Sydney Milani-SE Polk-ISU
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Cyclones Claims Three Individual Titles at Conference

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Coach Amy Rudolf – ISU
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The Iowa State track and field team wrapped up the 2019 Big 12 Outdoor Championships with three individual titles, an individual award and a historic team effort for the Cyclone men. Cailie Logue picked up her second title of the weekend in the 5,000-meter run, while Keira Christie-Galloway got her first Big 12 outdoor crown. For the men, Dan Curts got his first career Big 12 title, bringing home the win in the 5,000-meter run.

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The Iowa State men finished in second with 126 team points, which is the Cyclones’ highest team finish in the Big 12 era (previous best: sixth, twice) and highest team point effort as well. The ISU women finished sixth with 72 points. In addition, for his three top-four finishes across the weekend and 18 team points, David Too was the co-recipient of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships Men’s High Point Award.

The Cyclones worked as a team to help Curts get his win. Finn Gessner and Mitchell Day combined to pace the first 2,000 meters, with Curts and David Too breaking away from the field. Curts and Too ran together up until the final lap, when Curts turned on the jets to bring home his inaugural Big 12 crown in 14:08.76. Too finished second in 14:11.86, his third top-four finish of the weekend, while Edwin Kurgatcame in third at 14:12.32. Also scoring for ISU was Chad Johnson (sixth, 14;16.16) and Thomas Pollard(14:21.28), a 28-point outburst for ISU.

Christie-Galloway took control of the race from the start, getting first to the first hurdle to lead wire-to-wire. She got a strong challenge from Oklahoma’s Camri Austin off the final hurdle, but was able to lean at the line first in a new school record of 13.10. Her previous school record was 13.25 at the Sun Angel Classic last month. Joining her on the podium was Kaylyn Hall in eighth, also clocking a legal PR in 13.72.

Christie-Galloway is the first Cyclone to win the 100m hurdles in the Big 12 era, and first Cyclone to win a conference title in the event since Debbie Esser in 1977. She is also the first individual Cyclone to sweep the conference championships in the 100m hurdles outdoors and 60m hurdles indoors.

The women’s 5,000m went off at a slower pace, with a big lead pack staying together until the final mile. With three laps to go, Logue finally made her move out of turn four and did not look back, stepping on the gas to run away from the pack in 16:12.81. Amanda Vestri made a last-lap pass to make it a second ISU 1-2 in three days in 16:23.51. Anne Frisbie joined the ISU scoring contingent in fifth in 16:32.69.

Logue’s 5K/10K sweep is the ninth of the Big 12 era on the women’s side, the fourth by the Cyclones as she joins Lisa Koll (2009, 2010) and Katy Moen (2014) as Cyclones to do the distance double outdoors.

The battle for second in the men’s team standings came down to the 4x400m relay, a race which took an interesting twist when Big 12 leaders Baylor dropped out 200 meters in. The Cyclones and Texas’ battle happened throughout the 4×400 with the two teams battling among the top-four heading to the anchor. While TCU pulled away for the win, Eric Fogltanz split 45.34 on the close to get the silver medal in 3:05.50, making Charlie Johnson (47.43 split), Roshon Roomes (45.54), Ben Kelly (46.68) and Fogltanz the fourth-fastest quartet in ISU history.

In the 1,500-meter run, Lagat found himself in eighth in the bell lap, but utilized his closing speed to continue to move his way up the field and finish in second in 3:52.59. Lagat’s final 400 came in at 52.79, the second-fastest final lap in the field.

Lagat came back 90 minutes later to be part of three Cyclones finishing in the top six of the 800-meter run, all running personal bests. Roshon Roomes led the way with a third-place finish in 1:46.91, Lagat right behind him in fourth in 1:46.93 and Cebastin Gentil breaking 1:50 for the first time to finish sixth in 1:49.26.

The Cyclone men’s hurdlers did their thing again on Sunday. In the 110-meter hurdles, the guys brought home second and fourth place. Mason Weh got the silver medal with a personal best 13.80, tied for third in school history, while Logan Schneider got fourth in a personal best 13.99. Weh came back in the 400m hurdles along, joined by Eric Fogltanz. Fogltanz led the way for ISU in third at a season-best 50.51, while Weh came in fifth at 51.66.

A pair of seniors stepped up with sixth-place finishes for the Cyclone women, with Emma Whighamgetting a personal best in the 400m hurdles at 1:00.51, and Erinn Stenman-Fahey getting three points for the Cyclones in the 800-meter run in 2:08.87.

Up Next
The road to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins on May 23-25 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries, hosted by Sacramento State. Qualifiers for West Prelims will be announced no later than Thursday.

Final Team Scores
Men: 1. Texas Tech, 164 Points; 2. Iowa State, 126 Points; 3. Texas, 120.5 Points; 4. Kansas State, 85 Points; 5. Kansas, 79 Points; 6. Oklahoma, 75 Points; 7. Oklahoma State, 59.5 Points; 8. Baylor, 57 Points; 9. TCU, 53 Points
Women: 1. Texas, 172 Points; 2. Kansas State, 156.5 Points; 3. Oklahoma, 101.5 Points; 4. Texas Tech, 93 Points; 5. Kansas, 73.5 Points; 6. Iowa State, 72 Points; 7. Baylor, 51.5 Points; 8. Oklahoma State, 48 Points; 9. West Virginia, 27 Points; 10. TCU, 24 Points

Iowa State Results
800m Run (M):
1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:45.95; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:46.91; 4. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:46.93; 6. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 1:49.26
800m Run (W): 1. Sinclaire Johnson, Oklahoma State – 2:04.79; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:08.87
1,500m Run (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 3:50.99; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 3:52.59
5,000m Run (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 14:08.76; 2. David Too, Iowa State – 14:11.86; 3. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 14:12.32; 6. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 14:16.16; 8. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 14:21.28; Mitchell Day, Iowa State – DNF; Finn Gessner, Iowa State – DNF
5,000m Run (W): 1. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 16:12.81; 2. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 16:23.51; 5. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 16:32.69; 9. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 16:45.89; 10. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 17:02.22; 22. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 17:50.49
100m Hurdles (W): 1. Keira Christie-Galloway, Iowa State – 13.10; 8. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 13.72
110m Hurdles (M): 1. Cordell Tinch, Kansas – 13.72; 2. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 13.80; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 13.99; 9. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 14.79
400m Hurdles (M): 1. Norman Grimes, Texas Tech – 49.11; 3. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 50.51; 5. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 51.66
400m Hurdles (W): 1. Ranae McKenzie, Kansas State – 56.73; 6. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 1:00.51
4x100m Relay (M): 1. Texas Tech – 38.83; 8. Iowa State (Gage Clay, Ben Kelly, Chandler Diercks, Logan Schneider) – 40.92
4x100m Relay (W): 1. Texas – 43.84; 9. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Katarina Vlahovic, Erika Furbeck, Sydney Milani) – 46.91
4x400m Relay (M): 1. TCU – 3:04.86; 2. Iowa State (Charlie Johnson, Roshon Roomes, Ben Kelly, Eric Fogltanz) – 3:05.50
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Texas – 3:31.16; 9. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Sydney Milani, Kaylyn Hall, Zakiyah Amos) – 3:43.75

High Jump (W): 1. Zarriea Willis, Texas Tech – 6-0 (1.83m); Megan Durbin, Iowa State – Foul
Triple Jump (W): 1. Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State – 45-0 1/4 (13.72m); 17. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/2 (12.23m); 22. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 36-8 1/2 (11.19m)

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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Hawks Take Conference Title at Home

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa ©Stephen Mally/Hawkeyesports.com 2019

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa
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The University of Iowa won the Men’s Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth time in school history with 116 points on Sunday. The last time the Hawkeyes won was in 2011, the most recent time that they hosted.

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“The guys did what we came here to do, what we’ve been planning all year,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey. “They’ve had a vision, a mindset, a drive, a heart, and it has been all about fighting and loving each other and doing it for the team and doing it for each other. They all came through, it was awesome.”

The women tied their best finish, taking third place for the second consecutive year with 93 points behind Ohio State (126) and Indiana (95).

“Both of our teams did really well. The women got third, almost second, and had a great battle. I’m very proud of both teams,” Woody said.

Seven Hawkeyes came away with gold medals in four events on the  final day of competition.

Junior Laulauaga Tausaga is three-for-three in the women’s discus, earning her third consecutive title with a facility record, 60.28 meters (197-9).

“It means a lot. Our coaches have been telling us it’s our turf, we’re comfortable with it, so we should have the ability to take advantage of being home and try to get up there on the Big Ten list, so I’m very excited that I came out and did exactly what they wanted me to do,” Tausaga said.

On the men’s side, senior Mar’yea Harris won the 400 meters in 45.67, and senior Chris Douglas ran a personal best 400-meter hurdles to win in 50.32. Freshman Wayne Lawrence, Jr., junior Chris Thompson, and seniors Carter Lilly and Harris expanded the men’s lead out of reach from second place finishers, Indiana (103 points), with the 1,600-meter relay win (3:07.36).

“Being at home really makes it special for everyone,” Harris said. “The fans, my teammates, and family are out there, so going out and winning in front of them was a really good moment, very special to me.”

MEDALS, ON MEDALS, ON MEDALS
The Hawkeyes medaled nine more times on day three, earning six silver medals and three bronze medals. Juniors Jaylan McConico, Karayme Bartley, Anthony Williams, and Antonio Woodard all ran personal bests to earn hardware.

2. Jenny Kimbro – 100 hurdles (13.38)
2. Jaylan McConico – 110 hurdles (13.78)
2. Briana Guillory – 200 meters (23.31)
2. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.66)
2. Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (45.80)
2. Konstadina Spanoudakis – discus (52.94 meters, 173-8)
3. Anthony Williams – 110 hurdles (13.81)
3. Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (20.69)
3. Raymonte Dow – 400 hurdles (51.37)

POINTS SCORED
The Hawkeyes scored 17 additional times. The men’s 400-meter relay, including junior Collin Hofacker, Woodard, Lawrence, and Bartley, tied Iowa’s 10th all-time fastest mark. Sophomore Josh Braverman broke his personal best in the 110 high hurdles for the second time this weekend in 13.96, freshman James Carter jumped 15.28 meters (50-1 3/4) to add a personal best in the triple jump, and senior Tria Simmons ran a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles (13.72).

4. Matt Manternach – 800 meters (1:49.16)
4. Hofacker, Woodard, Lawrence, Bartley – 400-meter relay (39.59)
5. Chris Douglas – 110 hurdles (13.93)
5. Nolan Teubel – 800 meters (1:49.54)
5. Noah Larrison – 400 hurdles (51.64)
5. Jenny Kimbro – 400 hurdles (58.41)
6. Josh Braverman – 110 hurdles (13.96)
6. Tria Simmons – 100 hurdles (13.72)
6. Antonise Christian – 100 meters (11.81)
6. Tysen VanDraska – 800 meters (1:49.58)
6. Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.97)
7. Christian, Buss, Carty, Weum – 400-meter relay (45.83)
7. Antonio Woodard – 100 meters (10.40)
7. Kelli DeGeorge – high jump (1.70 meters, 5-7)
7. Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.70 meters, 5-7)
7. Amanda Carty – triple jump (12.13 meters, 39-9 3/4)
8. James Carter – triple jump (15.28 meters, 50-1 3/4)

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes will head to the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, California, on May 23-25. The NCAA will announce the NCAA Regional qualifiers on Thursday, May 16 by 1 p.m. on NCAA.org.

UNI Men's Track Team
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Panthers Dominate at Conference

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI ©Darren Miller/Panthers Athletics 2018

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI
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The UNI men’s track and field team dominated the final day of the Missouri Valley Championship to cruise its second consecutive title and ninth in program history Sunday in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Four Panthers earned individual titles and 13 earned All-Conference honors on championship Sunday to bring the total to six individual titles and 22 total All-Conference awards on the weekend.

Head coach Dave Paulsen was named the MVC Men’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

The UNI men opened the day with a 10-point lead over second-place Illinois State. When the dust settled Sunday, the Panthers cruised to a 52-point win with 183.25 team points to Illinois State’s 131.25 points for second place.

The Panther women finished fourth with a team score of 100.5. Illinois State won the team title, Southern Illinois was second and Indiana State finished third.

Isaac Holtz won the discus with a throw of 179-feet to pick up his second All-Conference honor of the weekend.

Evan Long won the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.99 to lead a group of Panthers that took four of the top five spots and five of the top seven. Connor Blough also earned All-Conference honors after finishing second in the event with a time of 47.42.

Connor Ham won the 110-hurdles with a time of 14.06. Cole Phillips also earned All-Conference honors with a time of 14.32.

On the women’s side, Maddie McCalla defended her indoor 400-meter dash championship and won with a career-best time of 54.39.

Other All-Conference honors include Wal Khat who finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:52:30.

Lyndsie Schinkel was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.84.

Carter VonEssen was third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.30. Katie Nimrod finished third on the women’s side with a career-best time of 1:01.46.

Tayshaun Cooper finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.67.

In the relays, the men’s 4×100-meter relay team took second with a time of 41.02. The women’s 4×400 team finished third with a time of 3:48.10.

The UNI men’s 4×400-meter relay was cruising to victory with a significant lead and just over 100-meters left in the race when Blough went down with an injury.

A season ago, the Panthers won by just one point and it came down to the final event, but by the time the 4×400-meter relay rolled around Sunday, UNI had the team championship well in hand.

It is the first consecutive championship for the Panthers since they won three straight in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

UNI now prepares for the NCAA West Regional which will take place May 23-25 in Sacramento, California. Athletes in the top 48 in the region compete at the event.

Ryan Rogers-Dubuque-Loras
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Iowans Propel Duhawks at Home Meet

Ryan Rogers-Dubuque-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Ryan Rogers-Dubuque-Loras
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The Duhawk men’s and women’s track and field team hosted the Loras Easter Mid-Week meet on Tuesday, April 16. Gabrielle Nolandset a new stadium record in the 100m and the 200m, and is currently the top ranked runner in both events. Noland bested the school record in the 100m previously set by Pam Orris at 12:02 now 11.87 and the 200m previously set by Brittnee Powers at 24.68 now 24.14.

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TOP FINISHERS
Men:
Josh Smith | 1st | 100m | 10.86
Patrick Mikel | 1st | 200m | 21.57
Ryan Rogers 1st | 110m H | 15.13
Team of Otting, Smith, Kelly, and Jasa | 1st | 4x400m | 3:22.70
Team of Smith, Klein, Morrison, and Mikel | 4x100m | 41.88
Blake Keller | 1st | 1500m | 4:10.69
Doyle Carroll | 1st | Long Jump | 6.62m

Women
Gabrielle Noland | 1st | 100m – 11.87 | 200m – 24.14
Terrianna Black | 2nd | 100m | 12.38
Elayna Bahl | 1st | 100m H | 14.89
Kaylee Osterberger | 1st | 800m | 2:23.38
Bella Solis | 1st | 400m H | 1:01.66 |
Team of Osterberger, Serres, Heavlin, and Solis | 4x400m | 3:57.89

NOTABLES
• Noland’s 200m time of 24.14 set a new stadium record and is currently ranked at the top spot in Division III
• Noland’s time of 11.87 in the 100m is a new stadium record and ranks No. 1 in Division III
• Solis sets new stadium record in 400m Hurdles and is currently ranked No. 1 in Division III
• Mikels time in the 200m currently ranks 11th in Division III

UP NEXT
Loras will take a break for Easter Holidays and return to action on April 25-27 to compete at Drake Relays.

Jessica Heims-CR Prairie-USA

World Record For Heims as Panthers Prowl at Musco

Jessica Heims-CR Prairie-USA Olympian

Jessica Heims-CR Prairie-USA Olympian

Jessica Heims broke the para-athlete F64 classification discus world record with a throw of 105-feet-07 (32.19-meters) to take 18th-place at the Iowa Musco Twilight meet in Iowa City. Heims’ new world mark was one highlight on a day that included nine event wins and 38 top-three finishes for the UNI track and field team.

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Heims also finished second in the unseeded 100-meter dash with a time of 15.30, the top time in the world this year to date for the F64 classification.

Event winners included Connor Ham in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.10, the fastest time of the season for Ham and the fastest mark in the MVC to date. Katie Nimrod picked up the win in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.33. Lyndsie Schinkel won the 800 with a time of 2:10.72.

Alex Jackson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:16.42, a new personal best. He led a group of Panthers that took four of the top five spots in the race.

McKayla Cole won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:08.30, her best time of the season.

UNI closed the track events by sweeping the 4×400-meter relays. The women’s team won with a time of 3:52. 58 and the men took home the title with the time of 3:13.22.

Isaac Holtz took home the lone field event title by winning the hammer throw with a toss of 188-feet-11. It is the best throw of his season and vaulted him to third place in the MVC rankings.

Evan Long finished third in the 200-meter dash, but his time moved him into the second spot in the MVC.

The Panthers are back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Tom Botts Invite in Columbia, Missouri.

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Cyclones in Action at Stanford this Weekend

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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The Iowa State track and field teams are in action this weekend at the 2019 Stanford Invitational. Competition at Cobb Track will take place on Friday and Saturday, with running events starting at 2 p.m. Central on Friday and 3:30 p.m. Central on Saturday.

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FloTrack will provide full live coverage of events throughout the weekend via FloPro, here. Live results will be provided by Record Timing, here.

This will be a big weekend for the Cyclones, as many of its top competitors are making outdoor season debuts this weekend. For the Cyclone men, Eric Fogltanz (400m hurdles), Festus Lagat (1,500m run) and Roshon Roomes (400m dash) are all back in action for the first time since earning Second Team All-America honors in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Fogltanz will be back into his specialty event in the 400 hurdles, which he earned Second Team All-America honors last year and qualification to the USA Outdoor National Championships.

The Cyclone women are also taking a strong group to Stanford, with the highlights coming in the late Friday night distance races, with Cailie Logue in the 5,000m run Invite and Anne Frisbie and Amanda Vestriin the 10,000m Invite. Other notable distance entries include Jasmine Staebler in the 1,500m run and school record holder Kelly Naumann in the 3,000m steeplechase invite.

The hurdles groups will also be in action, with Big 12 indoor 60m hurdles champ Keira Christie-Gallowayamong those in action for ISU. The Cyclone women’s hurdlers got off to a strong start last week, with Kaylyn Hall winning in Arkansas with the No. 9 time in ISU history at 13.94. The Iowa State men will see Logan Schneider and Mason Weh in action for the 110-meter hurdles on Friday.

Iowa State Entries (as of Mar. 27, 6:30 PM)
Men
400m Dash: Cebastian Gentil, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Roshon Roomes
800m Run: Milo Greder
1,500m Run Invite: Festus Lagat
1,500m Run, Section 3: Milo Greder
5,000m Run Invite: David Too
110m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Mason Weh
400m Hurdles: Eric Fogltanz
4x400m Relay: One Team

Women
400m Dash: Sydney Milani, Emma Whigham
1,500m Run, Section 2: Jasmine Staebler
1,500m Run, Section 4: Karly Ackley, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m Run, Section 6: Gwynne Wright
3,000m Steeplechase Invite: Kelly Naumann
3,000m Steeplechase, Section 3: Abby Caldwell
5,000m Run Invite: Cailie Logue
10,000m Run Invite: Anne Frisbie, Amanda Vestri
100m Hurdles: Keira Christie-Galloway, Emily Coghill, Kaylyn Hall, Katarina Vlahovic
4x100m Relay: One Team
4x400m Relay: One Team

MacKenzie James-Monticello-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2019

Klein and James lead Storm in Outdoor Opener

Audrey Klein-DM Lincoln Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2019

Audrey Klein-DM Lincoln Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2019

Audrey Klein and MacKenzie James combined to score 24 points in three events as Simpson finished in fifth place to open up the outdoor season at the Grand View Invitational on Saturday.

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Klein ran a career-best 5:14.14 in the 1500, resulting in a first-place finish. Klein improved on her previous best time of 5:19.15 from the Jim Duncan Invitational on April 14, 2017. Five additional Simpson runners scored points in the race, including Emily Buchheit, Abby Loecke, Katie Murano, Cat Lucht and Kaylee Willadsen.

James was the top points-earner for the Storm on the day, finishing second in the 100 with a time of 13:24 and third in the 200 with a 28.13.

Simpson had an impressive day in high jump, as Jamie Glanz finished second with a 1.54 meter clearance and Kamryn Junifinished third by clearing 1.49 meters.

Luci Swarthout had a successful college debut in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing third with a time of 1:11.7. Sophie Hall finished sixth with a time of 1:15.36.

The Storm had more contributors scoring points in the open events, including Jaycie Owens finishing fifth in the 400, and Corinne Thomas and Kamryn Juni finishing sixth in the 100 and 200, respectively.

Simpson will be in action next at the Central Invitational on April 5-6 in Pella at 2 p.m.

Meet Report
100 — 2. MacKenzie James, 13.24 | 6. Corinne Thomas, 14.33
200 — 3. MacKenzie James, 28.13 | 6. Kamryn Juni, 28.73
400 — 5. Jaycie Owens, 1:06.96
1500 — 1. Audrey Klein, 5:14.14 | 4. Emily Buchheit, 5:23.52
400 hurdles — 3. Luci Swarthout, 1:11.7 | 6. Sophie Hall, 1:15.36
High jump — 2. Jamie Glanz, 1.54m | 3. Kamryn Juni, 1.49

James Plummer-GVU
©Doug Wells 2019

Vikings Strong Showing at Nationals

Amara Taylor-Cedar Rapids-GVU @Doug Wells 2018

Amara Taylor-Cedar Rapids-GVU
@Doug Wells 2018

The final day of the 2019 Indoor Track and Field National Championships took place on Saturday, March 2nd.  The Vikings had a strong showing on the third and final day of the meet.

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James Plummer (SR/Columbia, South Carolina) competed in the shot put finals on Saturday, taking home 4th place and an All-American honor.  His national championship in the weight throw and his 4th place finish in the shot put was good enough to earn Plummer NAIA “Outstanding Male Athlete” at the Indoor National Championships.

Amara Taylor (SO/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) finished in 7th place in the 60m Hurdles finals.  That finish was good enough for Taylor to garner All-American honors with a time of 8.88 seconds

Women’s Final Standings…

Rank-Team-Total Points
1 Wayland Baptist 83
2 Southern-NO 63
3 Indiana Tech 54
4 Doane 32
5 Oklahoma City 28
5 Point Park 28
7 Oregon Tech 25
8 Judson 24
9 Concordia (Neb.) 23.5
10 SCAD Atlanta 23
11 Cornerstone 19
11 Spring Arbor 19
11 Taylor 19
14 Aquinas 17.5
15 Hastings 17
16 Dakota Wesleyan 16
16 Life 16
18 Eastern Oregon 15
18 Westmont 15
20 Grand View 14
21 Friends 13
21 Lewis-Clark 13
21 McPherson 13
24 Bethel (Ind.) 12
24 Graceland 12
24 Union (Ky.) 12

Men’s Final Standings…

Rank-Team-Total Points

 

If you would like to view complete results from the meet, please click here.

What’s Next?

The Vikings will take a few weeks off from competition before beginning the outdoor season.  The outdoor season will begin with a home meet, the Grand View Invitational that will take place on Saturday, March 23rd.  Events will begin at 11:00 am at Williams Stadium.

Jenny Kimbro-Iowa and  Jaylan McConico-Iowa
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Vroom, Vroom, Broom by Darren Miller

Jenny Kimbro-Iowa ©Darren Miller hawkeyesports.com 2019

Jenny Kimbro-Iowa
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When the University of Iowa track and field teams packed for the Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships, they loaded starting blocks and mini hurdles. What they didn’t bring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, last weekend was a broom.

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Juniors Jaylan McConico and Jenny Kimbro took care of the sweeping with back-to-back victories in the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles.

McConico was first across the finish line in 7.79 seconds in a men’s race that saw Hawkeyes finish first, third, and fourth. Kimbro set a facility record by winning the women’s race in 8.29 seconds. She is the first Hawkeye female to win a Big Ten 60-meter hurdle title.

“Having Jenny win on the women’s side is the one I wanted bad,” said Joey Woody, Iowa director of track and field. “I think it sets a precedent of what type of hurdle program we expect to have on the women’s side like we have with the men.”

Ten minutes before Kimbro’s race, the Hawkeyes featured McConico, senior Chris Douglas, and sophomore Anthony Williams in the eight-person men’s final. Douglas was third in 7.84 and Williams was fourth in 7.88.

“I was watching them in warm-ups and the guys looked ready and confident,” Woody said. “Jaylan and Chris both looked ready to win. Anthony is progressing well and every race he has gotten better. In my mind, I envisioned we could go 1-2-3, but I didn’t know what the order would be.”

For McConico, it is his second consecutive conference title, but he did it last year as an Illinois State Redbird running 7.64 in the finals of the Missouri Valley championships.

“It was good to keep that reign going, no matter the conference,” McConico said. “It was nerve-racking being in that Big Ten environment. It was different from being in MVCs last year. I trusted my training and what I do every day and that helped me push through.”

McConico transferred to Iowa because of its proximity to his home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, the outstanding facilities and atmosphere, and his familiarity with the Hawkeyes. In the past he had competed against Iowa’s Aaron Mallett and Douglas.

Now he trains daily with Douglas, Williams, and the rest of the Hawkeye hurdle corps.

“We push each other and it feels like a hurdle final every day in practice,” said McConico, who will make his second consecutive appearance at indoor nationals. “I am used to that caliber of competition every day in practice. It helps going into a race.”

While McConico had just a 60-meter hurdle preliminary under his belt prior to finals, by the time Kimbro settled into the starting blocks, she had already finished a pentathlon, where she was runner-up to teammate Tria Simmons, and a hurdle preliminary, where she had the fastest qualifying time of 8.31 seconds.

Her mission in the finals was two-fold: calm her nerves and start fast.

“I was focused on out of the blocks to the first hurdle, because sometimes I have a tendency to be really high over the first hurdle,” Kimbro said. “I was thinking about that a lot to make sure the first hurdle was OK and set up the rest of the race. I know I hit a couple hurdles in the middle, I’m just glad it didn’t affect me much.”

The difference between Kimbro and runner-up Jasmine Barge, a senior from Nebraska, was 0.01 seconds.

“I could feel the girls beside me and we were pushing each other along,” Kimbro said. “It came to the last few meters after the last hurdle. I had no idea (who won) until the times came up on the scoreboard, so that was exciting.”

In a matter of 15 minutes, the Hawkeye track and field program compiled 31 points in the 60-meter hurdles (21 from men, 10 for women). No other program came close to matching that combined production (Nebraska scored 21).

“The expectation is that we are going to be a great hurdle program,” Woody said. “The future is bright.”

It might be time to invest in more brooms.

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D3 Indoor National Championships Qaulifiers

Bella Solis-Bettendorf-Loras ©DuHawks Athletics 2018

Bella Solis-Bettendorf-Loras
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Iowans and Iowa connections qualifying for D3 Indoor T&F Championships

Boston, MA March 8-9, 2019

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Women

60M-Gabrielle Noland, Loras.  Alison Beeman, Dubuque.  Terrianna Black, Loras.  Alanna Muhammad, Wartburg-Waterloo East.

200M-Alison Beeman, Dubuque.  Gabrielle Noland, Loras.

400M-Emma Cochrane, Cornell-Mt. Vernon.

3,000M-Cassidy Christopher, Wartburg-Cedar Falls.

5,000M-Carina Collet, Warburg.  Kassie Rosenbum, Loras-Clayton Ridge.

60H-Elayna Bahl, Loras-Western Dubuque.  Maggi Bjustrom, Wartburg-ADM.

4X400-Wartburg-Belle Tyynismaa-South Tama, Carson McSorley-New London, Lily Campbell-Waukee, Jackie Ganshirt-Wahlert.  Loras-Stevie Lambe-Dubuque Sr., Bella Solis-Davenport Central, Alexis Alt, Gabrielle Noland.

DMR-Washington U-Molly Sheperd-IC City High.

High Jump-Courtney Kruthoff, Central.  Bella Solis, Loras-Davenport Central.

Long Jump-Elyse Acompanado, Loras.

Shot Put-Anna Rehberg, Wartburg.  Kayla Slowick, Dubuque-North Scott.

Weight Throw-Rebecca Burmahl, Dubuque-Monticello.  Kelsey Betthauser, Dubuque.  Esther Johnson, Loras.  Kennedy Morris, Central-Earlham.

Pentathlon-Mary Gray, Central-Waukee.

 

Men

200M-Patrick Mikel, Loras.

400M-Patrick Mikel, Loras.  Colfay Pointer, Dubuque.

800M-Mark Schulz, Wartburg-CR Kennedy.  Dalton Martin, Wartburg.  Kyle Pape, Central-Wahlert.

Mile-Casey Roberts, Wartburg-Saydel.   Dan Iselin, Luther.

3,000M-Caleb Appleton, Wartburg.  Austin Bach, Cornell.

5,000M-Sam Pinkowski, Wartburg.  Joe Frieberger, Wartburg-Western Dubuque.

4×400-Loras-Tyson Morrison-Davenport Central, Mike Jasa-CR Prairie, Josh Smith, Patrick Mikel.

DMR-Wartburg-Casey Roberts-Saydel, Famiek Cook-CR Kennedy, Mark Schulz-CR Kennedy, Sam Pinkowski.

High Jump-Will Daniels, Central.

Long Jump-Famiek Cook, Wartburg-CR Kennedy.

Shot Put-Blaze Murfin, Dubuque.

Weight Throw-Blaze Murfin, Dubuque.

Heptathlon-Will Daniels, Central.  Ryan Rogers, Loras-Wahlert.

Jenny Kimbro-Iowa
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Hawks’ Jenny Kimbro by Darren Miller

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Jenny Kimbro-Iowa
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 Joey Woody observed something that stuck with him shortly after taking over as director of track and field at the University of Iowa.

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He was watching the women perform at the NCAA Championships and noticed that a majority of points were being scored by multi-event performers.

“The pentathletes and those in the heptathlon outdoor were coming back and making finals in the long jump and scoring points,” Woody said. “They were making finals in the hurdles and scoring points, some of them were making finals in the high jump and scoring points.

“When you see an athlete of that caliber at the national championships, I determined at that point we have to develop our multi-event program, particularly on the women’s side, because those end up being some of your most important athletes.”

Enter Hawkeye junior Jenny Kimbro. The native of Catlin, Illinois, can run, jump, throw, and hurdle, the latter being her specialty event.

After the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the conference coaches voted on most valuable performers. Ohio State senior Sade Olatoye scored 20 points and was named Field Athlete of the Championships; Wisconsin junior Alicia Monson scored 20 points and was named Track Athlete of the Championships.

The female performer who scored the most points over two days was Kimbro with 20.5. She placed second in the pentathlon (eight points), won the 60-meter hurdles (10 points), and ran the lead leg of the winning 4×400-meter relay (2.5 points).

“I wanted to help the team as much as possible because I knew we had a good shot of ending up on top,” Kimbro said. “My main goal was to try to get us as close to the team title as we could.”

The Hawkeyes finished in third place with 80 points, three points out of second.

“Having someone like Jenny who can contribute in other areas plus be a Big Ten champion in the hurdles says a lot about her as an athlete and as a person,” Woody said. “On the women’s side, it’s even more critical to get athletes like Jenny that are multi-event type athletes.”

It was a busy championships for Kimbro, who competed in eight events. On the first day of competition, she was runner-up to senior teammate Tria Simmons in the five-event pentathlon, scoring 4,030 points in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800 meters. In between, Kimbro ran the fastest qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.31).

She won two events on the final day of competition. Kimbro reset her facility record in the 60-meter hurdles by winning the finals in 8.29 seconds. She teamed with Simmons, sophomore Aly Weum, and senior Briana Guillory to win the 4×400 relay in 3:37.58. Kimbro led off with a 56.4 split.

“(Associate head) coach (Clive) Roberts told us going into the 4×4 that a lot of people had done multiple events and a lot of people were tired,” Kimbro said. “It was going to come down to putting everything out there. We knew if we got (the baton) to (anchor leg) Bri close, she would bring it home for us and she obviously did.”

Kimbro felt a little sore after the Big Ten Championships, but after a rest day and a shake-out day, she was back on the track training for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama. She will join Simmons in the pentathlon competition that begins March 8 at 12:15 p.m. (CT).

Wartburg Men's Track
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Knights’ Men Win Conference

1st Sam Pinkowski-Wartburg, 2nd Joe Freiburger-Holy Cross, IA-Wartburg, 3rd Caleb Appleton-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2019

1st Sam Pinkowski-Wartburg, 2nd Joe Freiburger-Holy Cross, IA-Wartburg, 3rd Caleb Appleton-Wartburg
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The No. 9 Wartburg College Knights men’s track and field team finished first out of the nine competing programs at the 2019 American Rivers Conference Championships with 177 points. The championship is the first for the men’s program since 2015 and 10thoverall as a program.

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The Knights finished ahead of 12th-ranked Dubuque, 20th-ranked Central and 21st-ranked Loras en route to claiming nine events. Senior Mark Schulz (Cedar Rapids) won the 800m run with a time 1:55.53, while sophomore Matt Heinzman (Royal Oak, Mich.) won the mile at 4:16.70, junior Caleb Appleton (Zimmerman, Minn.) won the 3,000-meter run at 8:34.2 and sophomore Sam Pinkowski (La Crosse, Wis.) won the 5,000-meter run at 14:40.87. The 4×200-meter relay team won its event by running 1:29.80, while the 4×800-meter team won their event by finishing at 7:53.52. The distance medley relay squad captured the title by finishing with a time of 10:17.33. Senior Famiek Cook (Cedar Rapids) won the long jump with a leap of 7.36-meters and sophomore Riley Barrett (Parkersburg) won the heptathlon with 4,261 points.

Cook’s long jump set a new facility record, beating the previous record by .02 meters. In the men’s heptathlon 1,000-meter run, sophomore Curren Matthias (Denver) set a new American Rivers Conference Championship mark by running a 2:39.01.

Complete Team Standings
1. No. 9 Wartburg, 177 points
2. No. 21 Loras, 136.5 points
3. Nebraska Wesleyan, 122 points
4. No. 12 Dubuque, 104 points
5. No. 20 Central, 90.5 points
6. Simpson, 44 points
7. Luther, 36 points
8. Buena Vista, 16 points
9. Coe, 14 points

Complete All-Conference Performers
200m Dash: Dallas Wright, 22.53 (2nd)
400m Dash: Joe Duehr, 50.81 (3rd)
800m Run: Mark Schulz, 1:55.23 (1st)
800m Run: Casey Roberts, 1:55.53 (2nd)
Mile: Matt Heinzman, 4:16.70 (1st)
Mile: Sam Pinkowski, 4:17.82 (3rd)
3,000m Run: Caleb Appleton, 8:34.62 (1st)
3,000m Run: Joe Freiburger, 8:37.25 (2nd)
5,000m Run: Sam Pinkowski, 14:40.87 (1st)
5,000m Run: Joe Freiburger, 12:52.87 (2nd)
5,000m Run: Caleb Appleton, 14:53.02 (3rd)
60m Hurdles: Famiek Cook, 8.49 (3rd)
4x200m Relay (Dallas Wright, Joe Duehr, Famiek Cook, Roberto Salamo): 1:29.80 (1st)
4x400m Relay (Dallas Wright, Famiek Cook, Roberto Salamo, Casey Roberts): 3:21.47 (2nd)
4x800m Relay (Matt Heinzman, Conor Sapp, Dalton Martin, Mark Schulz): 7:53.52 (1st)
DMR (Frosty Lorimer, Wyatt Schmidt, Conor Sapp, Casey Roberts): 10:17.33 (1st)
Long Jump: Famiek Cook, 7.36m (1st)
Heptathlon: Riley Barrett, 4,261 points (1st)

The Wartburg men’s track and field coaching staff was also named the Coaching Staff of the Year by the conference.

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III:
5,000-meter run by Pinkowski: 30th
DMR: 24th
Long jump by Cook: 3rd
Heptathlon by Barrett: Tied for 39th

Click here for the complete results.

 

The Knights will return to action next week, as the program will host a NCAA Qualifier meet on Mar. 1 and Mar. 2.

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones Men Finish 2nd at Conference

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
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The No. 20 Iowa State men’s track and field team had its best indoor conference meet in 22 years, finishing second Saturday at the 2019 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Cyclone men came in second for the first time since 1997 and their 109-point haul marks a second-straight indoor campaign hitting a century at the Indoor Championships.

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The ISU men were led on the day by a pair of conference titles from Roshon Roomes (600y run) and Edwin Kurgat (3,000m run). Kurgat completed the 3K/5K sweep, the first Cyclone since 1992 to do so, and earned a share of the Big 12 High Point Award for the meet.

The Iowa State women finished seventh with 66 points, led by Keira Christie-Galloway’s title in the 60-meter hurdles, ISU’s first indoor crown in the hurdles since 2007.

Iowa State got an outstanding pair of performances in the 600-yard run. Heat one saw Eric Fogltanzcome from behind to knock off defending champ Vincent Crisp of Texas Tech in a PR 1:08.22. However, Roshon Roomes took over the stage as he held off a hard-charging Derrick Mokaleng of TCU to win in a school and collegiate-record 1:07.67, knocking off the old school mark of 1:07.73 set by Frankie Atwater in 1991.

Roomes earned his first career Big 12 crown and got ISU’s seventh conference title in the 600-yard run, the most recent being by Jaymes Dennison two years ago in Ames. Fogltanz’s time ranks No. 3 in ISU history.

The Cyclones delivered again in the men’s 3,000 with a 24-point outlay. 1,000m in, the already-old rivalry between Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez resumed, as the two split up from the field to do their own battle. It was neck-and-neck the whole way, but Kurgat came through to get the win and do the 3K/5K sweep in 8:16.17.

Kurgat is the first Big 12 men’s student-athlete to do the 3K/5K sweep indoors since Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa in 2014, and is the first individual Cyclone to do the double since Jon Brown in 1992. As a team, ISU did the double in 1993, with Dmitry Drozdov winning the 3K and Jonah Koech taking the 5,000m.

Joining Kurgat on the medal stand was David Too (3rd, 8:22.22), Andrew Jordan (4th, 8:23.87), Chad Johnson (7th, 8:25.81) and John Nownes (8th, 8:26.49). Thomas Pollard joined them in the top-10 in ninth at 8:27.90.

Festus Lagat came into today’s 800m well rested, as a seven-man field meant no Friday prelim. He showed what he had by pushing Kansas All-American Bryce Hoppel the whole way to run a personal best 1:48.35. The time was converted down to 1:48.04 for altitude, and at the time of publication ranks No. 16 in NCAA Division I this season.

ISU got a bronze-medal effort in the 60m hurdles from Mason Weh, who crushed his previous best from earlier this season by crossing in 7.80. Logan Schneider brought in five points for ISU by taking fourth in 7.89.

For the second-straight day, Christie-Galloway was in a battle with Texas’ Mariam Abdul-Rashid. Once again today, the Cyclone got the better of the battle, using a strong finish to cross in 8.17, tying her school record from yesterday in prelims. The ISU freshman claimed the Cyclones’ first Big 12 60m hurdles title since Rebecca Williams in 2007, and it was the fourth time the ISU women have won an indoor hurdles title.

The Cyclone women brought home 16 points in the long distance race for a second-straight day, this time in the 3,000-meter run. The effort was guided by Cailie Logue, who came home with the bronze medal in 9:29.18. She was joined on the podium by Amanda Vestri (4th, 9:35.97), Anne Frisbie (6th, 9:36.77) and Karly Ackley (7th, 9:44.59).

Up Next
Qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be announced on Tuesday. The competition will take place in Birmingham, Alabama on March 8-9.

Team Standings
Men:
1. Texas Tech, 179; 2. Iowa State, 109; 3. Kansas, 87; 4. Oklahoma State, 72.5; 5. Texas, 69.5; 6. Baylor, 68; 7. Oklahoma, 57; 8. Kansas State, 56; 9. TCU, 39
Women: 1. Texas, 128; 2. Texas Tech, 108.5; 3. Kansas State, 102; 4. Kansas, 89.5; 5. Oklahoma State, 69; 6. Baylor 68; 7. Iowa State, 66; 8. Oklahoma, 60.5; 9. TCU, 32; 10. West Virginia, 15.5

Iowa State Results
600y Run Final (M):
1. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:07.67; 3. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 1:08.22
800m Run Final (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:46.84; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:48.35
800m Run Final (W): 1. Marleena Eubanks, Kansas – 2:03.99; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:10.83
1,000m Run Final (W): 1. Sinclaire Johnson, Oklahoma State – 2:44.23; 4. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:50.73; 7. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:55.24
Mile Run Final (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 4:05.12; 4. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:07.62; 6. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:08.65
Mile Run Final (W): 1. Molly Sughroue, Oklahoma State – 4:48.75; 6. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 4:52.33
3,000m Run (M): 1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:16.17; 3. David Too, Iowa State – 8:22.22; 4. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 8:23.87; 7. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 8:25.81; 8. John Nownes, Iowa State – 8:26.49; 9. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 8:27.90; 25. Finn Gessner, Iowa State – 8:46.87
3,000m Run (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 9:20.71; 3. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 9:29.18; 4. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 9:35.97; 6. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 9:36.77; 7. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 9:44.59; 10. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 9:51.90; 13. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 9:56.76; 33. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 10:21.95; Morgan Gigandet, Iowa State – DNF
60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. John Burt, Texas – 7.73; 3. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 7.80; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.89
60m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Keira Christie-Galloway, Iowa State – 8.17
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Baylor, 3:05.58; 5. Iowa State (Charlie Johnson, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Cebastian Gentil) – 3:14.26
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Baylor, 3:33.92; 9. Iowa State (Sydney Milani, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Emma Whigham, Jasmine Staebler) – 3:43.52

Shot Put (M): 1. Adrian Piperi, Texas – 66-6 (20.27m); 11. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-7 1/4 (15.12m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Meia Gordon, Oklahoma – 54-0 (16.46m); 10. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 46-4 3/4 (14.14m)
High Jump (M): 1. Tejaswin Shankar, Kansas State – 7-5 3/4 (2.28m); 9. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-8 (2.03m)
High Jump (W): 1. Zarriea Willis, Texas Tech – 6-0 3/4 (1.85m); 11. Megan Durbin, Iowa State – 5-6 (1.68m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State – 43-5 (13.23m); 8. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 41-9 3/4 (12.74m); 17. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 38-7 (11.76m)

UNI Men's Track Team
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Panthers Men and Women Place High at Conference

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI ©Panther Athletics 2019

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI
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The UNI men finished second, the Panther women finished fourth, Connor Ham was named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete and 14 individual and a pair of relay teams earned All-Conference honors to highlight the final day of the Missouri Valley Indoor Conference Championship Sunday at the UNI-Dome.

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The Illinois State men won with a team score of 159, UNI was second with a total of 144.5. Indiana State was third with a score of 95.50.
On the women’s side, Illinois State won with a score of 173. Indiana State was second at 141, Southern Illinois scored 95 points for third and the Panthers were fourth with a total of 78.5.
Connor Ham won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.93, a personal best and the highest ranked mark in the NCAA among the men’s track events which earned him Most Outstanding Athlete honors.
Maddie McCalla also earned a gold medal with a win in the 400-meter dash. She won the event with a time of 54.89, matching her career best from the MVC Outdoor Championship a year ago.
The final UNI championship came from the men’s 4×400 team. The Panther team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Tayshaun Cooper, Bryce Newcomb and Connor Bloughwon the event by more than two seconds with a time of 3:14.38.
McCalla tallied a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.52, a personal best. Lyndsie Schinkel tallied a third-place finish in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10. 37. Patrice Watson finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.58, a tenth of a second faster than her previous best time. Maria Gonzalez scored a third-place finish in the high jump with a jump 5-feet-5.25 to earn All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season.
On the men’s side, Evan Long finished second in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. He notched a time of 21.65 in the 200 and 47.79 in the 400. Van Den Bergh joined Long on the podium in the 400 with a time of 48.25.
Austin Heitland closed out the heptathlon with a strong performance in the Pole Vault and a PR in the 1,000-meter run to finish second with a final score of 5,066. He was just seven points short of the Jordan Wilkerson who won with a score 5,073.
In the field events, Keegan Tritle finished second in the shot put with a throw of 61-feet-5. He led a pack of Panthers that picked up four, top-six finishes.
Saturday, the Panthers picked up All-Conference honors from Brooke Lorenz in the Pentathlon, Cade Kirkpatrick in the long jump, Isaac Holtz in the weight throw and the women’s DMR team.
The second-place finish is the highest finish in the indoor meet since the Panthers took home the title in 2009.
UP NEXT:
Despite the weather outside, the outdoor season is just around the corner. The Panthers are slated to open at the Jim Duncan Invite on March 30 in Des Moines. The UNI men will look to defend their outdoor title which they won by one point over Illinois State a season ago.
All-Conference
Connor Ham – 1st – 60H
Patrice Watson – 3rd – 60H
Evan Long – 2nd – 200M
Maddie McCalla – 2nd – 200M
Evan Long – 2nd – 400M
Sven Van Den Bergh – 3rd – 400M
Maddie McCalla – 1st – 400M
Lyndsie Schinkel – 3rd – 800M
Austin Heitland – 2nd – Hept
Brooke Lorenz – 2nd – Pent
Maria Gonzalez – 3rd – HJ
Cade Kirkpatrick – 2nd – LJ
Keegan Tritle – 2nd – SP
Isaac Holtz – 2nd –  WT
Men’s 4×400 – 1st
Women’s DMR – 2nd
McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI 
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Panthers Find Success at ISU Classic

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI  ©Panthers Athletics 2018

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI
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UNI Track and Field concluded a successful weekend at the elite Iowa State Classic at the Leid Rec Center in Ames with 45 top eight finishes and wins by Maddie McCalla in the 400m and Evan Long in the 200m. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team took second by less than a 100th of a second to Minnesota but improved its MVC best time in the process.

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Tayshaun Cooper finished second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.88 and Ben Daumueller was third in the 600m with a time of 1:13.57. Connor Ham and Cole Phillips went 2-3 in the 60-meter hurdles with times of 8.13 and 8.24 respectively.

In the men’s field events, Cam Bauer finished third in the pole vault with a vault of 14-11 and third in the long jump with a leap of 43-7. Chase Van Sant finished third in the Long Jump with a leap of 22-9.75. The UNI shot put squad continued to perform at a high level. Keegan Tritle took second with a season-high toss of 60-5.25. Darius King finished fourth (58-11.25), Isaac Holtz was fifth (56-8) and Tom Yexek was sixth (55-7). Holtz threw a season-high 58-10.75 in the weight throw to finish second.

On the women’s side, McCalla took second in the 200 with a mark of 24:67 while Taylor Raines finished third with a personal best time of 25:08.

McKayla Cole finished 14th in the incredibly deep 5k field with a personal best time of 17:01.38. The time moved her to fourth in the MVC rankings.

Allison Griffin set a PR by almost two feet to earn a second-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 59-9.75.

UP NEXT: The Panthers travel to the Wisconsin Shell Shocker Classic on Friday, Feb. 15 for the final meet of the regular season. The MVC Championship is slated for Feb. 23-24 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.