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Storm Women, Smart and Fast

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Sadie Timms-Gilbert-Simpson
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For the 10th year in a row the Simpson women’s cross country team has earned the title of All-Academic Team from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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For a team to be considered for this distinction, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum team GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.

USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, Click Here!

The Storm women easily made the grade, achieving a 3.54 GPA to take home the honor for the 14th time since 1996. This year marks just the fourth time the Storm have turned in a GPA above 3.5, two of which have come under current head coach Heath Moenck. Last year the Storm had a 3.581 GPA.

A total of 216 teams from Division III were recognized.

Seven members of the team were named to the All-Iowa Conference Academic Team in the fall: Lauren Beckman, Mandy Brown, Shelby Hunemiller, Jessica Lamb, Briana McCloskey, Sadie Timms and Mary Wood.

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson and Coach Dave Cleveland
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Coughenour, Kalinay and Frazier All-Americans For Storm

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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Jordan Coughenour used the second-fastest time in school history to capture All-America honors in the 400 hurdles, highlighting the final day of the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Simpson men.

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Coughenour finished seventh to become Simpson’s second All-American on the weekend and Dylan Kalinay took ninth in the country in the 110 hurdles. With Isaac Frazier‘s fifth-place finish in the decathlon Friday, Simpson brings home All-Americans in multiple events for the first time since 1997.

Coughenour ran a career-best 52.77, a remarkable turnaround after entering the weekend with the 17th-fastest qualifying time. The junior ran a strong race but clipped the ninth hurdle, preventing a potential top-five effort.

Coughenour becomes Simpson’s first All-American in the event since 1995 while his time puts him in elite company. Only 10-time All-American and Olympian Kip Janvrin has run the event faster, setting the school record 29 years ago.

Kalinay ran 14.76 in the 110 hurdles, just missing out on a second-straight All-American effort. The junior was racing for just the second time in a month due to a hamstring injury sustained late in the season.

Simpson will finish the national meet with six points.

Audry Miller-Loras
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Duhawl All-Americans for 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras
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On day three of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, Loras added All-American honors in the men’s 400 meters and men’s 4×400 relay. Freshman Patrick Mikel finished fourth in the men’s 400 meters, coming within one-tenth of a second of the all-time program record at 47.40.

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Mikel ran a personal best at 47.49 in the finals of the men’s 400 meters, placing fourth overall. The Lombard, Ill. native entered the heat seeded seventh after running 48.10 in the preliminaries on Thursday. With his fourth place finish, Mikel earned the first All-American honor of his Duhawk career.

Loras benefited from another All-American performance from Mikel as the anchor of the men’s 4×400 relay alongside senior Brandon Gradoville, freshman Shamari Scott and junior Kylian Lally. The relay team ran a time of 3:14.36 to place eighth overall and squeeze their way onto the All-American podium by five-hundredths of a second. Gradoville caps off his Duhawk career having earned his second All-American honor, while the award is also the second for Lally and Mikel and first for Scott.

After entering Saturday’s finals in the women’s 5,000 meters as the 16th seed, sophomore Audrey Miller finished 13th in the field with a time of 17:31.98.

The women’s track and field team finished this year’s outdoor championships placing 39th with seven team points, while the men placed 42nd with six team points.

Audrey Miller – 10,000 meters
Elizabeth Brandenburg – Pole Vault
Patrick Mikel – 400 meters, 4×400 relay
Brandon Gradoville – 4×400 relay
Shamari Scott – 4×400 relay
Kylian Lally – 4×400 relay

Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.
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Here is Your List of All Our Iowan All Americans and National Qualifiers!

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
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What a weekend, it was, in collegiate Track and Field for native Iowans and Iowa collegians.  D1 held regional qualifying meets and D2, D3 and NAIA held their national championships.  Here is a quick synopsis of the results:

Feature photo: Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St. ©Jim Kirby 2017

D1 Men: 17 different athletes qualified in 12 events, to Eugene for the NCAA Championships.

  • D1 Women: 8 different athletes qualified in 10 events.
  • D2 Men: 1 athlete qualified for the NCAA Championships.
  • D2 Women: 1 athlete qualified in 2 events, earning All American in 1.
  • D3 Men: 25 different athletes qualified in 23 events earning 20 All American honors (individual and relay legs)
  • D3 Women: 23 different athletes qualified in 25 events, earning 18 All American honors and 1 National Champion.
  • NAIA Men: 57 different athletes qualified in 54 events, earning 18 All American honors and 2 National Champions.
  • NAIA Women: 43 different athletes in 40 events, earning 24 All American honors.

Here is the link to all things pertaining to the national championships, in all divisions, click here! 

In Division 1: The top 12 finishers, in each event, from each preliminary/regional meet (East and West) will make up the final field of 24 that will make the trip to Eugene.

Names in BOLD are Iowa’s Division 1 athletes who have qualified for D1 Championships in Eugene and All Americans in NAIA, D2 or D3.

The following Iowans and Iowa connections competed in the West Regional, in Austin, Texas, May 25-27:


  • Brandon Carnes, UNI 100M, 200M- 4th in 100M and 23rd in 200M.  Advances to Eugene in 100M.
  • Caulin Graves, Drake, 100M- 36th in 1st
  • O’Shea Wilson, Iowa 100M, Long Jump- 13th in 100M.   8th in LJ.  Advances to Eugene in LJ.
  • Christian Brissett, Iowa 200M- 42nd in 1st
  • Mar’yea Harris, Iowa 400M-7th. Advances to Eugene.
  • Emmanuel Ogowo, Iowa 400M. 20th in quarter finals.
  • Collin Hofacker, Iowa 400M. 29th in 1st
  • Carter Lilly, SC East/Iowa 800M. 14th in quarter finals.
  • Jaymes Dennison, ISU 800M. 34th in 1st
  • Roshon Roomes, ISU 800M. 23rd in quarter finals.
  • Will Teubel, Mt. Vernon/Iowa 800M. 27th in 1st
  • Colynn Black, ISU 800M. 29th in 1st
  • Luke Johnston, UNI 800M. 45th in 1st
  • Jordan Pingel, Pella/UNI 800M. 44th in 1st
  • Christian DeLago, ISU 1500M. 10th in quarter final, but did not advance to Eugene on time because of his fast section.
  • Dan Curts, ISU 1500M. 22nd in 1st
  • Adam Jones, Iowa 1500M. 30th in 1st
  • Nathan Mylenek, Iowa Steeplechase. 25th in 1st
  • Reed Fischer, Drake 5K and 10K. 27th in 5K 1st   8th in 10K and advances to Eugene.
  • Andrew Jordan, ISU 5K. 18th in 1st
  • Thomas Pollard, Gilbert/ISU 10K. 26th in 1st
  • Aaron Mallett, Iowa 1st in quarter finals, advances to Eugene.
  • Jon Rus, North Scott/UNI 110HH. 19th in quarter finals.
  • Daurice Fountan, UNI 110HH. 40th in 1st
  • Cole Phillips, Mt. Pleasant/UNI 110HH. 43rd in 1st
  • Noah Larrison, Waukee/Iowa 400H. 18th in quarter finals.
  • Bas Van Leersum, Drake 400H. 21st in quarter finals.
  • Jacob Smith, WB-ND/UNI 400H. 34th in 1st
  • Mitch Wolff, Iowa 400H. 17th in quarter finals
  • Hudson Priebe, Drake 400H. 43rd in 1st
  • Derek Jones, Glenwood/ISU 400H. 15th in quarter finals.
  • Iowa-4×100- (Brissett, Wilson, Brendan Thompson of Ft. Madison, Mallett). 6th.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Iowa- 4×400. (Frye, Ogwo, Hofacker, Harris).  2nd.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Jalen Ford, ISU High Jump. 8th.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Antown James, Iowa Triple Jump. 10th.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Reno Tuufuli, Iowa, Shot Put and Discus. 13th in Shot Put 1st   1st in Discus, advances to Eugene.
  • Avery Meyers, West Liberty/Iowa Shot Put and Discus. 16th in Shot Put 1st  7th in Discus, advances to Eugene.
  • Brad Walski, UNI Shot Put and Hammer Throw. 28th in Shot Put 1st  35th in 1st rd.
  • Isaac Holtz, Monticello/UNI Discus. 26th in 1st
  • Evan Colfack, KP-WC/UNI Discus. 35th in 1st
  • Tom Yezek, Northwood Kensett/UNI, Discus. 34th in 1st
  • Brady Grunder, Durant/Kansas State, Hammer Throw. 8th, advances to Eugene.
  • Ethan Fenchel, Western Christian/South Dakota Hammer Throw. 29th in 1st


  • Brittany Brown, Iowa, 3rd in quarter finals.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Brianna Guillory, Iowa, 400M. 18th in quarter finals.
  • Alexis Hernandez, 400M, Iowa. 19th in quarter finals.
  • Jasmine Staebler, Clayton Ridge/ISU, 800M. 12th in quarter finals.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Erinn Stenman-Fahey, ISU, 800M. 47th in 1st
  • Lindsey KIte, Jesup/UNI, 800M. 42nd in 1st
  • Oksana Covey, DM Christian, SD State, 800M. 28th in 1st
  • Lyndsie Schinkel, Ankeny/UNI, 800M. 38th in 1st
  • Evelyne Guay, ISU, 1500M. 26th in 1st
  • Anna Holdiman McDonald, Waverly Shell Rock/Boise St., Steeplechase. 14th in 1st
  • Kelly Naumann, ISU, Steeplechase.
  • Marta Bote Gonzalez, Iowa, Steeplechase.
  • Karissa Schweizer, Dowling Catholic/Missouri, 5K. 1st.  Advances to Eugene.
  • Erin Hooker, ISU, 5K. 29th in 1st
  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold, Wichita State, 5K. 18th in 1st
  • Anne Frisbie, ISU, 10K. 25th in 1st
  • Andrea Shine, Iowa, 10K. 29th in 1st
  • Mary Young, Urbandale, Drake, 100H. 17th in quarter finals.
  • Iowa-4×100 and 4×400. 13th in 1st rd of both relays.
  • Kassidy Sharp, Davis County/UNI, High Jump. 36th in 1st
  • Jhoanmy Luque, ISU, Long Jump and Triple Jump. 3rd in LJ and 2nd in TJ.  Advances to Eugene in both.
  • Allanah McCorkle, Davenport Central/ISU, Long Jump. 10th, advancing to Eugene.
  • Jahisha Thomas, Iowa, Long Jump and Triple Jump. 15th in TJ 1st  8th in LJ, advancing to Eugene.
  • Kiera Washpun IC City High/Loyola, Ill, Long Jump. 42nd in 1st
  • Taryn Rolle, Drake, Triple Jump. 36th in 1st
  • Shelby Gunnells, Solon/ND State, Shot Put and Hammer Throw. 26th in Shot Put and and 26th in Hammer Throw.
  • Laulauga Tausaga, Iowa, 3rd, advances to Eugene.
  • Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/ND State, Discus and Hammer Throw. 8th in Discus and 6th in Hammer Throw.  Advances to Eugene in both.
  • Maddy Nilles, Dubuque Wahlert/ND State, Discus and Hammer Throw. 27th in Discus and 26th in Hammer Throw.
  • Sydney Laufenberg, Clinton/Illinois State, Discus. 29th in 1st
  • Hope Koerprich, Dubuque Hempstead/UNI, Discus. 42nd in 1st
  • Kiana Phelps, KPWC, Oregon, Discus. 22nd in 1st
  • Sarah Pate, Clarke of Osceola/UNI, Hammer Throw. 17th in 1st
  • Ariana Kuhn, Iowa State, Hammer Throw. 16th in 1st
  • The following Iowans will be competed in the East Regional, in Lexington, Kentucky:
  • Jeff Giannettino, WB-ND/US Army, High Jump. 42nd in 1st
  • The Combined Events do not compete at Regional’s. The top 24 automatically move on to Eugene for the NCAA championships.
  • Former Iowa preps Derek Jacobus-CR Kennedy/Arkansas and Will Dougherty-Moville Woodbury Central/Iowa will be in Eugene competing in the Decathlon.


D2.  May 25-27 in Bradeton, Florida

Championship Meet website and results, click here! 

  • Josh Evans, Linn Mar/Colorado School of Mines, 1500M-
  • Emily Thole, West Delaware/Central Missouri, 400M and 4×400- 19th in 400M 1st  8th in 4×400.  All American.


D3.  May 25-27 in Geneva, Ohio.

Championship Meet website and results, click here!


  • Hope Heitman, Clayton Ridge/Central, 400M- 12th.
  • Ashley Knudson, IC West/Wash U, 800M- 5th.  All American.
  • Taylor Officer, Waukee/Wartburg, 800M- 22nd.
  • Abrah Masterson, Cornell College, 5K and 10K- Withdrew from meet due to foot injury.
  • Audrey Miller, Loras, 5K and 10K- 6th in 10K, All American.  13th in 5K.
  • Ashlyn Bagge, Independence/Wartburg, 5K and 10K. 8th in 10K and 6th in 5K.  All American in both,
  • Courtney Sowle, Camanche/Wartburg, 100H and Heptathlon. 20th in 100H.  7th in Heptathlon. All American
  • Aubree Taylor, Maquoketa/Wartburg, 400H- 17th.
  • Bella Solis, Davenport Central/Loras 400H- 13th.
  • Fabiola Ortiz, Dubuque, Steeplechase- 7th. All American.
  • Wartburg-Cherry/WSR, Folkedahl/Decorah, Helmle/Cascade, Jones, 4×1- 3rd. All American
  • Wash U-Knudson-IC West, 4×4- 4th.  All American.
  • Wartburg-Folkedahl/Decorah, Tyynismaa/South Tama, Jones, Duehr/Dubuque Wahlert, 4×4
  • Elizabeth Brandenburg, Loras, Pole Vault- 5th. All American.
  • Elyse Acompanado, Loras, Long Jump- 17th.
  • Tanasha Atwater, Davenport Central/Dubuque, Shot Put and Hammer Throw- Shot Put Champion.  All American.  15th in Hammer Throw.
  • Sam Holtz, South Tama/Wartburg, Shot Put- 15th.
  • Danielle Wegter, Muscatine/Dubuque, Discus- 14th.
  • Victoria Kapnisis, North Fayette/Wartburg, Discus- 15th.
  • Libby Schnoor, Camanche/Cornell College, Heptathlon- 4th.  All American.


  • Isaiah Ellis, Dubuque, 200M- 18th.
  • Patrick Mikel, Dubuque, 200M and 400M- 12th in 200M. 4th in 400M.  All American.
  • Isaac Smith, Marion/Augustana, Ill, 400M- 6th. All American.
  • Chase Wetterling, Melcher Dallas/Simpson, 400M- 16th.
  • Kylian Lally, Loras, 800M- 16th.
  • Eli Kaczinski, Northeast Goose Lake/Wartburg, 10K- 12th.
  • Mason Tope, Davenport Central/Loras, 10K- 13th.
  • Dylan Kalinay, South Tama/Simpson, 110HH- 10th.
  • Jordan Coughenour, CMB/Simpson, 400H- 7th. All American.
  • Mark Fairley, Dubuque Senior/Central, Steeplechase- 2nd. All American.
  • Loras, Gradoville/CR Xavier, Scott/IC City High, Lally, Mikel, 4×4- 8th. All Americans.
  • Simpson, Wetterling-Melcher Dallas, Pearson-DM Hoover, Tupper-East Mills, Coughenour-CMB, 4×4- 11th.
  • Augustana, Yamamoto, Swanson, Hucker, Smith/Marion- 6th. All Americans.
  • Will Daniels, Central, High Jump- 10th.
  • Logan Mulford, Mt. Pleasant/Central, High Jump- 7th. All American.
  • Blaze Murfin, Dubuque, Shot Put and Hammer Throw- 8th in Shot Put. All American.  3 fouls in Hammer.
  • Charlie Zilatitis, Cornell College, Shot Put and Hammer Throw- 16th in Shot Put. 12th in Hammer.
  • Alex Link, Dubuque Senior/Dubuque, Discus- 2nd. All American.
  • Isaac Frazier, Marion/Simpson, Decathlon- 5th. All American.
  • Ryan Kruse, Central, Decathlon- 13th.


NAIA. May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Championship Meet website and results, click here!


  • Tannesha Edwards, Graceland, 200M- 29th.
  • Miranda Velgersdyk, Dordt, 400M- 3rd. All American.
  • Molly Jo Smith, St. Ambrose, 400M and 400H- 14th in 400M. 8th in 400H, All American.
  • Katie Bosch, Ankeny/Northwestern, 800M- 3rd. All American.
  • Justine Van Zee, Dordt, 800M- 11th.
  • Nicole Woodall, St. Ambrose, 800M- 28th.
  • Michelle Mumm, Tri Center/Morningside, 800M- 18th.
  • Guadalupe Gonzalez, William Penn, Marathon- 22nd.
  • Krista Bushofsky, West Central/Clarke, 100H and Long Jump- 17th, 100H and 28th in Long Jump.
  • Danielle Wubben, Dordt, 100H and Long Jump- 25th in 100H and 18th in Long Jump.
  • Dimetrea Hamilton, DM East/Grand View, 100H- 18th.
  • Mackenzie Keune, Sioux Central/Northwestern, 400H- 19th.
  • Katie Hoffert, Mt. Mercy, Marathon- 17th.
  • Dordt-Velgersdyk, Wind, Regenerus/RV-BH, Wubben, 4×100- 7th.  All American.
  • Grand View-Hamilton/DM East, Ayers/Johnston, Roberts/Ankeny, Flaws/Webster City, 4×100- 18th.
  • Dordt-Velgersdykm Rankin/RV-BH, Wilgenburg, Wind, 4×400- 6th. All American.
  • Morningside- Joseph, Mumm/Tri Center, Boer/Sioux Center, Pelelo-Ray/LeMars, 4×400- 14th.
  • Northwestern-Bosch/Ankeny, Muilenburg/MOC-Floyd Valley, De Jong/Unity Christian, Landhuis/MOC-Floyd Valley, 4×800- 10th.
  • Dordt-Lewis, Wilgenburg, De Schiffart, Van Zee, 4×800- 6th. All American.
  • Morningside-Boer/Sioux Center, Shepard/Corning, Mumm/Tri Center, Warner/Council Bluffs TJ, 4×800- 4th. All American.
  • Ambrose-Woodall, Plumb, Lampe/Bellevue Marquette, Smith, 4×800- 9th.
  • Lauren Lamourt, Davenport Central/St. Ambrose, Long Jump- 37th.
  • Sam Roth, St. Ambrose, Long Jump- 42nd.
  • Brandi Hosford, St. Ambrose, Triple Jump- 10th.
  • Breanna Judkins, Clarke, Triple Jump- 19th.
  • Erin Soat, Clarke, Shot Put- 20th.
  • Preston Kopp, Clarke, Hammer Throw- 2nd. All American.
  • Taylor Wells, DM Roosevelt/Grand View, Discus and Javelin- 22nd in Discus and 22nd in Javelin.
  • Kaylee Blake, IKM/Briar Cliff, Discus- 2nd. All American.
  • Lavon Davis, Gilbert/Grand View, Discus and Hammer Throw- 3rd in Discus, All American. 25th in Hammer Throw.
  • Kati Kneifl, Sheldon/Morningside, Javelin- 13th.
  • Peyton Russell, Bedford/Waldorf, Javelin- 14th.
  • Katharine Newhoff, St. Ambrose, 5K Race Walk- 3rd. All American.
  • Jenny Lopez, St. Ambrose, 5K Race Walk- 5th. All American.
  • Cassandra Delgado, St. Ambrose, 5K Race Walk- 7th. All American.



  • Tristen Elmore, William Penn, 100M and 200M- 29th in 100M and 24th in 200M.
  • Tyrell Hemingway, Graceland, 100M- 38th.
  • Montae Spiller, Graceland, 100M- 24th.
  • Chris Leiba, William Penn, 100M- 37th.
  • Johnny Geter, Graceland, 200M- 32nd.
  • Michael Ohioize, St. Ambrose, 200M and 400M- 12th in 200M and 5th in 400M, All American.
  • Tim Rose, South Hardin/Northwestern, 1500M- 6th, All American.
  • Will Norris, Spirit Lake/Northwestern, 5K and 10K- 14th in 5K and 4th in 10K, All American.
  • Aaron Ward, State Center/Waldorf, Marathon- 11th.
  • Nathan Meiners, Waldorf, Marathon- 38th.
  • Austin Warren, Northwestern, Marathon- 39th.
  • Andrew Murley, E. Sac County/Waldorf, Marathon- DNF.
  • Luke Galloway, CR Prairie/Northwestern, Marathon-DNF.
  • Evan Bowman, Mt. Mercy, Marathon- 24th.
  • Reece Jackson, MMC/Morningside, 110HH- 14th.
  • Jack Reemtsma, Davenport Central/St. Ambrose, 110HH and 400H- 16th in 110HH and 2nd in 400H. All American.
  • Sean Skillern, Shenandoah/Morningside, Steeplechase- 15th.
  • Morningside, Wilson, Griffin/CR Wash, Nordeen, Roberts/Shenandoah, 4×100- 16th.
  • Ambrose, Mosher, Ohioize, Fontenot, Reetsma/Davenport Central, 4×100- 14th.
  • Northwestern, Eichmann/Rock Valley, Wedel, Butters/KP-WC, TeBrink/Lemars, 4×100- 18th.
  • William Penn, George, Shaw, Leiba, Elmore, 4×100- DNF.
  • Ambrose, Reetsma/Davenport Central, Ferris, Watkins, Ohioize, 4×400- DQ.
  • Northwestern, Goetsch/Spirit lake, Epp, Rose/South Hardin, Hollinger/Algona, 4×800- 13th.
  • Dordt, Drake, Eckels/Britt West Hancock, Vander Kooi, Wensink, 4×800- 6th. All American.
  • Morningside, Green, DeVries, Hiser, Schiltz, 4×800- 8th. All American.
  • Briar Cliff, Haning/Nishnabotna, Heinrichs/Estherville-Lincoln Central, Kollasch/Algona, Thelen/SC Heelan, 4×800- 22nd.
  • Jacob Moats, Knoxville/Dordt, High Jump- 2nd, All American.
  • Cornelius McCastle, William Penn, High Jump- 6th, All American.
  • William Snorgrass, Graceland, Long Jump- 11th.
  • Cody Bauman, West Lyon/Northwestern, Shot Put- 14th.
  • Derek Seddon, Knoxville/William Penn, Shot Put, Discus and Hammer Throw- 16th, Shot Put. Discus Champion, 15th in Hammer Throw.
  • Ike Van Kempen, Dordt, Discus- 6th, All American.
  • Jacob Goeller, Wapsie Valley/Grand View, Discus- 12th.
  • Derek Robinson, William Penn, Discus- 10th.
  • Taylor Mitchell, DM East/Grand View, Discus and Hammer Throw- 18th in Discus and 25th in Hammer Throw.
  • Clay Siefken, West Burlington-Notre Dame/Grand View, Discus and Hammer Throw- 25th in Discus and 21st in Hammer Throw.
  • Trevor Westhoff, LeMars/Briar Cliff, Discus- 21st.
  • Armando Arellanos, Mt. Mercy, Hammer Throw- 28th.
  • David Davelaar, Dordt, Hammer Throw- 23rd.
  • Dustin Peasley, West Harrison/Briar Cliff, Javelin- 13th.
  • Sam Burki, Briar Cliff, Javelin- 17th.
  • Calvin Korver, Unity Christian/Northwestern, Decathlon- 13th.
  • Cole Connell, Central Dewitt/St. Ambrose, Decathlon- 11th.
  • Matthew Bolt, Dordt, Decathlon-14th.
  • Anthony Peters, St. Ambrose, 5K Race Walk- Champion, All American.
  • Emilio Mancah, St. Ambrose, 5K Race Walk- 3rd, All American.
Mason Tope-Cent. Dav.-Loras
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Duhawks, on to Nats

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

The 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted at the SPIRE Institute, are set to begin on Thursday, May 25. Loras qualified nine athletes, five male and four female, in 10 events, the third most out of the Iowa Conference. The NCAA will offer a live stream of every event, beginning with the women’s 10,000 meter on Thursday morning.

Courtesy DuHawks Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby

Live Results (Link)
Live Video (Link)

9:45 a.m. – Women’s 10,000 meters – Audrey Miller (F)
10:45 a.m. – Men’s 10,000 meters – Mason Tope (F)
12:00 p.m. – Women’s Pole Vault – Elizabeth Brandenburg (F)
3:00 p.m. – Women’s 400-meter Hurdles – Bella Solis (P)
3:45 p.m. – Men’s 200 meters – Patrick Mikel (P)
4:15 p.m. – Women’s Long Jump – Elyse Acompanado (F)
5:15 p.m. – Men’s 4×400 Relay – Brandon Gradoville, Shamari Scott, Kylian Lally, Patrick Mikel (P)

Live Results (Link)
Live Video (Link)

3:00 p.m. – Men’s 400 meters – Patrick Mikel (P)
4:00 p.m. – Men’s 800 meters – Kylian Lally (P)

Live Results (Link)
Live Video (Link)

1:20 p.m. – Men’s 400 meters – Patrick Mikel (F)*
2:00 p.m. – Men’s 800 meters – Kylian Lally (F)*
2:15 p.m. – Women’s 400-meter Hurdles – Bella Solis (F)*
2:50 p.m. – Men’s 200 meters – Patrick Mikel (F)*
3:00 p.m. – Women’s 5,000 meters – Audrey Miller (F)
4:00 p.m. – Men’s 4×400 Relay – Brandon Gradoville, Shamari Scott, Kylian Lally, Patrick Mikel (F)*


Simpson 4×4 Eyes Trip to Nats

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Chase Wetterling ran one of the nation’s 10-fastest times in the 400 meters, Jordan Coughenour and the 4×400 relay improved their chances for a trip to nationals and the Simpson men’s track and field team concluded the regular season at the Augustana Midwest Twilight Final Qualifier on Thursday.

Courtesy Storm Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Simpson Men’s 7th Place Indoor National Team 4×4 ©Storm Athletics

Coaches have until 4 p.m. Friday to declare their student-athletes for the national meet. The final list of participants will be available Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m.

Entering the day with a slim chance at qualifying for nationals in the 400 meters, Wetterling removed any doubt with Thursday’s performance.

Competing against some of the nation’s fastest runners, the sophomore posted the No. 8 time in the nation, winning the race in 47.72. A personal-best by more than 0.3 seconds, Wetterling ran the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest by a Simpson runner since 2003.

Wetterling finished the day by running the lead-leg on the 4×400 relay team. Along with Matt Pearson, Travis Tupper and Coughenour, the quartet ran a season-best 3:14.58, moving up to No. 14 in Division III — No. 12 when removing duplicates. The time is the third-fastest in school history and fastest by a Simpson team since 1991.

Coughenour lowered his personal-best time in the 400 hurdles, posting the No. 17 time in the nation. He ran 53.36, currently one of the final four times that will qualify for nationals.

Keagan Zwiefel ran a personal-best 22.45 in the 200 meters, Kirk Wicks added a career-best 49.66 in the 400 meters and Isaiah Strong cleared 6-feet, 4 1/4-inches to place third in the high jump. The 4×100 relay of Zach Nissen, Wetterling, Travis Tupper and Tate Tufte failed to improve upon last Saturday’s school-record time of 41.68, placing sixth in 42.36.

Meet Report
400 meters — Chase Wetterling, 47.72 | first place | NCAA #8 | Simpson #3
4×400 relay — Wetterling/Pearson/Tupper/Coughenour, 3:14.58 | second place | NCAA #14 | Simpson #3
400 hurdles — Jordan Coughenour, 53.36 | third place | NCAA #17 | Simpson #4
4×100 relay — Nissen/Wetterling/Tupper/Tufte, 42.36 | sixth place
200 meters — Keagan Zwiefel, 22.45 | sixth place | personal best
High jump — Isaiah Strong, 6-04.25 | third place
400 meters — Kirk Wicks, 49.66 | fifth place | personal best

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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Top 25 Marks For Storm at Loras

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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Jordan Coughenour and Chase Wetterling each posted top-25 times in Division III and helped the 4×400 relay crack the top 10 as the Simpson men’s track and field team competed at Loras’ Dr. Tucker Open on Friday.

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The Storm took home four event titles and had nine, top-3 performances in the final tune-up before next weekend’s Iowa Conference Championships.

Coughenour lowered his conference-leading time in the 400 hurdles, running 53.38 to win the event and post the 10th-best time in the country in the process. The mark also breaks into the top-5 in school history at No. 5.

Wetterling also tallied a top-5 effort in school history, running 48.33 in the 400. He took second in the event and is currently second in the Iowa Conference and 21st in Division III. The mark is No. 5 in school history.

Coughenour and Wetterling teamed up to help the 4×400 post a new season-best, joining Travis Tupper and Kirk Wicks. The quartet ran 3:15.38, good for second in the IIAC and ninth in Division III (fifth if you remove all duplicates). Simpson’s previous effort of 3:15.58, which was the top time in the nation in mid-April, is now 10th.

The Storm had a strong showing in the 110 hurdles led by a personal-best effort from Isaac Frazier. Frazier ran 14.87 to place second, currently the No. 3 time in the IIAC. Sam Adeniyi placed seventh in 15.96, but ran a personal-best 15.07 in the prelims, good for fifth in the conference.

Simpson got additional event titles from Adeniyi and Isaiah Strong, who tied for first in the high jump. Josh Dietrich won the javelin throw and the 4×100 relay of Wetterling, Tupper, Zach Nissen and Tate Tufte posted the No. 2 time in the IIAC and fourth-fastest in school history (41.97).

Up next
The Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships begin Thursday, May 11 in Storm Lake. Buena Vista serves as host.

Meet Report
100 — 10. Zach Nissen, 11.33 | 11. Tate Tufte, 11.38
200 — 3. Keagan Zwiefel, 22.54 | 5. Troy Vittetoe, 22.56 | 8. Travis Tupper, 22.65 | 9. Tate Tufte, 22.75
400 — 2. Chase Wetterling, 48.33 (NCAA #21 / IIAC #2 / Simpson #5) | 3. Kirk Wicks, 50.11
800 — 9. Kyle Hovey, 1:57.26
1500 — 12. Ian McKenzie, 4:07.18
110 hurdles — 2. Isaac Frazier, 14.87 (PR / IIAC #3) | 7. Sam Adeniyi, 15.96 (IIAC #5)
400 hurdles — 1. Jordan Coughenour, 53.38 (NCAA #10 / IIAC #1 / Simpson #4) | 6. Trevor McKee, 56.54
4×100 — 3. Nissen, Wetterling, Tupper, Tufte, 41.97 (IIAC #2 / Simpson #4)
4×400 — 2. Wetterling, Tupper, Wicks, Coughenour, 3:15.38 (NCAA #9 / IIAC #2)
High jump — t-1. Isaiah Strong, 6-02.75 | t-1. Sam Adeniyi, 6-02.75
Pole vault — 3. Mitch Stoltzman, 13-07.75
Long jump — 13. Brian Rew, 18-01.75
Triple jump — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 40-06.25
Shot put — 16. Caleb Striegel, 40-11.75
Discus throw — 17. Isaac Frazier, 117-08
Hammer throw — 19. Joseph Peck, 127-11
Javelin throw — 1. Josh Dietrich, 160-04 | 6. Braden Meints, 145-10

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Duhawks Perform Well on the Biggest Stage

Kylian Lally-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kylian Lally-Loras
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On Iowa’s grandest stage from the Blue Oval at Drake University, sophomore Audrey Miller stole the show in the women’s 10,000 meter, knocking off 26 NCAA Division I runners to set a school record and record the third best time in Division III this season.

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Women’s 10,000 – Audrey Miller – 34:53.98
Having never competed in the 10k, Miller showed no signs of inexperience on Thursday night. Beginning in 15th place after the first 400 meters, Miller steadily picked off each runner on her way, breaking into the top-five with 5k to go. Heading into the final 1,000 meters, Miller moved past Micki Krzesinki of Fort Hays State to take the lead. On her final lap around the Blue Oval, Miller ran her fastest split of the race in 1:14 and beamed her trademark smile for all to see as she crossed the finish line and became Loras’ first individual Drake Relays Champion since Andy Stoecken won the high jump in 2006.  Miller’s time surpassed the previous school record of 35:45 by 52 seconds, set by Maggie Saenz-Ruiz at the 2014 Drake Relays.

Men’s 10,000 – Mason Tope – 30:41.75
Minutes after witnessing his teammate become a Drake Relays Champion, Tope toed the line for his 10k and maintained a consistent pace through the first five plus miles. With three laps remaining, Tope jumped from 15th to 13th, including a 1:09.50 lap to end the race, finishing in 13th.  His time ranks sixth All-Time in Loras history and 19th Nationally.


Men’s 800 – Kylian Lally – 1:52.35
Junior Kylian Lally continued to show progress this season in the Men’s 800, winning his heat and finishing fifth in a field of 19. His time moved him into 14th in Division III this season and fifth all-time at Loras.

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson and Coach Dave Cleveland
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Storm Post Top Marks at Drake and Kip Janvrin

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson  ©Jim Kirby

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson
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The Simpson men’s track and field team had nine, top-5 finishes at the 2017 Kip Janvrin Open on Thursday and Friday and sent three events to compete at the Drake Relays to close out a busy week.

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Isaac Frazier posted the Iowa Conference’s top decathlon of the season at Drake, scoring 6,419 points to place eighth overall. Competing in the event for the first time this season, Frazier was just off his personal-best total and owns the No. 9 mark in Division III.

Competing in front of the home crowd at the Kip Janvrin Open, Braden Meints continued his impressive run in the javelin throw. The first-year member of the team won the event for the fourth straight time this season, topping the field with a toss of 159-feet, 11-inches.

Jordan Coughenour had one of Simpson’s four second-place finishes, lowering his personal-best in the 400 hurdles with a 53.66. The mark is tops in the Iowa Conference and No. 12 in Division III.

Isaiah Strong had Simpson’s other individual second-place finish, clearing 6-feet, 3/4-inches in the high jump. Both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays also placed second.

Up next
The Storm close the regular season at the Loras Twilight on Friday, May 5.

Drake Relays Meet Report
4×200 — 9. Travis Tupper, Chase Wetterling, Keagan Zwiefel, Kirk Wicks, 1:29.39
4×400 — 13. Chase Wetterling, Travis Tupper, Matt Pearson, Jordan Coughenour, 3:17.95
Decathlon — 8. Isaac Frazier, 6419 (IIAC #1 / NCAA #9)

Kip Janvrin Open Meet Report
100 — 4. Zach Nissen, 11.09 | 9. Tate Tufte, 11.24
200 — 4. Troy Vittetoe, 22.63 | 5. Keagan Zwiefel, 22.77 | 8. Tate Tufte, 23.01
800 — 54. Nick Kibby, 2:11.771500 — 16. Ian McKenzie, 4:05.06
3000 steeple — 17. Drew Roen, 10:42.7
15000 — 14. Ian McKenzie, 15:24.84 | 18. Trey Thompson, 15:30.38
110 hurdles — 13. Sam Adeniyi, 15.89
400 hurdles — 2. Jordan Coughenour, 53.66 (personal best, NCAA #12) | 7. Trevor McKee, 57.05
4×100 — 2. Zach Nissen, Troy Vittetoe, Tate Tufte, Sam Adeniyi, 43.80
4×400 — 2. Matt Pearson, Kirk Wicks, Trevor McKee, Sam Adeniyi, 3:25.42
High jump — 2. Isaiah Strong, 6-00.75
Long jump — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 20-04.25
Triple jump — 13. Austin Greenwalt, 39-00.50
Discus — 20. Caleb Striegel, 122-06
Hammer throw — 20. Braden Meints, 135-08
Javelin throw — 1. Braden Meints, 159-11 | 8. Josh Dietrich, 131-05
Shot put — 14. Caleb Striegel, 42-07.00 | 16. Connor Warrick, 39-05.00

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Dutch Close Out Relays Weekend

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central
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Another cold and rainy day at the Drake Relays produced positive results for the Central College men’s track and field squad.

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Of Central’s three Saturday entries, only Logan Mulford (senior, Mount Pleasant) was fortunate enough to have his event moved inside. The high jump was held inside Drake’s fieldhouse, where Mulford equaled his season best at 6 feet, 9.75 inches to place sixth.

“Last year at this time, he had a pretty sore ankle,” coach Joe Dunham said. “He’s got really fresh legs this year and his ankle is feeling pretty good. He’s jumping consistently right now. Hopefully by the time we get to championship season he’ll be ready to jump his best.”

Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) also qualified individually for the Relays, earning a spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He finished 13th in 9 minutes 18.24 seconds, just off his own school record of 9:11.59.

“I felt like maybe his legs are heavy from the mileage we’ve been running lately,” Dunham said. Ultimately, I’m pleased with the time he ran on a horrible weather day. I’m definitely excited for what he can do in the next month.”

The quartet of Jon Specht (junior, Dubuque, Hempstead HS), Blake Morgan (junior, Story City, Roland-Story HS), Kyle Pape (sophomore, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) and Tanner Rathje (junior, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) was 16th in the distance medley relay in 10:37.90.

“The fact of the matter is that they’re pretty tired right now,” Dunham said. “W saw the results of a really heavy week of training two weeks ago and still coming off of that. They still competed hard and gave it their best.”

Central returns to action next Saturday for the Fighting Scot Invitational hosted by Monmouth College (Ill.).