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Five Cyclones Medal on Day Two of Big 12 Meet

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
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Day two of the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships saw five top-eight finishes for Iowa State on Saturday at the Cyclones Sports Complex, as the ISU field athletes blazed a trail to the medal stand.

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Taylor Sanderson entered the day in second-place in the decathlon with 3,786 points and tacked on two more personal record performances in the final five events for a total of four on the weekend. The redshirt junior posted lifetime bests in the pole vault (13’ 9.25”) and javelin (167’ 1”) to help launch him to a third-place finish with 7,301 points, just four points out of second.

Success in the throwing events persisted on day two for Iowa State, as Jan Jeuschede took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 61’ 7.75” (18.79m), a personal record for the German. Jeuschede remains the fourth-best performer in the event in ISU school history after bettering his PR.

Fellow thrower Christina Hillman locked up a trip to the medal stand with a season best shot put performance of 57’ 3” (17.45m). The defending Big 12 outdoor champion in the event earned a runner-up finish and now holds the No. 7 spot nationally.

With an outdoor personal record in the high jump, Cameron Ostrowski earned a sixth-place finish with a mark of 7’ 3” (2.21m). The All-Big 12 high jumper claimed sole possession of third-place on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list and currently ranks ninth in Division I with today’s leap.

The personal records continued to fall with Kendra White’s time of 52.53 in the 400-meter dash, advancing the senior sprinter to finals in the event. White now ranks second on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list in the 400-meter.

Iowa State freshman Jhoanmy Luque earned a spot on the podium in her first outdoor conference championship meet in the long jump with a seventh-place, 19’ 5.5” (5.93m) performance. The Venezuelan just missed medaling in the event with a ninth-place finish during this year’s indoor conference meet.

The reigning Big 12 and NCAA indoor champion in the 800-meter run, Edward Kemboi, advanced to finals in the event along with teammate Patrick Peterson. The pair of Cyclones won their respective heats in times of 1:50.36 and 1:50.22.

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, Perez Rotich clocked a time of 4:27.75 to earn a spot in tomorrow’s final heat, while Maryn Lowry posted a personal record time of 4:35.74. On the men’s side, two Cyclones advanced past prelims in Toby Hardwick and Brian Biekert, recording times of 3:51.66 and 3:52.48, respectively.

Derek Jones, Kris Brander and Alyssa Gonzalez will all be representing Iowa State in the final heat of the 400-meter hurdles during tomorrow’s session.

On Deck
The 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships resume tomorrow at the Cyclone Sports Complex at noon with the women’s high jump finals. Running events are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s 4×100-meter relay, and the meet is set to conclude with award presentations at 7:30 p.m.

Cyclone PRs
*Kendra White (400m): 52.53
*Evelyne Guay (800m): 2:09.43
*Maryn Lowry (1,500m): 4:35.74
*Cameron Ostrowski (High Jump): 7’ 3” (2.21m)
*Taylor Sanderson (Pole Vault): 13’ 9.25” (4.20m)
*Taylor Sanderson (Javelin): 167’ 1” (50.92m)
*Jan Jeuschede (Shot Put): 61’ 7.75” (18.79m)

Iowa State Results
Decathlon: 1) Johannes Hock, Texas, 7367; 3) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 7301
110mH (Dec): 1) Adam Deterding, Kansas State, 14.74; 3) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 15.09
Discus (Dec): 1) Johannes Hock, Texas, 156’ 9” (47.78m); 2) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 138’ 11” (42.34m)
Pole Vault (Dec): 1) Wolf Mahler, Texas, 15’ 9” (4.80m); 4) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 13’ 9.25” (4.20m)
Javelin (Dec): 1) Johannes Hock, Texas, 181’ 6” (55.32m); 3) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 167’ 1” (50.92m)
1,500m (Dec): 1) Wolf Mahler, Texas, 4:22.45; 2) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 4:38.69
100mH: 1) Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, 12.96; 13) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 14.60
High Jump (M): 1) Jacorian Duffield, Texas Tech, 7’ 4.25” (2.24m); 6) Cameron Ostrowski, Iowa State, 7’ 3” (2.21m); 10) Jalen Ford, Iowa State, 6’ 9” (2.06m)
Long Jump (W): 1) Sydney Conley, Kansas, 21’ 3.25” (6.48m); 7) Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State, 19’ 5.5” (5.93m)
Shot Put (M): 1) Ryan Crouser, Texas, 67’ 4” (20.52m); 4) Jan Jeuschede, Iowa State, 61’ 7.75” (18.79m)
Shot Put (W): 1) Dani Winters, Kansas State, 58’ 3” (17.75m); 2) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 57’ 3” (17.45m)

Iowa State Prelim Results
100m (M): NQ) Jared Ingram, 10.81
200m (M): NQ) Mark Sitek, 21.58
400m (M): NQ) Jacob Hoogensen, Iowa State, 50.29
400m (W): Q) Kendra White, Iowa State, 52.53
800m (M): Q) Patrick Peterson, 1:50.22; Q) Edward Kemboi, 1:50.36; NQ) Brandon Wheat, 1:51.48; NQ) Matt Bevil, 1:52.14; NQ) Jacob Aune, 1:52.33; NQ) Brandon Barnes, 1:52.76
800m (W): NQ) Evelyne Guay, Iowa State, 2:09.43; NQ) Madison Nagle, Iowa State, 2:16.80
1,500m (M): Q) Brian Biekert, Iowa State, 3:52.48; Q) Toby Hardwick, Iowa State, 3:51.66
1,500m (W): Q) Perez Rotich, Iowa State, 4:27.75; NQ) Maryn Lowry, Iowa State, 4:35.74; NQ) Kate DeSimone, Iowa State, 4:42.82
400mH (M): Q) Derek Jones, 52.96; Q) Kris Brander, 53.87; NQ) Trey Achterhoff, 55.19
400mH (W): Q) Alyssa Gonzalez, 1:00.22
Q = qualified for finals
NQ = did not qualify for finals

Men’s Team Standings
1. Texas, 71
2. Texas Tech, 50.75
3. Oklahoma, 49
4. Kansas State, 43
5. Kansas, 33.25
6. Iowa State, 22
7. TCU, 19
8. Oklahoma State, 18
9. Baylor, 6

Women’s Team Standings
1. Texas Tech, 50
2. Kansas State, 48
3. Kansas, 44.5
4. Oklahoma, 36
5. Iowa State, 26
6. Texas, 24.5
7. Baylor, 21
8. West Virginia, 10
T9. Oklahoma State, 6
T9. TCU, 6

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI
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UNI’s Peth is MVC Conference Champion!

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI  ©Jim Kirby

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program swept the multi-events during day two of the MVC Outdoor Championships, winning both the decathlon and the heptathlon.

UNI has now won the women’s MVC heptathlon for the second consecutive year after Rachel Peth won her first MVC title, finishing with a PR point total of 5,425 to rank her fourth all-time at UNI. Peth put up personal-bests in seven of the eight events in the competition.

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Peth opened the day with a huge personal-best in the long jump, going for a mark of 18-10.50. She followed it up with another PR in the javelin of 123-5.00 and finished the day with a time of 2:31.19 to win the heptathlon.

Jacobus also posted several career-bests throughout the decathlon, including his day two opening time of 15.56 in the 110 meter hurdles. He went on to finish fourth overall in the discus with a PR and two second overall finishes in the javelin and 1,500 meters for the win, giving him a total of 6,921 points.

Jayvon Matthews earned all-conference in decathlon after finishing closely in second place with 6,913 total points through 10 events. He started the day finishing second overall in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.75. He grabbed a huge PR in the pole vault of 14-0.75 followed by his win in the javelin to give him a career-best of 170-2.00.

Chaley Rath finished fourth overall in the women’s heptathlon to score team points, finishing with a career-best 5,031 points. The sophomore standout scored PRs in both the javelin throw and the 800 meters to wrap up the competition.

Rounding out UNI’s multi-competitors were JC Abrahamson and Lauren Frederick. Both true freshman scored PRs in the decathlon and heptathlon, finishing with 6,030 and 4,311 points, respectively.

Jamie Lindstrom got things kicked off for the Panthers in the field events, scoring team points in the shot put for the second year in a row. The junior placed eighth overall with a mark of 47-6.50.
Justin Baker earned his second-career All-MVC finish with a big personal-best in the men’s shot put competition. The senior placed second overall in a tough field with a toss of 61-2.25 to rank him second all-time at UNI.

Libby Torresani added more points to the women’s team total after a successful outing in the pole vault. The Middleton, Wis. native placed fourth overall, finishing in the top-five at the outdoor championships for the third year in a row.

The sprint hurdles were the first event to take place on the track on day two, with the men’s team qualifying two athletes for the finals. Jon Rus ran the fourth fastest time in the preliminaries of 14.37 while Jayvon Matthews finished right behind him with a new personal-best time of 14.39.

The competition continued to roll for the Panthers with Darian Samuelson cruising into the finals of the women’s 400 meter dash. The senior won her heat with a time of 54.65, setting a new career-best and ranking her fifth all-time at UNI.

Brandon Carnes qualified for his second final of the outdoor championships, turning in the fastest time in the preliminary 100 meter dash. He finished with a time of 10.34 to advance to tomorrow’s finals and win his heat.

In the middle distance events, the Panther women finished with two athletes in the top-five of the 800 meters, sending both to tomorrow’s final race. Brette Correy scored a time of 2:11.50 while Alex Wilson finished in 2:12.01.

For the last event on the track, Shane Kirchoff scored team points for the men, placing fifth overall in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The Denver, Iowa native finished with a time of 9:23.16, beating his previous career-best by over nine seconds.

To wrap up the final event of the day, Shawn Koch and Weston Riesselman turned in outstanding performances in the men’s long jump with both athletes scoring big points for the Panthers. Koch earned All-MVC after finishing second overall with a PR mark of 25-0.00, ranking him second all-time at UNI. Riesselman also grabbed a personal-best of 24-8.25 for fourth overall.

UNI will return to action tomorrow for the final day of competition. Things will kick off at 10 a.m. with the field events and 11:30 a.m. on the track.

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU
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Cyclones Set to Host Big 12 This Weekend!

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU
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Iowa State University is set to host the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17 at the Cyclone Sports Complex, marking the first time ISU has hosted an outdoor conference championship meet in the Big 12 era and the first time since the 1995 Big Eight Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cyclone Sports Complex opened in 2012, and this will be its first official collegiate outdoor track meet.

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National No. 10 Katy Moen enters the championships as the No. 1 seed in the 10,000-meter run at 8:15 p.m. on Friday. She holds a two-second seed time advantage over Baylor’s Rachel Johnson. The two runners squared off at the Indoor Championships in the 3,000-meter run with Johnson taking first and Moen finishing second. Both athletes set Big 12 meet records in the race, with Johnson bettering Moen by two seconds. The Fairbank, Iowa native will look to round out her Big 12 career that already includes four All-Big 12 track and field finishes.

2015 Big 12 indoor 800-meter and 1,000-meter champion, Edward Kemboi, will look to defend his title in the 800-meter run at 5:55 p.m. CT on Saturday. The Kenyan rewrote conference history during the indoor season becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back 800-meter and 1,000-meter titles at the Big 12 Championships in consecutive years. Kemboi cruised to the 800-meter title in 1:48.68 before claiming the national title in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1:46.05. He currently ranks fifth in the nation after crossing the finish line in 1:46.17 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Taylor Sanderson kicks off day one for the Cyclones in the decathlon starting at 11 a.m. CT with the 100-meter dash. The Bondurant, Iowa native ranks 15th nationally and first in the Big 12 with a total score of 7,360 set at the Mt. SAC Relays. Sanderson is the current Iowa State record holder in the indoor heptathlon and holds the second-best mark in the decathlon. Sanderson is searching for his first Big 12 title after earning runner-up honors at the 2015 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Freshman Jhoanmy Luque impressed yet again in her first collegiate outdoor season. The Venezuelan currently holds nationally ranked marks in the triple jump (21st) and long jump (34th). Luque moved her way into the top-10 in the Iowa State all-time top performers list in the triple jump (second) and long jump (third). She enters as the fifth seed in the triple jump with a mark of 42’ 1.5 and the fourth seed in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 3.75″.

In the women’s shot put, a battle of the nation’s best will take place with four different athletes ranking in the top-25 set to compete. 2014 NCAA Outdoor Champion Christina Hillman is set to represent the Cyclones in the event that should produce some of the nation’s top marks. Top competitors for Hillman include Kansas State’s Dani Winters, Oklahoma State’s Chase Ealey and Baylor’s Cion Hicks.

Following the Action
Fans, coaches and athletes can follow Iowa State track and field’s twitter account @CycloneTrackXC for live updates on the meet. Links to live results (coming soon), heat sheets (coming soon) and a live webcast can be found above. The meet will be shown on Big12Sports.com for free. Results will be posted on cyclones.com at the conclusion of the meet.

Cyclone Notebook
*The Cyclones enter the meet with seven performances ranking inside the national top-30 among collegiate competition on the 2015 outdoor season: Ed Kemboi (5th, 800m, 1:46.17), Katy Moen (10th, 10K, 33:09.63) and (20th, 5K, 15:52.72), Taylor Sanderson (15th, Decathlon, 7360), Jhoanmy Luque (21st, Triple Jump, 42’ 1.5”), Christina Hillman (22nd, Spot Put, 53’ 9”) and Marine Vallet (29th, High Jump, 5’ 10.75”).
*Seven current Iowa State track and field athletes combine for 12 conference championships: Ed Kemboi (6), Christina Hillman (2), Katy Moen (2), Cameron Ostrowski (1), Maggie Gannon (1), Kendra White (1), Perez Rotich (1).
*The Cyclones are hitting their stride, as the men’s and women’s teams have combined for 16 marks inside of the Iowa State all-time top-10 performers lists on the 2015 outdoor season.
*Ed Kemboi is looking to add to his six Big 12 Conference Championships this weekend, as the Eldoret, Kenya native is coming off an indoor national championship in the 800-meter run and currently ranks fifth nationally in the event on the outdoor season.
*The women’s distance runners are making a strong campaign in the outdoor season, as
Abby Caldwell broke the 3,000-meter steeplechase record in a time of 10:19.21, and Erin
Hooker clocked a time of 16:11.94 in the 5,000-meter run, ranking ninth in ISU history, at the Stanford Invitational.
*Katy Moen now ranks fifth and sixth in ISU history in the 5,000-meter (15:52.72) and 10,000-meter (33:09.63) runs, respectively. The Fairbank, Iowa native is ranked inside of the national top-20 in both events.
*The Cyclones field events have shined during the outdoor season, as redshirt senior Henry Kelley tossed a 188’ 00” in the hammer throw at the Tiger Track Classic to rank fifth in school history. Christina Hillman became the third-best discus performer in program history with a mark of 166’ 11” at the LSU Alumni Gold.
*Marine Vallet and Jhoanmy Luque are proving to be one of the most dynamic jumping duos to wear the Cardinal and Gold. Vallet now ranks second in Iowa State history in the high jump after clearing 5’ 10.75” at the Tiger Track Classic, while Luque holds the second-best triple jump (42’ 1.50”) and third-best long jump (20’ 3.75”) performances in school history.
*Iowa native Taylor Sanderson had a career performance at the Mt. SAC Relays, notching personal records in the 100-meter, 1,500-meter, long jump and javelin to earn 7,360 points in the decathlon, ranking him second all-time in Iowa State history.

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Panthers Set For Conference

Derek Jakobus-C.R. Kennedy-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Derek Jakobus-C.R. Kennedy-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is set to compete in the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 15-17, hosted by Illinois State.

The meet will begin on Friday, May 15 with the decathlon and the heptathlon. Derek

, Jayvon Matthews and J.C. Abrahamson will take part in their first MVC decathlon while on the women’s side, Rachel Peth, Chaley Rath and Lauren Frederick will participate in the heptathlon.

Jacobus and Peth are both ranked third in the MVC in the decathlon and heptathlon after their PR performances at the Drake Relays.

UNI returns six student-athletes and two relay teams that earned All-MVC last season at the outdoor championships, including Brandon Carnes and Libby Torresani, who both brought home individual titles. The Panthers currently have 33 athletes between the men’s and women’s team that are ranked in the top-10 in the conference in their respective events heading into the championship meet.

On the men’s side, Sebastian Barth and Brandon Carnes will look to capture individual titles in the 110 meter hurdles and the 100 and 200 meter dashes. For the field events, Justin Baker is a strong contender in the throws event, posting a big personal-best in the shot put at the Wisconsin Open that ranked him third all-time at UNI.

Alex Wilson has proven to be a force in the middle distance events this outdoor season and will look to capture titles in the 1,500 and 800 meter runs this weekend. She has broken the school record in the 1,500 meters twice this season and now sits No. 2 all-time at UNI after her career-best time of 2:07.58.

In the field events for the women, Libby Torresani will look to defend her outdoor pole vault championship after she broke the school record with her PR height of 13-3.75 at the Musco Invitational. Rath, who will take a shot at earning all-conference in the heptathlon, is also ranked first in the MVC in the high jump with her mark of 5-8.75 which is the second best height in UNI history.
The meet will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, fans can go to the MVC Championship Central page for live results and standings and can follow @UNITrackFieldXC on Twitter. A full list of results and a recap will be available following the completion of each days’ competition at www.UNIPanthers.com.

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
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Hawkeyes MonTaya Holder by Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa ©Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
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Most athletes want to be recognized and stick out in a crowd, but MonTayla Holder’s motive for publicity is complex.

The University of Iowa junior is on a delicate journey that began when she was eight months old. Holder was born Feb. 7, 1994; on Oct. 25 of that year, her world changed.

“My father went missing,” Holder said.

Holder’s father, MonTerrio, was last seen that October day in the 300 block of west 26th Street in his hometown of Indianapolis. He has not been heard from since. MonTerrio’s beige and brown 1981 Buick LeSabre was discovered abandoned sometime in 1995. There was no sign of Holder at the scene and the case remains unsolved.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics/Darren Miller 

“I think I run because something tells me if he is not hurt, then he might come back,” MonTayla said. “He has a lot of impact on me; I want my name to get out there and that’s really why I keep running.”

A high jumper in college, MonTerrio cleared 7-feet 5 ¾-inches and briefly held the school record at the University of Tennessee. That is what motivated MonTayla to give track and field a try, even though she has no recollection of her father and her childhood dream was to be a singer and dancer.

“I started off as a high jumper in middle school,” Holder said. “But I’m 5-foot-4, so I never really had a career in it. Then my coach threw me in a 400 and since then, I have been running the 400.”

She has sprinkled in hurdles and a baton, too. After two seasons on the Hawkeye roster, Holder is already a Big Ten champion, running third leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay team in 2014. That unit placed 16th in the NCAA Finals, earning second-team All-America honors. Holder was 23rd in the 400 hurdles at the same NCAA Championships, adding an honorable mention All-America accolade.

“I didn’t make it to that final (in the 400 hurdles),” Holder said. “I wasn’t top 16 and that really hurt, because I knew I had the potential to do it. I want that title to be next to my name and I also want it to be next to my teammates’ name.”

More importantly, Holder wants to keep her name in the news, and not in an arrogant way. MonTayla smiles when thinking about the father she never knew.

“My mom named me Brianna and my dad changed it on the birth certificate to MonTayla,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know where his name came from and my name is just a spin-off of it. My sister’s name is MonToya.”

Holder’s paternal grandparents are significantly involved in her life. They frequently recite for MonTayla affectionate “your father did this, your father did that” tales. Albeit difficult, life has moved on since the fateful October day in 1994.

“It has been 21 years, so we say deceased, but we don’t know,” MonTayla said. “His case is still open. My freshman year (of college) there was an investigation going on. Someone in the Indianapolis jails remembered something about his case and said something. We don’t know exactly where it stands, but we know he is missing. That’s all I really know about it.”

So Holder continues to run. She runs fast. She hopes by keeping the Holder name in the news that someday she will be re-introduced to what should be her biggest fan.

And while Holder runs in hope of seeing her father, she also runs for teammates.

“These girls on this team deserve to be among those top competitors,” Holder said. “We deserve to be up there with the big girls and the big-time runners, so when I’m under pressure, I think about what can I do for my team and how can I give my team 10 points or eight points — whatever we need to be a Big Ten championship team. The pressure makes me run fast.”

Holder graduated from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where she was a two-time state champion in the 400. With an open 400 personal best time of 55.2 seconds, Holder thought her future would be at a mid-major university.

“I was aiming for (Mid-American Conference) schools and smaller schools, so being here and then competing at the high level and making it to the Division I national championships has been very humbling,” Holder said. “I never saw myself making it this far.”

University of Iowa associate head coach Clive Roberts uncovered a diamond in the rough. He sees Holder’s consistent training and results as an indication of imminent breakthrough performances.

“When we recruited her, she was a versatile athlete,” Roberts said. “She had done the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles and run the 400. We thought she would be able to come in and help us right off the bat.

“She separates herself with her work ethic. Day in and day out she comes to work and it’s hard to pull her off the track. The difficulty with MonTayla isn’t getting her to work, it’s to get her to rest. There may be kids that are more talented, but I don’t know if many can say they are a harder worker than MonTayla. She clocks in and goes to it every day to try to get it better.”

At the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships, Holder placed fifth in the 4×400 relay and seventh in the 600 dash. She has seven top eight finishes at five conference indoor and outdoor meets. Holder admits that the 2014 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, caught her off guard. She won’t let that happen again.

“I would love to make it back to the NCAA Championships. Last year it took me by a huge surprise, this year it is like ‘Now you have to make it,'” Holder said. “As a team I would like our 4×4 to make it to the NCAA Championship. Last year we were the last team out and it broke our hearts.”

In the meantime, Holder continues to do what it takes on the track to keep her name in the news. That’s what really keeps her running.

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
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Mary Young Continues Her Record Freshman Year

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake ©Doug Wells

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
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Drake University freshman Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her standout debut season by setting the school record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Saturday with a time of 13.38. Young’s time won the event at the Tom Botts Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri.

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“Mary was amazing,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “She put together a compete 100-meter hurdle race from start to finish.”

Young returned to the track later in the afternoon to take second in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal best time of 1:01.20. She was edged by her teammate Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) who took top honors in 1:00.34.

“In the 400-meter hurdles she [Young] led most of the race, but Virginia is so strong she closed over the last 30 meters to edge Mary at the finish,” Kaiser-Brown said.

The Bulldogs got other strong performances on the track in the men’s 200 meters as Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Steven Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) finished second and third with a pair of personal bests. Vincent crossed the line in 21.32 while Jordan followed in 21.38. Earlier in the afternoon, Jordan won the 400 meters in 49.47.

The women’s squad saw continued development from Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 1,500 meters on Friday night. The junior finished third in the 1,500 meters with a personal best of 4:29.26.

“Emma ran an impressive 1,500 meters and stayed in contention with the competition and finished with a strong kick,” Kaiser-Brown said. “She is so talented and can run any distance from the 1,500 to 5,000 and 10,000 meters and score at any of these events at the MVC meet.”

In the field events, the men’s team was led by Sean Buczek (Crystal Lake, Ill.) unleashing a big personal best with a jump of 48-1.75 to take fifth in the triple jump.

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend at Nebraska in their final tune-up of the season before the Missouri Valley Championship.

 

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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Panthers Wrap Up Regular Season

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up the Wisconsin Twilight tonight, highlighted by some standout performances from the Panthers throws crew.

Jamie Lindstrom kicked things off for UNI in the hammer throw, grabbing a personal-best mark of 188-10.00 to finish third in the competition and third all-time at UNI. Sarah Pate and Chloe Schmidt followed suit, finishing with PRs of their own and rounding out the top-five finishers in the event.

Lindstrom and Justin Baker both shined in the shot put, with Lindstrom coming away with another career-best. Her mark of 50-6.25 was the third-best mark in school history. On the men’s side, Baker posted a solid season-best throw of 58-10.00 to finish third overall.

Rounding out the throws events was Schmidt in the discus. The junior finished with a career-best of 158-1.00 to keep her in third all-time as a Panther.

The PRs continued to roll for UNI into the women’s high jump. Chaley Rath finished with the win after a jump of 5-6.00 while Kassidy Sharp and Emily Endelman secured third and fourth place finishes along with outdoor personal-bests.

To finish up the field events for the evening, the Panthers picked up two wins in the men’s jumps. Weston Riesselman finished first in the long jump with a mark of 22-2.50 with Shawn Koch posting a first place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 47-0.75.

In the track events, the middle distance groups turned in strong performances in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. Haley Stevens and Trai Bunch both placed second in their respective 1,500 meter races, both notching career-best times.

Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly finished third and fourth in the women’s 800 meters, with Kite finishing with a PR time of 2:13.65. On the men’s side, Andrew Arndt snatched a huge personal-best of 1:52.86 with Wade Pingel finishing right behind him with a career-best time of 1:53.12.

Jon Rus continued UNI’s success in the 110 meter hurdles, winning the event with a PR time of 14.19. His time put him into the top-five in the MVC and the top-35 of the NCAA West Region.

UNI will return to action May 15-17 when they take part in the MVC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Illinois State.

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Hawks Sparkle at Musco

Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

The University of Iowa track and field team captured seven titles and recorded 12 personal bests at the 16th annual Musco Twilight on Saturday at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer track.
Jahisha Thomas opened the day for the Hawkeyes with a first-place finish in the women’s long jump. The freshman recorded a collegiate-best leap of 20-02.25 (6.15m), a mark that ranks fourth all-time at Iowa and would tie for first in the Big Ten.

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“It definitely felt like my best jump of the season,” Thomas said. “That was the mark, and that’s what I need to be doing. I definitely feel like it can get better because I’m there now. I know I can get to where I need to be.”

Also competing in the women’s long jump was junior Kassidy Ellis, who recorded a personal best 19-06 (5.95m) to finish fifth, respectively. That mark ties for seventh in school history and would land sixth in the Big Ten.

Iowa nabbed the top two spots in the men’s triple jump. Junior Klyvens Delaunay (51-11.25, 15.83m) took the title, while senior Babatunde Amosu (50-10.75, 15.51m) finished runner-up, respectively. Delaunay’s mark would top conference rankings, while Amosu’s would stand fifth, respectively.

“We moved some athletes into the top of the Big Ten,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “The triple jumpers really showed up today. Klyvens had a great meet. I was really happy to see him back and doing some great things.”

Sophomores Vinnie Saucer, Jr. and Aaron Mallett, junior James Harrington, and senior Keith Brown made noise in the men’s 400-meter relay when the quartet clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history at 39.66 to take the title. That time would also stand second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally.

Mallett captured his second title of the day in the 110-meter hurdles en route to setting a new meet record in 13.69. He went on to claim third in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal best 51.41. Junior Mitch Wolff took second in the event with a collegiate best 51.26. Their times would stand sixth and seventh in the conference.

“It’s always good to win head-to-head, especially at home,” Mallett said. “It was my second best time ever, so I’m happy with that. For the 4×1, we’ve been having some troubles throughout the season, but we put together a good time and we won.”

Brittany Brown added another first-place finish on the day for Iowa in the women’s 100 meters. The sophomore crossed the finish in a career best 11.47, which moves her to third on Iowa’s all-time list and would stand second in the Big Ten behind junior Lake Kwaza (11.40). Saucer notched a second-place finish in the men’s contest with a career best 10.41. That time would tie for first in the Big Ten and ninth in school history.

Kwaza took the women’s 200-meter title in 23.60, while Saucer finished third in the men’s race with a career best 21.02.

“It felt good,” Brown said. “I have been working on getting out better and that’s what I’m doing. I got out and I finished strong. It was a good race.”

Senior Ben Witt cracked Iowa’s all-time list in the men’s 1,500 meters when he clocked the ninth-fastest time in program history at 3:49.45 to finish second. Sophomore Alana Jones took the silver in the women’s race when she crossed the 1,500-meter mark in a collegiate best 4:30.56.

In the women’s 800 meters, sophomore Katharina Trost climbed to fourth on Iowa’s all-time list when she closed in a collegiate best 2:07.09 to finish second overall. That time would rank seventh in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes received a pair of second-place finishes from senior Annemie Smith (196-05.25, 59.87m) in the women’s hammer throw and senior Gabe Hull in the men’s discus (184-06, 56.23m). Freshman Reno Tuufuli threw 182-9.5 (55.71m) on his final attempt to set a personal best and qualify for the U.S. Junior Nationals.

Junior MonTayla Holder led Iowa in the women’s 400 meters when she clocked a personal best 54.83 for third place, while senior Brennan Davey finished fourth in the men’s race with a season best 47.72.

Iowa closed the meet on a high note when the 1,600-meter relay of freshmen Carter Lilly and Nicholas Aly, Davey, and sophomore Jared Ganschow edged out Minnesota (3:10.88) for the win in 3:10.66.

“I’m most impressed with how we competed against other teams in the Big Ten,” Woody said. “We won some critical head-to-head competitions. I am excited to see our athletes come out at the Big Ten Championships and compete like they did today.”

The Big Ten Championships are held from May 15-17 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Moen Leads Cyclones in Weekend of PR’s

Evelyne Guay-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Evelyne Guay-ISU
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14 different Iowa State track and field athletes set personal-best marks in their respective events including a new school record Saturday at the Musco Twilight XVI in Iowa City, Iowa, and the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California.

The Iowa State school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase exchanged hands for the third time on the season, as Abby Caldwell crossed the finish line in a time of 10:19.21 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Caldwell broke the school record earlier on the year at the Stanford Invitational, only to have Colleen Riley better her time at the Drake Relays with a mark of 10:25.83.

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Four of ISU’s five 1,500-meter runners notched personal records in the event on the Cobb Track in Palo Alto, California, including Toby Hardwick (3:48.47), Perez Rotich (4:25.01),

(4:26.17) and Brian Biekert (3:44.35).

Senior All-American Edward Kemboi finished fifth in the second heat of the 800-meter run that featured several professional runners and the current NCAA 800-meter run leader. The Eldoret, Kenya native’s time of 1:46.17 is a season-best and ranks fourth nationally.

Katy Moen closed out the meet strong for the Cyclones finishing the 10,000-meter run in a personal-best time of 33:09.63. The senior’s time is the seventh-fastest collegiate time run this season and the sixth-fastest in the Iowa State All-Time Top Performance list. Moen was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line in her heat, composed of numerous professional athletes.

In Iowa City, Anna Holtermann hurdled a personal record 195’ 11.75” (59.73m) in the hammer throw to finish in third-place. Holtermann’s toss ranks her third on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list and bettered her previous PR by over 15 feet.

The Cyclones continued their dominance of field events, as Christina Hillman claimed first-place in shot put with a toss of 53’ 9” (16.38m), a top-20 national mark on the 2015 outdoor season. Freshman Jhoanmy Luque, the No. 18 ranked triple jumper in the nation, claimed a second-place finish with a mark of 41’ 4.25” (12.60m).

Kendra White recorded a career day at the Musco Twilight, tackling two personal record times in the 200 and 400-meter dashes with marks of 24.03 and 53.43, respectively. The St. Louis, Missouri-native now ranks inside of the top-five on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list in each event.

Kaci Storm joined White in Iowa City for a standout performance of her own, taking first-place in the 100-meter hurdles in a personal record time of 14.32. Alyssa Gonzalez also claimed an event title with a sub-one-minute effort in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal record time of 59.54.

On Deck
Up next for the Cyclones is the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Cyclones Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa on May 15-17. This will mark the first time Iowa State has hosted a Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship and the first time ISU has hosted an outdoor conference championship since the 1995 Big Eight Outdoor Championships.

Iowa State All-American Edward Kemboi will be in search of his third outdoor and seventh overall Big 12 championship, while Cameron Ostrowski, Katy Moen and Christina Hillman look to add to their conference championship collection as well.

The Big 12 currently claims seven women’s and four men’s track and field programs inside of the USTFCCCA top-25 national rankings.

Cyclones PRs
*Kendra White (200m): 24.03
*Kendra White (400m): 53.43
* Jacob Aune (800m): 1:51.37
*Nathan Rodriguez (800m): 1:51.64
*Toby Hardwick (1,500m): 3:48.47
*Perez Rotich (1,500m): 4:25.01
*Evelyne Guay (1,500m): 4:26.17
*Brian Biekert (1,500m): 3:44.35
*Abby Caldwell (3,000m SC): 10:19.21
*Kaci Storm (110mH): 14.32
*Alyssa Gonzalez (400mH): 59.54
*Kaci Storm (400mH): 1:04.98
*Anna Holtermann (Hammer): 195’ 11.75” (59.73m)
*Taylor Sanderson (Discus): 149’ 6.75” (45.58m)
*Katy Moen (10,000m) 33:09.63

Payton Jordan Invitational Results
3,000m SC (W): 1) Regan Ward, Arkansas, 10:13.29; 4) Abby Caldwell, Iowa State, 10:19.21 (Section 3)
800m (M): 1) Brennan Munley, Michigan, 1:50.45; 4) Jacob Aune, Iowa State, 1:51.37 (Section 5)
1,5000m (W): 1) Laura Addison, Michgan, 4:19.95; 5) Evelyne Guay, Iowa State, 4:26.17; 8) Katherine DeSimone, Iowa State, 4:31.76 (Section 7)
1,500m (M): 1) Toby Hardwick, Iowa State, 3:48.47 (Section 7)
1,500m (W): 1) McKayla Fricker, Unattached, 4:19.60; 7) Perez Rotich, Iowa State, 4:25.01 (Section 6)
1,500m (M): 1) Mike Tate, Southern Utah, 3:42.72; 8) Brian Biekert, Iowa State, 3:44.35 (Section 5)
800m (M): 1) Joe McAsey, Illinois, 1:47.91; 2)Patrick Peterson, Iowa State, 1:48.14
800m (M): 1) Boris Berian, Big Bear TC, 1:45.30; 5) Ed Kemboi, Iowa State, 1:46.17
5,000m (M): 1) Thomas Curtin, Virginia Tech, 13:44.03; 18) Brian Llamas, Iowa State, 14:04.53
10,000m (W): 1) Santa Ines Melchor Huiza, Federacion Peruana, 31:56.62; Katy Moen, Iowa State, 33:09.63 (Section 2)

Musco Twilight Results
Discus (W): 1) Agnes Esser, Minnesota, 178’ 5.25” (54.38m); 7) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 159’ 1.75” (48.50m)
Hammer (M): 1) Davis Faker, Illinois, 224’ 5.50” (68.41m); 8) Henry Kelley, Iowa State, 186’ 8.75” (56.91m)
Hammer (W): 1) Devin Stanford, Minnestoa, 202’ 10.25” (61.82m); 3) Anna Holtermann, Iowa State, 195’ 11.75” (59.73m); 12) Kayla Sanborn, Iowa State, 161’ 10.50” (49.31m)
400m (M): 1) Jordan Guske, Northern Iowa, 49.86; 2) Jacob Hoogensen, Iowa State, 50.43 (Section 3)
4x100m (M): 1) Iowa, 39.66; 4) Iowa State, 41.60
Discus (M): 1) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 149’ 6.75” (45.58m)
High Jump (M): 1) James White, Nebraska, 7’ 2.25” (2.19m); 8) Jalen Ford, Iowa State, 6’ 5” (1.96m)
High Jump (W): 1) Reka Czuth, Nebraska, 5’10” (1.78m); 5) Hannah Willms, Iowa State, 5’6” (1.68); 6) Katie Reeves, Iowa State, 5’4.25” (1.63)
Shot Put (W): 1) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 53’ 9” (16.38m)
100mH (W): 1) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 14.32
110mH (M): 1) Aaron Mallett, Iowa, 13.69; 6) Logan Schneider, Iowa State, 14.46; 9) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 14.66
400m (W): 1) Kendra White, Iowa State, 53.43
Triple Jump (W): 1) Ellie Ewere, Nebraska, 42’ 1.25” (12.83m); 2) Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State, 41’ 4.25” (12.60m)
800m (W): 1) Bethany Praska, Unattached, 2:05.19; 11) Madison Nagle, Iowa State, 2:13.97; 15) Maryn Lowry, Iowa State, 2:15.12
800m (M): 1) Daniel Bonthius, Wartburg, 1:50.99; 4) Nathan Rodriguez, Iowa State, 1:51.64; Matt Bevil, Iowa State, 1:52.35; Brandon Wheat, Iowa State, 1:52.71
400mH (W): 1) Alyssa Gonzalez, Iowa State, 59.54; 7) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 1:04.98
400mH (M): 1) Eric Lund, Unattached, 51.03; 9) Kris Brander, Iowa State, 53.73; 12) Trey Achteroff, Iowa State, 55.20
200m (W): 1) Lake Kwaza, Iowa, 23.60; 3) Kendra White, Iowa State, 24.03
200m (M): 1) DJ Zahn, Illinois, 20.53; 12) Mark Sitek, Iowa State, 21.94; 16) Logan Schneider, Iowa State, 22.44; 21) Jacob Hoogensen, Iowa State, 23.27
Shot Put (M): 1) Will Lohman, Nebraska, 60’ 1.25”, (18.32); 3) Jan Jeuschede, Iowa State, 58’ 5.25” (17.81); 17) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 40’ 8.75” (12.41)
1,500m (M): 1) Russell Sandvold, Wisconsin, 3:48.98; 15) Matthew Whitlach, Iowa State, 4:04.44
1,500m (W): 1) Haley Johnson, Minnesota, 4:30.20; 9) Riley Colleen, Iowa State, 4:37.55; 13) Julie Wiemerslage, Iowa State, 4:43.68
3,000m (M): 1) Obsa Ali, Unattached, 8:17.79; 8) Nolan McKenna, Unattached-Iowa State, 8:29.43

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Panthers Set Personal Bests at Musco

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team participated in the Musco Twilight tonight, coming away with two school records and multiple personal-bests to cap off a successful meet.

Libby Torresani kicked things off for the Panthers in the pole vault, breaking her own school record in the event. The senior finished with a height of 13-3.75 to place second, beating her previous personal-best of 13-3.50 that she set last season.

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Records continued to fall for the Panthers in the men’s 200 meter dash with Brandon Carnes set a huge career-best in the race. The sophomore came away with a time of 20.70 for the new record and to launch him into the top-10 in the NCAA West Region.

Carnes’ success stayed through the 100 meter dash with another PR. Carnes finished with a time of 10.25, the second fastest time in school history and the 13th fastest in the West Region.

“We had quite a few outstanding performances today,” head coach Dan Steele said. “Carnes in particular showed today that he is one of the best combination sprinters in the country.”

Jon Rus and Steven Addison both finished in the top-10 in the 110 meter hurdles, with Addison winning his heat. Rus grabbed a personal-best time of 14.37 while Addison grabbed a PR of 14.58.

The UNI women had two top-five finishers in the 100 meter hurdles, with Christine MacNeil turning in a season-best time of 14.09 to place second. Rachel Peth came in a close third place overall with a strong time of 14.15.

Continuing the success in the hurdles was Jennifer Roberts notching personal-best in the 400 meter hurdles for the third time this season. She came in fourth overall with a time of 1:01.57.

Alex Wilson continued to shine in the middle distance events, turning in a personal-best in the 800 meter run. Her time of 2:07.58 is the second fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and ranks her second all-time at UNI.

Wilson wasn’t the only Panther to turn in a solid performance in the women’s 800 meters. Sophomore Brette Correy placed fifth overall with a new PR time of 2:09.42 and is now ranked fourth all-time at UNI.

In the 4X100 meter relay, the men’s team of Carnes, Brett McCalla, Derek Jacobus and Cam Brown finished third overall. The grabbed a season-best time of 40.84 to keep them ranked second in the MVC.

Jamie Lindstrom scored a huge career-best mark in the women’s hammer throw, going for a distance of 186-8.00. The throw was the third-best in school history, beating her previous personal-best of 179-8.00 earlier this season. The junior also turned in a personal-best in the discus of 151-6.50 to put her at No. 5 all-time at UNI, making it the seventh PR from the UNI throwers today.

The Panthers will return to action Friday, May 8 when they compete in the Wisconsin Twilight, UNI’s final regular season meet before the MVC Outdoor Championships.