Avery Meyers-W. Liberty-Iowa
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Hawks Kick-Off Outdoor Season

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa © Darren Miller-hawkeyesports.com)

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team completed their first outdoor meet of the year at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on Saturday.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Avery Meyers-W. Liberty-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

The Hawkeyes ended the second day of competition with three gold medals and a couple all-time marks. Saturday began in familiar fashion with a third-straight event title going back to yesterday’s competition.

trackandfield Senior Avery Meyers and sophomore Reno Tuufuli highlighted the men’s discus throw. Meyers set a personal-best with a throw of 54.19m (177 feet, 9 ¼ inches). He finished fifth. Tuufuli claimed the gold medal in the event. He recorded a throw of 59.04m (193 feet, 8 ¼ inches).

“What got us started was the discus throw in the morning,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “Avery had a big PR and Reno had a big opener for this time in the season. That mark for him was five meters further than he threw at this meet last year.”

The women’s 400m relay team won their event with a time of 44.34. That time ranks second all-time behind the school record relay that was set last year. Guillory and Hernandez were on that relay as well.

While the men’s team placed fifth all-time in Iowa history with a time of 39.49 in their 400m relay.

“Both the men and women had really good outings,” Woody said. “The women won and beat some really good teams including Ohio State and they are always a good relay team. Brittany Brown had a awesome anchor leg. She chased down two teams.”

Iowa’s third event title of the day came in the 110m hurdles. Sophomore Chris Douglas posted a time of 14.40 to place first in the event. Junior William Dougherty also set a personal-best with a time of 15.03.

Senior Will Teubel, who redshirted this past indoor season, placed fourth in the 800m with a time of 1:49.24.

“Will had a great opener and it might be his best 800m opener ever,” Woody said. “It’s good for him to get out there and compete. That should get him to the first round of the national meet with that time.”

The Hawkeyes are off next week and return to competition at the Stanford Invitational and Florida Relays on March 31.

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Cyclones Ready For Outdoor Season

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU
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The 2017 outdoor track and field season begins for the Iowa State track and field teams this weekend at the Tulsa Duels. Field events will be competed on Friday, starting at 1 p.m. The hammer throw will take place at East Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma while the pole vault and javelin will take place at Tulsa’s Hurricane Track Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday competition begins with field events at 9:30 a.m., and running events at 11 a.m.

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There will be no live video of any of the competition. Live results will be provided by TRXC Timing, here.

The start of the outdoor campaign is an entirely new season for Iowa State, with many Cyclones returning to the fold based off of eligibility for indoor or outdoor season. Six Iowa Staters are slated to make 2017 debuts this weekend, with 2016 U-20 World Championships qualifier Kelly Naumann, and senior javelin thrower Trey AchterhoffClick here to hear it leading that group.

Among the notable performers from indoor season entered to compete this weekend is Big 12 Indoors women’s weight throw bronze medalist Christabel Okeke, who is entered in the hammer throw and shot put, the men’s hurdles duo of Logan Schneider and Elijah Young, starting their seasons in the 110m hurdles and the 200-meter dash and Trever Ryen, who will be on the track this week before returning to spring football next week. Ryen is slated to run the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Iowa State Entries (As of March 16, 8:30 AM, Subject to Change)
Men
100m Dash: Jim Hoesley, Trever Ryen
200m Dash: Jim Hoesley, Trever Ryen, Logan Schneider, Kyle Werning, Elijah Young
400m Dash: Finn Hoogensen, Wyatt Rhoads, Kyle Werning
800m Run: Sam ClausnitzerClick here to hear it, Robert Wagner
1,500m Run: Sam ClausnitzerClick here to hear it, Robert Wagner
110m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Elijah Young
400m Hurdles: Davis Eldridge, Mitchell Nelsen, Will Seeser
4x400m Relay: Two Teams
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Pole Vault: Wyatt Rhoads
Long Jump: Jim Hoesley, Wyatt Rhoads
Discus: Jim Hoesley, Wyatt Rhoads
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona, Vlad Pavleko, Brett Peters
Javelin: Trey AchterhoffClick here to hear it, Jim Hoesley, Blake Hughes, Wyatt Rhoads
Shot Put: Zach Timm

Women
100m Dash: Mariah Anderson, Carsyn Spurgeon
200m Dash: Mariah Anderson, Tasha Frazier, Carsyn Spurgeon
???????400m Dash: Mariah Anderson, Aleenah Marcucci, Emma Whigham
???????800m Run: Bethanie Brown, Larkin Chapman
1,500m Run: Bethanie Brown, Kelly Naumann, Megan Schott
???????3,000m Run: Megan Schott, Jill Whitman
???????100m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier
4x400m Relay: One Team
High Jump: Katie Reeves
Long Jump: Tasha Frazier, Allanah McCorkle, Carsyn Spurgeon
???????Discus: Megan Wiese
Hammer Throw: Tessa Krempel, Ariana Kuhn, Christabel Okeke, Megan Wiese
Javelin: Juana Castelli, Aleenah Marcucci, Bailey Righi, Emma Whigham
???????Shot Put: Tessa Krempel, Ariana Kuhn, Christabel Okeke, Megan Wiese

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Knights’ Snider and Moser Shine at DIII Nationals

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Bennet Mosher-Wapello-Wartburg
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The Wartburg men’s indoor track and field team placed 29th with nine points at the National Championships hosted by North Central. Similar to the women’s team race, the title came down to the 4x400m relay. There was a tie for the overall team crown between host-North Central and UW-LaCrosse with 34 points.

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Bennett Moser earned All-American honors yesterday and Cody Snider joined him with those honors with his sixth-place finish in the 800m run finals.

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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ISU’s Staebler and Luque Earn All-American Awards

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Iowa State closed out the indoor track and field season and day two of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday. The evening was highlighted by Jasmine Staebler earning First Team All-America honors with her sixth place finish in the 800-meter run. Also on the women’s side, Jhoanmy Luque earned her second Second Team All-America honor in as many days with a ninth-place effort in the triple jump.

Staebler’s sixth-place finish earned the Iowa State three team points, allowing them to finish tied for 47th in the team standings.

The pace was always going to be too much for Staebler, with the current and previous NCAA record holder in the event in the field. The Cyclone sophomore ran her own race, staying near the back and in seventh at the bell, she was able to pick off Stanford’s Olivia Baker down the front stretch to take sixth in 2:04.08. Staebler earned First Team All-America honors, her first career All-America, and the 11th time ISU has earned All-America honors in the women’s 800.

A challenging Friday in the long jump pit was put in the rearview mirror by Luque on Saturday in the triple jump. She got on the board on her first leap at 42-4 1/4, and made a nice move up the board on her second leap at 43-3 3/4 to put her in fifth. However, a third-jump foul gave her some nervous moments as she waited to make sure she stayed in the final, which she did in seventh.

 Jhoanmy Luque-ISU  ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Her final round started out slow, with a foul and a non-improving 43-1 1/2, but the competition stayed behind her as she was in seventh heading into the final round. She hit her best leap to finish at 43-4 1/4, but improvement by the competition behind her saw her drop to ninth and just miss out on First Team All-America honors.

Luque’s ninth place finish does give her another Second Team All-America honor, her second of the weekend and sixth total All-America honor of her career. She is the first Cyclone woman to earn All-America honors in the women’s triple jump.

Unfortunately for Iowa State’s men’s 4×400-meter relay team, the season ended on a sour note, as the Cyclones had to take a DNF. It was still a historic season for the quartet of Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Roshon Roomes and Jaymes Dennison, who broke the Iowa State school record in the event at 3:05.61 and finished fourth in the Big 12 in the event.

Up Next
The indoor track and field season is over, but the outdoor season begins next weekend. Iowa State starts the outdoor season at the Tulsa Duels next Friday and Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

NCAA Track & Field Team Scores
Women: 1. Oregon – 84; T-47. Iowa State – 3

Iowa State Results
800m Run Final (W): 1. Raevyn Rogers, Oregon – 2:01.09; 6. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:04.08
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Texas A&M – 3:02.80; Iowa State (Fogltanz, Kelly, Roomes, Dennison) – DNF

Triple Jump (W): 1. Keturah Orji, Georgia – 46-3 1/2; 9. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 43-4 1/4

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

Hawks Crown 8 All-Americans

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2017

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
©Jim Kirby 2017

The University of Iowa track and field team named eight All-Americans at the NCAA Indoor Championships inside Gilliam Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics by Jack Rossi, click here! Feature photo: Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Iowa finished the weekend with six first-team All-Americans and four second-team All-American honors. The team entered Saturday with three events set to compete for NCAA Championships: junior Brittany Brown (200-meters), senior Aaron Mallett (60-meter hurdles), and the men’s 400-meter relay.
Brown earned her first indoor first-team All-American honor with a fifth place finish in the 200-meters. She finished with a time of 22.92. She is the first indoor All-American in the 200-meters since Yolanda Hobbs in 1995.
“She competed extremely well today,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “She is still figuring out how she runs the race on a banked track. I am really proud of her after coming off injury last year and putting it all together. Coach Roberts has done a great job of getting things ready for this championship.”
After a good start, Mallett stumbled on a hurdle and ended up finishing eighth. However, he did grab his third straight indoor first-team All-American honor.
“It is disappointing,” Woody said. “He expects a lot more from himself. He tried to do too much, sometimes that helps you, sometimes that hurts, and today it hurt him. We will take this as motivation for outdoor season.”
The meet ended with the men’s 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, freshman Collin Hofacker, sophomore DeJuan Frye, and sophomore Mar’yea Harris finishing fifth place overall with a time of 3:05.60.
“We have a team that could have been top-three,” Woody said. “We were a little behind when Mar’yea got the stick and the gap opened up for him but just a little too late. If it opened up earlier I think he would have caught both teams ahead of him.”
With the conclusion of the indoor season, the Hawkeyes are taking little time to relax before the outdoor season begins.
“They will be fired up,” Woody said of the quick turnaround. “Outdoor season starts right now, so we will take a little break next week, but the training starts for outdoor right now. We believe that we have the athletes outdoor that can do damage in the Big Ten Championships and get a lot more qualifiers into NCAAs.”
Iowa begins the outdoor season next weekend at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Arizona.
ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

1st TEAM
Aaron Mallett: 60-meter hurdles
Brittany Brown: 200-meters
Emmanuel Ogwo: 4x400m Relay
Collin Hofacker: 4x400m Relay
DeJuan Frye: 4x400m Relay
Mar’yea Harris: 4x400m Relay
2nd TEAM
Carter Lilly: 800-meters
Mar’yea Harris: 400-meters
O’Shea Wilson: Long Jump
Jahisha Thomas: Long Jump

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

Mizzou’s Schweizer Completes “Amazing Weekend”

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

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

Mizzou Track and Field junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) closed out her 2017 indoor season with a second place finish in the 3,000m run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in College Station, Texas. With the second place finish and a national title in the 5,000m run Friday night, Schweizer recorded the third and fourth NCAA All-America honors of her career.

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In the women’s team standings, Mizzou finished in eighth place with 18 points, its third top-10 finish at the NCAA Indoor meet in program history and its highest finish since 2001, when the Tigers finished seventh. Mizzou also finished eighth at the NCAA Indoor meet in 1989.

“Just an amazing weekend for Karissa and our program,” said assistant coach Marc Burns. “She had quite a bit of pressure on her coming off the Cross Country National Championship, but I think she did a great job of focusing on the process and really taking one race at a time and executing game plans over the weekend. That’s a testament to the hard work she has put in throughout the year and all the people who have helped her get to where she is. Winning a national title is a tough thing to do, for her to do that in the 5K on Friday night, then come back less than 24 hours later and finish second in the 3K is very impressive.”

“I’m ecstatic to finish in second place,” said Schweizer following the race. “Obviously I wanted to win, but I’m proud to be where I’m at right now.”

Schweizer pushed the pace in the 3K race, leading for a majority of the race before the rest of the field caught up with around five laps to go. With just two laps remaining, Schweizer once again kicked out to the front of the pack, causing a two-legged race between the Tiger junior and Colorado’s Dani Jones. Schweizer crossed the finish line at 9:09.33, a mere .13 seconds behind Jones, who finished with a time of 9:09.20.

The two-time NCAA Champion now shifts her focus to the 2017 outdoor season, where the Tigers distance team will begin the season at the Stanford Invitational, March 30-April 1 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics

Schweizer National Champion Again in the Indoor 5K

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

The women’s 5000 title went to Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer, who outkicked Michigan’s Erin Finn and Notre Dame’s Anna Rohrer. It was only fitting because Schweizer blew past those same women for the NCAA XC individual title in November. Schweizer clocked a time of 15:19.14 on Friday, which stands as the 3rd fastest time in meet history and the 6th fastest time in collegiate history.

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Libby Schnoor-Camanche-Cornell
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NAIA  2017 Indoor Championships Re-Cap

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Kevin Pottebaum

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
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The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 2, 3 and 4.

Feature photo: Libby Schnoor-Camanche-Cornell
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The state of Iowa was well represented with a number of athletes from several schools bringing home All American honors.

In the Men’s team race, St. Ambrose finished 4th, Northwestern 19, Dordt 22, Morningside 31, Graceland 37 and William Penn 51.

On the Women’s side, Northwestern finished 12th, Dordt 17, St. Ambrose 25, Clarke and Morningside 37.

Complete NAIA meet results, click here! 

 

Earning All American honors with a top 8 finish were:

  • Michael Ohioze, St. Ambrose: 2nd 400M and 8th 200M
  • Robert IronShell, Briar Cliff: 8th 400M
  • Aaron Lemon, Northwestern: 8th 600M
  • Peter Hollinger, Northwestern: 6th 800M
  • Tim Rose, Northwestern: 4th Mile Run
  • Jordan Strand, Northwestern: 7th Heptathlon
  • Jacob Green 7th and Jason Kenny 8th, both of Morningside in 1,000M
  • Anthony Peters, 1st, and Emilio Mancha, 2nd, St. Ambrose, 3,000M Race Walk
  • St. Ambrose Men, 4×400 5th
  • Morningside Men, 4×800, 5th
  • Dordt Men, DMR, 4th
  • Northwestern Men, DMR, 8th
  • Jacob Moats, Dordt: 3rd High Jump
  • Cedric Shell, Graceland: 4th Triple Jump
  • Derek Seddon, William Penn: 5th Weight Throw
  • Cole Connell, St. Ambrose: 4th Heptathlon
  • Jordan Strand, Northwestern: 7th Heptathlon
  • Miranda Velgersdyk, Dordt: 6th 400M
  • Rebekah Muilenburg, Northwestern: 5th 600M
  • Kelsey Lewis, Dordt: 7th 800M
  • Katie Bosch, Northwestern: 4th 1,000M
  • Michelle Mumm, Morningside: 5th 1,000M
  • Jenny Lopez, St. Ambrose: 4th 3,000M race Walk
  • Katharine Newhoff, St. Ambrose: 6th 3,000M Race Walk
  • Dordt Women, 4×400 Relay, 6th
  • Dordt Women, 4×800 Relay, 3rd
  • Northwestern Women, 4×800 Relay, 4th
  • St. Ambrose Women, 4×800 Relay, 8th
  • Northwestern Women, DMR, 3rd
  • Morningside Women, DMR, 8th
  • Danielle Wubben, Dordt: 5th Long Jump
  • Brandi Hosford, St. Ambrose: 7th Triple Jump
Jahisha Thomas-Iowa
©Jim Kirby 2017

D1 and D3 Iowans Set For Nationals

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa © Darren Miller-hawkeyesports.com)

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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The state of Iowa will be well represented at the D1  and D3 Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend!  The D1 championships will be held in College Station, Texas and the D3 championships will be held in Naperville, IL.

Feature photo: Jahisha Thomas-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2017

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Former Sioux City East prep, Carter Lilly, is part of a large University of Iowa contingent headed to Texas A&M for the D1 Indoor championships.

For the Hawkeye entries, click here!

 

Former Clayton Ridge prep, Jasmine Staebler, is among the Iowa State entries headed to the NCAA Championships. For the Cyclone entries, click here!

 

UNI’s Brandon Carnes is among the favorites to earn All American honors at the D1 Championships.  For the Panther entires, click here!

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2017

Dowling Catholic grad, Karissa Schweizer, is having an amazing 2016-17.  She started it off in the fall by winning the NCAA Cross Country title, and now finds herself among the favorites in both the 3k and the 5k heading in to the NCAA Indoor Championships. For the Tigers entries, click here!

 

 

 

DIII

The Iowa Conference has qualified 45 to the D3 Indoor National Championships, many of which are former Iowa preps, click here!

 

 

Washington University, St. Louis, is sending a large squad to the D3 Indoor Championships.   This group will include for Iowa City West prep Ashley  Knudson. Click here!

 

 

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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More Honors For Panther’s Carnes

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Luke Lu

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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Senior Brandon Carnes was honored today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association be being named the Division I Midwest Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.

Courtesy Panther Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Panther Athletics

The regional award comes on the heels of Carnes repeating his individual championships in the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes, becoming the first athlete in Missouri Valley Conference to win both the 60 and 200 four consecutive years.

The Bradenton, Fla. native earned the MVC Most Outstanding Track Athlete honor for the second year in a row at the championship meet, earning his 13th and 14th MVC individual titles. The senior won the 60 meter dash at the MVC Championships with a time of 6.60, narrowly missing his PR time of 6.59, followed by a 21.30 in the 200 meter dash to come away victorious.

Carnes qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row in the 60 meter dash after he ran his career-best time of 6.59 at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in January. The time of 6.59 ranked him in the top-three in the nation and top-10 in the world along with breaking both the UNI and and MVC records.
The senior was also dominant in the 200 meters during the indoor season, claiming the school record at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11. His time of 21.03 broke the time of 21.15 that was set by Dirk Homewood in 2003.

Carnes is set to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships this week in College Station, Texas. The meet runs March 11-12.

Houlinan Doubles and Sowinski Dominates at USATF Nats

Shelby Houlihan -SC East-ASU © Michael Scott 2016, www.miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Shelby Houlihan -SC East-ASU
© Michael Scott 2016, www.miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

When someone is way better than you, there’s not much you can do, a lesson the women in the two-mile were taught by Shelby Houlihan tonight. Last night’s mile — which Houlihan won thanks to a 2:06.98 final 800 and 28.78 final lap — proved that Houlihan had the best kick in this field and set her up as the favorite. And unfortunately for her two-mile competitors, Houlihan is also a 2016 Olympian at 5,000 meters with a 15:06 PR, so dropping her early in this race — at altitude, no less — was not going to be an option. As a result, Houlihan was able to dictate the race, chilling out until 600 meters to go, at which point she gradually increased the pace before ripping the field apart with a 29.91-second final lap. It was a truly dominant performance, and one that gave Houlihan her second national title in a 24-hour span.

Courtesy www.letsrun.com, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan -SC East-ASU © Michael Scott 2016, www.miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com 

The race started extremely slow (over 6-minute mile pace the first 800) and remained slow through the mile (5:39 for 1618m) when Katie McMenamin of the Roots Running Project decided to make it an honest race. McMenamin upped the tempo to sub-35-second laps and would lead until 600 to go. That is when Houlihan decided she had had enough and made her move to complete the double. McMenamin, Heather Kampf, Sara Sutherland, and Katie Mackey tried to respond to Houlihan but it was futile. Sutherland was still with Houlihan at the bell but Houlihan was clearly best the final lap and powered away to her second title in two days as Kampf passed Sutherland for second and Mackey got 4th ahead of McMenamin.

Results *Lap By Lap Splits
1 Shelby Houlihan 10:19.14 Nike / Bowerman TC
2 Heather Kampf 10:21.80 ASICS / Team USA Minn.
3 Sara Sutherland 10:22.49 Saucony
4 Katie Mackey 10:22.78 Brooks
5 Katie McMenamin 10:24.80 Roots Running Project
6 Emily Lipari 10:44.62 Boston Athletic Association
7 Rachel Schilkowsky 10:46.20 rabbit
8 Emily Oren 10:46.35 Oiselle
9 Katrina Coogan 10:48.51 New Balance
10 Ayla Granados 10:52.38 rabbit / Strava TC
11 Patricia Terry 11:19.75 Texas Elite TC

Houlihan was clearly the best female distance runner in Albuquerque this weekend
Houlihan came into the meet in terrific shape after a training block in Flagstaff this winter, and with her biggest threats — Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury, Kate Grace, Brenda Martinez — skipping the meet, there was no one to stop her from dominating the competition this weekend. Though her winning times were not impressive (4:45 and 10:19 for the mile and two-mile), Houlihan’s closing speed was, not only for how fast it was but how strong and powerful she looked on the last lap of each race.
Rowbury, Grace and Simpson are better in the 1500 than anyone the U.S. is going to trot out at 5,000 meters this summer (comparatively), so if Houlihan wants to make it to Worlds, her best bet is the 5,000. But after her success in the mile this year indoors, it may make sense for her to test the 1500 a few times outdoors before deciding on an

There was a nice mix of new and veteran faces claiming titles on the final day of the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque. In the mid-distance events, Erik Sowinski (1:15.07) and Ajee Wilson (1:23.84) claimed their third and fourth indoor titles, respectively, while Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy won the 1000 (2:18.60) to go with the outdoor 800 crown he earned last summer. Charlene Lipsey (2:37.97 1000) and Ben Blankenship (3:59.22) became first-time champions, while Shelby Houlihan capped off a dominant weekend by adding the two-mile title (10:19.14) to the mile title she won on Saturday night.
The 60 hurdles were headlined by a pair of outdoor world record holders, with Keni Harrison and Aries Merritt living up to the billing. Harrison overcame a so-so start to win her first U.S. title in 7.81(how crazy is that – her first US title and she is a WR holder) while Merritt won his third — but first since undergoing a kidney transplant in 2015.
Other winners on the day included Ronnie Baker in the 60 (6.45) and Olympic medallists Sandi Morris in the pole vault (4.70m/15-5) and Michelle Carter in the shot put (19.03m/63-5.25). World Indoor champion Vashti Cunningham also claimed her second straight U.S. high jump title (1.96m/6-5) at the tender age of 19.

Erik Sowinski-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Erik Sowinski-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

Erik Sowinski

Cas Loxsom is the world record holder* at this event, but he isn’t the 2017 USATF Indoor champion as Erik Sowinski got the win in a personal best of 1:15.07. That’s national title #3 for Sowinski, who wishes that USATF holds nationals in Albuquerque every year — all three of his national titles have come on this track.
Unlike the women’s 600, which featured two women head and shoulders above the rest, there were several guys in this field who figured to have a shot at winning, which made the positioning key at 200 meters. It was converted 400 runner Chris Giesting who broke best, hitting 200 in 23.56, with Shaquille Walker, 19-year-old phenom Donavan Brazier and Sowinski behind him. Loxsom was in fifth place on the inside, and if he was to win another national title, he would have to pass four men over the next 400 meters. Giesting continued to lead through 400 in 48.19 as places 2-3-4 shuffled up; at the bell, it was Brazier, Sowinski and Walker behind Giesting in that order with Loxsom remaining in fifth.
The backstretch of the final lap was where the race was decided. Sowinski entered it in third, but he had room to step out and move past Walker and Giesting into the lead before the final turn. Loxsom, on the other hand, found himself blocked by the men in front of him and unable to pass.
Loxsom finally freed himself on the turn and swung wide on the homestretch, but at that point Sowinski had put too much ground on him and despite a heroic final 50, Loxsom had to settle for second. Sowinski crossed the line in 1:15.07, shaving .44 off the PR he set yesterday to move up to #4 on the all-time list, with Loxsom finishing just behind in 1:15.18.

Results *Lap by Lap Splits
1 Erik Sowinski 01:15.07 Nike
2 Casimir Loxsom 01:15.18 Brooks
3 Shaquille Walker 01:15.39 Brooks
4 Russell Dinkins 01:15.86 NYAC
5 Chris Giesting 01:15.96 HOKA NJNYTC
6 Donavan Brazier 01:16.10 Nike
Not running this race in lanes makes it way more interesting
Loxsom got the unfortunate draw of lane #1 and that made it hard for him to get in position after the first 200m. He could never recover. Sowinski has the most experience racing professionally indoors and he put that knowledge to use.

 The world best could have gone down if this was a two-man race
Sowinski said afterwards he felt that he was capable of running faster as he was cut off with 300 to go, and Loxsom definitely could have run faster if he hadn’t been boxed in. If you had put them together in a two-man race today, we’d have been surprised if the world best (1:14.91) didn’t go down.
*Officially, the IAAF does not recognize a world record for the indoor 600, so Loxsom’s mark is a “world indoor best”

 

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2017

Schweizer Packs For Nats at College Station

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics 2017

Mizzou Track and Field junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) was selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 10-11, in College Station, Texas. Schweizer, who will make her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor meet, is set to compete in the 3,000m run and 5,000m run.

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The top-16 declared entries and top-12 declared relay teams from marks set this season qualified for the Indoor Championships.

Schweizer has carried her stellar cross country season over into the 2017 indoor season, cultivating in two conference titles at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend. Schweizer was named the Cliff Harper Trophy winner at the meet for being the top female scorer (20 pts), marking the first time a Mizzou athlete, male or female, has won the award. The Tiger junior captured the 3,000m run conference title on Feb. 24, finishing with a time of 9:18.32, then won the mile run on Feb. 25, crossing the finish line at 4:37.44.

With conference titles in the mile run and 3,000m run, Schweizer became the first Mizzou athlete to capture two individual titles at a conference meet since 1989 when Teri LeBlanc won the Big Eight Outdoor 100m hurdles and heptathlon.

Schweizer currently holds the fourth-fastest time in the nation in the 5,000m run (15:37.40) and the 11th-fastest time in the 3,000m run (9:06.60). Just two short weeks after capturing the NCAA National Championship in cross country, Schweizer smashed the Mizzou indoor 5,000m run program record by finishing at 15:37.40 at the Boston University Season Opener on Dec. 3, surpassing the previous school record of 16:33.30, which was set by Susan Bliss in 1990. On Feb. 10, Schweizer ran a 9:06.60 in the 3,000m run at the Iowa State Classic, a time which ranks second in indoor program history.

According to the preliminary schedule, Schweizer is slated to race in the 5,000m run at 8:20 p.m. CT on Friday, March 10, and in the 3,000m run at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. A live stream of the event will be available through ESPN3 on March 10 starting at 5:25 p.m. CT, and March 11 starting at 3:55 p.m. CT. A re-airing of the championships will take place on Sunday, March 12, beginning at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

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

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones Represent at Nationals

 Jhoanmy Luque-ISU  ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

The Iowa State track and field team will be represented by three individual entries and a relay at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10-11, the NCAA announced Tuesday night. The Cyclone women, who are ranked No. 20 in the country by the USTFCCCA, will be represented by Jhoanmy Luque (long jump, triple jump) and Jasmine Staebler (800-meter run). The ISU men will have its school-record 4×400 relay team of Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Roshon Roomes and Jaymes Dennison competing for the Cardinal and Gold.

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The Cyclone women’s team and its return to the top-25 has come via the strong performances of Luque and Staebler. Luque, who was the Women’s High Point Scorer at last weekend’s Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships after her sweep of the long jump and triple jump crowns, is returning to indoor nationals for a second-straight season after qualifying for the meet last season. Staebler will be making her NCAA Indoors debut at Texas A&M.

Luque, set personal bests en route to her pair of conference titles last weekend. In the long jump, the Venezuelan leaped 21-5 1/4, just a quarter of an inch off the school record. In the triple jump, Luque posted a career-best effort of 44-9 1/2. The efforts marked the first conference titles of her career for the three-time All-American. Luque will be the No. 4 seed for both competitions.

Staebler, a sophomore, is the No. 8 seed for the women’s 800-meter run, which will have its semifinal on Friday, March 10, to get into the Saturday final. The Big 12 runner-up in the 800, Staebler set Iowa State’s school record in the event with a 2:03.08 at the Iowa State Classic on February 11.

The men’s 4×400-meter team consists entirely of newcomers to the Iowa State program, and they have all made an impact. A pair of JUCO transfers, a Division III transfer and a walk-on who was on the Iowa State Club Track Team last year. The quartet has come together to re-write ISU’s history in the mile relay. At the Alex Wilson Invitational on February 18, the group delivered on their promise to break the Cyclone school record with a 3:05.61. The group will be the No. 11 seed in the final event of the competition on Saturday, March 11.

Paige Knodle-UNI
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Knodle Joins Hawkeye Staff

Page Knodle-UNI ©Mike Brynes

Page Knodle-UNI
©Mike Brynes

Paige Knodle has been named interim assistant coach for the University of Iowa track and field program, UI director of track and field and cross country Joey Woody announced Thursday.

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Knodle joins the Hawkeyes after working as an assistant coach at Iowa State. Her primary responsibilities will include working with the men’s and women’s multi-event athletes, hurdles, and vertical jumps.
“I am really looking forward to being a part of the Iowa staff,” Knodle said. “They are very established on the national stage and I am excited to be a part of a program that is this well-known and keep moving it forward.”
“I am looking forward to having another set of eyes and have another person around who has a great skill set in all those event areas,” Woody said. “In college, her strengths were in the hurdles and the multi-events.”
Knodle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 after an illustrious collegiate career. She was a four-time team captain, 18-time All-MVC honoree with six individual conference titles, three MVC Most Valuable Athlete of the Meet honors, two Most Outstanding Field Athletes of the Meet awards, two Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet honors, and a two-time first team All-American (2014, 2016).
“She is a hard worker,” Woody said. “I have had the opportunity to watch her compete throughout her career. I have always had a lot of respect for the program at UNI and she will bring a lot to our program.”
Knodle graduated from Northern Iowa in 2016 with a degree in exercise science.