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Cyclones Set For Drake

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Darren 2018

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
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The shortest trip of the outdoor season awaits the Iowa State track and field teams this weekend, as the Cyclones head to Des Moines for the 2018 Drake Relays. Competition for the Cyclones begins with the Distance Carnival on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m., with competition following all day Friday and Saturday.

Courtesy Cyclone Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics 2017

Tickets for all sessions are still available through the Drake Ticket Office, here.

Live video will be provided by USATF.TV, a subscription-based service. For more info, click here. NBC Sports Network will have live coverage from the meet on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Live results will come via Prime Time Timing, here.

On the track, with many of the Cyclone runners having already achieved times that will qualify them for the NCAA West Prelims next month, the focus will be on the relays. The Cyclone middle distance and distance squads will be looking to collect Drake Relays flags in the 4x800s and distance medley relays, while the ISU men will look to build on last weekend’s 3:07.57 in the 4×400-meter relay.

Individually, the Cyclone women will see Karly Ackley and Anne Frisbie in the women’s 5,000 on Thursday night, a field that includes multiple-time NCAA champion Karissa Schweitzer from Missouri. The Cyclone hurdlers will be the ones to watch on the men’s side, with Logan Schneider having a strong season, and Elijah Young running in his hometown of Des Moines.

In the field, Jhoanmy Luque will be back to defend her titles in the university/college long jump and triple jump. The Cyclones will also bring strong squads in the field events, with Vlad Pavlenko and Chris Celonain the men’s hammer throw, and Essence Henderson entered in the women’s discus and shot put.

Iowa State Entries (as of Apr. 22)
800m Run: Zach Black
1,500m Run: Zach Black, Greyson Dolezal
5,000m Run: Greyson Dolezal, John Nownes
110m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Elijah Young
4x400m Relay: One Team
4x800m Relay: One Team
Sprint Medley Relay: One Team
Distance Medley Relay: One Team
High Jump: Cody Durbin
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona, Vlad Pavlenko
Javelin: Blake Hughes

800m Run: Larkin Chapman
5,000m Run: Karly Ackley, Anne Frisbie, Adriana Kammerer
100m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier
400m Hurdles: Emma Whigham
3,000m Steeplechase: Abby Caldwell
4x800m Relay: One Team
4×1,600m Relay: One Team
Distance Medley Relay: One Team
Long Jump: Tasha Frazier, Jhoanmy Luque
Triple Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Jhoanmy Luque
Shot Put: Essence Henderson, Keiara Williams
Discus: Essence Henderson
Hammer Throw: Tessa Krempel

Jasmine Blue-CR Jeff., Maddie Bell-Hudson, Maddie Irmen-Assumption and Lyndsie Schinkel-Ankeny
©Jim Kirby 2017

Panthers Set For Drake

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

After a very successful start to the 2018 outdoor season, the University of Northern Iowa track and field program will face a big test this week as the Panthers make the short trip to Des Moines for the Drake Relays on April 25-28.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jasmine Blue-CR Jeff., Maddie Bell-Hudson, Maddie Irmen-Assumption and Lyndsie Schinkel-Ankeny©Jim Kirby 2017 

The event will be held at the Blue Oval in Des Moines, with the first day of action starting on Wednesday, April 25 and wrapping up on Saturday, April 28. Drake, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Ohio State will be just a few of the big names to join the Panthers for competition at the Drake Relays this week.

UNI will send 26 student-athletes on the men’s side and 25 on the women’s side this week, with the first events starting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Panthers head to Drake after another successful weekend on the track, UNI won a total of 12 events at the Tom Botts Invite to close out action in Missouri. Senior Sarah Pate claimed MVC Track Athlete of the Week honors after breaking her own school record in the hammer throw, earning a mark of 207-02 in the event to take first overall.

Live results and heat sheets for the Drake can be found here. A live stream is available through USATF.TV, which requires a subscription.

Following this week’s action in Des Moines, the Panthers will compete at the Wisconsin Twilight on Friday, May 4 in Madison. The Panthers will compete at the MVC Outdoor Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 11-13.  

Get all the latest information on the team by following @UNITrackFieldXC on Twitter and @UNITrackandField on Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at @UNIAthletics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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Hawks’ Laulauga Tausaga by Darren Miller For

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa ©Darren Miller/

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
©Darren Miller/

There better be seaweed and Spam handy when University of Iowa sophomore Laulauga Tausaga celebrates holidays or victories in a throws ring.

Courtesy, click here! Feature photo:  Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa©Darren Miller/    The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide. 

A frequent custom when Tausaga was 7-years-old in Hawaii was to pop into 7-Eleven and grab musubi, a tasty delicacy made of rice, seaweed, and Spam. When she moved to Spring Valley, California, Tausaga quickly realized she was no longer on the island. No convenience store in the area stocked musubi.

“My heart was broken when I couldn’t find it,” she said.

Gold medals, Big Ten championships, and All-America honors aren’t the only things Tausaga has intorduced to Iowa City. When former Iowa throws coach Andrew Dubs announced “Throwsgiving,” a late November social gathering for the Hawkeyes’ throws unit, Tausaga’s potluck contribution was the childhood favorite.

“I had Spam, I had seaweed, and I had rice,” Tausaga said. “I put it together and everybody called them Spam bars.”

Soon, teammates were asking for the recipe.

Throwers across the country would be wise to pay attention to Tausaga’s recipe for success. She already holds school records in the indoor shot put (54-feet, 2-inches), weight throw (65-8 ¾), outdoor shot put (53-6 ¼), and discus (196-4) midway through her second outdoor season. She won the Big Ten Conference discus title as a freshman and became a first-team All-American by placing seventh in the discus at the NCAA Championships on June 10, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon.

“The philosophy I go by is, there is always going to be someone better than you,” Tausaga said. “Celebrate the victories you do have, but understand that right after that, we have to go back to work. You have the highs, then you have to go back to fixing the lows.

“There are girls who have more talent than you or work much harder than you, so they produce higher marks. You need to understand that you have to count the small victories and make sure you are building for the next one.”

Tausaga was a three-sport athlete at Mount Miguel High School in LaPresa, California. Technically, she played four sports if you add her senior season of water polo, an activity she said she would “never be coming back to.”

“It was a great experience to try something new, but thank God I only had one more year of high school,” Tausaga said.

Not a fan of running, Tausaga originally balked — twice actually — when a basketball coach suggested she try track and field. The track part didn’t pan out, but she thrived in the field.

“There was minimal running, you could eat whatever you wanted, there was no weigh-in to be a certain weight,” Tausaga said. “There was a little weight room, but nothing major.”

And as a freshman in high school, she reached 40 feet in the shot put.

“I was like, ‘Maybe I can get used to this,'” Tausaga said.

Her efforts consistently improved. As a sophomore in 2014, Tausaga was 13th in the shot put at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. As a junior in 2015, she was third, one spot behind current Hawkeye teammate Nia Britt. As a senior in 2016, Tausauga was runner-up.

One of the reasons Iowa first reached out to Tausauga in the recruiting process was because of the connection between her and Britt.

“She was my rival, one of the people I wanted to beat, but it didn’t happen (in high school),” Tausauga said. “Now we’re best of friends.”

Partly because the Iowa track and field coaches wouldn’t take no, no, or no for an answer.

“I came on the visit and it was amazing,” Tausaga said. “I went home and the next week I told my mom I wanted to commit to the University of Iowa. She was like, really? Are you OK with being that far away from home? I said I feel at home there, I like the people, I like the coach. I said I’m going to go.”

Tausauga continued to perform well after a flawless transition when Eric Werskey replaced Dubs as throws coach in August 2017. In Tausauga, Werskey saw a physical specimen who was committed to moving forward.

“Lagi is very gifted and I believe she can contend for a national title,” Werskey said. “We have remained very consistent; even on our off days it is still better than a lot of other people in the country. That sets her up for a positive postseason. We just have to get through the rounds. Once we get on the day I trust she will do very well.”

Heading into the Drake Relays on April 26-28, Tausauga is ranked first in the Big Ten in discus, fourth in shot put, and 15th in hammer throw.

“I want to get over 60 meters in the discus; make sure I can contend for the top spot in the country,” Tausaga said. “I want to make sure I’m able to make a final at the national meet and see if I can produce the same things I have at outdoor Big Ten — get another title, help get team points.”

Life as a Hawkeye is going well for Tausaga, aside from the occasional — OK, frequent — mispronunciation of her name. She has been called everything from Lora, Lana, Layna, Liliga, and Luluga.

“It’s simple. It rhymes, you can’t go wrong,” Tausaga said. “My mom gave me a nickname, but people couldn’t even say Lagi, so it became Lani, which I detest.”

Phonetically, her Samoan nickname, Lagi, is pronounced Long-ee.

“Sounds like there is an N in it, but there isn’t,” she said.

It is easier to refer to her by monikers such as school record-holder, Big Ten champion, or All-American. And she is carrying on more than Iowa’s strong tradition in the throwing events. In fact, Tausaga wouldn’t let Werskey discontinue Throwsgiving last November.

“Just because the coach left doesn’t mean the legend can’t go on,” Tausaga said.

Did she rely on her go-to dish of musubi as a sophomore?

“I made mashed potatoes this time,” she said.

The seaweed and Spam is being saved for a postseason victory party.

Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln honored as a U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence
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Claire Jones-CB Lincoln Finalist For Army Award of Excellence

Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln  ©Mike Brynes 2017

Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln
©Mike Brynes 2017

Abraham Lincoln senior Claire Jones was honored as one of 25 finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence on Tuesday.

Courtesy Council Bluffs Community School District, click here! Feature photo:  Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln honored as a U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence©Council Bluffs Community School District 

“It was an honor to be on stage today accepting this award,” said Jones. “It is a testament to all the hard work I have put in throughout high school.”

Presenting her with the award was NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Andre Tippett.

“She is a great person with a good heart,” said Tippett. “She is a great athlete who is very sound academically and who is very willing to give back to the community.”

Jones participates in a variety of activities at Abraham Lincoln High School including basketball, cross country and track.  Among her accomplishments during her high school athletic career was being selected to the Senior All-Star Game for basketball and as an All-Conference Runner in cross country.

In addition to her work in the classroom and in sports, Claire assists with the Junior Lynx Girl’s Basketball Program and AFJROTC community service program.

She currently holds a 4.39 grade-point average and will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point upon graduation from Abraham Lincoln in June.  During an interview with local news media representatives, she gave credit to her teachers and coaches for supporting her in her academic, athletic and community service pursuits.

During the ceremony, Abraham Lincoln High School principal Bridgette Bellows accepted a plaque on behalf of the school, and teacher Sarah Steinmetz was recognized for supporting Jones and other students in their success.

The winner of the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence will be announced on August 4 during a special luncheon in Canton, Ohio.

Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST - ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Mizzou’s Schweizer Comes Back Home For the Drake Relays

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri
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Karissa Schweizer, a senior on the University of Missouri track & field team, is returning to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with hopes of etching her name into the Drake Relays record book.

Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST – ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2017


The Urbandale, Iowa, native and Dowling Catholic graduate will compete in the University/College Division 5,000 meters Friday, April 26, at 7:53 p.m. The current record of 15:31.18 was set by Cathy Branta-Easker of Wisconsin in 1985, 11 years before Schweizer was born.  Schweizer owns a personal best of 15:18.69 in the event, set last summer at the USA Track & Field Championship.


“The Drake Relays holds a special place in my heart and it means the world for me to be able to come back to race in my hometown,” Schweizer said. “If I were able to set a record at this year’s Relays, it would be the cherry on top to a long career of running on the Blue Oval!”


Schweizer has won five total NCAA Championships at Missouri including indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters this season. The budding star competed in the elite invitational section of the 1,500 meters at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished eighth in a race that featured 11 professional runners and six Olympians.


“For generations, the Drake Relays has helped cultivate and provide a showcase for the best talent in the state of Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Karissa is one of those talented athletes that our fans have watched grow up before their eyes on the Blue Oval. She’s made history at Missouri and we’re honored that her final race as a collegian at Drake Stadium has the potential to be a record-setting performance. Fans that have supported Karissa and anyone who enjoys watching Iowans make history won’t want to miss Thursday night at the Drake Relays.”


All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and

Michelle  Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside and Payton Boer-Sioux Center-Morningside
©Mike Brynes 2017

Mumm Sparks Mustangs at Friends’ Open

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside ©Mike Brynes 2017

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside
©Mike Brynes 2017

Morningside athletes combined to win 11 events at Sunday’s Friends University Spring Open track & field meet in Wichita, Kan.

Courtesy Mustangs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside and Payton Boer-Sioux Center-Morningside©Mike Brynes 2017


Morningside dominated the competition in the men’s hurdle events with the top three finishers in the 110-meter hurdles and the top two finishers in the 400-meter hurdles.

Reece Jackson, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.76 seconds, followed by Jacobus Noble, a sophomore from Sioux City, in second place with a time of 14.89 and Chase Hiser, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, in third place with a time of 15.66.

Noble won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.39 followed by Hiser in second place with a time of 55.97.

Aside from his victory in the 110-meter hurdles, Jackson also won the high jump by clearing a height of 6-4 3/4.

Kati Kneifl, a junior from Sheldon, Iowa, and Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, also won two events. Kneifl won the women’s long jump with a leap of 16-7 3/4 and triumphed in the javelin with a distance of 122-2. Mumm doubled in the women’s 800 and 1500-meter runs with winning times of 2:16.58 and 4:43.92, respectively.



The Mustangs also had individual event victories from Megan Maaske, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a time of 19:28.90 in the women’s 5000-meters and Colton Tracy, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 154-8 in the men’s discus.

Morningside won the men’s 1600-meter relay with a winning time of 3:27.53 from the quartet of Noble, Hiser, Michael Rizzi, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo.; and Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa.

The Mustangs ran uncontested to win the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:18.97 from Rose Pelelo-Ray, a junior from Merrill, Iowa; Claire Kortlever, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; and Mumm.

Morningside had second place finishes from Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 11:59.45 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase; Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 12.46 in the women’s 100-meters; Alexandra George, a sophomore from Seward, Neb., with a time of 19:35.04 in the women’s 5000-meters; Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 51.10 in the men’s 400-meters; and Kenny with a time of 1:56.89 in the men’s 800-meters.

Joseph added a fourth place time of 26.00 seconds in the 200-meters to her runner-up effort in the 100-meters.



Aurora Arevalo, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, finished third in the women’s 200-meters with a time of 25.81 seconds and added a fourth place distance of 108-8 in the javelin.

The Mustangs had third place finishes from Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa, with a time of 1:57.92 in the men’s 800-meters; and Zac Hazen, a freshman from Verdigre, Neb., with a distance of 41-11 1/2 in the men’s triple jump.

Natalie Lambert, a sophomore from Paton, Iowa, finished fourth in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:23.77.

The Mustangs had fifth place finishes from Meagan Anderson, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a distance of 138-11 in the women’s hammer throw and Brian Johnston, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, Neb., with a distance of 40-1 1/2 in the men’s triple jump.

Morningside will compete in the Sioux City Relays on April 13 and 14.

Ryan Crouser-Texas, Ricky Robertson-Mississippi, Erik Olson-Drake
©Jim Kirby 2018

Gold Medalist Crouser Leads World’s Best Again at Drake Relays

Ryan Crouser-Texas-Olympic Gold Medalist ©Jim Kirby 2018

Ryan Crouser-Texas-Olympic Gold Medalist
©Jim Kirby 2018

The return of the men’s invitational shot put to Drake Stadium will feature some of the world’s top throwers inside the Blue Oval for the 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.

Courtesy Drake Relays, click here! Feature photo: Ryan Crouser-Texas, Ricky Robertson-Mississippi, Erik Olson-Drake©Jim Kirby 2018

The nine-man field features the reigning Olympic gold and bronze medalists, the current World Champion, the Olympic record holder, the top two finishers in this week’s Commonwealth Games, plus the Drake Stadium record holder. Two of the competitors are also ranked among the top-10 all-time in the event and aiming to shatter the world record this season.

Ryan Crouser returns Des Moines after entertaining the crowd during a slam dunk competition during a Drake men’s basketball game in January along with other elite athletes. Crouser was a gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics with an Olympic-record throw of 73-10.5 (22.51m). The two-time USA Outdoor Champion owns a personal best of 74-3.75 (22.65m), which ranks as the eighth-best mark all-time in the event.

New Zealand’s Tom Walsh is another standout coming to Drake Stadium with the world record in his sights this season. The 2017 World Champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Walsh ranks sixth all-time in the shot put with a personal best of 74-4.5 (22.67m). He has broken the 21-meter mark a staggering 48 times in his career and will certainly push the elite field and test the Drake Relays record. He recently won the event at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Ryan Whiting is the current U.S. indoor champion and a six-time World Championship finalist as well as a 2012 Olympic finalist. Whiting owns the current Drake Stadium record at 72-6.5 (22.11m) and has a personal best of 73-1.25 (22-28m) which ranks as the 16th-best mark all-time. He was a five-time NCAA champion at Arizona State and is one of three former NCAA Champions in the field that have combined to claim a total of 10 NCAA titles.

Another Olympian, Darrell Hill, joins the field after finishing sixth at the recent World Indoor Championship. He was also a 2017 World Outdoor Championship finalist followed by a Diamond League win in Brussels. He ranks 14th all-time in the shot put with a mark of 73-7.5 (22.44m).

A quintet of up-and-coming athletes who are more than familiar with the Blue Oval is poised to use the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee as their platform to compete with and become the next generation of elite throwers. Josh Freeman, a four-time All-American and seven-time MVC Champion at SIU, is one those talents, as is Jon Jones, the 2015 NCAA Champion in the event while at Buffalo.

Chuk Enekwechi already has a Relays title to his credit in the hammer throw while competing for Purdue in 2015 and he has twice qualified for the World Championships in the shot put for his native Nigeria. This week he finished second in the shot put at the Commonwealth Games behind Tom Walsh.
JC Muransky also has a Relays title on his resume from 2016 in the shot put while at Ohio State and also qualified for the 2017 USA Championship. Alex Renner, an All-American and five-time Summit League champion at North Dakota State, returns to the Drake Relays after recently claiming eighth at the 2018 USA Indoor Championships.

The nine men will step inside the ring at Drake Stadium at 2:30 Saturday, April 28, in the final field event of the 2018 Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee. All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and

Maddie Irman-Assumption-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

Panthers Win 9 in Terra Haute

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program won nine events on Saturday, as the men took first at the Gibson Invitational to open the outdoor season on a high note.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Maddie Irman-Assumption-UNI©Mike Brynes 2017


Overall, UNI won 11 events on the weekend to dominate the field in Terre Haute. The men won the Gibson Invitational with 229.50 points, while the women placed third with 145 points.

Individually, Martavian Borseth (triple jump), Thomas Yezek (discuss throw), Kyler Yodts (shot put), Isaiah Trousil (100, 200), Evan Long (400), Jacob Smith (400 hurdles) and Maddie Bell (200) all took first in their respective events on Saturday, while the team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith and Connor Blough won the 4×400.

The most dominant performance for UNI on Saturday came in the shot put as the Panther men took spots 1-5, with Yodts taking the event with a mark of 58-08.50. The great showing in the field continued over to discuss throw as Yezek won the event, while Isaac Holtz and Darius King took second and fifth respectively. On the track, Trousil swept sprints after taking the 100 and 200-meter in Terre Haute to kick off the outdoor season. Jacob Smith also took two events, after winning the 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay.

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI
©Mike Byrnes

On the women’s side, Maddie Bell took the lone win after capturing the 200-meter with a time of 24.46. In the field, the Panther women placed three throwers in the top-5 of the discuss throw as Hope Koerperich (second), Sarah Pate (third) and Anna Hoyman (fifth) all turned in successful days.

A select group of Panthers will head to Iowa City, Iowa on April 14 for the Musco Twilight, closing out the opening weekend of the outdoor season for UNI.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @UNITrackFieldXC on Twitter and @UNITrackandField on Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at @UNIAthletics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Gibson Invitational
Saturday, April 7 – Terre Haute, Indiana

Men’s Team Score

  1. UNI – 229.50
  2. Indiana State – 205
  3. Milwaukee – 50
  4. Valparaiso – 43.5
  5. Bradley – 40

Women’s Team Score

  1. Indiana State – 263
  2. Western Michigan – 160.5
  3. UNI – 145
  4. Milwaukee – 54.5
  5. Bradley – 40
  6. Valparaiso – 26
  7. IUPUI – 19

Top 5 Finishers

HJ: Cameron Cantrall (2nd, 6-08.00)
LJ: Martavian Borseth (3rd, 22-04.25)
TJ: Martavian Borseth (1st, 46-10.75)
DT: Thomas Yezek (1st, 171-09), Isaac Holtz (2nd, 168-05), Darius King (5th, 149-08)
SP: Kyler Yodts (1st, 58-08.50), Willy Blaser (2nd, 57-00.25), Isaac Holtz (3rd, 55-10.25), Darius King(4th, 55-02.25), Keegan Tritle (5th, 54-06.50)
100m: Isaiah Trousil (1st, 10.57), Tayshaun Cooper (3rd, 10.85), Matt Turcotte (5th, 10.93)
200m: Isaiah Trousil (1st, 21.49), Tayshaun Cooper (2nd, 21.70), Elijah Hicks (3rd, 22.12)
400m: Evan Long (1st, 47.98), Sven Van Den Bergh (2nd, 48.24), Corey Hertz (4th, 48.68), Connor Blough (5th, 49.42)
800m: Jordan Pingel (4th, 1:52.67)
1500m: Jordan Pingel (4th, 3:56.07)
110h: Cole Phillips (2nd, 14.55), Cade Kirkpatrick (4th, 15.10)
400h: Jacob Smith (1st, 51.84), Jojo Frost (2nd, 52.78)
3000m: Alex Jackson (3rd, 9:25.58)
4×100: Dan Blocker, Eli Hicks, Matt Turcotte, Jacob Smith (1st, 41.10), Isaiah Trousil, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips, Jojo Frost (2nd, 41.17)
4×400: Sven Van Den Bergh, Jojo Frost, Jacob Smith, Connor Blough (1st, 3:15.10), Corey Hertz, Blake Langhurst, Bryce Newcomb, Seb Gearhart (3rd, 3:20.44)

HJ: Kassidy Sharp (2nd, 5-05.00)
LJ: Brooke Lorenz (3rd, 18-00.25)
TJ: Kassidy Sharp (4th, 36-09)
DT: Hope Koerperich (2nd, 155-02), Sarah Pate (3rd, 145-06), Anna Hoyman (4th, 142-08)
100m: Maddie Bell (3rd, 12.10), Taylor Raines (4th, 12.23)
200m: Maddie Bell (1st, 24.46), Maddie Irmen (5th, 25.26)
400m: Jolissa Kriegel (4th, 59.83)
1500m: Brette Correy (3rd, 4:30.31), Tiffany Christensen (4th, 4:36.65)
4×400: Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen, Lyndsie Schinkel, Jolissa Kriegel (2nd, 3:52.39), Lauren Frederick, Brooke Lorenz, Erica Loussaert, Chaley Rath (5th, 4:10.92)

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central High School
©Jim Kirby

Ducks’ Phelps is Making a Statement Out West

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley Pearson with her Drake Relays Flag and Next Level Iowa water bottle..two treasured items!

Kiana Phelps-Kingsley Pearson with her Drake Relays Flag and Next Level Iowa water bottle..two treasured items!

The UO track and field programs hosted the Pepsi Invitational on Saturday, and swept the men’s and women’s team titles. The Ducks did so despite less than favorable conditions, which couldn’t dampen Cash’s spirits after she completed a 3,000-meter race.

Courtesy Ducks Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Kiana Phelps-Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central High School ©Jim Kirby

“It was good; I was really excited just to get back out there,” Cash said. “Our team just does a great job of saying, ‘We’re the Ducks. This is us, this is Oregon.’ ”

Hayward Field magic might have appeared in liquid form Saturday, but it appeared nonetheless.

Maddie Rabing and Kiana Phelps showed early Saturday afternoon they’d gotten the message. Rabing won the hammer with a throw of 194 feet, 10 inches, and Phelps took first in the discus with a mark of 156-3. Then, they went 2-3 in the shot put to squirrel away more team points for Oregon.

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High School Athletes Who Have Made the Blue Standard Updated 4-7-18

Madison Jochum Heelan ©Mike Brynes 2018

Madison Jochum Heelan
©Mike Brynes 2018

Feature Photo: Chloe Hansen-Harlan@Mike Brynes 2017


Here are the latest lists for those high school athletes making the Blue Standard so far this track season.

*Bold Indicates New Standards


Kitra Bell                  IC West                     Long Jump               17’11”

Sydney Durbin.       OABCIG.                  High Jump.               5’5″

Ellie Friesen.            Crestwood.                800m.                     2:14.91

Ellie Friesen             Crestwood               1500m                      4:43.26  

Ellie Friesen             Crestwood               3000m                      10:06.08

Kiestern Fisher       SE Valley                  High Jump                5’5”

Maria Gorham        N. Polk                      High Jump               5’5″

Lea Grady.           Cent. Dav.                    Discus                       134’11”

Chandler Haight.      IC West.         Shot                          42’8″

Anna Hostetler          Mid Prairie               3000m                    10:06.84

Marie Hostetler         Mid Prairie               3000m                    10:24.17

Isabelle Ingram      Ames                     100H                     14:67

Jamie Kofron               Tipton                      Shot                        42’11.5″

Linn Mar                                                    SMR                        1:44.90

Jessica McKee          Johnston               3000m                   10:27.97

Kat Moody.                   Waukee               Shot                        43’9″

Kat Moody                     Waukee               Discus                   130’10”

Olivia Nebergall         Anamosa             High Jump            5’5″

Bailey Nock             IC West                     1500m                      4:46.17

Bailey Nock             IC West                     3000m                      10:26.78

Pella                                                        4x100m                  50.68

Skyler Presier         Linn Mar                    High Jump                5’5”

SE Polk                                                          4×4                             3:59.46

SE Polk                                                      4×800                      9:33.55

Wahlert                                                    4x100m                      50.33

Waukee                                                    SHR                              1:05.25

Waukee                                                     SMR                              1:44.80

Waukee                                                      4x100m                       50.24

Sydney Winger         Waukee               100H                             14.40



Ames                                                      4x100m                     43.31

Ank. Centennial                                 4x100m                      43.79

Myles Bach              CP-U                           3200m                         9:29.29

Beckman                                                 4x100m                    43.60

Grant Bouwer.     Sibley Ocheyden.        High Jump                   6’6.75″

Jaelen Boysen      Clinton                  Long Jump              22’5.5″

Blair Brooks             Marion                     High Jump                   6’6”

Camden Cox            Ank Cent                  1600m                        4:22.44

Camden Cox        Ank Cent                3200m                     9:31

CR Jefferson                                          4x100m.                    42.92

Dominic Etherington    Algona                 Shot Put                       57’5″

Jackson Fisher         Chariton             High Jump             6’6″

Max Goodhue             Carlisle          Long Jump.               22’6.5″

Braeden Hoyer                Northeast         High Jump                    6’8”

Keith Keahna                     S. Tama           High Jump                     6’6”

Owen Minshall                  Waukee             High Jump                    6’6”

Riley Moss                        Ank Centennial         110H                      14.38

Mt. Pleasant.                                                       SHR.                       57:73

Nick Phelps                      KP-WC                      Shot                       66’0.75”

Nick Phelps                      KP-WC                    Discus                        181’2″

Cole Schroeder                Dowling                    3200m                      9:33.36

SE Polk                                                        4x100m                    43.47

Urbandale                                                    1600m Medley       3:32.5

Waukee                                                           4x100m                   43.74