Diavonte Smith-UNI @Panthers Athletics 2018

Panthers Add New Sprints and Hurdles Coach

Diavonte Smith-UNI @Panthers Athletics 2018

Diavonte Smith-UNI @Panthers Athletics 2018

UNI track and field head coach Dave Paulson announced the addition of Diavonte Smith to the UNI coaching staff where he will coach sprints and hurdles.

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“We are excited to welcome Diavonte and his family to the Cedar Falls,” head coach Dave Paulson said.  “His commitment to the student-athletes both on and off the track fits our mission of developing well-rounded individuals and the environment he creates in practice will push our sprints and hurdles crew to a higher level.”
Smith comes to UNI after a year-long stint as a volunteer assistant at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders finished fifth in the 2018 Men’s NCAA Outdoor Championship and sixth in the 2018 Men’s NCAA Indoor Championship. He coached the 2018 NCAA 200m National Champion Divine Oduduru. He also mentored six NCAA Big 12 Champions and six NCAA West Regional Qualifiers.
Prior to his time at Texas Tech, he worked as a volunteer assistant for Central Michigan. He coached two athletes that earned All-Conference MAC honors and two school records were set under his tutelage.
Prior to his time as a coach at Central Michigan, he was a two-time All-MAC performer for the Chippewas. He qualified for the 2013 NCAA East Regional in the long jump.
“His experience as a student-athlete at Central Michigan and his time at Texas Tech will be big for our athletes,” Paulson said. “He knows they operate at the highest level and how to create a really competitive environment at practice and push our sprinters and hurdlers to the next level.”
Smith is joined in Cedar Falls by his wife and two children. It was important for Smith in his transition to find a place that his family would feel welcome.
“UNI reminds me a lot of Central Michigan,” Smith said. “Cedar Falls has a comfortable feel to it which is exciting for our family. I love the smaller school. It is a great opportunity to help UNI get to the next level and that was really appealing to me.”
In his short time on campus, he has already seen the potential for great things from the sprinters and hurdlers on the roster.
“We have a really hungry group of athletes,” Smith said. “They know where they are at, and they know where they want to get. I am excited to help them reach their goals and get on the podium, starting at conference and advancing to the regionals and the NCAA Championship.”
The Panthers are off for winter break but resume the indoor season on Jan. 12, at the Iowa Invite in Iowa City.
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High School Indoor Track Meet Schedule

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Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa
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Hawks’ Wensel Makes Immediate Impact

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa ©Brian Ray Hawkeye Sports

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa
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Junior Laulauga Tausaga opened the University of Iowa track and field indoor season with a school record and win in the weight throw (20.19m, 66′ 3″), and junior Antonio Woodard set the UI Rec Building record to win the 300 meters (32.89) at the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Saturday.

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“Lauga seems to break the school record in every meet,” Iowa head coach Joey Woodysaid. “She’s keeping the same trend going as she did last year. She’s one of the biggest leaders on the team, not just with her performances, but she’s also a great leader, very charismatic person. It’s fun to see her have some success.

“Then seeing Antonio go out and have a great meet today, he’s a guy that continues to work hard and is dedicated and focused on training, and taking care of his body. It was fun to watch him run back-to-back 60 meters and come back to break the track record.”

The event was the first December competition that the Hawkeyes have hosted, and success was around every turn.

“It was a long day, but it was fun,” Woody said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had the Jimmy Grant Invitational. It’s exciting to honor our former coach Jimmy Grant. We came away with some great performances.”

Tausaga and Woodard added two more wins in the shot put (16.46m, 54′ 0″) and 60 meters (6.88), respectively.

“I know there is a lot more in the tank,” Tausaga said. “Practices have been going very well, and Coach [Eric Werskey] wanted us to start off like we never ended the last season. To come out, PR, and break the school record was amazing and it just sets me up for some damage that can help the team.”

Woodard added similar thoughts.

“I can’t complain, it was a pretty good day,” he said. “I was a little tired going into the 300 meters, but I was like ‘I’m just going to lay it all out there and forget about what I’m feeling right now. This is bigger than what I’m feeling right now. This is the home track. Everyone’s watching.’ I wanted to do what I could and make my team and coaches proud.”

Eight more Hawkeyes earned wins, including Jenny Kimbro with the third fastest 60-meter hurdles time (8.34) in Iowa history, Reno Tuufuli in the shot put (18. 04m, 59′ 2 1/4″), Taylor Arco (1:32.82) and Mar’yea Harris (1:18.77) in the men’s and women’s 600 meters, Daneisha Woodside in the 500 meters (1:17.03), Antonise Christian in the 60 meters (7.64), and James Carter (14.53m, 47′ 8″) and Hannah Schlib (12.10m, 39′ 8 1/2″) in the triple jump.

The 1,600-meter relay teams including Raymund Clarke, Austin Leitz, Tyler Olson, and Mar’yea Harris (3:13.34) for the men, and Payton Wensel, Daneisha Woodside, Mariel Bruxvoort, and Aly Weum (3:47.73) added two more wins for Iowa.

“We expect to compete at a high level, especially when we’re at home,” Woody said. “We want to win every race. It doesn’t matter if it’s heat one, two, three or four. I just want my athletes, when they’re going head-to-head, to win their event, win their heat, their flight, or whatever because that’s how they are going to continue to grow.”

The success continued for the team with nine Hawkeyes setting career bests. Tausaga, Arco and Kimbro’s wins in the weight throw, 600 meters, and 60-meter hurdles earned their top marks. Additional career bests came from Josh Braverman in the 60-meter hurdles, Tia Saunders (1:33.30), Alexis Gay (1:37.72), Lindsay Welker (1:38.57), and Matt Manternach (1:18.79) in the 600 meters, and Macie Weber in the 1,000 meters (3:00.83).

The Hawkeyes return to the UI Rec Building January 11-12 to host the Hawkeye Invitational.

Will Daniels-Central
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Central’s Daniels Poised to Repeat in Multis

Will Daniels-Central ©Dutch Athletics 2018

Will Daniels-Central
©Dutch Athletics 2018

It may be four months until the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, but Central College junior Will Daniels is primed and ready to repeat as the heptathlon national champion after setting a new school record at the Doane College (Neb.) Happy Holidays Multi-Event.

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Tallying up 5,423 points across the seven-discipline competition, Daniels not only exceeded the school record, he also recorded the No. 3 mark ever in Division III. Distancing himself by 471 points over the second-place finisher, Daniels was the meet champion.

“I’m sure he’s happy about the school record,” associate head coach Jim Fuller said. “It’s Will’s first school record. He’s solidly in the national meet, we won’t have to think about it the rest of the indoor season.”

In the pole vault, he cleared 14 feet, 1.25 inches. That effort matches his career-best effort from the outdoor season and is a foot better than anything he ever has done indoors.

“He got on the same pole as he did at last year’s outdoor national meet when he jumped that high before, but he didn’t need a 20-mph tailwind,” Fuller said. “I was happy with the way he vaulted.”

In the 60-meter hurdles, he finished in 8.70 seconds while he completed the 1,000-meter run in 2 minutes, 57.89 seconds.

“It was his third or fourth best hurdle time, but he ran more under control and a little more precise than he has in the past,” Fuller said. “The 1,000 is not his strongest event, but he did okay. The whole field went out slow, but Will finished really well.”

H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse on Central’s campus is the site of the Dutch Holiday Preview next Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with field events.

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake 
©Doug Wells

Brogan Austin Surprises Field For USATF National Title

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake ©Doug Wells

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake
©Doug Wells

Emma Bates ran away from her competition early Sunday morning in Sacramento, while Brogan Austin surprised the field with a furious finish, as the duo won the women’s and men’s title at the USATF Marathon Championships.

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The 2018 USATF Marathon Championships, hosted by the California International Marathon, are the tenth and final stop of the USATF Running Circuit season.

From the early miles Sunday, Bates set her pace and every other runner in the field decided to let the former NCAA champion go ahead.

Through the first 10 km, Bates established a 20 second lead, well ahead of the pack, while Bruce, Crouch, Krifchin and Lauren Masterson all ran together, 30 seconds up on the second chase pack.

 

With her victory, Bates passed Sara Hall for the lead of the USATF Running Circuit overall standings. Adding a whopping 37.5 points to her point total, Bates easily claimed the overall circuit title with 96.5 points, while Bruce’s effort added another 30 points to her total, giving her 60 points, moving her into third place overall.

Similar to Bates, Matt Llano would push the pace early on the men’s side, building a tremendous lead that looked at one point to be insurmountable. In the first 20 km, Llano built up a nearly one minute lead over the field, while looking strong and in control. Veteran Sergio Reyes and Wilkerson Given would give chase, putting themselves up 30 seconds on the large chase pack, which consisted of 20 men.

Over the next 5 km, Llano’s lead would continue to grow. Given and Reyes maintained their 2-3 positions, while the chase pack started to shake out a bit but still held more than 10 men in the pack.

By 35 km, Llano had a minute lead over Reyes, who dropped Given and the chase pack of ten men followed a minute behind him. With such little real estate left in the race, it seemed as though Llano was going to run away to a big win with a great time.

But then things started to shift. Llano started to slow and the large chase pack started to drive to the finish. Austin shot to the front of the group and hammered his way up to Reyes. Once he caught Reyes, his sight was set on Llano, a surprise to those watching along the streets of Sacramento and at home on USATF.TV.

With only a half mile to go, Austin continued to charge. Stride by stride Llano would lose his lead and Brogan could sense time was running out, one last push had to be made.

Shifting into one final gear, Austin passed Llano, and frantically ran through the line, crossing the finish victoriously in one of the finest finishes of the year for an American distance runner. The former Drake University runner finished in 2:12:38, while Llano had to settle for second in 2:12:59, having made the race and taken a calculated risk early that nearly paid off.

The chase pack continued to roll behind Austin and Llano, as a large group of runners worked together much of the way. ZAP Fitness Reebok teammates Josh Izewski and Joseph Stilin placed third and fourth in fantastic times of 2:13:14 and 2:13:19, putting a gap on fifth place Brendan Gregg of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project over the final mile. Gregg would finish fifth in 2:13:26.

Brian Shrader took home sixth in 2:13:38, while 2017 fourth place finisher Anthony Costales earned another top ten performance in seventh with a mark of 2:13:28. Mick Iacofano finished eighth in 2:13:46, while Martin Hehir and Jarrett LeBlanc placed ninth and tenth, each crossing the finish in 2:13:49.

Iowa Men's Cross Country
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It’s Been a Long Road to Nats For Hawk’s Mylenek: By Darren Miller

 Nathan Mylenek-Iowa ©Brian Ray/Hawkeyesports.com 2018

Nathan Mylenek-Iowa
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Nathan Mylenek ran in high school to stay in shape for soccer. He will run Saturday to become a collegiate All-American.

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Mylenek, a junior from Clarkston, Michigan, is the first University of Iowa men’s cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Jeff Thode in 2011. He did so by finishing third at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 9 in Peoria, Illinois, the best placing by a Hawkeye since Micah VanDened won in 2006.

In other words, Mylenek has come a long way since his prep days as a soccer player running for fitness.

“I would love to be an All-American,” he said. “If the race runs right and I’m feeling good, I think the top 40 is reasonable. But this meet is elite. If I could crack the top 100, that would be impressive.”

Then Mylenek quickly offered a disclaimer.

“I don’t race to be top 100, I want to win,” he said. “I will put myself into position to win whether or not I have a shot.”

The evolution of Mylenek as an elite Division I distance runner is remarkable. Primarily a soccer player at Pontiac Notre Dame High School, his final three seasons he joined the cross country team once soccer season ended. Still, in three trips to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state championships, he had finishes of 21st, fifth, and third.

“My senior year I was doing a double sport, so they moved the soccer times,” Mylenek said. “I would run after school, have an hour break, and then go to soccer practice. I did that for an entire year and it was awesome.”

In the summer of 2015, before his senior year of high school, Mylenek competed in AAU track and field meets. The steeplechase was an option, so in typical Mylenek fashion he thought, why not? He became a Junior Olympic All-American in the 1,500-meter run and the 2,000 steeplechase.

Mylenek, who began his career at Iowa as a walk-on, really broke through in running circles during his sophomore season at Iowa in 2017-18. He was the top Hawkeye in five of six cross country competitions and set the school 10K cross country record of 29:53.15 at the Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa. At the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, Mylenek finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase and fifth in the 5,000 run.

He hasn’t slowed since.

Mylenek led the Hawkeyes in the three most recent races this fall: Wisconsin Pre-Nationals, Big Ten, and Midwest Regional.

Typically not one to fret before a race, Mylenek admitted to having a few butterflies at regionals until he stepped to the starting line.

“Normally I’m never nervous or worried,” he said. “So when the starter blew the whistle, I put my toe on the line and I was ready.”

Mylenek and Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank anticipated a slower pace because of cool temperatures and a muddy course. They were right. Mylenek led the first half of the 10 kilometer race and stayed within striking distance, even after Iowa State junior Edwin Kurgat and Oklahoma State freshman Isai Rodriquez passed.

“What he did the other day was pretty difficult because he is used to doing short, fast stuff — miles and steeplechase, where you have to be aggressive,” Hasenbank said. “To see him execute 10,000 meters with a couple of the best guys in the entire country was exciting to watch.

“We talk about developing your skillset as a distance runner. When you step on the line, you like to believe that your tool kit is as good as anyone’s. You’re the fastest 800 guy, you’re pretty solid at 10,000 meters, and your specialty is somewhere in between.”

Only six Hawkeyes have run to All-America status in cross country. The first was Deacon Jones in 1957 and the most recent was Thode in 2010. Former coach Larry Wieczorek (1966-67) and Kevin Herd (1992-93) did it twice.

The men’s 10K at the NCAA Championships begins Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (CT) on the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. Runners who finish in the top 40 earn All-America accolades.

“I’m hoping we run through 5K at a good clip and then that’s when the race really starts,” Mylenek said. “If that happens, I think I have a good shot to do what I want to do…if not better.”

1985 ISU Women's Cross Country Team
©Cyclones Athletics

Memory of the 1985 ISU XC Team: Tami Prescott

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.

Feature photo:1985 ISU Women’s Cross Country Team©Cyclones Athletics

 

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team ©Jim Kirby 2017

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team
©Jim Kirby 2017

In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015

(interview begins at 1:00 in)

 

ISU Women's XC
©Cyclones Athletics-2017

D1 and D3 National Qualifiers

Cailie Logue-ISU ©Cyclones Athletics

Cailie Logue-ISU
©Cyclones Athletics

Representing the state of Iowa at the D3 Cross Country Championships at UW Osh Kosh Saturday will be:

Feature photo: ISU Women’s XC©Cyclones Athletics-2017

Teams:

  • Wartburg Men and Women

Individuals:

  • Alec Bass-University of Dubuque
  • Mason Wicker, Cuyler Gabriel and Austin Bach-Cornell
  • Kassie Rosenbum-Loras
  • Miranda Kruiswyk-Central

Complete list of D3 qualifiers:

http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/11/featured/field-announced-for-ncaa-division-iii-cross-country-championships

In the D1 Championships, also Saturday, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Teams:

  • Iowa State Men and Women

Individuals:

  • Nathan Mylenek-Iowa

Full list of D1 qualifiers:

http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/11/featured/ncaa-di-cross-country-championships-field-set

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama
©Amelia B. Barton

Yanek Getting Back in Form For the Tide at Regionals

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama © Amelia B. Barton-2016

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama
© Amelia B. Barton-2016

In the women’s championship, junior Esther Gitahi led the Tide with a 29th-place finish in 21:16.7 over the 6,000-meter course. Fellow juniors McKenzie Yanek (21:33.4) and Rebecca Buteau (21:42.0) finished 39th and 50th, respectively, while senior Nicole Gardner (21:45.9) finished 54th and sophomore Maddie Dearborn finished 72nd in 22:11.7 to round out the scoring for UA.

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“We ran a fantastic race today,” women’s distance coach Will Palmer said. “We showed a lot of fight and executed our game plan. It was good to finish strong and move up a couple of team places over the last 2,000 meters. It’s exciting to end the season that way. We kept fighting and ran as a team. That’s a good lesson to take into the offseason.”

Alabama finished eighth as a team in the women’s meet. Florida State and Florida finished 1-2 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

NCAA South Regional

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Apalachee Regional Park

Tallahassee, Fla.

Host: Florida State University

 

Women’s 6,000 Meters Team Results

1. Florida State (60)

2. Florida (54)

3. Ole Miss (87)

4. Georgia Tech (144)

5. Georgia (165)

6. Vanderbilt (183)

7. Tennessee (221)

8. ALABAMA (231)

Alabama Individual Women’s Results

29. Esther Gitahi, 21:16.7

39. McKenzie Yanek, 21:33.4

50. Rebecca Buteau, 21:42.0

54. Nicole Gardner, 21:45.9

72. Maddie Dearborn, 22:11.7

120. Megan Patton, 23:07.0

Call Logue-ISU
©Michael Scott 2017 http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Iowans Help Cyclones on to Nationals

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Darren Miller-Hawkeyesports.com 2018

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
©Darren Miller-Hawkeyesports.com 2018

Women

The No. 15 Iowa State women’s cross country team cruised to its third NCAA Midwest Regional title in a row, and its seventh in the last eight seasons. The Cyclones tallied 78 team points, which was 62 points better than second-place Oklahoma State (140).

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With their victory, the Cyclones have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., next Saturday, Nov. 17.

Individual Big 12 Champion, Cailie Logue, added to her hardware today. Logue was the individual Midwest Regional Champion with a 6k time of 20:13.5. Logue was at the front of the pack all day before jumping out to the lead in the last 1k.

Joining Logue in earning All-Region honors were Anne Frisbie and Amanda Vestri. Frisbie and Vestri were in that lead pack with Logue. Frisbie finished with a time of 20:29.1 for sixth place and Vestri finished in 20:53.7 for 12th.

Head coach Amy Rudolph received an outstanding performance from senior Abby Caldwell. After being in 75th place at the 2k mark, Caldwell fought her way up, finishing just outside of All-Region contention with a 27th place finish in 21:17.6.

Kelly Naumann, Karly Ackley and Larkin Chapman rounded out the Cyclone Regional lineup. Naumann finished 32nd in 21:23.8, Ackley took 57th with a time of 21:38.2 and Chapman posted a 58th-place finish with a time of 21:38.3.

It was a clean sweep for Iowa State. On the men’s side, Edwin Kurgat claimed the individual title while leading the men’s team to back-to-back Midwest Regional team championships.

Iowa State is off to the NCAA Championships. The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m. CT next Saturday from Madison, Wisc.

Team Results (Top-Five)
1. Iowa State, 78

2. Oklahoma State, 140
3. Minnesota, 185
4. Illinois, 203
5. Northwestern, 205

Individual Results
1. Cailie Logue, 20:13.5
6. Anne Frisbie, 20:29.1
12. Amanda Vestri, 20:53.7
27. Abby Caldwell, 21:17.6
32. Kelly Naumann, 21:23.8
57. Karly Ackley, 21:38.2
58. Larkin Chapman, 21:38.3

Men

The No. 6 Iowa State men’s cross country team successfully defended its NCAA Midwest Regional title on Friday. The Cyclone men were nothing short of dominant, scoring 38 team points, which was 64 points better than second-place Bradley, who hosted the event.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here!

 

With their victory, the Cyclones have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wisc., next Saturday, Nov. 17.

Big 12 Champion Edwin Kurgat picked up right where he left off at the conference championship. Kurgat was patient in finding the lead, but once he did, he would not relinquish it. Kurgat led the final 3k of the race. He finished with a 10k time of 30:41.6 to claim the individual Midwest Regional crown.

In total, the Cyclones placed six runners on the All-Region medal stand, with Kurgat leading the way.

Andrew Jordan and Dan Curts were neck and neck as they crossed the finished line. Ultimately, Jordan would edge Curts, finishing 6th in 31:03.4 Curts took 7th in 31:03.6. With their finishes, Jordan and Curts were awarded as All-Region performers

Chad Johnson and Milo Greder were next across the finish line for the Cyclones. Johnson, who is just a freshman, finished 11th individually in 31:12.5. Greder finished just behind Johnson in 13th with a time of 31:17.3. Both were All-Region performers.

ISU’s final runner to cross the finish line in the top-25 to earn All-Region honors was John Nownes. Nownes finished 21st in a time of 31:23.1.

It was a clean sweep for the Iowa State cross country programs. Cailie Logue raced to the women’s individual title, while the women secured their third Midwest Region championship in a row, and there seventh in the last eight seasons.

Iowa State is off to the NCAA Championships. The men’s race will begin at noon CT next Saturday from Madison, Wisc.

Team Results (Top-Five)
1. Iowa State, 38

2. Bradley, 102
3. Tulsa, 107
4. Oklahoma State, 124
5. Minnesota, 173

Individual Results
1. Edwin Kurgat, 30:41.6
6. Andrew Jordan, 31:03.4
7. Dan Curts, 31:03.6
11. Chad Johnson, 31:12.5
13. Milo Greder, 31:17.3
21. John Nownes, 31:23.1
123. Zach Black, 33:19.5

Trey Thompson-Ogden-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2018

Thompson All-Conference On the Course and In Class

Trey Thompson-Ogden-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2018

Trey Thompson-Ogden-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2018

Senior cross country runner Trey Thompson has helped the Storm get to the front of the pack in the championship season. Placing sixth out of 175 runners, Thompson earned the first all-conference honors of his career and he helped the Storm place fifth overall at the American Rivers Conference Championships.

Courtesy Storm Athletics by Madison DePover, Staff Writer, click here! Feature photo: Trey Thompson-Ogden-Simpson©Jim Kirby 2018

 

Thompson graduated from Ogden High School, where he ran on the cross country team. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit and having a great recruiting experience with head Coach Heath Moenck. Thompson, who is a mathematics major and secondary education minor, knew he was also coming to a school with strong programs he was interested in.

“When I went on an overnight visit in November, I really bonded with the team members and got along with all the team members,” Thompson said.

When Thompson was a freshman at Simpson, the regional team the year before returned every member. Thompson came in wanting to be at the top of the junior varsity team with that knowledge in mind—but by the end of the year, he was the third runner on the varsity team.

“The first year, I did not expect to be on varsity,” Thompson said, “When we had our first race freshman year, and I was the fifth runner, taking out some of the seniors in the roster. The whole year, I kept moving up and ended the year third on the team.”

Thompson had to keep working hard going into the next year, since he was No. 3 on the team.

“My sophomore year, I was already the third runner, and the first was a senior and junior.  They end up becoming my best friends, and we were all trained together that summer,” he said.

“It was our goal to change the culture of the team to be a winning team. In the past we were a team that was all in the middle of the pack, not at the top as a team.”

Thompson also continued his personal success right away his sophomore year by winning the home meet. He said the experience he gained during his freshman year helped him know what to expect going in to his second year.

“Also, I changed my race strategy to run harder and having the coaches to help me out a lot with that,” he added.

Now in his senior year, Thompson is the No. 1 runner for the Storm and one of the top runners in the conference.

“I think a lot of that is how in cross country, seniority is a big deal and making sure every single year you get better, since it is always senior heavy on the top,” Thompson said. “As everyone graduated, I waited my turn and moved up every year, and got aerobic running training under your legs and your lungs.”

An important part of Thompson’s training was not expecting too much out of himself right away. He said his goal freshman year was to be one of the top freshman and so on for every consecutive year.

“So when I get to senior year, I am the top runner, or at least try to be,” Thompson said. “I like that philosophy a lot, to work at your level and just keep everyone behind you and stay at your level working up.”

Thompson said he has not had a flawless running career but has been able to deal with his failures and not let them affect him negatively.

“You need failures to be successful,” he said. “Everyone thinks that is has been all success, since I came from a small school, but I have had failures before I was successful each time. I have had great senior leaders every year and I was able to fail behind them succeeding and saw what they did to ad on and make myself better.”

Leaving a different team then what he joined, Thompson will leave a lasting legacy on the team.

“I hope that I left the team full of hard workers that love to run. When I was younger, there were a lot of self-centered people that only really had personal goals and starting last year, we had big team goals, and everyone had team goals in the beginning,” Thompson said.

On Nov. 10, the team will travel to Waverly to compete in the regional meet.

“My personal goal is to qualify for nationals,” Thompson said. “For the team, we want to get as low as possible in the rankings, be in the top ninth to better our last year finish of 10.”

Minnesota Women's Cross Country
©Golden Gophers Athletics 2017

Prescott Earns Sportsmanship Award

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota ©Golden Gophers 2017

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
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Gophers Bethany Hasz and Megan Haszearned All-Big Ten honors and Elyse Prescott was named Minnesota’s B1G Sportsmanship Award recipient as the Big Ten Conference announced its individual award recipients and sportsmanship honorees on Tuesday after Sunday’s Big Ten Cross Country Championship.

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B. Hasz earned a place on the All-Big Ten First Team after leading the Gophers at the B1G Championship with a fifth-place finish, marking the highest Big Ten finish of her career after she placed 10th a year ago and was 20th as a freshman in 2016. She posted a career-best 6K time of 20:14.1 to move into fourth on Minnesota’s all-time 6K performers list.

Meanwhile, M. Hasz clocked a season-best time of 20:30.5 to finish 12th overall and earn her third All-Big Ten cross country award of her career with a place on this year’s second team.

The Big Ten Conference has also announced that Michigan head coach Mike McGuire has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wolverine rookie Anne Forsyth was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 20, following the NCAA Championship.

Prescott was named one of 14 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees as well. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Before beginning the NCAA postseason at the NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 9), Minnesota wraps up the regular season by hosting Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Course this Sunday, Nov. 4. The open 6K race begins at 10:30 a.m. CT. The race is open to the public with a registration fee of $10 and online registration is available now.

UNI Women's Cross Country Team
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Iowans Help Panthers at MVC

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UNI junior Wal Khat finished eighth and sophomore McKayla Colefinished 12th to lead both teams to fifth-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the Newman Golf Course Saturday.

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Khat finished with a time of 24:24.2, his fastest time of the season by more than 30 seconds. He was with the leaders for most of the race before the top finishers pulled away over the final two kilometers. He earned all-conference honors for his efforts.

Alex Jackson was second for the Panthers at 26th with a time of 25:20.49, CJ Maywas 30th at 25:39.82, Drake Henrichs finished 37th with a time of 25:50.71 and Logan Murray closed the scoring for the Panthers at 38th with a time of 25:53.56.

UNI finished with an average time of 25:24 and a spread of 1:29. The Panthers closed with 136 points which tied Southern Illinois in points, but UNI won the tiebreaker.

On the women’s side, Cole finished with a time of 17:45.4, the fastest time of her career. She was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Gabby Champion also put up a career-best with a time of 18:01.9 to finish 19th place overall. Tess Roorda was 23rd with a time of 18:13.9, Alyssa Williamsfinished 27th with a time of 18:18.7 and Gabby Skopec closed the scoring with a time of 18:24.9.

As a team, the Panthers closed with an average of 18:08 and a spread of 0:39. UNI closed with 111 points just four spots back of fourth-place Indiana State.

The Panthers now prepare for the NCAA Regional Meet which will take place on the same course as Saturday’s meet on Nov. 9.

Iowa Women's Cross Country 2018
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Hawkeye Men Women Impress at Conference

University of Iowa junior Nathan Mylenek led the men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish Sunday at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. Mylenek placed 11th overall (24:00.5) in the 8,000 meters, earning second team all-conference honors and leading the Hawkeyes to their best finish since 2009.

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The women placed ninth in the 6,000 meters, their highest finish since 2011. Senior Andrea Shine led the women, placing 15th overall in a career best 20:35.4.

QUOTING COACH HASENBANK
“A wonderful performance by the men’s team today. Two years ago this group was dead last in the Big Ten. I am very proud of how they competed. Nate [Mylenek] got us going up front with an 11th-place finish, and then the rest of the squad competed like warriors. We wanted to get out and establish ourselves early, and we did that today.

“I am so proud of Dan Soto’s performance. This is a guy who came off a great summer of training, led the squad most of the season, and his IT band flared up on him. I felt terrible for him. Fantastic effort considering he has not run since Wednesday. Many, many athletes would not have gone to the line with this type of adversity. He is a team player in every sense of the word.”

“This was the women’s best finish since 2011 and the men’s best finish since 2009. It is a great marker for how far we have come in just two years. Behind Andie [Shine] and Megan [Schott], we had four freshman across the line. If you look at the clock, you will see that this group improved dramatically from our meet here early in the season.

“What can I say about Andie, 82nd in this meet as a freshman, 66th as a sophomore, 29th last year and now 15th. What a career and what a great message to send to our young team. Her determination has built her into a championship runner. She tried to win the race today and showed tremendous courage. She is quite a story.”

NOTABLES
Mylenek improved by 17 places from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, when he placed 28th.
Eight of the men’s nine competitors recorded career best 8,000-meter times, including Mylenek (24:00.5), Brandon Cooley (24:36.9), Ian Eklin (24:58.7), Noah Healy (25:24.5), Bailey Hesse-Withbroe (25:05.2), Daniel Murphy (24:37.0), Spencer Smith (24:59.8), and Karson Sommer (24:40.5).
Shine improved 14 spots from the 2017 Big Ten Championships, placing 15th in 2018.
On the women’s side, four Hawkeyes set 6,000 meters personal bests, including Shine (20:35.4), Ashley Bryja (22:35.3), Kylie Latham (22:52.8), and Jessica McKee(22:11.5).

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COMPLETE RESULTS
Women’s 6,000 Meters Results
Andrea Shine, 15th, 20:35.4
Megan Schott 41st, 21:16.8
Anna Hostetler, 50th, 21:33.9
Grace McCabe, 67th, 21:59.8
Jessica McKee, 74th, 22:11.5
Jordan Winke, 79th, 22:13.8
Ashley Bryja, 89th, 22:35.3
Kylie Latham, 98th, 22:52. 8
Macie Weber, 122nd, 24:15.1

Men’s 8,000 Meters Results
Nathan Mylenek, 11th, 24:00.5
Daniel Soto, 32nd, 24:33.6
Brandon Cooley, 35th, 24:36.9
Daniel Murphy, 36th, 24:37.0
Karson Sommer, 39th, 24:40.5
Ian Eklin, 52nd, 24:58.7
Spencer Smith, 54th, 24:59.8
Bailey Hesse-Withbroe, 60th, 25:05.2
Noah Healy, 75th, 25:24.5

Iowa State Women's  XC 2018
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Cyclone Men and Women Claim Conference Titles!

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The No. 17 Iowa State women’s cross country team captured its seventh Big 12 Championship in the last eight seasons Friday afternoon at the ISU Cross Country Course. The Cyclones made it three consecutive conference titles, winning the 2018 crown with a team score of 35 points, 27 points clear of second place Oklahoma State (52).

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Sophomore Cailie Logue was the individual Big 12 Champion. Logue dethroned two-time defending Big 12 Champion Sharon Lokedi of Kansas. Logue found her stride and reeled off a memorable final 1K that carried her across in the finish line in first place in 19:53.8.

Logue becomes Iowa State’s first Big 12 Champion since 2015 when Perez Rotich took home the individual title.

First-year women’s head coach Amy Rudolph‘s team poured in an outstanding group effort. Iowa State accounted for five of the top-11 runners individually,

Senior Anne Frisbie and sophomore Amanda Vestri finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Frisbie finished in a time of 20:26.3, followed closely by Vestri in 20:26.3. This is the third time Frisbie has earned All-Big 12 honors and Vestri’s second time.

Also earning All-Big 12 recognition for Iowa State was senior Kelly Naumann and sophomore Larkin Chapman. Naumann crossed the finish line in 20:51.2 for a tenth-place finish and her second All-Big 12 finish, and Chapman finished 11th with a time of 20:51.3.

To make the Iowa State victory even more significant, the Cyclone men also captured their second-consecutive Big 12 title.

Iowa State turns its focus to the NCAA Regional meet. The Cyclones will head to Peoria, Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9 to defend their Midwest Regional Final and look to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Iowa State Results
1. Cailie Logue – 19:53.8
6. Anne Frisbie – 20:26.3
7. Amanda Vestri – 20:35.8
10. Kelly Naumann – 20:51.2
11. Larkin Chapman – 20:51.3
23. Karly Ackley – 21:08.0
29. Abby Caldwell – 21:23.0
31. Morgan Gigandet – 21:25.5
44. Adriana Krammerer – 21:45.1
45. Gwynne Wright – 21:45.5

Team Scores
1. Iowa State – 35

2. Oklahoma State – 52
3. Kansas – 90
4. West Virginia – 96
5. Texas – 113
6. Oklahoma – 207
7. Texas Tech – 217
8. TCU – 223
9. Baylor – 238
10. Kansas State – 240

Men

The No. 6 Iowa State men’s cross country team brought home its second-consecutive Big 12 championship on Friday morning at the ISU Cross Country Course. The Cyclones captured the 2018 conference title with a team score of 32 points, edging second-place Oklahoma State by eight points (40).

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Junior Edwin Kurgat was crowned the individual Big 12 Champion to become Iowa State’s first-ever Big 12 individual champion. Kurgat was neck-and-neck with Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez for much of the race before eventually pulling away from the Cowboy down the stretch to cross the finish line in 23:21.6.

Just like the 2017 Big 12 Championship performance, head coach Martin Smith received a full team effort from his squad. In total, Iowa State accounted for five of the top-11 finishers in the race.

All-American Andrew Jordan earned his third-straight All-Big 12 honor with a fifth-place finish in 23:45.9. Senior Dan Curts was close behind in sixth place with a time of 23:50.3. This marks the second time that Curts has been recognized as an All-Conference performer.

After an outstanding postseason in 2017, sophomore Milo Greder picked up where he left off. Greder took ninth individually in a time of 24:11.4 to earn All-Big 12 honors for the second-straight season. Cyclone rookie Chad Johnson finished 11th in 24:14.4 to round out the Cyclone lineup.

The men were not alone in claiming a Big 12 Championship. The Iowa State women kicked off the day with a team title as well, and Cailie Logue raced to an individual Big 12 title to give the Cyclones a clean sweep.

Iowa State turns its focus to the NCAA Regional meet. The Cyclones will head to Peoria, Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9 to defend their Midwest Regional Final and look to book a trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships

Iowa State Results
1. Edwin Kurgat – 23:21.1
5. Andrew Jordan – 23:45.9
6. Dan Curts – 23:50.3
9. Milo Greder – 24:11.4
11. Chad Johnson – 24:14.4

Team Scores
1. Iowa State – 32

2. Oklahoma State – 40
3. Texas – 70
4. Kansas – 79
5. Kansas State – 162
6. Texas Tech – 166
7. Oklahoma – 182
8. Baylor – 217
9. TCU – 246