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BVU Building For the Future

Drake 2015 BVU _0039Moussa Kuyateh was the lone champion for the Buena Vista men on Saturday, but the Beavers had several top-eight finishes en route to a sixth-place finish at the Darren Young Invite, hosted by Grinnell College.

Kuyateh had the second-fastest qualifying time of 7.12 seconds but improved on that time to 7.03 seconds in the finals to win by nine hundredth of a second. He later took ninth in the 200 meter dash in 23.38.

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Ben Sampson-Cherokee was just off of a personal best time in the 800 meter run where he took third in 1:55.78. Austin Groth-GMG claimed fourth in a tightly-contested 60 meter hurdles where he crossed in 8.57 seconds. The winning time was just 0.2 faster.

The Beaver 4×200 team was runner-up to Simpson College by two seconds after reaching the finish line in 1:35.05. The 4×400 meter relay wrapped up the day with a fourth-place finish in 3:27.42.

BVU also had a great deal of success in the field events. Kyle Westling-Ridge View was eighth in the lon jump at 5.87 meters. Drew Beall-Anamosa was sixth in the shot put and Garrett Rohlk-OA-BCIG fourth in the weight throw.

Overall, the Beavers totaled 37 points and took sixth overall and was just one point behind Wartburg for fifth in the 10-team field. The team will take part in the NJCAA meet held inside of the Lamberti Rec Center next Friday and Saturday before hosting the Iowa Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 26 and 27.

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Clarke’s Track Debut a Hit At Conference

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Malala Rael-Oelwein-Clarke
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Led by head coach Mason Tangen and assistant coaches Jeremy Jordan and Brooke Ferguson, Clarke University’s track and field program made its first ever appearance in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Championship meet. The competition took place Friday and Saturday in Crete, Neb., and the Crusaders made their presence known.

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Clarke’s women’s team placed fourth out of 13 teams, while the men’s squad finished 12th out of 13.
On the women’s side of Friday’s competition, Krista Bushkofsky (JR/Westgate, Iowa) won the pentathlon with 3021 points, exceeding the national “A” standard for the event by almost 200 points. Stephanie Kasuriak, Hayley Einsweiler (FR/Galena, Ill.), Anna Cole (SO/Kenosha, Wis.), and Austyn Their earned a third place finish in the 4x800m relay. Lauren Block (FR/Tripoli, Iowa) found a seventh place finish in the 5000m run in 19:10.46, breaking her own Clarke record by 56 seconds.
The second day of the women’s competition included several victories.
Chantel Kyler (FR/Shabbona, Ill.) mastered the high jump, clearing 1.62m, and Allison Smith (SR/Port Byron, Ill.) was fourth with 1.57m.
Krista Bushkofsky was first in the 60m hurdles in 9.06 seconds. Allison Smith was sixth in 9.65 seconds.
Erica Carradine (SO/Chicago, Ill.) won the 60 meter dash in 7.95 seconds, breaking her own Clarke record. Carradine found a seventh place finish in the 200m dash as well in a school-record time of 26.94 seconds.
Krista Bushkofsky was second in the long jump with a 5.20m bound. The women’s distance medley relay squad composed of Anna Herber (JR/Dubuque, Iowa), Anna Cole, Hayley Einsweiler, and Cassandra Stufflick finished second in 13:21.96. Erin Soat (FR) was third in the shot put with a 12.09m toss. Allison Smith and Chantel Kyler finished the triple jump in third and fourth place, respectively, bounding 10.87m and 10.40m, respectively.
Preston Kopp (JR/Cuba City, Wis.) and Mikayla Houston (FR/Bolingbrook , Ill.) were fourth and eighth in the weight throw, respectively, tossing 15.05m and 14.06m, respectively. Meghan Fuhrman was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 2.67m. Jessica Donar (JR/Cuba City, Wis.) and April Flood (SR/Bartlett, Ill.) finished seventh and eighth in the pole vault, respectively, both clearing 2.52m. Hannah Rehder (SO/Plainfield, Ill.) was sixth in the 400m dash, clocking 1:02.46. Hayley Einsweiler was sixth in the mile with a time of 5:35.14. Einsweiler also earned a seventh place finish in the 800m run in 2:28.07. Austyn Their was eighth in the 600m run in 1:44.65. Hannah Rehder, Stephanie Kasuriak, Chantel Kyler, and Their earned an eighth place finish in the 4x400m relay, clocking 4:23.10
The women were fourth out of 13 teams.
The men’s competition on Friday was boosted with Craig Stout’s third place finish in the 5000m run in 15:55.70, breaking his own school record by eight seconds. Stout joined Nicholas Anderson, Chase Gregory (SR/Pontiac, Ill.), and Malik McCrary (SO/Conyers, GA.) in the 4x800m relay and finished eighth in a new school-record time of 8:24.50.
Saturday’s competition included many strong performances. Trey Wiedmann (SR/Pontiac, Ill.) was third in the triple jump with a school-record performance of 13.94m. Kohl Gregory (SR/Pontiac, Ill.) was fourth in the high jump, clearing 1.91m. Mark Schmidt (JR/Mt. Morris, Ill.) was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 4.20m. Nicholas Anderson was sixth in the 1000m run in a school-record time of 2:39.14.
Anderson, Reid Mettert (SO/Peosta, Iowa), Chase Gregory, and Malik McCrary notched a fifth place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:10.22.
The men finished 11th out of 13 teams.
The Crusaders will be at the University of Dubuque this Friday, February 19th , as a last-chance meet before the NAIA Indoor Championships, which will be from March 3rd-5th.
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches on a strong indoor debut!

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Big Marks and National Standards For Vikings

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Jake Goeller-Fairbank-Grand View
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The Vikings placed sixth of 13 teams competing for the first time in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Crete, Neb. over the weekend.

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The men produced two national qualifying marks and set a new school record on Saturday. Junior Nate Johnston (Carroll, Iowa) was runner-up (18.05m) and senior Hunter Donovan (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) took third (17.07m) in the weight throw; both NAIA Automatic national qualifying marks.
Track highlights included a runner-up finish by junior Clay Cory (Elkhart, Iowa) in the 600m run (1:23.25) and a new school record Cory in the 400m dash (50.53).
The Vikings next compete at the Wartburg Invitational February 20 in Waverly.


Competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship for the first time, the Viking women’s track & field team had an impressive inaugural showing with a third place finish in the field of 13 teams.

GV scored 116 team points and finished behind winner Benedictine (Kan.) (133.5 points) and runner-up MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (128 points).

Sophomore Jennifer Davis (Clemons, Iowa) won the shot put in an NAIA ‘A’ national qualifying distance of 13.39m. Davis was also third in the weight throw with a toss of 15.11m and voted as the Heart Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.

Senior Amber Jones (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) was champion in the weight throw in NAIA ‘A’ national qualifying mark of 16.22m. Junior Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) was the weight throw runner-up with a throw of 15.66m.

On the track, sophomore Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa) was the 200m dash champion (26.37) and took second in the 400m dash (59.81) while freshman Sydney LaFrentz (Urbandale, Iowa) was runner-up in the 60m hurdles with an NAIA ‘B’ national qualifying and school record time of 9.09 seconds.

Other highlights included third place finishes in the 600m by junior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) who ran the race in 1:40.58 and a third place finish by the 4x400m relay team of Ayers, sophomore Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa), freshman Lydia Van Ee (Otley, Iowa) and Roberts which finished in 4:10.37.
The Vikings next compete at the Wartburg Invitational February 20 in Waverly.

Viking sophomore Jennifer Davis (Clemons, Iowa) earned her first career Heart of America Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week award announced by the league on Monday.


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Jennifer Davis-Clemons-Grand View
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Davis was recognized for her performances at the Heart of America Indoor Track & Field Championships where she won the shot put in an NAIA ‘A’ national qualifying distance of 13.39m. She was also third in the weight throw with a toss of 15.11m and voted as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. Davis helped the Vikings to an overall third place team finish in the field of 13 teams.

Davis and the Vikings are back in action Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Wartburg Invitational in Waverly.

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Viking Throwers Already Flirting With NAIA Standards

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Katie Roberts-Ankeny-Grand View
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Topping the women’s team scoring and four national qualifying marks highlighted the Viking track & field teams performances at the Central Dutch Athletics Classic in Pella over the weekend.

The Grand View women scored 113 points to top the 12-team field. The ladies won three events and had two qualifying marks on Saturday.

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Sophomore Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa) won the 400m dash, running the race on 60.90 seconds which is currently the fourth-leading time in the Heart of America Conference. Freshman Sydney Lafrentz (Urbandale, Iowa) was first in the 60m hurdles (9.45) and junior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) won the 600m dash (1:42.47).

The ladies had four runner-up performances – senior Amber Jones in the weight throw with an NAIA ‘B’ national qualifying mark of 16.11m, sophomore Jennifer Davis (Clemons, Iowa) with an NAIA ‘B’ mark of 13.08m in the shot put, sophomore Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa) in the 400m dash (62.09), and the 4x400m relay team of Ayers, King, and freshman Lydia Van Ee (Otley, Iowa) and Roberts (4:08.84). Davis’ toss in the shot put leads the conference and currently ranks as the 13th best throw in the NAIA this season.

Picking up third place finishes was Van Ee in the 60m hurdles (9.77) and senior Alyssa Cunningham (Waukee, Iowa) in the triple jump (9.76m).

The Viking men placed fourth of 11 teams and had a trio of first place finishes. Junior Clay Cory (Elkhart, Iowa) won the 600m dash in a conference-leading time of 1:24.95, junior Nate Johnston (Carroll, Iowa) took first in the weight throw with an NAIA automatic national qualifying mark of 17.95m, and the 4x400m relay team of junior Bryon Christensen (Johnston, Iowa), freshman Zach Lyon (Des Moines, Iowa), Cory, and freshman Jacob Thompson (State Center, Iowa) won in 51.40 seconds. Johnston’s mark leads the Heart of America Conference and is the fourth best throw in the NAIA this season while the 4x400m relay’s time is currently the third leading time in the Heart.
Other highlights for the men were third place finishes for senior Hunter Donovan (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) in the weight throw with an NAIA ‘A” toss of 17.12m and from Christensen who placed third in the 400m dash (51.40).

The Viking men and women next compete at the Grinnell Invitational on February 6.

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Dordt Men and Women Rising in National Poll

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Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt
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The first National Team Computer Rankings for the 2016 NAIA Indoor Track & Field season have been released and the Dordt College women’s and men’s teams are in the ranking. The Dordt College women are 16th and the men 13th in the ranking which will be released on a weekly basis for the remainder of the season.

The Dordt men totaled 86.64 points in the computation with Indiana Tech atop the standings with 501.65 points. Six Great Plains Athletic Conference teams are included in the initial ranking.

The Dordt women had 83.03 points and are one of seven teams in the ranking. Indiana Tech is atop the initial ranking with 462.41 points.

The rankings were released Wednesday, January 27, by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Scores in the National Team Computer Rankings were determined by the USTFCCCA computers using preseason event rankings that include the top marks of the recent NAIA indoor track & field seasons by returning student-athletes and the top marks of the young 2016 campaign. Marks from the outdoor season are not included, nor are marks from incoming freshmen until they compete in a collegiate meet.

The closer an athlete is to the top of his or her event rankings, the more points he or she earns toward the team total. Points from all applicable athletes are added up to determine team scores.

The point system used in the rankings is not the same as the scoring system used for the NAIA Championships.

Dordt will compete at the Dennis Young Invite in Storm Lake, Iowa this weekend and will return to Storm Lake to compete on February 6 in the Buena Vista Invite. The local season concludes Saturday, February 20 at the GPAC Championships.

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Emerging Stars For Mustangs

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Amina Baloch-CR Prairie-Mt Mercy
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A relay title and 10 top-five finishes highlighted the first meet of the new year for Mount Mercy as the Mustangs competed at the Sol Butler Classic hosted by the University of Dubuque on Saturday.
Melissa Armendariz, Jazmine Reynolds, Allison Scott and Kathryn Vander Poel won the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 10:05.23. That was less than a second faster than a Clarke squad that finished in 10:05.96.
Mount Mercy’s 4×200 meter relay team, which included Bri’anna Branch, Sha’Rhonda Clark, Alexis Duwa-Mid Prairie and Aminah Baloch-CR Prairie, placed second in 1:52.44. Dubuque won the event in 1:49.43 and Monmouth (Ill.) was third in 1:54.72.
Branch was also runner-up in the 55 meters, crossing the finish line in :07.49. Vander Poel finished fourth in the 600 meters in 1:45.47. Bloch (16′-8 1/2″) was fourth and Nicole Sanborn-Anamosa (16′-8″) fifth in the long jump. Danielle Schroeder-Remsen St. Marys placed fifth in the high jump (4′-11″) and Molly Pruett raced fifth in the 3,000 meters (11:18.55).
On the men’s side, James Lindstrom and Evan Bowman were top-five finishers in the 3,000 meters. Lindstrom raced to a runner-up finish in 9:05.59. Alec Bass of Dubuque was first in 8:58.37, while Bowman came in fifth in 9:16.01.
Cornell won the women’s team title with 91 points, followed by Dubuque (79.5), Clarke (73), Augustana (Ill.) (71.5), Monmouth (Ill.) (63.5), Loras (53), Mount Mercy (50.5), William Penn (30.5), Carroll (Wis.) (27), NIACC (23) and Coe (12.5).
Augustana was the men’s team champion with 150.5 points. Then it went Dubuque (109), Monmouth (75), Loras (47.5), Coe (45), William Penn (37), NIACC (29), Carroll (22), Clarke (18), Cornell (17) and Mount Mercy (13).
The Mustangs travel to Pella for the Dutch Athletics Classic on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30.

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Iowans Perform Well at NAIA Nats

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Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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The Men’s and Women’s NAIA Cross Country National Championships took place on Saturday, November 21. It was the first year the race was held at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Individually on the women’s side Marissa DeWispelare of Doane College earned NAIA All-American honors finishing 20th overall with a time of 18:04.20. She was the first Tiger since the 2007 season to earn NAIA All-American honors.

In the team race, Dordt’s women turned in a top ten performance finishing 9th overall. The Defenders were paced by NAIA All-American Kayla Byl (28th-18:20.60). The top four runners for Dordt all finished in the top 76. Hastings and Morningside also competed in teh team race. The Hastings took 21st place. Janelle Bethea was top finisher for the Broncos in 46th place (18:41.50). Morningside was 25th overall.



Northwestern and Morningside each represented the GPAC in the team standings in the men’s race. The Red Raiders finished 26th overall while the Mustangs came in at 29th.
Individually Danny Aldaba of Midland was the highest GPAC finisher, clocking in with a time of 25:21.8, taking 32nd.

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Morningside Men and Women Both Ranked Nationally

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Morning side Women
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Morningside’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are both nationally ranked in the final regular season NAIA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Polls.

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The Mustang women are ranked 20th in the nation. The team moved up three spots from the previous poll after a third place finish at the 2015 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Cross Country Championships held Nov. 7 in Crete, Neb.

Morningside is ranked 21st in the men’s poll. The Mustangs dropped nine spots from No. 12 after a third place finish at the GPAC Championships to end their two-year reign as league champions.

Morningside is one of two teams from the GPAC ranked in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Top 25. Dordt dropped one spot to No. 11 despite winning its fourth consecutive GPAC championship one day prior to the final regular season rating.

The Mustangs are also one of two GPAC teams in the men’s rankings. Northwestern moved up five spots to No. 19 after a runner-up finish at the GPAC Championships behind Nebraska Wesleyan, which competes as a NCAA Division III institution.

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10th Ranked Morningside Do Battle With Rivals at Mt Marty Invite

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Morning side Women
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Nationally ranked Morningside edged a pair of GPAC rivals for the men’s team title at Saturday’s Mount Marty College Invitational cross country meet in Yankton, S.D.


The Mustangs, ranked 10th nationally in the latest NAIA poll, finished with 68 points to edge Northwestern (73) and Dordt (74) in a tight three-team battle for top honors in the 10-team field.


It was the second team championship of the season for the Mustangs, who captured top honors at Doane College’s Dean White Invitational earlier this season.


The Mustang women also made a strong showing at the Mount Marty Invitational with a runner-up finish behind GPAC rival Dordt, which finished with 48 points. Morningside had 80 points to finish ahead of NCAA Division II Nebraska-Omaha (91) and nationally ranked Concordia (101), which is 22nd in the latest NAIA Top 25.


Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, led the Mustang men to victory with a time of 25:42.46 over the 8k course for the third fastest time in the field. Sean Skillern, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa, also cracked the top 10 with the seventh place time of 26:18.81 and Alex Janssen, a sophomore from Crofton, Neb., just missed with the 13th place time of 26:29.63.


The Mustangs’ other counters in the team scoring were Jake Weber, a sophomore from Dunlap, Iowa, who finished 20th with a time of 26:49.40, and Zach Waite, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was 35th with a time of 27:17.40.


Tiffany Shepherd, a junior from Corning, Iowa, ran one of the best races of her career with a time of 18:35.62 over the 5k course to finish as the women’s individual runner-up.


Michelle Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, also gave the Mustangs one of her best efforts with a time of 18:42.46 for fifth place. The Mustangs also had a top 20 finish from Morgan Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., who finished 15th with a time of 19:09.63, while Allison Higgins, a sophomore from Jefferson, Iowa, was 23rd with a time of 19:31.32.


The Mount Marty Invitational was the Mustangs’ final tune-up for the 2015 GPAC Cross Country Championships slated for Nov. 7 in Crete, Neb.

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Muscatine’s Brunson Part of the Mustangs Pack

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Lindsay Brunson-Muscatine-St. Ambrose
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Against a strong field of runners, Mount Mercy placed three finishers in the top 25 en route to fourth place at the inaugural NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede on Saturday.

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A soaked course couldn’t stop the Mustangs. Liz Mosbach led the way, finishing 20th with a time of 19:19 in the 5K. Molly Pruett (19:24) was 24th, Lindsay Brunson (19:27) placed 25th. Rounding out Mount Mercy’s top seven were Katie Hoffert (30th/19:41), Dana Ewan (31st/19:41), Alexa Zamora (56th/20:38) and Jazmine Reynolds (67th/20:54).

It was Ellie Willging’s race from start to finish. The St. Xavier (Ill.) standout cruised to a 33-second victory over Leah Gaytan of Texas Wesleyan. The winning time was 17:59, Gaytan crossed the finish line in 18:32. The team champion was 12th-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) with 52 points. Texas Wesleyan (97) was runner-up, followed by 23rd-rankes St. Xavier (128) and Mount Mercy (130).

The Mustangs will compete for a Heart of America Athletic Conference title for the first time in school history in two weeks when William Penn hosts the Heart Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Oskaloosa.