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Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
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Dutch Alum Fairley Gains International Experience

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central ©Jim Kirby 2018

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
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While in Brazil competing at the FISU America Games last month, former Central College men’s distance runner Mark Fairley made memories both on and off the track.

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Sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the American Games are held in even numbered-years for North American and South American nations. This year’s version featured 1,200 athletes from over 20 participating countries in 13 sports.

On the track, Fairley had not raced competitively since the NCAA Division III Championships at the end of May. In his marquee event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Fairley was fourth in 9 minutes, 40.15 seconds. Daniel Reyes Morales of Mexico was the winner in 9:11.12. He also placed fifth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:04.76 while Michael Alba Jofre of Chile was the winner in 3:54.53.

“The competition was really good,” Fairley said. “At this point in the year, I am in the summer and just finished my season. Most of them are in the winter and in the beginning of their season. The other competitors all had similar PR’s, but they just happened to be in a little bit better shape because they had probably gotten better training over the previous month.”

The international nature of the event allowed Fairley to rub shoulders with athletes from other countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Uruguay.

“All of the athletes from all of the different sports stayed in the hotel,” Fairley said. “It was cool to have conversations with athletes from so many different countries.”

Service work also featured prominently on the week-long trip as the USA Track and Field team helped put together a mini-Olympics for Brazilian school children. The event was organized to lay the groundwork for the planting of a church in the area.

“There was a lot of opportunity to share my faith in Jesus Christ with people from other countries as well as my American teammates,” Fairley said. “God showed me the importance of trusting in him no matter what life throws at me.

“I was in charge of one of the soccer stations. It was like teaching a physical education class, which my education and student teaching experiences at Central prepared me well for.”

Speaking through a Portuguese translator at local schools while promoting the event, Fairley also answered questions about life in the United States and played soccer with the children.

Despite the short duration of the trip, the experience made an impact on Fairley.

“I hope and pray that I was an encouragement and joy to the school children of Brazil, because I know they were for me,” he said.

Fairley begins a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach with the cross country and track and field programs at Liberty University (Va.) this fall.

Ashlee Litterer-Wav. Shell Rock-Simpson
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Storm’s Litterer Expands Portfolio For Her Major

Ashlee Litterer-Wav. Shell Rock-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ashlee Litterer-Wav. Shell Rock-Simpson
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Sport: Cross Country and Track & Field
Hometown: Waverly, Iowa
Class this Fall: Junior
Major/Minor: Exercise Science/Biology
Internship: Program Supervisor at Cedar Falls Recreation Center

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What are your primary responsibilities?

I designed an eight week track camp for 3-6 graders. I coach at the camp, as well as manage the four other coaches. I am also the supervisor for a program called Before & After Care, which is a child care program held in the morning and afternoons. As a supervisor, I am responsible for creating schedules and time sheets, as well as other duties that come with managing staff.

How does this position help with your career goals?

This job fits in very well with my exercise science major because I have spent the last few years learning about the importance of exercise in children, and now I get to design a program to promote that! I would love to be a Cross Country or Track coach someday, so this is the perfect way to gain experience.

Did Simpson play a role in helping you get these internships? If so, how?

The classes I have taken for my major have prepared me well and taught me how to create an effective track program.

How has your experience as a student-athlete been helpful in this position?

My experience as a student-athlete has helped tremendously because I am able to take what I have learned from my coaches and share that with the athletes that I am now coaching. Being an athlete is helpful because I can put myself in the kids’ shoes and understand what they are going through.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Dutch Men and Women Collect Academic Call Outs

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Women

Five Central College women’s track and field athletes earned individual plaudits as the entire team was given the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team award Thursday.

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In order to qualify for the team award, the GPA of the team’s entire roster must combine to equal 3.10. The Dutch reached a 3.44 GPA as a team.

To qualify for the individual honor, student-athletes must post a 3.3 or better combined GPA and compete in an NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor championship or finish the regular season ranked in the top 35 in the nation in an individual event.

The only repeat winner for the Dutch women, Holly McKinney (senior, St. Charles, Interstate-35 HS) finished in the top-50 nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (outdoor – No. 31). She graduated with a degree in exercise science and a 3.48 GPA.

Evie Kammeyer (senior, Urbandale) qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, where she placed 18th (11:19.92). She graduated with a degree in biology and a 3.50 GPA.

Courtney Kruthoff (freshman, Erie, Ill.) finished in the top-50 nationally in the high jump (indoor – No. 33). Her major is undeclared and she has a 3.837 GPA.

Mary Gray (freshman, West Des Moines, Waukee HS) finished in the top-50 nationally in the pentathlon (indoor – No. 35) and heptathlon (outdoor – No. 45). Her major is undeclared and she has a 3.42 GPA.

Kiki Pingel (freshman, Pella) finished in the top-50 nationally in the pentathlon (indoor – No. 50). Her major is undeclared and she a 3.73 GPA,.

Central’s women’s track and field program has had 41 athletes earn USTFCCCA all-academic distinction 69 times.

Central’s USTFCCCA All-Academic women’s team honorees
Amy Olson, 1999
Jen Osteen, 1999
Hollie Reilly, 1999
Katie Button, 2000, 2001, 2002
Jenn Hansen, 2001, 2002, 2003
Abby Gonzales, 2002
Lindsay Schultz, 2002, 2003
Raegan Schultz, 2002, 2003
Alex Costigan, 2006
Chelsey Keller, 2006
Alicia Whisner, 2006, 2007
Angie Berry, 2007, 2009
Rachel Boeke, 2007, 2008, 2009
Kari Hutchinson, 2007, 2008
Chelsey Keller, 2007
Emily Teas, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Rachelle Tipton, 2008, 2009, 2010
Jill Ziskovsky, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Hannah Anderson, 2009
Felicia Coleman, 2010
Ashley Feldman, 2010
Sam Retz, 2010
Rachel Purdy, 2011, 2012
Morgan Sharp, 2012
Rachel Northrup, 2012
Miranda Wehde, 2012
Camie Kibbee, 2014, 2015
Allie McBroom, 2014, 2015
Whitney Pavlat, 2014
Monica Ruiz, 2014, 2015, 2016
Emma Drees, 2015, 2017
Morgan Koenigs, 2015, 2017
Kate Patton, 2015, 2016
Meredith Zimmerman, 2015
Holly McKinney, 2016, 2018
Lorell Stuht, 2017
Mary Gray, 2018
Evie Kammeyer, 2018
Courtney Kruthoff, 2018
Kiki Pingel, 2018

Men

Will Daniels (sophomore, Geneseo, Ill.) and Mark Fairley (senior, Dubuque) took two of the four Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year honors in NCAA Division III Track and Field as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team Thursday.

Daniels and Fairley were two of seven Central men to be recognized by the USTFCCCA.

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must post a 3.3 or better combined GPA and compete in an NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor championship or finish the regular season ranked in the top 35 in the nation in an individual event.

Named the Indoor Field Scholar of the Year, Daniels was the national champion in the heptathlon, at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships with 5,287 points. He also earned All-American honors in the indoor high jump (seventh place – 6 feet, 9 inches) and the outdoor decathlon (third place – 6,969 points). He is a 4.0 student as a biology major.

Also a national champion, Fairley was named the Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. He won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of a 9 minutes, 4.50 seconds at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He graduated with a degree in exercise science and a 3.825 GPA.

Ryan Kruse (senior, St. Clair, Minn.) qualified for both the indoor and outdoor national meet, earning All-American honors indoors by finishing third in the heptathlon (5,124 points). He graduated with a degree in mathematics and a 3.737 GPA.

Hunter Howe (senior, La Plata, Mo.) was a part of the 4×400-meter relay team that finished in the top-35 nationally (outdoor – No. 35). He graduated with a degree in athletic training and a 3.87 GPA.

Michael Firkins (senior, Centerville) finished in the top-50 nationally in the hammer throw (outdoor) and weight throw (indoor). He graduated with a double major in exercise science and biochemistry and a 3.568 GPA.

Kyle Pape (junior, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) finished in the top-50 nationally in the 800-meter run (outdoor – No. 40) and was a part of a distance medley relay team that was top-35 (indoor – No. 20). He is an exercise science major with a 3.819 GPA.

Jon Specht (senior, Dubuque, Hempstead HS) was a part of the distance medley relay team that was top-35 (indoor – No. 20). He graduated with a double major of biology and exercise science and 3.585 GPA.

The Dutch men have had 31 athletes win the honor 47 times.

Central’s USTFCCCA All-Academic men’s track and field team
Craig Cantrall, 1994
Andy Goodman, 1994
Nate Smith, 1994
Jon Rathje, 1999
Matt Webster, 1999
Marc VanderVelden, 2000
Tony Brownlee, 2001, 2002
Lucas Nims, 2001
Matt Jens, 2002
Matt McCombs, 2002
Cale Van Genderen, 2003
Tanner Whipple, 2003
Ben Bollard, 2006, 2007
Bryan George, 2006
Guy Dierikx, 2007, 2008
Cody Huisman, 2007
Alex Miller, 2007
Adam Wolf, 2007
Kurtis Brondyke, 2011
Tyler Crouse, 2010, 2011, 2012
Spencer Hammack, 2014, 2015
Drew Jackson, 2014, 2015
Eric Larson, 2014, 2015
Jaemin Powell, 2014, 2016
Jamie Vander Veer, 2015
Mark Fairley, 2016, 2017, 2018
Hunter Howe, 2016, 2018
Ryan Kruse, 2016, 2017, 2018
Will Daniels, 2017, 2018
Michael Firkins, 2018
Kyle Pape, 2018
Jon Specht, 2018

 

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Iowans Propel Rams in Early Outdoor Meets

Zaria Lambert-Dav. West-Cornell ©Rams Athletics

Zaria Lambert-Dav. West-Cornell
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Cornell senior MariKate Murphy (SR/Kirklin, Ind.) got her outdoor season off to a flying start, posting a top-10 NCAA Division III mark in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at Wednesday’s Loras Mid-Week Meet.

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Murphy’s event title helped the Rams place third in the six-team women’s field, scoring 97 points. Cornell’s men totaled 75 points for fourth place.

Murphy posted a quick time of 11:24.43 in the 3000 steeplechase, putting her No. 8 nationally. The senior finished 73 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Junior Emma Cochrane (JR/Mount Vernon, Iowa) clocked a top-30 NCAA time in the 400 hurdles. She placed third in 1:07.12, less than two seconds shy of the school record.

Zaria Lambert (SO/Davenport, Iowa) took second in the 200 (27.11) and was part of Cornell’s third-place 4×400 relay (4:20.32) that included Cochrane, Samantha Hardison (FR/Chicago, Ill.) and Shelby Williams (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa). The Rams went 2-3 in the 800 with Lily Niswonger (SR/St. Louis, Mo.) (2:30.53) and Kamryn Hogan (SO/Portland, Ore.) (2:45.11).

Hardison ran fourth in the 200 (28.00). Dominique Fleming (JR/Winterset, Iowa) placed fourth in the 1500 (5:14.11) and Zoe Kane-Preissing (SO/Chicago, Ill.) was fourth in the 5000 (19:58.39). Kieanna Rebers (SO/Savage, Minn.) took third in the high jump (4-5).

On the men’s side, Cuyler Gabriel (JR/Santa Barbara, Calif.) beat 16 competitors to win the 1500 (4:08.79). The junior finished .47 seconds ahead of Simpson’s Kyle Hovey.

Blake MacDowall (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) had a strong meet, taking runner-up in the 200 (22.70) and long jump (19-11). The Rams also received a second-place showing from Zach Irelan(SO/St. Charles, Ill.) in the javelin (129-2).

Freshman Derrick Lincoln (FR/Houston, Texas) scored third-place showings in the long jump (19-4.25) and triple jump (39-6.50). Mason Wicker (JR/Baldwin, Wis.) finished third out of 22 runners in the 800 (1:57.96). Evan Mills (FR/Orange City, Iowa) was fourth in the 3000 steeplechase (10:34.94).

Coming up – The Rams are back in action April 7 for their Cornell Invitational at Ash Park Stadium. Field events start at 10 a.m., followed by running at noon.

Chase Wetterling-Melcher Dallas-Simpson
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Buccheit and Kalinay Pick Up Victories For Storm

Emily Buccheit-Dub Hempstead-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2018

Emily Buccheit-Dub Hempstead-Simpson
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Women

Emily Buchheit won the 1500 meters to lead the Simpson women’s track and field team at the outdoor season opening Loras Midweek on Wednesday at the Rock Bowl.

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The Storm placed fourth of six teams with 67 points.

Meet Highlights
• Just a freshman, Buchheit won her first collegiate 1500-meter race by breaking the tape in 5:06.21. The win is the first by a Storm runner in the 1500 in nearly a year, the last coming from Sadie Timms on April 22, 2017.

• The Storm got a boost in the field events from Kamryn Juni and Audrey LoVan. Juni took second in the high jump while LoVan took home runner-up honors in the pole vault.

Event Winners
1500 meters — Emily Buchheit, 5:06.21

Event Runner Ups
4×400 relay — Katelyn Mangold, Elizabeth Burgus, Jaycie Owens, Katie Clarke, 4:17.64
High jump — Kamryn Juni, 4-09.00
Pole vault — Audrey LoVan, 9-06.25

Meet Report
Top 3 finishers per event

100 meters
8. Mackenzie James, 13.45
9. Audrey LoVan, 13.67

200 meters
7. Mackenzie James, 28.24
9. Kamryn Juni, 29.44

400 meters
3. Jaycie Owens, 63.59
5. Elizabeth Burgus, 64.45
6. Katie Clarke, 65.24

1500 meters
1. Emily Buchheit, 5:06.21
12. Kate Derrick, 5:30.19

5000 meters
7. Ashlee Litterer, 20:38.62

4×100 relay
3. Audrey LoVan, Katelyn Mangold, Elizabeth Burgus, Mackenzie James, 52.12

4×400 relay
2. Katelyn Mangold, Elizabeth Burgus, Jaycie Owens, Katie Clarke, 4:17.64

High jump
2. Kamryn Juni, 4-09.00

Pole vault
2. Audrey LoVan, 9-06.25

Long jump
7. Katelyn Mangold, 15-02.25

Shot put
7. Madison Anderson, 25-09.50

Discus throw
10. Madison Anderson, 69-03

Javelin throw
4. Katelyn Mangold, 78-11

 

Men

The Simpson men’s track and field team crowned six event champions and posted some of the top times in the nation in the outdoor season opening Loras Midweek on Wednesday at the Rock Bowl.

The Storm placed second in the team standings with 184 points, behind only the host Duhawks (268).

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Meet Highlights
• All-American hurdler Dylan Kalinay picked up where he left off the indoor season by winning three events on the day. The senior won the 100 meters, the 110 hurdles and led off the 4×100 relay team. Each one of his efforts currently ranks in the top 15 in Division III, highlighted by his fifth-ranked effort of 14.70 in the 110 hurdles.

• The 4×100 relay team of Kalinay, Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper and Troy Vittetoe posted the No. 6 time in school history in winning the relay and posting the No. 7 time in Division III.

• The field events performed well as Isaiah Strong (high jump), Sam Adeniyi (long jump) and Josh Dietrich (javelin throw) all won their respective events.

• In addition to his win in the long jump, Adeniyi added a third-place effort in the 110 hurdles and came in fourth in the high jump and led off the third-place 4×400 relay team.

Event Winners
100 meters — Dylan Kalinay, 10.90 | #15 NCAA
110 hurdles — Dylan Kalinay, 14.70 | #5 NCAA
4×100 relay — Dylan Kalinay, Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Troy Vittetoe, 42.14 | #7 NCAA
High jump — Isaiah Strong, 6-02.75 | #27 NCAA
Long jump — Sam Adeniyi, 20-05.25
Javelin throw — Josh Dietrich, 151-03

Meet Report
Top 3 finishers per event

100 meters
1. Dylan Kalinay, 10.90 | #15 NCAA
3. Travis Tupper, 11.24
6. Tyler Dredge, 11.98

200 meters
3. Troy Vittetoe, 23.08
6. Kellen Fitch, 23.28
13. Tyler Dredge, 24.76

400 meters
2. Chase Wetterling, 49.94 | #30 NCAA
3. Kirk Wicks, 51.43

800 meters
4. Tyler Combs, 1:59.09
14. Bryce Exline, 2:07.26
18. Nick Kibby, 2:13.14

1500 meters
2. Kyle Hovey, 4:09.26
6. Josh Paulson, 4:14.84
9. Dalton Bowers, 4:24.27

5000 meters
2. Ian McKenzie, 15:07.87 | #25 NCAA
6. Trey Thompson, 15:23.05
16. Seth Nostrala, 16:24.38

110 hurdles
1. Dylan Kalinay, 14.70 | #5 NCAA
3. Sam Adeniyi, 15.68
6. Elliott Meyer, 20.39

400 hurdles
3. Jordan Coughenour, 55.10 | #14 NCAA
7. Austin Greenwalt, 57.10
16. Elliott Meyer, 63.87

4×100 relay
1. Dylan Kalinay, Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Troy Vittetoe, 42.14 | #7 NCAA

4×400 relay
3. Sam Adeniyi, Kellen Fitch, Troy Vittetoe, Austin Greenwalt, 3:29.29

High jump
1. Isaiah Strong, 6-02.75 | #27 NCAA
4. Sam Adeniyi, 6-0.75

Long jump
1. Sam Adeniyi, 20-05.25
5. Brian Rew, 18-10.50

Shot put
4. Caleb Striegel, 42-04.00
7. Mason Spree, 36-07.75
10. Jaxon Lee, 32-10.25

Discus throw
3. Caleb Striegel, 130-00
6. Mason Spree, 113-06
12. Maclaine Roush, 98-10

Hammer throw
6. Mason Spree, 123-03
10. Caleb Striegel, 105-10
15. Maclaine Roush, 79-01

Javelin throw
1. Josh Dietrich, 151-03
3. Ryan Trainer, 119-04
5. Jaxon Lee, 107-00

Brandon Gradoville-CR Xavier-Loras and Jacob Beaton-CR Jefferson-Loras 2017
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Loras Come Up Big at Home Meet

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras ©Mike Brynes 2017

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
©Mike Brynes 2017

The Loras track & field program opened the outdoor portion of its schedule on Wednesday night from the comforts of home at its own MidWeek Invite. In total, the Duhawks earned 21 victories, including three of the four relays.

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TEAM SCORES
Men – 1st – 268
Women – 1st – 309

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
– Fresh off his national championship performance at the 2018 Indoor Track & Field Championships, Patrick Mikel didn’t miss a step in his outdoor debut, winning the men’s 400 with a time of 47.72, setting a personal best, which remains second all-time in program history
Kylian Lally won the men’s 800 with his time of 1:55.14
Mason Tope carried over his strong indoor season, winning the men’s 5k with an 18-second PR of 14:34.73, setting a new stadium record in the process
Logan Hayes set a 36-second PR in the men’s steeplechase, winning with his time of 9:50.14
– Loras’ 4×400 Relay team of Andrew O’Neill, Connor Otting, Kylian Lally and Patrick Mikel ran 3:26.70, taking first
Hunter Dunlap won the men’s pole vault with a PR height of 4.50m
Doyle Carroll opened the outdoor season with a win in the men’s triple jump at 12.76m
Jake Berg recorded one of his two personal bests in the men’s shot put, taking first with a throw of 15.17m
Garrett Hammond added a win for the Duhawks in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 48.89m
Terrianna Black won the women’s 200 with her time of 27.02
Gabrielle Noland ran 59.6 in the women’s 400, taking first
Molly Walkner won the women’s 800 with her time of 2:29.02
– In her Rock Bowl debut, Bailey Vance won the women’s 100 hurdles in 16.29
Kassie Rosenbaum followed suit, winning the women’s 5k with a time of 18:31.67
Bella Solis took first in the women’s 400 hurdles at 1:03.81
– Loras swept the relays, winning the 4×100 with the team of Alexis Alt, Noland, Solis and Black in 48.85
– In the 4×400, the Duhawks ran 4:01.48 with the team of Alt, Solis, Allie Serres and Noland
Taylor Dooley won two events for Loras on Wednesday, first in the women’s pole vault, clearing 3.05m for a PR and later in the women’s javelin with a throw of 34.15m
Elyse Acompanado won the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.21m
Esther Johnson threw a 2.7m PR in the women’s hammer, marking a distance of 47.73m

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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Kalinay, Storm’s Best at Nationals

 Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2018

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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Simpson hurdler Dylan Kalinay brought home the program’s best finish at indoor nationals in 33 years, placing third in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday.

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A senior from Toledo, Iowa, Kalinay came into the championship seeded sixth in the 60-meter hurdles and entered the final with the No. 5 qualifying time. He moved up two spots to third by running 8.14 in the final, the top finish by a Simpson male at indoor nationals since Danny Bauer (5k) and Kirk Pederson (800) won national titles back in 1985.

Kalinay is now a two-time All-American, adding to his eighth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 outdoor national championship. His finish is the best by a Simpson male — indoor or outdoor — since Matt Chance took second in the 5,000 meters in 1996.

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2018

Men’s Qualifiers For Division III Nationals

 Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2018

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
©Jim Kirby-2018

Our D3 National Qualifiers for Nationals held in Birmingham, AL

Feature photo: Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras©Jim Kirby 2018

Complete Meet Info, click here!

MEN

60M and 60HH-Dyaln Kalinay-Simpson/South Tama County
400M-Patrick Mikel-Loras
Mile-Casey Roberts-Wartburg/Saydel
5K-Mason Tope-Loras-Davenport Central
60HH-Gerrand Moody-Loras
60HH-Kelshawn Johnson-U of Dubuque
High Jump and Heptathlon-Will Daniels-Central
Heptathlon-Ryan Kruse-Central
Shot Put and Weight Throw-Blaze Murfin-U of Dubuque
4×400-Loras-Shamari Scott-Loras/IC City High, Evan Gradoville/CR Xavier, Anakin Hall/Anamosa, Patrick Mikel
DMR-Wartburg-Casey Roberts/Saydel, Levi Dolphin/Cascade, Cody Snider/Dike-New Hartford, Sam Pinkowski
Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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Women National Qualifiers For Division III

Ashlyn Bagge-Independence-Wartburg ©IIAC 2017

Ashlyn Bagge-Independence-Wartburg
©IIAC 2017

Our D3 national qualifiers who will be in action this weekend at the D3 Nationals in Birmingham, AL.

Feature photo: Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras©Duhawks Athletics

 

Complete Meet Info, click here!

WOMEN
60M and 200M-Gabrielle Noland-Loras
200M-Teylor Jones-Wartburg
800M-Betsy Duehr-Wartburg/Dubuque Wahlert
5K-Ashlyn Bagge-Wartburg/Independence
4×400-Wartburg-Betsy Duehr/Dubuque Wahlert, Aubree Taylor/Maquoketa, Teylor Jones, Belle Tyynismaa/South Tama County
4×400-Loras-Gabrielle Noland, Bella Solis/Davenport Central, Alexis Alt, Allie Serres
DMR-Wartburg-Maddie Carlson, Amy Brant/Clear Creek Amana, Betsy Duehr/Dubuque Wahlert, Cassidy Christopher/Gladbrook Reinbeck
Long Jump-Bella Solis-Loras/Davenport Central
Shot Put-Tanasha Atwater-U of Dubuque/Davenport Central
Shot Put and Weight Throw-Sam Holtz-Wartburg/South Tama County
Weight Throw-Rebecca Burmahl-U of Dubuque/Monticello
Pentathlon-Libby Schnoor-Cornell/Camanche
Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
©Jim Kirby-2018

Storm’s Kalinay Succeeds On and Off the Track

 Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2018

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
©Jim Kirby-2018

Senior Dylan Kalinay has been quite active in his four years on the Simpson men’s track and field team, earning himself IIAC Track Performer of the Week 10 times in his career.

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Kalinay recently ran a career-best 6.96 seconds in the 60m sprint at Grinnell’s Darren Young Invitational, which is third-fastest time in school history and 17th-best in Division III.

Kalinay recognizes the success he has been able to accomplish in his time at Simpson, but he attributes most of it to his teammates who have impacted him on his journey.

“Coming here my freshman year was weird, our program was kind of down at that point,” Kalinay said. “The year after that, we brought in a good recruiting class and all those guys are really good, so we can all kind of share the success together.”

Kalinay said bonding with his teammates is what makes the process special and knowing he’s made friendships that will last a lifetime.

“We go to practice and it usually sucks, but we love it,” Kalinay said. “I love hanging out with my friends. I love coming to practice everyday and being with those guys.”

The strength and conditioning program, followed mostly during the offseason, was implemented during Kalinay’s sophomore year and has helped develop a skill set to consistently perform his best on the track.

“I think one of the biggest changes was to our strength and conditioning program,” Kalinay said. “It was almost nonexistent during my freshman year. Sophomore year it changed when Josh came in, and it’s been good ever since.”

Head coach Dave Cleveland described Kalinay as the type of kid you would love to have a full team of. His talent, work ethic, attitude and competitive nature set him apart from others.

“He makes coaching a lot easier,” Cleveland said. “When he was a freshman, I would call him the silent assassin, because he is kind of unassuming. His performances and competitive nature speak for themselves, so he doesn’t have to say much.”

When Kalinay was injured last season, his teammates stepped up and had record-breaking runs without him. Instead of being upset because of his injury, Cleveland said Kalinay was happy for his teammates. It’s what makes him such a good person; embodying what it means to be a true team player.

“I think Dylan will leave a legacy,” Cleveland said. “As far as him being a really good teammate. He was excited for those guys even if it meant taking his name off the record board.”

Sophomore teammate Isaiah Strong said Kalinay is always trying to watch other teammates’ events even if its one he doesn’t compete in. He said Kalinay is constantly making an effort to help others on the team.

“Dylan likes to engage himself with others on the team during a meet and offer up advice,” Strong said. “He’ll watch me compete even though he doesn’t know much about high jump. He tries to get around and watch everyone’s events.”
Strong said Kalinay is a good example for a lot of the younger guys to look up to.

“It gives me hope,” Strong said. “If he can still be excelling as a senior, then I feel that me being a sophomore means I can still progress and get better.”

It’s no doubt that Kalinay has left an impact on the Simpson track and field program. No one is sure what his future will hold, but Kalinay and Cleveland both have high expectations after the season is over.
Kalinay said he’ll return next fall to finish up student teaching. He plans on becoming a PE teacher or a coach.

He’ll look to continue his stellar start to the senior season when the Storm travel to Pella to participate in the IIAC Indoor Championship meet on Feb. 23-24.