Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclone Distance Runners Shine

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

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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The final day of competition at the Iowa State Classic saw the Cyclones put up many strong performances and personal bests Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. ISU got a pair of victories on the day and a trio of impressive performances in the 800-meter run.

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In the final event of the weekend for ISU, Festus Lagat and Roshon Roomes notched personal bests in the 800m run. Roomes ran his race from the front, running at or near the rabbit, while Lagat settled into the back. However, when it came down to it the two found each other side-by-side making their moves for the finish line. Roomes crossed in third at 1:48.70, while Lagat was right behind in fourth at 1:48.80 now No. 4 and No. 5 in ISU history, respectively. At the time of publication, Roomes was ranked No. 15 on the NCAA Division I Indoor 800m list this season, Lagat 16th.

Erinn Stenman-Fahey stayed in the back of the pack for the first half of the women’s 800-meter run’s sixth section. Lett the field do battle, she began to work her way up within the final 200 and then made a big move heading onto the backstretch and into the final corner to surge ahead of the back and ease her way to the section win in an indoor personal best 2:06.20, which at the time of publication ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division I for the season.

Eric Fogltanz led wire-to-wire to take the 400-meter dash crown in 47.34. The Cyclones also got a victory form Jalaiya Bartley in the women’s triple jump, as her third jump of the day was the winning leap at 40-1 3/4 (12.22m).

Among the other highlights on Saturday was Milo Greder’s impressive performance in the men’s mile, with the redshirt freshman getting a personal best with his 4:05.74 effort, over two seconds better than his best run last month at Arkansas.

Up Next
Iowa State will take part in the JDL DMR Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
400m Dash (M):
1. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 47.34; 10. Nate Kennedy, Iowa State – 49.30; 11. Charlie Johnson, Iowa State – 49.61
400m Dash (W): 1. Maddie McCalla, UNI – 55.10; 8. Sydney Milani, Iowa State – 56.39
800m Run, Section 9 (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:48.10; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:48.70; 4. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:48.80
800m Run, Section 4 (M): 1. Xavier Wolf, Kansas – 1:50.94; 5. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 1:52.18
800m Run, Section 1 (M): 1. Karson LeComte, Nebraska – 1:54.94; 4. Franklin Shue, Iowa State – 1:56.55
800m Run, Section 6 (W): 1. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:06.20; 7. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:09.96
800m Run, Section 2 (W): 1. Lindsey Greenlund, Minnesota – 2:12.17; 6. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:14.73; 8. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:15.32
Mile Run, Section 5 (M): 1. Kenneth Hagen, Unattached, 4:01.80; 7. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:05.74
Mile Run, Section 1 (W): 1. Rachel Boice, Kentucky – 4:56.68; 11. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 5:19.91

Shot Put (M): 1. Nace Plesko, Virginia – 61-4 3/4 (18.71m); 8. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-9 3/4 (15.18m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Brittany Jones, Virginia – 51-2 3/4 (15.61m); 7. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 44-1 1/2 (13.45m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/4 (12.22m); 4. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 38-1 1/4 (11.61m)
High Jump (M): 1. Brenton Foster, Virginia – 6-11 (2.11m); 9. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-5 (1.96m)

Daniel Soto-WDM Valley-Iowa 
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Big PR Weekend For the Hawks

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-Iowa ©Darren Miller/Hawkeyesports.com 2019

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-Iowa
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It was a day of personal bests for the University of Iowa track and field team at the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational on Friday.

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The distance group led the Hawkeyes, seeing improved times in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Senior Daniel Soto broke onto the Iowa all-time list, ranking third in the 5,000 meters (13:59.82).

“I thought overall we made some progress today as a team,” Iowa Director of Track & Field Joey Woody. “It was awesome to see some of the great performances at Iowa State from our distance athletes. Dan Soto continues build on his fantastic cross country season with another big personal record today.”

Seniors Ian Eklin (14:24.17) and Bailey Hesse-Withbroe (14:43.81), and junior Megan Schott (16:39.54) ran their fastest 5,000 meters, and freshmen Noah Healy (8:15.32) and Anna Hostetler (9:35.10) ran their fastest 3,000 meters.

In the 400 meters, sophomore Aly Weum ran 55.31 and freshman Daneisha Woodsideran 57.97, recording their best times, and Maria Gorham inched her way to a new high jump best (1.66 meters, 5-5 1/4).

Junior Chris Thompson on the 600 yards in 1:11.17, senior Chris Douglas placed second and tied his personal best for the fourth time in the 60-meter hurdles (7.76), and juniors Nia Britt and Aubrianna Lantrip took third in the weight throw (18.14 meters, 59-6 1/4) and the high jump (1.66 meters, 5-5 1/4), respectively.

“I was happy to see Chris Douglas tie his personal best from last year with a time that should qualify him to the NCAA meet,” Woody said. “It was the best hurdle field in the country, so I was more excited for him to finish second and beat some NCAA caliber hurdlers.”

The Hawkeyes continue to compete in the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational on Saturday. The Iowa State Classic starts at noon (CT), and the Tyson Invitational starts at 10:30 a.m. (CT) with field events and running events start at 1:30 p.m.

Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa
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Hawk’s Lilly Has High Hopes For 2020

Carter Lilly-S.C. East-Iowa ©Mike Byrnes 2017

Carter Lilly-S.C. East-Iowa
©Mike Byrnes 2017

Carter Lilly has one season of college track awaiting, the 2019 Outdoor season at the University of Iowa. Lilly, a Drake Relays High School 800 meter champion while at Sioux City East has hopes and dreams of making the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as a part of the Philippines track and field team.

Feature photo: Carter Lilly-SC East-Iowa©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com


Lilly’s mother was born in the Philippines and he has dual citizenship.

His career as a Hawkeye is nearing the end but is far from over.  Iowa hosts the Big Ten Outdoor Championships this coming May and Lilly would love to play a big role in the Hawks winning the team title.

But first things first for the 2014 Drake Relays High School 800 champion and 2 time 4A state meet 800 runner-up from Sioux City East.

This March he will run in the Philippine national championship meet to officially try out for the team.  He will then complete his NCAA eligibility during the outdoor season.  Then in November, should he make the team, he will compete in the South East Asian Games for the Philippines.  His ultimate goal is to compete in Tokyo in 2020.  He will need to achieve the 2020 Olympic standard which has not been released yet.

During his career in Iowa City, Lilly has run on 3 Drake Relays champion relays, qualified to both the indoor and outdoor championships in the 800, has earned 8 First Team Big Ten honors.

Carter is on Iowa’s All Time Top 10 Indoor list 6 different times in 4 different events and holds the schools indoor 800 record and is on the school record, 2018 Big Ten champion Distance Medley Relay.  He is also on the Outdoor All Time list 4 times in 4 different events including #2 in the 800.

The start of the record breaking two mile relay. A young David Peterson leads off (far left)
©David Peterson 2019

A True Story by David Peterson

The winning and record setting baton ©David Peterson 2019

The winning and record setting baton
©David Peterson 2019

The signed World Record Baton. ©David Peterson 2019

The signed World Record Baton.
©David Peterson 2019

David Peterson is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the Des Moines Register.  Below is his story he originally published on Facebook.  In 2014, he published a book featuring some of his Drake Relays photos, click here!   David was one of our first guests on our Next Level Iowa Podcast.  You can see more of David’s photos at his website, click here!

Feature photo:The start of the record breaking two mile relay. A young David Peterson leads off (far left).              ©David Peterson 2019 

He ran track at Kansas State University and fifty years ago he was part of a World Record breaking two-mile relay. He shares his memories below.


THIS IS A TRUE STORY – insanely improbable but worth sharing. Fifty years ago today, four midwestern kids flew to Houston, Texas to run a relay race and ended up on top of the world. I was one of those four, along with my roommate Jerome Howe from Treynor, Ia, Bob Barratti from Wichita, Ks. and Ken Swenson from Clay Center, Ks.

For three of us, it was our first varsity competion running for Kansas State University. We were two freshman, a sophomore and a junior. Only Swenson had run in competition as a K-Stater. The track meet was the very first one ever held in the Astrodome.

I came to K-State to run with other good runners and to run in big meets like this one. But in my wildest dreams, I never saw this coming. We were entered in the two-mile relay against a stellar field. We were to each run an 880 (half mile) and the order would be Peterson, Howe, Barratti and Swenson. At the starting line (see photo) I was handed a cardboard baton with a Houston Astrodome logo on it. It was a souvenir that I would end up keeping and cherishing for 50 years.

Ken Swenson finishes the World Record Breaking Two Mile Relay in 1969 ©David Peterson

Ken Swenson finishes the World Record Breaking Two Mile Relay in 1969
©David Peterson

I ran the first leg like a scared rabbit, splitting 1:50.3, giving Jerome Howe the lead. Howe, who was mostly a miler, ran a 1:52.5, giving Bob Barratti the lead. Barratti kept our lead with a 1:50.7 and handed the baton to the incomparable Ken Swenson, who would later become an Olympian. Swenson breezed to a 1:50.2 carry and we won the race comfortably. But what we didn’t know until a few moments later was that we had just set a World Indoor Record for the two mile relay of 7:23.7.

In the joy of the moment, I remember grabbing the baton from Swenson and later having all of us sign it.

Keegan Tritle-Lisbon UNI
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Split Teams Perform Well For Panthers

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

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI
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The UNI men’s and women’s track and field teams performed admirably at during split competitions at the Notre Dame Meyo Invite and the Nebraska Husker Invite.

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The Panthers combined for 12 top-eight finishes, highlighted by Keegan Tritle’sthird-place finish in the shot put in Nebraska and Connor Ham’s third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles.

Tritle threw 60-3.25 to take third, but Darius King took third with a throw of 59-9.75 and Isaac Holtz hit 58-3.75 for eighth place.

Ham won his section of the 60h final with a time of 8.03 for third place in an event that included 34 entries. Cole Phillips finished eighth in the event with a time of 8.22.

On the women’s side, Maddie McCalla finished fifth in the 400m dash at the Meyo with a season-best time of 55.34 to improve her MVC best time by .23 of a second.

Alanna Nietert finished fifth in the weight throw with a season-best mark of 61-6.75.

Other top-eight finishers were; Lyndsie Schinkel (7th – 800m), Cade Kirkpatrick (4th – long jump), Cameron Bauer (8th – pole vault), Tayshaun Cooper (6th – 200m) and Evan Long (6th – 400m).

In total, 19 UNI athletes improved their season marks in the MVC top-20 rankings.

UP NEXT: The Panther split again next weekend with groups going to the South Dakota State Classic and the Iowa State Classic. Both meets run Friday and Saturday.

Eldon Warner-CB  Jefferson-S.Dakota
©Molly Schiermeyer-Coyotes Athletics 2018

Iowans Propel Coyotes at Jack Johnson

Eldon Warner-CB  Jefferson-S.Dakota ©Coyotes Athletics 2019

Eldon Warner-CB Jefferson-S.Dakota
©Coyotes Athletics 2019

A new meet record by senior Megan Billington, a school record by senior Lara Boman and eight event wins highlighted South Dakota in action at the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday.

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Billington broke her own meet record as she won the 5,000-meter run for the second-straight year. She lapped the field as she clocked 16 minutes, 48.62 seconds, a time two seconds shy of her career best. With the time conversion for track size, Billington moves to the top of the league and 46th nationally in the event. The Coyotes have dominated the 5,000 meters at the Jack Johnson in recent history, winning the event for seven-straight years dating back to 2013. Sophomore Abby Ripperda placed third in 17:37.60, while the Coyotes also picked up fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth place in the field.

Boman was the top collegiate finisher as she launched the weight throw 70-5 to break her own school record. The mark is four feet further than her previous best. She moved to 11th in the nation with the throw.

Junior Chris Nilsen captured the pole vault, clearing 18-8 ¾ and every bar leading up to it on his first attempted. The height ranks third in the NCAA. Classmate Nick Johnson finished runner-up with a vault of 16-10 ¼.

The Coyotes swept the top-three spots in the men’s high jump as freshman Jack Durst edged out junior Zack Anderson for first place. Both cleared 7-0 ¼, but Durst cleared the bar on a first-attempt make to earn the title. Durst moves into a tie for 29th nationally for the height, while Anderson’s season-best of 7-3 ¼ sits ninth. Sophomore Travis Larson finished third on Saturday in 6-9 ¾.

With a middle-distance sweep, senior Eldon Warner took gold in both the mile and 800 meters. He clocked a season-best of 4:09.05 in the mile, which moves him to 42nd in the nation when converted for track size. Warner captured the 800 in 1:55.88.

Sophomore Macy Heinz captured the women’s 800 meters in 2:13.99, a time less than a second shy of her indoor best set last weekend. Senior Mallory Fine placed third in 2:16.30.

Nearing USD’s program record in the event, junior Ellie Wilson captured the 600 meters in 1:36.68.

Junior Helen Falda’s pole vault title in 14-2 on Friday night rounded out the Coyotes’ eight event titles. South Dakota has won 33 titles at the Jack Johnson Classic since 2011.

The junior duo of Samara Spencer and Britny Kerr both compiled a handful of top-three finishes in Minnesota. Spencer placed second in the 60 meters (7.59), second in the high jump (5-4 ¼), second in the long jump (18-0 ½) and third in the triple jump (37-9 ¼). Kerr finished runner-up in the 60 hurdles (8.91), second in the triple jump (38-7 ½) and third in the high jump (5-2 ¼).

Seniors Ethan Fenchel and Ben Hammer placed second in their respective throwing events. Fenchel launched the weight throw 67-4 ¼, three inches shy of his school record set earlier this season. Hammer sent the shot put 58-5 ¼.

Junior Blake Vande Hoef finished runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 21-7 ½.

In the short sprints, junior Tasheka Gordon placed third in 7.68 for 60 meters while senior Alanisse Williams took third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.94 seconds.

On the men’s side, junior Habib Jallow took third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.42 seconds, while freshman Collin Brison placed third in the 200 meters in 22.73 seconds.

South Dakota returns home to host its lone indoor meet of the season next Saturday. The Dakota Realty Alumni Meet will be held inside the DakotaDome with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running events to follow at 1 p.m.

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Panthers Get 5 Wins at the Black and Gold

Jasmine Blue-CR Jefferson-UNI ©Panther Athletics 2019

Jasmine Blue-CR Jefferson-UNI
©Panther Athletics 2019

The UNI track and field team picked up five event wins and 15 top-three finishes at the Black and Gold Premier hosted by Iowa Saturday in Iowa City.

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The Panthers got it started with a stellar performance from Tayshaun Cooper in the 60m dash. He won the Olympic development section of the 60m with a PR time of 6.85, the first MVC athlete to break 6.90 so far this season.

Lyndsie Schinkel won the 600m with a time of 1:33.91, less than half a second off of her career best.

Alex Jackson won the unseeded division of the 3,000m run with a time of 8:38.87, a career-best time.

The Panther 4×400 relay team won with a time of 3:10.86. The mark is the fastest of the year for UNI and just less than half a second off of the Panthers’ time in the NCAA Outdoor Regionals last season.

UNI took first and second in the shot put. Darius King won the shot put with a toss of 59-2.25 edging teammate Keegan Tritle by an inch.

Other top-three finishers are Patrice Watson (2nd-60H), Sven Van Den Bergh (3rd-200m), Maddie McCalla (3rd-200m), Jasmine Blue (3rd-400m), Evan Long (3rd-400m), Hunter Lavallee (2nd-600m), Katie Nimrod (2nd-800m), Wal Khat (3rd-800), Ben Ahlrichs  (3rd-1 Mile), Alyssa Williams (2nd-1 Mile), Cameron Cantrall (2nd – HJ), Owen Minshall (3rd-HJ) and women’s 4×400 (2nd).

The Panthers split next week. Part of the team travels to the Meyo Invite at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and the rest of the team heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invite.

Bella Solis-Bettendorf-Loras ©DuHawks Athletics 2018

DuHawks Shine at Sol Butler Classic


Bella Solis-Bettendorf-Loras ©DuHawks Athletics 2018

Bella Solis-Bettendorf-Loras
©DuHawks Athletics 2018

The Loras men’s and women’s track and field team competed at the Sol Butler Classic on Saturday Jan. 19 with both teams combining for the sweep in the team race, with the men finishing with 70 points and the women with 63 points.

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• Patrick Mikel broke the school record in the 600m & ran the 16th fastest time in the world so far in 2019
• Bella Solis tied her high jump record and is currently ranked No. 3 in Division III
• Gabrielle Noland broke the school record in the 400m, is currently ranked No. 2 in DIII and was named the American Rivers Conference Athlete of the Week

Terrianna Black – 1st – 55m – 7.26
Gabrielle Noland – 1st – 400m – 57.19 (New School Record)
Bella Solis – 1st – 600m – 1:40.78 (#6 All-time @ Loras) | 1st – High Jump – 5’6” (ties school record)
Ellie Osterberger – 1st – 1000m – 3:14.64
Kaylee Osterberger – 2nd – 1000m – 3:16.82
Kassie Rosenbum – 1st – Mile – 5:21.19 (#9 All-time @ Loras)
Elayna Bahl – 1st – 55 Hurdles – 8.61 (#5 All-time @ Loras)
Bailey Vance – 2nd – 55 Hurdles – 8.95
Noland, Solis, Atl, and Lambe – 1st – 4x400m Relay – 4:06.61
Elijah Thomas – 1st – 55m – 6.54 (#6 All-time @ Loras)
Tyson Morrison – 1st – 400m – 51.32
Patrick Mikel – 2nd – 600m – 1:19.71 (New School Record – #16 in the world in 2019!)
Cole Conklin-Little – 1st – 1000m – 2:39.49
Blake Keller – 2nd – Mile – 4:27.95
Ryan Rogers – 1st – 55m Hurdles – 7.98 (#10 All-time @ Loras)
Morrison, Hall, Jasa, and Mikel – 4x400m Relay – 1st – 3:25.90

Loras travels to Davenport to compete at the St. Ambrose Invite on Saturday, Jan. 26

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa
©Brian Ray Hawkeye Sports

Many Iowans in Action This Past Weekend

Michelle Carrillo-Storm Lake-GVU ©Doug Wells-2018

Michelle Carrillo-Storm Lake-GVU
©Doug Wells-2018

Teams listed have former Iowa preps on their rosters.

Feature photo: Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa©Brian Ray Hawkeye Sports
Larry Wieczorek Invitational at Iowa-Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri.
Dutch Athletics Classic at Central College-Truman St, William Penn, Simpson, Central.
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Sol Butler Classic at Dubuque-Loras, University of Dubuque, Clarke.
Hilltop Invitational at Cornell-Coe, Cornell, Grinnell
Chelsey M. Henkenius Open at Wartburg-Hawkeye Community College, Briar Cliff, NIACC, Wartburg, Waldorf, Buena Vista, Grand View.
Monmouth MW Indoor Invitational at Monmouth-Augustana, Illinois.
Wichaita St. Shocker Prelude-Wichita St.
KU, KSU, WSU Triangular at KU-KU, WSU.
SDSU Jim Emmerich/Alumni Invite-SDSU, ICCC, South Dakota.
Bison Team Cup at NDSU-UNI, NDSU.
2019 NW Missouri Open-NW Missouri, Iowa Western, Missouri Western, Nebraska Kearney.
U of St. Thomas Invite-St. Thomas.
Eau Claire, Platteville, Stevens Point Triangular-Eau Claire, WI.-Wis-Platteville.
Stout Open-UW LaCrosse.
SDSU DII Invitational-Minnesota State, Augustana, SD, Sioux Falls, Morningside, Northwestern, Wayne State, Dordt, SW Minnesota State.
Scott Nisely Memorial Classic at Doane University-Graceland.
James Plummer-GVU
©Doug Wells 2018

Throwers Lead the Way For Vikings

Brandon Young-Des Moines-GVU ©Doug Wells-2018

Brandon Young-Des Moines-GVU
©Doug Wells-2018


The Grand View men’s track and field team traveled to St. Ambrose on Friday afternoon to compete in the Fighting Bee Opener.  The Vikings captured 1st place in the team standings behind 7 individual winners. Four Vikings hit national qualifying marks and one school record was set.

Courtesy ©Vikings Athletics, click here! Feature Photo: James Plummer-GVU©Doug Wells 2018


Grand View’s James Plummer (SR/Columbia, South Carolina) won the weight throw and the shot put events, claiming NAIA “A standard” national qualifying marks in both events.  Austin Hill (JR/Pella, Iowa) finished 5th overall in the weight throw while qualifying with a “B standard” mark for the national meet. Isaiah Wittrock, Alonzo Spencer-Rodriguez, and Ahren Davis swept the 800-meter run taking first, second and third, respectively.

Men’s First Place…

Shot Put 1st Place: James Plummer

Weight Throw 1st Place: James Plummer

Triple Jump 1st Place:  Daniel Headley (SR/Melbourne, Florida)

Mile Race 1st Place:  Ben Huftalin (SO/Osage, Iowa)

60M Hurdles 1st Place:  Tyler Miller (FR/Madrid, Iowa)

800M Race 1st Place:  Isaiah Wittrock (FR/Richland, Iowa)

4X400M Race 1st Place:  Gannon Svestka (SO/Johnston, Iowa), Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer, Jacob Thompson, Isaiah Wittrock


Grand View School Record Set…

There was one school record broken this weekend in the 1,000m race by Brandon Young who finished second.

1,000M Race: Brandon Young (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) (2:32.27)


Men’s NAIA National Qualifying Marks…

In the second meet of the season, three Vikings had four NAIA qualifying marks.

Weight Throw:  James Plummer (65′ 7″) “A Standard”

Austin Hill (54′ 1.25″) “B Standard”

Shot Put:  James Plummer (53′ 11.75″) “A Standard”

1,000M Race:  Brandon Young (2:32.27) “B Standard”


Team Finish…

Grand View finished 1st out of 5 teams on Friday.  The team results are below:



The Grand View women’s track and field team traveled to St. Ambrose on Friday afternoon to compete in the Fighting Bee Opener.  The Vikings won five events, had the top two finishers in the women’s 60M hurdles and set a new school record.

Grand View’s Michelle Carrillo (JR/Storm Lake, Iowa) won the weight throw by over 6 feet with a toss of 57′ 3.5″ which qualifies her with an NAIA A standard mark.  Chantel Blair (JR/Boone, Iowa) won the long jump for the Vikings, recording a 17′ 11.75″ jump, which qualified her with an NAIA B standard.  Blair now holds the Grand View school record in the long jump.

Women’s First Place…

High Jump 1st Place: Haley Flaws (FR/Webster City, Iowa)

Long Jump 1st Place: Chantel Blair

Weight Throw 1st Place:  Michelle Carrillo

Shot Put 1st Place:  Maryn Phillips (SO/Hamburg, Iowa)

60M Hurdles 1st Place:  Amara Taylor (SO/Cedar Rapids, Iowa)


Grand View School Record Set…

There was one school record broken this weekend in the long jump.

Long Jump: Chantel Blair (17′ 11.75″)


Women’s NAIA National Qualifying Marks…

In the second meet of the season, two Vikings had NAIA qualifying marks.

Weight Throw:  Michelle Carrillo (57′ 3.5″) A Standard

Long Jump: Chantel Blair (17′ 11.75″) B Standard


Team Finish…

Grand View finished 2nd out of 5 teams on Friday.  The team results are below:


Briana Guillory-Iowa
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A Hawkeye to Watch: Briana Guillory by Darren Miller

Briana Guillory-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics 2019

Briana Guillory-Iowa
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Briana Guillory dabbled with several sports growing up and she was unsure what to expect when she signed up for track and field as a sophomore at Deer Valley (California) High School.

Courtesy Daren Miller and Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Briana Guillory-Iowa © Hawkeye Athletics 2019

Previously, she had attended camps for basketball, softball, and soccer. Soccer appealed to her most; she enjoyed kicking the ball, stealing it from others, and even putting a slide tackle on opponents.

“Probably not a great thing,” Guillory said about her fixation for contact.

Her sport of choice turned when the Deer Valley track and field coach lined every Wolverine sprinter across the track for a run-off to see who would be in the 4×100-meter relay.

“I had just joined and I beat everybody,” Guillory recalls. “I beat the fastest girl and she was big stuff at the high school.”

Guillory has become pretty big stuff as well. Already a seven-time All-American and school record holder in the 400-meter dash, the University of Iowa senior is eager to finish her collegiate career in the fast lane.

“We don’t put any numerical goals as far as, ‘Hey, I want you to run this or run that’ because that is putting limitations on her,” Iowa associate head track and field coach Clive Roberts said. “The sky is the limit for her. We have big aspirations this year.”

Like is often the case in recruiting, Roberts noticed Guillory’s times before he started the recruiting process. After all, Guillory lived in California, a 30-hour car ride from Iowa City, Iowa. Little did anyone at Iowa know, but a plus in recruiting was the fact Iowa occasionally gets snowfall.

“I love the snow,” Guillory said. “We had to drive for the snow in California. Here I just scoop up a snowball and throw it.”

There’s something else about Guillory that isn’t widely known. In high school she not only ran, but did well, at cross country. And on the track she had success at distances up to 800 meters. At some point Guillory decided to specialize in the 100 and 200 dashes and possibly contribute a leg on the 4×400 relay. Coaches at both high school and college made sure she also entered the open 400.

That turned out to be a good decision.

At her final high school state meet, Guillory was runner-up in the 400 (54.29 seconds), ran second leg on the third-place 4×400 relay (3:45.84), and was fifth in the 200 (23.99).

By that time — the spring of 2015 — Guillory understood the nuances of the sport that might not have been clear when she started three years earlier.

“I didn’t realize there was a difference between winning your heat and winning the race entirely,” Guillory said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t just beat everybody (in the lanes) beside me, I beat everybody (in the heats) before me and after me. That is when I realized I was kind of fast.”

Guillory made a speedy introduction into the Big Ten Conference. During the 2016 indoor season, she ran the second leg on Iowa’s 4×400 relay that finished ninth at the NCAA Championships for second-team All-America honors. At the outdoor Big Ten Championships, she won the 200 dash and was the second leg on the winning 4×400 relay. She was a three-time national qualifier outdoors and was twice named second-team All-America (4×100 and 4×400 relays), as well as honorable mention in the 200.

After the season, Guillory was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, team Most Valuable Performer, and Iowa’s Outstanding Freshman.

That initial success would be tough to duplicate, but as a junior in 2018, Guillory placed sixth in the 400 meters (51.68) and was second leg on Iowa’s 4×400 relay that placed ninth at the NCAA Championships (3:33.19) for two more All-America accolades. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, she was first in the 400 (52.08) and runner-up in the 200 (23.22).

Guillory added a seventh All-America honor by placing 10th in the 400 dash (52.36) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 7 in Eugene, Oregon.

As for career highlights, she is just getting out of the starting blocks.

“They are yet to come,” Guillory said. “Having a home meet for Big Ten outdoors (May 10-12) will be the highlight of my career. My family will be here and our (Iowa) family will obviously be here, and I think we’ll get a really good crowd.”

On June 23, 2018, at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Guillory placed seventh in the 400 dash with a time of 51.30 seconds. That bettered the University of Iowa record of 51.35 set by Kineke Alexander 12 years earlier.

“It means a lot to me because I started to realize how much it would take to break that (400 record),” Guillory said. “Because it stood that long is enough to show that not everybody has a chance to do something like that — to have my name up there in black and gold is real nice.”

Alexander, the last Hawkeye to win an NCAA championship, also holds the school indoor record in the 400 at 51.48 seconds. Not one to set individual goals, Guillory has made an exception when it comes to what she wants during this indoor season.

“I’m going after the indoor record,” she said. “As long as you’re doing all the little things as perfect as you can and you are being really persistent, (fast times) will come.”

Just as impressive as being a seven-time All-American is the fact Guillory has been part of 19 relays that rank in the top 10 all-time at Iowa.

“She is a great worker, she puts in the work,” Roberts said. “Obviously she is super-talented, but she doesn’t take anything for granted. She works her butt off — everything I ask of her she does.”

Guillory’s time at Iowa is waning. Call it poetic justice, but her second-to-last outdoor meet will be held in Sacramento, an hour from where she grew up.

“It hasn’t hit me that every meet I have this year will be my last,” Guillory said. “I’m glad I get to be at home for (the NCAA West Preliminary) and that I get to see my family for a second while I’m there.”

Guillory returns to the track Saturday at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in the University of Iowa Recreation Building. She is scheduled to run the 400 meter dash premier (3 p.m.) and the 4×400 relay premier (7:15).

Dan Fitzsimmons-S. Dakota
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For January 17, 2019: Dan Fitzsimmons

Dan Fitzsimmons-S Dakota ©Jim Kirby

Dan Fitzsimmons-S Dakota
©Jim Kirby

Feature photo: Dan Fitzsimmons-S. Dakota©Coytoes Athletics 2019

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with University of South Dakota Cross/Country Track Coach, Dangerous Dan Fitzsimmons.  We talk with Dan about all the Iowa Athletes he has on his Coyotes’ roster.

We also talk about last week’s Iowa Invitational and the big meet put on by St. Ambrose, while looking ahead to all the meets this weekend!  All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Isaiah Trousil-W. Burlington-UNI
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Panthers Off to a Good Start at Hawkeye Invite

Alanna Nietert-Lin Mar-UNI  ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Alanna Nietert-Lin Mar-UNI
©Mike Byrnes 2018

Maddie McCalla set a meet record and put up the fifth-best time in UNI history to win the 400m dash and highlight a strong Panther performance at the Hawkeye Invitational that included nine top-three finishes and five event wins.

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McCalla won the 400m dash with a run of 55.57 which topped the meet record of 56.13. Her time is the best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

Evan Long also won the 400m with a time of 48.10 which moves him into the top-10 all-time for the Panthers. He also has the top time in MVC to date this season.

McKayla Cole won the 3K with a time of 10:07.88. The time is the second-fastest so far in the MVC to date.

The men’s 4×400-relay team finished first with a time of 3:13.69 for the top time in the MVC this season.

In the field events, Keegan Tritle won the shot put with a toss of 58-11.25, the top throw in the MVC so far this season.

Other top-3 finishes include Patrice Watson who took third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.84. Tayshaun Cooper finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 21.95. Sven Van Den Bergh was second in the 400m dash, just two-tenths of a second behind Long with a time of 48.12.

In the shot put, UNI took four of the top five spots with Darius King taking second with a throw of 58-1.75. Isaac Holtz finished fourth and Tom Yezek took fifth.

Alanna Nietert was third in the weight throw with a toss of 61-2.

Connor Ham was fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, but his time of 8.07 is the top in the MVC to date.

The Panthers are back in action on Jan. 19 at the NDSU Invite in Fargo, N.D.

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Hawks Get 7 Wins at the Hawkeye Invite

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa ©Brian Ray Hawkeye Sports

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa
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University of Iowa track and field team won seven events at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday, adding to junior Laulauga Tausaga’s school record weight throw on Friday.

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Tausaga picked up her second win in the shot put (16.02m, 52-6 3/4).

“I know there’s still more in the tank, especially after I saw my warmups,” Tausaga said. “I’m just trying to prepare for Big Ten Championships and get a spot on the NCAA qualifiers list.”

“I thought it was a great January opener,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woodysaid. “We had some great performances. We came out and had Laulauga in the weight throw break the school record and kept things going.

“In the men’s hurdles, Jaylan [McConico] had an excellent preliminary race, just pressed a little bit in the finals. Right now with his time, that should qualify him for the national race already. If he would have finished the race a little better on the last two hurdles, I think he’d be leading the nation right now. Definitely a good start to the season for him. We’re excited that he’s a part of our program. That was fun to see.

“I was proud of Payton Wensel today. She had a long day, running three races. She was runner-up in the 400 meters with a personal record, ran a near personal record in the 200 meters, and came back and had a great anchor leg in the relay.”

Five women’s track and field athletes and the 1,600-meter relay team won events at the Hawkeye Invitational.

The women tallied 10 personal bests:

The men added five personal bests:

The Hawkeyes host their third of four indoor home meets with the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 18-19. Teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Admission is free.

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Cyclone Distance Crew Out For a Strong Start!

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU ©Mike Brynes 2018

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU
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A sweep of the 1,000-meter run highlighted Iowa State’s day at the Hawkeye Invitational Saturday. Dan Curts and Jasmine Staebler got the wins on the day for the Cylones, while Logan Schneider put up an impressive performance in the 60-meter hurdles.

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Dan Curts opened his indoor season with a victory, taking a hard-fought battle over Zack Penrod of Wichita State in the men’s 1,000m. Curts made his move to take the lead on his third of five laps but the Shockers’ Penrod was able to close late with a final lap of 28.64, but Curts was able to hang on for the victory. Milo Greder finished fourth in 2:28.62.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Logan Schneider put up his second PR in as many meets, crossing the line in third with a 7.80. His time moves him up to No. 3 in Iowa State history for the event and, at the time of publication, sees him ranked at No. 6 in NCAA Division I for the event this season.

On the women’s side, Jasmine Staebler led a Cyclone 1-2-3 in the 1,000m with a wire-to-wire leading time of 2:53.02. Right behind her was Erinn Stenman-Fahey in 2:53.16, while Gwynne Wright got the win in heat two to finish third overall on 2:55.07.

Up Next
Iowa State will be back in Iowa City next weekend for the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
60m Hurdles Prelims (M):
1. Jaylan McConico, Iowa – 7.73; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.95
60m Hurdles Prelims (W): 1. Jenny Kimbro, Iowa – 8.40; 2. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.61; 6. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.88; 18. Emily Coghill, Iowa State – 9.28
400m Dash (M): 1. Evan Long, UNI – 48.10; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 48.17; 13. Charlie Johnson, Iowa State – 50.93
400m Dash (W): 1. Maddie McCalla, UNI – 55.57; 3. Zakiyah Amos, Iowa State – 56.70
1,000m Run (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 2:25.03; 4. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 2:28.62; 12. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 2:39.14; 13. Zach Black, Iowa State – 2:40.48; Nate Kennedy, Iowa State – DNF
1,000m Run (W): 1. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:53.02; 2. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:53.16; 3. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 2:55.07; 5. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:57.03; 7. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 3:01.66
60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. Aaron Mallett, Unattached – 7.63; 3. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.80
60m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Jenny Kimbro, Iowa – 8.38; 2. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.63; 5. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.91
600m Run (W): 1. Briana Guillory, Iowa – 1:30.92; 2. Sydney Milani, Iowa State – 1:33.68; 4. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 1:35.29; 8. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 1:37.62
800m Run (W): 1. Grace McCabe, Iowa – 2:12.98; 8. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:19.90; 9. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 2:21.13; 14. Brina Kraft, Iowa State – 2:29.50
Mile Run (M): 1. Eldon Warner, South Dakota – 4:09.22; 9. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 4:16.88; 20. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 4:25.31
Mile Run (W): 1. Rebekah Topham, Wichita State – 4:53.06; 3. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 4:55.56; 11. Morgan Gigandet, Iowa State – 5:08.43
200m Dash (M): 1. Kenny Bednarek, Indian Hills CC -20.60; 5. Gage Clay, Iowa State – 22.14
4x400m Relay (M): 1. UNI – 3:13.69; 2. Iowa State (Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Roshon Roomes) – 3:14.86
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Iowa -3:45.73; 2. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Zakiyah Amos, Laurel Hoogensen, Sydney Milani) – 3:45.90

Long Jump (M): 1. Rayvon Allen, Wichita State – 24-9 1/4 (7.55m); 8. Chandler Diercks, Iowa State – 23-0 3/4 (7.03m)