Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou’s Schweizer Brings Another Good Performance to Fayetteville

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou Track & Field logged ten top-ten finishes on the second day of competition at the Razorback Invitational on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers competed against some of the top teams in the nation, including 12 teams between both the men’s and women’s sides that are ranked within the top-25 nationally.

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Redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) highlighted the second day action, setting a new Mizzou program record in the indoor 3000m run. His time of 8:00.21 in the 3000m Invitational earned him a second-place finish and narrowly beat out teammate Kieran Wood’s previous school record in the event. George also holds the fifth-fastest time in the 5000m run, set during the 2017-18 season.


Redshirt sophomore Jayson Ashford (Fairview Heights, Ill.) also earned a spot in the Mizzou record book with his performance in the 400m dash. Ashford moved into eighth place in program history in the event and set a new PR with a time of 47.58. With this move, Ashford becomes the second active athlete on the top-10 list, a few spots behind teammate Nylo Clarke (Riverside, Mo.). Clarke holds the third-fastest 400m time in program history. He also set the seventh-fastest 200m dash time in yesterday’s competition.

Sophomore Martin Prodanov (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) finished fourth in the Mile Invitational with a time of 4:04.02. This was Prodanov’s first appearance in the mile of the season, but he earned a first-place finish in the 3000m at last week’s Texas Aggie Invitational.

Off of the track, senior Emily Stauffer (Reinholds, Penn) set a new personal record in the women’s shot put with a mark of 15.66m (51-4.5), earning a third-place finish. Stauffer also competed in the weight throw on Friday, earning a mark of 17.78m (58-4).


Head Coach Brett Halter “We had great competitive efforts today and had a lot of competitive integrity. We had some very significant performances on both the field and the track. We’re coming up on an important time as we transition to championship season.”

“It was very exciting to see the marks as a team and we want to progress over the next two to four weeks as we slide into the SEC Championship. I’m extremely proud of both teams. I’m thrilled for Thomas and his effort to set the school record. It was one of many great performances this weekend.”


Mizzou will return to action at home next Friday, February 7 for the Mizzou Open. The meet will take place at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse, with field events beginning at 10:45 a.m., followed by the track events at 11:30 a.m.

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


3000M Run, Men – 25. Marquette Wilhite, 8:34.97

3000M Run, Women – 5. Ginger Murnieks, 9:50.38 PR // 10. Isabelle Christiansen, 10:05.34 // 15. Lexi Maddox, 10:17.81 PR

400m Run, Men – 2. Jayson Ashford, 47.58 PR (SR#8) // 12. Jacob Brunsman, 48.80 PR // 18. Blake Hays 49.24 PR

400M Run, Women – 19. Morgan O’Neal, 56.69 PR

Mile Run, Men – 21. Victor Mugeche, 4:18.42 PR

Mile Run, Women – 6. Melissa Menghini, 4:55.19 // 25. Tori Findley, 5:08.95

60M Dash, Men – 23p. Jalen Knox, 7.01 // 30p. Nyles Thomas, 7.12

60M Dash, Women – 25p. Jazmyn Shumaker, 7.91

800M Run, Men – 8. Jonathan Schmidt, 1:51.60 PR // 17. Robert Kuhlmann, 1:53.32 // 23. Dylan Quisenberry, 1:55.38

800M Run, Women – 29. Kelsey Schweizer, 2:17.07 // 31. Faramola Shonekan, 2:18.17 // 33. Michaela Hackbarth, 2:20.49 // 35. Emma Roth, 2:25.07

3000m Invitational – 2. Thomas George, 8:00.21 PR (SR #1)

Mile Run Invitational, Men – 4. Martin Prodanov, 4:04.02

Mile Run Invitational, Women – 7. Sarah Chapman, 4:42.65 PR

4x400M Relay, Men – 11. Brunsman, Ashford, Hays, Kuhlmann, 3:15.73


Shot Put, Men – 9. Devin Roberson, 16.07m (52-8.75) PR

Shot Put, Women – 3. Emily Stauffer, 15.66m (51-4.5) PR // 9. Emily Offenheiser, 14.36m (47-1.5)


Heptathlon, Men – 10. Jason Edwards, 4899 points

60M Hurdles – 8.95 (757 pts)

Pole Vault – 4.50m (14-9)

10000M Run – 3:15.21

Central Cross Country
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Dutch Men and Women Earn Academic Honors

Central Women's XC ©Dutch Athletes 2019

Central Women’s XC
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Both the Central College men’s and women’s cross country teams earned USTFCCCA all-academic team honors as announced late Thursday night.

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Individually, Nate Sanders (junior, Waukee) and Will DeHaan (sophomore, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) were also recognized by the association.

To qualify for the distinction, an individual student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater on a 4.0 scale and finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships. Teams are honored by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or greater and competing in at least five different varsity competitions with at least five runners representing their school at each meet.

The women’s team compiled a 3.17 GPA to earn all-academic honors for the 10th year in a row and 13th time overall. The men’s team had a 3.17 GPA and earned the award for the fifth time in the last six years.

Sanders is an exercise science major with a 3.79 GPA and took 29th at the Central Regional. DeHaan finished 42nd at the regional meet and is an undeclared major with a 4.0 GPA.

Mitchell Day-ISU, Milo Greder-ISU and Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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Pollard Among Cyclones Academic Award Winners

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
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Three members of the No. 4 Iowa State men’s cross country team were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. The Cyclones saw Mitchell Day, Milo Greder and Thomas Pollard all honored, while the team received the All-Academic Team award for their cumulative accomplishments in the classroom.

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This is the third-straight year Greder has earned All-Academic honors in cross country, while Pollard won his third All-Academic honor across cross country and track & field. This is Day’s first All-Academic honor from the USTFCCCA.

Day’s first season as a member of the Cyclone cross country team was a good one, as he was one of ISU’s top individuals across the post season. Day earned All-Big 12 (11th at Big 12 Championships) and All-Midwest Region (24th at Regional Championships) honors, and finished his season by finishing 51st, third among the Cyclone contingent, at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Alpena, Michigan native is a Pre-Liberal Studies major.

Greder continued his yearly tradition of being one of Iowa State’s most reliable post-season performers. For a third-straight season, Greder earned All-Big 12 honors (ninth at Big 12 Championships) and a third-straight All-Midwest Region nod (13th at Regional Championships). He was the Cyclones’ fourth finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, coming in at 72nd place. The Omaha native is a communications studies major.

Pollard, who returned to cross country after missing 2018 on a medical redshirt, bounced back in a big way with All-Big 12 (15th at conference championships) and All-Region (18th at Regional Championships) to his name. His hard-work in the classroom was recognized by the Big 12, as he was named the 2019 Big 12 Cross Country Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Pollard received his Bachelor’s degree in December and is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Information Systems and Business Analytics.

Simpson Women's XC Kyli Orr-Mt Vernon Lisbon, Emily Buchheit-Dub. Hemp, Katie Murano-DCG, Sophie Hall-DM Roosevelt and Audrey Klein-DM Lincoln 

Storm XC Teams Earn Academic Awards

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson  ©Jim Kirby 2020

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson
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The Simpson cross country teams earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic awards, while Spencer Moon was honored as an All-Academic Individual, the USTFCCCA announced on Thursday.

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Moon tallied a 30th-place finish at the NCAA Central Region Championships to become the Storm’s first freshman to garner All-Region honors since 1995, while majoring in accounting. The men ended 10th for their second top-10 placing in three seasons at the event and carried a 3.22 GPA during the season. The women finished 22nd and produced a 3.29 GPA inside the classroom.

For a team to be considered for this honor, it must have compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Overall, there were 384 teams honored by the USTFCCCA. In order to qualify for this honor as an individual, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
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Kohat-Jackson Selected All-Academic Team

 Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
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The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that both the men’s and women’s cross country programs at the University of Minnesota have been selected as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams for the 2019 cross country season while a trio of Maroon & Gold cross country runners were bestowed with USTFCCCA All-Academic merits.

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Both cross country programs led the Big Ten in team cumulative grade point averages with the women carrying a 3.65 team GPA and the men carrying a 3.44 team GPA. In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period.

Meanwhile, Abby Kohut-Jackson, Alec Basten and Anastasia Korzenowskiwere selected for individual honors on behalf of the University of Minnesota. In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships or as an All-American at the NCAA Championships.

Wyatt Schmidt-Northeast-Wartburg
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Knights Run Well at St. Ambrose Invite

 Ryan Bonthius-Regina-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2020

Ryan Bonthius-Regina-Wartburg
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The Wartburg men’s track & field team totaled 39 points to place eighth of 16 teams during the Saint Ambrose University Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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Six Knights recorded points for Wartburg in respective events.

Senior sprinter Denison Harrington scored points for the Orange & Black in a pair of events. Harrington took sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.12, and took eighth in the 200-meter dash at 23.16.

A pair of Knights earned runner-up finishes. In the 1,000-meter run, Wyatt Schmidt took second with a time of 2:36.79, while Dallas Wright cracked the Wartburg Indoor Top 10 list in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.41.

Grant Olson and Ryan Bonthius also scored points in the 1K with times of 2:41.92 and 2:42.14, respectively.

In the 600-meter run, Wartburg’s Nick Kennicker notched four points with a fifth place time of 1:25.74. Devante Pearsoncontributed six points in the high jump with a mark of 6-1.25.

Up Next
The Knights return to action next weekend, hosting the Wartburg Indoor Selects Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Erica Rittgers-SE Valley-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2020

Erica Rittgers-SE Valley-Wartburg
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The Wartburg women’s track & field team took third of 16 teams at the Saint Ambrose University Invitational Saturday, Jan. 25, tallying 87 points.

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Freshman Breya Christopher contributed 18 points for the Knights. She won the high jump for a second consecutive weekend with a first place jump of 5-5. In addition, she recorded a second place triple jump of 36-7.5, which now ranks inside Wartburg’s Indoor Top 10 list.

Cherisse Ward also scored points in the triple jump with a seventh place mark of 35-1.25, along with a fourth place long jump of 17-6. Haley Beckert also tallied four points in the high jump at 4-11, good for fifth place.

Another pair of Knights, Erica Rittgers and Alanna Muhammad recorded runner-up times. Rittgers took second with a mile time of 5:19.50. Muhammad took second in the 60-meter dash at 7.82, along with a third place time in the 200-meter dash at 26.25.

In the 400-meter run, a trio of Knights recorded points. Carson McSorley, Taylan Olson, and Jaderial Staebler took fourth, fifth, and seventh, respectively. In the 600-meter run, Bri Dellamuth, Marissa Nolan, and Abby DeBaille placed sixth through eighth to register nine points.

Wartburg also found success in the 60-meter hurdles, adding 16 points with four Knights inside the top-8. Maggi Bjustrom led the way with a runner-up time of 9.24.

Up Next
The Knights return to action next weekend, hosting the Wartburg Indoor Selects Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson 
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Storm’s Moon Breaks 32 Year-Old Record

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson  ©Jim Kirby 2020

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson
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Freshman Spencer Moon broke a 32-year old record in the 3,000 meters to highlight the Simpson men’s and women’s track and field teams at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational on Friday.

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In his first time running in the event, Moon crossed the finish in third with a time of 8:37.19 to clip the previous mark of 8:38.98 set by Dave Halferty in 1988. This is the second record the men have broken in the last two weeks.

Carter Berkey captured two second-place finishes in the field events. Berkey leaped 6.45 meters in the long jump and 12.05 meters in the triple jump to secure the best results the men received at the meet.

Ean Warrick and Levi Lefebure finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1,000 meters. Austin Greenwalt tallied fifth in the 600 and Sam Adeniyi crossed in eighth. Adeniyi also earned fifth in the 60-meter hurdles for the men. Carter Frickesprinted to seventh in the 60-meter dash.

MaKenzie Laughlin-Johnston-Simpson and Abby Loeke-W. Delaware-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2020

MaKenzie Laughlin-Johnston-Simpson and Abby Loeke-W. Delaware-Simpson
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For the women, Mackenzie Laughlin raced to fourth in the 1,000 meters for the team’s best result. Laughlin ended in 3:18.01 and also had a ninth-place nod in the mile. Abby Loecke and Cat Lucht finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the event with Laughlin.

Jamie Glanz placed ninth in two events for Simpson, one on the track and one in the field events. Glanz had a time of 1:53.01 in the 600 and she leaped 1.44 meters in the high jump.

Up Next
Simpson will take part in the Wartburg Select Meet in Waverly, Iowa on Friday, Jan. 31.

Men’s Meet Report
60 — 7. Carter Fricke, 7.17 | 10. Carter Berkey, 7.24 | 32 Elliott Meyer, 7.76
200 — 22. Carter Fricke, 23.58 | 24. Kellen Fitch, 23.79 | 34. Carter Berkey, 24.62
400 — 13. Craig Garrison, 51.26
600 — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 1:29.38 | 8. Sam Adeniyi, 1:31.20 | 9. Cameron Sand, 1:33.16
1000 — 4. Ean Warrick, 2:47.26 | 5. Levi Lefebure, 2:47.30 | 11. Tyler Combs, 2:55.99
1600 — 15. Josh Paulson, 4:33.12 | 21. Ean Warrick, 4:39.58 | 22. Cale Billheimer, 4:39.69
3000 — 3. Spencer Moon, 8:37.19 | 15. Shane Breheny, 8:58.63 | 20. Jonathan Facio, 9:05.63
60 Hurdles — 5. Sam Adeniyi, 8.50 | 11. Max Cleveland, 8.79 | 15. Elliott Meyer, 8.84
Shot Put — 11. Mason Spree, 12.36m | 14. Brennan Linn, 11.89m
Weight Throw — 9. Mason Spree, 15.05m | 22. Brennan Linn, 10.87m
High Jump — 11. Sam Adeniyi, 1.88m | 12. Austin Greenwalt, 1.88m | 13. Max Cleveland, 1.88m
Long Jump — 2. Carter Berkey, 6.45m
Triple Jump — 2. Carter Berkey, 12.05m

Women’s Meet Report
60 — 16. Sarah Nolting, 8.43 | 18. Mackenzie Blomgren, 8.49 | 25. Makayla Baker, 9.04
200 — 30. Mackenzie Blomgren, 28.81 | 35. Sarah Nolting, 29.65 | 39. Corinne Thomas, 30.84
600 — 9. Jamie Glanz, 1:53.01 | 12. Isabella Mertens, 2:11.51
800 — 15. Mary Nelson, 2:56.88
1000 — 4. Mackenzie Laughlin, 3:18.01 | 6. Abby Loecke, 3:26.80 | 7. Cat Lucht, 3:33.49
1600 — 9. Mackenzie Laughlin, 5:37.19 | 16. Abby Loecke, 5:51.30 | 20. Sophie Hall, 6:03.06
3000 — 14. Katie Murano, 11:44.31 | 16. Kyli Orr, 11:47.28
60 Hurdles — 12. Jamie Glanz, 12.09
Shot Put — 24. Alexis Crozier, 8.15m | 25. Madison Anderson, 7.52m
Weight Throw — 27. Madison Anderson, 9.71m | 30. Alexis Crozier, 8.19m
High Jump — 9. Jamie Glanz, 1.44m
Long Jump — 10. Mackenzie Blomgren, 4.58m | 12. Jamie Glanz, 4.41m

Austin Hill-Pella-GVU
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Vikings Off to Good Start

 Isaiah Wittrock-Richland-GVU ©Doug Wells 2019

Isaiah Wittrock-Richland-GVU
©Doug Wells 2019

The men’s indoor track and field team was crowned champions of the Chelsey M. Henkenius Open on Saturday.  The Vikings took home the team crown with 187 total points.

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Viking Champions…

In the men’s 60-meter dash it was Austin Kalar (FR/Bettendorf, Iowa) who was victorious with a time of 7.20 seconds.

Carter Huyser (FR/Oskaloosa, Iowa) won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:23.15.

Grand View’s Ben Huftalin (JR/Osage, Iowa) broke the school-record in the 1 Mile run.  Huftalin posted a time of 4:24.89.

Daniel Headley (SR/Melbourne, Florida) won the Long Jump even with a jump of 6.84 meters.

In the shot put, Grand View’s Austin Hill (SR/Pella, Iowa) won the event with a toss of 14.64 meters.

Clay Siefken (SR/Burlington, Iowa) won the weight throw with a toss of 17.50 meters.

Notable Finishers…

Trey Albert (FR/Eldon, Iowa) finished in 7th place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.40 seconds.

In the 200-meter finals, Jake Clouse had the fastest time for Grand View with a 23.09 second post.  Clouse finished in 3rd place.   Malachi Thongvanh (SO/Adel, Iowa) and Timothi McMaster rounded out the top 5.

Leo Desequeira (FR/Davenport, Iowa) finished in 2nd place overall in the 400-meter dash.  Anthony Dixon (SO/Fresno, California) finished in 5th place overall.

In the 600-meter run Talon Munger (SO/Oskaloosa, Iowa) finished in 5th place with a time of 1:24.11.

Ahren Davis (SO/Ankeny, Iowa) also broke the school-record for the 1-mile run, but he finished in 2nd place to his teammate, Ben Huftalin.  Davis posted a time of 4:26.95.

The team of Tyler Miller (SO/Madrid, Iowa), Isaiah Wittrock (SO/Richland, Iowa), Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer (JR/Buffalo, New York), and Carter Huyser finished in 2nd place in the 4X400 meter relay.

Trent Beck competed in the high jump and finished in 4th place overall.  Beck also finished in 2nd place overall in the long jump.

In the Pole Vault, AJ Babino (FR/Spring, Texas) finished in 3rd place overall

Zach Stacy (SO/West Des Moines, Iowa) finished in 2nd place in the shot put, Niles Siefken (SO/Burlington, Iowa) finished in 3rd place overall, while Clay Siefken finished in 4th place.  Tyler Goeller (SR/Fairbank, Iowa) rounded out the top 5 with a 5thplace finish in the shot put.

In the weight throw, Austin Hill, Tyler Goeller, and Noah Clark (JR/Prairie City, Iowa) all finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place respectively.

Team Standings…

  1. Grand View   187pts
  2. Wartburg       157pts
  3. Hawkeye CC  66pts
  4. Upper Iowa   38pts

What’s Next?

Grand View will once again compete on January 24th in Cedar Falls, Iowa when they attend the UNI-Jack Jennett Open.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM.

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2018

Kelsey Schweizer 2nd Place Debut For Mizzou

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou with fellow Drake Relay Champions,, Janey Meilander, Kate Timboe, Sydney Miller ©Jim Kirby 2018

Kelsey Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou with fellow Drake Relay Champions,, Janey Meilander, Kate Timboe, Sydney Miller
©Jim Kirby 2018

Mizzou Track & Field totaled 12 first-place finishes at the Missouri Intercollegiate at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon. The Tigers resumed to action after winter break and dominated a second-straight home meet. The black and gold continue to build momentum before heading to back-to-back meets on the road at Texas A&M and Arkansas.

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Mizzou Head Coach Brett Halter“I thought we did great. Half of the program is in their second week back and the other half just arrived this week so both had equal challenges. We probably had a little bit of heavy legs and a lot of training heading into today’s contest. There were plenty of terrific efforts and marks. We set ourselves up well to get on to our first road trip of the season down to Texas A&M.”

On getting back into the groove of things after winter break…  “Our task is getting back into a training rhythm as school starts and it’ll take us a little while to get that established. We’re not looking to get out and set the world on fire, we’re looking to go down to College Station and execute the things we can control. We want to get things done as we move forward so we can set up nicely for mid-February for our championships and I think we’re in a good spot to do that.”

On the expectations for both squads… “Our men and women both know what they want to do. They have their own internal expectations and goals. We have things that we want to accomplish as a program and we’re going to try to control those.”


Mizzou Track & Field travels to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational which will take place on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25. The Tigers hit the road for the first time during the indoor season after a pair of home meets.

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


60m Dash, Men – 1. Nylo Clarke, 6.80  // 4. Nyles Thomas, 6.99 // 7. Caulin Graves, 7:01

60m Dash, Women – 4. Jazmyn Shumaker, 7.88 // 5. Lana Dorsey, 7:96 // 18. Maya Puller, 8.56

200m Dash, Men – 1. Jayson Ashford, 21.49 // 2. Nyles Thomas, 22.57 // 6. David Buckner, 22.98 (PR) // 8. Zachary Charles, 23.16

200m Dash, Women – 2 Morgan O’Neal, 26.04 // 3. Jazmyn Shumaker, 26.29 // 7. Arianna Butler, 27.24 // 11. Lana Dorsey, 27.75

400m Run, Men – 5. Blake Hays, 50.96 // 7. Jacob Brunsman, 51.39 // 16. Cason Suggs, 53.77

600m Run, Men – 1. Robert Kuhlmann, 1:22.69

600m Run, Women – 1. Michaela Hackbarth, 1:39.07 // 2. Kelsey Schweizer, 1:39.28 // 3. Faramola Shonekan, 1:39.99 // 5. Kelley Hackbarth, 1:59.06

800m Run, Women – 2. Shannon Browning, 2:19.55 // 4. Kayla Funkenbusch, 2:30.86

Mile Run, Men – 1. Marquette Whilite, 4:23.42

Mile Run, Women – 2. Isabelle Christiansen 5:07.91 // 3. Emma Roth, 5:23.48 // 7. Abby Hake, 5:38.95 // 8. Lilly Hamilton, 5:39.53

60m Hurdles, Men – 4. Chris McKinzy Jr. 8.50 // 7. Zachary Charles, 8.84

60m Hurdles, Women – 3. Morgan O’Neal 9.25 // 5. Arianna Butler 9.49

3000m, Women – 4. Lexi Maddox, 10:30.93 // 5. Samantha Farmer, 10:39.38 // 6. Jenna Lutzow, 10:46.99

4x400m Relay, Men – 1. Jayson Ashford, Nylo Clarke, Caulin Graves, Robert Kuhlmann, 3:22.17 // 3. Blake Hays, Cason Suggs, Jacob Brunsman, Zachary Charles, 3:25.13

4x400m Relay, Women – 2. Jazmyn Shumaker, Morgan O’Neal, Arianna Butler, Faramola Shonekan, 4:06.18 // 3. Missouri C, 4:15.78 // 4. Missouri D, 4:16.31


Coach Bob Schultz-Loras
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Duhawks Ranked Nationally

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Joey Schultz-Dubuque-Loras
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As the lone representative from the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), the Loras College men’s track and field team checked in to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Index as the No. 4 team in Division III, marking the highest rank in program history. The USTFCCCA released the first round of rankings on Wednesday.

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The Duhawks scored top-ten finishes at the 2018 and 2019 indoor national championships, highlighted by back-to-back national titles by Patrick Mikel in the 400-meter dash and six All-American performances. Mikel currently ranks fifth in Division III in the 400m after running a 48.59 at the season-opener on Dec. 7.

Ryan Rogers is also a returning All-American in the heptathlon, earning honors in both 2018 and 2019. The junior ranks third in Division III this season after setting a new school record 5,058 points in the event. He also recorded lifetime bests in the 60-meter dash (7.19 seconds), shot put (36 feet, 5.50 inches) and the pole vault (14’10.75″) and set an indoor best 6’4.25″ in the high jump.

Loras also returns Mike Jasa, Tyson Morrison and Josh Smith from the 4-by-400-meter relay team at the 2019 championship that placed third to earn All-America honors.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse owns the top spot in the preseason rankings while the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is second and Mount Union University is third. Behind the Duhawks in fifth is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Loras returns to the track for the first time this decade on Saturday, Jan. 18 for the Sol Butler Classic, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Events begin at 10:30 A.M.

Taylor Miller-Madrid-Grandview
©Doug Wells 2019

Vikings Kick-Off Indoor Season

Jerry Monner-Grand View ©Doug Wells 2019

Jerry Monner-Grand View
©Doug Wells 2019

The men’s indoor track and field team was dominant in the St. Ambrose Invitational this weekend.  The Vikings were crowned champions on Saturday.

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Viking Champions…

In the 800-meter finals it was Isaiah Wittrock (SO/Richland, Iowa) who won the event, posting a time of 1:59.74.

Ben Huftalin (JR/Osage, Iowa) took care of the 1,000-meter finals, winning the event with a time of 2:33.63.

In the mile run it was Anthony Rodriguez who ran a sub 5-minute mile, posting a time of 4:31.47 and won the event.

In the 4X400 meter relay, it was the Vikings team of Tyler Miller (SO/Madrid, Iowa), Daniel Headley (SR/Melbourne, Florida), Alonzo Rodriguez Spencer, and Grayson Thacker (JR/Clinton, Iowa) who won the event.  They posted a time of 3:27.83.

Grand View also won the Distance Medley with the team of Trent Sivola (FR/Vinton, Iowa), Brandon Albaugh (SR/Polk City, Iowa), Jaxson Eden (SO/Atlantic, Iowa), and Chris Hatch (SO/Placerville, California) who won the event.  They posted a time of 11:50.05.

Trent Beck won the Long Jump Finals with a jump of 7.01 meters.

In the Weight Throw it was Clay Siefken (SR/Burlington, Iowa) with a throw of 18.26 meters.  Siefken won the event.


Other Notable Finishes…

Austin Kalar (FR/Bettendorf, Iowa) finished in 5th place overall in the 60-meter dash.  Kalar posted a time of 7.22 seconds.  Another Viking finished inside the top 10 in the 60-meter dash.  It was Leo Desequeira (FR/Davenport, Iowa), with a time of 7.26 seconds.

Trey Albert (FR/Eldon, Iowa) finished in 8th place overall in the 200-meter finals.  Albert posted a time of 24.04 seconds.

Two Vikings finished inside the top 5 in the 400-meter finals.  Grayson Thacker finished in 3rd place with a time of 52.10 seconds.  Jake Clouse finished right behind Thacker with a time of 52.50 seconds and a 4th place finish overall.

In the 800-meter finals, Grand View also took home 2nd place with Carter Huyser (FR/Oskaloosa, Iowa) posting a time of 1:59.95.  Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer (JR/Buffalo, New York) also took home 4th place with a time of 2:03.99.  Jaxson Eden (7thplace overall), Brandon Albaugh (9th place overall), and Gonzalo Gaytan (SO/Carrollton, Texas) (10th place overall) rounded out the Vikings efforts in the 200-meter finals.

In the 1,000-meter finals Grand View not only took home 1st place, but they also recorded five other top 10 finishers.  Anthony Rodriguez (4th place), Talon Munger (SO/Oskaloosa, Iowa) (5th place), Trevor Albert (JR/Eldon, Iowa) (6th place), and Nick Wakefield (FR/Roland, Iowa) (8th place).

Grand View remained dominate in the Mile run as well.  Taking home 1st place, as well as Ahren Davis (SO/Ankeny, Iowa) (2ndplace), Trevor Albert (3rd place), Talon Munger (4th place), and Nick Wakefield (6th place).

In the 3,000-meter race/walk two Vikings finished in 2nd and 3rd place.  Caleb Chmelka (SO/Council Bluffs, Iowa) and Seth Diser (FR/Marshalltown, Iowa) were Grand View’s top finishers.

When the 60-meter hurdles were completed, the Vikings ended up having three top-ten finishers.  Tyler Miller finished in 3rdplace overall, Malachi Thongvanh (SO/Adel, Iowa) finished in 6th place overall, and Jacob Large (SO/Olathe, Kansas) who finished in 9th place overall.

Bubba Rutledge (SR/Tama, Iowa) finished in 2nd place in the High Jump finals.  Trent Beck also finished in 4th place overall in the high jump.

In the Pole Vault finals, it was AJ Babino (FR/Spring, Texas) who finished in 4th place with a vault of 10’6″.  Jacob Large also finished in 6th place overall in the pole vault.

Grand View had three other top 10 finishers in the long jump finals.  Trey Albert finished in 3rd place, Linc Thomas finished in 5thplace overall, and Seth Pippett (FR/Ankeny, Iowa) finished in 8th place.

The shot-put finals featured six Vikings inside the top 10 overall.  Austin Hill (SR/Pella, Iowa) led the way, finishing in 3rd place.  Zach Stacy (SO/West Des Moines, Iowa) finished in 4th place, Tyler Goeller (SR/Fairbank, Iowa) finished in 6th place, Clay Siefken finished in 7th place, Noah Clark (JR/Prairie City, Iowa) in 8th place, and Niles Siefken (SO/Burlington, Iowa) rounded out the Vikings in 10th place.

The throwers continued their dominance in the weight throw.  Austin Hill (2nd place), Tyler Goeller (3rd place), Noah Clark (4thplace), Niles Siefken (7th place), and Zach Stacy (10th place) all finished inside the top 10.


The Standings…

The Vikings finished in 1st place overall.  The full team standings are below.

Grand View  236

Augustana    149

St. Ambrose 109

Judson            31


What’s Next?

The Vikings will be back at the oval next weekend.  They will compete in the Wartburg-Henkenius Open.  The meet will begin on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 AM.

Edwin Kurgat-ISU
©Luke Lu 2019

Cyclones Ranked High For 2020

Festus Lagat-ISU ©Luke Lu 2019

Festus Lagat-ISU
©Luke Lu 2019

The Iowa State indoor track and field season resumes next weekend in Iowa City, and the Cyclone men will be among the teams to watch across the country this winter. On Monday, FloTrack released its first prediction for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships, and has the Cyclones tied for fourth with 32 points.

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The ISU men’s squad’s prowess has already been demonstrated in a pair of December meets. On Dec. 7 in Boston at the BU Season Opener, NCAA Cross Country champion Edwin Kurgat ran an outstanding 13:24.04 in the men’s 5,000-meters, a mark that set all kinds of records. Kurgat re-set his own school record of 13:34.54 from last season’s Iowa State Classic, took down Kennedy Kithuka’s Big 12 record of 13:25.38 and moved up to No. 10 in NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field history, running the first sub-13:25 at 5K since 2012.

FloTrack projects Kurgat to win the 5,000m and finish second at 3,000 meters. Kurgat will get his first crack at the 3,000-meter run on Feb. 8 at the Millrose Games in New York City.

Festus Lagat has also been a standout performer in December, and is a key to the Cyclones’ preseason hype. At the BU Season Opener, Lagat claimed wins in the mile and the 1,000-meter run, with the latter seeing him clock a then-personal best 2:23.81. That lasted all of one week, as Lagat sped his way to a 2:20.88 at the Jimmy Grant Invitational in Iowa City, shattering Edward Kemboi’s previous school record and running the fastest 1K in NCAA Division I in over two years.

Not to be out-done, Lagat saw teammates Roshon Roomes and Daniel Nixon also go under the previous school record time, with Roomes clocking in at 2:21.29 and Nixon in 2:21.56. While the 1,000 is not an NCAA Championships event, their efforts are reflected in FloTrack’s 800-meter run projections, which puts Lagat second and Roomes seventh. Lagat took third place in the 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last June.

The trio will be crucial to the Cyclones putting up points in the distance medley relay again, which ISU took fifth place in last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Lagat and Roomes ran as part of that quartet last season and Nixon will almost certainly play a part this upcoming year.

Iowa State resumes the indoor track and field season next weekend at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in Iowa City.

Keegan TritleK-Lisbon-UNI
©Panthers Athletics 2019

Panthers Off and Running in 2020

Erin Kerkhoff-Solon-UNI  @Panthers Athletics 2020

Erin Kerkhoff-Solon-UNI
@Panthers Athletics 2020

The UNI Panther track and field team earned six first-place finishes along with 13 top-three finishes at the Hawkeye Invite Saturday in Iowa City.

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Patrice Watson led the Panther women with a first-place finish in 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.72. Sixteen total women placed picked up top-five finishes. Erin Kerkhoff earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.24. Mckayla Cole had strong performances in the mile and 3,000-meter run, finishing in second and third respectively with times of 5:05.93 and 10:12.25.
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In the field events, Katie Fare and Anna Hoyman placed second and third in Shot Put with distances of 13.50m and 13.21m. Alanna Nietert and Allison Griffin placed second and third in Weight Throw with distances of 18.82m and 18.70m.

Men’s track dominated in the field events, taking the top spots in jump events, Shot Put, and Weight Throw. Cameron Bauer earned two first place finishes in Pole Vault (4.85m) and Triple Jump (14.02m). Darius King finished first in Shot Put with a throw of 17.85m. Teamates Kyler Yodts (second), Keegan Tritle (third) and William Blaser (fifth) following closely behind taking four of the top five spots.

Chase Van Sant earned a first-place finish in the Long Jump with a distance of 7.13m. CJ May won the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:26.15. Overall, 18 athletes finished top five in their events.

The Panthers will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Bison Team Cup hosted by North Dakota State in Fargo, North Dakota.

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© 2019

Hawkeyes Host the Hawkeye Invitational

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa ©Stephen Mally/ 2019

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa
©Stephen Mally/ 2019

The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday and Saturday to kick off the 2020 season. The teams competing include Hawkeye CC, Indian Hills CC, Iowa Central, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, and Western Illinois. The meet begins Friday at 2 p.m.(CT) with the weight throw at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. On Saturday morning, jumps begin at 10 a.m. at the UI Rec Building and the running events start at 12:15 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. Admission is free.

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Fans can follow the meet on the live results page at Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf. A live video feed is available at

Four Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records. They include:
Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (17.79m) and weight throw (23.26m)
Antonio Woodard, Wayne Larence Jr.: 1,600-meter relay (3:04.94).

On Jan 6., Laulauga Tausaga became the first ever Hawkeye to be named to the 2020 Bowerman preseason watch list. The Bowerman is an annual track and field award and is the highest accolade given to the year’s best student-athlete in collegiate track and field. It is the equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy. The award is named after Oregon track and field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman and is administered by the USTFCCCA. The winner is announced December 2020. Tausaga had a record breaking 2019 season that ended with an NCAA discus title and a berth to the 2019 World Championship in Doha, Qatar, where she finished in the top five with a personal best and discus school record (63.94m).

On Dec. 18, Senior Jaylan McConico earned his first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor. McConico came off the Jimmy Grant Invitational with a new personal best (7.66), No. 2 all-time at Iowa, and a first place finish. He ranks No. 1 in the country for the 60-meter hurdles.

At the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Dec. 14, Iowa won eight individual and one relay title in the season opener. Twenty-two additional Hawkeyes earned 25 personal best marks in their respective events. There were four individuals who joined and climbed up the all-time top 10 list; Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles, 2nd), Antonise Christian (60-meter dash, 6th), Amanda Howe (weight throw, 6th), and Tyler Lienau (weight throw, 6th).

At the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Dec. 14, Kimbro took first in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.25. She ranks No.1 in the country for women. She also helped Iowa’s 1,600-meter relay team earn first at the invite.

The Hawkeyes host the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 17-18. The teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
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Ryan Schweizer Wins Mile at Blue & Gold Invite: First Race in Two Years

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame ©Fighting Irish Athletics 2019

Ryan Schweizer-Dowling-Notre Dame
©Fighting Irish Athletics 2019

The University of Notre Dame track & field program returned to the oval for the first time since the 2019 ACC Indoor Championships on Friday, with several Irish student-athletes recording notable season-opening performances at the Blue & Gold Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center

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Hosting Bethel, Butler, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Marquette and Valparaiso, the Irish claimed victories in 12 events, including a school record-breaking performance in the women’s weight throw.

Junior Rachel Tanczos shattered her own Irish mark in the second round of the weight throw, tossing a 22.10m and besting her previous personal best of 21.08 set while winning last season’s ACC Championship. In the men’s weight throw, senior Logan Kusky came up just 0.01m off his PR and the Irish record with a throw of 21.36m.

Also notable was senior Ryan Schweizer’s win in the men’s mile, running 4:15.44 in his first race in two years after missing each of the last two indoor and outdoor track seasons due to injury. In the women’s mile, senior Mikayla Schneider won for the second straight year at the Blue and Gold Invitational, racing to a 4:56.02 finish, six seconds ahead of teammate Anna Fischer in second place.

In the women’s 800, freshman Catherine Coffey (2:13.87) won her first collegiate race, using a late surge to overcome graduate student Rachel DaDamio (2:14.79), running her first career 800 distance. Coming in third was junior Laura DeVito, who shaved two seconds off her PR with a 2:15.07.

The Irish swept the top four spots in the men’s 800 with freshman Connor Shields (1:55.13), junior Matt Fraizer (1:55.34) and sophomore Luke Phillips (1:55.47, PR) finishing within the same 0.34-second period.

Also winning events for the Irish were Parker Jones (men’s 1,000m, 2:26.93), Colton Crum (men’s pole vault, 4.95m), Summer Thorpe (60m hurdles, 8.44), Abbey Kapitan (women’s shot put, 15.54m), Naya Sharp (women’s long jump, 5.62m)


Blue & Gold Invitational
Loftus Sports Center
Notre Dame, Ind.
Dec. 6, 2019


60m (Prelims)
T10. Antonio Villegas, 7.31
13. Osy Ekwueme, 7.45

3. Edward Cheatham, 48.86

1. Connor Shields, 1:55.13
2. Matt Frazier, 1:55.34
3. Luke Phillips, 1:55.47
4. Peter Werling, 1:56.76

1. Parker Jones, 2:26.93
2. Andrew Delvecchio, 2:27.46
3. Sam Voelz, 2:28.62

1. Ryan Schweizer, 4:15.44
2. Peter Monahan, 4:16.87
3. Clayton Goldman, 4:24.68

3. Jake Renfree, 8:13.88
4. Zach Kreft, 8:16.22
5. Tyler Keslin, 8:28.18
6. Skip Morrell, 8:28.77
7. Quinn Gallagher, 8:29.28
8. Dustin Macuiba, 8:33.97
9. Alex Luz, 8:34.70
11. Tom Seitzer, 8:42.29

4x400m Relay
5. Luke Phillips, Clayton Goldman, Connor Shields, Andrew Delvecchio, 3:28.20

Pole Vault
1. Colton Crum, 4.95m
6. Matthew Quintal, 4.20m

Long Jump
2. Antonio Villegas, 6.80m

Triple Jump
2. Osy Ekwueme, 13.14m

Weight Throw
1. Logan Kusky, 21.36m
2. John Stefan, 18.00m
3. Shae Watkins, 17.53m
6. Michael Shoaf, 16.16m
8. Matthew Eichten, 15.04m
9. Blake Kusky, 13.80m

Shot Put
2. Shae Watkins, 16.11m
3. John Stefan, 16.03m
4. Michael Shoaf, 15.64m
6. Grayson Zinn, 13.49m


60m (Prelims)
1. Michaela Butler, 7.86q
11. Isabelle Grassel, 8.25

60m (Finals)
3. Michaela Butler, 7.85

60m Hurdles (Prelims)
1. Naya Sharp, 8.52q
2. Summer Thorpe, 8.54q
4. Grace Cronin, 8.74q
6. Madysen Hunter, 8.90q
13. Avian Rossum, 9.36

60m Hurdles (Finals)
1. Summer Thorpe, 8.44
2. Naya Sharp, 8.51
4. Grace Cronin, 8.77
6. Madysen Hunter, 884

6. Grace Cronin, 25.09

1. Catherine Coffey, 2:13.87
2. Rachel DaDamio, 2:14.79
3. Laura DeVito, 2:15.07

1. Mikayla Schneider, 4:56.82
2. Anna Fischer, 5:02.04
3. Jessica Schneider 5:05.99
4. Olivia Niziolek, 5:08.37
5. Elizabeth Hannon, 5:09.11
6. Cassie Keyes, 5:13.04

2. Elena Denner, 10:01.53
3. Maddy VanBlunk, 10:14.85
5. MaryClare Leonard, 10:22.54

4x400m Relay
3. Laura DeVito, Mikayla Schneider, Catherine Coffey, Jessica Schneider, 4:01.69

Pole Vault
2. McKenna Caskey, 3.75m
4. Olivia Fabry, 3.45m
9. Alexandra Chlumsky, 3.15m

High Jump
2. Sarah Flight, 1.60m

Long Jump
1. Naya Sharp, 5.62m
15. Isabelle Grassel, 4.64m

Weight Throw
1. Rachel Tanczos, 22.10m
2. Abbey Kapitan, 20.45m
10. Ava Butterbaugh, 13.74m

Shot Put
1. Abbey Kapitan, 15.54m
2. Rachel Tanczos, 15.31m
6. Alesis Juntunen, 12.47m
7. Ava Butterbaugh, 12.28m