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Knights’ Snider and Moser Shine at DIII Nationals

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Bennet Mosher-Wapello-Wartburg
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The Wartburg men’s indoor track and field team placed 29th with nine points at the National Championships hosted by North Central. Similar to the women’s team race, the title came down to the 4x400m relay. There was a tie for the overall team crown between host-North Central and UW-LaCrosse with 34 points.

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Bennett Moser earned All-American honors yesterday and Cody Snider joined him with those honors with his sixth-place finish in the 800m run finals.

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D1 and D3 Iowans Set For Nationals

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The state of Iowa will be well represented at the D1  and D3 Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend!  The D1 championships will be held in College Station, Texas and the D3 championships will be held in Naperville, IL.

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Former Sioux City East prep, Carter Lilly, is part of a large University of Iowa contingent headed to Texas A&M for the D1 Indoor championships.

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Former Clayton Ridge prep, Jasmine Staebler, is among the Iowa State entries headed to the NCAA Championships. For the Cyclone entries, click here!

 

UNI’s Brandon Carnes is among the favorites to earn All American honors at the D1 Championships.  For the Panther entires, click here!

 

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Dowling Catholic grad, Karissa Schweizer, is having an amazing 2016-17.  She started it off in the fall by winning the NCAA Cross Country title, and now finds herself among the favorites in both the 3k and the 5k heading in to the NCAA Indoor Championships. For the Tigers entries, click here!

 

 

 

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The Iowa Conference has qualified 45 to the D3 Indoor National Championships, many of which are former Iowa preps, click here!

 

 

Washington University, St. Louis, is sending a large squad to the D3 Indoor Championships.   This group will include for Iowa City West prep Ashley  Knudson. Click here!

 

 

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Iowan, Knudson Helps Washington U. at UAA Championships

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The Washington University in St. Louis women’s and men’s track & field teams combined to win nine events titles Sunday as the women captured the 2017 University Athletic Associaiton (UAA) Indoor Track & Field Championship and the men placed fourth at the Gosman Sports & Convocation Center in Waltham, Mass.

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The women captured seven track event titles on Sunday to run away from the UAA pack with 159 points. Following the Bears women were University of Chicago (99), Emory University (85), Case Western Reserve University (49), Carnegie Mellon University (43), New York University (31) and host Brandeis University (30).

The men’s side was much tighter as Carnegie won the two-day event with 116.33 points. Emory was second with 80 points, followed by Chicago (77.33), WashU (74.33), Case (58), Brandeis (47) and NYU (43).

WOMEN’S RECAP

Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff set a new UAA record during the 400m prelims (56.35) and followed it up on day two with a nearly identical 56.69. The record was previously set by WashU’s Emily Warner in 2016. The Bears senior Kelli Hancock (58.09) and freshman Nicky Althoff (59.38) also placed for WashU with third and sixth place. Hancock earned all-UAA honors with the top-three finish and Althoff set a personal best in the prelims (58.7).

Ridderhoff also was the lead runner on the Bears 4x400m Relay winning team of seniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson and Daisy Ogede. The group finished the 1,600m course in 3:48.32, its fastest finish on the season while narrowly missing a new school record. The time ranks first in all of Division III this season.

Ogede excelled individually too, setting a new school record while totaling three UAA titles with season-best times. She won the 55m Hurdles (8.16) which adjusted to the standard 60mH course (8.78) sets a new school record and ranks third in the country. She also won the 55m dash in 7.12, which converts into a season-best (7.67) and ranks third in Division III. Additionally, she captured the 200m UAA title with a time of 24.92 which currently ranks third nationally this season. Ridderhoff was the runner-up in both the 200m (25.62) and 55mH (8.31) to earn all-UAA honors.

Junior Annalise Wagner and Knudson were the first two individuals to cross the 800m finish line with all-UAA times of 2:12.50 and 2:12.74. Both times were season-bests as the duo now ranks fourth and fifth nationally.

The final UAA title for the women came from junior Alison Lindsay in the 3,000m. She finished with a career-best and school record time of 9:44.92 which ranks second in Division III this season. Also placing fifth and sixth for the Bears in the 3,000m were sophomore Abby Martin (10:22.47) and junior Mattie Gottbrath (10:23.16).

One day after earning a UAA title in the pole vault sophomore Heidi Nassos added all-UAA honors in the triple jump (11.13m) placing third.

MEN’S RECAP

The men finished day two of the UAA Championships with two event titles by seniors Deko Ricketts and Everett Kleven, while the Bears added three other all-UAA honors.

Ricketts won the 800m dash with a season-best time 1:52.09, which ranks second in the nation by one-hundredth of a second. Also joining Ricketts with a top-six time to earn the Bears points in the 800m was senior Conor Cashner (1:55.51, Sixth).

Kleven improved on the Bears pole vault record that he set last week with a new height of 4.91m. He currently ranks seventh in the country. Freshman Brandon Hutchison earned all-UAA honors by placing second behind Kleven with a new personal best 4.66m height. Junior Jacob Rother also placed fourth for the Bears in pole vault (4.41m).

Also earning all-UAA accolades for the men were sophomore Elvir Sarajlic and freshman Nick Matteucci. Sarajlic ran to a second place time of 8:28.70 in the 3,000m, while Matteucci also placed second during the one-mile run (4:14.08). Both underclassmen’s times were career-bests.

A top-six finish is required to score points. Listed below are the top-six finishes for the Bears from the UAA Championships:

Men

SUNDAY

Randy Bentley – Shot Put (13.39m, Sixth)

Conor Cashner – 800m (1:55.51, Fourth)

Brandon Hutchison – Pole Vault (4.66m, Second)

Everett Kleven – Pole Vault (4.91m, First – School Record*)

Nick Matteucci – Mile (4:14.08, Second)

Deko Ricketts – 800m (1:52.09, First)

Jacob Rother – Pole Vault (4.41m, Fourth)

Elvir Sarajlic – 3,000m (8:28.70, Second)

Mike Sullivan – Mile (4:17.74, Fifth)

Everett Witt – Triple Jump (13.06m, Fifth)

SATURDAY

Michael Billington – Long Jump (6.51m, Fifth)

Thomas Gales – DMR (10:03.76, First)

Peter Johnsrud – 5,000m (15:07.6, Sixth)

Nick Matteucci – DMR (10:03.76, First)

Collis McKenzie – High Jump (1.84m, Sixth)

Ezugo Onejeme – Long Jump (6.49m, Sixth)

Deko Ricketts – DMR (10:03.76, First)

Mike Sullivan – DMR (10:03.76, First)

Everett Witt – High Jump (1.84m, Fourth)

Women

SUNDAY
Nicky Althoff – 400m (59.38, Sixth)

Anna Cossio – High Jump (1.54m, Sixth)

Mattie Gottbrath – 3,000m (10:23.16, Sixth)

Elizabeth Hagstrom – Mile (5:05.83, Fifth)

Kelli Hancock 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 400m (58.09, Third)

Ashley Knudson 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 800m (2:12.74, Second)

Alison Lindsay – 3,000m (9:44.92, First – School Record*)

Abby Martin – 3,000m (10:22.47, Fifth)

Heidi Nassos – Triple Jump (11.13m, Third)

Daisy Ogede – 55m (7.12, First), 200m (24.92, First), 55mH (8.16, First – Adjusted for School Record 8.78*)

Rebecca Ridderhoff – 400m (56.69, First – UAA Record of 56.35 in Prelims*), 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 200m (25.62, Second), 55mH (8.31, Second)

Annalise Wagner – 800m (2:12.50, First)

Audrey Western – Mile (5:04.63, Fourth)

SATURDAY

Kelli Hancock – DMR (12:13.45, First)

Kayla Harley – Weight Throw (13.58m, Fifth)

Alison Lindsay – DMR (12:13.45, First)

Annie Marggraff – 5,000m (17:58.06, Third)

Sara Mesiano – DMR (12:13.45, First)

Dominique Meyer – Pole Vault (3.52m, Third)

Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (3.77m, First)

Aly Wayne – 5,000m (17:27.17, Second)

Audrey Western – DMR (12:13.45, First)

Bold and Italics= UAA Title Performance

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Dutch Men and Women Ranked in Regional Poll

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Joe Dunham, Head Coach Central
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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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Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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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.

UP NEXT
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.

MEET REPORT
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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Libby Schnoor-Camanche-Cornell
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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.

USTFCCCA CENTRAL REGION RANKINGS
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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Rachel Peter- Prairie City-Central
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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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Charles Zilaitis-Cornell
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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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Rachel Peter-Prairie City Monroe-Central
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Women

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.

Men

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.