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Tiffany Shepherd-Corning-Morningside
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All American Honors to Iowans of Morningside

Reece Jackson-Marcus-Morningside ©Mike Brynes

Reece Jackson-Marcus-Morningside
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Morningside College runners earned NAIA All-America honors in the men’s and women’s 3200-meter relays with place winning efforts on Friday at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Courtesy Mustangs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Tiffany Shepherd-Corning-Morningside ©Mike Brynes

The Mustangs earned All-America honors in the men’s 3200-meter relay for the fourth time in the last five years.

Morningside finished fourth in the women’s 3200-meter relay, where Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Cassie Warner, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Michelle Mumm, a junior from Neola, Iowa; and Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa, combined for a time of 9:08.81. The Mustangs moved up three spots after they had qualified for the finals with the seventh fastest time of 9:09.94 in Thursday’s prelims. Morningside finished with a margin of almost four seconds over defending NAIA National Champion Biola University, which finished fifth in 9:12.67.

Aquinas University won the national championship in the event with a time of 8:53.57, followed by the University of British Columbia in 8:54.31 and Wayland Baptist University in 8:56.71. Wayland Baptist, featuring 800-meter indoor All-Americans Tiffany Cano and Elizabeth Williams, was the NAIA regular season national leader and ran the fastest qualifying time of 9:05.03 in the prelims.

The Mustangs finished eighth in the men’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 7:47.16 from the quartet of Kyle Hiser, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa; Alec DeVries, a junior from Merrill, Iowa; Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa; and Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D. The Mustangs had qualified for the final with the sixth fastest time of 7:37.0 in Thursday’s prelims.

Morningside’s same four runners earned NAIA All-America honors earlier this year with a fifth place finish in the 3200-meter relay at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

British Columbia won the national championship in the men’s 3200-meter relay with a time of 7:33.45. Regular season national leader Indiana Tech finished second in 7:34.08 and Siena Heights University, which led all schools with a time of 7:34.04 in the prelims, finished third in 7:34.87. Indiana Tech and Siena Heights also finished second and third in the 3200-meter relay at this year’s NAIA Indoor National Championships.

Morningside competed in Friday evening’s prelims of the women’s 1600-meter relay, where the Mustangs’ quartet of Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s, Antigua; Mumm, Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; and Rose Pelelo-Ray, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa, finished 14th with a time of 3:54.91.

Aside from her participation in Friday’s relay events, Mumm also competed in the women’s 800-meter prelims, where she finished 18th with a time of 2:16.76.

Reece Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, competed in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles prelims and finished 14th with a time of 14.80 seconds.

Kati Kneifl, a sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa, finished 13th in Thursday’s women’s javelin competition. Kneifl had a distance of 130-1/2 to finish less than four inches out of 11th place behind Shana Cosby (130-4) of the University of Great Falls and Carroll College’s Crystal Schmidt (130-2).

Sean Skillern, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, finished 16th in Saturday’s men’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:07.10.

The Mustangs competed in the men’s 400-meter relay, but did not advance past Thursday’s prelims. Morningside’s sprint quartet of Perman Wilson, a junior from Lakeland, Fla.; Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb.; and Logan Roberts, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa, finished 16th in the prelims with a time of 41.88 seconds.

Oksana Covey-DM Christian-S. Dakota St.
©Jim Kirby

Here is Your List of All Our Iowan All Americans and National Qualifiers!

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics

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:

Men:

  • 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

Women:

  • 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!

Women:

  • 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.

Men:

  • 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!

Women:

  • 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.

 

Men:

  • 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.
LaVon Davis-Ames-Grand View
©Doug Wells

Vikings Head to Nationals

Dimetrea Hamilton-Des Moines-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Dimetrea Hamilton-Des Moines-Grand View
©Doug Wells

The Grand View men’s and women’s track and field team has 11 athletes participating in the NAIA National Championship. All events are being held at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission, in partnership with the city of Gulf Shores, are the hosts for the fourth-consecutive year.

Courtesy Vikings Athletics, click here! Feature photo: LaVon Davis-Ames-Grand View ©Doug Wells

The Vikings competed in four events today (May 25), including the women’s 4×100 relay, the men’s and women’s hammer, and the women’s javelin.

Women’s 4×100 Relay
18th place-49.39 seconds
Dimetrea Hamilton (FR/Des Moines, Iowa)
Ronnoja Ayers (JR/Des Moines, Iowa)
Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa)
Allie Flaws (FR/Webster City, Iowa)

Women’s Javelin
Taylor Wells (SR/Des Moines, Iowa)-22nd-34.43m

Women’s Hammer
LaVon Davis (FR/Ames, Iowa)-25th-43.93m

Men’s Hammer
Clay Siefken (SO/Burlington, Iowa)-21st-50.71m
Taylor Mitchell (SR/Des Moines, Iowa)-25th-50.09m

In addition, senior captain Jaidin Ross (SR/Omaha, Neb.) received an NAIA Champions of Character Award during today’s events.

 

Grand View track and filed had four athletes compete in two events at the second day of the 2017 NAIA Men’s & Women’s Track and Field National Championships. Freshmen Dimetrea Hamilton (FR/Des Moines, Iowa) competed in the 100m hurdles and Clay Siefken, Taylor Mitchell, and sophomore Jacob Goeller competed in discus.

Hamilton broke the school recorded, recording at personal record of 14.53 in the prelims placing 18th.

In men’s discus, Goeller was the top finisher for Grand View placing 12th in finals with a mark of 48.19m. Mitchell threw 46.76m placing 18th and Siefken placed 25th with a mark of 45.12m.

Defending women’s discus national champion, Taylor Wells (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), will compete tomorrow at 2pm.

Freshman LaVon Davis (Ames, Iowa) has earned All-America honors after her third place finish at the NAIA National Track and Field Championship. Davis’ mark of 46.98m was a personal best. Senior Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa), who is the defending National Champion in the discus, also participated and ended with a mark of 37.37m.

 

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
©Mike Brynes

Morningside Will Send 8 to Nationals

Kati Kneifl-Sheldon-Morningside ©Nick Buth

Kati Kneifl-Sheldon-Morningside
©Nick Buth

Morningside will compete in eight events at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships this Thursday through Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Courtesy Mavericks Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Mike Brynes

The Mustangs’ individual event entries are Reece Jackson in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Kati Kneifl in the women’s javelin, Michelle Mumm in the women’s 800-meters and Sean Skillern in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Morningside will also compete in the men’s 400 and 3200-meter relays and the women’s 1600 and 3200-meter relays.

The top eight finishers in each individual and relay event are awarded NAIA All-America status.

Morningside has produced an All-America effort in the men’s 3200-meter relay three times in the last four years, including a NAIA National Championship in 2013, and it is the Mustangs’ strongest event going in this year as well.

The Mustangs’ quartet of Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Alec DeVries, a junior from Merrill, Iowa; Kyle Hiser, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa; and Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa, have the sixth fastest time in the field with a 7:41.30, which came at this year’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Championships. The same four runners earned All-America honors earlier this year with a fifth place finish in the 3200-meter relay at the NAIA Indoor National Championships.

Green, Hiser and Schlitz helped lead the Mustangs to a sixth place finish in the 3200-meter relay at last year’s NAIA Outdoor National Championships and a seventh place effort in last year’s NAIA Indoor National Championships.

Schiltz has helped lead the Mustangs to a pair of GPAC 3200-meter relay titles during his career, while DeVries, Green, and Hiser have also run for GPAC championship teams in the event. Green, this year’s GPAC runner-up in the 800-meters, was the GPAC champion in the 1000-meters and earned All-America honors with a seventh place national finish in the 1000-meters during the indoor season, while DeVries is a three-time All-GPAC performer in cross country.

Indiana Tech University is the NAIA national leader in the 3200-relay with a time of 7:35.10 and returns all four runners from a team that was last year’s runner-up. Siena Heights has the second fastest time in the field with a 7:35.86 and boasts two of the nation’s fastest 800-meter runners in Brent Rodden, the NAIA 800-meter runner-up during the indoor season, and Anthony Vermilye. Indiana Tech and Siena Heights finished second and third, respectively, in the 3200-meter relay at this year’s NAIA Indoor National Championships behind Cardinal Stritch University. Cardinal Stritch and defending champion Friends University are not in the field.

The Mustangs also hope to contend in the women’s 3200-meter relay, where they have the eighth fastest qualifying time with a 9:18.27 at the Northwestern Red Raider Open. Morningside’s national entry of Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa; Michelle Mumm, a junior from Neola, Iowa; and Cassie Warner, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, will run together in the event for the first time this season.

Mumm and Shepherd helped lead the Mustangs to a sixth place finish in the 3200-meter relay at last year’s NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Mumm, this year’s GPAC 1500-meter champion and indoor mile runner-up, has been a member of three All-America relay teams during her Morningside career. She earned individual All-America honors during the indoor season with a fifth place finish in the 1000-meters and is a two-time All-GPAC performer in cross country. Shepherd, a three-time All-GPAC cross country selection, was this year’s GPAC runner-up in the 3000-meters during the indoor season and is the school-record holder in the event with a time of 10:16.99. Boer, the GPAC runner-up in the 3000-meter steeplechase, was a national qualifier in the 600-meters during the indoor season.

Wayland Baptist University is the NAIA national leader with a time of 9:07.85 and boasts a pair of indoor 800-meter All-Americans in Tiffany Cano and Elizabeth Williams. GPAC rivals Northwestern College and Dordt College have the second and fourth fastest times in the field at 9:09.61 and 9:13.42, respectively. Northwestern’s relay contingent includes GPAC 800-meter champion Katie Bosch and Katie Landhuis, the NAIA indoor runner-up in the 800-meters, while Dordt has the GPAC indoor 800-meter champion in Justine Van Zee. Defending champion Biola University has the 10th fastest qualifying time with a 9:22.06, while Oklahoma City University, this year’s NAIA indoor National Champion, is 17th with a 9:26.80.

Boer and Mumm will join Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s, Antigua, and Rose Pelelo-Ray, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa, in the women’s 1600-meter relay. They have the 14th fastest time in the field with a 3:54.67, which garnered them a second place finish at this year’s GPAC Outdoor Championships. Joseph, the GPAC indoor runner-up in the 55-meters, combined with Boer and Mumm for an eighth place finish in the distance medley relay at this year’s NAIA Indoor National Championships.

Wiley College, last year’s third place finisher, is the NAIA national leader with a time of 3:43.71 and has one of the nation’s fastest 400-meter specialists in Natasha Poleon. Defending national champion Southern University-New Orleans has the second fastest qualifying time with a 3:46.90 and boasts the three fastest 400-meter runners in the nation in Shadne Hylton (53.50 seconds), the NAIA indoor runner-up; Orenthia Bennett (53.98), the 2016 NAIA outdoor National Champion; and Argyana Bolton (54.10). Carroll College won the 1600-meter relay national title during the indoor season and is third in the field with a time of 3:47.54.

Aside from her two relay events, Mumm will also compete in the women’s 800-meters. Her fastest time of the season (2:14.99) came at the Sioux City Relays and ranks 21st among the national qualifiers.

Defending NAIA National Champion Hannah Segrave of Milligan College leads the nation with a time of 2:04.49, which is almost five seconds faster than No. 2 qualifier Anna Shields (2:09.41) of Point Park University. Segrave had a victory margin of almost seven seconds over runner-up Landhuis of Northwestern when she won this year’s NAIA indoor 800-meter National Championship. Northwestern’s Bosch, this year’s GPAC 800-meter outdoor champion, has the fourth fastest qualifying time with a 2:12.46.

Kneifl, a sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa, hopes to contend for All-America honors in the javelin. Kneifl, this year’s GPAC runner-up, was the javelin champion at each of the Mustangs’ first five meets of the season, including the Dordt Invitational, where her distance of 138-5 is the seventh longest throw in the nation.

Defending champion Seri Geisler of Valley City State University is the NAIA national leader with a distance of 167-10, while last year’s third place finisher, Bailey Dell of Northwest Christian University, is second at 162-6. Carroll’s Crystal Schmidt also returns after a fourth place finish last year.

Morningside’s GPAC championship 400-meter relay team of Perman Wilson, a junior from Lakeland, Fla.; Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb.; and Logan Roberts, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa; have the 17th fastest time in the field at 41.52 seconds, which came at the GPAC Championships.

Wilson doubled in the 100 and 200-meters at this year’s GPAC Outdoor Championships and was the GPAC champion in the 55-meters during the indoor season.

Wayland Baptist is the NAIA national leader with a time of 39.71 seconds and is the only school to break 40 seconds this season. The Pioneers have two of the fastest sprinters in the nation in seniors Kabroderan Handsborough, the 2015 NAIA 100-meter National Champion, and Justin Scruggs, the 2014 NAIA 100-meter National Champion. Defending champion Indiana Tech has the third fastest qualifying time (40.30) and returns Trevor Stanley and Wayne Sharbahn from last year’s winning entry to go along with Kejavon Moore, this year’s NAIA indoor National Champion in the 60-meters.

Skillern, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, ranks 17th among the national qualifiers in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:30.26. Skillern reigned in the event at this year’s GPAC Outdoor Championships following a cross country campaign where he earned All-GPAC laurels.

Defending national champion John Gay of the University of British Columbia is the overwhelming pre-meet favorite. Gay’s qualifying time of 8:43.20 is 22 seconds faster than that of No. 2 qualifier T.J. Wright of Northwest Christian, who was last year’s runner-up. The field also includes returning All-Americans Billy Godfrey of College of Idaho, who finished fifth last year, Joel Hartman (sixth) of Bethel College of Indiana and Kevin Poteracke (eighth) of Southern Oregon University.

Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, is the nation’s 13th fastest qualifier in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.66 seconds, which garnered him a runner-up finish at the GPAC Outdoor Championships.

Indiana Tech’s Stanley, the national runner-up in the 60-meter high hurdles during the indoor season, is the NAIA national leader with a time of 14.14 seconds, while reigning national champion and two-time indoor 60-meter high hurdles national champion Taylor Killings of Marian University is the second fastest qualifier at 14.23. The field also includes returning All-Americans Chaz Hawkins of Tennessee Wesleyan University and Bogdan Pavel of British Columbia, who finished sixth and seventh, respectively, last year.

Allie Flaws-Webster City-GVU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Vikings Sending More to NAIA Nats.

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU

With the NAIA National Championships right around the corner, some members of the Viking’s track and field teams traveled to Seward, Nebraska over the weekend to compete in the Concordia Twilight. Grand View had four more events qualify for the big stage.

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Freshman LaVon Davis (Ames, Iowa) hit a “B” standard in the hammer with a mark of 48.25m as well as an “A” standard in the discus with a throw of 44.89m. The 4×100 relay team hit a “B” standard and broke the Grand View school record with their time of 48.40 seconds. The team members included freshman Dimetrea Hamilton (Des Moines, Iowa), junior Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa), senior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) and freshman Allie Flaws (Webster City, Iowa). In the men’s hammer, sophomore Clay Siefken (Burlington, Iowa) hit an NAIA “A” standard with his mark of 52.80m.

The NAIA National Championships are held May 25-27 in Gulf Shore, Alabama at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.

Grand View Women's Track 2017
©Doug Wells 2017

Viking Women Capture Conference Title

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU

Grand View used a strong overall performance in the throwing events to win its second-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Saturday afternoon at the Lacey Complex.COMPLETE RESULTS

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The Vikings scored 58 points in the four throwing events to anchor its winning total of 149 points. MidAmerica Nazarene finished second with 145 points, while Clarke (92), Benedictine (89) and Graceland (75) rounded out the top five.

Grand View recorded 14 points in the shot put, 19 points in the discus, 23 points in the hammer and two points in the javelin. The Vikings also tallied 18 points in the 5,000m race walk and captured the 4x800m relay title to help defend its team title.

Taylor Wells (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) was able to defend her discus title from last year, picking up a winner’s medal for the second-straight campaign with mark of 43.34m. Wells also hit the NAIA “B” standard in hammer, earning second with a mark of 48.06m. Erin Wenzel (JR/Clinton, Iowa), Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), Bakita Kak, and Natalie Potts (SR/Altoona, Iowa) earned the 4x800m relay medal with a time of 9:52.39.

Other top 3 finishes for the Vikings included –
Heltathlon – Megan Meiller (JR/Madison, WI) – 3rd
5K racewalk – Michaela Barretta (FR/Indianola, Iowa) (school record of 33.47.29)
400m dash –  Ronnoja Ayers (JR/Des Moines, Iowa) 3rd- 59.79 seconds
800m run – Roberts – 2nd – 2:24.43 minutes
100m hurdles – Dimetrea Hamliton 3rd -14.83 seconds
400m hurdles – Jessica Vanzuck 2nd – 1:07.48 minutes
4x100m relay – Hamliton, Ayers, Roberts, Allie Flaws (FR/Webster City, Iowa) – 2nd – 49.12
Shot Put – LaVon Davis (FR/Ames, IA) – 3rd – 12.30m
Discus – LaVon Davis – 2nd – 41.92m
Hammer Throw – Cherise Cox (SR/Grinnell, Iowa) – 3rd – 46.91m

 

Val Vioek-WDM Valley-GVU and Seth Roberson-GVU ©Doug Wells 2017

Val Vioek-WDM Valley-GVU and Seth Roberson-GVU
©Doug Wells 2017

Two weeks of competition remain to qualify for the 2017 NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championship, May 25-27 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Team Scores
1. Grand View – 149 points
2. MidAmerica Nazarene – 145
3. Clarke – 92
4. Benedictine – 89
5. Graceland – 76
6. Mount Mercy – 71
7. Baker – 66
8. Central Methodist – 58
9. Avila – 42
10. Missouri Valley – 34
11. Culver-Stockton – 29
12. William Penn – 19
13. Evangel – 17

Jorden Nathan-Ankeny-Grand View
©Doug Wells-2016

Vikings Get Qualifying Marks at Concordia

Dimetrea Hamilton- Des Moines-Grand View ©Doug Wells-2017

Dimetrea Hamilton- Des Moines-Grand View
©Doug Wells-2017

The Grand View men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Concordia Invitational in Seward, Nebraska over the weekend. The Vikings came away with several school records and NAIA qualifying marks.

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Women’s highlights from the weekend include freshman Dimetrea Hamilton (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 100m hurdles with a third place finish time of 14.79. Hamilton’s time was NAIA B standard national qualifying time and broke the Grand View school record. Hamilton currently has the third fastest time in the Heart this season and the 20th fastest time in the NAIA. Senior Taylor Wells Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) placed fifth in the discus in a loaded field of throwers that produced four of the top five marks in the NAIA this season.  Her mark of 46.76m was a season’s best and is currently the top mark in the conference by over six meters.  Wells currently has the fifth best mark in the NAIA.

The women’s team had several other top five performances including a second place finish from senior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) in the 800m with a time of 2:20.42 and a third place finish in the 200m from junior Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa) (25.56). Ayers also placed fourth in the 400m (58.64), while freshman Allie Flaws (Webster City, Iowa) had a fifth place finish in the 100m with a time of 12.68.

Men’s highlights include sophomore Jorden Nathan (Ankeny, Iowa) who posted a season’s best time of 55.94 seconds, placing third in the 400m hurdles.  Nathen’s time is currently the third best time in the Heart this season.  He also posted a season’s best time of 15.46 seconds in the prelims of the 110m hurdles, placing eighth in the finals. Sophomore Jacob Goeller (Fairbank, Iowa) placed second in the discus with an NAIA A standard national qualifying mark and Grand View school record with his throw of 52.33m. His mark is currently the second best in the Heart and the third best mark in the NAIA this season.  He also posted season’s best marks in the shot put, hammer, and javelin.

Other notable finishes from the men’s squad include senior Taylor Mitchell (Des Moines, Iowa) who hit a fifth place NAIA A standard qualifying mark of 48.89 in the discus. Mitchell also had a fourth place finish in the javelin with a throw of 49.73m. Sophomore Daniel Headley (Melbourne, Fla.) hit season best marks with his sixth place finishes in both the long jump (6.54) and triple jump (13.68m). In the 400m, seniors Bryon Christensen (Johnston, Iowa) and Clay Cory finished fourth (50.87) and fifth (51.02), respectively, while Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) placed fourth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:11.67. In addition, sophomore Clay Siefken (Burlington, Iowa) hit two NAIA B standard qualifying marks in both the discus (47.79m) and the hammer (52.00m).

The Vikings will compete at their home venue this Friday (April 14th) as they host the Grand View NAIA Midwest Quad. Events will start at 11 a.m. at Williams Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jacob Goeller-Fairbank-GVU
©Doug Wells 2017

Viking Men and Women Earn 2nd at Baker Relays

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU ©Doug Wells 2017

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU
©Doug Wells 2017

Both the men’s and women’s track and field team earned second place finishes at the Baker Relays on Saturday (April 1). The men’s team scored a total of 116 points while the women scored 112.

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For the women on the track, the 4×800 relay team of junior Erin Wenzel (Clinton, Iowa), senior Natalie Potts (Altoona, Iowa), senior Kida Kak (Des Moines, Iowa), and senior Hannah Sobaski (Fairfield, Iowa) finished first with a time of 10:17.78. The 4×400 team of junior Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa), freshman Allie Flaws (Webster City, Iowa), junior Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa), and senior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) placed second finishing in 4:06.19. Ayers and Flaws also placed second and third, respectively, in the 100m with times of 12.60 and 12.62 while Roberts had a third place finish in the 400m run (1:01.47).

In the field, Taylor Wells hit a NAIA qualifying A-standard in the discus with the first place throw of 43.79m and also played third in the javelin (37.33m).
The men’s team had a first place performance from sophomore Jorden Nathan (Ankeny, Iowa) in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.52 while Russell Greene was close behind for second place at 15.75. In the discus, sophomore Jacob Goeller (Fairbank, Iowa) hit a NAIA qualifying A-standard with his first place throw of 50.14m. Sophomore teammate Clay Siefken (Burlington, Iowa) hit a NAIA B-standard for second place with his mark of 48.18m. Siefken also placed third in the hammer (48.61m) while junior Chance Tatman (Spencer, Iowa) finished third in the shot put (14.53m).
The Vikings will return to competition next Saturday (April 8) as they travel to Seward, Nebraska to participate in the Concordia Invitational.

Reece Jackson-Marcus-Morningside
©Mike Brynes

Morningside Wins Nine at BV

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Kevin Pottebaum

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
©Kevin Pottebaum

Morningside College athletes won nine events when the Mustangs opened their outdoor track & field season at Saturday’s Buena Vista University Outdoor Invite in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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The Mustangs finished second behind Northwestern in a seven-team field in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The Red Raiders outscored Morningside by a 178-169 margin to win the men’s team title and outpointed the Mustangs by a 177-156 differential in the women’s team scoring.

Perman Wilson, a junior from Lakeland, Fla., played a role in two of the Mustangs’ victories. Wilson won the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.13 seconds and ran the leadoff leg to help lead the Mustangs to a first place finish in the 400-meter relay, where he combined with Logan Roberts, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa; Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb., and Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a time of 42.85 seconds.
The Mustangs had four other winners in the men’s competition, including a first-time victory by Jacobus Noble, a freshman from Sioux City, who triumphed in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.09 seconds while making his collegiate outdoor debut. Morningside also reigned in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles, where Reece Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, ran first with a time of 15.19 seconds. Noble also finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.01, while Jackson added a fifth place effort in the high jump with a height of 6-1 1/2.

Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., won the men’s 800-meters with a time of 1:55.57 and Sean Skillern, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, triumphed in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:07.86.

Allison Higgins, a junior from Jefferson, Iowa, ran uncontested to win the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:54.24.

Kati Kneifl, a sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa, gave the Mustangs a first place finish in the women’s javelin with a winning distance of 129-8.

Meagan Anderson, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, was one of the most productive performers for the Mustang women. Anderson finished first in the hammer throw with a winning distance of 152-5. Anderson finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 37-4 1/2 and fourth in the javelin with a distance of 104-10.

Aside from their victory in the 400-meter relay, the Mustang men finished second in the 1600-meter relay, where Roberts, Green, James Farnan, a junior from Bellevue, Neb.; and Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa, combined for a time of 3:21.79.

The Mustangs had four runner-up finishes in the women’s competition. Alexandra George, a freshman from Seward, Neb., finished second in the 5000-meters with a time of 19:04.73; Michelle Mumm, a junior from Neola, Iowa, finished second in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:47.67; Elizabeth Bohlmann, a junior from Sioux City, finished second in the long jump with a distance of 16-11 1/2; and Casey Schuster, a senior from Dougherty, Iowa, finished second in the discus with a distance of 133-6.

Morningside had second place efforts in the men’s competition from Wilson with a time of 22.48 seconds in the 200-meters; Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, with a time of 15:30.14 in the 5000-meters; Miles Gebel, a freshman from Ida Grove, Iowa, with a time of 57.62 in the 400-meter hurdles; Jaden Lux, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, with a time of 10:36.92 in the 3000-meter steeplechase; and Colton Tracy, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 154-0 in the discus.

Morningside had third place finishes from Griffin with a time of 11.19 seconds in the men’s 100-meters; Alex Janssen, a junior from Crofton, Neb., with a time of 15:59.93 in the men’s 5000-meters; Aurora Arevalo, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa, with a time of 26.34 in the women’s 100-meters and a distance of 112-6 in the women’s javelin; Rose Pelelo-Ray, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa, with a time of 1:00.74 in the women’s 400-meters; Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa, with a time of 19:22.68 in the women’s 5000-meters; and Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa, with a time of 1:07.41 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

The Mustangs’ fourth place finishers were Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 26.44 seconds in the women’s 100-meters; Natalie Lambert, a freshman from Paton, Iowa, with a time of 1:09.89 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles; Kaylee Van Voorst, a junior from Hull, Iowa, with a distance of 124-1 in the women’s discus; Brynlee Loptin, a freshman from Bennington, Neb., with a distance of 123-1 in the women’s hammer throw; Nordeen with a time of 22.84 in the men’s 200-meters; Roberts with a time of 50.16 in the men’s 400-meters; and Anthony Patton, a sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., with a time of 16:21.06 in the men’s 5000-meters.

Chase Hiser, a freshman from Shenandoah, Iowa, finished fifth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.77 seconds and Schiltz finished fifth in the men’s javelin with a distance of 152-0.

Morningside finished third in both of the women’s relay events. Bohlmann, Joseph, Arevalo and Megan Ellerbeck, a freshman from Schleswig, Iowa, combined for a time of 49.74 seconds in the 400-meter relay, while the Mustangs’ 1600-meter relay team of Joseph, Boer, Mumm and Pelelo-Ray combined for a time of 4:02.97.

The Mustangs will compete in the Dordt Invitational on Saturday, April 8, in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Taylor Wells-Des Moines-Grand View
©Doug Wells

Wells Leads Vikings at Home Meet

Taylor Wells-DM Roosevelt-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Taylor Wells-DM Roosevelt-Grand View
©Doug Wells

The Grand View men’s and women’s track and field teams had their first outdoor competition of the season this weekend as they hosted the Grand View Invitational. Although the conditions were very brisk and wet, the Vikings still managed to hit personal bests as well as some national qualifying marks.
On the women’s side, the track events proved to show much success. In the 400m run, junior Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa) placed first with a time of 1:00.18 while freshman Allie Flaws (Webster City, Iowa) finished second (1:03.29) and junior Erin Wenzel (Clinton, Iowa) finished third (1:05.42).

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Sophomore Lydia Van Veldhuizen (Otley, Iowa) finished first in the 400m hurdles (2:24.87) while senior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) finished first in the 800m run (2:24.87) and junior Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa) finished third (2:37.09).

In the 200m run, sophomore Megan Baysinger (West Des Moines) placed third with a time of 29.17. The 4×800 team comprised of senior Hannah Sobaski (Fairfield, Iowa), senior Natalie Potts (Altoona, Iowa), senior Kida Kak (Des Moines, Iowa), junior Christa Nordgren (Kirkland, Ill.) placed first with a time of 10:41.81. The 4×400 team also placed first and included Flaws, Wenzel, junior Jamie Barry (Maynard, Iowa), and senior Jaidin Ross (Omaha, Neb.) at 4:26.71. Senior Hayley Leonard (Maxwell, Iowa) finished first in the 10,000m run (44:51.47) while Potts finished first in the 3,000m steeplechase at 12:56.08. In the 100m hurdles, freshman Dimetrea Hamilton (Des Moines, Iowa) placed first (15.70) while sophomore Jessica VanZuuk (Norwalk, Iowa) placed second (16.47) Vanveldhuizen came in third (17.54).
In the field events, the women were led by senior Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) who hit two NAIA qualifying marks. Wells hit the A-standard in discus with a first place toss of 46.09m and hit a B-standard in javelin with a throw of 39.99m, also for first place. In addition, Wells finished second in the hammer with a throw of 43.63.

In the shot put, freshman Michelle Carrillo (Storm Lake, Iowa) (10.61) finished second and freshman LaVon Davis (Ames, Iowa) finished third (10.45). Davis also earned a second place finish in the discus (40.55) while senior Cherise Cox (Grinnell, Iowa) came in third (34.11). Baysinger placed second in the long jump with a distance of 4.08m.
Despite the rain and frigid temperatures, the Viking men had notable finishes on both the track as well as in the field. In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Jorden Nathan (Ankeny, Iowa) had a first place finish (58.76) while Russell Greene also finished first in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.44. Sophomore Alex Arechavaleta (Altoona, Iowa) finished third in the 5,000m run (17:21.70) and senior Chris Dejoode (Des Moines, Iowa) also finished third in 10,000m run (35:46.39).

The Vikings had second place finishes in both the 4x400m (3:39.27) and 4x800m (9:13.11) relays. Participating in the 4×400 was senior Bryon Christensen (Johnston, Iowa), freshman Brandon Albaugh (Bondurant, Iowa), sophomore Daniel Headley (Melbourne, Fla.) and freshman Matthew Cox (Polk City, Iowa). The 4×800 runners were senior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa), junior Ben Bourland (Des Moines, Iowa), freshman Colton Galusha (Clinton, Iowa), and Dejoode. Junior Evan Rix (Nevada, Iowa) and senior Ray Quiroz (Columbus Junction, Iowa) both ran in the 3,000m steeplechase and finished in second and third, respectively. Rix finished in 11:25.70 while Quiroz crossed the finish line at 11:30.40.
In the field events, Headley grabbed a first place finish in the long jump with a leap of 6.23m while freshman Leo Stewart (Alorton, Ill.) came in third at 6.06. Sophomore Clay Siefken (Burlington, Iowa) had a noteworthy day as he hit the NAIA B-standard in discus with a second place throw of 47.02m. Sieken also placed second in the hammer (48.30) and third in the javelin (42.47). Junior Chance Tatman (Spencer, Iowa) was runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 14.62 while senior Clay Cory (Elkhart, Iowa) had a second place throw of 44.13 in the javelin.
The Vikings next competition is Saturday, April 1 as they travel to Baldwin City, Kansas to participate in the Baker Relays.