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Vikings Get Qualifying Marks at Concordia

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

Dimetrea Hamilton- Des Moines-Grand View
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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.

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Viking Men and Women Earn 2nd at Baker Relays

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Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU
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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.

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Morningside Wins Nine at BV

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Kevin Pottebaum

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
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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.

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Wells Leads Vikings at Home Meet

Taylor Wells-DM Roosevelt-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Taylor Wells-DM Roosevelt-Grand View
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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.

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NAIA  2017 Indoor Championships Re-Cap

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Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
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The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 2, 3 and 4.

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The state of Iowa was well represented with a number of athletes from several schools bringing home All American honors.

In the Men’s team race, St. Ambrose finished 4th, Northwestern 19, Dordt 22, Morningside 31, Graceland 37 and William Penn 51.

On the Women’s side, Northwestern finished 12th, Dordt 17, St. Ambrose 25, Clarke and Morningside 37.

Complete NAIA meet results, click here! 

 

Earning All American honors with a top 8 finish were:

  • Michael Ohioze, St. Ambrose: 2nd 400M and 8th 200M
  • Robert IronShell, Briar Cliff: 8th 400M
  • Aaron Lemon, Northwestern: 8th 600M
  • Peter Hollinger, Northwestern: 6th 800M
  • Tim Rose, Northwestern: 4th Mile Run
  • Jordan Strand, Northwestern: 7th Heptathlon
  • Jacob Green 7th and Jason Kenny 8th, both of Morningside in 1,000M
  • Anthony Peters, 1st, and Emilio Mancha, 2nd, St. Ambrose, 3,000M Race Walk
  • St. Ambrose Men, 4×400 5th
  • Morningside Men, 4×800, 5th
  • Dordt Men, DMR, 4th
  • Northwestern Men, DMR, 8th
  • Jacob Moats, Dordt: 3rd High Jump
  • Cedric Shell, Graceland: 4th Triple Jump
  • Derek Seddon, William Penn: 5th Weight Throw
  • Cole Connell, St. Ambrose: 4th Heptathlon
  • Jordan Strand, Northwestern: 7th Heptathlon
  • Miranda Velgersdyk, Dordt: 6th 400M
  • Rebekah Muilenburg, Northwestern: 5th 600M
  • Kelsey Lewis, Dordt: 7th 800M
  • Katie Bosch, Northwestern: 4th 1,000M
  • Michelle Mumm, Morningside: 5th 1,000M
  • Jenny Lopez, St. Ambrose: 4th 3,000M race Walk
  • Katharine Newhoff, St. Ambrose: 6th 3,000M Race Walk
  • Dordt Women, 4×400 Relay, 6th
  • Dordt Women, 4×800 Relay, 3rd
  • Northwestern Women, 4×800 Relay, 4th
  • St. Ambrose Women, 4×800 Relay, 8th
  • Northwestern Women, DMR, 3rd
  • Morningside Women, DMR, 8th
  • Danielle Wubben, Dordt: 5th Long Jump
  • Brandi Hosford, St. Ambrose: 7th Triple Jump
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Vikings Send Ten to Nationals

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Taylor Wells-Des Moines-Grand View
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The official qualifiers for the 2017 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Championships have been announced by the national office. Ten Vikings will represent Grand View at the 52nd annual men’s and 37th annual women’s championships.

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Seven institutions will compete in the three-day event, which will be held at the David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field on the campus of East Tennessee State University. The championships begin on March 2 with the women’s pentathlon at 1 p.m. EST and the men’s heptathlon at 1:30 p.m.

NAIA Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championship Qualifiers

Ronnoja Ayers (JR/Des Moines, Iowa) – 400m, 4x400m Relay
Jamie Barry (JR/Maynard, Iowa) – 4x400m Relay
LaVon Davis (FR/Ames, IA) – Weight Throw
Allie Flaws (FR/Webster City, Iowa) – 4x400m Relay
Dimetrea Hamilton (FR/Des Moines, Iowa) – 60m hurdles
Kennedy King (JR/Davenport, Iowa) – 600m, 4x400m Relay
Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa) – 4x400m Relay
Taylor Wells (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) – Weight Throw
Erin Wenzel (JR/Clinton, Iowa) – 4x400m Relay

NAIA Men’s Indoor Track and Field National Championship Qualifiers

Clay Siefken (SO/Burlington, Iowa) – Weight Throw

Stretch Internet, the NAIA’s official video streaming company, will be broadcasting all sessions of the national championships. Packages can be purchased for $14.95. For more information, click here.

For the schedule of events, click here

Men’s Qualifiers – by School | click here
Men’s Qualifiers – by Event | click here

Women’s Qualifiers – by School | click here
Women’s Qualifiers – by Event | click here

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Clarke Crusaders Close Out Regular Indoor Season

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Erin Soats-E. Dubuque-Clarke
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The Crusader track squads competed at the University of Dubuque’s Spartan Invitational today, their final meet of the indoor season.

In the women’s events, Krista Bushkofsky won the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.27 seconds, which breaks her own school record set in December by .17 seconds.

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Chantel Kyler took second place in the triple jump, bounding 10.73m. Kyler also took fourth place in the high jump, clearing 1.55m.

In the weight throw, Preston Kopp and Mikayla Houston finished in second and fourth place, respectively, with best throws of 16.47m and 14.68m, respectively.

Katelynn Rheingans and Erin Soat took third and fourth place in the shot put, respectively, with best tosses of 12.47m and 12.27m, respectively.

Anna Cole earned a fifth place finish in the 400m dash, clocking 1:03.61.

The Crusader women scored 51 points and placed fourth out of seven teams.

In the men’s events, Tyre Hall placed third in the triple jump, bounding 13.32m. Marcus Seaton earned a sixth place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 23.16 seconds. Nick Peterson rounded off the scoring for the Crusader men with his eighth place finish in the pole vault. Peterson’s best clearance of 4.45m shatters the previous Clarke record.

The Clarke men scored 10 points and placed eighth out of eight teams.

The next indoor competition for those who qualified will be the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held from March 2-4 in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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Vikings Perform Well at Wartburg

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Grand View men and women’s track & field both placed third the Henkenius Open hosted by Wartburg College. The meet was highlighted by Clay Cory (SR/Elkhart, Iowa) breaking the school record in the 400 meter dash, 50.25 seconds and Dimetrea Hamilton (FR/Des Moines, Iowa) meeting the NAIA “B” Standard national qualifying mak in the 60m hurdles, 9.17 seconds.  The men had three first place finishes and the women had two.

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Men 3rd/7 teams w/103pts

Men Top Finishes

1st Place:

Daniel Headley (SO/Melbourne, Florida), Long Jump, 6.69m

Jordan Michels (FR/Atkins, Iowa), High Jump, 1.81m

Clay Cory, 400m Dash, 50.25 *GV school record

 

2nd place :

Leo Stewart (FR/Alorton, Illinois), High Jump, 1.76m

Leo Stewart, Long Jump,  6.54m

 

3rd place :

Clay Cory, 200m dash, 22.85

Jake Goeller & Chance Tatman (JR/Spencer, Iowa), Shot Put, tied 13.97m

 

WOMEN: 3rd of 7 teams w/107pts

Women Place Finishers

1st place :

Dimetrea Hamilton, 60m Hurdles, 9.17 (NAIA “B” standard national qualifying mark)

Roro Ayers, 200m dash, 26.22

 

2nd place :

Allie Flaws (FR/Webster City, Iowa), 60m dash, 8.08

Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), 600m run, 1:41.86

LaVon Davis (FR/Ames, IA), Wt Throw, 14.08m

 

3rd place :

Tyffaney Toms (SO/Lake City, Iowa), Wt Throw, 13.68m

Michelle Thayer (JR/Runnells, Iowa),  5,000m run, 20:29.86

4x400m Relay, Ayers-King-Roberts-Flaws, 4:12.70

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside &  Tiffany Shephard-Corning-Morningside ©Mustang Athletics 2017

Mustang Women Collect Big Wins Over the Weekend

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Elizabeth Bohlmann-SC East Morningside
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Morningside College athletes won four events at Saturday’s Dakota Wesleyan University Open indoor track & field meet in Mitchell, S.D.

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The Mustangs had three wins in the women’s competition, including a pair of victories in the distance events. Tiffany Shepherd, a senior from Corning, Iowa, triumphed in the mile with a time of 5:10.79 and Michelle Mumm, a junior from Neola, Iowa, reigned in the 1000-meters with a time of 3:00.51. Mumm also placed second in the mile with a time of 5:13.72, while Shepherd finished fourth in the 1000-meters with a time of 3:08.63.

The Mustang women also had a victory from Elizabeth Bohlmann, a junior from Sioux City, who won the long jump with a distance of 17-2 3/4.

Reece Jackson, a sophomore from Marcus, Iowa, scored a win for the Mustang men with a first place time of 8.60 seconds in the 60-yard hurdles. Jackson also finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 6-2.

Mumm’s second place effort in the women’s mile was one of seven runner-up finishes for the Mustangs. The Mustangs’ other second place finishers were Klayton Nordeen, a freshman from Alliance, Neb., with a distance of 20-10 1/2 in the men’s long jump; Alex Janssen, a junior from Crofton, Neb., with a time of 4:24.47 in the men’s mile; Jacob Green, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., with a time of 2:31.34 in the men’s 1000-meters; Eleka Joseph, a junior from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 7.95 seconds in the women’s 60-meters; Aurora Arevalo, a sophomore from Lenox, Iowa, with a time of 27.09 in the women’s 200-meters; and Allison Higgins, a junior from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 19:05.28 in the women’s 5000-meters.

The Mustangs’ third place finishers were Alexandra George, a freshman from Seward, Neb., with a time of 19:08.62 in the women’s 5000-meters; Perman Wilson, a junior from Lakeland, Fla., with a time of 7.01 in the men’s 60-meters; Jason Kenny, a junior from Schaller, Iowa, with a time of 4:29.01 in the men’s mile; and Kyle Hiser, a senior from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 1:58.44 in the men’s 800-meters.

Morningside’s fourth place finishers were Megan Anderson, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a distance of 45-5 in the women’s weight throw, and Payton Boer, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa, with a time of 2:20.79 in the women’s 800-meters.

The Mustangs had fifth place finishes from Will Griffin, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a time of 7.14 in the men’s 60-meters; Alec DeVries, a junior from Merrill, Iowa, with a time of 1:59.24 in the men’s 800-meters; Tony Patton, a sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., with a time of 16:32.24 in the men’s 5000-meters; Cassie Warner, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a time of 2:25.60 in the women’s 800-meters; and Anderson with a distance of 37-9 1/2 in the women’s shot put.

Morningside’s best relay finish was a third place effort in the men’s 1600-meter relay, where Hiser, Green, Drew Schiltz, a senior from Hinton, Iowa, and James Farnan, a junior from Bellevue, Neb., combined for a time of 3:26.73.

The Mustangs finished fourth in the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:09.09 from the quartet of Rose Pelelo-Ray, a sophomore from Merrill, Iowa; Boer, Joseph and Danielle Beckmann, a sophomore from Yankton, S.D.

Morningside will compete in the South Dakota State Indoor Classic on Feb. 10-11 in Brookings, S.D.

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Clarke Women Break Into National Poll

Chantel Kyler-Clarke ©Jim Kirby

Chantel Kyler-Clarke
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The first NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings of the season were released today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and for the first time in Clarke University’s women’s track and field team history, the Crusaders appear in the Top 25 poll.  Coach Mason Tangen‘s Crusaders came in at No. 20 in the inaugural rankings.

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“We’re not done yet,” said Tangen.  “This is just the start of what this program is on the verge of doing. We have so many athletes hitting their stride right now. We have bigger results, more PR’s and more national qualifiers to get.

Indiana Tech was the top-ranked team.

“This sets us up very good for the season and hopefully it pushes our athletes harder,” added Tangen.  “They’ve put in the work and it’s nice to see the reward in Clarke’s first top 20 ranking in school history.”

Clarke will compete in the UW-Platteville Pioneer Open on Saturday.

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