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Final Results For Iowans at the USATF

Hannah Truniger-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Hannah Truniger-UNI
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The 2017 USATF Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships will be held in Sacramento, California, Thursday June 22 through Sunday June, 25. The state of Iowa will be well represented in both divisions, by former Iowa preps and Iowa collegians.

Feature photo: Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa © Darren Miller/

The Junior meet will serve as qualifying for the Pan Am Junior Championships, to be held in Peru in July. For more info, click here!

The Senior meet will serve as qualifying for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London in August. For more info, click here!

Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Junior (U-20) division:
Athletes highlighted in BOLD will represent the USA at Pan Am Jr’s, July 21-23 in Lima, Peru.

  • 800M-Joy Ripslinger, Davenport Assumption HS-5th, 2:07.18, Iowa HS All Time Best
  • 1500M-Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic/U of Notre Dame-3rd, 3:49.04
  • 5K-Hannah Truniger, UNI-2nd-17:05.37
  • 5K-McCayla Cole, UNI-3rd-17:23.56
  • 5K-Karson Sommer, Pleasant Valley/U of Iowa-12th-15:19.75
  • 5K-Luke Sampson, U of Iowa-10th-15:09.38
  • 400H-Addie Swanson-Pleasant Valley HS: 9th-1:02.50
  • Steeplechase-Nathan Mylenik, U of Iowa-2nd, 9:15.42
  • Shot Put-Erika Hammond, Clinton/U of Iowa: 20th-42-6 1/2
  • Discus-Sydney Laufenberg, Clinton/Illinois State: 14th/149-7
  • Discus-Laulauga Tausaga, U of Iowa-1st, 177-3
  • Javelin-Katelyn Gochenour, Logan, Iowa/Duke-2nd, 158-10
  • Junior competition schedule, click here!

Iowa connections who have both qualified for and declared to participate in Sacramento in the Senior division:
Athletes highlighted in BOLD will represent the USA, at the World Championships in London, August 4-13.

  • 100M-Brandon Carnes, UNI-23rd-10.23
  • 200M-Brandon Carnes, UNI-13th, 21.17
  • 200M-Brittany Brown, U of Iowa-15th, 23.40
  • 400M-Mar’yea Harris, U of Iowa-19th-45.73
  • 800M-Erik Sowinski, U of Iowa/Nike-4th-1:45.39
  • Brette Correy-Western Dubuque/UNI-25th-2:08.11
  • 1500M-Jenny Simpson, Webster City/New Balance-1st-4:06.33
  • 5K-Shelby Houlihan, SC East/Az State/Nike-1st-15:13.87
  • 5K-Karissa Schweizer-Dowling/U of Missouri-4th-15:18.69
  • 10K-Meghan Armstrong Peyton-U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota-14th 33:46.69
  • 10K-Biya Simbassa, SC North/Iowa Central/U of Oklahoma-4th-29:03.48
  • 10K-Reed Fischer, Drake-23rd-30:53.50
  • 10K-Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa/U of Iowa/Team USA Minnesota-20th-30:14.01
  • 110 HH- Aaron Mallett, U of Iowa-6th, 13.58
  • Steeplechase-Hillary Bor, Iowa State/US Army-3rd, 8:18.83
  • Steeplechase-Alexina Wilson, Mt. Vernon-Lisbon/UNI/Oiselle-10th-10:00.58
  • Pole Vault-Jeff Coover, UNI Asst. Coach-9th-18 1/2
  • Discus-Reno Tuufuli, U of Iowa-13th-181-8
  • Discus-Brian Williams, Iowa Central/Ole Miss-4th-198-8
  • Shot Put-Christina Hillman, Iowa State-12th-55-3 1/2
  • Hammer Throw-Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/North Dakota State-16th, 198-7
  • Heptathlon-Lindsay Lettow, Des Moines Christian/U of Central Missouri-8th, 5,774
  • Heptathlon-Alex Gochenour, Logan Magnolia/Arkansas-4th, 6,129
  • Decathlon-Kurtis Brondyke, Clinton/Central College-5th-7,746
  • Decathlon-Mat Clark, Ames/UNI/Arkansas Asst. Coach-DNF
  • Decathlon-Derek Jacobus, CR Kennedy/Arkansas-11th-7,255
  • 20K Race Walk-Anthony Peters, St. Ambrose-7th, 1:35:01.82

Senior competition schedule, click here! 

Alex Wilson-Mt Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Panthers Wrap up 2017 Outdoor Season

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby-2017

Brandon Carnes-UNI
©Jim Kirby-2017

UNI track and field’s Brandon Carnes made it to the semifinals of the 200-meter dash in his first appearance at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Alex Wilson-Mt Vernon Lisbon ©Jim Kirby

He finished 13th, running 21.17 seconds into a headwind of 2.9 m/s.

Carnes earned second-team All-America honors in the 100-meter dash at the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month.

Assistant coach Alex Wilson took 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:00.58.

Assistant coach Jeff Coover was ninth in the pole vault, clearing 5.50 meters (18 feet, 0.5 inch).

UNI track and field’s Hannah Truniger secured a spot on the U.S. team to compete in July’s Pan American Junior Championships when she took second in the 5,000-meter run at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.

The top two finishers represent the United States in Lima, Peru, July 21-23.

Truniger finished in 17 minutes, 5.37 seconds. UNI teammate McKayla Cole rolled in right behind her in third place at 17:23.50. Truniger was seeded third, and Cole had the 12th best time entering Friday’s race.

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Bowerman track Club
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“There’s No Reason Not to Do it” Sioux City Journal by Steve Allspach

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona State

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona State

Something about Our Town.

City Fathers need … ugh, so outdated and inappropriate.

So, City Sisters and Brothers, you need to revisit the prospect of renaming a street near East High School in honor of world-class distance runner Shelby Houlihan long before it considers building a foot bridge across the wide Missouri.

Courtesy Sioux City Journal- Steve Allspach, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Bowerman track Club ©Michael Scott

Houlihan, who won a gazillion gold medals at the prep and college levels for East High and Arizona State has once again put Sioux City prominently on the athletic mat.

Friday, Houlihan won the United States Track & Field national championship in the outdoor 5,000 meters.

In doing so, the Rio Olympian defeated the American record holders in the both the 5,000 (Shannon Rowbury) and 10,000 (Molly Huddle).

A stirring race in which Houlihan burst away from challengers by taking and lead in the final 120 meters that was called by Iowan Mike Jay, the former Columbus Junction school teacher who is now the premier public address track announcer calling races – in the world.

It was Jay who called Houlihan victories in the Drake Relays and in state high school meets, along with thousands of other young athletes inspired by his calls.

Jay was also thrilled to point out the fourth-place finish of another Iowan, former state champ Karissa Schweizer, the Missouri senior and ex-West Des Moines Dowling prep from Urbandale.

Next stop for Houlihan and possibly Schweizer is the World Championships in London in August.

The Road to London. Hmm. Houlihan Road?

#The polarizing debate of whether or not a shot clock should be used in Iowa high school boys basketball will gather some steam since neighboring Wisconsin will officially adopt a 35-second clock in two seasons, in varsity games only.

The two Dakotas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington currently play with a shot clock at the prep level.

A semifinal game of Iowa’s Class 4A state tourney semifinals demonstrates a reason for the Hawkeye State to adopt a shot clock, depending on funds to install a system and finding the volunteer help to assist in the system.

In an overtime semi, West Des Moines Valley held the ball for over four minutes of the extra session then beat Pleasant Valley on a buzzer-beating basket.

#Nashville’s selection of Eeli Tolvanen as the 30th pick in the first round swells the list to five of Sioux City Musketeers selected in the first round of the National Hockey League draft.

In 2000, Rostislav Klesla (Columbus, 4th) and Dave Hale (New Jersey, 22nd) were the franchise’s icebreakers.

Then came Sam Gagner (Edmonton 6th) and Max Pacioretty (Montreal, 22nd) in 2007.

#Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather who has mastered the manly art of self defense in the boxing ring, is going to box, not fight in this case, loquacious mixed martial arts champ Conor McGregor in a grudge match on Aug. 26.

Win and lose each will earn millions and millions of dollars.

Call the whole thing off?

Not on biggest paycheck.

It is or will be an abomination, no question.

But I remember reading about towering cager Manute Bol boxing William “The Refrigerator’’ Perry of the Bears and “Two Ton’ Tony Galento boxing Joe Louis — and a bear, a kangaroo and an octopus.

You’ll have to pay through the nose to see this one, live or on TV.

#Racing fans in Iowa appeared to be teased with the opportunity to watch up close and personal this summer not one, but two winners of the Indianapolis 500, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’’

Saturday, in the NASCAR Xfinity Ethanol E15 250 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Sam Hornish Jr. was one of the favorites to take the former checkers.

Former is used here because the traditional massive checkers painted on the start-finish line of most surfaced tracks, Iowa Speedway has painted a colorful and gigantic ear of Iowa corn.

So apropos. And, in keeping with the landscape (corn fields surrounding the facility).

Before Saturday, Hornish had won twice on the “Fastest Short Track on the Planet’’ in addition to taking the checkers in the 2005 Indy 500.

He was driving for Marlboro Team Penske in 2005 at Indy and is driving for the Penske team in a limited Xfinity run this summer.

Sato, meanwhile, was scheduled to drive in the Verison IndyCar Series in the Iowa Corn 300 in Newton July 9, but may cancel that date.

A non-appearance will not be received well by Iowa racing fans clamoring for a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race to go along with Indy race.

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado 
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Flotrack: Simpson Wins Fourth Consecutive USATF Title-by Taylor Dutch

Jenny Simpson-Webster City ©Michael Scott

Jenny Simpson-Webster City
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The Olympic bronze medalist and world champion raced as such on Saturday at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Jenny Simpson won her fourth consecutive national title in the 1500m with a powerful homestretch run to win the race in 4:06.33.

Courtesy FloTrack-Taylor Dutch, click here! Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado  ©Jim Kirby

Simpson was followed by Rio Olympian Kate Grace who closed for second in 4:06.95. And Sara Vaughn executed a stunning come-from-behind effort to claim the third and final spot with a finishing time of 4:07.85, less than a second ahead of fourth-place finisher Lauren Johnson, a 2015 world qualifier at 1500m. The performance marks Vaughn’s first international championship team. Along with being a professional middle distance runner, Vaughn is also a real estate agent and mother of three children.

Simpson, Grace, and Vaughn will represent Team USA in the 1500m at the IAAF World Championships in London.

Eleanor Fulton of Skechers Performance was the early leader before Shannon Osika took over just before halfway. The first year pro and 2016 Michigan alum is coached by Mike McGuire, whose under-the-radar athlete Jamie Phelan stole the show at NCAAs with a surprise win in the 1500m. Could a Wolverine spoil the party again?

The answer would be no, as Simpson passed into first with 500m to go with Grace, Lauren Johnson and Alexa Efraimson in tow. 1500m American record holder Shannon Rowbury, the 5K runner-up last night, tried to go with the lead pack but seemed too fatigued to match the move.

Simpson split 1:00.41 over the final 400m to win her fourth consecutive title unchallenged in 4:06.33.
Grace, an 800m Olympic finalist in Rio, closed in 1:00.84 to take second place in 4:06.95 and Vaughn seemingly came out of nowhere –she was in ninth at the bell– to kick past Johnson, who was now flailing towards the finish line for fourth, and Efraimson, who would take fifth in her best career placement at a U.S. championship.

Nikki Hiltz of Arkansas, who was in 11th place at the bell, would finish as the top collegian in sixth with a lifetime best of 4:10.28. Early leader Osika placed seventh and Rowbury was eighth. Last year’s Olympic Trials fourth placer, Amanda Eccleston, placed ninth.

Vaughn’s third place finish was one of the biggest shocks on Saturday and she said to media after the race that even she couldn’t believe it happened. The 31-year-old threw her arms in the air after she crossed the finish line in disbelief, then immediately asked those around her if she had actually finished third.

The former Colorado Buff had a breakout race two weeks ago at the Music City Distance Carnival, where she lowered her five-year-old lifetime best in the 1500m from 4:08.34 to 4:06.64.

Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST - ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Missourian: Schweizer Shatters School Record-by Quinn Malloy

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou  ©Darren Miller

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Darren Miller

Three-point-four seconds.

That’s the amount of time that separated Missouri junior Karissa Schweizer, who finished fourth in the women’s 5,000-meter event at the USA Track & Field Championships on Friday in Sacramento, California, and Olympian Molly Huddle, who came in third.

Courtesy The Missourian-Quinn Malloy, click here! Shelby Houlihan-SC EAST – ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

Huddle is a three-time U.S. national champion in the 5K. Schweizer hadn’t competed against professionals at her signature distance on a national stage before tonight.

Granted, 3.4 seconds is significant in the world of track and field, where runners are measured to the hundredth of a second and shaving several ticks off a race time is considered an accomplishment worth celebrating.

That’s why it’s all the more impressive that Schweizer’s time at the USATF Outdoors — 15 minutes, 18.69 seconds — was a remarkable 20.24 seconds faster than her winning time at the NCAA Championships (15:38.93).

Schweizer’s USATF time also surpassed the internationally recognized World Championship standard for the women’s 5,000 (15:22.00), although she missed automatically qualifying for the August meet in London by that one place.

Earlier in the day, freshman Ja’Mari Ward defended his title in the junior long jump. Ward fouled on his first two attempts before leaping 25 feet, 7½ inches to put himself at the head of the field. He would stay there for the final three rotations and add a second USATF gold medal to his collection.

Freshman Emily Stauffer and former Tiger Tony Carodine also competed Friday.

Stauffer placed 12th in the junior women’s shot put with a mark of 47-0¾, and Carodine’s 52-6½ earned him ninth in the men’s triple jump.

Supervising editor is Pete Bland.

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Let’s Run: Houlihan Outkicks Huddle in USATF 5K Final

Shelby Houlihan -SC East-ASU © Michael Scott 2016,

Shelby Houlihan -SC East-ASU
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The women’s 5000 final at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was billed as the battle between the American record holders at 5000 and 10,000 in Shannon Rowbury (14:38.92) and Molly Huddle (30:13.17), but the winner ended up being a woman who ran the 800 final at USAs as recently as three years ago and has a Twitter handle of @shelbo800Shelby Houlihan.

Courtesy Let’s Run, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Mike Mahon

Houlihan blew by Molly Huddle with 100 meters to go and Shannon Rowbury couldn’t catch her as Houlihan won in 15:13.87 thanks to a 61.63 last lap. Rowbury ended up second in 15:14.09 and Huddle third in 14:15.29.

The NCAA’s indoor and outdoor champ at 5000 this year, Karissa Schweizer, passed 2016 Olympian at 10,000 Marielle Hall, to finish fourth in a PR of 15:18.69 to Hall’s 15:19.56.

The Race

Huddle leads with 200 to go

Natosha Rogers, who was doubling back from a fifth-place finish last night in the 10,000, did most of the leading early on as the first 1600 was hit in 5:01 and 3200 was hit in 10:00. When there were four laps to go (10:37:44 for Rogers), 14 of the 21 starters were still in the lead pack and Huddle decided it was time to start racing as she took the lead and started to squeeze things down. Her next three laps were 72.65, 71.56 and 70.15. While those laps separated the contenders from the pretenders, there were still six women within one second of the lead at the bell in this one which was going to come down to the last lap.

On the final lap, it soon became a four-person race as Schweizer and Lauren Paquette (sixth in 15:25:06) were dropped. With 200 to go, Hall was dropped but Huddle, Houlihan and Rowbury were very tightly bunched. As the came off the final turn, Huddle still led with Houlihan just behind her on the outside of lane one with Rowbury directly behind Huddle, still tucked in in lane 1. Once on the homestretch, Houlihan hit the jets and quickly accelerated into the lead. Rowbury was slightly gapped as she had to swing wide around Huddle to give chase. Over the final 50, Rowbury gained ever so slightly on Houlihan but Houlihan got the win thanks to a 29.7 final 200.

Results and analysis below.

Houlihan wins it

1 Shelby Houlihan Nike / Bowerman TC 15:13.87
2 Shannon Rowbury Nike Oregon Project 15:14.08
3 Molly Huddle Saucony 15:15.29
4 Karissa Schweizer Missouri 15:18.69
5 Marielle Hall Nike 15:19.56
6 Lauren Paquette Brooks 15:25.06
7 Vanessa Fraser Stanford 15:25.48
8 Sarah Pagano BAA 15:26.04
9 Nicole Tully HOKA NJNYTC 15:27.14
10 Sara Sutherland Saucony 15:29.98
11 Natosha Rogers New Balance 15:31.46
12 Jessica Tonn Brooks 15:32.34
13 Kim Conley New Balance 15:36.82
14 Samantha Nadel Oregon 15:37.69
15 Alycia Cridebring rabbit / SRA Elite 15:47.40
16 Katherine Receveur Indiana 15:51.14
17 Samantha Silva Nike / Bowerman TC 15:55.07
18 Allie Buchalski Furman 16:09.92
19 Cally Macumber Hansons-Brooks Dist. Proj. 16:11.52
20 Rochelle Kanuho HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite 16:16.26
21 Erika Kemp North Carolina St. 16:19.45
DNS Emily Sisson New Balance
DNS Emily Infeld Nike / Bowerman TC
DNS Elaina Balouris BAA

QT: Houlihan gets her first USA Outdoor title

Today’s win was the first USA Outdoor title for Houlihan, who won the mile and 2-mile indoors this year. In the span of less than four months, she’s won titles at 1, 2, and now 3.1 miles. While Houlihan did make the Olympics at 5000 last year, today’s win has to be viewed as a bit of a surprise. Houlihan had only raced twice outdoors this year – both 1500s – but at the Pre Classic she was well behind Rowbury (4:06.41 to 4:04.61). Perhaps if Rowbury, who is doing the 1500/5000 double at USAs, didn’t have the 1500 heat in her legs from yesterday it would have been a different story, but Houlihan, just 24, is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Houlihan now has accomplished something Rowbury never has in her illustrious career – win a national title at 5000.

Houlihan is establishing herself as one of America’s best distance runners. Crazy to think the last time she raced in Sacramento, three years ago, she ran the 800 at USATFs making the final while a junior in college at Arizona State running 2:01.12 for 7th. Not that a good 5000m runner can’t run a good 800 — after all, Rowbury who ran 1:59.97 last year, has a better 800m PR than Houlihan. But Houlihan’s Twitter handle is @shelbo800. It’s rare for someone who thinks of themselves as an 800 runner to become a 5000m runner.

QT: Molly Huddle Will Double at Worlds

Huddle said today she didn’t have the zip she’d like to have in her legs and that she started feeling worse in terms of recovery from last night’s 10,000m as the day went on due to delayed onset muscle soreness. Nonetheless, she knew her best shot to win and make the team was to push the pace.  However, when she didn’t get any separation on the final lap, she shifted her goal to making the 5,000m team.

This is Huddle’s last year on the track before she shifts her focus to the marathon and she’s trying to enjoy it. She’ll do the 10,000m/5000m double at Worlds for the first time. Her primary event, the 10,000m is first.

QT: Shannon Rowbury admitted that she felt the 1500 in her legs a bit, but said that was no excuse and was still happy to make the team

Rowbury admitted that she felt the effects of yesterday’s 1500 prelims in her legs tonight, and that it will be tough to come back on short rest for tomorrow’s 1500 final (the events are separated by less than 18 hours). But at the very least, Rowbury will be running the 5,000 in London as she continued her streak of making every U.S. team since her first professional season in 2008 — eight in total.

QT: Karissa Schweizer was incredible this year but has no plans to go pro

Schweizer showed tonight that she’s ready to compete with the very best in the USA, but the reigning NCAA XC champ said she has no plans to leave Missouri as she loves it there. Schweizer, a junior, definitely figures to make a U.S. team in the future, perhaps as soon as 2019 once Huddle is out of the event. Making it tonight would have been incredible, but Schweizer ran about as well as anyone could have expected, clocking a PR in less-than-ideal conditions, and has earned a nice break after a specatuclar junior year that brought NCAA titles in XC, indoor and outdoor track.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
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Mizzou’s Schweizer a Finalist for Collegiate Athlete of the Year

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Coming off the most prolific running season in Mizzou history, junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) will be recognized for her accomplishments at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) Show on Monday in Los Angeles, Calif. After being named the Honda Award cross country sport recipient in December, Schweizer is one of 12 finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award and the Honda Cup.

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The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and exemplifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. A live broadcast of the event from the USC Galen Center Founders Room will be available on CBS Sports Network at 8 pm (CT) on Monday. In addition to Schweizer, other notable candidates include six-time Olympic medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky from Stanford, all-time NCAA basketball scoring leader Kelsey Plum from Washington and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Kelly Barnhill from Florida.

In 2016, Schweizer captured the SEC, NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Cross Country Championships, becoming the first Mizzou student-athlete to win a national championship in cross country. Her extraordinary achievements led her to be named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Year, USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Women’s Runner of the Year and USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, in addition to Honda Sport Award for cross country.

Schweizer won three more conference titles, earned three All-America honors and two national titles during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons, becoming the first female three-time NCAA champion in Mizzou Athletics history and just the second ever.

Prior to being recognized by the CWSA, Schweizer will run in the 5,000m run at the USA Track & Field Championships tonight, scheduled for a 10:46 pm CT start in Sacramento, Calif.

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

2017 Honda Cup Sport Award Recipients
Inky Ajanaku (Stanford), Volleyball
Kelly Barnhill (Florida), Softball
Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Soccer
Katie Ledecky (Stanford), Swimming & Diving
Alex McMurty (Florida), Gymnastics
Greta Nauck (Delaware), Field Hockey
Kelsey Plum (Washington), Basketball
Karissa Schweizer (Mizzou), Cross Country
Zoe Stukenberg (Maryland), Lacrosse
Monica Vaughn (Arizona State), Golf
Kendell Williams (Georgia), Track & Field
Belinda Wollcock (Florida), Tennis

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa USATF JR National Champion © Hawkeye Athletics

Hawks’ Tausaga USATF National Champion

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa © Darren Miller/

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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University of Iowa thrower Laulauga Tausaga added national champion to her list of accomplishments from her freshman year with a discus title at the United States Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California, on Thursday.

Courtesy Hawkeye Sports, click here! Feature photo: Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa USATF JR National Champion © Hawkeye Athletics

Tausaga, a 2017 Big Ten Champion and first-team All-American in discus, recorded her furthest mark of 54.04 meters (177-3) on her first throw to lead and win the Junior women’s discus competition from beginning to end.

With her victory, Tausaga qualifies for the Pan American Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru, July 21-23.

The 2017 US Outdoor Championships continue tomorrow with Luke Sampson and Erika Hammond set to compete in the Junior divisions in the men’s 5,000 meters and women’s shot put. Live results of the meet are available on The meet will also air live on NBCSN.

Hannah Truniger-UNI
©Jim Kirby

UNI’s Truniger Secures Spot on USA Nationals Team

Hannah Truniger-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Hannah Truniger-UNI
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UNI track and field’s Hannah Truniger secured a spot on the U.S. team to compete in July’s Pan American Junior Championships.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Hannah Truniger-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Truniger took second in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in the 5,000-meter run today. The top two finishers represent the United States in Lima, Peru, July 21-23.

Truniger finished in 17 minutes, 5.37 seconds. UNI teammate McKayla Cole rolled in right behind her in third place at 17:23.50.

Truniger was seeded third, and Cole had the 12th best time entering Friday’s race.

Three more Panthers are competing for spots on the national team in the senior division. The top three finishers at the USATFOutdoor Championships will compete at the IAAF World Championships in London Aug. 4-13, 2017.

Assistant coach Alex Wilson has qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase final set for Saturday.

Wilson took fourth with a time of 9:45.70 to automatically qualify for the finals set for 4:24 p.m. CT Saturday. Wilson has the eighth fastest time in the nation so far this season and entered today’s race seeded ninth.

Brandon Carnes, who just wrapped up his final season as a UNI student-athlete, is expected to compete in the 200-meter dash set for Saturday.

Carnes earned second-team All-America honors in the 100-meter dash at the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month.

Assistant coach Jeff Cover will pole vault Saturday in the senior division.

This will be the first time since 2013 any current student-athlete has competed at the Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Zach Buchheit competed in the 5,000-meter run. Former Panther Daniel Gooris competed in the senior division that same year to qualify for the Thorpe Cup in the decathlon.

Paige Knodle was UNI’s last female student-athlete to compete at the junior championships.  She took third place in the heptathlon as a freshman.

In 2010 and 2011, Holli Hosch was the last Panther still on the UNI roster to qualify for the USATF Outdoor Championships. She competed in the 800-meter run.

JUNIOR DIVISION – for chance to compete at Pan American Junior Championships

  • Hannah Truniger – The 2016 Missouri Valley Conference freshman of the year for cross country also earned two all-conference honors in the outdoor track season. She was third in the 5K and took second in the 10K. At the indoor Missouri Valley Conference Championships, she took third in 3K and fifth in the 5K races.
  • McKayla Cole – The Charles City graduate finished high school early to get a jump-start on her college education. She joined the UNI track and field team at the start of the spring semester and redshirted her outdoor season. She was an all-state performer as a prep, finishing second in her final state cross country championship.

USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – for chance to compete in London

  • Brandon CarnesCarnes wrapped up his college career as the school and conference record holder of the outdoor records for the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and the indoor 60-meter dash. He also holds the UNI school record in the indoor 200-meter dash. Carnes earned 16 conference titles, going undefeated in the conference for all four years of competition.
  • Jeff Coover – He just wrapped up his fifth season assisting at UNI, working primarily with the pole vaulters. He was an All-American for Indiana University and continues to compete professionally, including at the Drake Relays and the most recent Olympic Trials. He competes for Under Armour.
  • Alex Wilson – The former Panther competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials and still holds four school records. She has the eighth fastest time in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this season. She returned to UNI to coach cross country and the mid-distance and distance crew for the men’s and women’s track and field teams. She competes for Oiselle.

USATF Outdoor Championships
June 22-25, 2017
Sacramento, California
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  • 200-meter dash (men / first round) – 1:48 p.m. CT June 24
  • Pole vault (men / final) – 2 p.m. CT June 24
  • 3,000-meter steeplechase (women / final) – 4:24 p.m. CT June 24
  • 200-meter dash (men / semifinal) – 2 p.m. CT June 25
  • 200-meter dash (men / final) – 4:33 p.m. CT June 25
Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclone Track Season in Review

Jhoa Luque-ISU ©Michael Scott 2017. https://miscottrunning

Jhoa Luque-ISU
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The 2017 Iowa State track and field season came on an end over the weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Below, revisits some of the highlights of the past six months of track and field.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jumpin’ Jhoa
Iowa State jumper Jhoanmy Luque had a tremendous 2017 season, racking up four All-America honors, three Big 12 championships, a school record and a Venezeulan national record. The indoor season saw her sweep the Big 12 long jump and triple jump conference crowns and be named Big 12 Indoor Women’s Performer of the Year. She would go on to earn a pair of Second Team All-America honors in the horizontal jump events at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

She went even bigger in the outdoor season. Luque took the Big 12 Outdoor Triple Jump title on the final jump of the competition, an all-conditions PR of 45-3 1/2(w). At the NCAA West Preliminaries, Luque marked her qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the long jump with a personal best 21-7 1/4, Iowa State’s new school record and the Venezuelan national record. Then at NCAAs, she used clutch jumps to move up from eighth to fourth in the long jump (fourth round) and triple jump (sixth round) to earn First Team All-America honors in each event.

Stunning Staebler
Jasmine Staebler‘s story is intriguing because it was not a guarantee to happen. She was not a high-profile recruit who made headlines at the high-profile meets run by the shoe companies. She was barely a middle-distance runner, with six of her nine high school state championships at Clayton Ridge requiring the running of one lap or fewer. Her first season as a Cyclone was intriguing, she used her sprinting background to finish races strong, but it was filled with possibility.

In 2017, Staebler took another step towards that possibility. She finished the season with two All-America honors, including a First Team All-America honor in the 800 during the indoor season. She took down ISU’s school record in the indoor 800 and took second at the Big 12 Indoors in the event. Outdoors, she made it to Eugene, Oregon for the first time in her career and missed out on a spot in the 800 final by only 0.06 seconds. The possibilities are endless heading towards 2018.

Ford Breaks Through
In the end, times and marks in track and field are just numbers. However, in the heat of the moment and the pursuit of a next step, they can become something bigger than that. Jalen Ford finished 2016 with a career-best jump of 6-11 1/2, meaning 2017 would be all about making the breakthrough to 7-feet. While there was strong results, fifth at Big 12 Indoors and tied for second at Big 12 Outdoors, the elusive 7-foot clearance was still being searched for.

The time came at the most opportune, the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin. With a trip to Eugene on the line, Ford got his clearance of 7-0 1/2 to make his first career NCAA Championships. In Eugene, he did not get above 7-feet again, but his clean jumps helped him finish sixth and earn First Team All-America honors.

A Relay to Remember
It did not take long to see ISU had something special in the men’s 4×400. At the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in January, Iowa State won a dramatic battle with in-state rivals Iowa in 3:09.30, at the time it was one of the top marks in the nation. The quartet of newcomers, Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Roshon Roomes and Jaymes Dennison. As the season went along, the men were just a little short of the goal of going to NCAA Indoors, and needed one last push. That came at Notre Dame.

At the Alex Wilson Invitational in February, the guys did it, shattering the school record at 3:05.61 and earning a trip to College Station for the NCAA Indoor Championships. While it did not end like ISU wanted, Fogltanz pulled up injured on the first leg, and would not be back in 2017, it showed great progress out of a group of newcomers, and potential for what is ahead.

Future of Men’s Distance is Bright
The men’s distance program has great future potential across the board, with many newcomers contributing to that in 2017. At the shorter distances, Jaymes Dennison won a Big 12 indoor title in the 600-yard run, while Roshon Roomes showed tremendous potential at 800-meters, with both being 4×400 contributors, too. At 1,000 indoors and 1,500 outdoors, Zach Black showed he had strong understanding of race strategy and some speed in him. At the Portland Track Festival last weekend, he ran a personal best 3:44.61 at 1,500 to close out his season.

Going back to 3,000 and 5,000, Andrew Jordan had an incredible freshman season, finishing fourth at the Big 12 Championships indoors at each distance, going below 14 minutes outdoors to qualify for NCAA West Prelims and taking fourth in the Big 12 5,000, too. At 10,000, redshirt freshman Thomas Pollard continued to improve has he ran to a Big 12 silver medal and the NCAA West Prelims at 10k.

McCorkle’s Redemption
Allanah McCorkle‘s indoor season ended in disappointment, as she fouled three times in the long jump at Big 12 Indoors. She did not let that hold her back though, as she started her outdoor season with a win in the long jump at Tulsa Duels that got her Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week honors. At Big 12 Outdoors at her old school, Kansas, McCorkle finished fourth in the long jump with an all-conditions personal best of 21-1 1/4(w). She then recorded a legal PR of 20-8 1/2 at NCAA West Prelims to earn her first trip to Eugene, where she finished 13th in the long jump to earn Second Team All-America honors.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou 
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Schweizer Placed on Bowerman Semifinal List

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Darren Miller/

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou Track & Field junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) was placed on The Bowerman semifinalist list, announced Wednesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Schweizer is one of 10 semifinalists for the most prestigious award in collegiate track & field.

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After deliberation from a panelist of 12, the semifinalist list will be shrunk to three finalists next Wednesday (June 21). From then, a group of voters comprised of media, coaches, statisticians and fans will decide 2017’s winner, which will be announced in December.

“The Bowerman Award is the most prestigious award in track & field to be bestowed on an individual,” said head coach Brett Halter. “I am thrilled that the Bowerman committee is recognizing Karissa’s efforts over the last year, she has certainly demonstrated that she is a worthy candidate for the honor.”

Schweizer, who was named the NCAA Midwest Region Women’s Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, concluded her terrific junior campaign by winning the 5,000m run outdoor national title at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Tiger junior reset her 5K school record by finishing with a time of 15:38.93 and became just the fourth female in NCAA history to win the distance triple crown (cross country, indoor 5,000m and outdoor 5,000m NCAA titles), and first since 2008. Schweizer is preceded by Villanova’s Jennifer Rhines (1994-95), Arizona’s Amy Skieresz (1996-97) and Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego (2007-08).

Returning to her home state of Iowa, Schweizer was elevated to the 1500m “Rio Rematch” heat  at the Drake Relays (April 28), a race which featured 11 professionals runners and six Olympians. The Urbandale, Iowa, native held her own against some of the world’s best mid-distance runners, finishing eighth in rainy conditions with a time of 4:18.16. At the SEC Championships (May 12-13), Schweizer won her fourth conference title of the year by finishing first in the 5000m run with a time of 15:51.76. She also finished runner-up in the 1500m run with a time of 4:18.42 to accumulate 18 points at the meet, the second-highest point total among female competitors.

During the indoor season, Schweizer became the first female in Mizzou Athletics history to win multiple NCAA titles when she won the 5,000m indoor crown at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. She also finished runner-up in the 3,000m run to guide Mizzou to an eighth-place finish at the meet, its third top-10 finish at the NCAA Indoor meet in program history. Prior to her NCAA Indoor success, Schweizer became the first Tiger to capture two conference titles at the same meet when she won the 3,000m run and mile run at the SEC Indoor meet. For her performance, Schweizer was named the Cliff Harper Trophy winner for being the top female scorer at the meet.

Schweizer’s outstanding season started with the cross country success in the fall, where she won the SEC Championship, NCAA Midwest Region Championship and NCAA Championship. With the victory, Schweizer became Mizzou’s first National Champion in cross country. In six meets during the season, Schweizer finished first in five races, winning at the Commodore Classic (Sept. 17), Chile Pepper Festival (Oct. 1), SEC Championships (Oct. 28), NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 11) and NCAA Championships (Nov. 19). The Tiger junior became the first individual conference champion in program history since 1997 and first regional champion since 2003.

Schweizer has amassed numerous awards during the 2016-17 athletic season. During the cross country season, Schweizer was named the SEC Cross Country Women’s Runner of the Year, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA Cross Country Women’s National Athlete of the Year and the Honda Sport winner for Cross Country. During the track season, she has been named the SEC Indoor Track & Field Women’s Runner of the Year, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Indoor Track & Field Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and the USTFCCA Midwest Regional Outdoor Track & Field Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.

Will Dougherty-Woodbury Central-Iowa 
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Results for Iowans and Iowa Collegians

Brady Grunder, Durant-Kansas State ©Darren Miller/

Brady Grunder, Durant-Kansas State
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Results for Iowans and Iowa Collegians

2017 D1 T&F Championship in Eugene, Oregon, June 7-11

Decathlon:  Will Dougherty, Woodbury Central HS/Iowa-17th, 7,199pts and Derek Jacobus,

Feature photo: Will Dougherty-Woodbury Central-Iowa  ©Darren Miller/


CR Kennedy/Arkansas-18th, 7,126 pts.

Men’s Long Jump: O’Shea Wilson, Iowa- 21st, 23-7 ½.

Men’s 4×100: Iowa-Brissett, Wilson, Brendan Thompson, Ft. Madison, Mallett.  12th, 39.12, School


Men’s 100M-Brandon Carnes, UNI-13th, 10.16.

Men’s 400M-Mar’yea Harris, Iowa-10th, 45.54.

Mens 10,000-Reed Fischer, Drake-9th, 29:10.76

Men’s Hammer Throw- Brady Grunder, Durant/Kansas State-22nd, 205-9

Women’s 800M-Jasmine Staebler, Clayton Ridge/Iowa State-18th, 2:06.81

Women’s Long Jump- Jhoa Luque, Iowa State-4th, 21- 5 ½. All American.

Allanah McCorkle, Davenport Central/Iowa State-13th, 20-2 ½.  Jahisha Thomas, Iowa-16th, 19-9 ¾.

Women’s Hammer Throw- Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/North Dakota State-20th, 197-7

Men’s 110HH- Aaron Mallett, Iowa- 4th, 13.65.  All American

Men’s High Jump-Jalen Ford, Iowa State-6th, 6-11 ¾.  All American

Men’s 4×400-Iowa-Frye, Hofacker, Harris, Ogow, 3rd, 3:01.91, School Record.  All Americans

Men’s Discus-Reno Tuufuli, Iowa-5th, 196-2.  All American and Avery Meyers, West Liberty/Iowa-22nd, 169-0

Men’s Triple Jump-Antwon James, Iowa-20th, 50-5 ½

Women’s Triple Jump-Jhoa Luque, Iowa State-4th, 44-2 ½.  All American

Women’s Discus-Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa, 7th, 182-9.  All American.  Katelyn Weimerskirch, Dubuque Wahlert/North Dakota State-22nd, 157-11

Women’s 200M-Brittany Brown, Iowa-7th, 23.02.  All American

Women’s 5,000-Karissa Schweizer, Dowling Catholic/Missouri-NATIONAL CHAMPION, 15:38.93

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Hawks All-American Season Comes to a Close

Brittany Brown-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Brittany Brown-Iowa
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The University of Iowa men’s track and field team capped their season with a 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships on Friday on Historic Hayward Field.

Courtesy Hawkeye Sports, click here! Feature photo: Aaron Mallett-Iowa©Darren Miller

Iowa tallied 15 points to place 17th overall. They grabbed contributions from senior Aaron Mallett, sophomore Reno Tuufuli, and the 4×400 meter relay team of freshman DeJuan Frye, sophomore Mar’yea Harris, freshman Collin Hofacker, and freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, who were all named first team All-Americans.

The 4×400 team ran a school record 3:01.91 to finish third overall, the Hawkeyes highest ever finish in the event and they did so with all underclassmen and Ogwo on the anchor, who has not anchored this season.

“Coach Woody told me yesterday,” Ogwo said. “A lightbulb clicked in his head and he said. ‘How do you feel about running on the anchor?’ We knew if Mar’yea got in the second leg and ran his 43.9 split then we knew we would be top three in the race.”

Iowa was in position to strike until Ogwo got stuck in the back of the pack on the final lap, His late kick boosted him to the front where he nearly held onto third.

“My plan was to kick the last 150 meters, but I was caged in,” Ogwo said. “Grant Holloway from Florida was on my outside and Fred Kerley from Texas A&M was in front of me, so I made sure I didn’t panic, got to the straight away and knew I could get out to lane three or four. I put my head down and gave it all I had.”

This is the second straight meet that the Hawkeyes have broken the school record in the 4×400 relay. At the NCAA qualifier in Austin, Texas, Iowa ran the program’s first sub 3:03.00 to win their heat and run the second fastest time in their region.

Mallett came into the finals as one of the favorites in the 110 meter hurdles and after giving everything he had, Mallett finished in fourth place finish with a time of 13.65.

“I was aiming higher,” Mallett said. “I went out there and put my best foot forward and Coach Woody did everything he could to get me prepared.

“It was one of my best starts ever. I got a little excited over the second hurdle and the others surged ahead of me. I executed my race, but that little mistake cost me a higher finish. I am disappointed, but I can’t be very disappointed.

Mallett finished his career as one of the Hawkeye’s best ever as he claimed his fifth All-American honor, joining all-time Hawkeye greats like Erik Sowinski, Justin Austin, and Bashir Yamini as athletes who had earned five All-American honors.

Tuufuli won the discus in the NCAA West Preliminary, but was stacked up against some of the best during a rainy evening in Eugene. He finished fifth with a final mark of 59.81m. He was much happier this season after fouling out during his freshman year, but the nerves still played a part.

“I was nervous in the warm ups,” Tuufuli said. “After I took my first throw I relaxed more because I knew that if I was tense and tight that I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted to do.”

The Hawkeyes finished highest of the Big Ten teams ahead of Penn State by one point. Florida won the team title with 61.5 points.

The women conclude their season tomorrow with Brittany Brown and LauLauga Tausaga set to compete in the 200 meters and discus, respectively. The discus is scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. (CT).


A day after the men finished their season, the University of Iowa track and field women closed the book on the 2017 track and field season.

JuniorBrittany Brown and freshman Laulauga Tausaga entered Hayward Field on Saturday as Iowa’s final competitors and they did not disappoint. Brown finished seventh in the 200 meters and Tausaga finished seventh in the discus as Iowa finished in 48th place with 4 points.



Brown became the first Hawkeye in program history to be named a first team All-American in the 200 meters. She finished seventh with a time of 23.02.
“It’s amazing and it’s a great feeling to be the first to be an All-American in the 200,” Brown said.

But the race didn’t come without drama. On the final stretch, an Oregon runner fell in Brown’s lane forcing Brown to move around her, costing a higher finish and team points.

“I am a stronger finisher and so I was picking up speed,” Brown said. “Everybody saw what happened after that. She went down and I had to go around her. That was shocking and I thought I was going to get DQ’d. I hope she is ok and I wish it would have went better but it is what it is.”

The 2017 Big Ten Champion made her third appearance at the NCAA Championships after finishing 11th in the 200 meters and 16th in the 4×100. In 2015, she placed 17th in the 200 meters.

Tausaga concluded her freshman campaign, establishing herself as one of the best discus throwers in the country with a seventh place finish. Tausaga recorded a final mark of 55.71m (182-9).

“In the beginning of the outdoor season I didn’t expect to be where I am now,” Tausaga said “I thought I would have done better, but I have seen so much progress, I have PR’d as much as I have wanted to and I met all my goals.”

The last time Iowa had a freshman win All-American honors in an individual event was Brittany Brown in 2014.

“I am really proud of this season,” Tausaga said. “I can definitely compete with these girls. It was an off day for me, but I know that if I stay in my lane and not worry about everybody else then I can get a higher spot on that podium.”

Oregon won the team title with 64 points

Next up for Iowa is the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California, June 22-25. Select Hawkeyes will represent Iowa.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Schweizer Captures Third Title by Dave

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Darren Miller/

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer didn’t leave any doubt in her quest for a third national title in the women’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.

By Dave Matter, Courtesy St. Louis Post Dispatch, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Darren Miller/

Schweizer, already the NCAA cross and country individual champion last fall and the 5,000 winner at the indoor track championships, Schweizer captured No. 3 Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., finishing first in the 5,000 in 15 minutes, 38.93 seconds. Alsu Bogdanova from Eastern Michigan finished second, more than five seconds behind Schweizer’s pace.

Schweizer became the fourth runner to win the triple crown of distance races in one collegiate season, the cross country championship and the indoor and outdoor 5,000, following Villanova’s Jennifer Rhines (1994-95), Arizona’s Amy Skieresz (1996-97) and Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego (2007-08).

With four laps to go Schweizer pulled away from the rest of the pack and cruised to victory without being challenged. She gives the Tigers four All-Americans in Eugene, joining men’s javelin thrower Alex Pascal (fourth place), Jamie Kempfer in the women’s 10,000 meters (ninth place) and Gabi Jacobs in the women’s discus (fifth place).

Schweizer finished third in the 5,000 as a sophomore last year.

“I really had to trust my coach (Marc Burns),” she told ESPN after the race. “He told me I should do that and trust my fitness. But what was going through my mind was this chase pack is coming for me. I felt like  I was a scared animal running away from them.”

Mizzou’s women’s team finished 17th overall, the program’s highest finish in team history at the NCAA meet.

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
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Cyclones Perform Well at Nationals

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Mike Byrnes

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Jhoanmy Luque kicked off her NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with First Team All-America honors in the women’s long jump Thursday at Hayward Field. Luque recorded the second-best jump of her career at 21-5 1/4 to finish fourth, tying for her highest finish at an NCAA Championships. The now seven-time All-American recorded the ISU women’s best long jump finish since 1976.

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Luque’s performances put five team points on the board for ISU, leaving the Cyclone women tied for 16th heading into Saturday’s final day of women’s competition.

Also on Thursday, Allanah McCorkle finished 13th in the women’s long jump to earn Second Team All-America honors with a best jump of 20-2 1/2. Jasmine Staebler could not get the edge at the line in her heat of the 800 to advance to the Saturday final, finishing 18th and earning Honorable Mention All-America distinction in 2:06.81.

Luque’s first jump was her best as she went 20-9 1/4 despite leaping into a -1.9 m/s wind. While 20-9 1/4 was what was shown on the board, it was the third jump which was critical, as Luque followed a foul with a 20-9 leap. With nine advancing to the final, eighth, ninth and 10th place were tied at 20-9 1/4, but that second best jump ensured Luque was not the odd lady out.

She was not scraping at the bottom for long, as she bounced back with a huge 21-5 1/2 to shoot up to second on the leaderboard after four rounds. She would drop down a pair of spots after finishing with a foul and a 20-4 1/4, but her fourth place finish tied for her best finish at an NCAA Championships with her triple jump effort last season.

McCorkle got her best jump on the first leap at 20-2 1/2, but was unable to move up as her second leap went 20-2 1/4 and she fouled on her third jump. She finished 13th overall with that 20-2 1/2 to gain Second Team All-America honors. It was the first career All-America honor for the Davenport native.

Staebler’s heat of the women’s 800-meter run went out to a slower 65-second first lap, meaning that a top-two auto spot would be required to advance to Saturday’s final. Staebler was strong on the inside, but faded on the backstretch on her final lap, sitting seventh on the final turn. Like always, the ISU sophomore turned it on down the homestretch, picking off runners from the inside. However, she could not run down the final competitor she needed to, as her stretch at the line against UC-Davis’ Rianna Goins was not enough, with Gonis going 2:06.76 to pip Staebler’s 2:06.81.

Staebler finished 18th overall to bring home Honorable Mention All-America honors. With her First Team All-America honors from the indoor season, she becomes the third Cyclone in program history to be an All-American indoors and outdoors in the same season, joining Edith Nakiyingi (1989, 1990 & 1991) and Eijro Okoro (2014).

Up Next
Jalen Ford will compete in the men’s high jump tomorrow. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. Central Time, with coverage being provided on WatchESPN/ESPN3.

Iowa State Results
800m Run, Semifinal (W):
1. Brooke Feldmeier, Oregon – 2:03.43; 18. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:06.81

Long Jump (W): 1. Kate Hall, Georgia – 22-1; 4. Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State – 21-5 1/2; 13. Allanah McCorkle, Iowa State – 20-2 1/2