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Sam Holtz-S. Tama-Wartburg
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Knights Men and Women Out Well Early

Dennison Harrington-Cedar Falls-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2017

Dennison Harrington-Cedar Falls-Wartburg
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Women

The Wartburg women’s indoor track and field team opened its 2018 campaign with a win at its own annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday. The Knights won the 12-team meet with 228 points.

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New this year, was the addition of a meet MVP award. Wartburg’s Sam Holtz (Tama) earned that honor with her win in the shot put and second-place finish in the weight throw.

The Orange and Black claimed seven events:
60m hurdles: Maggi Bjustrom, 9.30
600m run: Betsy Duehr, 1:36.65
1000m run: Maddie Carlsen, 3:09.54
3000m run: Cassidy Christopher, 10:27.80
4x400m relay: 3:59.33
Pole vault: Nicole Schneider, 10’0.75″
Shot put: Sam Holtz, 43′ 4.25″

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III.
60 hurdles by Maggi Bjustrom: 31st
4×400: 1st
3000 by Cassidy Christopher, 40th
3000 by Carina Collet, 49th
Shot put by Sam Holtz: 14th
Weight throw by Holtz: 25th

Complete team standings
Place School Points
1 Wartburg College  228
2 St. Ambrose  110
3 Grand View Univ 71
4 Hawkeye Comm College 56
4 Mount Mercy 56
6 William Penn  24
7  NIAC 23
7 indian hills  23
9 Briar Cliff 18
10 Waldorf University 10
11  UNI 6
12 Buena Vista Uni 4

This meet was named in honor of Wartburg track and field alumna, Chelsey M. Henkenius, who unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 in a car accident in Lake City. Click here for the original release about renaming the meet in her honor.

Click here for the complete meet results.

Wartburg returns to the track next Friday, when it competes at the UNI Invite.

Men

The Wartburg men’s indoor track and field team took second at its own annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday to open the season. The Knights took second in the 12-team field with 124.50 points.

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The Orange and Black claimed three events:
600m run: Cody Snider, 1:21.52
3000m run: Sam Pinkowski, 8:29.99    NEW SCHOOL RECORD. Broke previous record of 8:31.21 set by Bennett Moser in 2016.
4x400m run: 3:25.58

Complete team standings:
1 indian hills 130
2 Wartburg College  124.50
3 St. Ambrose  92
4 Grand View Univ 88
5 Briar Cliff  47.50
6 NIAC 45 . 50
7 Hawkeye Comm College  37.50
8 William Penn  26
9 Mount Mercy  25
10 Waldorf University  22
11 UNI 13
12 Buena Vista Uni 7

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III.
3000 by Pinkowski: 3rd
3000 by Kaczinski: 10th
3000 by Appleton: 24th
3000 by Joe Freiburger: 35th
4×400: 12th
High jump by Nathan Keck: 28th
Long jump by Famiek Cook: 49th

This meet was named in honor of Wartburg track and field alumna, Chelsey M. Henkenius, who unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 in a car accident in Lake City. Click here for the original release about renaming the meet in her honor.

Click here for the complete meet results.

Wartburg returns to the track next Friday, when it competes at the UNI Invite.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
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Dutch’s Fairley Athlete of the Week

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central ©Jim Kirby 2018

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
©Jim Kirby 2018

Central College men’s track and field runner Mark Fairley (senior, Dubuque) swept the 1,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational Friday night, helping him to be named the Iowa Conference men’s indoor track events performer of the week.

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Fairley has previously received this award last February and was chosen as the cross country runner of the week once this fall.

In the 1,000-meter run, Fairley ran a career best 2 minutes, 32.78 seconds to outpace runner-up and teammate Kyle Pape (junior, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) by just under two seconds. He blitzed the field in the 5K, as his time of 15:28.94 was over 20 seconds faster than the runner-up.

Fairley and the rest of the Dutch track and field squad will welcome teams to the Dutch Athletics Classic Saturday. Field events begin at 11 a.m. with running events starting on the track at 2 p.m.

Buchheim Leads Storm at the Prairie Wolf

Emily Buchheim-Dub. Hemp.-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Emily Buchheim-Dub. Hemp.-Simpson
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Emily Buchheit finished third in the 1,000-meters run to lead the Simpson women’s track and field team at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational on Friday afternoon.

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Buchheit turned in the Storm’s top finish in the running events, finishing the 1,000 in 3:21.38. Bucheit finished two spots behind winner Jadyn Agee (3:20.53) of Nebraska Wesleyan by 0.85 seconds.

Elizabeth Burgus added a 10th-place finish in the 400 meters (1:10.67) and Mary Wood took 11th in the 600 meters (1:48.25). Jamie Glanz finished 12th in the high jump, clearing 4-feet, 10 inches, beating her performance in the first meet of the year of 4-feet, 7-inches.

Up Next
Friday Jan. 26 at the UNI Jack Jennett Invitational

Meet Report
200m — 23. MacKenzie James, 28.36, 30. Katie Clarke, 29.44, 31. Audrey LoVan, 29.71
400m — 10. Elizabeth Burgus, 1:01.67, 13. Katelyn Mangold, 1:03.05
600m — 11. Mary Wood, 1:48.25, 13. Audrey Klein, 1:51.84
1000m — 3. Emily Buchheit, 3:21.38, 5. Lesley Roquet, 3:28.67, 6. Kaylee Willadsen, 3:49.32
4X400m — 9. Burgus, James, Mangold, Juni, 4:21.31 10. Owens, Clark, Klein, Wood, 4:35.66
Long jump — 29. Sarah Sandage, 13-01.25
Weight throw — 33. Jackie Cullinan, 36-06.25
High jump — 12. Jamie Glanz, 4-10.25

Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North -Simpson
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Storm’s LoVan Sets School Vault Record

When she is not setting records, Audrey supports her school Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North -Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2016

When she is not setting records, Audrey supports her school
Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North -Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2016

Audrey LoVan-Sioux City North tied the school record in the pole vault to lead the Simpson women’s track and field team at the season-opening Dutch Holiday Preview on Saturday, Dec. 9. No team scores were kept.

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LoVan cleared 10-feet to tie for third in the pole vault, tying the school record set by Kathryn Fenneman in 2006. The effort ties her personal-best but marks the first time she’s cleared 10-feet indoors.

Elizabeth Burgus turned in the Storm’s top finish in a running event, taking second in the 300 meters in 44.44. She also took seventh in the 60 meters (8.34) and 12th in the long jump (14-0 1/2).

Jaycie Owens added a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters (1:06.53) and Kate Derrick took seventh in the 600 meters (2:01.43). Jamie Glanz tied for fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-feet, 7-inches.

Up Next
Friday, Jan. 19 at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational

Meet Report
60m — 7. Elizabeth Burgus, 8.34; 18. McKenzie James, 8.51; 24. Audrey LoVan, 9.04
60h — 12. Sarah Sandage, 11.26
Mile — 8. Rebekah Brainerd, 6:29.36
400m — 5. Jaycie Owens, 1:06.53
600m — 7. Kate Derrick, 2:01.43
300m — 2. Elizabeth Burgus, 44.44; 4. MacKenzie James, 45.42; 8. Jamie Glanz, 48.56
Long jump — 12. Elizabeth Burgus, 14-00.50; 13. Sarah Sandage, 13-11.00
Shot put — 16. Abby Parker, 29-01.25
Weight throw — 20. Abby Parker, 29-08.25
High jump — t4. Jamie Glanz, 4-07.00
Pole vault — t3. Audrey LoVan, 10-00.00 | SR

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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DuHawks Solis Earns Performer of the Week

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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Following the season-opener last Saturday, Loras sophomore Gabrielle Noland and junior Bella Solis have been named Iowa Conference Performers of the Week for women’s track and field, as announced by the league office on Monday.

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With 54 team points, the Duhawks won the women’s title at the Battle of the Bluff on Saturday at Dubuque.

Noland won the 55m and the 200m with a pair of top-five times nationally at 7.27 and 25.5, respectively. Her time in the 55m ranks third in Division III while her 200m time is second behind the reigning national champion in Wadeline Jonathas from UMass Boston. In addition, Noland ran the second leg of the winning 4×400 relay that finished with a time of 4:06.40 that ranks fourth in Division III.

Solis was near-perfect on Saturday at the Battle of the Bluff, putting her plethora of talents on display. The junior won the high jump, 400m and 4×400 relay while taking second in the 55m hurdles. Her height of 1.68m in the high jump tied a school record set by Amy Oleson in 1998 and ranks second in Division III. Solis’ win in the 400m came with a time of 59.74, which places her in the top-10 nationally.

Loras returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Sol Butler Classic, hosted by Dubuque.

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Simpson’s McKenzie Leaves His Mark

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Gunner Davis of the Simpson Simpsonian filed a story on Ian Mckenzie’s strong cross country season his senior year.  Below is an excerpt of his story.  For the full story, click here!  

During this season, McKenzie was named IIAC performer of the week, was awarded all-conference honors and earned a trip to nationals. McKenzie ran the race in a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds, placing 140th out of 279.

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“It definitely meant a lot to myself and my family,” McKenzie said. “Making all the miles and the time commitment worth it to be on that stage. I was there as an individual, but I ran for my teammates, my coach and my family.”

This was the first time that a runner from Simpson made it to nationals since 2012 and was the best finish since 1995 when Matt Chance placed 136th. Head Coach Heath Moenck was pleased that Simpson sent a runner to nationals.

“It was great that we had someone getting back and representing Simpson,” Moenck said. “It proves that we can have elite runners here. He’s worked really hard, and we’ve done a good job developing him to get him to that caliber.”

McKenzie graduated from Dowling Catholic High School, where he ran on a cross country team that qualified for a national meet. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit. McKenzie, who is an environmental science major, also had multiple relatives who participated in athletics at Simpson who played a role in his decision.

“There’s a successful tradition at Simpson, and I wanted to be a part of it,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie’s high school success didn’t transfer over right away in college. As a freshman, he placed 119th in Regionals and 29th at conferences. But in his four years at Simpson, the senior improved his 8K time by over two minutes. This helped him place 20th at the regional meet and 13th at the conference meet this season.

“Mileage is a big thing that has been increased over my four years, and that’s how I’ve gotten better,” McKenzie said. “I put a lot more time on my feet. Harder workouts and longer workouts. Just building on past years. You know, doing things better and learning from past experiences.”

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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Carney’s Last Collegiate XC Meet at Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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McKenzie Carney placed 90th from the field of 279 competitors at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships. Pricipia College, Elsah, Ill., hosted the national finale at the North Farm Cross Country Course.

Courtesy Norse Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Carney covered the 6K course in a time of 22:10.10. This was her first appearance at the national championships and her final collegiate cross country race of her career.

Complete Results

Luther Women's Cross Country 2017
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Norse’s Carney on to Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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The 2017 NCAA III National Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Principia College, Elsah, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 18.

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Both the men’s and women’s championship races will be held at the North Farm Cross Country Course. The men’s 8K race will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women’s 6K race at 12:15 p.m. CST. The top-35 place winners in both the races will earn All-America honors.

Luther senior McKenzie Carney has qualified for the national finale for the first time of her career. She was one of 56 individuals, seven from each of the eight regions, who are not a part of a qualifying team, that were selected to participate in the championship. Carney placed 17th at the Central Regional and became a three-time all-region performer.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
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Iowans Propel Dutch to Nationals

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central
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Men

Central College seniors Mark Fairley (Dubuque) and Tanner Rathje (Marion, Linn-Mar HS) weren’t ready for their cross country careers to come to an end Saturday at the NCAA Division III Central Regional.

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Fairley became the third Dutch runner in the five years to win the regional race. With the win Fairley earns a spot at the NCAA Division III Championship meet. Rathje will join Fairley at the national meet after finishing in 11th place. Fairley finished the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 52.9 seconds. Rathje was just 40 seconds behind Fairley with 25:33.6.

“Today was a good day for our men’s program,” said coach Joe Dunham. “Anytime you have a regional champion it’s a great day but to also have Tanner qualify for nationals was great.”

As a team Central finished ninth in the 29-team meet with 261 points. Loras College won the meet with 53 points and Carleton College (Minn.) was runner-up with 67 points.

Juniors Jordan Toomey (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) ran a career best 26:30.9 to finish 63rd.

Sophomore Preston Kizer (Dubuque) knocked over a minute off his previous personal record to finish 89th 26:53.3.

Senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) ran his final race for the Dutch in 26:57.5 just edging junior teammate Kyle Pape (Dubuque, Wahlert HS) for 97th. Pape finished with an identical 26:57.5 just two seconds off his personal best.

Freshman Nathan Sanders (Waukee) placed 124th with 27:35.0.

???????Fairley and Rathje look to continue their momentum Saturday at the national meet in Alton, Ill. Fairley will compete at the national race for the fourth time in his career.

Although the team will not advance, Dunham was pleased with the squad’s effort.

“I was proud of our guys today,” he said. “We’ve battled through injuries all year and I was happy with how our guys performed.”

Women

Central College senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) led the women’s cross country team to a 15th place finish in the 32-team NCAA Division III Central Regional Saturday.

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In potentially the senior’s last race, she ran the 6,000-meter course in 22 minutes, 39.7 seconds just a second off her season best.

“Really proud of how Holly ran today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “She’s still waiting to find out whether or not if she will qualify for nationals. If five teams from our region go to nationals, she will go as an individual but regardless I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Carleton College (Minn.) won the regional with 48 points and Nebraska Wesleyan finished runner-up with 103 points while Central tallied 434 points.

Senior Evie Kammeyer (Urbandale) ran a career race in her final collegiate race, finishing in 23:27.9, good for 50th.

Running in her home state, sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault, Minn.) placed 80th with a career best 24:08 time.

“Lauren ran a really good race today as well,” said Dunham. “She ran a personal best and has us really excited for her to continue to grow during track season.”

Junior Jenna Murray (Grandview, Louisa-Muscatine HS) was fourth for the Dutch finishing with a career best 25:31.8 and placing 138th.

Sophomores Ashley Meldrum (Cambridge, Ballard HS) and Savanna Henning (Ankeny, Centennial HS)also ran their best times in their short careers Saturday. Meldrum ran 25:46.7, placing 145th and Henning ran 25:50.2, finishing 150th.

Freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake in the Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) continued the trend of personal records, placing 165th with a career best 26:23.3.

There’s plenty of optimism for the program with five of its seven regional runners returning next season. Also returning will be junior Rachel Peter (Prairie City, PCM HS), who was Central’s top runner in the 2016 regional but missed most of the 2017 campaign due to injury.

“I’m extremely excited about our women’s program,” said Dunham. “I feel like we are trending in the right direction and will continue to work to improve.”

Mason Tope-Dav. Central, Brien Nugent-Wahlert and  Timothy Sevcik-Cedar Falls of Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

DuHawks Dominate Regionals

Brien Nugent-Wahlert-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brien Nugent-Wahlert-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

The Loras men’s cross country team went back-to-back as the Duhawks repeated as NCAA Central Region Champions on Saturday. Led by senior Brien Nugent who finished fourth place overall, Loras placed three runners in the top-six and five in the top-30. The women’s team finished 12th out of 32 teams, led by freshman Kristan Brown who placed 48th overall. 

Courtesy DuHawks Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Mason Tope-Dav. Central, Brien Nugent-Wahlert and Timothy Sevcik-Cedar Falls of Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

 

 

 

Men’s Results
1st Place // 53 Points
4 // Brien Nugent // 24:57.7 // All-Region
5 // Timothy Sevcik // 25:05.1 // All-Region
6 // Mason Tope // 25:12.8 // All-Region
12 // Justin Adams // 25:34.9 // All-Region
26 // Patrick Wolak // 25:43.6 // All-Region
29 // Jack Carroll // 25:48.9 // All-Region
47 // Preston Kauder // 26:12.8

Women’s Results
12th Place // 340 Points
48 // Kristan Brown // 23:25.3
65 // Kelly Minear // 23:49.5
72 // Kemunto Ondande // 23:58.3
76 // Brianna Bower // 24:01.4
79 // Liz Venezio // 24:07.0
102 // Averi Leitzen // 24:37.2
113 // Courtney Knight // 24:47.8

NOTABLES
-On the men’s side, the Duhawks were the only team to finish all seven runners within the top-50 of the field
-Nugent improved on his Iowa Conference Championships race time from last weekend by 18 seconds overall, good enough to place him in the top-10 all time at Loras in the 8k
-Led by Brown, the women’s team boasted four student-athletes earning lifetime PR’s at Saturday’s Region Championship
-After Saturday’s race, Loras’ men have won six of the seven races they have competed in this season … Only non-win was at the Pre-Nationals Race on Oct. 14
-With the win, the Duhawks have earned an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships

UP NEXT
The men’s team travel to Elsah, Ill. to compete in the 2017 NCAA National Championships hosted by Principia College. This year marks the fourth straight year the Duhawks will be competing on the national stage, finishing 10th overall a year ago.