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Dutch Men and Women Ranked in Regional Poll

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Heading into the Iowa Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, both the men and women’s track and field programs at Central College are among the top-10 teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region poll.

The men are No. 6 and the women punched in at No. 10.

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Rankings are based off placement in the National Descending Order Lists.  Those lists are organized by top finishes of Division III athletes of the same region in each event that will be contested at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. The higher an athlete sits on the list, the more points he or she adds to his or her team’s total. These points do not reflect placement or scoring at the NCAA Championships, but is to show the individuals and teams that have the best chances at scoring well at said meet.

The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) is atop the men’s rankings while Nebraska Wesleyan University leads the way in the women’s polls.

The two-day conference meet begins at 10 a.m. Friday morning with the heptathlon. Field events start the full slate of competition at 4 p.m.

Iowa Conference Athletes of the Week!

A pair of Central College track & field athletes were chosen as the Iowa Conference performers of the week after impressive outings over the weekend.
Lorell Stuht (senior, Loveland, Colo.) was chosen as the female field performer of the week and Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) was picked as the Iowa Conference male track performer of the week.

Stuht is a four-time winner while it’s Fairley’s first time earning the award.

A 2016 All-American in the weight throw, Stutht won the event with ease. Her toss of 57 feet, 2.25 inches topped the field by over 17 feet and she is now 12th in Division III.

Running on the “fastest track in the world” at the University of Iowa Open, Fairley was second in the 3,000-meter run. He finished second in 8 minutes, 23.67 seconds. After adjusting his time for running on a banked track, he’s now 24th nationally in the event.

Central heads to the University of Dubuque next weekend for the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships. The two-day event kicks off Friday night and will continue into Saturday.


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Storm Men Take Home 8 First Place Finishes

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Dylan Kalinay won the 60 meters and the 60 hurdles, and the Simpson men’s track and field team took home eight first place finishes in a dual at Central on Friday, the final tune-up before next week’s Iowa Conference Championships.

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Kalinay was one of seven Storm athletes to take home titles as Simpson dropped a narrow 73-71 decision to close the regular season.

Kalinay ran the 60 meters in a career-best 7.04 seconds as the Storm swept the top three spots. Emmitt Wheatley finished second in 7.05 and Travis Tupper took third in 7.15.

Kalinay also led a dominant performance by the Storm in the 60 hurdles, running 8.21 (one-hundredth of a second off a career best) to lead the field. Isaac Frazier finished second in 8.56 seconds and Sam Adeniyi ran a season-best 8.61 to take third.

Keagan Zwiefel (200), Kirk Wicks (400), Jordan Coughenour (800), Jonathan Facio (mile), Mitch Stoltzman (pole vault) and Austin Greenwalt (triple jump) also won events for the Storm.

The Storm travel to Dubuque for the IIAC Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Feb. 25. The University of Dubuque serves as host.

60 meters
1. Dylan Kalinay, 7.04 (personal best)
2. Emmitt Wheatley, 7.05
3. Travis Tupper, 7.15

200 meters
1. Keagan Zwiefel, 23.10 (season best)
5. Troy Vittetoe, 23.62 (season best)

400 meters
1. Kirk Wicks, 51.68
3. Matt Pearson, 52.25

800 meters
1. Jordan Coughenour, 2:00.98 (personal best)
3. Ian McKenzie, 2:02.04

1 Mile
1. Jonathan Facio, 4:40.29 (season best)
3. Drew Roen, 4:45.20

60 hurdles
1. Dylan Kalinay, 8.21
2. Isaac Frazier, 8.56
3. Sam Adeniyi, 8.61 (season best)

High jump
3. Isaac Frazier, 1.86m
3. Josh Dietrich, 1.86m
3. Isaiah Strong, 1.86m

Pole vault
1. Mitch Stoltzman, 4.10m (season best)
3. Isaac Frazier, 3.35m (season best)

Long jump
2. Sam Adeniyi, 6.19m
3. Austin Greenwalt, 6.14m

Triple jump
1. Austin Greenwalt, 12.28m (season best)
3. Brian Rew, 10.78m (season best)

Shot put
4. Jackson Kelley, 12.64m
5. Braden Meints, 11.61m (season best)

Weight throw
5. Braden Meints, 12.76m
7. Caleb Striegel, 12.48m (season best)

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Cornell’s Schnoor Leads Rams

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Cornell’s track & field teams turned in several season-best performances at Friday’s Spartan Invitational, their final tune-up before the Midwest Conference Championships.

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Charles Zilaitis (SR/Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) won his ninth and 10th consecutive titles in the men’s throwing events, while Libby Schnoor (JR/Camanche, Iowa) was victorious in the women’s high jump to pace the Rams.

Cornell tied for fifth in the women’s team standings with 48 points. The men scored 35 points for sixth.

It’s safe the say Zilaitis is ready for the postseason after notching personal-best marks in the weight throw and shot put. The senior reset his school record by one inch in the weight with a winning throw of 58-8.50, good for No. 10 in NCAA Division III.

Zilaitis won the shot put with a mark of 54-8 on his final attempt to claim the event championship over Dubuque’s Blaze Murfin (54-0). Zilaitis improved his position to No. 7 nationally in the shot.

Husani Newbold (JR/Freeport, Grand Bahama) ran a season-best 22.77 in the men’s 200 for third place out of 25 competitors. Ram freshmen Caleb Rewinkel (FR/Carbondale, Colo.) and Zach McNanna (FR/Hinckley, Ill.) both recorded PRs in the jumps. Rewinkel cleared 6-0.75 in the high jump for seventh. McNanna went 20-9 in the long jump for sixth.

On the women’s side, Schnoor captured the high jump crown with a height of 5-3, taking a tiebreaker over two other competitors. Schnoor ran the opening leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay that clocked its best time of the season in 4:07.13. The quartet included Emma Cochrane (SO/Mount Vernon, Iowa), Sydney Strunk (SR/Ottumwa, Iowa) and anchor Zaria Lambert (FR/Davenport, Iowa).

The Rams finished 2-3 in the 400 with Cochrane breaking the one-minute barrier in 59.87. Lambert was third in 1:03.22.

Nikki Leach (SR/Landenberg, Pa.) posted the MWC’s top distance in the triple jump, going 34-11 for fourth place. She was fifth out of 22 runners in the 55 hurdles (8.81).

Carly Pierson (SR/Durango, Colo.) (11:42.02) and Morgan Barnard (FR/Keystone, Iowa) (11:54.11) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 3000.

Coming up – The Rams travel to Jacksonville, Ill., next weekend for the MWC Indoor Championships. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. Friday, and resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Simpson Men Strong #5 in Central Region

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The Simpson men’s track and field team held steady at No. 5 in the Central Region, according to the latest National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The Storm made the move from sixth to fifth last week and held their ground for the week four rankings. The most notable move came in the national rankings, however, where Simpson catapulted from 91st overall to 34th in just one week.

USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, Week 4

Simpson currently boasts five events ranked in the top 30 in Division III and two in the top 10:

• 4th — Emmitt Wheatley, 200 meters (22.02)
• 9th — Dylan Kalinay, 60 hurdles (8.20)
• 17th — Emmitt Wheatley, 60 meters (6.94)
• 25th — Isaac Frazier, heptathlon (4418)
• 27th — Chase Wetterling / Kirk Wicks / Travis Tupper / Jordan Coughenour, 4×400 relay (3:24.20)

Wheatley leads the Iowa Conference in the 60 and the 200 and Kalinay leads in the 60 hurdles. One team not in the top 30 in the nation — the 4×200 relay team of Wetterling, Wicks, Tate Tufte and Keagan Zwiefel — also leads the conference.

Points in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings are based on the NCAA Division III Descending Order Lists. The higher an athlete is ranked on the list, the more points he or she provides his or her team. From there, a team’s points are totaled and more points mean a better billing in the top-25.

1. St. Thomas, 362.37
2. Wartburg, 245.95
3. Dubuque, 242.42
4. Nebraska Wesleyan, 234.23
5. Simpson, 183.44
6. St. Olaf, 182.49
7. Central, 179.61
8. Bethel, 126.53
9. Coe, 122.73
10. Concordia Moorhead, 105.38

For the second week in a row, Simpson sprinter Emmitt Wheatley is the Iowa Conference Track Performer of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.

IIAC Performers of the Week

A sophomore from Adair, Iowa, Wheatley won the award for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 12 after being named Athlete of the Meet at Grinnell’s Darren Young Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11. Wheatley won the 60 and 200 meters, posting the No. 17 time in the nation in the 60 and the No. 4 time in the 200.

Wheatley broke the tape in 6.94 seconds in the 60, a personal best and the No. 2 time in school history. He crossed the finish line in the 200 in 22.02 seconds, breaking his own school record in the process.

Wheatley’s effort in the 60 is the fastest by a Storm runner in 22 years. He also helped the 4×400 relay team to a third-place effort.

The conference leader in the 60 and the 200 brings home his third IIAC weekly honor. Storm runners have now won four of six IIAC Track Performer of the Week honors in 2016-17. Junior hurdler Dylan Kalinay has the other two.

Simpson travels to Pella, Iowa to face Central in a dual meet Friday, Feb. 17.

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Dutch Impress at Darren Young Classic

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Returning to the sight of her All-American performance a year ago, Lorell Stuht (senior, Loveland, Colo.) turned in a season-best performance in the weight throw for the Central College women’s track and field team at the Darren Young Classic on Saturday.

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In the team standings, Central placed fifth with 54 points. Nebraska Wesleyan won the team competition with 164 points.

A season-best toss in the weight throw of 55 feet, 9.75 inches was more than enough for Stuht to take the top spot. She bested the field by over six feet.

“I mentioned to Coach Walz about how Grinnell was the place that got her going last year,” associate head coach Jim Fuller said. “I think she’s pleased to be back over 17 meters. Hopefully, it leads to good things over the next couple of weeks for her.”

Blazing around the track twice in 57.75 seconds, Hope Heitman (sophomore, Guttenberg, Clayton Ridge HS) turned in the nation’s 10th-best time in the 400-meter dash. She placed second in that race and in the 200-meter dash (26.06).

“I’m pretty sure (Heitman’s 400-meter dash time) gives her a reasonable chance to qualify for the national meet,” Fuller said. “She had a good day today.”

Fellow sprinter Kate Patton (junior, Murray) placed fourth in the 60-meter dash (8.04) and fifth in the 200-meter dash (26.77).

She set the meet record in the 3,000 meters, but Rachel Peter (sophomore, Prairie City, PCM HS) still came in second in a time of 10 minutes, 31.05 seconds. Gabi Wilson (senior, Urbandale, Des Moines Christian HS) was sixth in 11:05.82.

The distance medley relay consisting of Andie Arthofer (senior, Dubuque), Lyznie Miller (sophomore, Des Moines, Lincoln HS), Kasey Wiedmaier (senior, Indianola) and Lauren Moll (freshman, Faribault, Minn.) placed third in 14:13.94.

A pair of competitions await the Dutch next weekend as they host the Central Invitational Friday night and a select group will take part in the Iowa Open on Saturday.

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Rams Grind Out Team Title at Wartburg

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Cornell’s men captured a hotly-contested team championship with a victory in Saturday’s final event, the 4×400 relay, at the Grinnell Indoor Invitational.

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Mickey Hines (FR/Mount Vernon, Iowa) anchored the Ram quartet of Husani Newbold (JR/Freeport, Grand Bahama), Blake MacDowall (JR/Phoenix, Ariz.) and Ethan Berube (SO/Cottage Grove, Minn.) to a winning time of 3:30.24. That put Cornell over the top with 78 points in a battle with Graceland (76), Concordia (74), Coe (73) and Grand View (70.5) for the team crown.

It was the second meet title in as many weeks for Cornell’s men, who won five events, led by two-time titlist Charles Zilaitis (SR/Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) in the throws.

Rachel Moline (SR/Louisville, Colo.)’s meet record in the 3000-meter run highlighted the day for Cornell’s women’s squad, which finished fifth out of 14 teams with 75 points. Grand View posted a winning score of 112.5.

Zilaitis continued a sensational start to his senior season, sweeping the shot put and weight throw for the third consecutive weekend. He threw a personal-best 53-11 in the shot put, ranking No. 8 nationally in Division III. Zilaitis also dominated the weight throw with a winning mark of 57-1.

Mason Wicker (SO/Baldwin, Wis.) clocked a 10-second victory in the 28-man mile, crossing the line in 4:26.45. Teammate Austin Bach (SO/Larkspur, Colo.) was fourth (4:46.43).

Cuyler Gabriel (SO/Santa Barbara, Calif.) grabbed gold in the 3000 with a swift time of 9:02.16.

Newbold placed fourth out of 32 competitors in the 400 (51.53). Julian Smith (FR/Denver, Colo.) took fourth in the triple jump (43-3) with his best performance of the season.

Moline ran away with the women’s 3000 title in 10:09.31. She beat the next finisher by more than 35 seconds. Moline broke the meet record of 10:15.92, set by Creighton’s Emily Martin in 2016. Ram newcomer Marissa Czapla (FR/Lincoln, Neb.) took third in the race (11:17.92).

The women’s 5000 went to Cornell’s MariKate Murphy (JR/Kirklin, Ind.) in 18:55.95. Emma Cochrane (SO/Mount Vernon, Iowa) was first out of 24 in the 800 (2:23.22).

Nikki Leach (SR/Landenberg, Pa.) placed second in the triple jump (33-5.25) and fifth in the long jump (15-0). Octavia Martinez (SO/Fruita, Colo.) recorded the MWC’s second-best mark in the weight throw (45-2.25), taking eighth.

Coming up – The Rams head back to Grinnell next Saturday, Feb. 11, for the Darren Young Classic. Action gets underway at 10 a.m.

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Dutch Men and Women Find Plenty of Success

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Finishing in the top two of the 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relays, the Central College women’s track and field team saw plenty of success in the sprint events at the Pioneer Open Saturday.

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No team scores were kept at the competition.

“I’m happy with the way our women’s team performed today,” coach Joe Dunham said, “We made some good progress as a team.”

Hope Heitman (sophomore, Guttenberg/Clayton Ridge HS) set the stage early with a win in the 200 meters in 26.30 seconds. She then led off the winning 4×200-meter relay squad of Kate Patton (sophomore, Murray), Paige Doehrmann (freshman, Tipton) and Lynzie Miller (sophomore, Des Moines, Lincoln HS) who finished in 1:49.11

“Our sprinters had a big day,” Dunham said. “We’ll continue to make sure to focus on make sure we don’t get ahead of ourselves. They understand that we’ve got a long season and we’ll continue to get better each wekk.”

The same quartet finished runner-up in the 4×400 in 4:06.51.

Rachel Peter (sophomore, Prairie City, PCM HS) had an impressive season debut in the 3,000 meters, besting the field by over 16 seconds on her way to a final time of 10:54.22.

“It’s exciting to see Rachel run so well,” Dunham said. “She looked really good and achieved a personal best.

In the weight throw, Lorell Stuht (senior, Loveland, Colo.) registered a top-three finisher with a heave of 52 feet, 8.25 inches
Central will be in Waverly next weekend for the Wartburg Select on February 3 and 4.


The Central College men’s track and field squad team had success across the board at the Pioneer Open on Saturday.

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No team scores were kept at the competition.

Despite only winning one, the Dutch had top-three finishes in six different events, including five individual performances.

The top individual performance belonged to Justin Wmbish (junior, Glendale, Ariz./Apollo HS), who uncorked a long jump of 22 feet, 3.75 inches to place second.

“Justin had a great meet,” coach Joe Dunham said. “This is the first meet of the season and for him to be there already is fantastic. He looked really good sprinting as well.”

Wimbish led off the champion 4×200-meter relay team that clocked in at 1 minute, 33.40 seconds. He was joined by Blake Morgan (junior, Story City/Roland-Story HS), P.J. Carey (junior, Ankeny) and Caleb Jennings (sophomore, Spirit Lake).

Standing out amongst a plethora of good efforts in the middle distance and distance events,Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) placed second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:39.17. Kyle Pape (sophomore, Dubuque/Wahlert Catholic HS) also unleashed a career-best time in the mile, clocking in at 4:31.68.

“I was pleased with our middle distance and distance runners,” Dunham said. “Kyle had a pretty big PR. He’s running faster than he ever has. He’s doing all of this during our most intense training. We’re excited to see what he can do as we progress.”

In the shot put, sophomore Nathan Fitzgerald (Elkader, Central Elkader HS) took third with a toss of 47-11.25.

Central will be in Waverly for the Wartburg Select on February 3 and 4.

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Neuendorf and Kalinay Pace Storm in Cedar Falls

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Simpson Women

The Simpson women’s track and field team competed on a Friday for the second week in a row when it traveled to the UNI-Dome for the Jack Jennett Invitational.

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Simpson went up against a field that included athletes from Division I, Division III and NAIA. No team scores were kept.

Courtney Neuendorf led a trio of milers in the top 10, finishing second in 5:29.51, a little over 3 seconds behind the Iowa State Running Club’s Katlyn Ableidinger. Briana McCloskey finished third (5:43.58) and Shelby Hunemiller took ninth (5:48.76).

Audrey LoVan‘s busy day was highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the pole vault, in which she cleared 8-feet, 6 1/4 inches. She was also the Storm’s top finisher in the 60 meters (13th) and 200 meters (14th).

Rebecca Jensen secured the last lane for the 60-meter hurdle finals, then set a personal-best by running 10.18 to take eighth. Her previous best was 10.26 set at last year’s IIAC Indoor Championships.

Jaycie Owens and Jessica Gronke added 10th-place finishes in the 400 and 600 meters, respectively.

The Storm compete in the Wartburg Select next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4 in Waverly.

60 meters — 13. Audrey LoVan, 8.44
200 meters — 14. Audrey LoVan, 29.82
400 meters — 10. Jaycie Owens, 1:05.26; 12. Keeghan Corcoran, 1:06.30
600 meters — 10. Jessica Gronke, 1:51.23800 meters — 12. Courtney Neuendorf, 2:34.65; 13. Mary Wood, 2:35.05 PR; 15. Jessica Lamb, 2:36.72
Mile — 2. Courtney Neuendorf, 5:29.51; 6. Briana McCloskey, 5:43.58; 9. Shelby Hunemiller, 5:48.76
60 hurdles — 8. Rebecca Jensen, 10.18 PR
4×400 relay — 3. Waugh, Owens, Corcoran, Wood, 4:39.56
Pole vault — 5. Audrey LoVan, 8-6 1/4
Shot put — 12. Alex Niemier, 36-7
Weight throw — 16. Alex Niemier, 38-0

Simpson Men

Dylan Kalinay won the 60-meter hurdles for the second week in a row to lead 10, top-five finishes for the Simpson men’s track and field team at the Jack Jennett Invitational on Friday.

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Emmitt Wheatley, Mitch Stoltzman and Ian McKenzie added third-place finishes for the Storm, who were competing against teams from Division I, Division III and NAIA. No team scores were kept.

Kalinay set another personal-best in the hurdles, breaking the tape in 8.24 to beat Wichita State’s Tyler Knight. In three meets this season, Kalinay has three personal-bests. His time is tops in the Iowa Conference and tied for ninth in Division III.

Coming off a school record in the 200 a week ago, Wheatley took third in the 60 meters Friday. He ran 7.01, just off his season-best of 6.96, which is currently 15th in the nation. Travis Tupper came in fifth, running 7.05. Both Storm runners won their respective heats.

Stoltzman took third in the pole vault, clearing 12-feet, 11 1/2 inches. He went without a foul until failing at 4.10 meters.

McKenzie added the Storm’s other third-place effort, running 4:33.76 in the Mile. He finished just ahead of teammate Kyle Hovey, who ran a personal-best 4:35.90.

Nick Kibby set a personal-best to place fourth in the 600, Trey Thompson came in fourth in the 3,000 and Isaac Frazier added a fourth-place effort in the 60 hurdles. Sam Adeniyi led the Storm’s high jumpers by clearing 6-feet, 2 3/4 inches to take fourth. He also came in sixth in the 60 hurdles.

The Storm compete in the Wartburg Select next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4 in Waverly.

60 meters — 3. Emmitt Wheatley, 7.01; 5. Travis Tupper, 7.05
200 meters — 10. Dylan Kalinay, 23.04; 11. Chase Wetterling, 23.09
400 meters — 8. Trevor McKee, 53.35; 9. Jordan Coughenour, 53.50
600 meters — 4. Nick Kibby PR, 1:30.94
800 meters — 10. Kyle Hovey, 2:00.76
Mile – 3. Ian McKenzie, 4:33.76; 4. Kyle Hovey, 4:35.90 PR; 10. Jonathan Facio, 4:42.13
3,000 meters — 4. Trey Thompson, 9:35.59; 10. Chad Carter, 10:01.29
60 hurdles — 1. Dylan Kalinay, 8.24 PR; 4. Isaac Frazier, 8.73; 6. Sam Adeniyi, 9.01
4×400 relay — 3. Coughenour, Tupper, Wetterling, Wheatley, 3:26.95
High jump — 4. Sam Adeniyi, 6-2.75; 7. Isaiah Strong, 6-0.75; 10. Josh Dietrich, 5-10.75
Pole vault — 3. Mitch Stoltzman, 12-11.5Long jump — 5. Isaac Frazier, 20-9.25
Shot put — 22. Connor Warrick, 35-8.75; 23. Logan King, 35-8.5; 24. Caleb Striegel, 35-1.75; 25. Joseph Peck, 35-0.25
Weight throw — 16. Joseph Peck, 37-6

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Tanasha Atwater’s Big Toss This Weekend

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It was a busy weekend for the University of Dubuque women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams in which they finished with new school records at UW-Platteville Select on Saturday and at UNI Jack Jennett Open on Friday.

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set a new record in the shot put (15.01M/49′-3.00″) and followed that up on Saturday with a record in the weight throw (17.32M/56′-10.00″). Fabiola Ortiz grabbed a new mark on Saturday in the women’s 800 meter run (2:17.81). Blaze Murfin broke the record on Friday in the shot put (16.35M/53′-7.75″).

Top Finishes UNI Jack Jennett Open:
pole vault – Amanda Zbiliski (2nd/6 competitors) 3.35M/10′-11.75″
triple jump – Jenna Heimark (2nd/9 competitors) 10.4M/34′-1.5″
shot put – Tanasha Atwater (1st/22 competitors) 15.01M/49′-3.00″ *New UD School Record

triple jump – Blaze Barista (1st/6 competitors) 13.60M/44′-7.50″
shot put – Blaze Murfin (4th/27 competitors) 16.35M/53′-7.75″ *New UD School Record

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Dutch Women Earn Title, Men 2nd

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The first meet back after the Christmas break for the Central College women’s track team resulted in a team title at the Dutch Athletics Classic.

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The Dutch piled up 139 team points to earn the top spot. Baker University (Kan.) was second with 124 points.

Running a career best mile time of five minutes, 24.89 seconds, sophomore Rachel Peter (Prairie City, PCM HS) blitzed the rest of the field by over 10 seconds.

“Rachel had a good day,” coach Joe Dunham said. “She’s looking healthy and we’re excited to see what she can do this year.”

Lorell Stuht (senior, Loveland, Colo.) started 2017 off right in the weight throw, reaching 53 feet, 2 inches for first place. Fellow throwers Emily Burt (freshman, Freeport, Ill.) and Macin Harvey (sophomore, Hartley, HMS HS) also registered top-eight finishes in the weight throw and shot put.

“We had some really good performances in the throws today,” Dunham said.

Whitney Burgardt (sophomore, Britt, West Hancock HS) picked up an individual victory in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 10.06 seconds. The quartet of Kate Patton (junior, Murray), Emma Drees (senior, Waukee), Morgan Koenigs (senior, Mapleton, MVAO HS) and Hope Heitman (sophomore, Guttenberg, Clayton Ridge HS) won the 4×400-meter relay in 4:11.83.

“Overall it was a good performance by both of our teams,” Dunham said. “It was a good launching point to figure out where we are at.”

Central heads north to Platteville, Wis. For the Pioneer Open on Saturday, January 28.A second place performance by the Central College men’s track and field squad at Saturday’s Dutch Athletics Classic was highlighted by victories in the 1,000-meter run and mile-run for junior Mark Fairley (Dubuque).

In the team standings, Central had 151 points and came in second. William Penn University had 220 points and won the championship.

In the 1,000 meter-run, Fairley registered a time of 2 minutes, 36.13 seconds. He outpaced teammate Taylor Donner (junior, Dubuque), who ran it in 2:41.38, for the win. His time of 4:24.22 in the mile pushed him ahead of Isaac Steffensmeier‘s (senior, Fort Madison) time of 4:29.36.

“I’m really happy with where Mark is at right now,” coach Joe Dunham said. “It’s been a good start to the season for him.”

Freshman Will Daniels (freshman, Geneseo, Ill.) continues to impress early on in his Dutch career, losing a tie-breaker for first in the high jump after clearing six feet, eight inches. He sailed over the bar at 10-4 in the pole vault to take fourth. He also placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.18 seconds.

“Will had a fantastic day,” Dunham said. “It’s real exciting to see him compete so well in the high jump. He’s coming along in his other events as well, especially the pole vault.”

Blake Morgan (junior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) won the 300-meter dash in a time of 37.35 seconds.

“Overall it was a good performance by both of our teams,” Dunham said. “It was a good launching point to figure out where we are at.”

Central heads north to Platteville, Wis. for the Pioneer Open on Saturday, January 28.