the last 1k.
Joining Logue in earning All-Region honors were Anne Frisbie and Amanda Vestri. Frisbie and Vestri were in that lead pack with Logue. Frisbie finished with a time of 20:29.1 for sixth place and Vestri finished in 20:53.7 for 12th.
Head coach Amy Rudolph received an outstanding performance from senior Abby Caldwell. After being in 75th place at the 2k mark, Caldwell fought her way up, finishing just outside of All-Region contention with a 27th place finish in 21:17.6.
Kelly Naumann, Karly Ackley and Larkin Chapman rounded out the Cyclone Regional lineup. Naumann finished 32nd in 21:23.8, Ackley took 57th with a time of 21:38.2 and Chapman posted a 58th-place finish with a time of 21:38.3.
It was a clean sweep for Iowa State. On the men’s side, Edwin Kurgat claimed the individual title while leading the men’s team to back-to-back Midwest Regional team championships.
Iowa State is off to the NCAA Championships. The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m. CT next Saturday from Madison, Wisc.
Team Results (Top-Five)
1. Iowa State, 78
2. Oklahoma State, 140
3. Minnesota, 185
4. Illinois, 203
5. Northwestern, 205
1. Cailie Logue, 20:13.5
6. Anne Frisbie, 20:29.1
12. Amanda Vestri, 20:53.7
27. Abby Caldwell, 21:17.6
32. Kelly Naumann, 21:23.8
57. Karly Ackley, 21:38.2
58. Larkin Chapman, 21:38.3
The No. 6 Iowa State men’s cross country team successfully defended its NCAA Midwest Regional title on Friday. The Cyclone men were nothing short of dominant, scoring 38 team points, which was 64 points better than second-place Bradley, who hosted the event.
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With their victory, the Cyclones have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., next Saturday, Nov. 17.
Big 12 Champion Edwin Kurgat picked up right where he left off at the conference championship. Kurgat was patient in finding the lead, but once he did, he would not relinquish it. Kurgat led the final 3k of the race. He finished with a 10k time of 30:41.6 to claim the individual Midwest Regional crown.
In total, the Cyclones placed six runners on the All-Region medal stand, with Kurgat leading the way.
Andrew Jordan and Dan Curts were neck and neck as they crossed the finished line. Ultimately, Jordan would edge Curts, finishing 6th in 31:03.4 Curts took 7th in 31:03.6. With their finishes, Jordan and Curts were awarded as All-Region performers
Chad Johnson and Milo Greder were next across the finish line for the Cyclones. Johnson, who is just a freshman, finished 11th individually in 31:12.5. Greder finished just behind Johnson in 13th with a time of 31:17.3. Both were All-Region performers.
ISU’s final runner to cross the finish line in the top-25 to earn All-Region honors was John Nownes. Nownes finished 21st in a time of 31:23.1.
It was a clean sweep for the Iowa State cross country programs. Cailie Logue raced to the women’s individual title, while the women secured their third Midwest Region championship in a row, and there seventh in the last eight seasons.
Iowa State is off to the NCAA Championships. The men’s race will begin at noon CT next Saturday from Madison, Wisc.
Team Results (Top-Five)
1. Iowa State, 38
2. Bradley, 102
3. Tulsa, 107
4. Oklahoma State, 124
5. Minnesota, 173
Gophers Bethany Hasz and Megan Haszearned All-Big Ten honors and Elyse Prescott was named Minnesota’s B1G Sportsmanship Award recipient as the Big Ten Conference announced its individual award recipients and sportsmanship honorees on Tuesday after Sunday’s Big Ten Cross Country Championship.
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B. Hasz earned a place on the All-Big Ten First Team after leading the Gophers at the B1G Championship with a fifth-place finish, marking the highest Big Ten finish of her career after she placed 10th a year ago and was 20th as a freshman in 2016. She posted a career-best 6K time of 20:14.1 to move into fourth on Minnesota’s all-time 6K performers list.
Meanwhile, M. Hasz clocked a season-best time of 20:30.5 to finish 12th overall and earn her third All-Big Ten cross country award of her career with a place on this year’s second team.
The Big Ten Conference has also announced that Michigan head coach Mike McGuire has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wolverine rookie Anne Forsyth was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 20, following the NCAA Championship.
Prescott was named one of 14 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees as well. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Before beginning the NCAA postseason at the NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 9), Minnesota wraps up the regular season by hosting Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Course this Sunday, Nov. 4. The open 6K race begins at 10:30 a.m. CT. The race is open to the public with a registration fee of $10 and online registration is available now.
UNI junior Wal Khat finished eighth and sophomore McKayla Colefinished 12th to lead both teams to fifth-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the Newman Golf Course Saturday.
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Khat finished with a time of 24:24.2, his fastest time of the season by more than 30 seconds. He was with the leaders for most of the race before the top finishers pulled away over the final two kilometers. He earned all-conference honors for his efforts.
Alex Jackson was second for the Panthers at 26th with a time of 25:20.49, CJ Maywas 30th at 25:39.82, Drake Henrichs finished 37th with a time of 25:50.71 and Logan Murray closed the scoring for the Panthers at 38th with a time of 25:53.56.
UNI finished with an average time of 25:24 and a spread of 1:29. The Panthers closed with 136 points which tied Southern Illinois in points, but UNI won the tiebreaker.
On the women’s side, Cole finished with a time of 17:45.4, the fastest time of her career. She was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Gabby Champion also put up a career-best with a time of 18:01.9 to finish 19th place overall. Tess Roorda was 23rd with a time of 18:13.9, Alyssa Williamsfinished 27th with a time of 18:18.7 and Gabby Skopec closed the scoring with a time of 18:24.9.
As a team, the Panthers closed with an average of 18:08 and a spread of 0:39. UNI closed with 111 points just four spots back of fourth-place Indiana State.
The Panthers now prepare for the NCAA Regional Meet which will take place on the same course as Saturday’s meet on Nov. 9.
University of Iowa junior Nathan Mylenek led the men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish Sunday at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. Mylenek placed 11th overall (24:00.5) in the 8,000 meters, earning second team all-conference honors and leading the Hawkeyes to their best finish since 2009.
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The women placed ninth in the 6,000 meters, their highest finish since 2011. Senior Andrea Shine led the women, placing 15th overall in a career best 20:35.4.
QUOTING COACH HASENBANK
“A wonderful performance by the men’s team today. Two years ago this group was dead last in the Big Ten. I am very proud of how they competed. Nate [Mylenek] got us going up front with an 11th-place finish, and then the rest of the squad competed like warriors. We wanted to get out and establish ourselves early, and we did that today.
“I am so proud of Dan Soto’s performance. This is a guy who came off a great summer of training, led the squad most of the season, and his IT band flared up on him. I felt terrible for him. Fantastic effort considering he has not run since Wednesday. Many, many athletes would not have gone to the line with this type of adversity. He is a team player in every sense of the word.”
“This was the women’s best finish since 2011 and the men’s best finish since 2009. It is a great marker for how far we have come in just two years. Behind Andie [Shine] and Megan [Schott], we had four freshman across the line. If you look at the clock, you will see that this group improved dramatically from our meet here early in the season.
“What can I say about Andie, 82nd in this meet as a freshman, 66th as a sophomore, 29th last year and now 15th. What a career and what a great message to send to our young team. Her determination has built her into a championship runner. She tried to win the race today and showed tremendous courage. She is quite a story.”
Mylenek improved by 17 places from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, when he placed 28th.
Eight of the men’s nine competitors recorded career best 8,000-meter times, including Mylenek (24:00.5), Brandon Cooley (24:36.9), Ian Eklin (24:58.7), Noah Healy (25:24.5), Bailey Hesse-Withbroe (25:05.2), Daniel Murphy (24:37.0), Spencer Smith (24:59.8), and Karson Sommer (24:40.5).
Shine improved 14 spots from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, placing 15th in 2018.
On the women’s side, four Hawkeyes set 6,000 meters personal bests, including Shine (20:35.4), Ashley Bryja (22:35.3), Kylie Latham (22:52.8), and Jessica McKee(22:11.5).
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Women’s 6,000 Meters Results
Andrea Shine, 15th, 20:35.4
Megan Schott 41st, 21:16.8
Anna Hostetler, 50th, 21:33.9
Grace McCabe, 67th, 21:59.8
Jessica McKee, 74th, 22:11.5
Jordan Winke, 79th, 22:13.8
Ashley Bryja, 89th, 22:35.3
Kylie Latham, 98th, 22:52. 8
Macie Weber, 122nd, 24:15.1
Men’s 8,000 Meters Results
Nathan Mylenek, 11th, 24:00.5
Daniel Soto, 32nd, 24:33.6
Brandon Cooley, 35th, 24:36.9
Daniel Murphy, 36th, 24:37.0
Karson Sommer, 39th, 24:40.5
Ian Eklin, 52nd, 24:58.7
Spencer Smith, 54th, 24:59.8
Bailey Hesse-Withbroe, 60th, 25:05.2
Noah Healy, 75th, 25:24.5