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3 Dutch Collect Conference Honors

 

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Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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A trio of Central College athletes were named Iowa Conference performers of the week in their respective sports Monday.

Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) earned the honor for men’s track, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) for women’s track and Adam Squires (senior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) for men’s golf.

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Horton breaks own record—Running at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Horton turned in a school-record performance in the 5,000 meters (14 minutes, 11.28 seconds). His time is the fastest in Division III this season by more than 10 seconds. Horton has now earned league outdoor track performer of the week honors seven times in his career.

Zimmerman sets school record—Zimmerman ran the fastest time in school history, and sixth quickest in Division III this season, in the 100-meter hurdles (14.39) at the Dutch Triangular in Pella Saturday. She was also 11th in a 22-competitor field in the same event (14.79) while going up against Division I athletes at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence Friday. This is the second time this season Zimmerman has earned the weekly league honor.

The Central track teams will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola this week.

Two top-five finishes for Squires—The Central senior placed third at the Duhawk Spring Invitational (69-75—144) April 12-13 and tied for first at the Central Dutch Masters (69-72—141) Friday and Saturday. His performance helped the Dutch earn team titles at both meets. This is the second time in his career Squires has been earned league men’s golfer of the week honors.

The Dutch will play the first two rounds of the Iowa Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.

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Wartburg Runs Wild in Kansas

wartburgMembers of the Wartburg track and field teams competed at the Kansas Relays.

  • 100m dash: Becca Cherry, 26, 12.46; Erica Dynes, 30, 12.58; Rachael Cheeseman, 38, 12.80
  • 200m dash: Becca Cherry, 20, 25.90
  • 400m dash: Kayla Kregel, 23, 59.78; Kaitlyn Muhlenbruch, 28, 1:00.78; Elizabeth Duehr, 33, 1:02.88
  • 400m dash: Dallas Koppes, 20th, 50.03
  • 800m dash: Kayla Kregel, 5th, 2:18.95; Elizabeth Duehr, 16th, 2:29.40
    Taylor Officer, 6th, 2:11.27 (other division race)
  • 800m dash: Nick Green, 11th, 1:55.85
  • 4x100m relay: 9th Cherry, Helmle, Cheeseman, Dynes, 48.06
  • 4x400m relay: 8th, Crew, Officer, Moore, Kregel, 3:55.89
  • 4x400m relay: 11th, Koppes, DeMott, Dolphin, Green, 3:19.26
  • 4x800m relay: 2nd, Officer, Kregel, Duehr, Moore, 9:15.66
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Norse Men and Women Breeze Into Home Meet

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The Luther men breezed to a team title at the 49th Annual Norse Relays this afternoon. The Norse posted a point total of 253 finishing ahead of UW-Superior with 122 and Coe with 81.

The highlight of the afternoon was the performance of unattached competitor Jordan Williams in the discus. Williams broke his own Carlson Stadium and Norse Relays record with a throw of 182-6 (55.63 meters). His old mark was 180-9 set last year.

The Norse won all but two of the relays this afternoon placing first in the 4 x 100 (43.43), 4 x 200 (1:31.11), 4 x 400 (3:30.15), and the 4 x 800 (8:01.15).

Individually, Joel Clarke place first in the 110 hurdles besting an entire field of teammates with a time of 15.30. Sam Stokes Cerkvenik (57.62), Nick Sigrist (58.80) and Cooper Nelson (59.74) swept the top three places in the 400 hurdles. Luke Lumbar finished second in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:20.57).

In the field events, Erik Queoff posted a personal best in the pole vault with a first place finish of 14-2 1/2, that moves him into the ninth best height outdoors in school history.

Dedrick Lee won both the long jump (22-3) and triple jump (43-7 1/4), while Elijah Kane won the javelin (164-3). Brandon Dawson placed second in the high jump (5-7) and second in the long jump (21-10 3/4).

Final Results

Luther’s next competition will be the Augustana-Rock Island Meet of Champions that will take place on Saturday, April 18.

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The 49th annual Norse Relays took place this afternoon in Carlson Stadium and host Luther finished second in in the six-team field. The Norse posted a point total of 175.25 and finished behind Augustana-Rock Island that won the team title with 187.50 points.

The highlight of the afternoon took place in the javelin where unattached competitor Katelyn Gochenour set a Carlson Stadium and Norse Relays record with a throw of 164-4 (50.09 meters). She broke the old mark of 46.25 meters set by Wartburg’s Dia Dohlman in 2004.

In this same event, Luther’s Leah Broderick was the top collegiate competitor posting a mark of 122-3. Broderick also won the high jump clearing the bar at 5-3.

Jackie Hoyme posted three second place finishes on the afternoon. Hoyme finished second in the shot put (37-5), discus (135-2) and hammer throw (144-2).

Jordan Lawrence posted the sixth best height all-time in the pole vault with a mark of 9-4 1/4 while placing third. Rachel Aune also moved up the top-10 list in the hammer throw with a personal best of 119-8 that ranks ninth.

In the relays, the foursome of Kenzie Carney, Sarah Owens, Hannah Wright and Kara Maloney finished third in the 4 x 1600 clocked at 22:07.09 that ranks tenth on Luther’s all-time list.

The 4 x 200 of Alexis Hove, Broderick, Erin Kammer and Marea Holkesvik posted the lone first place finish for the Norse in the relays with a time of 1:49.13.

Individually, Mallory Carr and Hailey Hansen placed second and third in the 3,000 steeplechase clocked at 11:56.72 and 12:24.86 respectively.

Final Results

Luther’s next competition will be on Friday, April 17 at the Augustana-Rock Island Invitational.

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Weekend “Rap!”

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Results from the weekend…

  • Iowa State teams had a busy but successful weekend Click Here!
  • UNI happy with results at Nebraska Click Here!
  • Shelby wins 800 at home meet as she prepares for Drake Relays 800! Click Here!
  • Drake very competitive on the Blue Oval Click Here!
  • Iowa wins 5 events at Jim Duncan Click Here!
  • Central came up with some very good results in Des Moines Click Here!
  • UNO Mavericks get good efforts from former Iowa preps Click Here! and also Click Here!
  • Schweizer and Waymire perform well for Mizzou Click Here!
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Warburg Women Continue to Roll

Erin Hawkins-Winterset-WartburgThe Warburg Knights Traveled to the UW-Platteville Invitational

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Women’s Results

  • Taylor Moore (New Hampton) won both 800 and 1500 (2:12.79 and 4:48.88). This was Taylors 2nd 1500 ever!
  • Erin Sawyers (Winterset) and Serena Goetzl (Urbandale) both entered the sub 18 5k group with 17:49 and 17:52.
  • Kailey Kladivo (North Tama) won the high jump with a 5’6.
    Good early season 4×100 placed second with a 47.88. Team comprised of Becca Cherry, Tessa Helme, Rachael Cheeseman and Eric Dynes.Men’s Results
  • Colt Feltes was 4th in both shot and disc and placed 2nd in the Hammer throw against a competitive WIAC field.
  • Justin Hochstetler (Mid Prairie) place 5th in the 800 with a 1:53.95. This mark puts him in the top 15 in DIII right now.
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The Storm’s Martin & Yeager Come Big at Central

Lauren Martin-Forest City-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Lauren Martin-Forest City-Simpson
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Lauren Martin won the 100-meter dash and Nick Yaeger won the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the Simpson track and field teams at the outdoor season-opening Central Invitational on Thursday.

The men placed fourth of eight teams with 92 points while the women took seventh of nine with 59 points.

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Martin broke the tape in 12.66 seconds, earning her first career win in the 100 meters. Yeager finished his first steeplechase since 2013 in 9:51.46, a 22-second personal record.

Trevor McKee and Isaac Frazier added second-place efforts for the men’s team with McKee running a 57.81 in the 400-meter hurdles and Frazier clearing 6-5 1/2 in the high jump. Dylan Kalinay came in third in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.98) and Bayley Fleshner placed third in the 100-meter hurdles for the women (15.19).

All of Simpson’s relay teams placed third. On the men’s side, the team of Kalinay, Davey Jergens, Tate Tufte and Triston Twedt ran 43.71 in the 4×100 and Brice Sheeder, Tufte, Twedt and McKee ran 3:31.52 in the 4×400. The women’s 4×100 relay squad of Fleshner, Martin, Sarah Ney and Sarah Galbraith ran 50.29 and the 4×400 team of Martin, Jessica Gronke, Courtney Neuendorf and Galbraith ran 4:15.91.

Simpson is off for the Easter Holiday and returns to action next weekend, April 10-11, at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines.

Women’s Team Standings
1. Central, 143.5; 2. Mount Mercy, 118; 3. Loras, 95; 4. Clarke, 89.5; 5. Winona State, 85; 6. William Penn, 78; 7. Simpson, 59; 8. Waldorf, 15; 9. Faith Baptist, 2

Men’s Team Standings
1. Loras, 212; 2. William Penn, 174; 3. Central, 119; 4. Simpson, 89; 5. Clarke, 46; 6. Mount Mercy, 37; 7. Waldorf, 13; 8. Faith Baptist, 2

Women’s Top Performances
100 – 1. Lauren Martin, 12.66; 8. Sarah Ney, 13.52
200 – 8. Sarah Ney, 27.66; 10. Lauren Martin, 27.97
400 – 5. Keeghan Corcoran, 1:07.52
800 – 12. Jessica Gronke, 2:36.83
1500 – 6. Courtney Neuendorf, 5:12.83; 8. Lesley Roquet, 5:22.16
100 hurdles – 3. Bayley Fleshner, 15.19
400 hurdles – 7. Sarah Galbraith, 1:12.43
4×100 relay – 3. Fleshner/Martin/Ney/Galbraith, 50.29
4×400 relay – 3. Martin/Gronke/Neuendorf/Galbraith, 4:15.91
High jump – 5. Sarah Galbraith, 1.43m
Pole vault – 3. Audrey Lovan, 2.15m
Long jump – 7. Bayley Fleshner, 4.78m
Triple jump – 6. Elisa Wildy, 10.31m
Javelin throw – 9. Hannah Moulds, 27.53m

Men’s Top Performances
100 – 5. Davey Jergens, 11.34
200 – 6. Dylan Kalinay, 22.74
400 – 5. Brice Sheeder, 50.64; 6. Jack Fritzjunker, 52.88
800 – 7. Cody Alexander, 2:02.74
1500 – 7. Miles Kirts, 4:15.35; 9. Ian McKenzie, 4:17.93; 10. Blake Willadsen, 4:20.47
110 hurdles – 3. Dylan Kalinay, 14.98
400 hurdles – 2. Trevor McKee, 57.81
3000 steeplechase – 1. Nick Yaeger, 9:51.46
4×100 relay – 3. Kalinay/Jergens/Tufte/Twedt, 43.71
4×400 – 3. Sheeder/Tufte/Twedt/McKee, 3:31.52
High jump – 2. Isaac Frazier, 1.97m
Pole vault – 4. Mitch Stoltzman, 3.95m
Long jump – 5. Brandt Seward, 6.07m
Shot put – Koltin Pfaffle, 12.16m

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Central Women Win Invitational

Dan Roemerman-Central ©Jim Kirby

Dan Roemerman-Central
©Jim Kirby

The Central College women’s track and field team used first place finishes in five events to take first in the nine-team Central Invitational Thursday at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.

The Dutch men, competing without some key contributors, took third of eight teams.

Central women take first—Led by first place finishes and new personal bests the Dutch women scored 143.5 points to win the meet by 25.5 points over Mount Mercy.

Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) took first place in the 100-meter hurdles (14.72 seconds). Her time in the prelims of 14.69 ranks third in Division III this season and is a new personal best.

“Meredith kind of started her season off right where she finished her indoor season,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a good start for her.”

Other first place finishes for the Dutch on the track included Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto HS) in the 400 (1:01.15), and Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200 (25.47). Davis’s time is sixth in Division III and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), who finished second to Davis in 25.68, ranks 18th.

In the 800 meters the Dutch had four of the top five finishers including Kasey Wiedmaier (sophomore, Indianola), who won the event in 2:26.35.

A big personal best was set by Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) in the hammer throw Thursday. She topped her old top mark by 24 feet with a toss of 159 feet 0 inches, which ranks 11th in Division III.

“Lorell Stuht had a great day in the hammer,” said Dunham.

In the high jump Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) took the title, clearing 5-2.25.

Dutch men take third—On the men’s side Central used multiple personal bests to earn a third place finish as a team (119 points). Loras took the men’s title with 212 points.

Kody Dailey (junior, Waterloo, Iowa City High) won the javelin throw with a toss of 187-11. The 2014 conference champion set a new personal best by nearly five feet and currently ranks 11th in Division III.

“I was really pleased with Kody,” said Dunham. “I thought he had a great day today. It’s a good start to the season for him. A big goal of ours for him this year is to qualify for the national meet, and he is well on his way.”

Dailey wasn’t the only standout in the throws Thursday as Gunnar Johnson (senior, Ankeny, Johnston HS) won the shot put with a toss of 48-5.5.

On the track Tate Jensen (freshman, De Sota, Adel-De Soto-Minburn HS) won the 400-meter hurdles by more than a second (56.74) and Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) took second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.80). Roemerman’s time is the fifth fastest in Division III so far this season.

The Dutch also performed well in the 1,500 meters as Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) placed second (4:09.34) and Timothy Shepherd (senior, Knoxville) took third (4:11.55).

Both Dutch track teams will compete next at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines April 11-12.

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Dutch Come Out Smokin’

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central ©Jim Kirby

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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Central College men’s track and field distance runner Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) placed second in a 150-man field in the 5,000 meters at the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational Friday.

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The Dutch had 10 athletes compete in the 5,000 meters. Horton ran it in 14 minutes 28.91 seconds and was less than two seconds off the top time at the meet.

“Eli gave a great effort tonight,” said coach Joe Dunham.

Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) was the second fastest Central runner in the event, finishing 26th in 14:52.27.

“Isaac ran right where I hoped he would,” said Dunham. “He is ready for the outdoor season.”

Two more Dutch runners were not far behind Steffensmeier with Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) taking 30th (14:56.01) and Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) finishing 31st (14:56.25).

“Cole Decker raced really well,” said Dunham. “He had a horrible flu this whole week and for him to go out there and break 15 is absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to see what he does as we get into the season. I was also really proud of Drew. He went through the 2-mile in good position and had a big PR. At this time of the year that is really exciting.”

Central also had a group of younger runners in the event. Freshman Mark Fairley (Dubuque) led the young Dutch group with a 65th place finish (15:30.69).

Cole Folken (freshman, Dubuque) placed 92nd (15:54.57), Tanner Rathje (freshman, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) 115th (16:22.69), Jeremy Caracci (freshman, Johnston) 138th (17:19.46), Karl Weaver (freshman, Davenport, Pleasant Valley HS) 143rd (17:25.66) and Kyle Schelling (sophomore, Orange City, Sioux Center HS) 149th (18:18.89). Dunham said the schedule created some challenges for the athletes that had to run in the earlier heats.

“I thought Kyle Schelling, Jeremy Caracci and Karl Weaver did great considering the circumstances,” said Dunham. “We left campus later so we could minimize missed class time and they basically had to run 40 minutes after a 5-hour car ride. All three ran well.

The Dutch will have a group of multi-event athletes competing at the Northwest Missouri State Invitational Saturday and Sunday before hosting the Central Invitational Thursday in Pella.

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Larson and Vander Veer Lead Dutch

download (1)Central College men’s track and field distance runner Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) finished in sixth place in the mile to become an all-American at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships Saturday.

The Dutch women finished in the top five in all three events they competed in Saturday. It is the first time in program history they have earned all-America honors in three different events at the indoor national meet.

Vander Veer earns all-America honors for Dutch men– After grabbing the last qualifying spot in the prelims Friday, Vander Veer raced to a sixth place finish in the men’s mile finals for all-America honors. His time (4:13.89) was less than a second off of his personal best.

“Jamie told me after the race he remembered me sitting in his high school counselor’s office telling him that I believed he could be an all-American,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I’ve always believed it and it’s very rewarding to see him get it.”

Sophomore Logan Mulford (Mount Pleasant) placed 15th in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 6.25 inches.

In the heptathlon Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) entered the day tied for first after four events, but had to withdraw due to an injury that sidelined him nearly all of last season. He won the 2013 indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon national championships before missing most of last year.

Larson took eighth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.53) Saturday before failing to clear a height in the pole vault nd withdrawing from the 1,000 meters.

The Central men tied for 55th in the final team standings with three points. Wis.-Eau Claire took the men’s team title with 62 points, edging out Wis.-La Crosse by two.

Three top-five finishes propel Dutch women– Sprinter Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) followed up Friday’s strong performance with a pair of top-five finishes in the 60 and 200-meter finals. She took fourth in the 60 (7.67 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (25.27).

“Abi had a great day,” said Dunham. “She had a real good day yesterday and I think she stepped up even more today.”

It is the second year in a row Davis has run the 60 and the 200 at the indoor national meet. Last season she finished 15th in the 200 and runner-up in the 60.

The Dutch 4×400 relay squad of Davis, Kate Patton (freshman, Murray), Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City) and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) entered the meet with the 10th best qualifying time, but improved by four seconds, running a 3:51.34, to earn fourth place and all-America honors.

“The women’s relay team ran absolutely amazing today,” said Dunham. “I’m very proud of them. Each of them played a vital role in that performance. I give a lot of credit to coach Jon Graupmann for getting them ready.”

The Dutch women finished in a tie for 13th as a team with 14 points. Wis.-La Crosse won the women’s title with 55 points.

The Dutch will begin the outdoor season in two weeks at the Washington-St. Louis Invitational March 27 and the Northwest Missouri State Invitational March 28-29.

“I’m very proud of all the effort today,” said Dunham. “We had some great all-American performances and we will use these to get ready for the outdoor season.”

Central’s Davis Big 1st Dat at Nationals

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abi Davis-Dowling Catholic-Central
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Central College women’s track and field sprinter Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) advanced to the finals in two events at the NCAA Divison III Indoor Championships Friday.

On the men’s side Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) is tied for first in the men’s heptathlon at 3,001 points after four of seven events and Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) qualified for the finals in the mile.

Davis sprints to the finals – Davis had a big day for the Dutch, qualifying for the finals in both the 60 and the 200 meters. She tied for fourth in the 60 meter prelims (7.64) and qualified for Saturday’s finals. The race is scheduled for 2:15 CDT.

“I was really proud of Abi Davis,” said Dunham. “I felt like she overcame some things today and still prevailed. She had probably the worst start of the season in the 60 and she came back to get second in her heat. She ran a great time.”

Davis also took eighth in the 200 prelims (25.46) to earn the last qualifying spot in the finals. She will run at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.

In the prelims of the women’s 60-meter hurdles Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) took 14th in the field of 17 in 9.02.

“I thought Meredith Zimmerman did a great job today,” said Dunham. “This was great experience for her. And while she didn’t make the finals, I think this was a great opportunity to get her ready for the outdoor season. I’m very proud of how she competed the last couple weeks.”

In addition to Davis in the 60 and the 200 ,the 4×400 relay team of Davis, Kate Patton (freshman, Murray), Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City) and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) will compete Saturday, running at 4 p.m. CDT.

Larson in the hunt – The two-time national champion is tied for first at 3,001 points in the men’s heptathlon. He won the long jump (22 feet 7,75 inches) and high jump (6-5.50), while placing sixth in the 60 meters (7.20 seconds) and fifth in the shot put (40-2.75).

“We knew Eric would be in a dog fight,” said coach Joe Dunham. “He’s got three events tomorrow, all of which are great events for him. He had a good first day.”

The heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters will take place Saturday starting at 10 a.m. CDT.

Central had two participants in the mile prelims. Vander Veer earned the last qualifying spot with a 10th place finish (4:15:57) and Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) took 13th (4:17.58). Vander Veer will run in Saturday’s finals, which will start at 12:40 p.m. CDT.

“I was really proud of Jamie today,” said Dunham. “He ran a great mile in the prelims and now he’ll have an opportunity tomorrow to be an all-American. I thought he competed hard.”

Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) placed 11th in the 15-man 5,000-meter field (14:47.52).

“Cole had a good race today,” said Dunham. “He didn’t run as fast as he did last week, but it is hard to run two 5k’s fast two weeks in a row. He competed hard and was in the race the entire time. This race is a good indication that he will have a great 10k this outdoor season.”

The Dutch distance medley relay squad of Vander Veer, Spencer Hammack (junior, Ottumwa), Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) and Horton placed 10th in 10:09.17.

“I felt like Spencer and Drew had great splits in the DMR,” said Dunham. “It was clear they were laying everything on the line for the team and that was great to see.”

In addition to Larson and Vander Veer, sophomore Logan Mulford (Mount Pleasant) will compete Saturday. He will take part in the high jump beginning at 1:30 p.m. CDT.