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Mt. Mercy Makes Case For Top 25 Ranking

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Liz Mosbach-Mt. Mercy
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The Mount Mercy women’s cross country team made a strong case for a spot in the NAIA top 25 poll, finishing third at the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.

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The Mustangs, who have received votes in each coaches’ poll this season, placed third in a 44-team field. Alabama State was the team champion with 82 points, followed by IPFW with 132 and Mount Mercy with 146 points. Indiana Wesleyan (192) and Grove City (212) rounded out the top five.

 

led the way for the Mustangs, finishing 12th of 365 runners in the women’s 5K race in 19:10. That performance earned Mosbach her second Heart of America Athletic Conference Runner of the Week award. She also claimed the honor on Sept. 14.
Mount Mercy’s top seven also included Lindsay Brunson (25th/19:34), Katie Hoffert (27th/19:38), Dana Ewan (37th/19:47), Molly Pruett (49th/19:59), Kathryn Vander Poel (128th/20:51) and Sara Myers (152nd/21:12).
The Mustangs travel to Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf for the Fighting Bee Invitational on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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Vikings Compete in Loaded Griak Field

Grand View XC 2015 ©Jim Kirby

Grand View XC 2015
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Both the Viking men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Roy Griak Invitational this weekend held at the University of Minnesota.

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The Grand View women placed 25th out of 37 teams in a loaded field consisting of many of the top ranked NCAA Div. II, NAIA, and NJCAA teams in the Midwest. The Viking’s top three finishers placed in the top half of 360 total finishers. Junior Kim Teno (Albia, Iowa) came in 129th, senior Jasmine Nielsen (Denver, Iowa) followed at 133rd and junior Hayley Leonard (Maxwell, Iowa) finished in 158th.
The men, competing in an equally challenging field, were led by junior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) who finished 183rd out of 391 finishers.
The Vikings will have a two week break before returning to action in the Fighting Bee Invitational held in Davenport, Iowa on October 10th.

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Nielsen Leads the Grand View Vikings

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Jasmine Nielsen Denver, IA-Grand View
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Senior Jasmine Nielsen (Denver, Iowa) ran a personal best and finished 14th to lead the Vikings in the 4k course at the Mustang Gallop held Tuesday at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Nielsen’s time of 16:13 lands her third of all-time at Grand View for a 4k course. In addition, several others finished with personal best times including junior Kim Teno (Albia, Iowa) with a 21st place finish and time of 16:33, junior Hayley Leonard (Maxwell, Iowa) with 22nd place finish and time of 16:34, sophomore Anna Halstead (Roland, Iowa) with her time of 17:08 and sophomore Christa Nordgren (Kirkland, Ill.) with a time of 17:23. Freshman Karina Johnson (Eagan, Minn.) finished in 17:36 landing her fourth on the all-time Grand View freshman list in a 4k course. The Vikings placed 4th overall as a team and had three runners finish in the Top 25 out of 94 individual finishers.
On the men’s side, the Vikings placed sixth out of nine total teams and were led by senior Kennedy Kiprop (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) with a personal best time of 17:35 in a 5k. Also placing were junior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) (28th) with a time of 18:03 and freshman Alex Arechavaleta (Altoona, Iowa) (30th) with a time of 18:11. Arechavaleta’s time sets him in fourth place on the all-time Grand View freshman leaderboard for a 5k course. Junior Chris DeJoode (Des Moines, Iowa) also ran a personal best.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 5) at the Dutch Invitational held at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

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Next Level Iowa AOY: Val Veiock-Grand View

Val Veiock -Grand ViewVal Veiock- The senior from West Des Moines Valley earned NAIA All American honors in the shot put, discus and hammer throws at the 2015 T & F Outdoor Championships. Veiock finishes her career at Grand View as a nine-time All-American.

Congratulations to Val Veiock our Female Thrower of the Year!

 

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Vikings Collect All-American and Scholar Athlete Awards

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Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) collected more hardware on Friday with a fifth place finish in the Shot Put at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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The senior earned in second All-American award of the championships with a toss of 14.76m (48′ 5 ¼”). She will make her final career appearance on Saturday in the Women’s Discus event along with sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa).

Two more Vikings will also compete on the final day of nationals – senior Kenny Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.) in the Men’s Triple Jump and junior Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) in the Men’s Shot Put.

Four members of the Grand View track & field teams earned NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete status – seniors Kalli McCann (Osceola, Iowa/Digital Media Productions) and Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa/Psychology) and juniors Dallas Franks (Thurman, Iowa/Health Promotion) and Alyssa Cunningham (Waukee, Iowa/Nursing).
Student-athletes must be of junior or senior standing with a GPA of 3.5 or above to be eligible for the award.

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Vikings Men and Women Earn All Conference Honors

Grand View Men

The 2015 men’s outdoor track & field all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors have been announced following the MCC Outdoor Championships that were held in Des Moines.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA’s qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

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The Grand View men won 18 MCC All-Conference honors.
Keonte White of Grand View earned the MCC Track Athlete of the Year award by winning the 100 and 200-meter dash events.

MCC All Conference
Michael Allner-Moville, IA – Decathlon
Jordan Cheatem-DSM Lincoln – 4×100-meter relay
Bryon Christensen Johnston, IA – 4×100-meter relay
Andrew Clements-Newton,IA – 4×100-meter relay
Malik Denny-Des Moines, IA – High jump (honorable mention)
Hunter Donovan-Pleasent Hill,IA – Hammer
Dallas Franks-Thurman, IA – Discus
Rhett Gainey-Monroe, IA – 1500-meter run
Seth Harjes -Polk City, IA– 800-meter run
Nate Johnson – 3,000-meter steeplechase
Nathan Johnston – Hammer
Taylor Mitchell-Des Moines, IA – Discus
Cameron Paddock-Monticello, IA – Shot put, Hammer
Kenny Simmons – Triple jump, 4×100-meter relay
Keonte White – 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash

 

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Jim Kirby

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Grand View Women

The 2015 women’s outdoor track & field all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors have been announced following the MCC Outdoor Championships that were held in Des Moines.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA’s qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

The Grand View women earned 16 MCC All-Conference awards.

Val Veiock of Grand View was named MCC Field Athlete of the Year. She took home the shot put, discus, and hammer titles and was third in the javelin.

MCC All-Conference
Jennifer Davis -Clemons, IA– Shot put (honorable mention)
Amber Jones – Hammer (honorable mention)
Bakita Kak-Des Moines, IA – 4×800-meter relay (honorable mention)
Kennedy King-Davenport, IA – 4×800-meter relay (honorable mention)
Jena Krebs-Washington, IA – Shot Put, Hammer, Javelin
Christanne Middleton – High jump
Jasmine Nielsen – 3,000-meter steeplechase
Katie Roberts -Ankeny, IA – 800-meter run
Val Veiock -West Des Moines, IA – Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin
Taylor Wells-Des Monies, IA  – Discus, Javelin

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Dordt Defenders Compete at Drake

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Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt
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The Dordt College track and field team had several competitors at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay team (Kayla Byl, Laurel Zomer, Lillie Koerner, Abby De Vries) ran 9th in 12:07.21.

The women’s 4 x 400 (Miranda Velgersdyk, Dani Wubben, Marisa Broersma, Robyn Blount) finished 20th in a time of 3:55.19.

The women’s 4 x 100 (Velgersdyk, Blount, Broersma, Brooke Wolterstorff) ran 15th in 48.22.

The men’s 4 x 100 (Den Fennig, Josiah Eckels, Xavier Caffee, Keith Heidema) ran 23rd in 43.05.

The men’s 4 x 800 (Sam Wensink, Stephan McNamara, Nick Vander Kooi, Trent Kischer) ran 13th in 7:51.90.

None of the Dordt relays qualified for the finals on Saturday.

There are three relays competing on Saturday at the Blue Oval.

The women’s sprint medley team (Wolterstorff, Blount, Velgersdyk, Justine Van Zee) will compete at 9:00. The men’s sprint medley (Fennig, Caffee, Eckels, Wensink) will run at 9:20 and the women’s 4 x 800 (Kayla Byl, Kelsey Lewis, Lillie Koerner, Van Zee) cap the competition for Dordt at 11:05.

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Vikings Split Squad For Relay’s Weekend

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Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The Viking’s women’s and men’s track and field teams had a busy weekend with some athletes competing at both the Grand View Viking Classic as well as the Drake Relays.

In the Viking Classic, junior Amber Jones (Lees Summit, Mo.) hit a NAIA ‘B’ standard in the hammer throw and finished third with a heave of 47.20m. Senior (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished first in the discus (44.68m) while sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) finished second (42.86m). In the long jump, sophomore Tanner Werthmann (Davenport, Iowa) finished second with her jump of 5.05m.

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On the track, freshman Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa) brought home a second place finish in the 800m with a season’s best time of 2:21.27.
The Vikings 4×400 relay (Roberts, King, Nielsen, Albert) set a school record as they competed across town at the Drake Relays.
The Grand View men collected several top five finishes in the field including junior Michael Allner (Moville, Iowa) in the pole vault. Allner captured second place with a distance of 3.2m. The Vikings had three athletes come away with third place finishes including juniors Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) in the shot put (15.01m), Hunter Donovan (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) in the discus (42.66m) and sophomore Nate Johnston (Carroll, Iowa) in the hammer throw (50.21).
On the track freshman Evan Rix (Nevada, Iowa) finished third in the 5k with a time of 17:35.
At the Drake Relays, the Viking men’s 4×400 (Porter-Christensen-Cory-Harjes) ran a season’s best time.
Grand View will host the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships April 30, May 1 and May 2 at Williams Stadium. Thursday will begin at 1 p.m. while events on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9 a.m.

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Grand View’s Big Weekend: Kudos to Denny and Veiock

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Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The Viking’s women’s track and field team competed this weekend in the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational hosted by Doane College.
In the field, senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 14.76m setting a Grand View school record and hitting the NAIA “A” standard. Veiock currently sits third in the nation in the shot put.

She also placed second in the discus making the NAIA “A” standard with a throw of 44.50m as well as fourth in the hammer throw hitting the NAIA “B” standard with a heave of 50.20m.

Senior Jena Krebs (Washington, Iowa) had two third place finishes in the hammer (50.33m) and the javelin (38.79m). Krebs hammer throw hit the NAIA “A” standard.
On the track, sophomore Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) finished fourth in the 800m which was a personal best and Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) leading time. Roberts also ran on Grand View’s fourth place 4x800m relay which posted a season best and hit the NAIA “B” standard with a time of 9:29.83 (King-Kak-Roberts-Nielsen).
The Vikings host the Grand View Classic this Friday, April 24 at 12 p.m. at Williams Stadium.

 

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The Vikings women’s and men’s track and field teams each have an athlete that has been named this week’s MCC field athlete of the week.
Senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) won her sixth award by placing high in three events at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. She was second in both the hammer throw (164-8) and discus (146-0). The senior was also fourth in the shot put with a season-best mark of 48-5.25. She has ‘A’ standards in all three events.

Sophomore Malik Denny (Des Moines, Iowa) won his first award by qualifying for nationals and breaking a school record at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. The sophomore accomplished both with a winning high jump mark of 6-9. He was also sixth in the long jump at 20-9.25.

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Val Veiock

Senior Val Veiock (Des Moines, Iowa) has been named MCC Outdoor Field Athlete of the week.

Veiock won her fifth award by placing high in three events at the Concordia Invitational. She was fourth in the hammer throw at 179-0 and was seventh in both the discus (146-8) and shot put (44-8). She bettered her season marks, which are all ‘A’ standards, in all three events.
The Vikings travel to Crete, Nebraska this weekend (April 17-18) to compete in the Jim Dutcher Memorial.

Viking Men

The Viking’s men’s track and field team had two first place finishes, hit two NAIA National marks, and set Grand View records over the weekend at the Concordia Invitational.
Grand View saw first place finishes from senior Kenny Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.) in the triple jump and sophomore Malik Denny (Des Moines, Iowa) in the high jump. Simmons hit a NAIA qualifying mark and also set a Grand View record with his jump of 14.83m. Denny set a Grand View record and had a personal best with his jump of 2.00m. Junior Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) placed fifth and hit the NAIA ‘B’ standard in the shot put with a distance of 15.29m and sophomore Taylor Mitchell (Des Moines, Iowa) placed third in the discus with his throw of 47.73m.
In the track events, freshman Leeshad O’Neal (Wharton, Texas) placed second in the 200m (21.92) and junior Kennedy Kiprop (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) placed third in the 10k (36:37.99).

The Viking’s 4×400 team (O’Neal-Harjes-Christensen-Cory) ran a season best 3:22.95 and placed fifth.
The Vikings travel to Crete, Neb. this weekend (April 17-18) to compete in the Jim Dutcher Memorial.

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Jena Krebs-Washington-Grand View
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Viking Women Ranked Nationally

The Grand View women’s track and field program is now ranked in the top 25 of the NAIA National Team Computer Ratings unveiled Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The women are the No. 25 team in the nation, accumulating 83.85 points. Notable point-getters for the ladies:

  • Jena Krebs Hammer Throw (5th/24.19)
  • Val Veiock Shot Put (7th/19.53)
  • Jena Krebs Javelin (7th/19.25)
  • Val Veiock Hammer Throw (11th/10.96)