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Thursday, June 21 USA Track & Field Championship Preview

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REIGNING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, 6 AMERICAN RECORD HOLDERS TO HIGHLIGHT FIRST-DAY ACTION

 

How’s this for an opening act on Day One of the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Drake Stadium fans will be graced by the presence of four medalists from the 2016 Olympics and seven current American record holders.

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Finals are scheduled in six events, featuring a trio of current American record holders vying for titles in field events.

 

Preliminary qualifying rounds will be held in nine running events on the blue oval with Matthew Centrowitz, reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 1,500, headlining the men’s entries.

 

There are also four women’s American record holders on the track led by Molly Huddle, who is favored in the first running final – the women’s 10,000 scheduled at 7 p.m.

 

Emma Coburn(women’s steeplechase), Jenny Simpson(2 mile) and Ajee’ Wilson(800) are expected to lead the qualifying rounds in their respective races.

 

Centrowitz, who also won the 1500 at the 2016 World Indoor Championships, returns to Drake Stadium where he won his first U.S. Outdoor title in 2013. Since then he’s also won national outdoor titles in 2015 and 2016. Centrowitz became the first American to win the gold medal in the Olympics since Mel Sheppard in 1908.

 

Native Iowans Simpson(Webster City, Iowa) and Shelby Houlihan(Sioux City, Iowa) renew their rivalry in the first round of the women’s 1500 qualifying. Houlihan, who ran in the 5000 at the 2016 Olympics, won the women’s 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26 running in a then world-leading3 minutes 59.06 seconds, while upsetting Simpson who placed third-3:59.37.

 

Simpson has won seven career U.S. Outdoor national titles including the last four straight years in the 1,500.A three-time Olympian, Simpson became the first U.S. woman ever to earn a medal at the Olympics when she placed third in the 1500 at the 2016 Games in Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil. She won the gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, while earning a silver medal in 2013.

 

Coburn, who will be seeking her seventh straight U.S. national title in the steeplechase dating back to 2011, set the American mark in the women’s steeplechase each of the last two years en route to becoming the first American woman to win the steeplechase at both the World Championships and Olympics At the 2017 World Championships in London, Coburn lowered here steeplechase mark to 9:-2.59, breaking her own American record of 9:07.63 set at the 2016 Olympics. She ranks No. 5 on the 2018 world list at 9:08.13.

 

Wilson, who won a silver medal in the 800 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships, ranks No. 2 on the 2018 world outdoor 800 list at 1:56.86 en route to a second—place finish at the Prefontaine Classic. May 26. Wilson has won six career U.S. national titles in the 800, including outdoor crowns in 2014 and 2017. She set the current American record of 1:55.61 at the 2017 Diamond League meet in Monaco.

 

First-round qualifying in both the men’s 800 and 1,500 feature all six runners who represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympics.

 

The men’s 1500 also includes Robby Andrewsand Ben Blankenship, who both competed at the 2016 Olympics, as well asLeo Manzanowho earned a silver medal in the 1500 at the 2012 London Olympics. Blankenship was fifth in the 1500 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships.

 

Clayton Murphy, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics,  joins fellow Olympic teammates Boris Berianand Charles Jockin the 800. But the trio will face strong challenges from Isaiah Harris(Penn State) whose time of 1:44.76 to win the NCAA Outdoor meet ranks No. 9 in the world as well as two-time USA Indoor champ Erik Sowinski.

 

The first round of the men’s 100 at 6:10 p.m. features four sprinters ranked among the top six on the 2018  world outdoor list along with current American record holder Tyson Gay(9.69).  Mike Rodgersand Isiah Young, rank No. 2  in the world at 9.92, while Ronnie Baker andNoah Lyles, are No. 5 on the world list at 9.93. Baker won the 60 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. Lyles won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2016 World Junior Championships and he has run a world leading 19.69 in the 200 this season.

 

Aleia Hobbs, who won thee NCAA titles for LSU this past season, will lead the women’s sprinters in the 100 prelims. Hobbs won the 100 at the NCAA Outdoor meet after earlier anchoring the women’s 4×100 relay to a title. In March she tied the NCAA Indoor collegiate 60 record.

 

American record holders Kara Wingerand Keturah Orjiare favored in the women’s javelin and triple jump respectively.

 

Winger, a three-time Olympian will compete at 5 p.m., set the existing U.S. record of 218-8 in the 2010 USA Championships at Drake Stadium. She will be seeking her eighth national title in the event capturing championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

 

Orji, who set the American record of 48-3 ¼ in the triple jump at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will jump at 5:15 p.m. She closed out her collegiate career at Georgia by winning her fourth straight NCAA Outdoor triple jump title June 9. She also became just the third woman in NCAA Division I history to claim outdoor titles in the long jump and triple jump in the same season. Orji is ranked No. 5 in the world in 2018 in the triple jump, soaring 47-11 ¾.

 

Huddletook advantage of Almaz Ayana’s world-record pace to run an American record of 30:13.17 en route to a sixth-place finish in the 10,000 at the 2016 Olympics. The former 10-time NCAA All-American is aiming for her fourth straight national title in the 10,000. She was 11thin the 5,000 at the 2012 London Olympics and won both the 5,000 and 10,000 titles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

The women’s discuss final at 2 p.m., features 2016 Olympians Whitney Ashleyand Kelsey Cardalong with 2012 Olympian Gia Lewis-Smallwood. Recent Arizona State graduate Maggie Ewenmade history by becoming just the fifth woman in NCAA Division I history to pick up outdoor titles in the shot put and discus in the same season, including being the first to do so since 2000. She captured the shot put title (62-10¾) just two days before winning the discus on her final throw (198-5). Ewen had already picked up the indoor shot put national title while setting collegiate records during the outdoor season in the hammer throw and the shot put.

 

Finals also will be held in the men’s 10,000-meter run (7:40 p.m.) featuring 2016 Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir,—the top ranked American who owns the ninth fastest time in the world this season at 27:39.65 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif., May 3. Kipchirchir was ninth in the 10,000 at the 2017 World Outdoor Championships.

 

Look for 2016 Olympian Zachery Ziemek as the decathlon begins its opening day of competition.

 

The men’s 20k race walk will conclude Thursday’s opening session starting at 8:40 p.m.

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Thursday, June 21 USA Track & Field Championship Preview-Mike Mahon

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City ©Mike Brynes 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Jenny Simpson-Webster City
©Mike Brynes 2017

REIGNING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, 6 AMERICAN RECORD HOLDERS TO HIGHLIGHT FIRST-DAY ACTION

 

How’s this for an opening act on Day One of the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Drake Stadium fans will be graced by the presence of four medalists from the 2016 Olympics and seven current American record holders.

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

 

 

Finals are scheduled in six events, featuring a trio of current American record holders vying for titles in field events.

 

Preliminary qualifying rounds will be held in nine running events on the blue oval with Matthew Centrowitz, reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 1,500, headlining the men’s entries.

 

There are also four women’s American record holders on the track led by Molly Huddle, who is favored in the first running final – the women’s 10,000 scheduled at 7 p.m.

 

Emma Coburn(women’s steeplechase), Jenny Simpson(2 mile) and Ajee’ Wilson(800) are expected to lead the qualifying rounds in their respective races.

 

Centrowitz, who also won the 1500 at the 2016 World Indoor Championships, returns to Drake Stadium where he won his first U.S. Outdoor title in 2013. Since then he’s also won national outdoor titles in 2015 and 2016. Centrowitz became the first American to win the gold medal in the Olympics since Mel Sheppard in 1908.

 

Native Iowans Simpson(Webster City, Iowa) and Shelby Houlihan(Sioux City, Iowa) renew their rivalry in the first round of the women’s 1500 qualifying. Houlihan, who ran in the 5000 at the 2016 Olympics, won the women’s 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26 running in a then world-leading3 minutes 59.06 seconds, while upsetting Simpson who placed third-3:59.37.

 

Simpson has won seven career U.S. Outdoor national titles including the last four straight years in the 1,500.A three-time Olympian, Simpson became the first U.S. woman ever to earn a medal at the Olympics when she placed third in the 1500 at the 2016 Games in Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil. She won the gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, while earning a silver medal in 2013.

 

Coburn, who will be seeking her seventh straight U.S. national title in the steeplechase dating back to 2011, set the American mark in the women’s steeplechase each of the last two years en route to becoming the first American woman to win the steeplechase at both the World Championships and Olympics At the 2017 World Championships in London, Coburn lowered here steeplechase mark to 9:-2.59, breaking her own American record of 9:07.63 set at the 2016 Olympics. She ranks No. 5 on the 2018 world list at 9:08.13.

 

Wilson, who won a silver medal in the 800 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships, ranks No. 2 on the 2018 world outdoor 800 list at 1:56.86 en route to a second—place finish at the Prefontaine Classic. May 26. Wilson has won six career U.S. national titles in the 800, including outdoor crowns in 2014 and 2017. She set the current American record of 1:55.61 at the 2017 Diamond League meet in Monaco.

 

First-round qualifying in both the men’s 800 and 1,500 feature all six runners who represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympics.

 

The men’s 1500 also includes Robby Andrewsand Ben Blankenship, who both competed at the 2016 Olympics, as well asLeo Manzanowho earned a silver medal in the 1500 at the 2012 London Olympics. Blankenship was fifth in the 1500 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships.

 

Clayton Murphy, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics,  joins fellow Olympic teammates Boris Berianand Charles Jockin the 800. But the trio will face strong challenges from Isaiah Harris(Penn State) whose time of 1:44.76 to win the NCAA Outdoor meet ranks No. 9 in the world as well as two-time USA Indoor champ Erik Sowinski.

 

The first round of the men’s 100 at 6:10 p.m. features four sprinters ranked among the top six on the 2018  world outdoor list along with current American record holder Tyson Gay(9.69).  Mike Rodgersand Isiah Young, rank No. 2  in the world at 9.92, while Ronnie Baker andNoah Lyles, are No. 5 on the world list at 9.93. Baker won the 60 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. Lyles won the gold medal in the 100 at the 2016 World Junior Championships and he has run a world leading 19.69 in the 200 this season.

 

Aleia Hobbs, who won thee NCAA titles for LSU this past season, will lead the women’s sprinters in the 100 prelims. Hobbs won the 100 at the NCAA Outdoor meet after earlier anchoring the women’s 4×100 relay to a title. In March she tied the NCAA Indoor collegiate 60 record.

 

American record holders Kara Wingerand Keturah Orjiare favored in the women’s javelin and triple jump respectively.

 

Winger, a three-time Olympian will compete at 5 p.m., set the existing U.S. record of 218-8 in the 2010 USA Championships at Drake Stadium. She will be seeking her eighth national title in the event capturing championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

 

Orji, who set the American record of 48-3 ¼ in the triple jump at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will jump at 5:15 p.m. She closed out her collegiate career at Georgia by winning her fourth straight NCAA Outdoor triple jump title June 9. She also became just the third woman in NCAA Division I history to claim outdoor titles in the long jump and triple jump in the same season. Orji is ranked No. 5 in the world in 2018 in the triple jump, soaring 47-11 ¾.

 

Huddletook advantage of Almaz Ayana’s world-record pace to run an American record of 30:13.17 en route to a sixth-place finish in the 10,000 at the 2016 Olympics. The former 10-time NCAA All-American is aiming for her fourth straight national title in the 10,000. She was 11thin the 5,000 at the 2012 London Olympics and won both the 5,000 and 10,000 titles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

The women’s discuss final at 2 p.m., features 2016 Olympians Whitney Ashleyand Kelsey Cardalong with 2012 Olympian Gia Lewis-Smallwood. Recent Arizona State graduate Maggie Ewenmade history by becoming just the fifth woman in NCAA Division I history to pick up outdoor titles in the shot put and discus in the same season, including being the first to do so since 2000. She captured the shot put title (62-10¾) just two days before winning the discus on her final throw (198-5). Ewen had already picked up the indoor shot put national title while setting collegiate records during the outdoor season in the hammer throw and the shot put.

 

Finals also will be held in the men’s 10,000-meter run (7:40 p.m.) featuring 2016 Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir,—the top ranked American who owns the ninth fastest time in the world this season at 27:39.65 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif., May 3. Kipchirchir was ninth in the 10,000 at the 2017 World Outdoor Championships.

 

Look for 2016 Olympian Zachery Ziemek as the decathlon begins its opening day of competition.

 

The men’s 20k race walk will conclude Thursday’s opening session starting at 8:40 p.m.

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Hawks Set New Heights at Nationals

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Men 

Reno Tuufuli sat ninth at the NCAA Championships with one heave of the discus left in his junior season at the University of Iowa.

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“He said, ‘If I stay in ninth, I don’t walk away with any (All-American) hardware (awarded to the top eight placewinners),” Iowa throws coach Eric Werskey said.

So, Tuufuli literally took matters into his own hands. The native of Las Vegas gripped a discus that had been on the receiving end of more than 45 minutes of steady Oregon rainfall and threw it 189 feet. The mark thrust him from ninth to fifth on the leaderboard and Tuufuli earned his second consecutive first-team All-America accolade in the event.

“That is the best part of my day, having my best throw be my last throw,” said Tuufuli, who threw 196-feet, 2-inches last year on a much drier Hayward Field. “I lined my final throw up pretty well; I took a deep breath and made sure all the energy I was putting into the throw was going into the right aspects.”

Tuufuli opened with a toss of 178-3 and followed that with a mark of 183-2. He fouled on his final throw of the second flight and again on the first attempt of finals.

“It all started with my fourth throw, which I smacked, and I think I threw over the 60 (meter) line, but I fouled it,” Tuufuli said. “I tried to do it again on my fifth throw (181-4), I just got a little too excited.”

Tuufuli was the final competitor for the Hawkeye men’s track and field team for the 2018 season. In the process, he added four team points to the five that teammate Mar’yea Harris received moments earlier with a fourth-place effort in the 400 meter dash. Iowa finished tied for 31st in the final standings.

“It shows he is a competitor,” Werskey said of Tuufuli’s final throw. “Reno is a team guy and he knows what is on the line.”

Tuufuli has such high expectations, that a second straight fifth-place finish in the discus didn’t sit particularly well.

“It means I didn’t have as good of a meet this year as I did last year,” Tuufuli said. “If I threw what I did last year, I would have been second.”

Luke Vaughn, a senior from Memphis, won the discus with a mark of 198-2. Five of the top eight finishers are from the Big Ten Conference.

The result in the discus comes two days after Tuufuli placed 23rd in the shot put.

“I had to come to the discus with higher expectations,” he said.

Five of the eight first-team discus All-Americans return next season when the NCAA Championship are held at Mike A. Myers Track in Austin, Texas. That is the venue where Tuufuli threw a career-best 203-7 in 2017.

“I think it will be fruitful senior season for him,” Werskey said. “He has a good mojo (in Austin). He has to clean up a few things technically, stay healthy, and have his mind on the prize of being a national champion.”

Tuufuli’s mind is already there.

Women 

“The goal is to win everything and be able to say I put my best effort into every competition,” he said. “I am trying to mature as a thrower, an athlete, and a person.”The University of Iowa women’s track and field team reached its highest finish in program history with a 13th place finish on the final day of the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Iowa tallied 19 points, the most points in program history, with the help of senior Jahisha Thomas and sophomore Laulauga Tausaga earning first team All-America honors for the second time this week.
The Hawkeyes previous best finish was 20th place in 2006 and 1985.

 

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THOMAS GOES OUT ON TOP
Two days after Thomas finished third in the long jump, she returned to place sixth in the triple jump despite battling through rain and hail.

“That was definitely one for the books,” Thomas said. “That rain was something serious, but we all competed in the same conditions. My first jump was a bad jump, but I knew I had something there and then I had a solid jump on my second attempt and that turned out to be my best one. I felt the potential in my body.”

Thomas is Iowa’s only first team All-American in the triple jump.

It’s not the end for Thomas, she will get to wear the Iowa uniform one last time in three weeks.

“I still have the British trials in about three weeks so I get to wear the uniform one last time,” she said.

TAUSAGA PLACES 4TH IN THE DISCUS
After a surprise fourth place finish in the shot put on Thursday, Tausaga provided a repeat performance in the discus. She recorded a best mark of 183-11 to become a first team All-American in the event for the second consecutive year.

“I came into the discus and I proved that I can throw with the best girls in the country again, but there is a lot of work to be done but I am happy where I am standing,” Tausaga said.

Tausaga only had two legal throws, but made them count even as the weather seemed to shift every 15 minutes.

“It has more of a mental factor,” Tausaga said. “Personally, when I see rain I start to panic, but I held through and I got to sixth and then bumped up to fourth. I got lucky with being able to finish fourth.”
UP NEXT

A group of Hawkeyes will head to Des Moines, Iowa, for the USATF Championships June 21-24.

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Schweizer Ends Mizzou Career With Sixth Championship

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Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs(Bloomington, Ill.) each closed the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on a high note, as Schweizer captured her sixth NCAA title in the 5000m run, while Jacobs finished fifth in the discus. Schweizer’s national title was her 10th career All-America finish, which matches Kearsten Peoples for the most in program history. Jacobs’ fifth-place discus finish made her a two-time discus All-American, the first to accomplish that feat in school history.

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TEAM SCORES

The duo’s finishes, along with Schweizer’s third-place finish in the 10,000m run on Thursday netted Mizzou 20 team points and an 11th-place finish for the women’s team, its highest NCAA Outdoor finish in program history. The top-15 finish surpasses Mizzou’s 17th-place finish from 2017 when Mizzou scored 14 points.

KARISSA SCHWEIZER

Schweizer and the lead pack remained close together for the majority of the race before space starting opening up over the final 800 meters. Around 500 meters to go, Schweizer was briefly surpassed by Stanford’s Vanesa Fraser, but Schweizer was able to regain the lead on the final lap and take the title, as she crossed the finish line at 15:41.58. Schweizer’s 16 points at the meet were tied for the third-most at the meet, trailing only Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen and Georgia’s Keturah Orji, who each scored 20 points.

Schweizer becomes the sixth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back outdoor 5000m titles, following Valerie McGovern (Kentucky, 1989-90), Jennifer Rhines (Villanova, 1994-96), Amy Skieresz (Arizona, 1997-98), Lauren Fleshman (Stanford, 2001-03) and Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth, 2012-13). Schweizer’s finish is the third outdoor 5000m national title in program history, as Schweizer’s back-to-back performances are joined by Sabrina Dornhoefer’s title in 1985.

Schweizer closes her career as one of the most decorated student-athletes all-time in Mizzou history, as she ends with six national titles, 10 All-America honors, eight conference titles, six school records, and one collegiate record. Each of those marks rank first in program history expect for the conference titles, where she ranks second behind Dornhoefer’s nine.

GABI JACOBS

In the discus, Jacobs placed fifth at the NCAA Outdoor meet for the second year in-a-row after producing a mark of 55.47m (182-0) with her first throw. The throw put Jacobs in the lead after one throw in the event, and was good enough to snag fifth overall. The fifth-place finish matches Jacobs’ finish in 2017 as the best discus finish in program history, as she becomes the first two-time discus All-American in program history. Mizzou has now earned five All-America honors in the discus, as Jacobs is joined by Cindy Kaiser (1977), Erica Brooks (1992, 10th), Kearsten Peoples (2012, 6th) and her own fifth-place finish in 2017.

After closing her junior campaign, Jacobs is now a two-time All-American, two-time conference champion and the school record holder in the discus. She also holds program top-10 marks in the indoor and outdoor shot put.

QUOTABLES

Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer

On if she had enough left to make a finishing kick…

“Going into the race, my coach told me that I was going to have to kick, but to know you I have another gear and no matter how tired I would be, I was going to have that extra gear. I just really dug deep and I knew I had that in me. Coming down that final stretch just felt surreal.”

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

RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS

5000m Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 15:41.58 // 10 points

RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS

10,000m Run, Women – 5. Gabi Jacobs, 55.47m (182-0) // 4 points

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Gustafson Big Showing For Bowling Green at Nationals

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Bowling Green State University’s Aliyah Gustafson and Rachel Walny concluded their seasons Thursday evening at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Gustafson finished 15th in the shot put and Walny placed 18th in the 10,000.

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For Gustafson, the result makes her a second team All-American for the second time in her career, adding to the same honor from the indoor national championship this year. She was an honorable mention All-American during the 2016 outdoor season. Walny earned honorable mention All-American status for the second consecutive year in the 10,000.

SHOT PUT

  • Aliyah Gustafson finished 15th in the shot put with a distance of 16.47m (54-feet-0.5).
  • Gustafson’s best toss was her first and she was sitting in ninth place after that throw, the would-be last spot to finals.
  • She was unable to improve upon her distance on her second throw and dropped to 10th place. Once again, Gustafson could not improve on that opening throw on her third attempt, dropping to 15th.
  • Gustafson’s finish was nine spots higher than she finished at the outdoor national championships two years ago when she made her first appearance. She did not qualify a year ago.

10,000

  • Rachel Walny placed 18th in the 10,000 with a time of 34:19.02.
  • At the 3,000m mark, Walny was sitting in last place but she slowly worked her way up the leaderboard over the final 7,000 meters.
  • Walny’s 18th place finish equals her result from a year ago when she also placed 18th.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

  • “There were a lot of positives to the year. Starting during indoor season, we placed third at the MAC Championships and Aliyah Gustafson became our first qualifier to nationals since 2001. Then, we had two athletes here for the first time in 20 years and we have to be appreciative of that. We have a young, talented group coming back next year.” – Head Coach Lou Snelling
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Staebler and Luque All-Americans For Cyclones

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The Iowa State women’s track and field team started their NCAA Outdoor Championships with a pair of Second Team All-America honors Thursday evening at Hayward Field.

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Jhoanmy Luque earned her 11th career All-America honor, earning Second Team All-American via her 11th place finish in the long jump at 20-9 3/4 (6.34m). In the women’s 800-meter run, Jasmine Staeblerearned Second Team All-America honors with her 14th place finish in 2:06.29. Staebler is now a four-time All-American in her Iowa State career.

Luque fouled on her first jump, but ensured she was on the board on her second effort, going 19-8 3/4 (6.01m). The pressure was on the Venezuelan heading into the final jump, as she was sitting 17th while needing to get into the top-9 for three more jumps. Luque did what she could, with her effort of 20-9 3/4 (6.34m) moving her up to seventh at the time, but ending up in 11th and out of the final.

Luque’s 11th place finish earned her Second Team All-America honors, the 11th All-America distinction of her career. She will look to add to her collection one more time in the triple jump on Saturday evening.

The pressure was on the third heat of the women’s 800, as a pair of fast heats before them meant that getting into the top-two became a priority. Staebler was sixth at the bell, keeping herself on the outside to keep herself from getting into traffic, though that meant more ground to cover. Staebler got clear track heading down the front stretch, but she was edged at the line, finishing third in her heat in 2:06.29. Staebler’s 14th place overall finish earned her Second Team All-America honors, her second of the season as she was also a Second Team All-American indoors.

Up Next
The men are back in action tomorrow, with Edwin Kurgat running for Iowa State in the final of the 5,000-meter run. Competition on the track will start at 7:30 p.m. Central, with Kurgat’s race going off at 9:25 p.m. Central. Friday’s running events will be shown on ESPN.

Iowa State Results
800m Run Semifinal (W): 1. Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M – 2:02.55; 14. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:06.29

Long Jump (W): 1. Keturah Orji, Georgia, 21-10 3/4 (6.67m); 11. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 20-9 3/4 (6.34m)

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Hogs’ Jacobus 9th at NCAA’s Decathlon

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After finishing day one of the Decathlon in 11th and 14th-place, respectively, Derek Jacobus and Gabe Moore wrapped up the men’s decathlon Thursday afternoon with a ninth and 16th-place finish, respectively, at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships on the campus of the University of Oregon.

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“I think the attitude and the effort of both Derek [Jacobus] and Gabe [Moore] was phenomenal,” said assistant coach Travis Geopfert.

“Both are great young men that are highly motivated and came out here and gave it their best, especially in some adverse conditions. There was literally a third of the decathlon field that didn’t finish the competition, eight of the 24 guys did not get through all 10 events. Those guys came out here today and ran into headwinds in the hurdles but kept competing, kept fighting, kept clawing.

I was particularly pleased with Gabe’s hurdle race and then his third attempt in the discus with two fouls so clutch, just an unbelievable high-pressure situation and he stepped up and got it done. he did great. Derek competed great, was dinged up a little bit but just never stopped competing and kept fighting and is the consummate teammate and competitor,

I can’t say enough about that guy. I know Gabe is upset with finishing outside the top-eight, but Gabe is a highly motivated young man. He’s a competitor and sometimes life just throws you some challenges, and I’m very confident that he’s going to step up to that challenge in a positive manner. the future is very bright for that young man,” Geopfert continued.

Name (Place) 100-meters Long Jump Shot Put High Jump 400-meters 110-meter hurdles Discus Pole Vault Javelin 1,500-meters Total Points (Behind Leader)
Gabe Moore (9th) 11.02 7.06m (23′-2″) 14.05m (46′-1.25″) 1.92m (6′-3.50″) 49.51 14.86 45.97m (150′-10″) 4.51m (14′-9.50″) 57.25m (187′-10″) 4:57.73 7,670 (-666)
Derek Jacobus (16th) 10.93 7.36m (24′-1.75″) 13.22m (43′-4.50″) 1.89m (6′-2.25″) 49.29 16.25 36.43m (119′-6″) 4.41m (14′-5.50″) 46.90m (153′-10″) 4:44.61 7,236 (-1100)
Jacob Smith-Burlington ND-UNI
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Panther’s Smith-First Team All-American

Jacob Smith-Burlington ND-UNI ©DarrenMiller/hawkeyesports.com

Jacob Smith-Burlington ND-UNI
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UNI track and field’s Jacob Smith earned First Team All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 50.60 seconds.

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“I could not be more proud of what Jacob has accomplished this year,” said head coach Dave Paulsen. “He’s as hard of worker and as tough of a competitor as I’ve ever coached.”

Smith, a sophomore, earned the 22nd Division I Outdoor All-American honor for the men’s track and field program since UNI moved up from Division II in 1979.

“Earning First Team All-American honors is one of the most difficult achievements in all of Division I athletics, and for him to earn that as a sophomore speaks volumes about his drive for excellence,” Paulsen said.

He was the first finalist to represent UNI track and field in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships since Joey Woody won the title 1997. Woody continues to hold the school record (48.18), while Smith has the second-best time in UNI school history.

“Finishing sixth at the NCAA championships shows other athletes in our program as well as everyone in the country that you can achieve the highest level of success at Northern Iowa,” Paulsen said.

Smith guaranteed himself first team All-American honors with a time of 50.85 seconds in the semifinals Wednesday. His career best came at the West Preliminary Rounds in Sacramento, Calif., in a time of 50.13

Smith was seeded No. 10 among the 24 competitors at Eugene, Oregon. He was seeded eighth heading into today’s final round.

Prior to Smith, UNI’s last first team All-American honors were earned by Tyler Mulder, who took third in the 800-meter run in 2009.

Smith is a sophomore from Burlington, Iowa. He graduated from Notre Dame High School.

The finalist field is made up of three seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. 400-meter hurdle finalists:

  1. Rai Benjamin, USC (junior), 47.02 (FR, MR, CR)a
  2. Kenny Selmon, North Carolina (senior), 48.12
  3. David Kendziera, Illinois (senior), 48.42
  4. Kemar Mowatt, Arkansas (senior), 48.83
  5. Taylor McLaughlin, Michigan (junior), 49.59
  6. Jacob Smith, UNI (sophomore), 50.60
  7. Maksims Sincukovs, Arizona (freshman), 50.63
  8. Infinite Tucker, Texas A&M (sophomore), 50.76
Grand View Track and Field
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Champion Vikings Head to Nats

Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View, Coach Seth Roberson-Grand View, James Plummer-Grand View ©Doug Wells 2018

Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View, Coach Seth Roberson-Grand View, James Plummer-Grand View
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The Grand View men’s and women’s track and field team will be competing in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships over the weekend. The women’s team qualified in six events while the men’s team qualified in four events. The 67th annual men’s and 38th annual women’s NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala. at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium. British Columbia men’s and Wayland Baptist (Texas) women’s programs won the 2017 national championship titles.

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Click here for the women’s schedule of events.

Click here for the men’s schedule of events.

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Thursday’s (May 24) events:

Women’s Hammer Throw at 10 a.m.
Athletes: Michelle Carrillo (SO/Storm Lake, Iowa), LaVon Davis (SO/Ames, IA)

Women’s 4x100m Relay Trials at 2:30 p.m.
Athletes: Dimetrea Hamilton (SO/Des Moines, Iowa), Allie Flaws (SO/Webster City, Iowa), Amber Castillo (SO/Creston, Iowa), Kaitlin Holschlag (FR/La Porte City, Iowa)

Men’s Hammer Throw at 5 p.m.
Athletes: James Plummer (JR/Columbia, South Carolina), Clay Siefken (JR/Burlington, Iowa), Anthony Wilson(JR/Bourbonnais, Illinois)

Women’s Long Jump at 5:30 p.m.
Athlete: Chantel Blair (SO/Boone, Iowa)

Friday’s (May 25) events:

Men’s Long Jump at 1 p.m.
Athlete: Daniel Headley

Women’s 100m High Hurdle Trials at 1:30 p.m.
Athletes: Dimetrea Hamilton, Amara Taylor (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Men’s Discus Throw at 5 p.m.
Athletes: Jacob Goeller, Austin Hill (SO/Pella, Iowa), James Plummer

Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Trials at 7:45 p.m.
Athletes: Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), Kennedy King (SR/Davenport, Iowa), Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), Chantel Blair

Saturday’s (May 26) events:

Men’s Shot Put at 1 p.m.
Athletes: James Plummer, Chance Tatman (SR/Spencer, Iowa)

Women’s Discus Throw at 2 p.m.
Athlete: LaVon Davis

Matt Manternach-Monticello-Iowa
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“Sliding Safely to Eugene” by Darren Miller

 Matt Manternach-Monticello-Iowa ©Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com 2018

Matt Manternach-Monticello-Iowa
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Matt Manternach played baseball at Monticello (Iowa) High School, so he knows how to slide. But it is the sport of track and field that led him to the University of Iowa and after a sliding, runner-up finish in his heat of the men’s 800-meter run Friday at Hornet Stadium, he is on his way to an NCAA semifinal June 6 in Eugene, Oregon.

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Manternach’s time of 1:48.63 was second in his eight-person heat to Vincent Crisp of Texas Tech. It also established a personal best at that distance by nearly a second.

His closing speed over the final 100 meters Friday, combined with a similar finish Thursday where he was third in his heat, made an impact on the public address announcer working the NCAA West Preliminary. After his quarterfinal race where Manternach dove headfirst across the line, the announcer said:

Matt Manternach has really had some great closes and earned his spot to Eugene.”

The race was a highlight for an Iowa program that continues to excel in Sacramento. On Friday, the Hawkeyes qualified seven more student-athletes for the NCAA Championships, including Manternach, who entered the competition ranked 43rd in the region in the 800. (Only the top 12 from the East and West regions advance to the NCAA Championships.)

Still, the result wasn’t a complete surprise to the Hawkeye or his middle distance coach, Jason Wakenight.

“I knew we hadn’t seen him at his best yet,” Wakenight said. “I have seen him practice at a 1:48 level for about a month, it was just a matter of getting in the right situation to execute and do his thing. It so happened he was in the right heat, the right race, the right spot, and he left no doubt.”

Manternach thrives when the tempo is fast from the gun. That was the case Thursday when he set an 800 PR of 1:49.31 and it was the case again Friday when he reset that PR.

“I know a lot of my races this year I just didn’t get out as fast as I am now,” Manternach said. “I knew I had a lot more in the tank, I just needed a good race to get it out.  I like the underdog strategy, but I knew I had more to give.”

The biggest and best performance of Manternach’s running career comes less than two weeks after he placed 18th in the 800 at the Big Ten Conference Championships with a time of 1:52.

A sophomore, Manternach was seventh in the 800 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 2018 (1:52.04); his top time in the 600 is 1:19.64. Manternach was a member of Iowa’s 4×800 relay that won the Drake Relays title in 2017 with a time of 7:24.77.

None of those milestones compare with what he accomplished Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary. With less than the length of a football field remaining in the second of three heat races, it looked as though Manternach’s season was nearing an end.

“There were a couple moments when things got hairy,” Wakenight said. “He could have made some strategic errors, but he kept his cool and when it was time, he competed to the end.”

Down the stretch, Manternach was in a battle with Erik Martinsson of Texas-Arlington, Charles Jones of Texas Tech, Michael Wilson of New Mexico, and Ty Moss of Nebraska. Moss ran nearly two seconds faster than Manternach at the Big Ten Championships, but that had no bearing on Friday’s result. With the finish in sight, Manternach slithered off the rail and straddled the line between lanes one and two. While the other runners leaned toward the finish, Manternach dove, landed on his stomach, and glided several inches before he glanced toward the scoreboard for his official time and place.

“I knew there were at least three guys in front of me and I was trying to beat one,” Manternach said. “They started slowing down and I started reeling them. I’m sure I had second, but I gave the dive any way because I wanted to leave no doubt.”

It wasn’t the type of slide that would make a major league stolen base leader envious. But it did the trick for an up-and-coming Hawkeye middle distance runner.

“It hurts a little more on the track than it does on a baseball diamond,” Manternach said.

The pain will surely subside by the time he toes the starting line in Eugene.

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Cyclones Earn High Marks at Conference

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Mike Byrnes

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Edwin Kurgat won his second Big 12 title of the weekend in the men’s 5,000-meter run Sunday at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kurgat and Dan Curts led an ISU 1-2 in the 5K, with the Cyclones bringing home an additional four silver medals and three bronze medals during Sunday’s competition at Clive Hart Stadium

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In the team standings, the ISU men finished sixth with 75 points, Iowa State’s highest team point tally in the Big 12 Era and ties for the Cyclones’ best team finish in the Big 12 Era, with the Cyclone men also finishing sixth in 1997. The ISU women finished seventh with 65 points.

Kurgat and Curts took control of a chaotic 5,000m run in the final couple of laps. The duo were joined by Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez for a final lap showdown, with the trio together as they made the turn for home. The two Cyclones pulled away, with Kurgat having the bigger kick to cross the line in 14:33.47 to Curts’ 14:34.49.

Kurgat is Iowa State’s first 5,000m champion and first Cyclone men’s student-athlete to do the 5K-10K sweep since Steve Brooks did at the 1994 Big Eight Championships. Kurgat won Iowa State’s 11th outdoor conference 5,000-meter run title in program history.

Eric Fogltanz has spent about the same amount of his ISU career on the sidelines as on the track. After an injury at the end of the 2017 indoor season saw him miss the entirety of the 2017 outdoor and 2018 indoor seasons, Fogltanz returned to the track this spring, and got the biggest highlight of his career on Sunday. The Cyclone junior was outstanding throughout the men’s 400-meter hurdles and was able to take advantage of a misstep by Texas Tech’s Darien Tennon to bring home the silver medal in 50.18.

Fogltanz’s time is the fastest by a Cyclone in 21 years, Jason Woods’s 50.05 at the 1997 Big 12 Outdoor Championships being the most-recent time in that range. At the time of publication, Fogltanz ranks at No. 9 in Division I for the season in the 400 hurdles, having cut 1.3 seconds off his previous best of 51.48 coming into the weekend.

In the men’s 800-meter run, Dennison was in a tough battle against Texas Tech’s Charles Jones and Vincent Crisp. Dennision began to lose contact with the duo heading into the final lap, but was able to rally and be in a three-man race on the front-stretch. Though Crisp pulled away, Dennison was able to out-lean Jones at the line to take the silver medal in 1:48.20 to Jones’ 1:48.21.

The Cyclone women got another silver medal in the distance department, this time via freshman Cailie Logue coming home second in the 5,000 in 16:36.06. Logue and Anne Frisbie ran together and traded their position throughout the race, with Logue pulling away on the front stretch. Frisbie went 16:36.70 for the bronze, and Kelly Naumann got a point in eighth in 17:03.76.

In the field, Jhoanmy Luque was taking care of her business early, taking the lead after the first round and setting a strong bar in round two with her best leap of 44-6(w) (13.56m). That jump was enough to lead until the second-to-last jump of the day, when Texas Tech’s Paetyn Revell posted a 44-7 1/2(w) (13.60m) to take first. Luque would get a chance to respond, but her final effort of 44-5 1/4(w) (13.54m) was not enough, and the Cyclone senior had to settle for second place.

Up Next
The qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries will be announced on Wednesday. West Prelims will take place at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium this season, with competition taking place from May 24-26, with the aim to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon June 6-9.

Final Team Standings
Men:
1. Texas Tech – 165 Points; 2. Texas – 117; T-3. Kansas – 101; T-3. Kansas State – 101; 5. TCU – 76; 6. Iowa State – 75; 7. Oklahoma – 71; 8. Baylor – 63; 9. Oklahoma State – 50
Women: 1. Kansas State – 135 Points; 2. Texas – 131; T-3. Baylor – 109; T-3. Kansas – 109; 5. Oklahoma – 105; 6. Texas Tech – 92; 7. Iowa State – 65; 8. Oklahoma State – 43; 9. West Virginia – 17; 10. TCU – 10

Iowa State Results
4x100m Relay (M):
1. Texas Tech – 39.39; 8. Iowa State (Ka’Ven Berry, Logan Schneider, Elijah Young, Chandler Diercks) – 42.02
1,500m Run Final (W): 1. Ariane Ballner, Oklahoma State – 4:28.89; 5. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 4:32.38
1,500m Run Final (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 3:44.63; 3. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 3:46.16; 5. Zach Black, Iowa State – 3:48.45
110m Hurdles Final (M): 1. John Burt, Texas – 13.56(w); 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 14.02(w); 5. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 14.13(w)
800m Run Final (W): 1. Aaliyah Miller, Baylor – 2:02.41; 3. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:04.55; 7. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:05.81
800m Run Final (M): 1. Vincent Crisp, Texas Tech – 1:47.69; 2. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 1:48.20; 6. Frank Hayes, Iowa State – 1:50.66; 7. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:51.17
400m Hurdles Final (M): 1. Norman Grimes, Texas Tech – 49.38; 2. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 50.18
5,000m Run (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 16:15.12; 2. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 16:36.06; 3. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 16:36.70; 8. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 17:04.20; 12. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 17:30.07; 20. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 18:01.20; Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – DNF
5,000m Run (M): 1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 14:33.47; 2. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 14:34.49; 11. John Nownes, Iowa State – 15:02.82; Festus Lagat, Iowa State – DNF
4x400m Relay (M): 1. TCU – 3:03.79; 5. Iowa State (Ka’Ven Berry, Eric Fogltanz, Roshon Roomes, Jaymes Dennison) – 3:07.32

Shot Put (W): 1. Jessica Woodard, Oklahoma – 59-3 1/2 (18.07m); 10. Essence Henderson, Iowa State – 48-8 3/4 (14.85m); 13. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 46-5 1/4 (14.15m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Paetyn Revell, Texas Tech – 44-7 1/2(w) (13.60m); 2. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 44-6(w) (13.56m); 10. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/2 (12.23m)

Logan Schnneider-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclones Earn High Marks at Conference

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Mike Byrnes

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Mike Byrnes

Edwin Kurgat won his second Big 12 title of the weekend in the men’s 5,000-meter run Sunday at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kurgat and Dan Curts led an ISU 1-2 in the 5K, with the Cyclones bringing home an additional four silver medals and three bronze medals during Sunday’s competition at Clive Hart Stadium.

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In the team standings, the ISU men finished sixth with 75 points, Iowa State’s highest team point tally in the Big 12 Era and ties for the Cyclones’ best team finish in the Big 12 Era, with the Cyclone men also finishing sixth in 1997. The ISU women finished seventh with 65 points.

Kurgat and Curts took control of a chaotic 5,000m run in the final couple of laps. The duo were joined by Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez for a final lap showdown, with the trio together as they made the turn for home. The two Cyclones pulled away, with Kurgat having the bigger kick to cross the line in 14:33.47 to Curts’ 14:34.49.

Kurgat is Iowa State’s first 5,000m champion and first Cyclone men’s student-athlete to do the 5K-10K sweep since Steve Brooks did at the 1994 Big Eight Championships. Kurgat won Iowa State’s 11th outdoor conference 5,000-meter run title in program history.

Eric Fogltanz has spent about the same amount of his ISU career on the sidelines as on the track. After an injury at the end of the 2017 indoor season saw him miss the entirety of the 2017 outdoor and 2018 indoor seasons, Fogltanz returned to the track this spring, and got the biggest highlight of his career on Sunday. The Cyclone junior was outstanding throughout the men’s 400-meter hurdles and was able to take advantage of a misstep by Texas Tech’s Darien Tennon to bring home the silver medal in 50.18.

Fogltanz’s time is the fastest by a Cyclone in 21 years, Jason Woods’s 50.05 at the 1997 Big 12 Outdoor Championships being the most-recent time in that range. At the time of publication, Fogltanz ranks at No. 9 in Division I for the season in the 400 hurdles, having cut 1.3 seconds off his previous best of 51.48 coming into the weekend.

In the men’s 800-meter run, Dennison was in a tough battle against Texas Tech’s Charles Jones and Vincent Crisp. Dennision began to lose contact with the duo heading into the final lap, but was able to rally and be in a three-man race on the front-stretch. Though Crisp pulled away, Dennison was able to out-lean Jones at the line to take the silver medal in 1:48.20 to Jones’ 1:48.21.

The Cyclone women got another silver medal in the distance department, this time via freshman Cailie Logue coming home second in the 5,000 in 16:36.06. Logue and Anne Frisbie ran together and traded their position throughout the race, with Logue pulling away on the front stretch. Frisbie went 16:36.70 for the bronze, and Kelly Naumann got a point in eighth in 17:03.76.

In the field, Jhoanmy Luque was taking care of her business early, taking the lead after the first round and setting a strong bar in round two with her best leap of 44-6(w) (13.56m). That jump was enough to lead until the second-to-last jump of the day, when Texas Tech’s Paetyn Revell posted a 44-7 1/2(w) (13.60m) to take first. Luque would get a chance to respond, but her final effort of 44-5 1/4(w) (13.54m) was not enough, and the Cyclone senior had to settle for second place.

Up Next
The qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries will be announced on Wednesday. West Prelims will take place at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium this season, with competition taking place from May 24-26, with the aim to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon June 6-9.

Final Team Standings
Men:
1. Texas Tech – 165 Points; 2. Texas – 117; T-3. Kansas – 101; T-3. Kansas State – 101; 5. TCU – 76; 6. Iowa State – 75; 7. Oklahoma – 71; 8. Baylor – 63; 9. Oklahoma State – 50
Women: 1. Kansas State – 135 Points; 2. Texas – 131; T-3. Baylor – 109; T-3. Kansas – 109; 5. Oklahoma – 105; 6. Texas Tech – 92; 7. Iowa State – 65; 8. Oklahoma State – 43; 9. West Virginia – 17; 10. TCU – 10

Iowa State Results
4x100m Relay (M):
1. Texas Tech – 39.39; 8. Iowa State (Ka’Ven Berry, Logan Schneider, Elijah Young, Chandler Diercks) – 42.02
1,500m Run Final (W): 1. Ariane Ballner, Oklahoma State – 4:28.89; 5. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 4:32.38
1,500m Run Final (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 3:44.63; 3. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 3:46.16; 5. Zach Black, Iowa State – 3:48.45
110m Hurdles Final (M): 1. John Burt, Texas – 13.56(w); 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 14.02(w); 5. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 14.13(w)
800m Run Final (W): 1. Aaliyah Miller, Baylor – 2:02.41; 3. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:04.55; 7. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:05.81
800m Run Final (M): 1. Vincent Crisp, Texas Tech – 1:47.69; 2. Jaymes Dennison, Iowa State – 1:48.20; 6. Frank Hayes, Iowa State – 1:50.66; 7. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:51.17
400m Hurdles Final (M): 1. Norman Grimes, Texas Tech – 49.38; 2. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 50.18
5,000m Run (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 16:15.12; 2. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 16:36.06; 3. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 16:36.70; 8. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 17:04.20; 12. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 17:30.07; 20. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 18:01.20; Evelyne Guay, Iowa State – DNF
5,000m Run (M): 1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 14:33.47; 2. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 14:34.49; 11. John Nownes, Iowa State – 15:02.82; Festus Lagat, Iowa State – DNF
4x400m Relay (M): 1. TCU – 3:03.79; 5. Iowa State (Ka’Ven Berry, Eric Fogltanz, Roshon Roomes, Jaymes Dennison) – 3:07.32

Shot Put (W): 1. Jessica Woodard, Oklahoma – 59-3 1/2 (18.07m); 10. Essence Henderson, Iowa State – 48-8 3/4 (14.85m); 13. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 46-5 1/4 (14.15m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Paetyn Revell, Texas Tech – 44-7 1/2(w) (13.60m); 2. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 44-6(w) (13.56m); 10. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/2 (12.23m)

Collin Hofacker, Mar'yea Harris, Antonio Woodward,  Dejaun Frye
©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com 2018

Hawks Make History at Big Tens

 Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa  @Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com 2018

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team concluded Championship Sunday at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a historic day inside the Haugh Track & Field Complex.

The Hawkeyes became the first team in Big Ten history to win the women’s long jump, triple jump, discus, and shot put at the same meet.

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The women scored 96 points to place third overall, marking their highest finish in program history. Their previous best finish was fourth in 1985.

On the men’s side, Iowa tallied 80 points for sixth place. They had Big Ten Champions in the 400 meters and 1,600-meter relay.

B1G HISTORY
Senior Jahisha Thomas and sophomore Laulauga Tausaga leave Indiana with two gold medals apiece. Thomas became the fourth person in Big Ten history to sweep the long jump and triple jump at both the indoor and outdoor championships. She won both events on her first attempt.

“This feels like I am ready to take the next step in my athletic career,” Thomas said. “Before I was nervous and afraid, but now I know I can do it.”

Thomas even had to run the first leg of Iowa’s third place 400-meter relay in between her fifth and sixth attempts.

“It was very nerve-wracking to hear what was going on in the triple jump while in blocks,” Thomas said. “I didn’t do any handoffs with Kyara, so we were in the tent before the race trying to practice.”

After winning the shot put yesterday, Tausaga won the discus in dramatic fashion on the final throw of the competition. Tausaga heaved a 191-foot, 7-inch throw to clinch her second title of the weekend and second straight discus title.

“This was a successful weekend for me and our throws program in general,” Tausaga said. “We’ve come a long way since the Florida Relays.”

Tausaga is the first person since 2009-10 to win two straight discus titles and is the seventh person in Big Ten history to win the discus and shot put at the same meet.

Iowa is the first school in Big Ten history to sweep the women’s shot put, discus, long jump, and triple jump.

HAWKEYE 3-PEAT
Senior Brittany Brown capped off an Iowa three-peat in the 200 meters with a razor thin victory. Brown’s 22.93 won the race by .01 as Iowa became third school to ever win three straight 200 meter championships (Penn State, 2008-10; Michigan State, 1984-87). Junior Briana Guillory won the event as a freshman in 2016.

“I had a really good start,” Brown said. “But I knew it was going to be a fight the whole way and I fought. I heard them say someone else’s name, but then my name popped up on the scoreboard.”

RUNNER-UP NO MORE
Junior Mar’yea Harris has won three straight silver medals in the 400 meters and broke that streak in a big way on Sunday. Harris reset a 25-year old school record by NCAA Champion Anthuan Maybank with a 44.98 as he out-kicked the field on the front stretch.

“It feels so good,” Harris said. “It just shows that sometimes you won’t win them all, but it will pay off eventually and the reward was big. I broke 45 seconds and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Harris won Iowa’s sixth title in the event and first since 2010.

Harris added to his list of accolades, anchoring Iowa’s first 1,600-meter relay Big Ten Champion in 19 years. The relay of junior DeJuan Frye, sophomore Antonio Woodard, sophomore Collin Hofacker, and Harris ran 3:06.32.

POINT SCORERS
In addition to Iowa’s three Big Ten championships, Iowa scored in 13 individual events and three relays. To score, an athlete must place within the top eight.

Women’s 800 Meters
Mallory King – 7th (2:10.70)

Men’s Discus
Reno Tuufuli – 2nd (199-feet, 8-inches)

Women’s Triple Jump
Tria Simmons – 8th (40-feet, 11.75-inches)

Women’s 400 Meters
Briana Guillory – 5th (51.95)

Women’s 100 Meters
Brittany Brown – 2nd (11.28)

Men’s 5,000 Meters
Nate Mylenek – 5th (14:28.98)

Men’s 4×100-Meter Relay
Woodard, Wilson, Hofacker, Harris – 4th (39.51)

Women’s 4×1
Thomas, Avant, Champe, Brown – 3rd (44.52)

Women’s Discus
Konstadina Spanoudakis – 7th (172-feet, 3-inches)

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles
Chris Douglas – 3rd (51.00)
Ray Clarke – 6th (51.92)
Austin Lietz – 7th (52.45)

Men’s 200 Meters
Antonio Woodard – 5th (20.75)

Men’s 400 Meters
DeJuan Frye – 4th (46.17)
Collin Hofacker – 7th (47.08)

Women’s 4×400-Meter Relay
Champe, Guillory, Plock, Sharpe – 3rd (3:35.94)

UP NEXT
Select Hawkeyes will travel to the NCAA West Preliminary round May 24-26 to compete for a chance to qualify to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA Championships.

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

Panthers Win at MVC Championships

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

The UNI track and field men’s squad captured the Missouri Valley Conference team title thanks to double-digit points in multiple events and one relay victory, and head coach Dave Paulsen was named Coach of the Year.

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

The team win came down the final event, the 4×400 relay. UNI led eventual runner-up Illinois State by three points. The Panthers were edged out in the final stretch of the relay, but the second-place finish to ISU was enough to secure the team title.
The second-place relay was ran by Corey Hertz, Sven Van den Bergh, Jacob Smithand JoJo Frost in a time of 3 minutes, 8.81 seconds.

Smith set a facility record in the 400 hurdle prelims and improved that time to win in the finals. His finished in 50.69 seconds, edging out teammate JoJo Frost, who took second.

The 4×100 relay team of Connor Ham, Isaiah Trousil, Matt Turcotte and Tayshaun Cooper won in 39.96. Ham followed it up with a second-place finish in the 400-meter run.

The men continued to turn in multiple points in the throws with three placewinners in the discus. Isaac Holtz led the way with his second-place finish with a throw of 181 feet, 10 inches. Tom Yezek took third, and Darius King was sixth.

Four Panthers earned points in the 400-meter run. Evan Long was the top Panther with a third-place finish in 47.33. Sven Van den Bergh was fourth, Corey Hertz was fifth and Bryce Newcomb rounded out the quartet with an eighth-place finish.

Jordan Pingel earned All-MVC honors with his third-place finish in the 800-meter run.

UNI had three men score in the 100-meter dash. Isaiah Trousil was fourth in 10.51. Tayshaun Cooper was fifth, and Matt Turcotte limped across the line to take the eighth final scoring position.

The same trio for the 100-meter dash returned to score in the 200-meter dash. Trousil finished sixth. Cooper was seventh, and Turcotte was eighth.

Chase Van Sant took eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 8.75 inches.
Final men’s standings:

  1. UNI, 170
  2. Illinois State, 169
  3. Indiana State, 143
  4. Southern Illinois, 125
  5. Drake, 74
  6. Bradley, 57
  7. Loyola, 53
  8. Valparaiso, 22
  9. Evansville, 4

WOMEN’S SIDE
The women’s team finished fourth overall.
Brette Correy was the top individual finisher for UNI with her second-place in the 800-meter run in 2:08.22. Lyndsie Schinkel was third.

Three discus throwers made finals with two earning points for the Panthers. Sarah Pate led the team with her throw of 157 feet, 2 inches to take third. Hope Koerperich was seventh.

Tiffany Christensen earned All-MVC honors with a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run. She finished in 4:31.01.

The 4×100 relay team of Jasmine Blue, Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen, Chyna Watson-Reid took fifth with a time of 46.49. Bell returned to finish eighth in the 400-meter run in 56.61 and eighth in the 200-meter dash in 24.56

Kassidy Sharp took eighth in the triple jump.

McKayla Cole finished sixth in the 5,000-meter run. Ashley Norem finished just out of scoring range in ninth.

The 4×400 relay team of took fifth place overall with runners Blue, Irmen, Correy and Watson-Reid.

Final women’s team standings:

  1. Illinois State, 191.5
  2. Southern Illinois, 160
  3. Indiana State, 160
  4. UNI, 113.5
  5. Missouri State, 106
  6. Loyola, 41
  7. Drake, 23
  8. Bradley, 17
  9. Valparaiso, 5

NEXT UP
A select set of Panthers will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Preliminaries set in Sacramento, Calif., May 24-26.

PLACEWINNERS FROM DAY 1
W. Javelin – 1. Anna Bentley; 6. Brooke Lorenz
W. Hammer Throw – 2. Sarah Pate; 4. Alanna Nietert; 6. Maddy O’Brien; 8. Allison Griffin
W. Pole Vault – 3. Lauren Beauchamp; 7. Sam Fisher
W. 10,000 – 3. McKayla Cole; 7. Gabby Champion
M. Hammer Throw – 4. Isaac Holtz; 5. Kyler Yodts
M. Javelin – 3. Darius King; 8. Cade Kirkpatrick

PLACEWINNERS FROM DAY 2
W. High Jump – 1. Kassidy Sharp; 3. Maria Gonzalez; 7. Chaley Rath
Heptathlon – 4. Brooke Lorenz; 7. Lauren Frederick 8. Erica Loussaert

M. Shot Put – 2. Keegan Tritle; 3. Isaac Holtz; 5. Kyler Yodts; 6. Tom Yezek; 7. Darius King
Decathlon – 2. Austin Heitland
M. Long Jump – 3. Chase Van Sant; 7. Bryce Newcomb; 8. Cade Kirkpatrick
M. High Jump – 4. Xavior Williams; 7. Cameron Cantrall
M. Steeplechase – 7. Ben Ahlrichs; 8. Alex Jackson

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2018

Schweizer Adds Another SEC Crown

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2018

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2018

Mizzou Track & Field senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt junior Gabi Jacobs(Bloomington, Ill.) each captured conference titles on the final day of competition at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. Each repeated as SEC Champions for the second year in-a-row, as Schweizer won the 5000m run and Jacobs the discus.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2018

 

With Schweizer’s win in the 5000m run, Mizzou swept the 5K and 10K SEC titles in back-to-back seasons, after redshirt junior Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.) won the 2017 SEC 10K and redshirt senior Megan Cunningham (Euerka, Mo.) won this year’s 10K on Friday. Mizzou is the first team to sweep the women’s 5K/10K in consecutive seasons since Arkansas did so in 2014 and 2015.

In addition to Schweizer and Jacobs’ conference titles, Mizzou had seven other top-eight finishes on the day, including a runner-up finish in the 1500m run from Schweizer and a fifth-place finish in the 800m run from freshman Chris Conrad(O’Fallon, Ill.).

TEAM SCORES

In the team’s race, the Mizzou women finished 10th with 53 points, while the men’s team finished 13th with 13 points. The Mizzou’s women’s 53-point total is the second-most points they have scored at an SEC Outdoor meet, only trailing the 62 points scored at the 2014 meet.

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QUOTABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter

On his thoughts on the meet…

“I thought we had an extraordinary meet and I think we hit all of our targets. The challenge of track & field is to be able to come in and deliver what you’re capable of delivering, and our athletes did that and more. They really showed up. The effort and integrity of this group was remarkable. Our staff is really proud of everything our team accomplished. Points are extremely hard to come by at this meet, and we had a lot of athletes get on the board. Obviously, Karissa, Gabi and Megan showed up in a big way becoming SEC Champions.

Mizzou senior Karissa Schweizer (Interview with SEC Network after race)

On the weather being a factor in the race…

“It was very difficult. Just being able to double back really gives me a lot of confidence going into nationals and preparing to double there.”

On what goes into the decision on which events to run at NCAAs…

“(We will) base it off conference performance and my training right now. Obviously I like the 1500 a lot, and it is a lot less laps.”

UP NEXT

Mizzou will now move to the NCAA West Preliminary meet, which will be held May 24-26 in Sacramento, Calif., with the NCAA field being announced later this week. The top-48 accepted entries in individual events, and the top-24 in relay events will qualify for the regional meet. The top-24 accepted entries in multi-events will advance straight to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

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

RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS

800m Run, Men – 5. Chris Conrad, 1:48.68 (4 points)
800m Run, Women – 8. Valeska Halamicek, 2:15.94 (1 point)
1500m Run, Men – 16. Zach Cook, 3:55.76 // 18. Marc Dubrick, 4:02.57
1500m Run, Women – 2. Karissa Schweizer, 4:19.98 (8 points) // 6. Valeska Halamicek, 4:27.11 (3 points)
5000m Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 15:58.14 (10 points) // 22. Jordyn Kleve, 17:23.36
400m Hurdles, Men – 6. Jerrad Mason 51.28 (3 points)

RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS

High Jump, Men – 11. Landon Cuskelly, 2.16m (7-1)
High Jump, Women – 6. Valeria Kostiuk, 1.75m (5-8.75) (3 points) // 8. Karissa Roman, 1.70m (5-7) (1 point)
Discus, Men – 18. Will Fife, 49.96m (163-11), 49.96m (163-11)
Discus, Women – 1. Gabi Jacobs, 55.92m (183-5) (10 points)