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2017-05-19_06-04-04

Simpson 4×4 Eyes Trip to Nats

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Chase Wetterling ran one of the nation’s 10-fastest times in the 400 meters, Jordan Coughenour and the 4×400 relay improved their chances for a trip to nationals and the Simpson men’s track and field team concluded the regular season at the Augustana Midwest Twilight Final Qualifier on Thursday.

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Coaches have until 4 p.m. Friday to declare their student-athletes for the national meet. The final list of participants will be available Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m.

Entering the day with a slim chance at qualifying for nationals in the 400 meters, Wetterling removed any doubt with Thursday’s performance.

Competing against some of the nation’s fastest runners, the sophomore posted the No. 8 time in the nation, winning the race in 47.72. A personal-best by more than 0.3 seconds, Wetterling ran the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest by a Simpson runner since 2003.

Wetterling finished the day by running the lead-leg on the 4×400 relay team. Along with Matt Pearson, Travis Tupper and Coughenour, the quartet ran a season-best 3:14.58, moving up to No. 14 in Division III — No. 12 when removing duplicates. The time is the third-fastest in school history and fastest by a Simpson team since 1991.

Coughenour lowered his personal-best time in the 400 hurdles, posting the No. 17 time in the nation. He ran 53.36, currently one of the final four times that will qualify for nationals.

Keagan Zwiefel ran a personal-best 22.45 in the 200 meters, Kirk Wicks added a career-best 49.66 in the 400 meters and Isaiah Strong cleared 6-feet, 4 1/4-inches to place third in the high jump. The 4×100 relay of Zach Nissen, Wetterling, Travis Tupper and Tate Tufte failed to improve upon last Saturday’s school-record time of 41.68, placing sixth in 42.36.

Meet Report
400 meters — Chase Wetterling, 47.72 | first place | NCAA #8 | Simpson #3
4×400 relay — Wetterling/Pearson/Tupper/Coughenour, 3:14.58 | second place | NCAA #14 | Simpson #3
400 hurdles — Jordan Coughenour, 53.36 | third place | NCAA #17 | Simpson #4
4×100 relay — Nissen/Wetterling/Tupper/Tufte, 42.36 | sixth place
200 meters — Keagan Zwiefel, 22.45 | sixth place | personal best
High jump — Isaiah Strong, 6-04.25 | third place
400 meters — Kirk Wicks, 49.66 | fifth place | personal best

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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Top 25 Marks For Storm at Loras

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour and Chase Wetterling each posted top-25 times in Division III and helped the 4×400 relay crack the top 10 as the Simpson men’s track and field team competed at Loras’ Dr. Tucker Open on Friday.

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The Storm took home four event titles and had nine, top-3 performances in the final tune-up before next weekend’s Iowa Conference Championships.

Coughenour lowered his conference-leading time in the 400 hurdles, running 53.38 to win the event and post the 10th-best time in the country in the process. The mark also breaks into the top-5 in school history at No. 5.

Wetterling also tallied a top-5 effort in school history, running 48.33 in the 400. He took second in the event and is currently second in the Iowa Conference and 21st in Division III. The mark is No. 5 in school history.

Coughenour and Wetterling teamed up to help the 4×400 post a new season-best, joining Travis Tupper and Kirk Wicks. The quartet ran 3:15.38, good for second in the IIAC and ninth in Division III (fifth if you remove all duplicates). Simpson’s previous effort of 3:15.58, which was the top time in the nation in mid-April, is now 10th.

The Storm had a strong showing in the 110 hurdles led by a personal-best effort from Isaac Frazier. Frazier ran 14.87 to place second, currently the No. 3 time in the IIAC. Sam Adeniyi placed seventh in 15.96, but ran a personal-best 15.07 in the prelims, good for fifth in the conference.

Simpson got additional event titles from Adeniyi and Isaiah Strong, who tied for first in the high jump. Josh Dietrich won the javelin throw and the 4×100 relay of Wetterling, Tupper, Zach Nissen and Tate Tufte posted the No. 2 time in the IIAC and fourth-fastest in school history (41.97).

Up next
The Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships begin Thursday, May 11 in Storm Lake. Buena Vista serves as host.

Meet Report
100 — 10. Zach Nissen, 11.33 | 11. Tate Tufte, 11.38
200 — 3. Keagan Zwiefel, 22.54 | 5. Troy Vittetoe, 22.56 | 8. Travis Tupper, 22.65 | 9. Tate Tufte, 22.75
400 — 2. Chase Wetterling, 48.33 (NCAA #21 / IIAC #2 / Simpson #5) | 3. Kirk Wicks, 50.11
800 — 9. Kyle Hovey, 1:57.26
1500 — 12. Ian McKenzie, 4:07.18
110 hurdles — 2. Isaac Frazier, 14.87 (PR / IIAC #3) | 7. Sam Adeniyi, 15.96 (IIAC #5)
400 hurdles — 1. Jordan Coughenour, 53.38 (NCAA #10 / IIAC #1 / Simpson #4) | 6. Trevor McKee, 56.54
4×100 — 3. Nissen, Wetterling, Tupper, Tufte, 41.97 (IIAC #2 / Simpson #4)
4×400 — 2. Wetterling, Tupper, Wicks, Coughenour, 3:15.38 (NCAA #9 / IIAC #2)
High jump — t-1. Isaiah Strong, 6-02.75 | t-1. Sam Adeniyi, 6-02.75
Pole vault — 3. Mitch Stoltzman, 13-07.75
Long jump — 13. Brian Rew, 18-01.75
Triple jump — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 40-06.25
Shot put — 16. Caleb Striegel, 40-11.75
Discus throw — 17. Isaac Frazier, 117-08
Hammer throw — 19. Joseph Peck, 127-11
Javelin throw — 1. Josh Dietrich, 160-04 | 6. Braden Meints, 145-10

Audry Miller-Loras
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Duhawks Perform Well on the Biggest Stage

Kylian Lally-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kylian Lally-Loras
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On Iowa’s grandest stage from the Blue Oval at Drake University, sophomore Audrey Miller stole the show in the women’s 10,000 meter, knocking off 26 NCAA Division I runners to set a school record and record the third best time in Division III this season.

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Women’s 10,000 – Audrey Miller – 34:53.98
Having never competed in the 10k, Miller showed no signs of inexperience on Thursday night. Beginning in 15th place after the first 400 meters, Miller steadily picked off each runner on her way, breaking into the top-five with 5k to go. Heading into the final 1,000 meters, Miller moved past Micki Krzesinki of Fort Hays State to take the lead. On her final lap around the Blue Oval, Miller ran her fastest split of the race in 1:14 and beamed her trademark smile for all to see as she crossed the finish line and became Loras’ first individual Drake Relays Champion since Andy Stoecken won the high jump in 2006.  Miller’s time surpassed the previous school record of 35:45 by 52 seconds, set by Maggie Saenz-Ruiz at the 2014 Drake Relays.

Men’s 10,000 – Mason Tope – 30:41.75
Minutes after witnessing his teammate become a Drake Relays Champion, Tope toed the line for his 10k and maintained a consistent pace through the first five plus miles. With three laps remaining, Tope jumped from 15th to 13th, including a 1:09.50 lap to end the race, finishing in 13th.  His time ranks sixth All-Time in Loras history and 19th Nationally.

 

Men’s 800 – Kylian Lally – 1:52.35
Junior Kylian Lally continued to show progress this season in the Men’s 800, winning his heat and finishing fifth in a field of 19. His time moved him into 14th in Division III this season and fifth all-time at Loras.

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson and Coach Dave Cleveland
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Storm Post Top Marks at Drake and Kip Janvrin

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson  ©Jim Kirby

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson
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The Simpson men’s track and field team had nine, top-5 finishes at the 2017 Kip Janvrin Open on Thursday and Friday and sent three events to compete at the Drake Relays to close out a busy week.

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Isaac Frazier posted the Iowa Conference’s top decathlon of the season at Drake, scoring 6,419 points to place eighth overall. Competing in the event for the first time this season, Frazier was just off his personal-best total and owns the No. 9 mark in Division III.

Competing in front of the home crowd at the Kip Janvrin Open, Braden Meints continued his impressive run in the javelin throw. The first-year member of the team won the event for the fourth straight time this season, topping the field with a toss of 159-feet, 11-inches.

Jordan Coughenour had one of Simpson’s four second-place finishes, lowering his personal-best in the 400 hurdles with a 53.66. The mark is tops in the Iowa Conference and No. 12 in Division III.

Isaiah Strong had Simpson’s other individual second-place finish, clearing 6-feet, 3/4-inches in the high jump. Both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays also placed second.

Up next
The Storm close the regular season at the Loras Twilight on Friday, May 5.

Drake Relays Meet Report
4×200 — 9. Travis Tupper, Chase Wetterling, Keagan Zwiefel, Kirk Wicks, 1:29.39
4×400 — 13. Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Matt Pearson, Jordan Coughenour, 3:17.95
Decathlon — 8. Isaac Frazier, 6419 (IIAC #1 / NCAA #9)

Kip Janvrin Open Meet Report
100 — 4. Zach Nissen, 11.09 | 9. Tate Tufte, 11.24
200 — 4. Troy Vittetoe, 22.63 | 5. Keagan Zwiefel, 22.77 | 8. Tate Tufte, 23.01
800 — 54. Nick Kibby, 2:11.771500 — 16. Ian McKenzie, 4:05.06
3000 steeple — 17. Drew Roen, 10:42.7
15000 — 14. Ian McKenzie, 15:24.84 | 18. Trey Thompson, 15:30.38
110 hurdles — 13. Sam Adeniyi, 15.89
400 hurdles — 2. Jordan Coughenour, 53.66 (personal best, NCAA #12) | 7. Trevor McKee, 57.05
4×100 — 2. Zach Nissen, Troy Vittetoe, Tate Tufte, Sam Adeniyi, 43.80
4×400 — 2. Matt Pearson, Kirk Wicks, Trevor McKee, Sam Adeniyi, 3:25.42
High jump — 2. Isaiah Strong, 6-00.75
Long jump — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 20-04.25
Triple jump — 13. Austin Greenwalt, 39-00.50
Discus — 20. Caleb Striegel, 122-06
Hammer throw — 20. Braden Meints, 135-08
Javelin throw — 1. Braden Meints, 159-11 | 8. Josh Dietrich, 131-05
Shot put — 14. Caleb Striegel, 42-07.00 | 16. Connor Warrick, 39-05.00

Tanner RathjeLinn-Mar-Central
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Dutch Close Out Relays Weekend

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central
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Another cold and rainy day at the Drake Relays produced positive results for the Central College men’s track and field squad.

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Of Central’s three Saturday entries, only Logan Mulford (senior, Mount Pleasant) was fortunate enough to have his event moved inside. The high jump was held inside Drake’s fieldhouse, where Mulford equaled his season best at 6 feet, 9.75 inches to place sixth.

“Last year at this time, he had a pretty sore ankle,” coach Joe Dunham said. “He’s got really fresh legs this year and his ankle is feeling pretty good. He’s jumping consistently right now. Hopefully by the time we get to championship season he’ll be ready to jump his best.”

Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) also qualified individually for the Relays, earning a spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He finished 13th in 9 minutes 18.24 seconds, just off his own school record of 9:11.59.

“I felt like maybe his legs are heavy from the mileage we’ve been running lately,” Dunham said. Ultimately, I’m pleased with the time he ran on a horrible weather day. I’m definitely excited for what he can do in the next month.”

The quartet of Jon Specht (junior, Dubuque, Hempstead HS), Blake Morgan (junior, Story City, Roland-Story HS), Kyle Pape (sophomore, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) and Tanner Rathje (junior, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) was 16th in the distance medley relay in 10:37.90.

“The fact of the matter is that they’re pretty tired right now,” Dunham said. “W saw the results of a really heavy week of training two weeks ago and still coming off of that. They still competed hard and gave it their best.”

Central returns to action next Saturday for the Fighting Scot Invitational hosted by Monmouth College (Ill.).

Mason Tope-Cent. Dav.-Loras
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DuHawks Have Big Weekend

Coach Bob Schultz and Audrey Miller-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Coach Bob Schultz and Audrey Miller-Loras
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The Loras track and field teams wrapped up its week in the Des Moines area, competing both at the Drake Relays and the Kip Janvrin Open.

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TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Men’s 400m – Patrick Mikel – 48.21 – 11th – Wartburg Outdoor Select (March 31, 2017)
Men’s 800m – Kylian Lally – 1:52.35 – 16th – Drake Relays (April 26, 2017)
Women’s 5,000m – Audrey Miller – 17:00.52 – 10th – UW-Platteville Invitational (April 13, 2017)
Men’s 10,000m – Mason Tope – 30:41.75 – 20th – Drake Relays (April 26, 2017)
Women’s 10,000m – Audrey Miller – 34:53.98 – 3rd – Drake Relays (April 26, 2017)
Women’s 100m Hurdles – Audrey Hooks – 14.68 – 16th – University of Dubuque Invitational (April 21, 2017)
Women’s 400m Hurdles – Bella Solis – 1:02.27 – 8th – Loras Easter MidWeek (April 12, 2017)
Men’s 4×400 Relay – Brandon Gradoville, Shamari Scott, Kylian Lally, Patrick Mikel – 3:16.67 – 12th – Cornell Invite (April 8, 2017)
Women’s Pole Vault – Elizabeth Brandenburg – 14th – 3.73m – Cornell Invite (April 8, 2017)
Women’s Long Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 6th – 5.79m – Cornell Invite (April 8, 2017)

LORAS RECORD BOOK
Men’s Distance Medley Relay – Nate Kimbrell, Patrick Mikel, Kylian Lally, Brien Nugent – 10:22.35 – 5th
Men’s 5,000 meter – Timothy Sevcik – 14.48.99 – 8th

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

  • Junior Colby Rattenborg claimed top honors in the men’s long jump with his mark of 6.48m.
  • Senior Ben Hedges narrowly missed out on a personal best in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, running .01 off his top time, finishing second at the Kip Janvrin Open at 9:55.05.
  • Sophomore Quintin Durov finished fifth in the men’s high jump with his mark of 1.80m.
  • In the men’s 5,000 meters, junior Timothy Sevcik ran a PR at 14:48.99 and moved into eighth all-time in school history, finishing third at the Kip Janvrin Open.
  • Sophomore Taylor Schaefers took fifth in the women’s long jump with a distance of 4.95m.
UP NEXT
Loras hosts the Dr. Tucker Open on Friday, May 5 and will honor its senior class. Friday’s meet will also serve as the final tune-up before the Iowa Conference Championships, which begin on May 11 in Storm Lake.
P.J. Carey-Ankeny-Central
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Dutch Men and Women Score Well at Home Meet

Emma Drees-Waukee-Central ©Dutch Athletics

Emma Drees-Waukee-Central
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Women

In the four-team Central Open on Saturday, the Central College women’s track & field team sprinted its way to the team crown.

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The home squad piled up 206 points on their way to the title, Simpson College was the runner-up with 167 points.

“Overall, it was a great effort,” coach Joe Dunham said. “That’s what really stood out to me. Our athletes are trying to get better every single weekend.”

Completing the 4×400-meter relay in a winning time of 4 minutes, 3.68 seconds was Emma Drees (senior, Waukee), Brianna Carlson (freshman, Altoona, Iowa/Appleton West (Wis.) HS), Lynzie Miller (sophomore, Des Moines, Lincoln HS) and Hope Heitman (sophomore, Guttenberg, Clayton Ridge HS).

“I thought it was a really good season PR for them,” Dunham said. “It was really wasn’t the best handoffs either, which leaves room of improvement.”
Heitman and Drees were joined by Trenetta Blocker (junior, Chicago, Ill., Mother McAuley HS) and Anna Shaw (junior, Bettendorf, Morning Star Academy) to win the 4×100-meter relay in 50.54 seconds.

“We’re excited about how the sprinters are really starting to put things together at the right time of the year,” Dunham said.

Both relay teams were without 2016 All-American Kate Patton (junior, Murray).

Drees and Whitney Burgardt (sophomore, Britt, West Hancock HS) went 1-2 in the 100-meter hurdles, running career-best times of 15.42 and 16.16 seconds, respectively.

In the mid-distance and distance races, Central saw wins from Gabi Wilson (senior, Clive, Des Moines Christian HS) in the 3,000-meter run (10:56.31) and Lauren Moll (freshman, Faribault, Minn.) in the 800-meter run (2:30.21).

“Every week Gabi seems to be getting better at the right time of the year,” Dunham said. “She’ll be ready to go in the next couple of weeks as we get closer to conference.”

In field event action, Blocker won the long jump in (15 feet, 9.75 inches) while Lorell Stuht (junior, Loveland, Colo.) won the discus throw (119-9) and hammer throw (153-7).

The Drake Relays are next weekend and Central will have several athletes entered over the course of the four-day meet. The Dutch will also be represented at the Kip Janvrin Open at Simpson College Thursday and Friday.

Men

Leaning on a deep pool of sprinters for points, the Central College men’s track & field team was the runner-up at the Central Open Saturday.

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The Dutch came up just short of the team title, their 230 total points was just six behind the winning total put together by Simpson College.
Central placed four in the top-10 of the 100-meter dash, including the top finisher Justin Wimbish (junior, Glendale, Ariz., Apollo HS). He crossed the line in 10.98 seconds.

“He’s getting more consistent,” coach Joe Dunham said. “It’s something he may have struggled in the past, but his consistency is apparent this year.”

The quartet of P.J. Carey (junior, Ankeny), Connor Lewin (freshman, Stillman Valley, Ill.), Cory Suedmeier(freshman, Ankeny, Centennial HS) and Blake Morgan (junior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) were the top team in 3 minutes, 25.71 seconds.

Morgan was second in the 200-meter dash (22.57 seconds) and Lewin was the runner up in the 400-meter dash (51.33 seconds).

“We’re excited about how the sprinters are really starting to put things together at the right time of the year,” Dunham said.
Dunham noted the performance of freshman Preston Kizer (Dubuque), who placed second in the 800-meter run (1:58.77) and led of a 4×400-meter relay squad.

“It’s nice to see him coming along and improving at this time of the year,” he said. “I’ve been kind of waiting for it and he looked great today.”

Thrower Nathan Fitzgerald (sophomore, Elkader, Central Elkader HS) set new personal bests in the discus throw (144-5) and hammer throw (138-10), placing second and fourth, respectively.

“He looked really good today,” Dunham said.

In other field events, Wimbish won the long jump in 22-5.25 and Will Daniels (freshman, Geneseo, Ill.)tied for first in the pole vault (12-3.5)

The Drake Relays are next weekend and Central will have several athletes entered over the course of the four-day meet. The Dutch will also be represented at the Kip Janvrin Open at Simpson College Thursday and Friday.

 

 

Allie Serres-Loras
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Duhawks Turn in Two Silvers at the Dubuque Invite

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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The Loras track and field program recorded a pair of second place finishes on Friday night at the University of Dubuque Invitational.

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TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Women’s 100m Hurdles – Audrey Hooks – 14.68 – University of Dubuque Invitational (April 21, 2017)
Women’s 400m Hurdles – Bella Solis – 1:02.27 – 6th – Loras Easter Midweek (April 12, 2017)
Men’s 4×400 – Brandon Gradoville, Shamari Scott, Kylian Lally, Patrick Mikel – 3:16.67 – 7th – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)
Men’s 4×400 – Shamari Scott, Tyson Morrison, Noah Smith, Patrick Mikel – 3:19.06 – 21st – University of Dubuque Invitational (April 21, 2017)
Women’ Pole Vault – Elizabeth Brandenburg –  3.73m – 12th – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)
Women’s Long Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 5.79m – 6th – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)
Women’s Triple Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 11.42m – 20th – Augustana Early Spring Opener (March 25, 2017)
Men’s 400m – Patrick Mikel – 48.21 – 6th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Men’s 800m – Kylian Lally – 1:52.87 – 16th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Women 5,000m – Audrey Miller – 17:23.00 – 9th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)

LORAS RECORD BOOK
Women’s Pole Vault – Alexis Alt – 3.05m – T-9th
Men’s 200m – Patrick Mikel – 21.94 – 7th

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

  • Loras qualified three runners for the women’s 100, led by freshman Alexis Alt who ran a season-best 12.59 to finish third.
  • The Duhawks racked up a total of 23 team points, finishing second through fifth of the women’s 400 hurdles. Junior Rachel Kilburg took second with a time of 1:08.72, followed closely by sophomore Taylor Schaefers‘ personal best time of 1:08.98.
  • Freshman Elyse Acompanado topped the field in the women’s long jump at 5.65m. Schaefers took second with her jump of 5.23m.
  • Sophomore Savannah Nesvik tossed a personal best in the women’s hammer, finishing fourth with her throw of 41.07m.
  • In the women’s 4×100 relay, the team of freshman Gabrielle Noland, senior Alexis Hanson, freshman Alexis Alt and junior Alyssa Simon, took first with a time of 49.30.
  • Later, in the women’s 4×400 relay, the Duhawks took first once again with the team of sophomore Allie Serres, sophomore Bella Solis, freshman Anna Ambrosy and sophomore Taylor Schaefers, with their time of 4:07.89.
  • The duo of freshman Jacob Beaton and sophomore Anakin Hall qualified for the finals in the men’s 100,  with each posting personal bests of 11.09 and 11.35, respectively.
  • In the men’s 800, Loras took home the top three spots, led by junior Kylian Lally‘s time of 1:54.92. Following behind Lally was senior Nathan Kimbrell (1:56.21) and sophomore Jack Carroll (1:58.43).
  • Junior Matt Gagen ran a personal best time in the men’s 1,500, finishing fifth at 4:10.54.
  • Loras went 1-2 in the men’s 400 Hurdles as freshman Shamari Scott took first at 56.48 followed by a personal best by junior Andrew O’Neill at 56.71.
  • Senior Devan Kennedy cleared 4.46m in the men’s pole vault to take home top honors. Taking second was junior Hunter Dunlap at 4.30m and junior Chris Ball took fourth at 3.85m.
  • Freshman Brad Cavanaugh recorded a personal best in the men’s triple jump at 12.57m and placed third.
  • Kennedy returned to register a personal best in the men’s discus and finished fourth with a mark of 45.06m.
  • Sophomore Garrett Hammond‘s throw of 48.95m earned him a fourth place finish and a personal best.
UP NEXT
Six relay teams and five individuals travel to Des Moines for the 108th Drake Relays, which begin on Thursday and continue through the weekend.
Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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Simpson 4×4 Leads Nation

Tate Tufte-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2017

Tate Tufte-Simpson
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Men

The 4×400-meter relay team posted the top mark in Division III, Dylan Kalinay won the 110-meter hurdles and Braden Meints took the title in the javelin throw to highlight the Simpson men’s track and field team’s showing at the Jim Duncan Invitational over the weekend.

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The foursome of Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Matt Pearson and Jordan Coughenour crossed the finish line in 3:15.58, placing second behind Drake. The time topped the mark of 3:15.86 set by Augustana (Ill.), also on Saturday.

Complete story to follow.

Meet Report
100 — 5. Dylan Kalinay, 11.16; 7. Travis Tupper, 11.39
200 — 23. Troy Vittetoe, 23.16; 25. Tate Tufte, 23.21
400 — 5. Chase Wetterling, 49.13; 10. Matt Pearson, 50.43
800 — 19. Kyle Hovey, 2:00.94
1500 — 13. Kyle Hovey, 4:00.44 | IIAC #2
5000 — 7. Trey Thompson, 15:45.22; 10. Ian McKenzie, 15:56.40
110 hurdles — 1. Dylan Kalinay, 15.06; 6. Isaac Frazier, 15.53
400 hurdles — 5. Jordan Coughenour, 54.06 | IIAC #1, NCAA #16
4×400 relay — 2. Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Matt Pearson, Jordan Coughenour, 3:15.58 | NCAA #1
3000 steeplechase — 8. Drew Roen, 10:41.35
High jump —5. Isaiah Strong, 6-02.00; 6. Sam Adeniyi, 6-02.00; 7. Josh Dietrich, 6-00.00; 8. Isaac Frazier, 6-00.00
Pole vault — 4. Mitch Stoltzman, 12-09.50
Long jump — 9. Austin Greenwalt, 20-03.75; 11. Sam Adeniyi, 19-04.75
Triple jump — 4. Austin Greenwalt, 38-00.00
Javelin throw — 1. Braden Meints, 147-02; 4. Matt Van Metre, 128-05
Shot put — Caleb Striegel, 38-08.25

Keeghan Corcoran- DM Roosevelt-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2017

Keeghan Corcoran- DM Roosevelt-Simpson
©Jim Kirby-2017

Women

Audrey LoVan tied her own school record in the pole vault to lead the Simpson women’s track and field team at the Jim Duncan Invitational this weekend.

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LoVan cleared 9-feet, 8-inches on the pole vault to match her own school record set back in 2015. She cleared on her first attempt, but couldn’t reach the next notch. Her mark is currently ninth in the Iowa Conference.

Alex Niemier placed eighth in the shot put with a heave of 37-10 3/4, Jackie Cullinan came in ninth in the javelin with a throw of 80-4 and Courtney Neuendorf came in ninth in the 3,000 steeplechase (12:50.11) to round out Simpson’s top-10 finishes.

Up next
Simpson goes to the Central Triangular in Pella on Saturday, April 22.

Meet Report
100 — 13. Rebecca Jensen, 14.25; 14. Elizabeth Burgus, 14.32
200 — 21. Elizabeth Burgus, 28.14; 21. Katie Clark, 28.21; 23. Audrey LoVan 28.37; 24. Keeghan Corcoran, 28.44
400 — 13. Keeghan Corcoran, 1:03.69
800 — 17. Audrey Klein, 2:29.40
1500 — 22. Audrey Klein, 5:19.15; 25. Lesley Roquet, 5:26.13
5000 — 16. Briana McCloskey, 19:14.97
100 hurdles —13. Rebecca Jensen, 17.55; 15. Sarah Sandage, 17.76
400 hurdles — 17. Jaycie Owens, 1:12.28
3000 steeplechase — 9. Courtney Neuendorf, 12:50.11
Pole vault — 8. Audrey LoVan, 9-08.00 | SR
Discus — 15. Jackie Cullinan, 90-08
Hammer throw — 13. Alex Niemier, 114-04
Javelin throw — 9. Jackie Cullinan, 80-04
Shot put — 8. Alex Niemier, 37-10.75

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Iowans Represent For Duhawks in Platteville

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
©Duhawks Athletics

Representing the Loras track and field program, selected runners competed at the UW-Platteville Invitational on Thursday night. Headlining the evening was sophomore Audrey Miller, who won the women’s 5,000 with a six-second lead.

Courtesy Duhawks Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Ashley Miller-Loras

TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Women 5,000m – Audrey Miller – 17:00.52 – 2nd – UW-Platteville Invitational (April 13, 2017)
Women’s 400m Hurdles – Bella Solis – 1:02.27 – 5th – Loras Easter Midweek (April 12, 2017)
Women’ Pole Vault – Elizabeth Brandenburg –  3.73m – 11th – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)
Women’s Long Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 5.79m – 5th – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)
Women’s Triple Jump – Elyse Acompanado – 11.42m – 16th – Augustana Early Spring Opener (March 25, 2017)
Men’s 400m – Patrick Mikel – 48.21 – 4th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Men’s 800m – Kylian Lally – 1:52.87 – 8th – Wartburg Select (April 1, 2017)
Women’s 4×100 Relay – Alexis Alt, Alexis Hanson, Bella Solis, Gabrielle Noland – 49.02 – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)
Women’s 4×400 Relay – Alexis Hanson, Alexis Alt, Allie Serres, Gabrielle Noland – 4:00.13 – 20th – Augustana Early Spring Opener (March 25, 2017)
Men’s 4×400 Relay – Brandon Gradoville, Shamari Scott, Kylian Lally, Patrick Mikel – 3:16.67 – 3rd – Cornell Invitational (April 8, 2017)

LORAS RECORD BOOK
Women’s 5,000m – Emily Day – 17:54.46 – 8th
Men’s 5,000m – Mason Top – 14:52.34 – 8th
Men’s 5,000m – Timothy Sevcik – 14:58.05 – 10th

NOTABLE RESULTS

  • In the women’s 5,000, Loras placed all three of its runners in the top 30. Miller finished six seconds head of Wartburg’s Ashlyn Bagge at 17:00.52, one second off her PR, which she set at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Senior Emily Day ran 17:54.22 for a personal best and moved into eighth all-time. Freshman Maeve Dunaway also ran a personal best at 18:13.52.
  • Juniors Mason Tope and Timothy Sevcik each ran PR’s to the tune of 14:52.34 and 14:58.05, respectively. Top moved from 10th to eight all-time and Sevcik took over 10th.