Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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Storm’s Kalinay Succeeds On and Off the Track

 Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson ©Jim Kirby-2018

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
©Jim Kirby-2018

Senior Dylan Kalinay has been quite active in his four years on the Simpson men’s track and field team, earning himself IIAC Track Performer of the Week 10 times in his career.

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Kalinay recently ran a career-best 6.96 seconds in the 60m sprint at Grinnell’s Darren Young Invitational, which is third-fastest time in school history and 17th-best in Division III.

Kalinay recognizes the success he has been able to accomplish in his time at Simpson, but he attributes most of it to his teammates who have impacted him on his journey.

“Coming here my freshman year was weird, our program was kind of down at that point,” Kalinay said. “The year after that, we brought in a good recruiting class and all those guys are really good, so we can all kind of share the success together.”

Kalinay said bonding with his teammates is what makes the process special and knowing he’s made friendships that will last a lifetime.

“We go to practice and it usually sucks, but we love it,” Kalinay said. “I love hanging out with my friends. I love coming to practice everyday and being with those guys.”

The strength and conditioning program, followed mostly during the offseason, was implemented during Kalinay’s sophomore year and has helped develop a skill set to consistently perform his best on the track.

“I think one of the biggest changes was to our strength and conditioning program,” Kalinay said. “It was almost nonexistent during my freshman year. Sophomore year it changed when Josh came in, and it’s been good ever since.”

Head coach Dave Cleveland described Kalinay as the type of kid you would love to have a full team of. His talent, work ethic, attitude and competitive nature set him apart from others.

“He makes coaching a lot easier,” Cleveland said. “When he was a freshman, I would call him the silent assassin, because he is kind of unassuming. His performances and competitive nature speak for themselves, so he doesn’t have to say much.”

When Kalinay was injured last season, his teammates stepped up and had record-breaking runs without him. Instead of being upset because of his injury, Cleveland said Kalinay was happy for his teammates. It’s what makes him such a good person; embodying what it means to be a true team player.

“I think Dylan will leave a legacy,” Cleveland said. “As far as him being a really good teammate. He was excited for those guys even if it meant taking his name off the record board.”

Sophomore teammate Isaiah Strong said Kalinay is always trying to watch other teammates’ events even if its one he doesn’t compete in. He said Kalinay is constantly making an effort to help others on the team.

“Dylan likes to engage himself with others on the team during a meet and offer up advice,” Strong said. “He’ll watch me compete even though he doesn’t know much about high jump. He tries to get around and watch everyone’s events.”
Strong said Kalinay is a good example for a lot of the younger guys to look up to.

“It gives me hope,” Strong said. “If he can still be excelling as a senior, then I feel that me being a sophomore means I can still progress and get better.”

It’s no doubt that Kalinay has left an impact on the Simpson track and field program. No one is sure what his future will hold, but Kalinay and Cleveland both have high expectations after the season is over.
Kalinay said he’ll return next fall to finish up student teaching. He plans on becoming a PE teacher or a coach.

He’ll look to continue his stellar start to the senior season when the Storm travel to Pella to participate in the IIAC Indoor Championship meet on Feb. 23-24.

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St
©Latinos Corriendo-2018

“Heroism…” by Terry Herrsom For the Sioux City Journal

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Mike Mahon 2016

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
©Mike Mahon 2016

Following this past weekend’s USATF Indoor Nationals and Sioux City Native Shelby Houlihan won the 3K and the 1500m, the Sioux City Journal published the following article.  For the full article click here!

Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona St©Latinos Corriendo 2018

On Monday, the day after winning national championships on consecutive days for a second year in a row, Shelby Houlihan might have felt like taking a holiday, kicking back and relaxing.

That’s not how it works for most world-class athletes and Houlihan is certainly in that elite category.

No loafing for this 2011 East High grad. To the contrary, she boarded a 6 a.m. flight in Albuquerque and jetted home to Portland, where she spent just enough time to drop off her bags, do a telephone interview with me and then headed out for her daily 80-minute run.

Eighty minutes a day gets her somewhere close to 80 miles each week and that’s the level she’s reached after stretching things out gradually over her first three-plus years as a professional athlete.

A 2016 Olympic finalist in the women’s 5,000 meters. Houlihan repeated Saturday as the 3,000-meter champion at the USA Track and Field Indoor Nationals. Then, on Sunday, she reigned for a second year in a row as the national champ in the 1,500.

Since track and field isn’t as familiar as football or baseball to most sports fans, let me point something out here: When it comes to women’s indoor track, there are only six individual running events in the USATF indoor meet. That means Shelby is now the two-time defending national champion in a third of those.

This particular weekend double will now also send her to Birmingham, England, for the IAAF World Indoor Championships the weekend after next (March 1-4).

And, by the way, contrary to her initial plans, Houlihan will be vying for medals in both of her events.

“Jerry (Schumacher) had told me I probably wouldn’t (run the 1,500 in Birmingham),’’ she said, referring to her highly acclaimed coach with the Portland-based Nike/Bowerman Track Club. “So, I was telling people I wasn’t. But then after I won, he came up to me and said, yeah, we’re going to do both.’’

Even though she’d also won both events at last year’s indoor nationals, Houlihan had focused most of her training on the 3,000. Two weekends ago in Boston she clocked an 8:36.01, marking the second fastest time ever by an American woman. Running at over 5,000 feet above sea level Saturday, the times were predictably slower and she won in 9:00.08.

“I knew my strength was in the 3K, so I was mostly just focusing on that,’’ she said. “Going into the (1,500) it was just kind of for fun. I didn’t even think I was going to win that, especially going into that final lap. I just felt I was too far back (fifth place with 200 meters remaining). But I just kind of kept driving forward and running as fast as I could. I was hoping I could just pick some places off and finish as high as I could and I actually ended up winning.’’

The time two weeks ago in Boston, of course, was more than 80 seconds faster than that and don’t forget these indoor tracks are nearly all 200-meter ovals, which means 15 laps, not 7.5. That’s 60 turns instead of 30 in an outdoor race.

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central 
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Dutch Ready For Conference

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central  ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

In their final warmup to the Iowa Conference Championships, the Central College men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their preparation at the Wartburg Invitaional Saturday afternoon.

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The men secured a second-place finish out of eight teams while the women placed sixth out of nine teams.

“I was very happy with the effort and progress we made today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “We’re getting ready for next weekends conference meet and I like where we are at right now.”

Senior Kate Patton (Murray) finished fifth in the 60-meter dash in 8.17 seconds after running a preliminary time of 7.99. Patton also ran the 400-meter dash in 1:00.91 to place fourth.

“Kate had a great day today,” said Dunham. “I thought she ran really well and is going to be ready to go next week at conference.”

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) returned to the track Saturday after dealing with injuries to finish second in the mile after a time of 5:20.24.

“It was really great to see Holly out there today,” said Dunham. “She did a great job after coming back from dealing with a few injuries of late.”

Freshman Kennedy Morris (Earlham) earned a sixth-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 14.59 meters.

“Kennedy had a great day today as well,” said Dunham. “She’s shown improvement and is ready to compete next week at conference.”

Junior Preston Kizer (Zwingle, Dubuque HS) won the 800-meter race, finishing in 1:56.81. Senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) was three spots behind Kizer, running a 1:59.26.

“Preston Kizer ran a great race in the 800 today,” said Dunham. “Taylor Donner competed really well as well and its great to see them getting prepared for the conference meet.”

Sophomore Mitchell Yaw (Orange City, MOC-Floyd Valley HS) led Central in the 400-meter dash, placing sixth in 51.36. Junior Hunter Howe (La Plata, Mo., La Plata R-II HS) was two places behind Yaw with 51.55.

“I was really happy with the way our men ran the 400 today,” said Dunham. “We had a lot of guys competing and they are hitting their stride going into next weekend.”

Seniors Mark Fairley (Dubuque) and Jon Specht (Dubuque, Hempstead HS) finished second and third in the mile after posting times of 4:17.5 and 4:23.63; respectively.

Junior Nathan Fitzgerald (Elkader, Central Elkader HS) placed second in the shot put with a throw of 15.52 meters.

“Nathan Fitzgerald had a good day today in the shot put,” said Dunham.

Junior Michael Firkins (Centerville) finished fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 16.87 meters.

Next on tap for Central is the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Pella. A webcast will be available at athletics.central.edu. Excitement level couldn’t be higher for coach Dunham.

“We are really excited to host the conference meet next week,” he said. “We’ve been training our athletes to peak at the right time and we’re hoping that time starts next week. We’re ready to compete for a conference title.”

LaVon Davis - Ames-GVU
©Doug Wells 2018

Record Breaking Day For Vikings at Conference

Kennedy King-Assumption-GVU ©Doug Wells 2018

Kennedy King-Assumption-GVU
©Doug Wells 2018

Grand View men’s and women’s indoor track and field had an extremely successful weekend at the Heart of America Championships this past weekend in Crete, NE. The women’s team finished third overall hips and the men took home the silver. This is the highest Grand View men’s track and field have finished since joining the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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Both teams wrote history with 17 individual All-Conference Athletes, ten NAIA qualifying marks, six school records, six conference champions, four top ten marks in NAIA and three all-conference relays.

Grand View men finished first, third, fifth, six and seventh in the weight throw with James Plummer earning first place with a mark of 21.11 meters. LaVon Davis also won the weight throw for the women with a mark of 18.60 meters. In men’s shot put the Vikings went first, second, third and eighth. With Plummer leading with a mark of 16.05 meters followed by Tatman earning second with a new NAIA B standard mark of 15.10 meter and Jake Goeller placing third with a mark of 14.58 meters.

The Vikings men and women won the 60-meter hurdles naming two conference champions, Jordan Nathen who finished with a time of 8.30 and Amara Taylor with a time of 8.86. Dimetrea Hamilton placed second in the 60-meter hurdles following close behind Taylor with a time of 8.89. Brandon Young was named a conference champion in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:22.94 and placed third in the 800-meter run.

Other athletes to note…

Kennedy King placed third in the 600-meter run while Chantel Blair earned third place in triple jump with a personal best of 10.86-meters. In the men’s 400-meter dash Jacob Clouse finished third.

Up next … 

The Vikings are back on the road this Saturday for the Wartburg Inviational in Waverly, IA.

Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
©Duhawks Athletics

Solis and Gradoville Among Iowans That Helped Duhawks Roll

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

Patrick Mikel stole the show on Saturday at the UW-Platteville Invitational, breaking a 20-year school record in the 200m. As a team, the men and women’s teams won swept the relays and combined for three individual wins.

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– Prior to Saturday, Mikel’s best time in the 200m was 22.61, having run that at the Monmouth Invite on Jan. 20 … Mikel’s time of 22.45 broke the school record held by Kevin Coy and set on Feb. 28, 1998 … His converted time of 22.06 currently ranks 28th in Division III
– In the first of four relay wins, the Duhawks claimed the women’s 4×200 with the team of Gabrielle Noland, Alyssa Simon, Alexis Alt and Bella Solis won with a time of 1:46.42, which ranks eighth all-time at Loras
– Loras followed up its win in the 4×200 with a first place finish in the 4×400 at 4:10.93 led by Bella Solis, Allie Serres, Devin Hasson and Alexis Alt
– Noland continued on her stellar sophomore tear, winning the 60m and 200m with times of 7.91 and 26.41, respectively … Noland’s preliminary time in the 60m of 7.85 ranks fourth all-time at Loras
– The Duhawk men won the 4×200 with the team of Mikel, Shamari Scott, Tyson Morrison and Evan Gradoville with a time of 1:31.08, which ranks fourth all-time in school history
– Led by the same four, Loras returned to claim the 4×400 title in 3:21.72

Men’s 200m | Shamari Scott | 23.02 | 2nd | PR | 10th All-Time at Loras
Men’s 800m | Kylian Lally | 1:58.59 | 3rd
Men’s 800m | Cole Conklin-Little | 1:59.56 | 5th
Men’s Mile | Matt Gagen | 4:31.0 | 2nd
Men’s Mile | Jack Carroll | 4:36.70 | 4th
Men’s 3k | Timothy Sevcik | 8:41.93 | 2nd | PR | 5th All-Time at Loras
Men’s 3k | Mason Tope | 8:44.42 | 3rd | PR | 7th All-Time at Loras
Men’s 60m Hurdles | Gerrand Moody | 8.32 | 2nd | PR | School Record | 20th in Division III
Men’s 4×200 ‘B’ | Jacob Beaton, Noah Smith, Peter Kilburg, Ryan Rogers | 1:32.97 | 2nd
Men’s 4×400 ‘B’ | Anakin Hall, Kylian Lally, Gerrand Moody, Andrew O’Neill | 3:29.88 | 5th
Men’s Pole Vault | Hunter Dunlap | 4.30m | 3rd
Men’s Long Jump | Colby Rattenborg | 6.58m | 5th
Men’s Triple Jump | Colby Rattenborg | 12.93m | 3rd
Men’s Shot Put | Jake Berg | 15.17m | 5th | 46th in Division III
Men’s Weight Throw | Garrett Hammond | 16.37m | 3rd
Men’s Weight Throw | John Meskimen | 16.03m | 5th | PR | 6th All-Time at Loras

Women’s 200m | Alyssa Simon | 26.80 | 3rd
Women’s 200m | Alexis Alt | 26.95 | 5th
Women’s 400m | Rachel Kilburg | 1:01.96 | 3rd
Women’s 800m | Allie Serres | 2:24.26 | 3rd
Women’s 5k | Kelly Minear | 19:32.78 | 4th
Women’s 4×200 ‘B’ | Sydney Beach, Sarah Schoel, Bailey Vance, Devin Hasson | 1:50.48 | 3rd
Women’s 4×400 ‘B’ | Gabrielle Noland, Sarah Schoel, Sydney Beach, Alyssa Simon | 4:15.46 | 2nd
Women’s High Jump | Bella Solis | 1.60m | 3rd
Women’s Pole Vault | Alexis Alt | 3.00m | 4th
Women’s Long Jump | Elyse Acompanado | 5.30m | 3rd

©Utes Athletics 2018

Moreno Posts Big PR

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah ©Utes Athletics

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah
©Utes Athletics

The Utah track and field team wrapped up the second and final day of competition at the Husky Classic on Saturday. Eight Utes set new personal records while the 4×400 meter relay team highlighted the day earned a second-place finish in the event.

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“It was really a terrific weekend, we had two lifetime bests in the 5,000-meter yesterday and today we added eight more,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We just had a huge day particularly in those middle distance and distance events.”

The Utah 4×400 meter relay team captured a second-place finish with a time of 3:47.03. Competing for the Utes was senior Grace Englund, senior Alissa Atisme, freshman Jackie Martin, and junior Caitlin Faust.

Moving to the 800-meter run, the Utes were led by Faust, who finished in 13th place with a time of 2:09.69. With this time, Faust set a new personal record topping her previous record by two seconds and moves her into seventh place all-time at Utah in this event. Coming in behind Faust and also recording a new best was sophomore Sarah Newton. Newton finished in 27th place with a time of 2:12.14, topping her previous record by two seconds and places her ninth all-time at Utah in the event. Englund finished in 34th place with a time of 2:13.17. Sophomore Melissa Taggart set a new personal record with a time of 2:14.17, topping her previous record by five seconds. Freshman Whitney Hesslercaptured 64th place with a time of 2:20.09.

In the mile race, senior Hannah McInturff led the way for the Utes capturing 44th place with a time of 4:54.07. Senior Megan Perkins-Killian set a new personal record with a time of 5:00.72 while finishing in 61st place. Also competing for the Utes and setting a new personal record was senior Dakota Grossman. Grossman finished in 63rd with a time of 5:02.21. This time barley topped her previous record of 5:02.64.

On to the 3,000-meter race, sophomore Poppy Tank led the Utes finishing in 29th with a time of 9:29.75. Finishing behind Tank was freshman Bella Williams. Williams finished in 59th place and set a new personal record with a time of 9:43.74. This time tops her previous record by nine seconds. Coming in behind Williams and also setting a new personal record was sophomore Trina Moreno. Moreno finished in 83rd place with a time of 9:59.08. This time tops her previous record by eight seconds. Freshman Aubrey Argyle also set a new personal record. Argyle finished in 97th place with a time of 10:10.61.

Freshman Ruby Jane Mathewson captured 40th place in the 400 with a time of 59.89. She also competed in the 60-meter hurdles for 52nd place with a time of 9.77.

In the 60-meter dash, Atisme and Raynee Helm Wheelock competed for the Utes. In the preliminaries, Atisme finished in 10th place with a qualifying time of 7.81. Wheelock captured 29th place with a time of 8.04.

In the high jump, junior Eliza Hansen finished in 20th place with a height of 1.54 meters.

“Overall it was just another very good weekend,” Kepler stated. “There was just a lot of good things and improvements which is what we are all about and what we love to see.”

The Utes will be back in action in two weeks, Feb. 23-24, at the MPSF Championships back in Seattle. Senior standout Grayson Murphy will also be returning to the track at the MPSF Championships.

©Fighting Fees Athletics

Bees’ Pestka Record Setting Performance

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU ©Fighting Bees Athletics 2018

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU
©Fighting Bees Athletics 2018

Olivet Nazarene University’s Bryce Vollrath (Peoria, Ill.) claimed his second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award, while St. Ambrose University’s Josh Pestka (Davenport, Iowa) used a record-setting performance to gain his first CCAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honor, it was announced by the league office on Thursday morning.

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Pestka, a junior, broke a Fighting Bee record that had stood for ten years when he ran a 2:29.22 in the 1,000 meter run. That eclipsed the previous mark by more than three seconds and helped him capture the race at the St. Ambrose Invitational on Saturday. It also earned him an “A” standard mark and the fourth-best time in the NAIA this year. A total of 15 individuals made up the race field.

Pestka also anchored the Bees’ distance medley relay team, which also placed first out of four teams with a time of 10:45.94. That effort ranks No. 10 in the NAIA.

Joe Dunham-Central
©Jim Kirby 2017

Dutch Show Depth Early

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Kyle Pape-Wahlert-Central
©Jim Kirby 2017

Scoring across a variety of events was enough for the Central College men’s track and field team to earn a foruth-place finish at the Wartburg Select Saturday.

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Central had 89 total points while champion Wartburg College had 192.

Sophomore Will Daniels (Geneseo, Ill.) continued his stellar weekend by completing the final three events of the heptathlon and capturing first place with 5,158 points. Senior Reese Iversen (Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) closed out the two-day event in sixth with 3,994 points.

“Depending on other meets from around the country, Will should have the best score in all of Division III again,” coach Joe Dunham said.

The Dutch got a pair of top-three finishes from its throwers as Nathan Fitzgerald (junior, Elkader, Central HS) was second in the shot put (48 feer, 10.75 inches) while Michael Firkins (senior, Centerville) (51-9) was third in the weight throw. High jumper Caleb Cowles (freshman, Bloomfield, Davis County HS) added sixth-place finish (6-1.25)

Senior Ryan Kruse (St. Clair, Minn.) scored in three separate individual events. He tied for second in the pole vault (13-9.25) and was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.58 seconds). He also added an eighth-place finish in the long jump (19-11.5)

Senior Hunter Pollpeter (Fort Madison) was right behind Kruse in the 60-meter hurdles (fifth place, 8.73 seconds). Freshman Tanner Johnson (Gallatin, Mo.) was fourth in the pole vault (13-3.5)

“Kruse had a big day in the hurdles,” Dunham said. “Hunter has been running consistent and I’m proud of his effort today.

“Tanner pole vaulted really well. He’s been vaulting consistently and getting better attempts. I’ve been pleased with his progression.”

In the distance category, senior Mark Fairley (Dubuque) was the runner-up in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:46.21. Central had two of the top-five 800-meter run times as Kyle Pape (junior, Dubuque, Wahlert HS) was fourth (1:57.93) and Jon Specht (senior, Dubuque Hempstead) was fifth (1:57.94). Specht led off the distance medley relay team and Pape anchored as they placed third in 10:41.51 Cory Suedmeier (sophomore, Ankeny, Cetennial HS) and Preston Kizer (sophomore, Dubuque) ran the middle legs. Tanner Rathe’s (senior, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) mile time of 4:30.07 was good for sixth.

Suedmeier ran the third leg of the fifth place 4×400-meter relay unit, joined by Mitchell Yaw (junior, Orange City, MOC-Floyd Valley HS), Blake Morgan (senior, Story City, Roland-Story HS) and Hunter Howe (senior, La Plata, Mo.). Howe and Morgan were also forth (1:26.47) and sixth (1:28.91 in the 600-meter run, respectively.

“Overall, it’s one of those meets where we are just trying to progress and get geared up for the conference meet,” Dunham said. “We’ve got three weeks to get the athletes ready to compete.”

The Dutch track and field squad will head in multiple directions next weekend. The vast majority of the team is headed to Grinnell for the Darren Young Classic on Saturday. A small contingent of athletes are going north to Brookings, South Dakota for the South Dakota State University Indoor Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
©Millrose Games 2018

Schweizer at the Millrose Games….Just “WOW!”

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

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

After setting the collegiate record in the 3000m run at the Millrose Games (Feb. 3), Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer(Urbandale, Iowa) garnered two weekly honors on Tuesday. Schweizer was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Women’s Runner of the Week.

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Schweizer was the top collegiate finisher in the race, as she crossed the finish line fourth at 8:41.60. Schweizer’s time surpassed Colorado’s Jenny (Barringer) Simpson’s 2009 mark of 8:42.03, as well as the Mizzou school record mark of 9:06.39, which was set by Sabrina Dornhoefer in 1984. The mark is also the seventh-fastest time in the world this season.

Schweizer now holds top-five all-time NCAA marks in the mile run, 3000m run and 5000m run, all set this season. The Urbandale, Iowa, native clocked a time of 4:27.54 in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27), the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history, and a 15:17.31 in the 5000m run at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2, 2017), the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history.

It is the fourth occurrence this season, and the fifth time in her career Schweizer has given the top national honor from the USTFCCCA. Most recently, Schweizer’s remarkable performance in the mile run at the Columbia Challenge (Jan. 27) gave her the nation’s top honor, as the Tiger senior smashed the school record en route to the fastest collegiate time this season. On Dec. 5, Schweizer was named the National Athlete of the Week after recording the top 5000m run time this season and resetting her own school record at the BU Season Opener (Dec. 2).

This past fall during the cross country season, Schweizer was named the 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. Last season, Schweizer took home the national honor for the first time in her career after the 2016 BU Season Opener (Dec. 6, 2016), where she 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.

During the track season, Schweizer looks to continue building her legacy as one of the top student-athletes in Mizzou Athletics history. Her impressive resume already 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.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclones Post Big Marks Across the Country

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU ©Mike Brynes 2018

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU
©Mike Brynes 2018

The Iowa State track and field team boasted outstanding performances all around the country on Saturday.

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The Razorback Invite saw Dan Curts win the men’s mile with one of the top-10 times in the country this season, while Jasmine Staebler‘s effort in the 800 saw her move up to No. 3 in the nation this season. In Iowa City at the Black & Gold Premier, Jhoanmy Luque won her season debut in the triple jump, moving up to No. 7 in the nation on the year. At the UW Invitational in Seattle, Andrew Jordan joined some elite company with his sub-8 effort in the 3,000-meter run.

Razorback Invitational
Dan Curts continued his breakthrough 2017-18 with a victory in the mile on Saturday. After the pacer dropped with 600 meters to go, Curts took over, he led a pack of four for the final three laps, and eventually put it away with a strong push down the home stretch to clock a personal best 4:03.49.

Edwin Kurgat marked his ISU debut with a strong second-place effort in the men’s 3,000-meter run invite. The transfer from UT-Martin made a pass on the final lap to take the lead, but was pipped at the line by Oklahoma State’s Hassan Abdi. Kurgat’s time of 8:15.06 was a 14-second PR from his best indoor 3,000 mark from last season.

The Iowa State women were outstanding in the 800 today. Jasmine Staebler rode a big finish to take second in the 800-meter run invitational in 2:03.59, just half a second off her school record from last year’s Iowa State Classic and, at the time of publication, No. 3 in Division I in 2018. Erinn Stenman-Faheytook sixth in the 800 invite, running a PR of 2:06.33, moving her to No. 7 in program history. Earlier in the day, Larkin Chapman won the regular 800 in 2:06.18 to be No. 6 in program history.

The women’s 3,000 invite also saw a strong ISU effort, as Anne Frisbie led the way with a second-place effort in 9:23.45. Amanda Vestri was third in 9:30.50.

Black & Gold Premier
Jhoanmy Luque had her first performances of the season in the triple jump, and as expected took care of business. The senior and eight-time All-American picked up the victory with a best leap of 43-7 (13.28m). Luque, whose effort ranks her seventh in the country in the event at the time of publication, had five of the best six jumps of Saturday’s competition.

Coming off a personal best last weekend in Iowa City, Essence Henderson put up another strong performance in the women’s shot put on Saturday. The freshman finished the competition in second, with her fourth throw of the day going 50-3 1/2 (15.33m).

UW Invitational
Andrew Jordan represented ISU in the fast section of the men’s 3,000-meter run, and he delivered with an incredible performance to finish fifth in a personal best 7:56.61. Jordan’s time ranks him third in ISU history in the indoor 3,000 and he is the fifth Cyclone in program history to break eight minutes indoors at 3,000 and the first in 22 years.

The quartet Jordan joins breaking eight minutes at 3,000 reads as a whos-who of Cyclone distance running: Raf Wyns (7:49.83), John Nuttall (7:52.94), Dmitry Drozdov (7:57.64) and Jon Brown (7:59.67).

Up Next
Iowa State heads to Nebraska next weekend for the Husker Invitational. Action will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
Razorback Invitational
400m Dash (M):
1. Ricky Morgan, Jr., USC – 46.80; 15. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 48.59; 17. Ka’ven Berry, Iowa State – 48.73
800m Run Invitational (M): 1. Devin Dixon, Texas A&M – 1:49.95; 2. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 1:49.98; 5. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:50.68; Ka’ven Berry, Iowa State – DNF
800m Run Invitational (W): 1. Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M – 2:02.30; 2. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:03.59; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:06.33
800m Run (M): 1. Jack Wilkes, LSU – 1:49.94; 6. Frank Hayes, Iowa State – 1:51.84; Ben Kelly, Iowa State – DNF
800m Run (W): 1. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:06.18; 22. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:17.92; 23. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 2:19.91
Mile Invitational (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:03.49; 8. Nathan Rodriguez, Iowa State – 4:08.97
Mile Invitational (W): 1. Taylor Werner, Arkansas – 4:39.52; 5. Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – 4:46.72
Mile (M): 1. Everett Smulders, Ole Miss – 4:06.93; 10. John Nownes, Iowa State – 4:10.61
3,000m Run Invitational (M): 1. Hassan Abdi, Oklahoma State – 8:15.03; 2. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:15.06; 7. Stanley Langat, Iowa State – 8:35.30
3,000m Run Invitational (W): 1. Devin Clark, Arkansas – 9:21.20; 2. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 9:23.45; 3. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 9:30.50; 6. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 9:37.34; 10. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 9:45.59; 11. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 9:53.99
3,000m Run (M): 1. Colton Donahue, Kansas State – 8:21.54; 16. Sam Clausnitzer, Iowa State – 8:41.96
3,000m Run (W): 1. Addy Lippitt, Georgia – 9:47.27; 2. Megan Schott, Iowa State – 9:52.24
60m Hurdles Prelim (M): 1. Michael Nicholls, Georgia – 7.82; 9. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 8.20; 10. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 8.22

Black & Gold Premier
Shot Put (W):
1. Laulauga Tausaga, Iowa – 52-6 1/2 (16.01m); 2. Essence Henderson, Iowa State – 50-3 1/2 (15.33m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 43-7 (13.28m)

UW Invitational
3,000m Run (M):
1. Dillon Maggard, Utah State – 7:52.99; 5. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 7:56.61

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning photo.shutterfly.com

Schweizer’s Mile Romp Earns National Honor

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou © Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
© Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

There might be a bunch of new collegiate indoor records by the end of the season.

We wouldn’t doubt it based off what we’ve seen so far in 2018.

Courtesy USATFCCCOA.com, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning photo.shutterfly.com


This past weekend was another incredible installment and here are eight athletes who stood out from their peers and were named National Athletes of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

Find out more about these athletes by clicking their names or scrolling below.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and NJCAA Division I).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

Jolissa Kriegel-BGM-UNI
©Panther Athletics

Iowans Flex Muscles For Panthers Over the Weekend

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI
©Mike Byrnes

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program turned in another successful home meet on Saturday, as the Panthers won nine events in the Mark Messersmith Invitational.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jolissa Kriegel-BGM-UNI©Panther Athletics

The men won the Mark Messersmith team competition, scoring 146.5 points to defeat Indiana State (133), South Dakota State (53), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (50.33), Loyola (25.33), Drake (19.83) and Wartburg (4). The women (118) finished runner-up behind the Sycamores (163), while beating out five other squads (Drake – 43.5, SDSU- 38, Wisconsin-Milwaukee- 35.5, Loyola-32, Wartburg-2).

The Panthers began the day with the men and women sweeping the high jump, as Xavior Williams(6-06.75) and Kassidy Sharp (5-05.00) won their events. The victory for Williams in the high jump was his second of the season, while Sharp won the event for the first time in 2018.

Isaac Holtz continued the field success with a victory in the shot put, after earning a mark of 56-01.00. Holtz was joined by three teammates in the final standings as Darius King (55-11.25), Keegan Tritle (55-09.00) and William Blaser (55-03.00) took spots 2-4.

Moving into track competition, Isaiah Trousil improved his mark in the 60-meter dash by running a personal-best 6.84 to take the event for the first time this season. Trousil turned in another personal-best time in the 200-meter, blowing by the field to win with a 21.93.

Maddie Bell ran a 56.52 in the 400-meter to earn her third win of the season, all coming in different events for the junior. Jacob Smith took the 400-meter on the men’s side running a 48.53 for his first win of the season, while teammates Jojo Frost (48.66), Evan Long (48.96) and Sven Van Den Bergh(49.39) took spots 2-4 in the event.

Seb Gearhart won the first distance event for the Panthers, after running a 1:54.31 in the 800-meter for his first victory at UNI. The 4×400 men’s relay was dominated by Panther runners as Frost, Smith, Long and Van Den Bergh (3:16.01) took first place overall. The relay teams of Bryce Newcomb, Connor Blough, Blake Langhurst and Jack Butteris (3:20.39) and Tyler Bartz, Hunter Lavallee, Gearhart and Carter Von Essen (3:21.67) placed second and third.

Up Next
The Panthers have two meets next weekend as UNI travels to the Meyo Invitational and the Frank Sevigne Invitational on Feb. 2-3.

Social Media
For more information on the UNI track and field program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

Mark Messersmith Invite (Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018)
Cedar Falls, Iowa – UNI-Dome

Men Winners
High jump: Xavior Williams (6-06.75)
Shot put: Isaac Holtz (56-01.00)
60-meter: Isaiah Trousil (6.84)
200-meter: Isaiah Trousil (21.93)
400-meter: Jacob Smith (48.53)
800-meter: Seb Gearhart (1:54.31)
4×400: Frost, Smith, Long and Van Den Bergh (3:16.01)

Women Winners
High jump: Kassidy Sharp (5-05.00)
400-meter: Maddie Bell (56.52)

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa 
©Mike Brynes 2018

Plock Shines Along With the Rest of the Hawks

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa  ©Mike Brynes 2018

Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa
©Mike Brynes 2018

The University of Iowa track and field team concluded its three meet indoor homestand with the Black & Gold Premier where two Hawkeyes reset their own school records.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Sarah Plock-City High-Iowa  ©Mike Brynes 2018

Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga broke the record in the shot put for the second straight week. She surpassed Gail Smith’s record from 1985 at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational and followed up with another record-breaking performance with a mark of 16.01 meters (52 feet, 6.5 inches). Tausaga won the event and now ranks seventh in the Big Ten.


“I have a sense of urgency because I want to make sure I can score at Big Tens and have the ability to score team points,” Tausaga said. “If I can score for my team then it means I am meeting my personal goals as well.”

In the women’s triple jump, senior Jahisha Thomas opened her 2018 season with a mark of 13.11 meters (43 feet) on her way to breaking her own record in the event set last year. Thomas now leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the country.

“I wanted to stay consistent and listen to my coaches,” Thomas said. “I didn’t want to rush things because I was just getting back into it, but I want to stay healthy, stay focused, and know what I need to do.”

“I feel great about today. This meet was a little more of a low-key meet compared to last week, but I liked the way our athletes came back and have great performances. To have Jahisha (Thomas) back competing is big. Her performance today should get her to the national meet. For Lagi (Tausaga) to come back and have another personal best is always good too. That time for Chris (Douglas) is right on the border of being a time to get into the national championships in the hurdles. Overall, this is the type of meet we need to build depth. We know that Brittany (Brown) and Briana (Guillory) are ready to put up big performances, but to have some of those younger athletes get another competition under their belt is important.”

Four Hawkeyes — Sommer Sharpe (55.90), Sarah Plock (56.16), Kylie Welch (57.23), and Kylie Morken (57.25) — set personal bests in the 400-meter premier. Sharpe ranks 18th in the Big Ten.

Junior Chris Douglas clocked in at a personal best 7.76 in the 60-meter hurdles to move into sole possession of the best time in the conference and eighth in the country. In addition, Douglas won the event, defeating former Hawkeye Aaron Mallett.

Sophomore Antonio Woodard went 21.20 in the 200 meters for a personal best of his own. He is now second in the Big Ten and 18th in Division I.

The Hawkeyes hit the road for the first time in 2018, traveling to the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame Feb. 2-3.

Sam Holtz-S. Tama-Wartburg
©Knights Athletics 2017

Knights Men and Women Out Well Early

Dennison Harrington-Cedar Falls-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2017

Dennison Harrington-Cedar Falls-Wartburg
©Knights Athletics 2017


The Wartburg women’s indoor track and field team opened its 2018 campaign with a win at its own annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday. The Knights won the 12-team meet with 228 points.

Courtesy Knights Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Sam Holtz-S. Tama-Wartburg©Knights Athletics 2017

New this year, was the addition of a meet MVP award. Wartburg’s Sam Holtz (Tama) earned that honor with her win in the shot put and second-place finish in the weight throw.

The Orange and Black claimed seven events:
60m hurdles: Maggi Bjustrom, 9.30
600m run: Betsy Duehr, 1:36.65
1000m run: Maddie Carlsen, 3:09.54
3000m run: Cassidy Christopher, 10:27.80
4x400m relay: 3:59.33
Pole vault: Nicole Schneider, 10’0.75″
Shot put: Sam Holtz, 43′ 4.25″

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III.
60 hurdles by Maggi Bjustrom: 31st
4×400: 1st
3000 by Cassidy Christopher, 40th
3000 by Carina Collet, 49th
Shot put by Sam Holtz: 14th
Weight throw by Holtz: 25th

Complete team standings
Place School Points
1 Wartburg College  228
2 St. Ambrose  110
3 Grand View Univ 71
4 Hawkeye Comm College 56
4 Mount Mercy 56
6 William Penn  24
7  NIAC 23
7 indian hills  23
9 Briar Cliff 18
10 Waldorf University 10
11  UNI 6
12 Buena Vista Uni 4

This meet was named in honor of Wartburg track and field alumna, Chelsey M. Henkenius, who unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 in a car accident in Lake City. Click here for the original release about renaming the meet in her honor.

Click here for the complete meet results.

Wartburg returns to the track next Friday, when it competes at the UNI Invite.


The Wartburg men’s indoor track and field team took second at its own annual Chelsey M. Henkenius Open Saturday to open the season. The Knights took second in the 12-team field with 124.50 points.

Courtesy Knights Athletic, click here!

The Orange and Black claimed three events:
600m run: Cody Snider, 1:21.52
3000m run: Sam Pinkowski, 8:29.99    NEW SCHOOL RECORD. Broke previous record of 8:31.21 set by Bennett Moser in 2016.
4x400m run: 3:25.58

Complete team standings:
1 indian hills 130
2 Wartburg College  124.50
3 St. Ambrose  92
4 Grand View Univ 88
5 Briar Cliff  47.50
6 NIAC 45 . 50
7 Hawkeye Comm College  37.50
8 William Penn  26
9 Mount Mercy  25
10 Waldorf University  22
11 UNI 13
12 Buena Vista Uni 7

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III.
3000 by Pinkowski: 3rd
3000 by Kaczinski: 10th
3000 by Appleton: 24th
3000 by Joe Freiburger: 35th
4×400: 12th
High jump by Nathan Keck: 28th
Long jump by Famiek Cook: 49th

This meet was named in honor of Wartburg track and field alumna, Chelsey M. Henkenius, who unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2014 in a car accident in Lake City. Click here for the original release about renaming the meet in her honor.

Click here for the complete meet results.

Wartburg returns to the track next Friday, when it competes at the UNI Invite.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
©Jim Kirby 2018

Dutch’s Fairley Athlete of the Week

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central ©Jim Kirby 2018

Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central
©Jim Kirby 2018

Central College men’s track and field runner Mark Fairley (senior, Dubuque) swept the 1,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational Friday night, helping him to be named the Iowa Conference men’s indoor track events performer of the week.

Courtesy Dutch Athletics, click here! Feature photo:Mark Fairley-Dubuque Sr-Central©Jim Kirby 2018

Fairley has previously received this award last February and was chosen as the cross country runner of the week once this fall.

In the 1,000-meter run, Fairley ran a career best 2 minutes, 32.78 seconds to outpace runner-up and teammate Kyle Pape (junior, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic HS) by just under two seconds. He blitzed the field in the 5K, as his time of 15:28.94 was over 20 seconds faster than the runner-up.

Fairley and the rest of the Dutch track and field squad will welcome teams to the Dutch Athletics Classic Saturday. Field events begin at 11 a.m. with running events starting on the track at 2 p.m.