Derek Jones-Glenwood-ISU
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Iowans Among 18 Cyclones Heading to Nationals

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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The Iowa State track and field program had 18 entries invited to next week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries, the NCAA announced Thursday.

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The competition, which will take place at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, will see 48 student-athletes in each individual event, 24 in relays, compete for 12 sports at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships a fortnight later in Eugene, Oregon.

Iowa State’s Jhoanmy Luque will be looking for her third-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Venezuelan, a six-time All-American, enters next week’s competition as the No. 1 seed in the triple jump and the No. 5 seed in the long jump. Joining her in the long jump will be Allanah McCorkle, who is the No. 7 seed in that contest.

In the women’s 800, Jasmine Staebler will be looking to make her second NCAA Championships of the season after making it to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800 back in March. The All-American will be joined in the 800 by Erinn Stenman-Fahey, who qualified for West Prelims a second-straight season.

Also aiming for a second trip to the NCAA Championships in 2017 will be Jaymes Dennison and Roshon Roomes. Both made it to NCAA Indoors in the 4×400-meter relay, and are now among the top-12 seeds in the men’s 800.

Derek Jones earned his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season in the 400-meter hurdles, and will look for a second-straight trip next week. This is his third-time making it to NCAA West Prelims. Another Cyclone becoming a three-time West Prelims qualifier is Erin Hooker, who will run in the women’s 5,000. Evelyne Guay is also in her third NCAA West Prelims, as she will compete in the 1,500 next week.

A trio of Cyclones who were first-time qualifiers in 2016, and will be looking to take the next step in 2017. In the men’s high jump, Jalen Ford takes his pursuit of trying to clear seven feet to Austin. Kelly Naumann makes her second-straight appearance in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ariana Kuhn qualified for the East Preliminaries in the hammer throw last season at Western Kentucky, and will make her second appearance in the West as a Cyclone.

ISU’s first-time qualifiers are all in the distance department. Anne Frisbie will represent the Cyclone women in the 10,000-meter run. As for the men, Dan Curts and Christian DeLago will take part in the 1,500-meter run, Andrew Jordan will compete in the 5,000-meter run and Thomas Pollard is entered in the 10,000-meter run. Pollard earned his slot at West Prelims at last weekend’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships with a silver-medal effort of 29:30.77.

Action at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries begins next Thursday, May 25, in Austin. Click here for more info on the NCAA West Prelims meet.

800m Run: Jaymes Dennison, Roshon Roomes
1,500m Run: Dan Curts, Christian DeLago
5,000m Run: Andrew Jordan
10,000m Run: Thomas Pollard
400m Hurdles: Derek Jones
High Jump: Jalen Ford

800m Run: Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m Run: Evelyne Guay
3,000m Steeplechase: Kelly Naumann
5,000m Run: Erin Hooker
10,000m Run: Anne Frisbie
Long Jump: Jhoanmy Luque, Allanah McCorkle
Triple Jump: Jhoanmy Luque
Hammer Throw: Ariana Kuhn

Avery Meyers-W. Liberty-Iowa
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Iowans Among Hawks Onto Nationals

Noah Larrison-Waukee-Iowa ©Darren Miller/

Noah Larrison-Waukee-Iowa
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Twenty-Five University of Iowa student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary, the NCAA Division I Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced Thursday.

The 25 Hawkeyes will compete in 19 events and four relays over the three-day competition.

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The selected athletes to finished the regular season as one of the top 48 athletes in individual events or one of the top 24 relays. The top 12 individuals and relays from the West Region will move on to the NCAA Championship final rounds in Eugene, Oregon, June 7-10.
Senior Aaron Mallett is the highest seeded Hawkeye. The three-time Big Ten Champion and All-American leads the region in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.47.

Junior Brittany Brown is ranked second in the region in the 200 meters with a time of 22.30 set at the Big Ten Championships. Brown is making her third NCAA outdoor appearance.

Freshmen Laulauga Tausaga and Nathan Mylenek will make their NCAA debuts as true freshmen. Tausaga, a Big Ten Champion, became Iowa’s first discus champion in program history. Mylenek heads to Texas as the No. 30 seed in men’s steeplechase with a time of 8:56.78.

The NCAA West Regional begins Thursday, May 25 at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. The meet will be live streamed on


Men’s 100 Meters
36. O’Shea Wilson, 10.35

Men’s  200 Meters
25. Christian Brissett, 20.75

Women’s 200 Meters
2. Brittany Brown, 22.30

Men’s 400 Meters
9. Mar’yea Harris, 45.70
23. Emmanuel Ogwo, 46.46
26. Collin Hofacker, 46.50

Women’s 400 Meters
15. Briana Guillory, 52.89
22. Alexis Hernandez, 53.27

Men’s 800 Meters
8. Carter Lilly, 1:47.51
26. Will Tuebel, 1:49.24

Men’s 1,500 Meters
35. Adam Jones, 3:45.48

Men’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
30. Nathan Mylenek, 8:56.78

Women’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase
41. Marta Bote Gonzalez, 10:25.98

Women’s 10,000 Meters
47. Andrea Shine, 34:49.55

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles
1. Aaron Mallett, 13.47

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles
18. Noah Larrison, 51.02
30. Mitch Wolff, 51.55

Men’s Long Jump
38. O’Shea Wilson,  7.51m

Women’s Long Jump
13. Jahisha Thomas, 6.32m

Men’s Triple Jump
14. Antwon James, 15.90m

Women’s Triple Jump
22. Jahisha Thomas, 12.91m

Men’s Shot Put
13. Reno Tuufuli, 18.84m
23. Avery Meyers, 18.39m

Men’s Discus Throw
3. Reno Tuufuli, 61.19m
20. Avery Meyers, 55.65m

Women’s Discus Throw
7. LauLauga Tausaga, 56.10m

Men’s 4×100 Meter Relay
11. IOWA, 39.46

Women’s 4×100 Meter Relay
11. IOWA, 44.34

Men’s 4×400 Meter Relay
4. IOWA, 3:03.78

Women’s 4×400 Meter Relay
8. IOWA, 3:32.37

Allie Flaws-Webster City-GVU
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Vikings Sending More to NAIA Nats.

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU

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

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

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


Simpson 4×4 Eyes Trip to Nats

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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Chase Wetterling ran one of the nation’s 10-fastest times in the 400 meters, Jordan Coughenour and the 4×400 relay improved their chances for a trip to nationals and the Simpson men’s track and field team concluded the regular season at the Augustana Midwest Twilight Final Qualifier on Thursday.

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Coaches have until 4 p.m. Friday to declare their student-athletes for the national meet. The final list of participants will be available Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m.

Entering the day with a slim chance at qualifying for nationals in the 400 meters, Wetterling removed any doubt with Thursday’s performance.

Competing against some of the nation’s fastest runners, the sophomore posted the No. 8 time in the nation, winning the race in 47.72. A personal-best by more than 0.3 seconds, Wetterling ran the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest by a Simpson runner since 2003.

Wetterling finished the day by running the lead-leg on the 4×400 relay team. Along with Matt Pearson, Travis Tupper and Coughenour, the quartet ran a season-best 3:14.58, moving up to No. 14 in Division III — No. 12 when removing duplicates. The time is the third-fastest in school history and fastest by a Simpson team since 1991.

Coughenour lowered his personal-best time in the 400 hurdles, posting the No. 17 time in the nation. He ran 53.36, currently one of the final four times that will qualify for nationals.

Keagan Zwiefel ran a personal-best 22.45 in the 200 meters, Kirk Wicks added a career-best 49.66 in the 400 meters and Isaiah Strong cleared 6-feet, 4 1/4-inches to place third in the high jump. The 4×100 relay of Zach Nissen, Wetterling, Travis Tupper and Tate Tufte failed to improve upon last Saturday’s school-record time of 41.68, placing sixth in 42.36.

Meet Report
400 meters — Chase Wetterling, 47.72 | first place | NCAA #8 | Simpson #3
4×400 relay — Wetterling/Pearson/Tupper/Coughenour, 3:14.58 | second place | NCAA #14 | Simpson #3
400 hurdles — Jordan Coughenour, 53.36 | third place | NCAA #17 | Simpson #4
4×100 relay — Nissen/Wetterling/Tupper/Tufte, 42.36 | sixth place
200 meters — Keagan Zwiefel, 22.45 | sixth place | personal best
High jump — Isaiah Strong, 6-04.25 | third place
400 meters — Kirk Wicks, 49.66 | fifth place | personal best

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Hawks Collect two Top-Sevens at Conference

Brittany Brown-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Brittany Brown-Iowa
©Darren Miller

The University of Iowa track and field team captured two titles on the final day of the 2017 Big Ten Championships on their way to two top seven finishes on Sunday afternoon.

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Senior Aaron Mallett and junior Brittany Brown highlighted the day with Big Ten titles. Mallett won the 110-meter title while Brittany Brown won her first outdoor championship in her collegiate career in the 200 meters.

“We had some elite level performances today,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “Look at what Aaron (Mallett) and Brittany (Brown) did and even Lagi yesterday. It is good to have Brittany and Lagi coming back next year.

Big Ten champions are always important to build around. The good thing is we bring a lot of people back next year and we have a lot of young athletes that are scoring big points.”

The men finished fifth overall with 70 points and the women tallied 54 points to finish seventh.

Mallett’s victory marks his third straight 110-meter hurdle championship, making him the sixth Hawkeye in program history to accomplish the feat, joining Charles Brookins, Frank Cuhel, Pat McGhee, Edward Gordon, and Matt Byers who all have three Big Ten titles under their belt.

“It really is a blessing. I have been telling myself to keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Mallett said. “Sometimes I let my head get the best of me. I knew the wind was going to be a factor and if I kept my feet fast and keep moving then I would come away surprised. I couldn’t be happier for the win in front of my teammates and for my teammates.”

Mallett’s 13.24 in the event was not wind legal as it exceeded the 2.0 m/s threshold, however it is personal best for the St. Louis, Missouri, native.

“I definitely lit the track on fire,” Mallett said. “I told my teammates I’d run fast so that they run fast. Once you get the ball rolling with a good performance, it gets the team hyped. When I saw the time, I almost dropped to the ground. I didn’t know it was that fast of a race.”

Brown continued her 2017 redemption tour with her first career outdoor Big Ten title. She ran a wind-aided 22.30 seconds in the 200 meters to sweep the event both indoors and outdoors.

“It feels good to have a big impact for the team,” Brown said. “I was nervous going into the 200 because my hamstring wasn’t feeling good, but I was not expecting to run as fast as I did and even though it was wind aided, I will still count it.”

This is the second straight year that Iowa won the 200 meters and second in program history. Briana Guillory won the event last season.

Senior Alexis Hernandez had the best conference championships of her career. Hernandez finished fourth overall in the 400 meters with a time of 53.57 seconds.

In the field events, sophomore Reno Tuufuli finished runner-up for the second straight year. Tuufuli recorded a personal best on his final throw of finals to throw over 200 feet for the first time in his career (61.19m/200 feet, 9 inches) as he finished behind the 2016 defending national champion for the second time.

“It feels good,” Tuufuli said. “I can’t complain, I got a personal best, I finally broke the 200 foot barrier, and I got second to a really good thrower. I am on my way up. It took me over a year to PR and I have big expectations moving forward.”

Junior Jahisha Thomas finished fifth overall in the triple jump. Thomas’ 12.91m jump is a new personal best and is second all-time in Iowa history.

This year’s surprise came from sophomore Andy Jatis in the pole vault. Jatis cleared 5.07m to set a new personal best and score two points for the Hawkeyes.

“To see what he was capable of in the pole vault was exciting,” Woody said. “The next step is getting more people like that. He came out here and made two bars, and getting a big PR. He is going after 17 foot bars now and that is what it’s going to take.”

The Penn State men won with 117 points and Purdue won the women’s team title with 133 points.

“We need to work out butts off to take that next step and have people to believe in the dream and the dream and expectation is to win,” Woody said.

The team will wait to see how many Hawkeyes qualify for the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas, May 25-27. The top 48 individuals and top 24 relays qualify.

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones’ Staebler Brings Home Bronze

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Mike Byrnes

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Iowa State’s Jhoanmy Luque will be bringing home to Ames a conference title in the triple jump after her last-gasp victory Sunday at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Venezuelan recorded a final jump of 45-3 1/2 to win her third conference title of 2017, and complete the indoor-outdoor triple jump sweep.

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The Cyclones also brought home four bronze medals on the day, and some impressive fourth-place finishes as well. On the weekend, both teams finished seventh in the team standings, the men with 56 points and the women with 55. The Cyclone men’s seventh-place effort was their highest finish since taking seventh in 2005.

Luque got up to second on her second leap of 44-4 1/4. However, she found herself back down to fourth place after four rounds. The Venezuelan pushed her way back to second with a fifth jump of 45-0 1/4. First place was 45-3, and Luque was able to surpass that on her final attempt as her wind-aided 45-3 1/2 pushed her past K-State’s Shardia Lawrence.

Luque picked up her third conference title of 2017, and became the fifth Big 12 triple jumper in the last six years to complete the indoor-outdoor sweep. Luque is the first Cyclone to win the women’s triple jump outdoors since 2005. Though all the jumps today were above the legal wind of 2.0, making them ineligible for school record pursuits, Luque’s winning jump of 45-3 1/2 was under a 4.0 wind, putting Luque at No. 3 in the NCAA Division I rankings this season.

Evelyne Guay‘s 1,500 was one of the strangest races of the season, as the pack went out in a supremely slow 85-second first 400. From there, the runners finally picked up the pace. The seven-runner pack started to break up with 450 to go, with the Canadian finding a comfortable spot in third, which she brought home in 4:37.25.

Jasmine Staebler also brought home a third-place finish in the women’s 800 in 2:11.04. The Cyclone sophomore was surrounded by the highlighter orange of Oklahoma State, whose five sat back the first 400. The final lap saw two Cowgirls head to the front, but Staebler was able to break up the quintet of OSU runners and settle in for third place.

Roshon Roomes also collected bronze in the 800, crossing third in 1:51.49 Jaymes Dennison, however, got tangled up and took a spill near the end of his first lap ending his chances. As he jogged around to finish the race, he came to the assistance of Texas Tech’s Charles Jones, who pulled a hamstring while leading on the final lap, and helped the injured Red Raider across the line.

Derek Jones got the Cyclones’ fourth bronze medal of the day in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.30. It was a race for second from the start as 2016 Olympian Byron Robinson was on his way to a sub-50 clocking. Jones had a strong final 100, but was just edged at the line by Oklahoma’s Bryce Douglas in the race for second. Jones’ bronze medal tied for his best finish of his career at the Big 12s, and means he finishes his Big 12 Championships career having scored in all eight conference championships he participated in.

Up Next
Qualifiers for the NCAA West Preliminaries will be announced next week. The NCAA West Preliminaries will be May 25-27 in Austin, Texas.

Team Scores
Men: 1. Texas – 153.5; 7. Iowa State – 56
Women: 1. Kansas State – 133; 7. Iowa State – 55

Iowa State Results
4x100m Relay (M): 1. Texas – 39.66; 7. Iowa State (Salters, Kelly, Young, Ryen) – 42.27
1,500m Run (W): 1. Kaela Edwards, Oklahoma State – 4:33.10; 3. Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – 4:37.25
1,500m Run (M): 1. Joshua Thompson, Oklahoma State – 4:08.11; 5. Christian DeLago, Iowa State – 4:11.41; 7. Zach Black, Iowa State – 4:11.90
110m Hurdles (M): 1. Spancer Dunkerley-Offor, Texas – 13.45(w); Elijah Young, Iowa State – DQ (trail leg violation)
800m Run (W): 1. Savannah Camacho, Oklahoma State – 2:09.44; 3. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:11.04
800m Run (M): 1. Strymar Livingston, Kansas – 1:48.77; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:51.49; 8. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 2:40.12
400m Hurdles (M): 1. Byron Robinson, Texas – 49.98; 3. Derek Jones, Iowa State – 52.30
5,000m Run (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 16:15.26; 6. Bethanie Brown, Iowa State – 16:41.87; 11. Erin Hooker, Iowa State – 16:57.06
5,000m Run (M): 1. Benard Keter, Texas Tech – 14:11.75; 4. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 14:25.57; 8. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 14:39.10; Sam ClausnitzerClick here to hear it, Iowa State – DNF; Christian DeLago, Iowa State – DNF; John Nownes, Iowa State – DNF
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Texas – 3:29.13; 9. Iowa State (Staebler, Whigham, Chapman, Stenman-Fahey) – 3:44.44
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Baylor – 3:04.60; 4. Iowa State (Roomes, Kelly, Jones, Dennison) – 3:07.69

High Jump (W): 1. Nina Schultz, Kansas State – 5-11 1/2; Katie Reeves, Iowa State – NH
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 45-3 1/2(w)

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-WSU
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Topham Get’s an Outdoor Title and Helps Shocker to Team Championship

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-WSU ©Jim Kirby

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-WSU
©Jim Kirby

The Wichita State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams won the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship over three days at Cessna Stadium.

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The Shocker women set the meet record for points with 226, while the men had 181.5 points for the titles. Wichita State has now won nine MVC men’s titles and 10 MVC women’s titles since 1966. WSU’s men won in 1966, 1972, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2016 and 2017. The women won in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Nikki Larch-Miller won the Women’s Outstanding Athletes of the Meet, as she scored 28 points in six events. Breanne Borman and Rebekah Topham tied for the second-most with 26 points. Borman was also named the co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. On the men’s side, Hunter Veith had the second-most points with 27.5 in five events, including a first place finish in the long jump.

In addition, Steve Rainbolt was named the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year.

WSU won five men’s titles and five women’s individual titles overall.

For the men on Sunday, Austin Corley won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 50.59, the 15th-best in the NCAA this season.

On Sunday for the women, Courtney Mills won the triple jump with a distance of 41-08/12.70m, while Rebekah Topham won the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:28.82.

Borman won the Heptathlon with a personal best 5,640 points, and Ben Johnson won the Decathlon with 7,053 points in the two-day events on Saturday. The pair helped the Shockers to the two-day team point leads on both sides, including a 124-55 point lead for the women over current second-place Illinois State. For the men, WSU scored 100 points during the first two days to SIU’s 66 points.

Borman was in second after Friday’s four events with 3,362 points behind Nikki Larch Miller’s 3,412, and on Saturday long jumped 18-11.75/5.78m, threw the javelin 139-11/42.66m and ran a personal best 2:23.44 in the 800 meters to win.

WSU’s Gavyn Yetter finished second with a personal-best 5,553 points, and Larch-Miller was third with 5,370. Shocker Martiesha Caines was fourth with 5,295 points, also a career-best.

Johnson finished the 10-event competition with a 4:46.64 in the 1,500 meters, after starting the day with a 14:44 in the 110 hurdles. He also threw the discus 129-2/39.38m, pole vaulted 13-10/4.22m and threw the javelin 131-0/39.33m. After the first day of the Decathlon on Friday, Johnson was in second after the first five events with 3,724 points, 122 points behind leader Jordan Wilkerson from Illinois State (3,846).

On Friday, WSU’s women also claimed titles by Alesa Frey in the pole vault and Carlea Holt-Miles in the javelin. Frey set a personal best with a height of 13-3.75/4.06m that moved her into No. 5 all-time at WSU. Miles won the javelin for the second-straight year with a throw of 157-4/47.96m.

Aaron True won the javelin to become the first men’s champion with a career-best throw of 229-03/69.88m which is also the seventh-best in Shocker history. Shockers John Hoplin (210-11/64.29m), Hunter Veith (182-02/55.53m) and Kaden Griffin (179-11/54.85m) backed True at second, third and fourth, respectively.

Also for the Shocker women’s team, Jamesia Milton improved her WSU record in the hammer throw with a toss of 205-8/62.69m to finish second on the day and break her old record of 202-4/61.68m set earlier this year at the Texas Tech Red Raider.

Final Team Scores

1. Wichita State 226
2. Illinois State 137
3. SIUI 107
4. Indiana State 104
5. UNI 90
6. Missouri State 70
7. Loyola 38
8. Drake 38
9. Bradley 8

1. Wichita State 181.5
2. UNI 166
3. SIU 143.5
4. Indiana State 104
5. Illinois State 96
6. Bradley 43
6. Loyola 43
8. Drake 42

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake 
©Jim Kirby 2017

Drake’s Mary Young Gets Her Title

Coach LaRon Bennett congratulates MVC Champion Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake ©Jim Kirby

Coach LaRon Bennett congratulates MVC Champion Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
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Drake University junior Mary Young(Urbandale) became the latest Drake hurdler to win a Missouri Valley Conference title with a first-place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles Saturday during the final day of the MVC Track & Field Championship.

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Young bested the field with wind-aided time of 13.14 that would easily better her previous school record if not for the tailwind over the allowable limit. Her title marked the third time in the last seven years that a Bulldog has won the event as Young continues the legacy established by Sarah Yeager and Marissa Smith.

Young also ran a leg on the Bulldogs’ 4×100-meter relay that finished sixth and the 4×400-meter relay that finished third in 3:42.72.

Young was one of five Bulldogs that earned All-MVC honors on the final day of the championship meet. Freshman Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) had a breakout championship meet for the men’s team with a second-place finish in the 200 meters and a fourth-place showing in the 100 meters.

Graves raced to the finish in the 200 meters in 21.02, a time that would rank fourth-fastest in program history if not for the favorable wind, while his 10.31 finish in the 100 meters would register as the third-fastest in program history if wind-legal. UNI’s Brandon Carnes won both races to complete four-straight wins in the events during his career.

The Bulldogs opened the day with an All-MVC performance in the women’s triple jump as Taryn Rolle(Nassau, The Bahamas) finished second with a leap of 40-11.75 that would stand as a school record if not wind-aided.

Later, Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) finished third in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 54.85. That time was just 0.01 seconds off the personal best she set in the event on Friday that ranks as the second-fastest in program history.

Finally, Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) earned another All-MVC honor in his final MVC meet as he finished third in the 400-meter hurdles in 51.77. He also ran the leadoff leg of the 4×400-meter relay that finished fifth with a season-best time of 3:14.36.

The Bulldogs also got points in the distance events on Sunday with Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) taking eighth in the women’s 5,000 meters while Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) took eighth in the men’s 1,500 meters.

As a team, the Drake women finished tied for seventh in the team standings while the men were eighth. Wichita State swept both team titles on their home track.

2017 MVC Track & Field Championship
Wichita, Kan. – Cessna Stadium

Women’s Team Standings
1. Wichita State, 226
2. Illinois State, 137
3. Southern Illinois, 107
4. Indiana State, 104
5. Northern Iowa, 90
6. Missouri State, 70
7. Drake, 38  
7. Loyola (Ill.), 38
9. Bradley, 8

Men’s Team Standings
1. Wichita State, 181.50
2. Northern Iowa, 166
3. Southern Illinois, 143.50
4. Indiana State, 104
5. Illinois State, 96
6. Bradley, 43
6. Loyola (Ill.), 43
8. Drake, 42

Drake Individual Women’s Results
400 Meters
3. Rai Ahmed-Green, 54.85

5,000 Meters
8. Bailee Cofer, 18:05.32

100-Meter Hurdles
1. Mary Young, 13.14

400-Meter Hurdles
6. Victoria Coombe, 1:01.93

4×100-Meter Relay
6. Crawford, Rolle, Young, Okoye, 46.49

4×400-Meter Relay
3. Crawford, Young, Coombe, Okoye, 3:42.72

Triple Jump
2. Taryn Rolle, 40-11.75 (12.49m)

Drake Individual Men’s Results
100 Meters
4. Caulin Graves, 10.31

200 Meters
2. Caulin Graves, 21.02

1,500 Meters
8. Josh Yeager, 3:56.64

400-Meter Hurdles
3. Bas Van Leersum, 51.77
5. Hudson Priebe, 52.50

4×100-Meter Relay
5. Witherspoon, Barrow, Lombardi, Graves, 41.23

4×400-Meter Relay
5. Van Leersum, Barrow, Priebe, Metivier, 3:14.36

Triple Jump
11. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-0.5 (14.03m)

Pole Vault
10. Erik Olson, 14-4 (4.37m)

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Carnes Wraps Up Perfect Career as Panthers Collect Hardware

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program wrapped up competition today at the MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, with the men finishing in second overall and the women in fifth.

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The men’s team’s second place finish is its highest since 2009 when they won the meet. The Panthers scored 166 points with Wichita State taking the team titles with 181.50. The meet was highlighted by senior Brandon Carnes making history once against for UNI and the Missouri Valley Conference.

Carnes won his 15th and 16th MVC titles today, making him undefeated at the MVC indoor and outdoor championships. He is a four-time indoor 60 and 200 meter dash winner and completed his undefeated Valley meet career with his fourth 100 and 200 meter dash titles, becoming the first athlete in MVC history to accomplish the feat.

He got the day started in the 100 meter dash, running a wind-aided personal-best of 9.97 that puts him at No. 2 in the country heading into the weekend, giving him the MVC Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete award. He followed it up in the 200 meter dash, posting a time of 20.42. The Bradenton, Fla., native is one of the first athletes in NCAA Division I track and field to win 16 conference titles in a career.

In the 110 meter hurdles, the Panthers racked in 13 points on the men’s side with Jon Rus earning UNI’s highest finish in fourth, running the 17th fastest time in the NCAA West region. He ran a wind-aided personal-best time of 13.92 with Cole Phillips (14.19), Daurice Fountain (14.22) and Connor Ham (14.36) placing fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.

Corey Hertz earned his first All-MVC honor in an open race after placing third in the men’s 400 meters, running a time of 47.48 for a career-best. UNI brought in a total of 13 points in the race with Brett McCalla placing fifth (47.83) and Evan Long in sixth (48.03). On the women’s side, Maddie Belladded to the PRs with one of her own, finishing in fifth overall with a time of 55.05.

Jacob Smith placed second overall in the men’s 400 meter hurdles, grabbing his first all-conference honor as a freshman. He set a new PR time of 51.47 to earn eight points on the men’s side. Raheem Black added a point to the men’s team’s finish, placing eighth in the race with a time of 57.02.

Lindsey Kite, who finished third at last year’s meet, won the women’s 800 meter run today with a time of 2:14.67. Lyndsie Schinkel doubled her all-conference awards from the indoor season with a third place finish in today’s race with a time of 2:15.58 with Theresa Connelly scoring key team points in sixth place with a time of 2:18.36.

The men’s middle distance runners also scored points toward the team total with Luke Johnstonplacing third overall to earn All-MVC, clocking a time of 1:53.94. Colynn Black also contributed four points with his fifth place finish with a time of 1:55.34.

Moving into the distance races, Hannah Truniger ran away with her second all-conference honor of the weekend, placing third overall in the women’s 5,000 meters. The freshman finished the race in 17:38.49 after also placing second in the 10,000 meters on Friday night.

In the field, Isaac Holtz defended his discus title with a mark of 190-8 to rank him No. 3 all-time at UNI and No. 9 in the NCAA West heading into the weekend. The Panthers scored 28 total points in the discus throw with Brad Walski placing second (180-11, PR, 23rd in the West), Evan Colfack in fourth (177-8, PR, 32nd in the West), Thomas Yezek in fifth (177-5, PR, 33rd in the West) and Jake Humpal in eighth (164-9, PR) to round out the outstanding outing from the Panthers throw crew.

Junior Sarah Pate earned her second All-MVC honor of the weekend with a second place finish in the discus throw for eight points. The Osceola, Iowa, native recorded a mark of 163-11.00, giving her a new PR and ranking her No. 3 all-time at UNI.

The Panthers ended the day with a win after the men’s 4X400 meter relay team of Hertz, Smith, McCalla and Long bringing home the title. The team finished with a time of 3:10.18, ranking them No. 45 in the NCAA West heading into the conference weekend.

The NCAA West Preliminary Round will take place May 25-27 in Austin, Texas. A list of the UNI qualifiers will be available on when the NCAA announces the declarations next week.

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Panthers Set For MVC Meet

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Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is headed to Wichita, Kan., for the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, taking place May 12-15.

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The meet gets underway on Friday, May 12 with the start of the decathlon at 10 a.m. and the heptathlon at 11 a.m. The Panthers were picked to finish second on the men’s side while the women were picked to finish fifth in the pre-championship poll.

Heading into the weekend, the men have 26 student-athletes ranked in the top-eight in 14 different events with the women adding 12 athletes ranked in 10 events. The top-eight finishers in each event at the MVC Outdoor Championships score team points with the top-three earning All-Conference honors.

The Panthers will enter the meet with some fire power, coming off a strong outdoor season that saw three UNI records, a MVC record, and 13 athletes land marks that ranked them in the top-five all-time in school history.

UNI returns multiple all-conference performers from the 2017 indoor meet and last year’s outdoor championships. Highlighting UNI’s top returners is senior sprint star Brandon Carnes, who will look to defend his 100 and 200 meter titles. The Bradenton, Fla., native enters the meet with 14 individual MVC titles.

Also on the men’s side, the Panther hurdlers enter the meet with four athletes ranked in the top-eight in the conference in Jon Rus, Cole Phillips, Daurice Fountain and Connor Ham. Rus returns to the track after earning all-conference in 2016 with Fountain coming off an outstanding indoor season that saw him finish third in the 60 meter hurdles in February.

The Panthers also bring four athletes ranked in the top-eight in the 800 meters, with returning all-conference performer Colynn Black who ranks in the top-five. Along with Black, Luke Johnston, Jordan Pingel and Hunter Lavaellee will all look to score team points in the 800 this weekend for the men.

In the field, Isaac Holtz and Brad Walski rank high in the throws, with Holtz entering the meet ranked second in the discus and Walski first in the hammer throw. Holtz won the discus throw at last year’s championship meet while Walski earned all-conference in the discus. Both Panthers rank in the top-40 in the NCAA West in the hammer and discus entering the weekend.

On the women’s side, UNI will bring the tandem of Lindsey Kite and Lyndsie Schinkel in the 800 meters after Kite was an all-conference performer in 2016 and Schinkel finishing third in the indoor meet. Schinkel also ranks in the top-eight in the 1,500 meters, posting the fourth fastest time in school history this season.

In the distance races, Hannah Truniger and Kelsey Kirchoff have shined for the Panthers, ranking No. 2 in the 5,000 meters and No. 5 in the 10,000 meters, respectively. Truniger has come close to setting a new UNI record in the 5K twice this season with Kirchoff also ranking No. 2 all-time at UNI in the 10K this season.

Sarah Pate enters the meet ranked fifth in the discus and second in the hammer throw in the MVC this season after breaking the school record in the hammer. She finished second in the hammer throw at the 2016 MVC Outdoor Championships and will look to improve not only her mark, but also her finish.

Rounding out UNI’s top ranked athletes are a pair of jumpers in the high jump in Kassidy Sharp and Maria Gonzalez. Sharp ranks first in the Valley this season with a mark of 5-7.25 while Gonzalez sits at No. 2 with a mark of 5-7.00.

Fans wishing to follow along with the action this weekend can access live results on the MVC Championship Central Page along with a live stream on ESPN3 on Friday (stream starts 7:50 p.m.), Saturday (stream starts 4:45 p.m.) and Sunday (stream starts 12:55 a.m.). Live updates will also be available on Twitter (@UNITrackFieldXC) with a full set of results and a recap available at following the completion of each day’s events.

UNI Men’s Top-Eight MVC Rankings:
1. Brandon Carnes, 100 Meters: 10.06
1. Brandon Carnes, 200 Meters: 20.31 (wind-aided)
1. Brad Walski, Hammer: 204-0.00
2. Isaac Holtz, Discus: 177-7.00
2. Shane Kirchoff, 3,000 Steeplechase: 9:17.04
2. Jon Rus, 110 Hurdles: 13.85
3. Charles Brown, Triple Jump: 48-8.00
4. Colynn Black, 800 Meters: 1:49.86
4. Austin Heitland, Decathlon: 6,213
4. C.J. May, 3,000 Steeplechase: 9:22.84
4. Jacob Smith, 400 Hurdles: 51.68
4. Brad Walski, Shot Put: 56-5.75
4. Thomas Yezek, Discus: 176-5.00
5. Ben Ahlrichs, 3,000 Steeplechase: 9:23.24
5. Daurice Fountain, 110 Hurdles: 14.15
5. Isaac Holtz, Hammer: 185-6.00
5. Cade Kirkpatrick, Decathlon: 5,999
5. Brett McCalla, 400 Meters: 48.05
5. Brad Walski, Discus: 170-5.00
6. Evan Colfack, Hammer: 183-4.00
6. Isaac Holtz, Shot Put: 55-11.00
6. Luke Johnston, 800 Meters: 1:50.14
6. Cade Kirkpatrick, Javelin: 154-11.00
6. Cole Phillips, 110 Hurdles: 14.18
7. Charles Brown, Long Jump: 23-11.00
7. Evan Colfack, Discus: 160-4.00
7. Corey Hertz, 400 Meters: 48.45
7. Jordan Pingel, 800 Meters: 1:50.19
8. Connor Ham, 110 Hurdles: 14.40
8. Jake Humpal, Discus: 159-10.00
8. Hunter Lavaellee, 800 Meters: 1:51.94
8. Jamison Whiting, Triple Jump: 45-10.75

UNI Women’s Top-Eight MVC Rankings:
1. Kassidy Sharp, High Jump: 5-7.25
2. Maria Gonzalez, High Jump: 5-7.00
2. Sarah Pate, Hammer: 203-6.00
2. Hannah Truniger, 5,000 Meters: 16:23.87
3. Hope Koerperich, Discus: 165-8.00
4. Lindsey Kite, 800 Meters: 2:08.51
4. Maddy O’Brien, Hammer: 176-9.00
5. Kelsey Kirchoff, 10,000 Meters: 35:53.27
5. Anna Loken, Pole Vault: 12-1.50
5. Sarah Pate, Discus: 163-9.00
5. Lyndsie Schinkel, 800 Meters: 2:08.62
6. Lauren Frederick, Heptathlon: 4,784
6. Lyndsie Schinkel, 1,500 Meters: 4:30.85
7. Allison Griffin, Hammer: 175-2.00
8. Hope Koerperich, Javelin: 131-2.00

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake 
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Young Leads Bulldogs to Conference

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake  ©Jim Kirby 2017

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
©Jim Kirby 2017

The Drake University track and field teams won four events and recorded nine personal bests on Saturday afternoon at the Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. The meet was the Bulldogs’ final competition before next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

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The small meet pitted 26 Bulldogs against Nebraska, Iowa State and Iowa State Wesleyan as both the men’s and women’s teams continued to post strong performances. Other members of the team had the weekend off to prepare for the MVC Championship.

The hurdlers again led the team with a pair of wins in the men’s 400-meter hurdles and women’s 100-meter hurdles.

Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) won the men’s 400-meters with his best performance to date as a Bulldog with a personal best of 51.35. That time ranks as the fourth fastest in Drake history and is currently the top time in the MVC this season. Van Leersum was one of five Bulldogs to finish in the top eight in the event with Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ont.) coming in fourth in 53.05.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her strong season with another win, this one coming in a time of 13.70.

Mariah Crawford (DeSoto, Texas) nearly swepts the sprints with a pair of personal bests by taking the 100 meters in 12.22 and finishing second in the 200 meters in 24.80. In the men’s sprints, Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) won the 200 meters with a personal best of 21.23 that ranks as the sixth-fastest time in the Valley this season.

The Bulldogs return to the track Friday, May 12, for the first day of the MVC Championship in Wichita, Kan.

Nebraska Invitational
Drake Individual Men’s Results
100 Meters
9. Nihad Ejubovic, 11.45

200 Meters
1. Caulin Graves, 21.23
5. Deonne Witherspoon, 22.02
11. Nihad Ejubovic, 22.66

400 Meters
4. Blair Barrow, 49.30
6. Cory Erickson, 50.70
8. George Webb, 51.77
10. Maxwell Harlan, 53.32

800 Meters
9. Alec Bognar, 2:00.19
11. Michael Cooper, 2:02.01
12. John Freeman, 2:06.31

110-Meter Hurdles
3. Dom Lombardi, 15.00

400-Meter Hurdles
1. Bas Van Leersum, 51.35
4. Malik Metivier, 53.05
5. Dom Lombardi, 53.27
7. Hudson Priebe, 54.52
8. Tyler Zak, 55.33

4×100-Meter Relay
3. Lombardi, Priebe, Witherspoon, Graves, 41.16

Drake Individual Women’s Results
100 Meters
1. Mariah Crawford, 12.22

200 Meters
2. Mariah Crawford, 24.80
4. Ebele Okoye, 25.40

400 Meters
4. Kayla Giuliano, 58.09
5. Kaylen Rettig, 59.14

1,500 Meters
8. Morgan Garcia, 5:01.71
9. Mykaela Cole, 5:03.37
11. Paige Nicholson, 5:07.26
13. Olivia Rogers, 5:23.11

100-Meter Hurdles
1. Mary Young, 13.70
5. Victoria Coombe, 14.46
12. Bryce Lang, 16.51

400-Meter Hurdles
3. Victoria Coombe, 1:01.81
7. Bryce Lang, 1:10.23

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Top 25 Marks For Storm at Loras

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
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Jordan Coughenour and Chase Wetterling each posted top-25 times in Division III and helped the 4×400 relay crack the top 10 as the Simpson men’s track and field team competed at Loras’ Dr. Tucker Open on Friday.

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The Storm took home four event titles and had nine, top-3 performances in the final tune-up before next weekend’s Iowa Conference Championships.

Coughenour lowered his conference-leading time in the 400 hurdles, running 53.38 to win the event and post the 10th-best time in the country in the process. The mark also breaks into the top-5 in school history at No. 5.

Wetterling also tallied a top-5 effort in school history, running 48.33 in the 400. He took second in the event and is currently second in the Iowa Conference and 21st in Division III. The mark is No. 5 in school history.

Coughenour and Wetterling teamed up to help the 4×400 post a new season-best, joining Travis Tupper and Kirk Wicks. The quartet ran 3:15.38, good for second in the IIAC and ninth in Division III (fifth if you remove all duplicates). Simpson’s previous effort of 3:15.58, which was the top time in the nation in mid-April, is now 10th.

The Storm had a strong showing in the 110 hurdles led by a personal-best effort from Isaac Frazier. Frazier ran 14.87 to place second, currently the No. 3 time in the IIAC. Sam Adeniyi placed seventh in 15.96, but ran a personal-best 15.07 in the prelims, good for fifth in the conference.

Simpson got additional event titles from Adeniyi and Isaiah Strong, who tied for first in the high jump. Josh Dietrich won the javelin throw and the 4×100 relay of Wetterling, Tupper, Zach Nissen and Tate Tufte posted the No. 2 time in the IIAC and fourth-fastest in school history (41.97).

Up next
The Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships begin Thursday, May 11 in Storm Lake. Buena Vista serves as host.

Meet Report
100 — 10. Zach Nissen, 11.33 | 11. Tate Tufte, 11.38
200 — 3. Keagan Zwiefel, 22.54 | 5. Troy Vittetoe, 22.56 | 8. Travis Tupper, 22.65 | 9. Tate Tufte, 22.75
400 — 2. Chase Wetterling, 48.33 (NCAA #21 / IIAC #2 / Simpson #5) | 3. Kirk Wicks, 50.11
800 — 9. Kyle Hovey, 1:57.26
1500 — 12. Ian McKenzie, 4:07.18
110 hurdles — 2. Isaac Frazier, 14.87 (PR / IIAC #3) | 7. Sam Adeniyi, 15.96 (IIAC #5)
400 hurdles — 1. Jordan Coughenour, 53.38 (NCAA #10 / IIAC #1 / Simpson #4) | 6. Trevor McKee, 56.54
4×100 — 3. Nissen, Wetterling, Tupper, Tufte, 41.97 (IIAC #2 / Simpson #4)
4×400 — 2. Wetterling, Tupper, Wicks, Coughenour, 3:15.38 (NCAA #9 / IIAC #2)
High jump — t-1. Isaiah Strong, 6-02.75 | t-1. Sam Adeniyi, 6-02.75
Pole vault — 3. Mitch Stoltzman, 13-07.75
Long jump — 13. Brian Rew, 18-01.75
Triple jump — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 40-06.25
Shot put — 16. Caleb Striegel, 40-11.75
Discus throw — 17. Isaac Frazier, 117-08
Hammer throw — 19. Joseph Peck, 127-11
Javelin throw — 1. Josh Dietrich, 160-04 | 6. Braden Meints, 145-10

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Panthers Post Fast Times and Strong Marks in Wisconsin

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Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
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The UNI track and field program wrapped up the regular season tonight at the Wisconsin Alumni Classic, posting fast times and strong marks heading into the postseason.

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Action got underway on the track with the 110 meter hurdles with all four of UNI’s competitors earning personal-best times. Jon Rus ran the fastest time in the preliminary race with a time of 13.85, ranking No. 4 all-time at UNI and No. 14 in the NCAA West region heading into the weekend.

Daurice Fountain and Cole Phillips both notched PRs in the race that rank them in the top-30 in the NCAA West with Fountain coming in the prelims with a time of 14.15 and Phillips with a time of 14.18. Phillips went on to win the finals while Connor Ham scored a PR in the finals of 14.40 to finish second.

Freshman Jalen Rima made his track debut at the Drake Relays last week and followed it up with a strong showing in the 100 meters tonight, placing third overall with a time of 10.80. Jasmine Bluealso placed third in the women’s race, finishing with a time of 12.26.

Moving into the middle distance races, Colynn Black recorded a huge personal-best in the 800 meters, placing second overall with a time of 1:49.86 that puts him in the top-three in the MVC and top-40 in the NCAA West. On the women’s side, Lindsey Kite finished with a career-best time, coming in fifth overall with a time of 2:08.51 that keeps her ranked in the top-three in the Valley.

In the field, the Panther throwers had an outstanding day, finishing with multiple PRs that started in the hammer throw. Sarah Pate placed second overall for the women with a toss of 198-0.00 while Allison Griffin finished fourth with a new personal-best of 175-2.00.

Brad Walski scored a big PR for the men in the hammer, going 204-0.00 to rank No. 3 in school history, first in the Valley and No. 28 in the NCAA West coming into the weekend. Isaac Holtz also finished with two top-five finishes today with a fourth place finish in the hammer and a second place finish in the discus with a mark of 176-6.00.

Hope Koerperich finished second for the women in the discus, throwing for a mark of 165-3.00 with Pate also grabbing a mark of 163-9.00 for a top-five throw. Finishing up in the throws for the day was Walski and Holtz in the men’s shot put, earning PRs of 56-5.75 for a third place finish and 55-11.00 for fourth, respectively.

In the jumps, Chase Van Sant placed second in the long jump with a leap of 22-6.25 while Jamison Whiting earned a PR in the triple jump with a mark of 45-10.75 to put him in scoring position in the Valley. Kassidy Sharp rounded out UNI’s jumpers with a third place finish in the high jump with a strong height of 5-7.00.

The Panthers wrapped up the day with the 4X400 meter relay with the men’s team of Bryce Newcomb, Brett McCalla, Evan Long and Jacob Smith winning with a strong time of 3:13.46.

UNI will return to action May 12-15 when they travel to Wichita, Kan., for the MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Hawks Set For Big Tens

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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The Hawkeyes begin postseason competition at the Big Ten Championships in State College, Pennsylvania, this weekend. The three-day championship begins Thursday at 12 p.m. (CT)

Live results will be available through the team’s schedule page on hawkeyesports.comand at Follow the team’s twitter account @iowaxc_tf for live updates of the meets. The meet will air at 6 p.m. (CT) on May 14 on the Big Ten Network

The Hawkeyes have four Big Ten leaders entering the conference championships.

The men’s track and field team won the Hy-Vee Cup at the 2017 Drake Relays. The Hawkeyes tallied 39 points to win their first Hy-Vee cup, defeating defending champion Illinois by 11 points. Team scores are based on the finish in five relays — the 4×100, 4×400, 4×800, Sprint Medley Relay, and Distance Medley Relay.


Iowa won a program-best four Relays at the Drake Relays on April 27-29. The men won three relays and the women won one. The three relays — the 4×400, 4×800, and sprint medley relay — are tied for the most in men’s program history (1929) since the relays began in 1910. Iowa won the sprint medley relay for the third time in six seasons (2011 and 2016) and won the 4×400 and 4×800 for the first time since 1967 and 1929, respectively. The women won the 4×100 for the second time in program history (2014). Junior Brittany Brown and senior Alexis Hernandez are the only returning winners from that 2014 winning relay.

Sophomore Reno Tuufuli won his first white flag at the Drake Relays, taking the championship in the men’s discus throw. Tuufuli recorded a mark of 59.34 meters to win his fourth discus title of the season. Tuufuli ranks second in the Big Ten and 10th in the NCAA in the event with a mark of 60.23 meters.

Senior Aaron Mallett was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on May 3 following his performance at the Drake Relays. Mallett competed in his fourth and final Drake Relays, winning the 110-meter hurdles for his first Drake Relays championship. Mallett posted a time of 13.47 seconds to win the event and move into fourth in the NCAA. This is Mallett’s third time receiving the honor during the outdoor season, the most in program history.

Sophomore Ian Eklin set a new lifetime best in the 10,000 meters on the first day of the Drake Relays on April 27. Eklin finished in 29:47.06 to finish fifth overall. Eklin now ranks sixth all-time in program history in the event.

The Hawkeyes crowned five Big Ten Champs in 2016 (2 women, 3 men) at the 2016 Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio. Aaron Mallett won his second-straight Big Ten title in the 110-meter hurdles, the men’s 4×100 meter relay won their third title in four years, Kevin Spejcher won the high jump championship, Briana Guillory won the 200 meters and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and the women’s 4×400 meter relay won their third title in program history. The men’s team finished fourth with 86 points and the women placed sixth with 58 points.

The Hawkeyes have one meet record at the Big Ten Championships. Former Hawkeye Bashir Yamini tied the long jump record at the 1997 Big Ten Championships with a mark of 26 feet, 8 1/4 inches, tying Jesse Owens’ jump from 1935. Jon Reimer owns the only retired record under Iowa’s name. Reimer set the 330-yard hurdle record in 1965 with a time of 36.10 seconds.

Freshman Emmanuel Ogwo is excelling in his first season on the UI track and field team. A former Hawkeye football player, Ogwo switched to track and has been one of Iowa’s best additions. Ogwo has competed in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×100 meter relay, sprint medley relay and 4×400 meter relay. At the Drake Relays, he won two Drake Relay titles in the sprint medley relay and the 4×400 meter relay. Ogwo ranks fourth in the Big Ten in the 400 meters (46.46) and 13th in the 200 meters (21.04)

The Hawkeye relay teams have been some of the best and most consistent groups on the track and field team. The men’s 4×400 meter relay group set the school record twice in the indoor season and has set two top 10 times this outdoor season. The men have set nine top  10 times in various relays in 2017. They rank second in the Big Ten in the 4×100 meter relay (39.46) and first in the Big Ten in the 4×400 meter relay (3:03.78) and eighth in the NCAA.

The women have put five relays in Iowa’s all-time top 10 in 2017 and have set the school record in the 4×200 meters with a time of 1:35.36. The women rank first in the Big Ten in the 4×100 meter relay (44.34) and second in the 4×400 meters (3:32.37).

Freshman Laulauga Tausaga continues to boast one of the best discus throws in the country. Tausaga  is eighth in the NCAA after her record-breaking performance at the Florida Relays, throwing 56.10 meters (184  – 1). Tausaga is third in the Big Ten and is one of two freshman ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA.

Freshman Nathan Mylenek boasts one of the best times in the country in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. Mylenek ran a career-best 9:56.93 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on March 31. He now ranks fourth in school history and fifth in the Big Ten.

The men have 23 current athletes in Iowa’s all-time top 10, led by Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles) and William Dougherty (Decathlon) who hold school records in their respective events. The women have 26 athletes in the top-10 and four school record holders on the roster in Briana Guillory (100 meters), Brittany Brown (200 meters),  Marta Bote Gonzalez (3,000m Steeplechase), and Laulauga Tausaga (Discus).

Iowa has two events and a relay ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA. Senior Aaron Mallett is fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.47, the men’s 4×400 meter relay ranks eighth (3:03.78), and junior Brittany Brown is tenth in the 200 meters (22.69),

Iowa returns to Iowa City for a week before heading to the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas, May 25-27.

Greyson Dolezal-Lin Mar-ISU
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Iowans Perform Well For Cyclones in Nebraska

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU
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Iowa State earned three wins Saturday at the Nebraska Invitational. The Cyclones’ victories all came on the men’s side, with the 4×100-meter relay, Greyson DolezalClick here to hear it in the 3,000-meter run and Chris Celona in the hammer throw.

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The Cyclones put up a strong effort in the 4×100-meter relay, ISU brought home the win in 40.72. Despite having to replace Jomal Wiltz, who is pursuing his NFL career, the quartet of Orion SaltersClick here to hear it, Ben Kelly, Elijah Young and Tever Ryen combining for the victory and season-best time. Kelly and Ryen went on to finish second (21.60) and third (21.77), respectively, in the 200-meter dash.

It was an ISU 1-2 in the men’s 3,000-meter run, with Greyson DolezalClick here to hear it edging out teammate John Nownesfor the victory. Dolezal crossed the line in 8:32.62, while Nownes finished in 8:33.02.

Derek Jones has had a tough season, with today only being the 2016 All-American’s third appearance. However, he was able to make his postseason fate a little more secure with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles of 51.87. The ISU senior and now ISU graduate ranked No. 33 in the West Region in the event at the time of publication.

In the men’s hammer throw, Chris Celona earned his second victory in as many weeks with a winning-throw of 184-1. Celona finished the competition with five of the six furthest throws on the afternoon. His ISU teammate Brett Peters was third with a throw of 170-6.

The Cyclone women’s hammer throwers had a strong day, taking three of the top-five slots. Ariana Kuhnhad one of the best series of her career, finishing third with a best toss of 194-8. She had three throws over 190 feet on the day. Christabel Okeke bounced back from a challenging first three throws, to finish fourth at 178-4. Tessa Krempel set a new PR with her fifth throw of 171-1 giving her fifth place.

Up Next
Iowa State is back in action at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 12-14 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. All the Big 12 Championships will be shown live exclusively on FloTrack via its subscription-based FloPro service.

Iowa State Results
200m Dash (M):
1. Caulin Graves, Drake – 21.23; 2. Ben Kelly, Iowa State – 21.60; 3. Trever Ryen, Iowa State – 21.77
3,000m Run (M): 1. Greyson DolezalClick here to hear it, Iowa State – 8:32.62; 2. John Nownes, Iowa State – 8:33.02
100m Hurdles (W): 1. Mary Young, Drake – 13.70; 4. Tasha Frazier, Iowa State – 14.31
400m Hurdles (M): 1. Bas Van Leersum, Drake – 51.35; 3. Derek Jones, Iowa State – 51.87; 9. Davis Eldridge, Iowa State – 55.64; 10. Will Seeser, Iowa State – 55.82
4x100m Relay (M): 1. Iowa State (Salters, Kelly, Young, Ryen) – 40.72

Hammer Throw (W): 1. Carly Fehringer, Unattached – 204-0; 3. Ariana Kuhn, Iowa State – 194-8; 4. Christabel Okeke, Iowa State – 178-4; 5. Tessa Krempel, Iowa State – 171-1
Hammer Throw (M): 1. Chris Celona, Iowa State – 184-1; 3. Brett Peters, Iowa State – 170-6
Long Jump (W): 1. Tierra Williams, Nebraska – 20-9 3/4; 5. Tasha Frazier, Iowa State – 18-3 1/4