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Hawks Advance Six at Nationals

MonTaya Holder- Iowa ©Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
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Six University of Iowa track and field athletes advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday following first round competition at the West Regional in Austin, Texas.

MonTayla Holder (400m hurdles), Mitch Wolff (400m hurdles), Lake Kwaza (100m), Vinnie Saucer, Jr., (100m), Elexis Guster (400m) and Will Teubel (800m) advanced to compete in Friday’s quarterfinals and a chance to move on to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on May 10-13. The top 12 finishers in the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals in Eugene.

“This was a great first day for Iowa track and field,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “We have a lot of athletes moving on to the next round and in great position to advance to Eugene.”

Kwaza matched her school record in the 100 meters, finishing 14th overall in 11.40 to advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.

“I think it sets me up pretty well,” Kwaza said after matching her personal best. “I’m taking each race one at a time to make the finals and then finish in that top 12.”

Guster and Holder each earned automatic bids to the quarterfinals with third-place finishes in their respective heats. Holder placed 12th overall in the 400-meter hurdles (59.34), and Guster finished 10th overall in the 400 meters (53.20).

“The first step is to qualify for the finals,” said Guster, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals as a freshman in 2014. “Typically I run slower in the prelims. Now that I know how the track feels I’m confident coming back tomorrow and running a faster time.”

Wolff, Saucer, and Teubel are all first-time NCAA quarterfinalists. Wolff finished the 400-meter hurdles in 51.84 to place 14th and earn the first non-automatic qualifying position. Saucer grabbed the last non-automatic qualifying spot, placing 23rd overall in 10.34 in the 100 meters. Teubel advanced after placing fourth in his 800-meters heat (1:50.20).

Seven Hawkeyes saw their season come to a close Thursday, including senior All-American Kevin Lewis, who placed 28th the 10,000 meters (31:27.86) in his final collegiate race. Carter Lilly (1:51.36) and Katharina Trost (2:11.60) placed 37th and 38th, respectively, in the men’s and women’s 800 meters, and Sam Fourman placed 37th in the 1,500 meters.

“I came up short but I’m looking forward to next year,” said Fourman, a first-time NCAA qualifier. “I’m way ahead of where I expected to be, so I’ll continue that success into cross country and track and field next season.”

Annemie Smith, Kevin Spejcher, and Jahisha Thomas fell outside the top 12 in field events and did not advance to Eugene. Smith placed 23rd in the hammer (58.88m, 193-2) and Spejcher placed 27th in the high jump (2.08m, 6-9 ¾).

Thomas fell on spot from advancing to the NCAA semifinals, placing 13th in the long jump with a collegiate personal best (6.17m, 20-3).

“I am very proud of Jahisha,” said Woody. “She hit a collegiate PR on a national stage today and missed going to Eugene by just three centimeters.”

The quarterfinals begin Friday at 6 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes also have six runners competing Friday in opening round events. Aaron Mallett opens the day at 5:30 p.m. in the 110-meter hurdles. Kwaza and Brittany Brown compete in the women’s 200 meters at 8 p.m., and Saucer and James Harrington compete in the men’s 200 meters at 8:25 p.m. Marta Bote Gonzalez concludes Iowa’s day with the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 8:50 p.m.

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Panthers Ready For Texas!

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Dan Steele-UNI Head Coach
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is set to compete at the 2015 NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary Round May 28-30 in Austin, Texas.

The Panthers will travel 12 student-athletes that will compete in 15 different events while in Austin. The top-48 in each individual event earns berths into the NCAA West Preliminary round with the top-12 times/marks from both the East and West prelims qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

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UNI will send six men to the meet, including four-time NCAA West qualifier Sebastian Barth. Justin Baker joins Barth as one of the most experienced NCAA competitors on the team with three preliminary round appearances under his belt. Brandon Carnes qualified in both the 100 and 200 dashes for the second consecutive season while Shawn Koch, Weston Riesselman and Jon Rus will all make their NCAA debut this week.

For the women, Jamie Lindstrom, Alex Wilson and Libby Torresani will attend their second West Regional after competing in Arkansas last season. Sophomores Chaley Rath and Brette Correy are both making their first NCAA trips while Darian Samuelson will look to extend her senior season with her first appearance as well.
The meet will begin Thursday, May 28 and run through Saturday, May 30. UNI’s first event will be tomorrow with the men’s long jump at 1:30 p.m. For more information on the meet, fans can visit the Meet Central Page or follow live results here.

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Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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Panther NCAA West Qualifiers

Justin Baker, Sr., Sioux City, Iowa
Competition Times: Hammer Throw – Fri., May 29 2 p.m. | Shot Put – Fri., May 29, 6 p.m.
Broke the school record in the hammer throw at the MVC Outdoor Championships (206-10.00) to place fifth overall and score team points … earned All-Conference in the shot put at the MVC Championships, placing second overall with a personal-best throw of 61-2.25 … ranked second all-time in the outdoor shot put at UNI … ranked No. 17 in the NCAA West Region in the shot put and No. 22 in the hammer throw.

Sebastian Barth-UNI ©Panther Athletics

Sebastian Barth-UNI
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Sebastian Barth, Sr., Gauting, Germany
Competition Time: 110 Meter Hurdles – Fri., May 29 5:30 p.m. (First Round)
Ranked second all-time at UNI in the 110 meter hurdles with his personal-best time of 13.82 set during the 2014 season … set a season-best time of 13.92 at the Mt. Sac Relays, qualifying him for his fourth West Regional … broke the school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.72 and represented UNI at the NCAA Indoor Championships … ranked No. 21 in the NCAA West Region.

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Brandon Carnes-UNI
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Brandon Carnes, So., Bradenton, Fla.
Competition Times: 100 Dash – Thurs. May 28 6:55 p.m. | 200 Dash – Fri., May 29 8:25 p.m. (First Round)
Set career-best times in both the 100 and 200 meter dash in 2015 … ranked second all-time at UNI in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 10.24 and 20.80 … won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the MVC Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season, giving him eight MVC individual titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons … earned Men’s Co-Most Valuable Athlete and Men’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the outdoor championships … ranked fifth in the 200 meters and ninth in the 100 meters in the NCAA West Region.

Shawn Koch, So., Medinah, Ill.
Competition Times: Long Jump – Thurs., May 28 1:30 p.m. | Triple Jump – Sat., May 30 6 p.m.
Scored personal-bests in both the triple jump and the long jump in 2015 … jumped 25-0.00 at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the long jump to earn All-Conference and place second overall … also finished with a huge mark of 52-1.75 to place second in the triple jump at the MVC Championships to earn his second All-MVC recognition of the meet … ranked No. 41 in the long jump and No. 44 in the triple jump in the NCAA West Region.

Weston Riesselman, Jr., Boone, Iowa
Competition Time: Long Jump – Thurs., May 28 1:30 p.m.
Scored team points for the Panthers in the long jump at the MVC Outdoor Championships with a fourth place finish and a mark of 24-8.25 … ranked fifth all-time at UNI in the outdoor long jump and fourth in the indoor long jump … ranked No. 27 in the NCAA West Region in the long jump … earned MVC Scholar-Athlete team for the second consecutive season.

Jon Rus, So., Eldridge, Iowa
Competition Time: 110 Meter Hurdles – Fri., May 29 5:30 p.m. (First Round)
Earned his first All-conference honors after finishing second overall in the 110 hurdles at the MVC Outdoor Championships with a time of 14.02 … qualified for the final West Regional with his wind legal personal-best time of 14.19 at the Wisconsin Open … ranked No. 37 in the 110 meter hurdles in the NCAA West Region.

Brette Correy, So., Epworth, Iowa
Competition Time: 800 Meters – Thurs., May 28 8:10 p.m. (First Round)
Ranked fourth all-time at UNI in the outdoor 800 meters with her career-best time of 2:09.42 at the Musco Twilight … scored team points at the MVC Outdoor Championships after placing fifth overall in the 800 meter run … won the indoor MVC title in the 800 meters … awarded the Elite 18 Award during the indoor championships … named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

Jamie Lindstrom, Jr., Hudson, Wis.
Competition Time: Shot Put – Sat., May 30 6 p.m.
Ranked in the top-five all-time at UNI in the shot put, discus and hammer throw after a standout 2015 season … threw a huge personal-best in the shot put at the Wisconsin Open of 50-6.25 to rank her third all-time … scored team points in three events at the MVC Outdoor Championships, including fourth place finishes in the hammer and discus throws … currently No. 38 in the shot put in the NCAA West Region … selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team for the third consecutive season.

Chaley Rath, So., Treynor, Iowa
Competition Time: High Jump – Fri., May 29 6 p.m.
Set the school record in the high jump at the MVC Outdoor Championships, jumping a height of 5-10.50 in the women’s heptathlon … scored team points in both the open high jump and the heptathlon at the outdoor championships, placing fourth in both … won the open high jump competition at both the Wisconsin Open and the Gibson Invitational … ranked No. 17 in the NCAA West Region in the high jump.

Darian Samuelson, Sr., Spearfish, S.D.
Competition Time: 400 Meter Dash – Thurs., May 28 7:20 p.m.
Had a standout senior campaign in the sprints, ranking herself fourth all-time at UNI in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 54.65 to qualify her for the West Regional … earned All-Conference in both the indoor and outdoor 400 meters this season, placing third overall in both races … has been a part of six 4X400 meter relay teams that have earned All-Conference between the indoor and outdoor seasons after UNI’s third place finish at the 2015 outdoor championships.

Libby Torresani, Sr., Middleton, Wis.
Competition Time: Pole Vault – Fri., May 29 1 p.m.
The current school record holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault … broke the outdoor record with a personal-best mark of 13-3.75 at the Musco Twilight … scored team points at the MVC Outdoor Championships, placing fourth overall … is a four-time All-Conference honoree in the pole vault between the indoor and outdoor seasons, including her MVC win in the event at the 2014 outdoor championships … ranked No. 35 in the NCAA West Region … selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

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Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Alex Wilson, Sr., Lisbon, Iowa
Competition Time: 1,500 Meter Run – Thurs., May 28 5:30 p.m. (First Round)
Second consecutive year qualifying for the 1,500 meters at the NCAA West Regional … became just the fifth MVC athlete to win both the 800 and 1,500 meter runs at the 2015 MVC Outdoor Championships … broke her own school record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:20.49 at the Drake Relays … is also ranked second all-time at UNI in the 800 meters … won the indoor mile MVC title in 2015 and holds the school record in the event with a time of 4:44.32 … ranked No. 29 in the 1,500 meters in the NCAA West Region … selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

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Houlihan Doubles in Conference 1500m and 5K

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Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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The Arizona State track and field teams wrapped competition at the 2015 Pac-12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday with senior Shelby Houlihan’s successful title defenses in the 1500m and 5000m and redshirt senior Bryan McBride winning the high jump at Drake Stadium.

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“As we move forward, we’ve really been leaning heavily on our seniors, Shelby Houlihan was herself today, dominating and really good times in the 1500m and 5000m double, Brianna Tate had a lifetime best in the 400m, Bryan McBride scored 20 points and won his first Pac-12 title in the high jump,” Director of Track and Field Greg Kraft said.

As a team, the Arizona State women finished in fourth with 72 points, while the men’s team finished in fifth with 75 points. The Sun Devils finished ahead of Arizona on both sides, to put ASU over the Wildcats in each of the three Territorial Cup Series matchups for 2014-15. Not only did ASU go 6-0 in T-Cup, but also swept Arizona in the dual meet on May 2. Oregon swept the team titles with 185 women’s points and 152 men’s points.

Like the trials, Houlihan led the 1500m finals from wire to wire, finishing in a meet record and season best time of 4:11.06. The Sioux City, Iowa native is now just the second athlete to win three conference titles in the 1500m, joining USC’s Grazyna Oenc, who won in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

“My time in the 1500m (4:11.06) gives me a lot of confidence,” Houlihan said. “It was a 4:11 race and it didn’t feel like it. I had another gear by the end and could have gone even faster if I needed to. It felt really easy and I felt strong the whole way.”

Hours later, Houlihan came back out on the track and closed strong to win the 5000m run finals in a personal best 15:58.45. Houlihan knocked nearly 13 seconds off her previous best, which she set when she won the 2014 Pac-12 title in 16:11.63. The new best moves Houlihan to No. 5 in the ASU outdoor top-10 list.

Up next, athletes who finish in the top-48 in the region will qualify to compete at the 2015 NCAA West Regional Meet, May 28-30, in Austin, Texas.

More from Senior Shelby Houlihan (Three-Time Pac-12 1500m Champion, Two-Time Pac-12 5000m Champion)
“I felt really good today, overall it was just a really great day. I was a little nervous going into the 5000m after the 1500m, my legs were definitely feeling it, but I started out and felt strong, so I focused on what I needed to do, squeezed down that last mile and just felt really strong. I didn’t have much of a race plan going into the 5000m, I wasn’t sure how much I had after the earlier race, but I stayed patient and half way through I knew I could start squeezing it down and that I’d have enough in the end to win it.”

More from Redshirt Senior Bryan McBride (Pac-12 High Jump Champion)
“It felt good today, especially to win the high jump. I was a little sore from long jumping yesterday, so I knew I just had to compete through some things in high jump, and that’s what I did. When I found out I won after clearing 2.19m, I just went to triple jump because I’m here for the team and to get those team points, try to do the best I can. I’m very happy with the way I’ve competed these last two days.”

Redshirt Freshman Magdalyn Ewen (3rd Place Shot/Discus, 5th Place Hammer)
“I think it was really just the adrenalin of the situation in the hammer, the last big chance to get a good mark, and I think I do better under pressure. When it came to it, I knew I was ready, Coach Dumble knew I was ready, everyone was confident, and it was time to do it. The field in the discus was very good, and I’m really happy that I got another top-three finish. I’m glad I’ve been able to contribute so much to the team this year, and I hope that in the future I can finish higher, score more points, and do even better for the team.”

Senior Cameron Taylor (3rd Place, 110m Hurdles)
“We come out here to compete with some of the best track programs in the country, so I’m glad I could finish in the top-three in my event. I have some things to work on going into regionals and try to make it to NCAAs. It’s another step in the process to getting better.”

Senior Brianna Tate (2nd Place, 400m Dash)
“I’m feeling really good, I wanted to break 52 seconds in the 400m and that’s what I did today. We had a good chance to run a season best in the 4x400m relay this afternoon, and we did it, which will help us once we move on to regionals and aim for getting a spot in the NCAA finals.”

ASU’s Top Point Scorers
Shelby Houlihan – 20 points (1500m – 10 points, 5000m – 10 points)
Magdalyn Ewen – 16 points (Shot Put – 6 points, Discus – 6 points, Hammer – 4 points)

Final Team Standings
1. Oregon – 185
2. USC – 182
3. Stanford – 87
4. Arizona State – 72
5. Washington State/UCLA – 64
7. Washington – 63
8. Colorado – 43
9. Arizona – 36
10. Utah – 14
11. Oregon State – 6
12. California – 3

1. Oregon – 152
2. USC – 121
3. Washington – 84.50
4. UCLA – 83
5. Arizona State – 75
6. Arizona – 73.50
7. Colorado – 68
8. California – 66
9. Stanford – 64.50
10. Washington State – 31.50

Arizona State ResultsWomen’s 1500m Run Finals

1. Shelby Houlihan – 4:11.06 (10 points, Pac-12 Meet Record, season best)

Women’s 5000m Run Finals
1. Shelby Houlihan – 15:58.45 (10 points, nearly 13 second PR, No. 5 in ASU Outdoor Record Book)

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Hawkeyes Grab Gold at Conference

Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team captured three gold medals on the final day of the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in East Lansing, Michigan.

Sophomore Aaron Mallett, sophomore Elexis Guster, and senior Babatunde Amosu won Big Ten titles for the Hawkeyes.

Mallett set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles (13.43), Guster set a personal-best in the 400 meters (52.19), and Amosu won gold in the triple jump (53-0, 16.15m) for the third time at the conference championships.

Iowa won 10 medals on the final day, including four silvers and three bronze. The Hawkeye men reached the medal stand eight times this weekend and finished third with 81 team points. It’s their highest finish since winning the 2011 conference championship, and the fifth time in six seasons they’ve placed top five. The women won four medals and finished eighth with 52 points.

Illinois won the men’s title, and Michigan State defended its home track with a women’s championship.

“I’m really proud of all the guys for stepping up,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “It came down to believing that they can do this. I’m just really proud of where we’re at right now and I know we have a lot more in the future.”

Mallett won his first conference outdoor title, claiming the men’s 110-meter hurdles championship in a school-record 13.43.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Mallett. “It’s one thing to be a Big Ten champion, but I was really thrilled to put points on the board for my team.”

Mallett is just the second Hawkeye in program history to win a conference title in the 110-meter hurdles. Pat McGhee, the previous school record holder (13.50), last did it in 1989.

“I’ve been going after that record since running 13.60 at the Florida Relays,” added Mallett. “To be able to do it at a time like this against this field is a real blessing.”

Guster grabbed Iowa’s second title of the day when she clocked a personal-best 52.19 to defend her 400 meters championship.

“I was a little nervous because I had the slowest prelim time coming in,” said Guster, who is the first Hawkeye since Shellene Williams in 2003 and 2004 to win consecutive conference titles in the 400 meters. “I told myself to fight, because even if I get third, as long as you’re fighting you can’t disappoint.”

Guster’s new personal best ranks third in school history.

“Elexis ran one of the best races I’ve ever seen,” said Woody. “She is just determined. She just has that mindset that no one else is going to beat her.”

Amosu and junior Klyvens Delaunay totaled 16 points for Iowa in the triple jump. Amosu, a two-time Big Ten indoor champion, won the outdoor title for the first time in his career. Delaunay placed third in the triple jump one day after earning sixth in the long jump.

“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” said Amosu. “I always wanted to win an outdoor title, and it’s great to be able to do it in my final year.

“I’m also extremely proud of my teammates. Klyvens is a tremendous performer and he fought selflessly out here this week. It’s all very special.”

Sophomore Brittany Brown placed second and set a school record (22.89) in the 200 meters, and Vinnie Saucer placed second in the 100 meters in 10.31, a time that ties for third in school history.

“That was the best I’ve seen Brittany run the first 150,” Woody said. “She is really putting some great things together at a good time of the year. She hit a school record. You can’t ask for more than that.”

The men’s and women’s 400-meter relays, both defending Big Ten champions, placed runner-up in their respective title defense. Junior Lake Kwaza, Guster, junior MonTayla Holder, and Brown finished in a season-best 44.71. Saucer, Mallett, junior James Harrington, and senior Keith Brown placed second in 40.10.

Junior Will Teubel earned his first conference medal with a third place finish (1:48.90) in the 800 meters. The Hawkeyes closed the meet with a bronze medal performance in the 1,600-meter relay.

“That relay says it all,” Woody said of the bronze medal effort from junior Mitch Wolff, Mallett, junior Brendan Thompson, and senior Brennan Davey. “Watching a senior anchor a leg like that is just unbelievable. Brennan Davey, it is his first Big Ten medal ever, and to be able to do it like that, it went down to just having that heart and helping this team finish top three. It is a huge thing for our program at this point.”

Brittany Brown, Kwaza, Holder and Wolff added top five individual performances. Brown (11.52) and Kwaza (11.56) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100 meters. Holder finished fourth in women’s 400-meter hurdles (58.55), and Wolff placed fifth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (52.27).

The Hawkeyes return to action May 28-30 at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. The complete qualifying field is expected to be announced Thursday, May 21.

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Panthers Bring Home Conference Titles.

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Jamie Lindstrom-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program took home four individual titles and several all-conference honors today, closing out a successful MVC Outdoor Championship meet. The men finished in third place overall, while the women placed fifth.

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“This was the most fun I have ever had at a conference championship,” said head coach Dan Steele. “The Panthers stepped up all over the place and not only scored points but put up some of the best marks in the country.”

Brandon Carnes continued to prove he is one of the best athletes to compete at UNI and in the Missouri Valley, capturing the 100 and 200 meter dash titles for the second year in a row. He now holds eight MVC individual titles as just a sophomore between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Carnes started the day in the 100-meter dash, running a time 10.10 to rank him seventh in the NCAA West Region. He then blew away the competition in the 200-meter dash, grabbing a time of 20.31 to put him fourth in the West Region.

Because of his top performances, Carnes was named the Men’s Co-Most Valuable Athlete and the Men’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete. The Most Valuable Athlete award goes to the meet’s top point scorer at the meet and the Most Outstanding Track Athlete award is given to the highest NCAA mark achiever.

Senior Alex Wilson captured UNI’s first MVC title of the day, winning the 1,500 meters. After winning the indoor mile this season, Wilson led the field the entire race, sprinting to the finish line for the win with a time of 4:45.79.

She then captured her second individual win of the day, picking up the first-place spot in the women’s 800 meters. Wilson gained momentum in the final lap of the race to pick up the win and come away with a time of 2:11.16.

In the women’s 400-meter dash, Darian Samuelson grabbed her second all-conference honor, placing third overall. Samuelson, who also finished third overall in the indoor 400, finished with a time of 55.00.

The Panthers had two team point scorers in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles, grabbing second- and fifth-place finishes. Jon Rus earned all-conference after his second-place finish and PR time of 14.02 while Jayvon Matthews notched four team points with his fifth-place finish and time of 14.44.

The men’s 4×100 meter relay team earned all-conference with a season-best time of 40.76. The team of Cam Brown, Brett McCalla, Jordan Guske and an incredible anchor leg from Carnes earned all-conference after a second-place finish.

In the women’s triple jump, Tatiana Rice opened the competition with a huge personal-best mark. The junior bested her opening jump with another personal-best of 38-8.25 to finish ninth overall and rank herself third all-time at UNI.

On the men’s side, Shawn Koch earned all-conference for the second consecutive year in the triple jump. The Medinah, Ill., native placed second overall with a mark of 52-1.75 to rank him ninth in the NCAA West Region.

All three of UNI’s women discus competitors scored team points for the Panthers, with Jamie Lindstrom finishing fourth, Chloe Schmidt placing seventh and freshman Sarah Pate rounding out the top-eight. Lindstrom scored a huge PR of 160-1.00 to rank her third all-time at UNI while Schmidt’s personal-best of 159-1.00 ranks her fourth and Pate’s mark of 157-7.00 puts her at No. 5 all-time.

The men’s discus competitors followed suit, earning three scoring spots. Brad Walski earned his first All-MVC honors with a third-place finish and a mark of 171-1.00 while Jake Humpal placed sixth and Justin Baker in eighth.

The Panthers wrapped up the championship meet with both the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relay teams earning All-MVC. The team of Darian Samuelson, Maddie Beeler, Holly Salzbrenner and Brette Correy finished third with a time of 3:47.18. The men’s team of Derek Jacobus, Jordan Guske, Brett McCalla and Marshall Hill also finished third with a time of 3:15.77.

UNI will return to action when a select amount of athletes will travel to Austin, Texas, to compete in the NCAA West Regional May 28-30.

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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
©Jim Kirby

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.

Courtesy Panther Athletics

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
©Jim Kirby

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.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics

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 for free. Results will be posted on 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.


Panthers Set For Conference

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

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

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

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
©Darren Miller

Hawkeyes MonTaya Holder by Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa ©Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
©Darren Miller

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.