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Cyclones Earn High Marks at Conference

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Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Mike Byrnes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cyclones Earn High Marks at Conference

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU ©Mike Byrnes

Jasmine Stabler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
©Mike Byrnes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collin Hofacker, Mar'yea Harris, Antonio Woodward,  Dejaun Frye
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Hawks Make History at Big Tens

 Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa  @Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Panthers Win at MVC Championships

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kassidy Sharp took eighth in the triple jump.

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

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

Final women’s team standings:

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

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

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

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

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

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou
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Schweizer Adds Another SEC Crown

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2018

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2018

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

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

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

TEAM SCORES

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

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QUOTABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter

On his thoughts on the meet…

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

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

On the weather being a factor in the race…

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

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

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

UP NEXT

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

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

RESULTS – TRACK EVENTS

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

RESULTS – FIELD EVENTS

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

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Cylones Braced For Big Weekend at Conference

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU ©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU
©Luke Lu-Cyclones Athletics

The championship season begins for the Iowa State track and field program this weekend when the Cyclones compete at the 2018 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Baylor at Clyde Hart Stadium in Waco.

 

 

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Competition begins on Friday, with ISU’s first events coming in the field at 1 p.m. Friday night will see the 10,000m runs taking place that night, starting at 8:15 p.m. Friday competition begins in the field at 3 p.m., with running prelims starting at 4 p.m. Saturday competition starts in the field at 2:30 p.m., with running finals getting underway at 5 p.m.

ISU’s headliner this weekend will be Jhoanmy Luque, with the senior looking to add to her five Big 12 Championships with two more in the long jump on Saturday and the triple jump on Sunday. Luque has won the last two Big 12 Indoor titles in the long jump, but will be looking to claim her first outdoor long jump crown on Saturday. She will be the No. 1 seed in the event and is ranked 13th in Division I this year with her 20-11 1/4 (6.38m) at the Drake Relays two weeks ago.

Luque took the outdoor triple jump crown last season on the final jump with her best all-conditions effort of her career at 45-3 1/2(w). Combined with her two indoor triple jump titles, Luque will look for her fourth conference triple jump title. She will also be the No. 1 seed in this, ranking No. 5 in the country with her 44-11 (13.69m) from the Drake Relays as her best mark of the year.

Another contender will be Jasmine Staebler, who is ranked No. 2 in the league in the 800-meter run. Staebler, a three-time All-American, is searching for her first individual conference title.

On the men’s side, ISU has the top-two seeds in the 5,000 in Edwin Kurgat (13:41.94) and Dan Curts(13:45.69). Both are also entered in other events, Kurgat in the 10,000 on Friday and Curts in the 1,500. The men’s 800 will once again be an event to watch, as ISU has the No. 3 and 4 seeds in Roshon Roomes(1:47.60), Jaymes Dennison (1:47.96).

In the field, Jalen Ford will be back for what should be a world-class high jump contest on Saturday. Ford is the No. 4 seed, with the top three seeds being the No. 1-2 high jumpers in the NCAA this year, and the two-time defending Big 12 Champion.

Iowa State Entries (as of May 10, 8 AM)
Men
800m Run: Jaymes Dennison, Frank Hayes, Roshon Roomes
1,500m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Festus Lagat
5,000m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Edwin Kurgat, Festus Lagat, Stanley Langat, John Nownes, Nathan Rodriguez
10,000m Run: Edwin Kurgat, Stanley Langat, Nathan Rodriguez
110m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Elijah Young
400m Hurdles: Eric Fogltanz
4x100m Relay
4x400m Relay
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Shot Put: Zach Timm
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona, Brett Peters, Vlad Pavlenko
Javelin Throw: Blake Hughes

Women
800m Run: Maggie Davis, Evelyne Guay, Laurel Hoogensen, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m Run: Karly Ackley, Larkin Chapman, Gwynne Wright
5,000m Run: Karly Ackley, Larkin Chapman, Anne Frisbie, Evelyne Guay, Cailie Logue, Kelly Naumann, Jasmine Staebler, Amanda Vestri, Gwynne Wright
10,000m Run: Anne Frisbie, Amanda Vestri
100m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier
400m Hurdles: Emma Whigham
3,000m Steeplechase: Abby Caldwell, Kelly Naumann
4x400m Relay
Long Jump:
Jhoanmy Luque
Triple Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Jhoanmy Luque
Shot Put: Essence Henderson, Keiara Williams
Discus Throw: Essence Henderson
Hammer Throw: Tessa Krempel, Christabel Okeke
Javelin Throw: Bailey Righi

Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View
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Vikings Conference Champions

Austin Hill-Pella-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Austin Hill-Pella-Grand View
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Four conference event titles, 18 All-Conference athletes, and two top scorer award were earned this weekend along with the Grand View men’s track and field team capturing their first Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships team title. The women’s team brought home third following the two-day event at Baker’s Liston Stadium. MEN’S RESULTS | WOMEN’S RESULTS | PHOTOS

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Grand View men tallied 25 points in the shot put and 31 points in the discus on the way to a winning total of 158 points. James Plummer (JR/Columbia, South Carolina), who was named the Male Athlete of the Meet, won both throwing events, including a meet record throw of 54.90m in the discus. The Vikings also took top billing in the men’s 4x100m relay (Gannon Svestka, Leeshad O’Neal (SO/Wharton, Texas), Brant Wrede, and Danial Headley) with a time of 42.13. This is the first Heart of America Track conference championship for the men’s Grand View track program, the last being in 2014 in the MCC.

LaVon Davis, who was named Female Athlete of the Meet, claimed two individual events as she won both the discus and the hammer with marks of 43.58 meters and 51.62m, respectively. She finished her big day by getting 2nd in the shot put with a mark of 12.13m.

Big points from the men’s throws group lead Grand View to their first team championship in the Heart Conference.  Five individuals placed in the top six for the Vikings in the discus throw. Plummer finished 1st overall with a throw of 54.90 meters. Also placing was Jake Goeller(2nd), Austin Hill (SO/Pella, Iowa)(3rd), Clay Siefken (JR/Burlington, Iowa)(5th) and AJ Cwiok(6th).

Plummer ended an amazing conference meet by winning the shot put with a throw of 15.65 meters. Also placing in the shot put was Chance Tatman(SR/Spencer, Iowa) (2nd),  AJ Cwiok(4th), and Jacob Goeller (JR/Fairbank, Iowa)(7th). Daniel Headley (JR/Melbourne, Florida) continued his big meet weekend placing fourth in the triple jump. Headley also placed third in the 100-meter dash finals with Leeshad O’Neal coming in fifth. Also, in the 200-meter dash final Headley placed sixth and O’Neal came in eighth.

Taylor Murray (JR/Clinton, Iowa) placed eighth overall in the 5000-meter race walk, and Trevor Albert (FR/Eldon, Iowa) came in sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Jorden Nathan (JR/Ankeny, Iowa) brought home the bronze in the 110 high hurdles final and placed third in the 400-meter hurdles. Gannon Svestka came in fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.87 and his teammates Jake Thompson, and Carson Doty (FR/Clive, Iowa) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Brandon Young (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) finished third in a very tough 800-meter open field. The last event of the meet was run by the 4×400 team of Svestka, Young, Ben Huftalin (FR/Osage, Iowa), and Carson Doty who placed fifth overall.

Scoring points on the women’s side started with Kaitlin Holschlag (FR/La Porte City, Iowa) finishing second overall in the Heptathlon with Jada Wyrick (FR/Boone, Iowa) placing third and Megan Miller bringing home seventh.  Also, in the field, Chantel Blair (SO/Boone, Iowa) placed third in the triple jump.

Becca Krueger who placed third in the discus behind Davis, and Maryn Phillips (FR/Hamburg, Iowa) who placed seventh. Katie Halterman(FR/Cedar Falls, Iowa) came in fifth in the shot out along with teammate Becca Krueger placing seventh.

On the track, Michaela Barretta (SO/Indianola, Iowa) brought home third in the 5000-race walk along with the 4×100 team of Dimetrea Hamilton (SO/Des Moines, Iowa), Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), Amber Castillo (SO/Creston, Iowa), and Allie Flaws (SO/Webster City, Iowa) also placing third.

Individually, Hamilton placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles finals with Amara Taylor (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) placing sixth, and Jessica VanZuuk (JR/Norwalk, Iowa) placing eighth. In the 400-meter open the women placed 4th, 5th, and 6th with Chantel Blair, Kennedy King (SR/Davenport, Iowa), and Ayers, respectively.

Hamilton finished her big day placing seventh in the 100-meter dash finals. In the 400-meter hurdles, Taylor came in seventh, with Jessica VanZuuk coming in eighth. Blair brought home fifth place in the 200-meter dash final and teammate Ayers came in seventh.

To end the days for the women’s side the 4×400 team of Kennedy King, Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), Tatum Nearmyer(FR/Monroe, Iowa), and Chantel Blair placed sixth overall.

Male Athlete of the Meet – James Plummer, Grand View

Female Athlete of the Meet – LaVon Davis, Grand View

Men’s Track Co-Athlete of the Year – Isaiah Griffin, MNU; Derek Wilson, Missouri Valley

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year – James Plummer, Grand View

Men’s Coach of the Year – Jerry Monner, Grand View

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Seth Roberson, Grand View

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year – Helen Thames, Avila

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year – LaVon Davis, Grand View

Women’s Coach of the Year – Nate Wiens, MNU

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Kevin O’Grattan, MNU

2018 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions
100m – Isaiah Griffin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 10.64
200m – Isaiah Griffin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 21.94
400m – Joshua Haskin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 48.79$
800m – Alex Goertz (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 1:55.72
1500m – Shane Burns (Evangel) – 4:02.25
5000m – Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley) – 15:49.27
10000m – Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley) – 33:14.88$
110m hurdles – Michal Riha (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 14.71
400m hurdles – Joshua Haskin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 54.60$
3000m steeplechase – Demarkous Nunnally (Missouri Valley) – 9:38.60$
5000m race walk – Jessica Watson (Baker) – 24:12.60
4x100m relay – Grand View (Gannon Svestka, Leeshad O’Neal, Brant Wrede, Daniel Headley) – 42.13
4x400m relay – MidAmerica Nazarene (Isaac Zitterkopf, Kyren Martin, Alex Goertz, Joshua Haskin) – 3:19.53
4x800m relay – Mount Mercy (Aaron Golding, Josh Long, James Lindstrom, Michael Marshall) – 7:56.68
Hammer – Derek Robinson (William Penn) – 55.76m
Javelin – Nick Patterson (Baker) – 56.98m
Long Jump – Jeremi Barnes (Avila) – 7.16m
Triple Jump – Jeremi Barnes (Avila) – 15.00m$
High Jump – Josh Benford (Avila) – 2.05m
Shot Put – James Plummer (Grand View) – 15.65m
Discus – James Plummer (Grand View) – 54.90m*
Pole Vault – Peyton Besand (Central Methodist) – 4.90m$
Decathlon – Jeremiah Connealy (Benedictine) – 5293 points
2018 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions
100m – Keishonda Rose (Benedictine) – 12.05
200m – Gloria Mares (Baker) – 24.74
400m – Helen Thames (Avila) – 55.13*
800m – Tenka Stringer (Avila) – 2:16.56
1500m – Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 4:50.06
5000m – Sarah White (Benedictine) – 19:10.95
10000m – Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 40:01.75
100m hurdles – Dacia Harris (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 14.35
400m hurdles – Helen Thames (Avila) – 1:03.16
3000m steeplechase – McKenna Johnson (Mount Mercy) – 12:04.67
5000m race walk – Brenda McCollum (Baker) – 26:25.86$#&
4x100m relay – Central Methodist (Theresa Zehnle, Pearl Morgan, Mattie Bradley, Lexanna Morgan) – 48.39
4x400m relay – Avila (Helen Thames, Tenka Stringer, Murielle Mercier, Breonne Maltbia) – 3:54.73*
4x800m relay – Avila (Drevon Carter, Tenka Stringer, Murielle Mercier, Penny Fenn) – 9:36.58
Hammer – LaVon Davis (Grand View) – 51.62m
Javelin – Kendyl McDougald (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 45.69m*$
Long Jump – Lexus Lovan (Graceland) – 5.89m
Triple Jump – Breanna Judkins (Clarke) – 11.64m$
High Jump – Vashti Nwagbaraocha (William Penn) – 1.65m
Shot Put – Shelbie Williams (William Penn) – 12.65m
Discus – LaVon Davis (Grand View) – 43.58m
Pole Vault – Maggie Shea (Baker) – 2.95m
Heptathlon – Shelley Laures (Benedictine) – 4159 points

* – Meet record
$ – 2017 champion
# – 2016 champion
& – 2015 champion

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Hawks Poised For Big Tens

Brittany Brown-Iowa ©Darren Miller hawkeyesports.com

Brittany Brown-Iowa
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THIS WEEK 
The University of Iowa track and field team opens the 2018 postseason at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, Friday through Sunday.

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FOLLOW ALONG
Fans can follow results at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Notable results from each meet will be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf. All live results links will be posted on the team’s schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.

BROADCAST INFO
FloTrack will provide a live stream of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (subscription required).

ALL-BIG TEN RETURNEES
The Hawkeyes return five All-Big Ten performers from 2017, including Big Ten Champions Brittany Brown and Laulauga Tausaga.

  •     Brown was a Big Ten Champion in the 200 meters for the second consecutive year, running a wind-aided 22.30 in 2017. Brown was also named second-team All-Big Ten in the 100 meters after her 11.35 effort in the 100 meters.
  •     Tausaga won the first Big Ten discus championship in Iowa history with a facility-record setting throw of 180-feet, 5-inches (55 meters).
  •     Junior Mar’yea Harris was a second-team All-Big Ten performer with a runner-up finish in the 400 meters (45.71).
  •     Senior O’Shea Wilson is the only returner from Iowa’s second place 400-meter relay (39.75).
  •     Junior Reno Tuufuli earned a second place finish in the discus with a throw of 200-feet, 9-inches.

BIG TEN LEADERS
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in seven events and one relay.

WILSON SET FOR FIFTH B1G CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior O’Shea Wilson is set to compete in his fifth and final Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Wilson bursted onto the scene with a Big Ten Championship in the 400-meter relay in 2014.  In 2017, Wilson earned second-team All-Big Ten honors with a second place finish in the 400-meter relay.

GUILLORY LOOKING FOR TITLE NUMBER 3
Junior Briana Guillory returns to the Big Ten Championships looking for her third Big Ten Outdoor title. The 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year won the 200 meters (22.95) and ran on Iowa’s 1,600-meter relay. During the 2018 indoor season, Guillory won the 400 meter Big Ten title and finished runner-up in the 200 meters. The Antioch, California, native then went on to place fifth in the country in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

HAWKEYES WIN BACK-TO-BACK HY-VEE CUPS
The University of Iowa men’s track and field team captured its second consecutive Hy-Vee Cup at the 109th Drake Relays on April 28. Iowa tallied 32 total points, including a win in the 1,600-meter relay.
The Hy-Vee Cup is a competition over five relays — the 3,200-meter relay, sprint medley relay, distance medley relay, 400-meter relay, and 1,600-meter relay.
Iowa set the fourth-fastest time in program history in the 3,200-meter relay (7:28.33, 2nd place), the fifth-fastest time in the sprint medley relay (3:18.11, 2nd place), and the fifth-fastest time in the distance medley relay (9:50.70, 3rd place).

WHITE FLAGS WAVING
Iowa left the Drake Relays with Championship flags in four events  – the men’s shot put, women’s shot put, women’s 400-meter hurdles, and 1,600-meter relay
Junior Reno Tuufuli captured his second Drake Relays championship after winning the discus in 2017. Tuufuli threw a season best mark of 60-feet, 8.5-inches (18.50 meters). Tuufuli is the third Hawkeye to win a Drake Relays shot put title in school history (Kemeny, 2004, Gambol, 1987).
Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga broke her own school record in the women’s shot put with a 64-foot, 11.25-inch throw in her final attempt. Tausaga grabs Iowa’s first white flag in the women’s shot put in Drake Relays history.
Senior Sommer Sharpe won her first Drake Relays title in the 400-meter hurdles. Sharpe ran 59.73 for the team’s third event title.
The men’s 1,600-meter relay of DeJuan Frye, Collin Hofacker, Chris Thompson, and Mar’yea Harris won Iowa’s second-straight 4×400 title. The Hawkeyes’ title in the 1,600-meter relay was their 11th win in Drake Relays history and their 3:05.05 is the fastest time recorded in Des Moines.

THE MORE YOU KNOW

  • The men have crowned 132 Big Ten Outdoor Champions in their 106 year history.
  • The women have won 32 Big Ten Outdoor Championships since 1982.
  • Iowa’s most Big Ten Championships have come in the javelin throw with 11 titles. (Last by Matt Byers, 2012).
  • Since Joey Woody took over the program in 2015, the women have won five Big Ten titles. Iowa won nine from from 2005-2014.
  • Iowa has won multiple Big Ten titles every year since 2009.
  • The men have won the 400-meter relay in three of the past six years.

NCAA LEADERS
Iowa has three athletes represented in the NCAA top 10.

  • Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga: Discus (5th; 196-feet, 5-inches)
  • Senior Jahisha Thomas: Long Jump (9th; 21-feet, 1.5-inches)
  • Senior Will Dougherty: Decathlon (10th; 7,673 points)

HAWKEYES #1 IN TRIPLE JUMP
The Hawkeye women’s triple jump group is ranked No. 1 by USTFCCCA with a team average of 40-feet, 4.75-inches. The team is led by Jahisha Thomas who holds the 12th best jump in the NCAA at 43-feet, 8.5-inches followed by Tria Simmons at 39-feet, 10.75-inches.

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The top 48 athletes in each event and top 24 relays and multi-event athletes qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary round in Sacramento, California, May 24-26.

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
©Jim Kirby 2018

Strong Showing For Mustangs at Drake

Jason Kenny-Schaller-Morningside ©Jim Kirby 2018

Jason Kenny-Schaller-Morningside
©Jim Kirby 2018

Morningside College finished second in the men’s race and third in the women’s race in the Iowa college division distance medley relays in Saturday’s action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Mustangs’ men’s distance medley team of Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa; Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa; and Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, combined for a time of 10:15.63 to finish as the runner-up behind Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) rival Northwestern College, which topped the nine-team field with a time of 10:09.57.

Morningside’s women’s distance medley team of Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa; Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua; Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; and Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa; combined for a time of 12:18.53 to finish third in an eight-team field behind Northwestern (12:00.62) and Central College (12:16.77).

Elijah Young-DM Lincoln-ISU
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Cyclones Set For Drake

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

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
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The shortest trip of the outdoor season awaits the Iowa State track and field teams this weekend, as the Cyclones head to Des Moines for the 2018 Drake Relays. Competition for the Cyclones begins with the Distance Carnival on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m., with competition following all day Friday and Saturday.

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Tickets for all sessions are still available through the Drake Ticket Office, here.

Live video will be provided by USATF.TV, a subscription-based service. For more info, click here. NBC Sports Network will have live coverage from the meet on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Live results will come via Prime Time Timing, here.

On the track, with many of the Cyclone runners having already achieved times that will qualify them for the NCAA West Prelims next month, the focus will be on the relays. The Cyclone middle distance and distance squads will be looking to collect Drake Relays flags in the 4x800s and distance medley relays, while the ISU men will look to build on last weekend’s 3:07.57 in the 4×400-meter relay.

Individually, the Cyclone women will see Karly Ackley and Anne Frisbie in the women’s 5,000 on Thursday night, a field that includes multiple-time NCAA champion Karissa Schweitzer from Missouri. The Cyclone hurdlers will be the ones to watch on the men’s side, with Logan Schneider having a strong season, and Elijah Young running in his hometown of Des Moines.

In the field, Jhoanmy Luque will be back to defend her titles in the university/college long jump and triple jump. The Cyclones will also bring strong squads in the field events, with Vlad Pavlenko and Chris Celonain the men’s hammer throw, and Essence Henderson entered in the women’s discus and shot put.

Iowa State Entries (as of Apr. 22)
Men
800m Run: Zach Black
1,500m Run: Zach Black, Greyson Dolezal
5,000m Run: Greyson Dolezal, John Nownes
110m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Elijah Young
4x400m Relay: One Team
4x800m Relay: One Team
Sprint Medley Relay: One Team
Distance Medley Relay: One Team
High Jump: Cody Durbin
Hammer Throw: Chris Celona, Vlad Pavlenko
Javelin: Blake Hughes

Women
800m Run: Larkin Chapman
5,000m Run: Karly Ackley, Anne Frisbie, Adriana Kammerer
100m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier
400m Hurdles: Emma Whigham
3,000m Steeplechase: Abby Caldwell
4x800m Relay: One Team
4×1,600m Relay: One Team
Distance Medley Relay: One Team
Long Jump: Tasha Frazier, Jhoanmy Luque
Triple Jump: Jalaiya Bartley, Jhoanmy Luque
Shot Put: Essence Henderson, Keiara Williams
Discus: Essence Henderson
Hammer Throw: Tessa Krempel

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

Panthers Set For Drake

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

After a very successful start to the 2018 outdoor season, the University of Northern Iowa track and field program will face a big test this week as the Panthers make the short trip to Des Moines for the Drake Relays on April 25-28.

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The event will be held at the Blue Oval in Des Moines, with the first day of action starting on Wednesday, April 25 and wrapping up on Saturday, April 28. Drake, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Ohio State will be just a few of the big names to join the Panthers for competition at the Drake Relays this week.

UNI will send 26 student-athletes on the men’s side and 25 on the women’s side this week, with the first events starting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Panthers head to Drake after another successful weekend on the track, UNI won a total of 12 events at the Tom Botts Invite to close out action in Missouri. Senior Sarah Pate claimed MVC Track Athlete of the Week honors after breaking her own school record in the hammer throw, earning a mark of 207-02 in the event to take first overall.

LIVE RESULTS
Live results and heat sheets for the Drake can be found here. A live stream is available through USATF.TV, which requires a subscription.

UP NEXT
Following this week’s action in Des Moines, the Panthers will compete at the Wisconsin Twilight on Friday, May 4 in Madison. The Panthers will compete at the MVC Outdoor Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 11-13.  

SOCIAL MEDIA
Get all the latest information on the team by following @UNITrackFieldXC on Twitter and @UNITrackandField on Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at @UNIAthletics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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Hawks’ Laulauga Tausaga by Darren Miller For Hawkeyesports.com

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa ©Darren Miller/Hawkeyesports.com

Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa
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There better be seaweed and Spam handy when University of Iowa sophomore Laulauga Tausaga celebrates holidays or victories in a throws ring.

Courtesy Hawkeyesports.com, click here! Feature photo:  Laulauga Tausaga-Iowa©Darren Miller/Hawkeyesports.com    The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide. 

A frequent custom when Tausaga was 7-years-old in Hawaii was to pop into 7-Eleven and grab musubi, a tasty delicacy made of rice, seaweed, and Spam. When she moved to Spring Valley, California, Tausaga quickly realized she was no longer on the island. No convenience store in the area stocked musubi.

“My heart was broken when I couldn’t find it,” she said.

Gold medals, Big Ten championships, and All-America honors aren’t the only things Tausaga has intorduced to Iowa City. When former Iowa throws coach Andrew Dubs announced “Throwsgiving,” a late November social gathering for the Hawkeyes’ throws unit, Tausaga’s potluck contribution was the childhood favorite.

“I had Spam, I had seaweed, and I had rice,” Tausaga said. “I put it together and everybody called them Spam bars.”

Soon, teammates were asking for the recipe.

Throwers across the country would be wise to pay attention to Tausaga’s recipe for success. She already holds school records in the indoor shot put (54-feet, 2-inches), weight throw (65-8 ¾), outdoor shot put (53-6 ¼), and discus (196-4) midway through her second outdoor season. She won the Big Ten Conference discus title as a freshman and became a first-team All-American by placing seventh in the discus at the NCAA Championships on June 10, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon.

“The philosophy I go by is, there is always going to be someone better than you,” Tausaga said. “Celebrate the victories you do have, but understand that right after that, we have to go back to work. You have the highs, then you have to go back to fixing the lows.

“There are girls who have more talent than you or work much harder than you, so they produce higher marks. You need to understand that you have to count the small victories and make sure you are building for the next one.”

Tausaga was a three-sport athlete at Mount Miguel High School in LaPresa, California. Technically, she played four sports if you add her senior season of water polo, an activity she said she would “never be coming back to.”

“It was a great experience to try something new, but thank God I only had one more year of high school,” Tausaga said.

Not a fan of running, Tausaga originally balked — twice actually — when a basketball coach suggested she try track and field. The track part didn’t pan out, but she thrived in the field.

“There was minimal running, you could eat whatever you wanted, there was no weigh-in to be a certain weight,” Tausaga said. “There was a little weight room, but nothing major.”

And as a freshman in high school, she reached 40 feet in the shot put.

“I was like, ‘Maybe I can get used to this,'” Tausaga said.

Her efforts consistently improved. As a sophomore in 2014, Tausaga was 13th in the shot put at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. As a junior in 2015, she was third, one spot behind current Hawkeye teammate Nia Britt. As a senior in 2016, Tausauga was runner-up.

One of the reasons Iowa first reached out to Tausauga in the recruiting process was because of the connection between her and Britt.

“She was my rival, one of the people I wanted to beat, but it didn’t happen (in high school),” Tausauga said. “Now we’re best of friends.”

Partly because the Iowa track and field coaches wouldn’t take no, no, or no for an answer.

“I came on the visit and it was amazing,” Tausaga said. “I went home and the next week I told my mom I wanted to commit to the University of Iowa. She was like, really? Are you OK with being that far away from home? I said I feel at home there, I like the people, I like the coach. I said I’m going to go.”

Tausauga continued to perform well after a flawless transition when Eric Werskey replaced Dubs as throws coach in August 2017. In Tausauga, Werskey saw a physical specimen who was committed to moving forward.

“Lagi is very gifted and I believe she can contend for a national title,” Werskey said. “We have remained very consistent; even on our off days it is still better than a lot of other people in the country. That sets her up for a positive postseason. We just have to get through the rounds. Once we get on the day I trust she will do very well.”

Heading into the Drake Relays on April 26-28, Tausauga is ranked first in the Big Ten in discus, fourth in shot put, and 15th in hammer throw.

“I want to get over 60 meters in the discus; make sure I can contend for the top spot in the country,” Tausaga said. “I want to make sure I’m able to make a final at the national meet and see if I can produce the same things I have at outdoor Big Ten — get another title, help get team points.”

Life as a Hawkeye is going well for Tausaga, aside from the occasional — OK, frequent — mispronunciation of her name. She has been called everything from Lora, Lana, Layna, Liliga, and Luluga.

“It’s simple. It rhymes, you can’t go wrong,” Tausaga said. “My mom gave me a nickname, but people couldn’t even say Lagi, so it became Lani, which I detest.”

Phonetically, her Samoan nickname, Lagi, is pronounced Long-ee.

“Sounds like there is an N in it, but there isn’t,” she said.

It is easier to refer to her by monikers such as school record-holder, Big Ten champion, or All-American. And she is carrying on more than Iowa’s strong tradition in the throwing events. In fact, Tausaga wouldn’t let Werskey discontinue Throwsgiving last November.

“Just because the coach left doesn’t mean the legend can’t go on,” Tausaga said.

Did she rely on her go-to dish of musubi as a sophomore?

“I made mashed potatoes this time,” she said.

The seaweed and Spam is being saved for a postseason victory party.

Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln honored as a U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence
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Claire Jones-CB Lincoln Finalist For Army Award of Excellence

Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln  ©Mike Brynes 2017

Claire Jones-HS Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln senior Claire Jones was honored as one of 25 finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence on Tuesday.

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“It was an honor to be on stage today accepting this award,” said Jones. “It is a testament to all the hard work I have put in throughout high school.”

Presenting her with the award was NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Andre Tippett.

“She is a great person with a good heart,” said Tippett. “She is a great athlete who is very sound academically and who is very willing to give back to the community.”

Jones participates in a variety of activities at Abraham Lincoln High School including basketball, cross country and track.  Among her accomplishments during her high school athletic career was being selected to the Senior All-Star Game for basketball and as an All-Conference Runner in cross country.

In addition to her work in the classroom and in sports, Claire assists with the Junior Lynx Girl’s Basketball Program and AFJROTC community service program.

She currently holds a 4.39 grade-point average and will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point upon graduation from Abraham Lincoln in June.  During an interview with local news media representatives, she gave credit to her teachers and coaches for supporting her in her academic, athletic and community service pursuits.

During the ceremony, Abraham Lincoln High School principal Bridgette Bellows accepted a plaque on behalf of the school, and teacher Sarah Steinmetz was recognized for supporting Jones and other students in their success.

The winner of the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence will be announced on August 4 during a special luncheon in Canton, Ohio.

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Mizzou’s Schweizer Comes Back Home For the Drake Relays

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri
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Karissa Schweizer, a senior on the University of Missouri track & field team, is returning to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with hopes of etching her name into the Drake Relays record book.

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The Urbandale, Iowa, native and Dowling Catholic graduate will compete in the University/College Division 5,000 meters Friday, April 26, at 7:53 p.m. The current record of 15:31.18 was set by Cathy Branta-Easker of Wisconsin in 1985, 11 years before Schweizer was born.  Schweizer owns a personal best of 15:18.69 in the event, set last summer at the USA Track & Field Championship.

 

“The Drake Relays holds a special place in my heart and it means the world for me to be able to come back to race in my hometown,” Schweizer said. “If I were able to set a record at this year’s Relays, it would be the cherry on top to a long career of running on the Blue Oval!”

 

Schweizer has won five total NCAA Championships at Missouri including indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters this season. The budding star competed in the elite invitational section of the 1,500 meters at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished eighth in a race that featured 11 professional runners and six Olympians.

 

“For generations, the Drake Relays has helped cultivate and provide a showcase for the best talent in the state of Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Karissa is one of those talented athletes that our fans have watched grow up before their eyes on the Blue Oval. She’s made history at Missouri and we’re honored that her final race as a collegian at Drake Stadium has the potential to be a record-setting performance. Fans that have supported Karissa and anyone who enjoys watching Iowans make history won’t want to miss Thursday night at the Drake Relays.”

 

All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and DrakeTix.com.

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Mumm Sparks Mustangs at Friends’ Open

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside ©Mike Brynes 2017

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside
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Morningside athletes combined to win 11 events at Sunday’s Friends University Spring Open track & field meet in Wichita, Kan.

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Morningside dominated the competition in the men’s hurdle events with the top three finishers in the 110-meter hurdles and the top two finishers in the 400-meter hurdles.

Reece Jackson, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.76 seconds, followed by Jacobus Noble, a sophomore from Sioux City, in second place with a time of 14.89 and Chase Hiser, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, in third place with a time of 15.66.

Noble won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.39 followed by Hiser in second place with a time of 55.97.

Aside from his victory in the 110-meter hurdles, Jackson also won the high jump by clearing a height of 6-4 3/4.

Kati Kneifl, a junior from Sheldon, Iowa, and Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, also won two events. Kneifl won the women’s long jump with a leap of 16-7 3/4 and triumphed in the javelin with a distance of 122-2. Mumm doubled in the women’s 800 and 1500-meter runs with winning times of 2:16.58 and 4:43.92, respectively.

 

 

The Mustangs also had individual event victories from Megan Maaske, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a time of 19:28.90 in the women’s 5000-meters and Colton Tracy, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 154-8 in the men’s discus.

Morningside won the men’s 1600-meter relay with a winning time of 3:27.53 from the quartet of Noble, Hiser, Michael Rizzi, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo.; and Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa.

The Mustangs ran uncontested to win the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:18.97 from Rose Pelelo-Ray, a junior from Merrill, Iowa; Claire Kortlever, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; and Mumm.

Morningside had second place finishes from Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 11:59.45 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase; Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 12.46 in the women’s 100-meters; Alexandra George, a sophomore from Seward, Neb., with a time of 19:35.04 in the women’s 5000-meters; Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 51.10 in the men’s 400-meters; and Kenny with a time of 1:56.89 in the men’s 800-meters.

Joseph added a fourth place time of 26.00 seconds in the 200-meters to her runner-up effort in the 100-meters.

 

 

Aurora Arevalo, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, finished third in the women’s 200-meters with a time of 25.81 seconds and added a fourth place distance of 108-8 in the javelin.

The Mustangs had third place finishes from Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa, with a time of 1:57.92 in the men’s 800-meters; and Zac Hazen, a freshman from Verdigre, Neb., with a distance of 41-11 1/2 in the men’s triple jump.

Natalie Lambert, a sophomore from Paton, Iowa, finished fourth in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:23.77.

The Mustangs had fifth place finishes from Meagan Anderson, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a distance of 138-11 in the women’s hammer throw and Brian Johnston, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, Neb., with a distance of 40-1 1/2 in the men’s triple jump.

Morningside will compete in the Sioux City Relays on April 13 and 14.