Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm
©Jim Kirby 2017

Younger Topham is an All American to!

Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm. © Jill Dahlstrom-2017

Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm.
© Jill Dahlstrom-2017

Hawkeye RedTail Cross Country athlete Joanna Topham was named an All-America athlete by the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association.

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The award recognizes U.S. athletes who finish in the top 40 at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Cross Country Championships. Topham finished 38th at nationals, which were held November 11, 2017, in Fort Dodge.

“To have an All-America athlete in our first year is huge for our program,” said head coach Micah Ruroden. “For Joanna to achieve this in year one is a credit to her discipline.”

Running comes naturally to Topham. Her father coaches girls cross country and track and field at Griswold High School, where she competed in both sports, and she has a sister currently running for Wichita State University.

“I started running when I was six,” Topham said. “We’re just a very athletic family.”

Last summer, she ran 40-45 miles a week to prepare for her first collegiate season. The extra training gave her an edge early in competition, helping Topham shave 24 seconds off her personal record at the regional time trials held August 26, 2017, at Iowa Western Community College.

“I wanted to improve my time, and I knew I could do that this season,” Topham said. “Breaking your best time isn’t as easy as people think it is.”

She put up solid times all season, but the final regular season contest offered one of the best moments for Topham. She took the Trent Smith Invitational women’s title on October 18, 2017, in Mason City, setting new personal and school records with a 19:20 5K race.

“After I crossed the finish line I was in shock,” she said. “Even 10 minutes later I couldn’t believe I had won.”

Fresh off a top-10 finish at regionals, Topham and the rest of the RedTail women headed into nationals ranked 24th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Topham was the top RedTail at the national meet and the only one to place in the top 50.

“It’s such an honor and privilege to be able to get All-America status,” Topham said. The season is only a few weeks behind her, but she’s already looking forward to track and field in the spring, and how to improve for cross country season next fall. Her goal is to finish in the top 10.

“We think that she’s just starting to scratch the surface of her true potential,” said coach Ruroden. “We can’t wait to see what is in store for her in the upcoming seasons.”

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake 
©Jim Kirby 2017

Bulldogs Win Five in Opener

Coach Mark Carroll-Drake  ©Drake Athletics

Coach Mark Carroll-Drake
©Drake Athletics

The Drake University track and field teams opened their indoor season with their lone meet of the fall semester Friday, Dec. 8, afternoon at the Cyclone Duals at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Center.

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The Bulldogs won five events on the afternoon in competition against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Drake fell narrowly in dual scoring against the Cyclones and Panthers.

Three Drake men brought home top honors with Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) leading the way with blistering season-opening time of 6.85 to win the men’s 60 meters. That finish is just shy of one of the top three times in school history and a 0.22 second improvement off his previous personal best. Teammate Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) was the nearest competitor Friday as he finished second in 7.00.

Also earning wins for the men was the distance combination of Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) and Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa). Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title in a personal-best time of 4:18.56.

The women’s team was led by Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) beginning her senior season where she left off last year with a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.81. Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the women by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.71.

The Bulldogs will have more than a month off to train and break for the semester before their next competition, Jan. 12-13 and the Graduate Classic in Lincoln, Neb.

Iowa State Duals
Dec. 8, 2017
Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center

Dual Results – Men
Iowa State, 54
Drake, 50

UNI, 62
Drake, 46

Dual Results – Women
Iowa State, 59
Drake, 50

UNI, 64
Drake, 45

Drake Individual Women’s Results
60 Meters
3. Mariah Crawford, 7.91
5. Sophia Jackson, 8.01
6. Emma Thoreson, 8.26

200 Meters
2. Mariah Crawford, 25.83
4. Mary Young, 26.04
6. Sophia Jackson, 26.99

400 Meters
1. Victoria Coombe, 57.71

800 Meters
2. Meghan Kearney, 2:18.22
3. Kayla Giuliano, 2:19.75

Mile
5. Bailee Cofer, 5:13.04
6. Olivia Rogers, 5:16.66
7. Morgan Garcia, 5:19.58
8. Elizabeth Aho, 5:24.01
9. Kenzie Mente, 5:38.86

60-Meter Hurdles
1. Mary Young, 8.81

4×400-Meter Relay
2. Kearney, Giuliano, Jackson, Lang, 4:00.90

Long Jump
3. Taryn Rolle, 17-0.5 (5.19m)
9. Cameryn Baldwin, 14-5 (4.39m)

Shot Put
5. Bryce Lang, 27-10.25 (9.0m)
6. Christina LeMunyon, 25-6 (7.77m)

Weight Throw
11. Bryce Lang, 22-11 (6.98m)

Drake Individual Men’s Results
60 Meters
1. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.85
2. Aaron Chier, 7.00
3. Caulin Graves, 7.05

200 Meters
2. Caulin Graves, 22.00
3. Aaron Chier, 22.20
7. Blair Barrow, 23.12
9. Alex Klosterman, 23.60

400 Meters
2. Bas Van Leersum, 48.57
4. Hudson Priebe, 50.84
5. Cory Erickson, 51.14
6. Tyler Zak, 51.29
7. Max Harlan, 53.05
8. Michael Cooper, 53.72

800 Meters
1. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:56.37
3. Chris Kaminski, 2:01.53
5. Rylee Miller, 2:04.41
6. John Freeman, 2:05.49

Mile
1. Josh Yeager, 4:18.56
4. Matt Cozine, 4:23.96
5. Kyle Brandt, 4:26.38
7. Kyle Cass, 4:31.90
8. Joe Romain, 4:32.09
10. Alec Bognar, 4:42.99

60-Meter Hurdles
4. Dominic Lombardi, 8.51

4×400-Meter Relay
3. Barrow, Bognar, Lechleitner, Priebe, 3:25.32
4. Barrow, Erickson, Harlan, Metivier, 3:25.82

High Jump
4. Forest Moses, 6-0.75 (1.85m)

Shot Put
9. Max Harlan, 30-0 (9.14m)
10. Alex Klosterman, 20-3.5 (6.18m)

Weight Throw
9. Max Harlan, 34-7.75

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU
©Cyclones Athletics

Cyclone Stars Shine Early

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The Iowa State track and field team claimed 11 wins Friday night at the Cyclone Duals as the 2018 indoor campaign got underway at Harry Hoak Track inside the Lied Recreation Athletic Center.

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Many of Iowa State’s stars shone in the shortened event, giving fans a glimpse of what is yet to come in 2018. Two of the Cyclones’ returning All-Americans were victorious, with Jasmine Staebler kicking off the meet with a win in the mile (4:57.86), and coming from behind to snatch the 4×400-meter relay on the anchor leg. In the men’s high jump, Jalen Ford tied his personal best with a best leap of 7-0 1/2 to win the competition.

Jaymes Dennison showed he was ready for another big season as the senior from New Jersey picked up a victory in the 400-meter dash (47.79) and pulled away on the homestretch to anchor the men’s 4×400-meter relay to a victory in 3:13.42. Other men’s winners included Elijah Young in the 60-meter hurdles (8.15), Chandler Diercks in the long jump (23-0 3/4) and Vlad Pavlenko in the weight throw (59-2 3/4).

Other winners for the Cyclone women included Jalaiya Barley in the long jump (18-9 3/4), Christabel Okeke in the weight throw (61-10 1/2) and Essence Henderson in the shot put (47-11 1/4).

Up Next
Iowa State will return to the indoor track season in 2018, starting with the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City. That will take place on Saturday, January 13.

Iowa State Results
60m Dash (M):
1. Deonne Witherspoon, Drake – 6.85; 6. Ben Kelly, Iowa State – 7.13; 8. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 7.19
60m Dash (W): 1. Jasmine Blue, UNI – 7.86; 7. Molly Dean, Iowa State – 8.67
200m Dash (M): 1. Connor Ham, UNI – 21.96; 5. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 22.69; 8. Blake Hughes, Iowa State – 23.14
200m Dash (W): 1. Maddie Bell, UNI – 25.36; 8. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 27.47
400m Dash (M): 1. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 47.79; Frank Hayes, Iowa State – DNF
400m Dash (W): 1. Victoria Coombe, Drake – 57.71; 3. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 59.92; 6. Molly Dean, Iowa State – 1:03.35
800m Run (M): 1. Xavier Lechleitner, Drake – 1:56.37; 4. Greyson Dolezal, Iowa State – 2:02.08
800m Run (W): 1. Diana Slight, UNI – 2:17.13; 5. Briana Kraft, Iowa State – 2:21.53; 6. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 2:26.46
Mile (M): 1. Joshua Yeager, Drake – 4:18.56; 6. Ricardo Banuelos, Iowa State – 4:27.88
Mile (W): 1. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 4:57.86; 2. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 4:58.53; 3. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 5:01.02; 4. Megan Schott, Iowa State – 5:07.66
60m Hurdles (M): 1. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 8.15; 5. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 8.67
60m Hurdles (W): 1. Mary Young, Drake – 8.81; 4. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 9.47
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Iowa State (Kelly, Hayes, Roomes, Dennison) – 3:13.42
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Iowa State (Stenman-Fahey, Chapman, Dean, Staebler) – 3:59.03

Long Jump (M): 1. Chandler Diercks, Iowa State – 23-0 3/4 (7.03m); 5. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 20-10 (6.35m)
Long Jump (W): 1. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 18-9 3/4 (5.73m); Emma Whigham, Iowa State – Foul
High Jump (M): 1. Jalen Ford, Iowa State – 7-0 1/2 (2.15m); 2. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-4 3/4 (1.95m)
High Jump (W): 1. Chaley Rath, UNI – 5-5; 4. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 4-9
Weight Throw (M): 1. Vlad Pavlenko, Iowa State – 59-2 3/4 (18.05m); 3. Chris Celona, Iowa State – 54-11 1/2 (16.75m); 5. Brett Peters, Iowa State – 53-3 3/4 (16.25m)
Weight Throw (W): 1. Christabel Okeke, Iowa State – 61-10 1/2 (18.86m); 4. Tessa Krempel, Iowa State – 56-0 (17.07m); 9. Megan Wiese, Iowa State – 45-8 1/2 (13.93m); 10. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 41-7 1/4
Shot Put (M): 1. Darius King, UNI – 56-11 1/4 (17.35m); 7. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-8 1/4 (15.14m); 8. Wyatt Rhoads, Iowa State – 33-11 1/4 (10.34m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Essence Henderson, Iowa State – 47-11 1/4 (14.61m); 2. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 44-11 1/2 (13.70m); 4. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 34-1 1/2 (10.40m)

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

Panthers Impress in Indoor Opener

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson-UNI
©Mike Byrnes

The Northern Iowa track and field team began the 2017-18 season with an impressive outing, as the Panthers placed first in six events to cap action on Friday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center.

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

Fresh faces were abundant for the UNI track and field squad on Friday, with nine Panthers making their collegiate debuts. Dianna Slight had a stellar showing in Ames, as the Boone, Iowa native won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.13. Fellow freshman Darius King also won on Friday, after throwing 56-11.25 in the shot put.

The veterans were on display as well for UNI as juniors Connor Ham and Maddie Bell, along with sophomore Jasmine Blue and senior Chaley Rath took events for the Panthers.

Ham led the Panthers on the men’s side, after taking a win in the 200-meter dash (21.96) and placing second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.18). All-in-all, the UNI men had six runner-up finishers as Dylan Eigenberger (Mile; 4:21.33), Cade Kirkpatrick (Long jump; 22-10.00), Hunter Lavallee (800-meter run;1:51.94) and Isaac Holtz (Weight throw; 58-01.00 & shot put; 56-01.25) all finished with second-place showings. The 4×400-meter relay team of Jojo Frost, Bryce Newcomb, Connor Bloughand Jordan Pingel also earned a second-place finish with a time of 3:17.91.

On the women’s side, four Panthers took events with Bell (200-meter dash; 25.36), Blue (60-meter dash; 7.71), Rath (High jump; 5-05.00) and Slight (800-meter run; 2:17.13) all opening the season with victories. Six Panthers on the women’s side were runner-ups as Bell (60-meter dash; 7.80), Katie Cross (Long jump; 17-04.00), Lauren Frederick (60-meter hurdles; 9.19), Jolissa Kriegel (400-meter dash; 58.87), Sarah Pate (Weight throw; 61-00.25) and Marissa Ward (High jump; 5-03.00) each placed second.

Up Next
The Panthers will not have a scheduled competition until Jan. 13, 2018, when UNI hosts the Panther Open.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Schweizer Earns National Athlete of the Week

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou © Kirby Clarke Onyepunuka-Olear 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
© Kirby Clarke Onyepunuka-Olear 2017

For her impressive start to the indoor season, Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week, announced Tuesday. The Tiger senior captured an event win in the 5,000m run Saturday at the Boston University Season Opener in Boston, Mass.

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Schweizer, who finished 11th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 18, bounced back Saturday to finish first in a field which featured the NCAA Cross Country National Champion, Ednah Kurgat (New Mexico) and six of the top-15 finishers at the NCAA Championships. Schweizer earned the event win with a personal-best mark of 15:17.31, resetting her own school-record time of 15:19.14, which she set in a National Championship performance at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (March 10). Schweizer’s time in the BU Season Opener victory is the fifth-fastest indoor 5,000m run time in NCAA history, and is just five seconds behind the top mark of 15:12.22, set by Providence’s Emily Sission in 2015.

“The historical context of Karissa’s time speaks for itself, but it is the magnitude of what was behind her time that is most impressive,” said Mizzou head coach Brett Halter. “Only a select few who have stood in the hottest of fires in competition against the best will truly understand the statement Karissa made Saturday in response to race she had at the NCAA Cross Country Championships just two weeks earlier. Her performance in Boston was one of the greatest responses to disappointment I have seen in my 25 years at Mizzou. Congratulations to both her and Coach Burns.”

This is the third time in the last calendar year Schweizer has been named the top-athlete in the nation, coming just one day short of one year ago when Schweizer received the honor for the first time on Dec. 6, 2016. At last year’s BU Season Opener, Schweizer first set the 5,000m run school record with a time of 15:37.40, clocking the time just two weeks after her 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Championship performance. Schweizer was also named the Women’s National Athlete of the Week on Sept. 18, after she set the course record at Percy Warner Park in the Commodore Classic (Sept. 16), finishing the 5K race more than a full minute ahead of the runner up at 16:25.4.

During the track season, Schweizer will look to build on an already outstanding resume that includes six All-America honors, three national titles and five conference titles. The Urbandale, Iowa, native is the only female in Mizzou history to win multiple NCAA Titles, while her six All-America honors rank tied for third in women’s program history and tied for fifth overall. Her five conference titles are tied for the fourth-most in women’s program history.

Brette Correy-W. Dub-UNI and Amber Clock-Johnston-UNI
©Mike Byrnes

Panthers Open Friday

Katie Maschmann-Montezuma-UNI ©Jim Kirby 2017

Katie Maschmann-Montezuma-UNI
©Jim Kirby 2017

The 2017-18 track and field season officially begins for Northern Iowa on Friday, as the Panthers travel to Ames for the Cyclone Duals.

Competition will begin at 4 p.m., both on the track and in the field. The meet will feature three teams, UNI, host Iowa State and Drake.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature Photo: Brette Correy-W. Dub-UNI and Amber Clock-Johnston-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

UNI will send 24 men and 23 women to Ames for Friday’s meet. The competition will be the first collegiate action for freshmen William Blaser, Dan Blocker, Connor Blough, Cameron Cantrall, Jojo Frost, Sven Van Den Bergh, Erica Loussaert, Hannah Schau and Dianna Slight.

Live Stats
Statistics for the Cyclone Duals will be provided by ISU. Those wishing to view the meet homepage can visit here.

Tickets
Admission to Friday’s meet will be free to the public.

Up Next
The Panthers will not have a scheduled competition until Jan. 13, 2018, when UNI hosts the Panther Open.

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Mike Byrnes

Cyclones Ready For Indoor Season

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The Iowa State track and field season begins Friday with ISU hosting the Cyclone Duals at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Competition will begin at 4 p.m. both on the track and in the field, and admission to the meet is free. The competition will be a three-team meet between the host Cyclones and in-state foes Drake and UNI.

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While many of Iowa State’s top student-athletes will not be competing until after the Winter Break, there will still be plenty of star power at Harry Hoak Track on Friday. ISU has a pair of All-Americans entered in competition, with Jalen Ford entered in the men’s high jump and Jasmine Staebler slated for the women’s mile. Ford was a First Team All-American outdoors in 2017, while Staebler earned All-America honors in the 800 both indoors and outdoors.

The meet will also see many Cyclones get the chance to make their ISU track debuts. Up to 10 student-athletes could compete in the Cardinal and Gold for the first time on Friday. On the men’s side, 2016 New Balance Nationals 800 champ Frank Hayes and Keiran Sutton, a four-time All-American at Division II Shippensburg University are entered to make debuts. For the women, the throwers will be the ones to watch with freshmen Essence Henderson and Keiara Williams both slated for ISU debuts in the weight throw and shot put.

Iowa State Entries (As of Dec. 6, 10 PM)
Men
60m Dash: Ben Kelly, Elijah Young
200m Dash: Blake Hughes, Elijah Young
400m Dash: Jaymes Dennison, Frank Hayes
800m Run: Sam Clausnitzer, Greyson Dolezal, Kieran Sutton
Mile: Ricardo Banuelos, Sam Clausnitzer, Kieran Sutton
60m Hurdles: Wyatt Rhoads, Elijah Young
4x400m Relay: One Team
Long Jump: Chandler Diercks, Wyatt Rhoads
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Weight Throw: Chris Celona, Vlad Pavlenko, Brett Peters
Shot Put: Wyatt Rhoads, Zach Timm

Women
60m Dash: Molly Dean
200m Dash: Molly Dean, Laurel Hoogensen
400m Dash: Laurel Hoogensen
800m Run: Anna Herriott, Brina Kraft
Mile: Larkin Chapman, Megan Schott, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
60m Hurdles: Aleenah Marcucci, Emma Whigham
4x400m Relay: One Team
Long Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Emma Whigham
High Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Aleenah Marcucci, Emma Whigham
Weight Throw: Essence Henderson, Tessa Krempel, Christabel Okeke, Megan Wiese, Keiara Williams
Shot Put: Essence Henderson, Aleenah Marcucci, Emma Whigham, Keiara Williams

Hawkeyes' Indoor Track
©Hawkeye Athletics-Darren Miller-2016

Hawks Set For Black and Gold While Signing 25

Julie Hollenesbe-Williamsburg-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2017

Julie Hollenesbe-Williamsburg-Iowa
©Jim Kirby 2017

The University of Iowa track and field team hosts its annual Black & Gold Intrasquad Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) at the UI Recreation building. Admission to the event is free.

Live results of the meet will be online at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature Photo: Hawkeyes’ Indoor Track ©Hawkeye Athletics-Darren Miller-2016

The meet includes 11 events – Pole vault, long jump, high jump, shot put, 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash, 600-meters, 1,000- meters, 300-meters, mile, and 4×400-meter relay — and serves as a preview of the 2018 team.

Iowa opens its 2018 indoor season at home with the Hawkeye Invitational (Jan. 13), Larry Wieczorek Invitational (Jan. 19-20), and the Black & Gold Premier (Jan. 27).

The University of Iowa track and field team has signed 25 additions for the 2018 recruiting class, the team announced Wednesday. The class includes 14 women and 11 men, including 10 from Iowa.

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New Recruits 
“I’m extremely pleased about our fall 2018 recruiting Class. This is the best class we’ve ever signed, and this will continue to allow our program to reach the highest levels in the Big Ten conference and the NCAA as we continue to work towards winning Championships,” director of track and field Joey Woody said. “My staff has worked non-stop since last summer and recruited relentlessly to attain the best recruiting class in Iowa history. In the process, we recruited coast to coast throughout the country and have filled many of our needs across all the event areas. Recruiting and signing the best talent in the state of Iowa has been a mission of mine since taking over as the Director of Track and Field and cross country and we did a phenomenal job of that this fall. Both our Men’s and Women’s teams are now positioned to compete as elite programs in the Big Ten for years to come.”

WOMEN

Logan Akason (Waukee, Iowa) – Waukee High School
800M – 2:15.46
1500M – 4:47.60
Accomplishments: Placed 4th at the Iowa Class 4A State Championships in the 1500M

“I am so excited that I get to be Logan’s coach. I think she is such a good person and exactly the type of person I want to be a part of our program. She wants to continue to develop and grow as a student-athlete but is not boastful about her accomplishments. I think she has so much untapped ability as both a sprinter and mid-distance athlete. She has been one of my favorite people to talk to and recruit, she is going to be such a great addition to our now loaded mid-distance group and I can’t wait to see what she does her senior season.”
– Coach Jason Wakenight   

Mariel Bruxvoort (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Grands Rapids South Christian
100H – 14.64
300H – 43.06
Accomplishments: Michigan Division 2 State Champion @ 100 hurdles/300 hurdles

“Mariel is one of the top ranked hurdlers in the nation who finished the year ranked 21st in the 300 hurdles for the 2018 class. She is a multi-sport athlete who I believe is untapped in her potential as a 400 hurdler.  Mariel is a very dedicated and hardworking student and athlete that will be a great addition to our hurdle crew. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach Mariel throughout her collegiate career! ” – Coach Joey Woody

Lily Campbell (Clive, Iowa) – Waukee High School
400M (Split) – 55.20
800M – 2:11.78
Accomplishments: Iowa Class 4A State Championship Runner-up @ 800M
“Lily is going to be a fabulous mid-distance runner in college and fits perfectly into our program. Her talents and strengths match up really well with what we do here at Iowa, and her focus is fantastic. She is an awesome student and has a terrific understanding of what she wants to achieve both on and off the track. I really loved getting to know her and learning more about what drives and motivates her to be great. I am so lucky I get to be her coach next season, I think she is an athlete that can really help put us over the top.”  – Coach Jason Wakenight

Sophia Gilbert (Van Horne, Iowa) Benton Community High School
1500M – 4:52.45
3000M – 10:24.91
Accomplishments: Placed 5th at the 2017 Iowa Class 3A State Championship @ 3000M

“Sophia is not only an accomplished distance runner but a great student as well. She is a multiple time all state performer and I know she is already looking forward to being a part of our program.  Sophia is going to benefit greatly from training with our team and will add high quality depth to our roster.”          – Coach Randy Hasenbank

Emma Gordon Ankeny Centennial High School
1500M – 4:57.96
3000M – 10:59.21
Accomplishments:
“Emma is going to add quality depth to our program and is a key addition to this signing class.  Emma will benefit greatly from being a part of a great training group. I am very confident that Emma will continue to improve in our program.  She is a focused and disciplined young lady, these qualities are crucial to becoming a great distance runner.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank

Maria Gorham (Alleman, Iowa) – North Polk High School
200M – 25.97
High Jump – 5’8
Accomplishments: 2017 Iowa Class 3A State Champion in the High Jump

“Maria is no stranger to success. She prospers on and off the track, and is the kind of kid we are proud to make a Hawkeye. Her personality and work ethic fit right into the vertical jumps group, and we are all thrilled she will be joining us. Maria knows how to win, and I expect it will be no different at the Big 10 level.” – Coach Paige Knodle

Anna Hostetler (Wellman, Iowa) Mid-Prairie High School
1500M – 4:33.41
3000M – 9:47.52
Accomplishments: 2017 Iowa Class 2A State Champion @ 800M, 1500M, 3000M

“Anna’s commitment to the University of Iowa is very exciting.  She has had an amazing career and is close to wrapping up one of the most successful prep careers in Iowa high school girls’ cross country and track history.  Anna will make an immediate impact in our program.  In addition to being very humble and wonderful young lady, Anna is the type of athlete that we can build a program around.  She is excited to stay close to home and close to family.  Her addition easily makes this one of the best recruiting classes, in some time, in regards to distance runners.  We were very successful in signing some of the top talent in the state. Anna’s commitment solidifies a great recruiting class will also have very positive impact immediately.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank

Amanda Howe (Southington, Connecticut) Southington High School
Hammer Throw – 154’7
Discus – 144’8
Accomplishments: 2017 New Balance Emerging Elite National Champion in the Hammer Throw

“I am extremely eager to welcome Amanda Howe to Hawkeye Nation! Amanda has been able to quickly establish herself on the national level and has thrown her best when it mattered most. Amanda comes back this year as the sixth ranked senior in the hammer throw in the country and has shown the ability to learn quickly. Her attitude and grit will help establish her as an elite Big Ten thrower early on in her career.”    – Coach Eric Werskey

Kylie Latham (Ottumwa, Iowa) Ottumwa High School
1500M – 4:52.23
3000M – 10:32.35
Accomplishments: 5th @ 2017 Iowa Class 4A State Cross Country Championships

“Kylie is going to be a great addition to our program. In addition to her running abilities, I see leadership qualities in Kylie. Kylie had a tremendous finish to her senior cross country season with a top five finish in the 4A State XC championship. She was instrumental in advancing her Ottumwa team to the state championship for the first time in years. Kylie will add great depth to our program and I am confident that she will continue to improve in our program.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank

Grace McCabe (Hinsdale, Illinois) Hinsdale Central High School
1600M – 4:55.78
3200M – 10:57.12

“Grace McCabe is a wonderful young lady who is going to make a great addition to the Hawkeye program. I enjoyed getting to know Grace and her family during this recruiting process.  She is a humble young woman with a competitive spirit and she too possesses leadership qualities. Grace has great range and will be competitive from 800 meters on the track all the way up to 6,000 meters in cross country.  She is very versatile and will be a lot of fun to coach.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank

Jessica McKee (Johnston, Iowa) Johnston High School
1500M – 4:49.37
3000M – 10:19.38
Accomplishments: 3rd @ 2017 Iowa Class 4A State Cross Country Championships

“Jessica was the first to sign in this class of distance runners and that really resonated with other prospects. Jessica has been the cornerstone of three Iowa Class 4A state cross country team titles. Jessica has also been a standout on the track. Coach Hennes has done a tremendous job with Jessica and we are very excited to have one of the states finest athletes join our program. Jessica’s consistency at such a high level is most impressive and she competes very well when it matters most. We are looking forward to Jessica joining us in the fall.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank

Jada Laye (Desoto, Texas) Desoto High School
100M – 11.60
200M – 24.07
Accomplishments: Placed 7th at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in the 100M
“The Hawkeye Family would like to welcome Jada Laye and her family.  Jada is a young lady that we have had our eye on for quite a while.  One of the things that really strikes me about Jada when I saw her compete was her fearlessness.  I would like to thank Coach Viller, Coach Rossum and Coach Beattie for doing an awesome job in developing and mentoring Jada.  Her primary event focus will be 100M/200m and sprint relays.” –Coach Clive Roberts

Payton Wensel (Marion, Iowa) Linn-Mar High School
400M – 54.84
400H – 61.52
800M – 2:13.22
Accomplishments: 3-Time Iowa Class 4A State Champion @ 400M

“I feel like I’ve been recruiting Payton since she was born, as her parents have been personal friends of ours for 20+ years. Payton is one of the top 400/400 hurdle prospects in the Country who is ranked #11 in the 400 Hurdles and #21 in the 400 for the 2018 class! Payton’s dad Marek has done a tremendous job coaching her to an extremely high level, but has kept the door open for continued improvement at the collegiate level.  I think with the addition of Payton and Mariel, our 400-hurdle program has taken a huge step forward!  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach Payton at the University of Iowa!” –  Coach Joey Woody  

Daniesha Woodside (Oakland Park, Florida) Northeast High School
200M – 24.63
400M – 54.85
Accomplishments: 2017 Florida Class 3A Regional Runner-Up @ 400M

“Daneisha Woodside – The Hawkeye Family would like to welcome Daneisha Woodside and her family.  What a great addition to our program.  I think this is a young lady that will surprise many folks.  From the moment Daneisha stepped on campus, her personality won the day.  Daneisha’s primary event focus will be 200M/400M and the sprint relays. “- Coach Clive Roberts

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James Carter (Oak Creek, Wisconsin) Oak Creek High School
Long Jump – 23’6
Triple Jump – 48’6 ½
Accomplishments: 2017 Wisconsin Division I State Runner-up in the Long Jump and Triple Jump

The Hawkeye Family would like to welcome James Carter Jr. and his family.  James will add tremendous depth to our jumps group and compete to score in the conference immediately.  We feel that once given the opportunity to focus on just track and field, James will be a game changer for this program.  I would like to thank Coach Carter, Coach Keino Turner and Coach Rick Stack for doing a fantastic job of developing James into the young man he has become. ”
–Coach Clive Roberts

Seth Groom (Aurora, Illinois) Marmion Academy
200M – 22.18
Long Jump – 22’10
High Jump – 6’8
Accomplishments: 5-Time Illinois Class 3A State Medalist in the Long Jump and High Jump

“Iowa Track and Field is honored to add Seth Groom to the program. His extreme discipline and great work ethic make him an ideal athlete for the rigorous 10 events compiled within the decathlon. Seth is a unique kind of kid, and has a sense of wisdom beyond his years. I have no doubt that he will be very successful at this level, and am looking forward to working with him!”
– Coach Paige Knodle

Spencer Gudgel – (Indiana) Carmel High School
400M – 48.59
800M – 1:55.08
Accomplishments: Placed 4th at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships

“Spencer is so passionate about track. He wants to be a superstar and I can tell he has the tools to be an elite athlete at the national level. I loved his enthusiasm throughout the recruiting process and I think stylistically we are a perfect fit as athlete and coach. The way he carries himself and focuses on taking steps towards that next level, it is everything I look for in an athlete. He was hovering under the radar a little bit last year but he is about to burst onto the scene in a very big way after a 4th place finish at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships to end his junior season.” – Coach Jason Wakenight

Peyton Haack – (Westfield, Indiana) Westfield High School
60H – 8.33
Pole Vault – 14’3
Decathlon – 6406
Accomplishments: Placed 3rd at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in the Decathlon

“One of my goals when stepping into this coaching position was to establish one of the strongest multi-event training groups in the conference, and adding Peyton was an integral part of that plan. He has had the opportunity to have some exposure to the decathlon, which will only aid in his success at this level. He is a great kid who has a passion for track and field, and I could not be more excited that he is a Hawkeye!” – Coach Paige Knodle

Jordan Hawkins (Roxana, Illinois) Roxana High School
Discus – 178’7
Accomplishments: Placed 4th at the IHSA Class 2A State Championships

“We are extremely excited to announce the commitment of Jordan Hawkins! Jordan comes to us as one of the top returning seniors in the Midwest, and the nation. His physical attributes combined with his mentality exemplifies what Iowa Track and Field is about. Jordan has the skills to become one of the top players in the Big Ten within his first couple of years, and we expect him to become a factor at the national level as well. His exceptional attitude combined with his classroom success will set the bar high for our talented throws group for years to come.” – Coach Eric Werskey

Wayne Lawrence Jr. – (Dayton, Ohio) Meadowdale High School
100M – 10.63
200M – 21.29
400M – 46.67
Accomplishments: 2017 Ohio Division II State Champion @ 200M & 400M
“Adding Wayne to our roster is a huge game changer. For him to be added to the stable of 400 meter runners we already have will give us potentially the best group of quarter milers in the country. He is so eager to improve and get his academic and athletic career started. From the first moment I talked to him I could tell how much he cared about his future and his potential for greatness. Wayne is coming here to compete for a national title, he isn’t here to be anything less than spectacular and I am thrilled that I get to be his coach and mentor.” – Coach Jason Wakenight

Quentin Linnan – Indianola High School
400M (split) – 48.54
800M (split) – 1:53.34
800M – 1:55.20
Accomplishments: Anchored Sprint Medley Relay to 2017 Iowa Class 4A State Runner-Up Finish

“Q is an amazing talent and is going to explode this season. He ran 1:55.20 as a sophomore and last year split 1:53 low at the state meet but never had the opportunity to run a fresh 800 meter to show everyone what he could do. I think he has some special abilities and with his eagerness to learn more about the sport and compete at an elite level, he is training harder than ever going into his senior year. I think Quentin has been one of the best mid-distance athletes in our state for years now and is about to make a name for himself nationally. I love this kid – he has black and gold running through his veins already and I can see him being one of the best ever at Iowa before he’s done.”  – Coach Jason Wakenight

Sterling Mungro – (DeSoto, Texas) Iowa Central CC
Shot Put – 18.01m
Hammer Throw – 63.01m
Weight Throw – 20.00m
Accomplishments: 2017 NJCAA National Champion in the Hammer Throw and Weight Throw

“We are thrilled to add Sterling Mungro to the Hawkeye Family!  Sterling comes to Iowa as the defending NJCAA champion in the hammer throw and weight throw, respectively.  He comes from one of the top junior college throwing programs in the nation that has helped guide him to become a huge impact athlete in the Big Ten Conference immediately and the on national level within the upcoming year.  With his athleticism and frame, Sterling will add depth to an already talented roster and help lift the Hawkeyes to an even higher level. “- Coach Eric Werskey

Tyler Olson – Muscatine High School
400M (Split) – 49.50
800M – 1:55.90
Accomplishments: Placed 4th at the 2017 Iowa Class 4A State Meet @ 800M

“Tyler was the most improved mid-distance runner in the entire state last season. He has grown from 5’4 to almost 6’0 tall in the last 12-14 months and his performance has grown right along with him. Finishing 4th at the Drake Relays and 4th in the Class 4A state meet, he has proven himself to be one of Iowa’s elite 800 meter runners and I knew after watching him compete that we really needed to add him to our team. He is a gritty competitor and an unbelievable student as well. He is just starting to figure out how good he can be and I think he’ll be running at the NCAA championships in the years to come.”   –– Coach Jason Wakenight

Gratt Reed – (Atlantic, Iowa) Atlantic High School
110HH – 14.25
400H – 54.39
Accomplishments: Placed 4th at the 2017 Iowa Class 4A State Meet @ 110 High Hurdles

“Gratt is the best returning high hurdler in the state and we are lucky to have him join the program. He has so many great attributes that give me confidence in his ability to be a difference maker in the Big Ten. He is a fierce competitor and is extremely serious about breaking 14.00 this season which would make him one of the all-time great hurdlers our state has seen. I am looking forward to watching him compete his senior season and challenge to be one of the best incoming freshman nationally.”                                  – Coach Joey Woody

Nathan Winters (Knoxville, Iowa) Indian Hills CC
Shot Put – 17.07m
Discus – 50.70m
Accomplishments: 2017 NJCAA National Runner-Up in the Shot Put and Discus Throw

“I am ecstatic to have Nathan Winters become a Hawkeye!  Upon receiving this position, my goal was to keep the top Iowa talent in Iowa.  Nathan has shown that he is a remarkable competitor as he is the reigning NJCAA runner-up in shot put and discus, respectively.  His mentality is to be 100 percent bought in, and that alone takes him to another level during training and competition.  Nathan will step in and have an immediate impact for us at the Big Ten level as well as the national level. The combination of his attitude, grit, and drive exemplifies that he has what it takes to become a champion.”
– Coach Eric Werskey

 

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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DuHawks Solis Earns Performer of the Week

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Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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Following the season-opener last Saturday, Loras sophomore Gabrielle Noland and junior Bella Solis have been named Iowa Conference Performers of the Week for women’s track and field, as announced by the league office on Monday.

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With 54 team points, the Duhawks won the women’s title at the Battle of the Bluff on Saturday at Dubuque.

Noland won the 55m and the 200m with a pair of top-five times nationally at 7.27 and 25.5, respectively. Her time in the 55m ranks third in Division III while her 200m time is second behind the reigning national champion in Wadeline Jonathas from UMass Boston. In addition, Noland ran the second leg of the winning 4×400 relay that finished with a time of 4:06.40 that ranks fourth in Division III.

Solis was near-perfect on Saturday at the Battle of the Bluff, putting her plethora of talents on display. The junior won the high jump, 400m and 4×400 relay while taking second in the 55m hurdles. Her height of 1.68m in the high jump tied a school record set by Amy Oleson in 1998 and ranks second in Division III. Solis’ win in the 400m came with a time of 59.74, which places her in the top-10 nationally.

Loras returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Sol Butler Classic, hosted by Dubuque.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Schweizer Gets Some Redemption in Boston

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Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou got a little revenge Saturday evening at the Boston University Season Opener, as she out kicked  the NCAA XC Champion, Ednah Kurgat-New Mexico, running her first indoor 5k in a new PR of 15:17.31.

Here is a video of the race provided by Flotrack, click here!

Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

 

Karina Dufoe-ADM-S. Dakota
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ADM Prep, Dufoe Out of the Gates Strong For Coyotes

Karina Dufoe-ADM-S. Dakota ©Aaron Packard-Coyote Athletics 2017

Karina Dufoe-ADM-S. Dakota
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South Dakota senior Gawain Williams and junior Karina Dufoe swept the 60 meters and 200 meters to highlight the Coyotes in action over the weekend at the SDSU Holiday Open inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The Coyotes were victorious in 10 events.

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South Dakota captured the men’s team race with 56 points, topping runner-up South Dakota State with 44 points and third-place Minnesota with 38 points. Minnesota took the top spot on the women’s side with 37 points, edging runner-up South Dakota with 36 points. South Dakota State took third with 25 points.

Dufoe clocked a pair of personal bests while winning both short sprints. She crossed the finish line in 7.66 seconds for 60 meters, improving her time by three-hundredths of a second. Dufoe also clocked a best of 24.97 seconds in the 200 meters, which moves her into seventh on USD’s all-time charts. Sophomore Tasheka Gordon placed third in the 200 meters in 25.98.

Williams posted a personal best of 21.81 seconds for the indoor 200 meters. He also captured the 60 meters in 6.76 seconds, a time that is just two-hundredths of a second from his personal best and three-hundredths of a second off the school record. Junior Joe Reaganclocked a personal best of 6.84 for third in the 60 meters.

Junior Corey Reid, a transfer from Azuza Pacific, crushed the school record in the heptathlon in his first meet as a Coyote. Reid tallied a score of 5,365 points to best Josh Peterson’s school record of 4,724 from 2015. Reid took the top spot in the 60-meter dash and finished second in four other events during the two-day competition.

South Dakota swept the multi-events with senior Shanice Cannigan winning the pentathlon with 3,781 points. Cannigan holds the school record in the event. She took first in the 60 hurdles and the long jump during the competition.

The Coyotes swept the top-three spots of the men’s shot put. Senior Jacob Barents threw an indoor best of 57-4 ¾ to remain third on USD’s all-time charts. Junior Ben Hammer launched a two-foot indoor personal best of 55-0 ¾ to place second. Freshman Matt Slagus posted a mark of 54-6 ¾ for third. Hammer and Slagus move to fifth and sixth, respectively, on USD’s all-time charts in the event.

Junior Deshonn Brown, a transfer from Northern State, and sophomore Zack Anderson both cleared 6-8 ¾ in the high jump. Brown placed first and Anderson finished third based on attempts.

Returning All-Americans, sophomores Chris Nilsen and Samara Spencer, handily captured their signature events. Nilsen won the pole vault in 16-6 ¾. Junior teammate Jake David took second in 15-7. Spencer was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 18-5 ¼. Spencer also placed third in the 60 meters.

Sophomore Ethan Toy leaped an indoor best of 23-10 ¼ in the long jump to place second. Toy moved onto USD’s all-time charts in the 10th spot.

Senior Ethan Fenchel finished runner-up in the weight throw with a distance of 63-9 ¾. Barents took third in 60-5.

Redshirt-senior Ashley Thompson kicked of her final campaign as a Coyote with a runner-up finish in the triple jump. She leaped 39-0 ½.

Sophomore Britny Kerr placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5. She also took third in the triple jump.

Senior Brooke Ireland placed third in the 400 meters and sophomore Helen Falda, a transfer from UT Arlington, finished third in the pole vault.

South Dakota returns to action in January with the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 13.

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Simpson’s McKenzie Leaves His Mark

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Gunner Davis of the Simpson Simpsonian filed a story on Ian Mckenzie’s strong cross country season his senior year.  Below is an excerpt of his story.  For the full story, click here!  

During this season, McKenzie was named IIAC performer of the week, was awarded all-conference honors and earned a trip to nationals. McKenzie ran the race in a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds, placing 140th out of 279.

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“It definitely meant a lot to myself and my family,” McKenzie said. “Making all the miles and the time commitment worth it to be on that stage. I was there as an individual, but I ran for my teammates, my coach and my family.”

This was the first time that a runner from Simpson made it to nationals since 2012 and was the best finish since 1995 when Matt Chance placed 136th. Head Coach Heath Moenck was pleased that Simpson sent a runner to nationals.

“It was great that we had someone getting back and representing Simpson,” Moenck said. “It proves that we can have elite runners here. He’s worked really hard, and we’ve done a good job developing him to get him to that caliber.”

McKenzie graduated from Dowling Catholic High School, where he ran on a cross country team that qualified for a national meet. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit. McKenzie, who is an environmental science major, also had multiple relatives who participated in athletics at Simpson who played a role in his decision.

“There’s a successful tradition at Simpson, and I wanted to be a part of it,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie’s high school success didn’t transfer over right away in college. As a freshman, he placed 119th in Regionals and 29th at conferences. But in his four years at Simpson, the senior improved his 8K time by over two minutes. This helped him place 20th at the regional meet and 13th at the conference meet this season.

“Mileage is a big thing that has been increased over my four years, and that’s how I’ve gotten better,” McKenzie said. “I put a lot more time on my feet. Harder workouts and longer workouts. Just building on past years. You know, doing things better and learning from past experiences.”

Phil Coppess-Oxford Junction
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Where Are They Now?: Phil Coppess

Phil Coppess-Oxford Junction ©NY Times

Phil Coppess-Oxford Junction
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Phil Coppess

More often than not, when a track coach tells a young runner that he is “more fit for the marathon,” than a regular season track event, it is because the lad is a bit slow and the coach doesn’t want to hurt his feelings.

Feature photo: Twin Cities Pioneer Press, click here!

This was not the case when Coach Bill Kackley conveyed his opinion to a gangly, young distance runner by the name of Phil Coppess.

Coppess did not go out for track until his sophomore year in high school.   Despite the late start, he showed he had running and racing ability by winning 5 state titles, one coming in cross country and four in track, before graduating in 1972 from now defunct, Oxford Junction High School.   But, it was the talent he showed after reaching the age of 27 that shocked everyone; everyone but Phil Coppess.

Phil is a great story.    He has a storyline that is better than many movies about distance running that have ever hit the big screen.    He is a common ordinary factory worker now living in Clinton, Iowa who never gave up on his dream.

Coppess was the youngest of nine children from Oxford Junction in northeastern Iowa. As a high school runner, he was not especially fast but prevailed in distance runs, the longer the better, with remarkable endurance and sheer determination.

“Our family wasn’t rich,” he said. “If I went to college, it was going to have to be a full ride, and there were a lot of kids faster than me. I ran a couple track meets that summer after I graduated, in 1972, and that was about it. Said, guess I’m going to have to get a job.”

By 1974, Coppess was married and working the corn evaporator at the Archer Daniels Midland processing plant in Clinton. That year, he and his wife had their first child. There was no time for running, especially after a daughter was born in 1977 and another son in 1980.

But during a 1979 strike at ADM in Clinton, Coppess got a job at a nuclear plant in Cordova, Illinois, where he observed some of the office workers going for a run on their lunch hour.

Coppess thought, “I used to do that” and took up running again in 1980.  He trained hard while working in the factory and raising a family as a divorced father of three.  While training with the likes of Gregg Newell and Jim Ijams, his times dropped like a rock and the medals, trophies and records began to multiply.

In 1981 he won the Drake Relays Marathon, the Huntsville Alabama Marathon and the Chicago Marathon, in 2:16, beating two time Olympic Marathon medalist Frank Shorter along the way.

After Chicago, Shorter had this to say about Coppess:   “Phil may get mad at me for saying this, but he didn’t have a heck of a lot of talent, yet he ran nearly as fast as I did in the marathon.  Our PR’s are very close.  The reason is, he was willing to work, and that is what showed through in Phil”.

1985 was the magic year for the small town boy from northeast Iowa.  He ran over 40 races that year.  His times got better, at every distance, from the mile through the marathon.

Coppess had eventually designed a training regimen that dovetailed with his rotating shifts at ADM (a corn processing plant) in Clinton and his parenting responsibilities; he was awarded full custody of the children in a 1985 divorce. He ran 14 to 15 miles on work days, longer on his days off, carrying a palm-sized stopwatch to record each mile. “I didn’t think it was a good 20-miler unless I had gone under two hours,” he said. One day a week, he did a track workout, and on another, hills. Physical therapy consisted of weekly chiropractic adjustments.

He won the Lincoln Marathon, and a marathon in Auckland, New Zealand.  And 32 years later, Phil Coppess’ course records still stand.

In early October, 1985, he took a weekend off and flew to Minneapolis.  His parents made the five-and-a-half-hour drive with his three children.  Coppess was confident that he could break 2:11, at the Twin Cities Marathon , which he figured would be good enough for first place. As always, his strategy was simple: go out hard, a pace just under five minutes per mile, and keep it up for 26.2 miles. If others wanted to go with him, fine, and if they didn’t, that was fine, too.

On October 6, 1985, Phil, was on his way to setting the course record with a winning time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 5 seconds. The second-place finisher was three minutes behind.   Coppess’s time was the fastest by an American that year, and at the time, ranked him among the top 20 American marathoners ever, just ahead of Frank Shorter.  Track and Field News named him the US Marathoner of the year.  He was also selected American Road Runner of the Year by Road Runners Club of America.

Twin Cities timed the 30K and 20 mile splits in route.  Coppess’ 30K split was a world record time (stood for 20 years) and his 20 mile mark set a new American record (still stands).

Coppess is an Iowa road racing legend.  He became a fixture at the world renowned Bix 7, placing in the top 10 in 1981, 82, 83, 85 and 86.  He took fourth behind Rob DeCastella, Bill Rogers and Frank Shorter in 1982 and was third behind Mark Curp and Rodgers in 1986.  Six times he broke 35:00 at Bix.

Coppess says his best road race in Iowa was the 1985 Dam to Dam 20K in Des Moines where he set new PR’s for both the 10 mile and 20K.  Both 10K splits were under 30 minutes in route to his winning time of 59:23.

Some more of Phil Coppess’ Road PR’s:

10K-28:49, Mobile Alabama

7 Mile-33:29, Bix 7, Davenport, Iowa

10 Mile-47:23, Bobby Crim, Flint Michigan

20K-59:23, Dam to Dam, Des Moines, Iowa

Phil also holds the two fastest times for a marathon by a native Iowan: 2:10:05-Twin Cities and 2:11:34 in Auckland, New Zealand.

While he seemed unstoppable in races, by 1986 injuries did what competition couldn’t:  Slow him down.

Back problems came in 1987 and he was never the same after that, bringing his competitive running career to a halt in 1989.

Coppess quit at ADM in 1986 and now works as an Ultrasonic Inspector at Arconic (formerly Alcoa) in the Quad Cities.  He finished his BA, in Education, from Marycrest in Davenport, Iowa in 1990.

Phil got back into the road racing scene, albeit for a short time, when he reached “Masters Age Group” status .  He set the Iowa All Time Best masters mark for a road 8k when he ran 25:59 at the 5th Season 8K in Cedar Rapids, in 1995 at the age of 40.  His last race was in early 1997.

Phil Coppess was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
©Norse Athletics 2017

Carney’s Last Collegiate XC Meet at Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
©Norse Athletics 2017

McKenzie Carney placed 90th from the field of 279 competitors at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships. Pricipia College, Elsah, Ill., hosted the national finale at the North Farm Cross Country Course.

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Carney covered the 6K course in a time of 22:10.10. This was her first appearance at the national championships and her final collegiate cross country race of her career.

Complete Results

Thomas Polalrd-Gilbert-ISU
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Cyclone Men and Women Run Well at Nats

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Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU
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The No. 13 Iowa State men’s cross country team continued their postseason success at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. The men finished in seventh as a team (279), which is ISU’s best finish since they won the title in 1994.

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Northern Arizona won their second consecutive team title. They placed three runners in the top-8 and grossed 74 team points.

After the first 2k, the Cardinal and Gold were in 21st place. A strong second half of the race, which placed five Iowa Staters in the top-100 individually, pushed ISU to their 12th top-10 finish in program history.

The Cyclones received an All-America performance from sophomore Andrew Jordan. Through 2k, he sat in 41st. Just like the rest of the ISU runners, Jordan’s final 5k was outstanding. He finished 15th in a time of 29:40.60. With his All-America finish, Jordan becomes the 38th All-American in program history. Jordan’s 15th place finish was the best by an Iowa State runner since 1994.

Four other Cyclones turned in top-100 finishes for Iowa State. Sophomore Stanley Langat crossed the finish line in 30:14.21 for 53rd place. Redshirt junior Dan Curts finish 68th with a time of 30:24.70.

Senior Nathan Rodriguez and redshirt sophomore Thomas Pollard finished on each other’s heals. Rodriguez finished 97th in a time of 30:41.13, right before Pollard crossed the finish line in 30:41.38 for 98th.

All-Region performer Milo Greder finished 147th in 31:06.64 and junior John Nownes took 214th with a time of 31:51.44

Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona (74)
2. Portland (127)
3. BYU (165)
4. Stanford (221)
5. Arkansas (259)
6. Oregon (274)
7. Iowa State (279)

Individual Results
15. Andrew Jordan – 29:40.65
53. Stanley Langat – 30:14.21
68. Dan Curts – 30:24.70
97. Nathan Rodriguez – 30:41.13
98. Thomas Pollard – 30:41.38
147. Milo Greder – 31:06.63
214. John Nownes – 31:51.44

Women

The No. 14 Iowa State women’s cross country team finished 20th at the NCAA Championships with a team score of 508. The top-20 finish is head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough‘s third as the Cyclones’ head coach.

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New Mexico State was the team champion. The Lobos place four runners in the top-14, and tallied a team total of 90.

ISU was led by junior Anne Frisbie. The River Falls, Wi., native finished just outside of All-America status, taking 45th as an individual in a time of 20:15.53. Freshman Cailie Logue also turned in a top-100 performance. She finished 79th in 20:33.33.

Freshman Amanda Vestri and redshirt junior Evelyne Guay were the next two Cyclone finishers. Vestri ran the 6k course in 21:10.21 for a 160th-place finish, while Guay crossed the finish line in 21:18.28 for 175th.

Finishing shortly behind them was freshman Karly Ackley. She finished 189th for the Cardinal and Gold with a time of 21:25.8.

Wrapping up the Cyclone lineup was redshirt sophomore Megan Schott and junior Kelly Nuamann. Schott finished 225th in 21:52.57, followed by Naumann in 235th in 22:09.50.

Team Results
1. New Mexico (90)
2. San Francisco (105)
3. Colorado (139)
4. Stanford (165)
5. Oregon (203)
20. Iowa State (508)

Individual Results
45. Anne Frisbie – 20:15.53
79. Cailie Logue – 20:33.33
160. Amanda Vestri – 21:10.21
175. Evelyne Guay21:18.28
189. Karly Ackley – 21:25.80
225. Megan Schott – 21:52.57
235. Kelly Naumann 22:09.50