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Next Level Iowa’s D3 Runner of the Year: Daniel Bonthious-Wartburg

Daniel BonthiousDaniel Bonthious, the former Iowa City Regina standout battled injuries much of his final season at Wartburg but persevered to became a two-time All-American in the 800m run with his sixth place finish (1:54.02). Bonthius, a 4.0 biology major, becomes the 35th student-athlete from Wartburg to earn a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships worth $7,500. He is also a two-time Academic All-American and two-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Bonthius will begin an MD/PhD program at the Medical University of South Carolina in the fall. “The PhD will be in biomedical engineering, and we will be working on creating an improved implant to correct scoliosis,” he said. “Upon completing this program, I hope to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery, and to also run a research lab that is focused on the development of novel medical devices for orthopedic patients.”

 

Congratulations to Daniel Bonthious this year’s Next Level Iowa’s AOY 2015

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Season Ends for Dutch and Farewell to Awesome Seniors

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Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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A championship year concluded at the NCAA Division III national meet Saturday for the Central College men’s and women’s track and field squads.

Central’s men, who captured their fifth Iowa Conference crown in the past seven years, failed to score any additional national meet points Saturday.

Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) was ninth in the 110-meter hurdle finals in 14.62 seconds after setting a school record in Friday’s prelims in 14.45 seconds.

“Dan had one really bad hurdle—the fourth hurdle—and that’s what prevented him from being an all-American,” coach Joe Dunham said. “But he took down a school record that had stood for a long time (10 years) and had a great season.”

Meanwhile, Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) capped a stellar career with a subpar 19th-place showing in the 5,000 meters in 15:30.42. That’s well off the school record of 14:11.28 he set at the Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. April 17. Pushing for a title, Horton ran with the leaders much of the way but fell off the pace in the ninth lap.

“He was running his race and he tried to make a move and it was just the wrong move,” Dunham said. “It just was not his day.”

Dunham said Horton was coming off an injury that made training difficult.

However, Saturday’s finish failed to overshadow Horton’s accomplishments over four years as one of the most successful distance runners in school history. Recently tabbed as the USTFCCCA Central Region Track Athlete of the Year, Horton was a three-time Iowa Conference track athlete of the week this spring. He gained all-America honors four times in indoor and outdoor track and was a four-time cross country all-America honoree as well. Including relays, Horton claimed eight conference outdoor individual event titles and seven indoor crowns.

“What a great career,” Dunham said. “He’s been an instrumental person for our distance program and is one of the greatest distance runners Central College has ever had. It’s truly been an honor to coach him.”

The Dutch tied for 56th in the team standings with four points.

The Central women failed to score at the national meet but also had a memorable year, winning team titles at the Central Invitational, the Dutch Triangular and the Monmouth Invitational, before racing to a second-place conference finish.

“They just got a lot better,” Dunham said. “It’s a young team and we’ve got some good kids coming in. We’re on the rise with our women’s program.

“And our men were conference champions. It was a great thing for our seniors to bring home the trophy.”

Dunham again thanked his staff of veteran assistant coaches and told his team to not let a disappointing weekend diminish so many achievements.

“I told the seniors to relish the great things the sport gave them over four years,” he said. “And I told the underclassmen to let the fire from this week fuel them for all of next year, so we can come back even better.”

 

Central College men’s track and field distance runner Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) stayed near the front of the pack for the majority of the men’s 10,000 meters before sprinting to the finish line to grab eighth place and All-America honors Thursday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

His time of 31 minutes, 4.09 seconds was just a half-second ahead of the ninth-place finisher and less than five seconds out of the top five.

“I couldn’t be happier for Cole,” said coach Joe Dunham. “He ran an extremely smart race in absolutely grueling conditions. Each lap was all over the map in terms of pace but Cole remained focused and rolled with it. He shared the lead with the eventual national champion for most of the race. Any time you are an All-American it is special. He will take that with him for the rest of his life.”

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Simpson Sends Two to Nathionals

Bayley Fleshner-West Fork-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Bayley Fleshner-West Fork-Simpson
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Two Simpson track and field student-athletes at contrasting stages in their careers will close the 2015 season with the same opportunity: a chance to compete for a national championship.

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Bayley Fleshner  (100-meter hurdles) and freshman Dylan Kalinay (110-meter hurdles) will represent the Storm at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held May 21-23 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Both athletes qualified by posting career-best times at the UW-La Crosse NCAA Qualifier on Friday, May 15. Fleshner ran the 100 hurdles in 14.35 seconds to qualify for her second NCAA Championship while Kalinay ran the 110 hurdles in 14.61 to make the field for the first time.

The women’s 100 hurdle preliminaries are set to start Friday, May 22 at 5:15 p.m. The men’s 110 hurdle preliminaries follows at 5:30 p.m. Each event features three heats, with the top two finishers in each heat and the next two fastest times advancing to the finals. The finals begin Saturday with the women at 1:55 p.m. and the men at 2:05 p.m.

Meet Central

For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.

FLESHNER CLOSES CAREER AT NATIONALS
For Fleshner, the 2015 outdoor “regular” season came to a bittersweet end with a runner-up finish at the Iowa Conference Championships. After posting the top qualifying time in preliminaries, Fleshner clipped the ninth hurdle in the finals, slowing her up just enough to come in second in front of her home crowd.

After a handful of near-misses in her first two seasons, Fleshner broke through by making outdoor nationals as a junior. Her road to qualification wasn’t easy this season either, as she had to run the 100 hurdles three times at La Crosse to solidify her ticket to the NCAAs. After prelims, a timing snafu nullified the first running of the finals. Meet officials decided to run the event a third time despite just three competitors taking part in the race. Fleshner overcame the adversity to run the fastest time of her career and post the No. 11 qualifying time in Division III.

KALINAY COMPETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN ROOKIE SEASON
Kalinay’s first season at Simpson fittingly comes to an end on Division III’s biggest stage.

The freshman sensation has been turning heads all season, establishing himself as one of the top sprinters in the Iowa Conference. Kalinay took second in both the 110 hurdles and the 100-meter dash at the conference championships, missing out on a title in the dash by just 0.01 seconds. His 14.61 in the 100 hurdles at La Crosse is the fourth-fastest effort in school history and fastest in 24 years.

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Knights Win 16th Straight Conference Title

Madison Kleve-Johnston-Wartburg ©Jim Kirby

Madison Kleve-Johnston-Wartburg
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The Wartburg women’s outdoor track and field team won its 16th straight and 19th overall Iowa Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday. The Knights won with 257.50 points.

  • Event winners:
    800m run: Taylor Moore, 2:10.90
  • Javelin throw: Kayla Hemann, 35.66m 117-00
  • Additional All-Conference performances:
  • Erica Dynes: 100m dash
  • Becca Cherry: 100m & 200m dash
  • Tessa Helmle: 200m dash
  • Taylor Officer: 400m dash
  • Kayla Kregel: 800m run
  • Maddie Kleve: 800m &1500m run
  • Serena Goetzl: 1500m & 5000m run
  • Derica Jakoubek: 100m hurdles
  • 4x100m relay: 1) Becca Cherry SO 2) Tessa Helmle SO 3) Rachael Cheeseman SR 4) Erica Dynes JR
  • 4x400m relay: 1) Kayla Kregel SR 2) Taylor Moore SR 3) Rachael Cheeseman SR 4) Taylor Officer SO

Head Coach Marcus Newsom was named Coach of the Year.

Drew Jackson- Johnston-Central and Timothy Shepherd- Knoxville-Central 
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Dutch Men Capture Fifth Conference Title

Katie Patton-Murray-Central ©Jim Kirby

Katie Patton-Murray-Central
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Central College rolled up 213 points to capture its fifth Iowa Conference men’s outdoor track and field championship in the last seven years Saturday by a comfortable 39-point margin.

The Dutch women finished in second place in the team standings with 147.75 points, 31 points ahead of third place Luther. Wartburg took the women’s title with 257.50 points.

Central men win five events, league title—On the men’s side Central dominated the distance events with the top three finishers in the 5,000 meters and the top two in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. After winning the 10,000-meter title Friday Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) won the 5,000 meters Saturday, finishing the race in 15:01.18. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) took second (15:03.00) and Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) was third (15:09.26).

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In the steeplechase

) (9:30.27) by less than two-tenths of a second to win the event. Shepherd’s time was a new personal best by 13 seconds. Central got another win on the track in the 1,500-meter run as Horton won the race for the fourth consecutive year (3:53.85).

In the110-meter hurdles it was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) finishing first in 14.62. Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) earned all-conference honors as well with a third place finish (15.14). The Dutch had an athlete earn all-league honors in the 400-meter hurdles as well as Tate Jensen (freshman, De Soto, Adel-De Soto, Minburn HS) crossed the finish line in third place (55.54).

Central had one relay team with a top-three finish Saturday as the 4×400-meter squad of Mason Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale), Blake Morgan (freshman, Story City, Roland-Story HS), Austin Roberts (junior, Bloomfield, Davis County HS) and Jackson took third (3:18.46).

In the field events Kody Dailey (junior, Iowa City) won the javelin title with a toss of 179 feet, 3 inches and Ben Miller (sophomore, Willcox, Ariz.) placed third in the discus (140-01).

“Any time you win a championship it’s a big deal,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It’s something every one of our men will have with them for the rest of their lives. I’m really happy for our seniors. For them to go out like this in such convincing fashion is great.”

Dunham was named the men’s league outdoor coach of the year Saturday, but was quick to recognize the rest of his staff.

“I want to credit my coaching staff,” he said. “I have the best staff around and am blown away by their knowledge of our sport.”

Sprinters lead Dutch women—The sprinting events have been a strength for the Dutch women all season long, and Saturday was no different. Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the titles in the 100-meter dash (12.06) and the 200-meter dash (24.79). Her 200-meter time is tied for the 18th fastest in Division III this season. She was also part of two relay squads that earned first place finishes.

The 4×100-meter team of Davis, Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Monica Ruiz (junior, Ruiz) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) took home the title (47.77) and the 4×400 team of Davis, Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City), Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) and McBroom edged out Wartburg by less than a second for first place (3:48.43). The 4×100 time is 15th in Division III and the 4×400 time ranks fourth.

McBroom had a big day for the Dutch as well. In addition to being a part of two winning relay teams she also won the 400-meter dash in 56.95.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) earned all-conference honors with a second place finish (11:30.06) and Andie Arthofer (sophomore, Zwingle, Dubuque HS) was fourth (11:53.92).

“I’m excited for our women’s program and the direction it is heading,” said Dunham. “We are seeing improvement in so many areas. I have big goals for the women’s team in the coming years.”

The Dutch will send a contingent of athletes to the Wisconsin-La Crosse Qualifier Thursday.

Cole Decker-Dowling-Central
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Dutch Hold Lead Entering Final Day of Conference

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Eric Larson-Waverly Shellrock-Centra
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The Central College men’s track and field team holds a 19-point lead after the second day of the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in Indianola.

The Dutch women are in second place with 56.75 points, 10.25 out of first.

Courtesy Dutch Athletics

“Today was maybe the best first day that these two teams have had at the conference meet,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I couldn’t be more proud of their competitiveness.”

Central men win three events—Led by a one-two finish in the 10,000 meters the Dutch men scored 80 points to take the lead with one day to go. Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the 10,000-meter title, finishing the race in 30 minutes, 56.68 seconds. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) placed second in the event in 31:24.15.

Central earned another event win in the 4×800-meter relay. The squad of Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque), Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS), Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) edged out Wartburg by seven one-hundredths of a second for first place (7:40.76).

Also on the track Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) qualified for the finals with the top prelim time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.63) and Jackson finished fifth in the 800-meter run prelims (1:55.05).

In the field events Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) won the long jump (22 feet, 10 inches) and teammate Justin Wimbish (freshman, Glendale, Ariz., Apollo HS) took third (21-11.75). The Dutch took two of the top four spots in the high jump. Conner Freeman (senior, Urbandale) was third (6-7.5) and Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) was fourth (5-7.5).

The second half of the decathlon also took place Friday. Ryan Kruse (freshman, St. Clair, Minn.) finished fourth (5,752 points) and Reese Iversen (freshman, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) sixth (5,558).

“There were so many great performances today,” said Dunham. “It’s hard to even pick out a few because what we are doing this weekend is so much more than individual performances.”

Dutch women win two field events—On the women’s side Central had the top two finishers in the long jump and won the hammer throw. Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) took the title in the long jump (17-6.75) with Taylor Beckman (senior, Panora, Panorama HS) earning second place (17-6.75).

In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) won the event by almost three feet with a toss of 160-10.

Central also had a top three finish in the high jump, where Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) took third (5-2.5).

On the track Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted the top qualifying time in the 400-meter dash prelims (57.25). Also running a top qualifying time was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200-meter dash prelims (24.96). Davis took second in the 100-meter dash prelims (12.09) as well.

“We had a lot of athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow and that is always a good sign,” said Dunham. “We have a lot of work to do tomorrow and each event will be a hard fought battle.”

The heptathlon concluded Friday with three Dutch athletes in the top six. Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Anthon-Oto HS) finished third (4,202 points), Emma Drees (sophomore, Waukee) fifth (3,949) and Kaitlyn Gillett (senior, Cedar Falls) sixth (3,589).

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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Simpson Feeling Comfortable at Home for Conference

 Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson
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Bayley Fleshner took home all-conference accolades in the long jump and put herself in position to do the same in the 100-meter hurdles, Isaac Frazier made all-conference in the high jump and Dylan Kalinay qualified for finals in three events to lead the Simpson track and field team on the second day of the Iowa Conference Championships at Buxton Stadium.

Courtesy Storm Athletics

The women’s team is in sixth place through seven completed events while the men are in seventh. The Championships conclude Saturday with field events getting underway at 10 a.m. and running events starting at 1 p.m.

Fleshner took home her first all-conference honor in the long jump, placing third with a leap of 16-feet, 8 1/2 inches, her best since 2013. On top of her effort in the long jump, she posted the top qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in a season-best 14.53 seconds.

Sarah Galbraith came in seventh in the high jump (4-10 1/2), Briana McCloskey took seventh in the 10,000 meters (40:42.41) and Hannah Moulds earned a team point with an eighth-place finish in the long jump (16-00 1/2). The 4×800-meter relay team of Galbraith, Jessica Gronke, Courtney Neuendorf and Lesley Roquet came in fifth (9:45.87).

Lauren Martin and Sarah Ney qualified for finals in the 100 meters and Ney also qualified in the 200.

After a seventh-place finish in the indoor high jump this winter, Frazier took home his first all-Iowa Conference honor by taking second, clearing 6-7 1/2. The top four competitors went out at that height, but Dubuque’s DuVaun Goodlow won based on fewest misses. Frazier had only one miss going into the height, putting him ahead of Central’s Connor Freeman and Logan Mulford.

The freshman Kalinay set the table for what could be a productive final day of the championships by posting top-five qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles. The speedster tied or set season-bests in each event, coming in second in both the 100 (10.98) and 100 hurdles (14.74) and fifth in the 200 (22.09).

Triston Twedt and Trevor McKee will compete in Saturday’s 400-meter hurdle finals and the 4×800 relay quartet of Brice Sheeder, Cody Alexander, Matt Pearson and Miles Kirts came in seventh (8:04.78).

Women’s Finalists

100 – 4. Lauren Martin, 12.43; 8. Sarah Ney, 12.63
200 – 5. Sarah Ney (25.57)
100 hurdles – 1. Bayley Fleshner, 14.53

Women’s Team Scores

1. Wartburg, 67; 2. Central, 56.75; 3. Luther, 51.75; 4. Dubuque, 37.75; 5. Loras, 30; 6. Simpson, 13.75; 7. Buena Vista, 9; 8. Coe, 6

Men’s Finalists

100 – 2. Dylan Kalinay, 10.98
200 – 5. Daylan Kalinay, 22.09
110 hurdles – 2. Dylan Kalinay, 14.74
400 hurdles – 5. Triston Twedt, 55.76; 8. Trevor McKee, 56.48

Men’s Team Scores

1. Central, 80; 2. Wartburg, 61; 3. Dubuque, 33; 4. Loras, 32; 5. Coe, 31; 6. Luther, 17; 7. Simpson, 10; 8. Buena Vista, 9

Molly Bramble-Waukee-Central & Elin Phipps-Boone-Central
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Dutch Women Claim Six Titles at Monmouth

Abi Davis-Dowling-Central ©Jim Kirby

Abi Davis-Dowling-Central
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The Central College women’s track and field team won six events and the team title at the Monmouth (Ill.) Fighting Scots Invitational Saturday.

The Dutch scored 179 points to best Monmouth by 58 points. Iowa Conference rival Wartburg took third with 118.

The Central men won three events to finish second with 158 points, just 11 points back of host Monmouth. Wartburg was a distant third with 111 points.

“Overall I was pleased with the performance of both teams today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a great tune-up before the conference meet.”

Sprinters lead Central women—The Dutch women dominated the sprinting events Saturday, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. In the 100 it was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) taking first in 11.95 seconds. Her time is tied for fifth in Division III this season.

In the 200 it was Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) winning in 25.47. Then in the 4×100 relay the Dutch squad of Davis, McBroom, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) sprinted to the title in 47.80. The time ranks 11th in Division III and is less than four-tenths of a second off of the school record.

“The women’s 4×100 ran a season best and put themselves on the bubble for nationals,” said Dunham. “They accomplished this even with some bad handoffs, so we know there is more there, which is exciting.”

Three other winners for the Dutch Saturday were Zimmerman in the 100-meter hurdles (14.74), Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) in the high jump (5 feet, 4.25 inches) and Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) in the 1,500 meters (4:50.91).

In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) placed third with a personal best toss of 160-1. Dunham liked what he saw out of both teams in the hammer throw Saturday.

“I felt like we had a great day with the throwers,” said Dunham. “Seven throwers set a personal best in the hammer today.”

Central men win three events—The Dutch had the top two finishers, and six of the top eight in the 1,500-meter run. Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the event in 3:55.14, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of teammate Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) (3:55.15). Also in the top five in the event was Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque) in fourth (4:02.01) and Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) in fifth (4:06.01).

Another winner for Central was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.70 was almost a second faster than the runner-up.

A third winner for the Dutch was Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) in the high jump (6-7.5).

Dunham was pleased with the performance of Grady Carson (senior, Centerville) Saturday. He placed 13th in the 100-meter dash (11.43) and 16th in the 200-meter dash (23.18).

“Grady Carson had personal bests in the 100 and the 200,” said Dunham. “He is running with a lot of confidence.”

The Dutch will compete at the Iowa Conference Championships in Indianola Thursday through Saturday. The men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon will begin Thursday with other events following the next two days.

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Good Showing For Norse at Wartburg

Luther Women ©Norse Athletics

Luther Women
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Norse Women

It was a beautiful afternoon in Carlson Stadium as Luther hosted the annual dual with the Knights of Wartburg College. Wartburg won the event 105-86.

Individual highlights for the Norse included four top-three finishes by Anna Burke. Burke won the long jump with a mark of 17-4 3/4 that ranks tied for seventh all-time. She placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.00), and third in both the javelin (112-2) and high jump (4-11). Burke also ran the third leg of the third place 4 x 400 relay (4:10.76) that consisted of Sarah Matthiesen, Delaney Schurer and Tricia Serres.

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Leah Broderick also had a good afternoon. Broderick won both the javelin (126-6) and high jump (5-3) and ran the third leg of the second place 4 x 400 (4:07.16). Also on this team was Anna Lampe, Marea Holkesvik and Katie Dennis.

Lampe also placed first in the 400 hurdles (1:05.13) and Holkesvik placed third in this same event (1:07.56).

Elise Heiser won the triple jump (35-3 3/4) with a distance that ranks ninth all-time. She also placed second in the long jump (16-2 1/2). Addi Tapp also posted a top-three finish in the triple jump finishing third (34-5 3/4).

Jackie Hoyme led the throwers with a second place finish in the hammer (150-9) and third place finish in the discus (128-9).

In the distance events, Kara Maloney and Hannah Wright placed first (10:32.77) and third (10:39.44) in the 3,000, and Kaia Bierman finished second in the 1500 (4:48.23).

The 4 x 100 foursome of Molly Wettach, Erin Kammer, Alexis Hove and Randi-Kate Canoy placed first (50.92). Hove also placed third in the 100 (13.36).

The Iowa Conference Championships are next for the Norse. The league will travel to Simpson College May 7-9. The Multi-events will begin on May 7 with the rest of the events beginning on May 8.

Norse Men ©Jim Kirby

Norse Men
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Norse Men

Wartburg College won the annual dual between the Knights and Norse 103-86 this afternoon in Carlson Stadium.

Isaac Jensen highlighted the running events placing first in the 3200 (9:24.17) with a time that ranks ninth on Luther’s all-time list.

Also posting first place finishes included Joel Clarke in the 110 hurdles (15.44) and Peter Krumm in the 100 (11.57). Krumm also placed third in the 200 (22.82).

Top three finishes were recorded by Kurt Hellmann and Sam Stokes-Cerkvenik that both placed second in the 800 (1:55.24) and 400 hurdles (55.87) respectively. Third place finishes were recorded by Elijah Kane in the 100 (11.79), John Donovan in the 1500 (4:03.76) and Nick Sigrist in the 110 hurdles (16.09).

The 4 x 100 foursome of Kane, Krumm, Cole Hocker and Henry Jungbauer placed second with a time of 43.05 that ranks tied for sixth all-time.

In the field events the Norse took the top three places in both the javelin and pole vault. Top three finishers in the javelin were Kane (153-7), Peter Lillibridge (151-7) and Kyle Hove (149-1). The pole vault finishers included Erik Queoff (14-0), Sigrist (12-1 1/2) and Jacob Miller (12-1 1/2).

Sigrist also placed third in the high jump (5-2 1/4), while Caleb Freund placed second (5-8) in this same event.

Dedrick Lee won the long jump (21-6 3/4) and finished second in the triple jump (42-2 1/4). Grant Preheim was third in the triple jump (42-1 1/4).

The Iowa Conference Championship are next on the schedule. Simpson College will host this year’s championship May 7-9. The decathlon will begin May 7, with the remainder of the events starting May 8.

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Storm Shine at the Kip Jarnvin Open

 Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson
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Running in front of the home crowd for the first time in his young career, pieced together a solid meet with three, top-four performances to lead the Simpson track and field team at the Kip Janvrin Open on Friday evening.

Despite wet, chilly conditions, the meet featured more than 750 competitors from 39 colleges and universities from across the country. Friday marked the 10th edition of the Kip Janvrin Open, which is named in honor of the 1998 Simpson graduate and 2000 Olympic decathlete.

Courtesy Strom Athletics

The meet began Thursday with the hammer throw and discus and concluded with the remainder of the field events and running events Friday.

Kalinay was the top Division III finisher in all three individual events in which he competed. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.94, placed third in the 100 meters in 11.15 and took fourth in the 200 meters in 22.43.

Simpson got another top-three effort in the high jump, where Isaac Frazier cleared 6-feet, 3 1/4 inches to place third. Frazier added a 10th-place effort in the triple jump (40-11 3/4).

Nick Yaeger hung with the front-runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, ultimately taking fourth in 9:38.47.

The women’s team got a great performance from its 4×100-meter relay quartet of Bayley Fleshner, Lauren Martin, Sarah Ney and Sarah Galbraith, taking second in a season-best 49.33.

Fleshner added a 10th-place effort in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 15.29.

Martin, Ney and Hannah Moulds all added 13th-place finishes. Martin took 13th in the 400 meters (1:00.92), Ney in the 200 (26.55) and Moulds in the long jump (16-5 1/4).

Meet Records

A total of four meet records fell on Friday

  • Women’s 200 – Chantel Stennis, Lewis (24.36)
  • Women’s 5k – Sasha Hovind, Northern State (17:08.73)
  • Women’s 100 hurdles – Deborah John, unattached (13.95)
  • Men’s 4×100 – Leonard/Korbelik/Prindle/Meyer, Northwest Missouri State (42.22)

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Simpson goes to the Dubuque Twilight on Friday, May 1 in the final tune up before the Iowa Conference Championships. Simpson hosts the IIAC Championships, which take place May 7-9.