The University of a Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the season by sweeping team titles Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational.
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The men won with 26 points, 25 points ahead of second-place Drake. The women scored 36 points, nine points ahead of Iowa State.
Senior Nathan Mylenek led the Hawkeye men, placing second overall in the 6,000 meters. He finished in 18:16 to jump from sixth to third on Iowa’s all-time top 10 list. Daniel Murphy, Luke Sampson and Spencer Smith also jumped into the all-time top 10 list. Murphy’s 18:19 time ranks fifth. Sampson ranks sixth in 18:22 and Smith ranks seventh in 18:25
For the women, Senior Megan Schott led the group by placing fourth overall and recording a new personal best in 14:14. There were a total of nine women who reached a new career best in the 4,000-meters. Four Hawkeyes finished in the top 10, one of those spots was freshman Leah Kralovetz.
“Each year we are getting better and better. The women went out faster than we planned and that’s an aggressive mistake. The men went out far more conservative and kept it together. We have a lot of very specific prep and a lot of training left ahead of us. Training trumps races. You have to train well and train consistent. That will be the big difference if we can take that training to the next level.”
“I was shouting and yelling the entire race. Luke Sampson decided to take the lead so when I passed him, I made sure he wasn’t dropping. He did great. This race wasn’t about winning. It was about executing a run so we’re ready for an 8k. My goal is to eventually run an 18 flat, which is three minutes per K. The goal is hopefully to do that easily. I was just 16 seconds off.”
“We trimmed a little bit today. The course was dry and in great shape. I thought the team worked as a crew, which we haven’t seen in a couple years. We had a good pack with good energy. The girls were ready for a test. We didn’t taper anything. We had a really tough workout on Tuesday, one of the best workouts that we’ve ever had, so we were excited and tired, but we bounced back really well. It was a good start.”
FIGHT FOR IOWA
- Six new student-athletes ran in the invitational. Reece Smith and Nick Trattnercompeted for the first time with the men’s team. Maggie Gutwein, Leah Kralovetz, Elyse Prescott, and Gabby Skopec competed with the women’s team.
- Seniors Nathan Mylenek and Brandon Cooley competed in their fourth Hawkeye Invitational.
- Nine Hawkeye women recorded career bests. Emma Gordan had the biggest improvement, cutting one minute and one second from her personal best.
- Daniel Murphy, Luke Sampson, and Spencer Smith join the Top 10 All-Time Best list. Nathan Mylenek jumps from sixth to third on that list with a time of 18:16.
The Hawkeyes return to competition at the Woody Greeno Invite on Sept. 21 in Lincoln, Neb.
Senior Abby Caldwell-Waverley Shellrock-ISU ran away from the field at the Hawkeye Invitational to claim the individual title, clocking in a 4K time of 14:02.0. As a team, the No. 17 Iowa State women took second place to Iowa.
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Last season, Caldwell finished second at this event. At the halfway mark, she sat in the second position again. A kick down the stretch gave the Waverly, Iowa, native an individual victory, outpacing runner-up finisher, Winrose Chesang, of Iowa Central by three seconds.
Two other Cyclones posted top-10 finishes at Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City. Gwynne Wrighttook eighth place in a time of 14:27.0, followed closely by Madelynn Hill, making her collegiate debut, crossing the finish line in 14:29.2.
Morgan Gigandet posted a top-25 finish with a 21st-place showing, finishing in 14:54.8. Alexis Gourrier ran a 4K time of 15:22.3, while Brina Kraft ran it in 15:30.6, finishing 32nd and 37th, respectively. Anna Herriott rounded out the Cardinal and Gold lineup with a 53rd-place finish in 16:22.4.
Iowa State will have a few weeks off before returning to the course on Oct. 4 at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Race time is set for 1 p.m. that day.
Abby Caldwell – 1st – 14:02.0
Gwynne Wright – 8th – 14:27.0
Madelynn Hill – 9th – 14:29.2
Dana Feyen – 12th – 14:38.4
Janette Schraft – 17th – 14:49.8
Morgan Gigandet – 21st – 14:54.8
Alexis Gourrier – 32nd – 15:22.3
Brina Kraft – 37th – 15:30.6
Anna Herriott – 53rd – 16:22.4
1. Iowa, 36
2. Iowa State, 47
3. Iowa Central CC, 49
4. Northern Iowa, 110
5. Drake, 123
6. Illinois State, 148
7. Hawkeye CC, 225
Junior UNI track and field athlete Jessica Heims is set to represent Team USA in the Parapan America Games at the Athletics Stadium in Lima. She will try to improve on her classification world record discus throw of 34.18 meters from the outdoor track season and capture gold for the red, white and blue.
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The event will be her second international event of the year after capturing three golds at the Para Athletics Grand Prix in Grosseto, Italy, in June.
She competed in the 100-meter run, the 200-meter run and the discus in Italy, but in Peru, she will focus on the discus.
Heims will face stiff competition in Cuba’s Noraivis De Las Heras who finished third in the discus in the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 with a throw of 32.47 meters.
Heims’ f64 classification is scheduled to compete at 5:02 p.m. CT. There will be live stream whip-around coverage of the meet on the streaming page and results are available on the website.
Today Iowa State Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country, Martin Smith, announced the captains of the 2019 men’s cross country team. Senior Edwin Kurgat and junior Thomas Pollard are set to lead the 2019 men’s squad.
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“I am very pleased to announce our co-captains for the men’s cross country team,” Smith said. “Edwin Kurgat and Thomas Pollard personify the leadership skills that are essential for our team to continue to build on our past successes. Both young men are seasoned veterans and possess vital experience at the national level. Those attributes will translate into having a player-coach on the course.”
Kurgat, the 2018-19 Gary Thompson Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year, has already compiled one of the greatest careers in Iowa State Cross Country history. Last season, he became ISU’s first ever individual Big 12 Champion. He followed that up with an individual title at the NCAA Midwest Regional. He was involved in a tight finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships, that ultimately earned him a third-place individual finish. He is the 39th All-American in program history. Kurgat was named the 2018 Big 12 Men’s Runner of the Year and the USTFCCCA Bill Bergan Award Winner.
After sitting out the 2018 season, Pollard rejoins the Cyclone lineup in 2019. In 2017, Pollard was a pivotal piece in Iowa State’s first-ever Big 12 team title. He finished fifth at the Big 12 Conference meet, earning All-Big 12 honors. During his freshman campaign in 2016, Pollard became the first Cyclone to win Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Off the course, Pollard is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection.
The 2019 men’s cross country season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the John McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
The University of Iowa track and field program announced Friday that 28 student- athletes encompass the 2019 incoming recruiting class.
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“I am extremely excited about our signing class,” said director of track and field Joey Woody. “Our staff did a tremendous job scouring the globe to find the best athletes that fit our program. We are filling some holes left by our recent graduates, and we continue to add quality depth to our overall program.”
The incoming recruiting class is composed of 15 women and 13 men. The 28 individuals represent six countries and 11 states. They join a roster that graduated four All-Americans in 2019.
“I’m proud that we are one of the few teams in the country that has a comprehensive track and field and cross country program, and these recent signees are another example of our commitment to have great athletes in all event areas,” Woody said. “Both men’s and women’s teams continue to compete for Big Ten championships and top NCAA finishes. There are some remarkable athletes in this class that will be immediate and impactful contributors to our program.”
Alex Birkett – 1:49.08 (800M) 3:50.27 (1500M)
“Alex is one of the best mid-distance recruits on the planet. I believe he has the ability to be one of the greatest runners to ever wear the black and gold. We have a stellar group of athletes returning in our men’s mid-distance group so he’s going to be tested early and often, but he has all the tools to run with our horses from day one. I can’t wait to be his coach.” – Coach Jason Wakenight
Jamal Britt – 13.96 (110H) 51.42 (400H) 25’0 ½ (Long Jump)
Las Vegas, Nevada
College of the Sequoias
“Jamal is an unbelievable athlete who is going to bring a lot to our team this season. He is an elite level combo hurdler with an extremely rare skillset. He has split 45.9 on a 4 x 4 and gone over 25 feet in the long jump as well. He is going to be all over the Big Ten leaderboards this spring and I can’t wait to see what he can do in our program. Adding an athlete of his caliber gives us a chance to defend our Big Ten title and make some noise at the NCAA meet. Jamal is a terrific person who helps round out this year’s recruiting class with a bang.” – Coach Joey Woody
Armando Bryson – 47.0 (400M Split) 1:52.51 (800M)
Long Beach, California
Long Beach Wilson High School
“Armando is a wonderful person and I loved recruiting him because he has such a good heart. I think he also might be one of the most underrated long sprints and mid-distance prospects in the country. He got so much better his senior season and has an unbelievable skill-set. I loved his speed and his pedigree having race against California’s best his whole career. He expects to run at an elite level and gives our team a chance to continue its rich tradition of great long sprints and mid-distance running.”
-Coach Jason Wakenight
Grant Conway – 13.46 (110H) 10.70 (100M) – 38.05 (300H)
2019 Missouri State Champ 110 Hurdles
St. James, Missouri
St. James High School
“Grant was meant to be a Hawkeye. He was a great fit from the start. He wants to be an elite hurdler and Iowa is the best place in the country to hurdle. We are loaded in both hurdle events so he’s going to have to earn his spot, but he is such a fierce competitor that it will only be a matter of time before he’s contending for the Big Ten title. He’s a blue chip recruit and a really good guy. He’s everything we look for in a person during the recruiting process. He’s going to be a serious force in the Big Ten.”
-Coach Jason Wakenight
Will Daniels – 7427 (DEC) 6’11 (HJ)
2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Champion in the Decathlon
“Will is the reigning DIII national champion in the multi events and knows how to win. We are excited about the immediate contributions he will add to the team, as well as his experience and leadership to the multi-event group. His dedication to his sport as well as academics is the kind of character that exemplifies what it truly means to be a Hawkeye.” – Coach Paige Knodle
Julien Gillum – 52.10 (400H) 1:19.23 (600M)
2018 NJCAA 1st Team All-American in the 400 Hurdles
“Ju has some terrific skills and a big upside. I think he’s very raw but once his skills are refined he’s going to be a dangerous addition to our sprints and hurdles group. I love that he can run a great 600 meters and add depth to our nationally elite 4 x 400- meter relay, but his bread and butter will be the long hurdles outdoors. He’s a really good kid who is hungry to be coached. He is going to be a great Hawkeye.” -Coach Jason Wakenight
Jordan Johnson – 206’1 (Discus) 62’11 (Shot Put)
2019 Class 3A Illinois State Champion in the Discus
Quincy High School
“Jordan comes to Iowa as one of the top high school discus throwers in the country. Jordan’s competitiveness, rhythm, and feel are among the elite class in the discus, which will aid in his development as a Hawkeye. As he continues to mature physically, he will find himself competing at high level in the Big Ten and NCAA.” – Coach Eric Werskey
Keith Keahna – 6’8 (High Jump)
2018 Class 3A Iowa State Champion in the High Jump
South Tama High School
“Keith brings a lot of natural ability to the table, and made a statement as one of the best jumpers in the state of Iowa when he won state in 2018. He is a local kid, born and raised a Hawkeye, and we are thrilled to have him as a part of our program. He will bring elite level depth into the emerging vertical jumps program” – Coach Paige Knodle
Tyler Lienau – 181’1 (Discus) 187’6 (Hammer)
6th in the Discus and 5th in the Hammer Throw at the NJCAA Outdoor National Championships
Iowa Central CC
“Tyler will be a great addition for multiple reasons. First and foremost, he is an Iowa native that has risen to the top of the Junior College national ranks. Additionally, his demeanor and attitude will cater to his successes as a Hawkeye. Tyler will give the throws group depth in areas that we have not had in several years and will be competitive within the Big Ten and NCAA right out of the gate.”
– Coach Eric Werskey
Zach Pluff – 6’10 (High Jump)
2019 Class 3A Illinois State Runner-Up in the High Jump
Freeburg High School
“Zack is a true talent that we are extremely eager about adding to our vertical jumps group. He is a fierce competitor, student of the sport, and we look forward to the impact he will make on our team competing at this level. It has been fun to see his improvement throughout his senior campaign and we are looking forward to continuing that trajectory.” – Coach Paige Knodle
Reece Smith – 4:17.82 (1600M) 9:11.33 (3200M)
2019 Iowa Class 2A State Cross Country Champ/ Iowa Class 2A 1600M/3200M Champ
Garner Hayfield Ventura High School
“Reece had a tremendous senior year. His state meet was impressive as he just ran away from the competition. He is very confident in his abilities to race and compete at this level and Reece competes very well when it matters most. He was the best in the state of Iowa and I’m glad he’s a Hawkeye.” -Coach Randy Hasenbank
Deandre Stapleton – 49’5 ½ (Triple Jump) 23’6 (Long Jump)
Mansfield Lake Ridge High School
“Deandre will add tremendous depth to our jumps group. He is a terrific addition to our program. I believe once given the opportunity to focus on the horizontal jumps, Deandre will explode on the national scene. The Hawkeyes have had a long history of accomplished jumpers. It’s my belief that Deandre will add to that legacy as a national caliber talent.” –Coach Clive Roberts
Nick Trattner – 9:12.63 (3200M)
5th in the Illinois Class 3A 3200M
Naperville North High School
“Nick had a great senior year. He showed a lot of talent in the 3200 in running under 9:20 several times. Nick has a great future as a Hawkeye. We have a very good lineup, and I’m excited that Nick will have so many quality teammates to train with.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank
Ashlyn Albrecht – 17’10 ½ (Long Jump)
Sheldon High School
“University of Iowa is a blue collar school. Hard work and dedication is what it’s about. I believe Ashlyn embodies that ideal. I believe given some time Ashlyn will develop into someone that helps this program move forward. I’m so excited to add Ashlyn to our horizontal jumps program.” –Coach Clive Roberts
Anaya Alexander – 53.79 (400M)
Walnut Creek, California
Long Beach State University
“Anaya started with us in the middle of our 2019 season, so she has already been part of our program and grown so much. I’m excited to add a gifted and wonderful person as Anaya to the long sprints group. I can’t wait to work with her and see her on the track this season.” – Coach Clive Roberts
Serena Brown – 60.39 (198’1 DISCUS)
New Providence, Bahamas
Texas A&M University
“Serena adds quality depth to our throws group. She brings international experience as she finished fourth at 2016 World U20s and has been a two-time NCAA National Qualifier. She comes to Iowa as the Bahamas National record holder in the discus with a distance of 60.39/198’1″. With all of her successes, physical size, and competitive spirit, she will elevate our program to new heights.” – Coach Eric Werskey
Traci Brown – 7.53 (60M) 11.89 (100M)
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Iowa Western CC
“Traci brings a wealth of experience coming from the junior college level. I believe she will step in right away and contribute for the black and gold. I can’t wait to start working with her. Traci has grown so much over the last two years, and is in position to score big points in this conference.” – Coach Clive Roberts
Maggie Gutwein – 5:07.99 (1600M) 10:55.75 (3200M)
Twin Lakes High School
“Maggie was an excellent high school athlete. She competed in multiple sports throughout her career, including basketball, softball, track and cross county. Now that she is surrounded by a great group of runners, I’m excited to see where she can go at the next level. I’m excited we made her a Hawkeye.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank
Lasarah Hargrave – 11.57 (100M) 23.59 (200M)
Gaither High School
“On Lasarah’s official visit to Iowa the one thing that struck me about her was how easily she interacted with other athletes. This year I made a conscious effort to recruit individuals that are relationship builders. I believe Lasarah really fits the bill. She is a fantastic athlete, but an even better person. I’m excited to start this journey with her.” – Coach Clive Roberts
Dallyssa Huggins – 5307 (Heptathlon) 5’11 ¼ (High Jump)
University of Maryland
“Dallyssa is an extremely gifted athlete who loves to compete. With impressive personal bests we are excited about the additions she will bring to the strong women’s multi-event and vertical jumps programs. She has already made an impressive impact in the Big Ten Conference, and we look forward to the contributions she will make to the women’s team this season.” – Coach Paige Knodle
Jaime Kofron – 46’3 ¼ (Shot Put) – 147’7 ¾ (Discus)
Tipton High School
“Jamie is a local girl that has Hawkeye roots with a passion to be successful at the next level. Jamie emerged as one of the top combo throwers in the Midwest during her senior campaign and shows a lot of promise to compete within the Big Ten. Her work ethic both in the classroom and the field will push our group to another level.” – Coach Eric Werskey
Leah Kralovetz – 4:56.84 (1600M) 10:35.63 (3200M)
Denmark High School
“Leah is a very talented and driven young competitor. She was the best young runner out of the state of Wisconsin and has already shown flashes of brilliance in her young career. I am excited for her future as a Hawkeye, and she has shown the ability to make an immediate impact both in cross country and on the track.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank
Kat Moody – 47’0 ¾ (Shot Put) – 134’5 (Discus)
Waukee High School
“Kat emerged as one of the top shot putters in the country early in her high school career. She was slated to be one of the top shotput girls in the country as a senior, but suffered a knee injury that prevented her from taking full advantage of her senior season. However, she showed true Hawkeye grit and became an Iowa state champion and New Balance Outdoor national finalist to cap off her senior season. Her drive, grit, and competitiveness are all qualities that will continue to aid in her success at the University of Iowa.” – Coach Eric Werskey
Davicia Patterson – 52.57 (400M)
“What a great addition to our program. Davicia comes a long way to join our track and field family. She is a young lady that knows what she wants and has gone out and gotten it. As we ascend the national ladder, individuals such as Davicia will be an integral part of our rise to the top. I can’t wait to start working with this fantastic young lady.” – Coach Clive Roberts
Elyse Prescott – 10:36.74 (Steeple) 16:53.02 (5000) 4:31.63 (1500M)
University of Minnesota
“Elyse is a tremendous addition to our team. Not only is she a terrific runner, she has competed at a high level in the Big Ten. Her experience in Big Ten competitions and leadership qualities are very important to the team.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank
Ianna Roach – 48’2 ¾ (Shot Put)
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
“Ianna comes to the University of Iowa via Trinidad and Tobago. Ianna has shown great competitive spirit as she emerged as one of the top young Caribbean shot put girls the past couple years and medaled at the CARIFTA Games. Ianna’s rhythm and feel for the shot put shows a lot of promise in the Big Ten and NCAA.” – Coach Eric Werskey
Gabby Skopec – 17:18.90 (3-Miles) 18:07.33 (5000M)
University of Northern Iowa
“Gabby will add valuable experience and depth to our squad. I think she can make and immediate impact as well. She was a standout in high school, loves the University of Iowa, and I am excited to see what she can do in a Hawkeye uniform.” – Coach Randy Hasenbank
Tionna Tobias – 13.99 (100H) 19’11.5 (Long Jump)
Atco, New Jersey
Winslow Township High School
“In the recruiting process you are always looking for versatile athletes. I think we have found one in Tionna. She is not only a national caliber long jumper, but highly ranked nationally in the 100-meter hurdles. Over the past year, I’ve really enjoy my interactions with Tionna and her family. I know she will be a great asset to this program. I believe Tionna will come in and make our community and track family even more desirable.” – Coach Clive Roberts
UNI track and field athlete Jessica Heims opened her season for Team USA at the Para Athletics Grand Prix in Grosseto, Italy, last weekend and will return home with a trio of gold medals.
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The sophomore at UNI announced her presence on the national stage earlier this year when she set the f64 world record in the discus at the Musco Twilight in Iowa City then broke her own record a few weeks later at the Wisconsin Alumni Meet.
In her first meet in the red, white and blue this year, she continued where she finished her collegiate season. She took gold in the discus, 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
In the discus, she hit her best throw of 34.18m on her first toss. She won the combined event by over two meters over the second-place thrower from Ireland.
In the 100-meter dash, Heims cut nearly 2/10ths of a second off of her career-best time that she ran at Wisconsin. She finished first with a time of 14.65 to earn the win.
She closed out the week with a season-best time in the 200-meter dash of 30.04 to pick up her third gold. She took first by over two seconds.
Heims’ season will also include the Parapan American Games in August in Lima, Peru, and the Para Athletics World Championship in Dubai in November.
With a performance that will be talked about for years to come, the Loras women’s track & field program did what no other team at Loras College had ever done before, win an NCAA National Championship. It took a combined effort from each one of the qualifiers, but at the conclusion of the final event, the Duhawks remained perched high above the competition, making history in the process.
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1. Loras – 53
2. WashU – 49
3. George Fox – 36
3. Johns Hopkins – 36
4. Nebraska Wesleyan – 33
1st – 46.27 – Stadium Record – 10th Fastest in Division III History
1st – 11.48 – Fastest All-Conditions Time in Championship History
Women’s 400 Hurdles
2nd – 59.02
1st – 23.44 – Division III Championship Record | American Rivers Conference Record | Loras All-Time Record
8th – 21.35
6th – 17:21.02
AUSTIN, TEXAS — South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen, who will be seeking his third career NCAA
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individual title in the pole vault, headlines a list of Drake Relays performers who will be competing
in the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships that gets underway Wednesday
at Mike A. Meyers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
From a local area flavor, Iowa State, which won the Hy Vee Men’s Cup at the Drake Relays, will
have seven athletes competing in five events. Meanwhile, Iowa, coming off a Big Ten Conference
outdoor team title, has athletes represented in 11 men’s events with two in the 200 and 400, Both
the Cyclones and Hawkeyes also will be competing in the 4×400 relay.
Victories in the 4×800 and distance medley relays propelled the Cyclones, who won the HyVee
Cup for the first time. Three key members of those winning relays — Edwin Kurgat, Festus Lagat,
Roshon Roomes —will be running at the NCAA Championships.
Kentucky, which made its first appearance at the Drake Relays in more than 30 years, has 11
event entries — tied for sixth most at the NCAAA Championships. This is the Wildcats’ first
season under coach Lonnie Greene, who guided Purdue to 11 victories at the 2018 Drake
Purdue has eight athletes competing in seven events, including five individual specialties: 100,
200 and 400, along with the decathlon and triple jump. In congruence with the storied history of
the Boilermaker relay teams, both the men’s 4×100- and 4×400 squads qualified, as well.
Kentucky is No. 18 in the latest men’s rankings entering the NCAA Championships, while Iowa is
ranked No. 23.
Trio On Bowerman List
Nilsen is one of three Drake Relays performers named to The Bowerman Pre-NCAA
Championship Watch List, who are considered top contenders in their respective events at the
Kentucky junior Daniel Roberts and North Dakota State senior Payton Otterdahl, who had
impressive showings at the Drake Relays, join Nilsen on the list. The Bowerman, dubbed the
Heisman of collegiate track and field, is presented annually to the most outstanding male and
female athlete in the nation.
Nilsen and Roberts both came away with victories at this year’s Drake Relays that they’ll savor for
a long time.
Nilsen was named recipient of the Maury White Award as the Drake Relays outstanding men’s
performer when he became just the second collegian in meet history to upset a reigning World
Champion and Olympic medalist.
Nilsen, a junior and the defending NCAA outdoor champion, cleared a season-best 19-2 1/4
(5.85m) to beat Sam Kendricks, the reigning world outdoor champion. The event was moved into
the Drake Fieldhouse and that clearance was an indoor best for Nilsen, who entered the weekend
as the world leader and beat Kendricks for the first time in five tries.
Just one hour earlier, Roberts upset reigning world outdoor champ and 2016 Olympic gold
medalist Omar McLeod to win the World Showdown Invite 110 hurdles. Roberts, runner-up in the
60 hurdles at the NCAA indoor meet, ran a wind-aided 13.28 to nip McLeod by the narrowest of
margins. McLeod, a three-time Drake Relays champion and the meet record holder, finished in
13.29. It was the first loss on Drake’s Blue Oval for the former Arkansas star since 2014.
Otterdahl claimed 2019 NCAA Indoor titles in the shot put and weight throw, and will seek two
more titles in the discus and shot put this week. Otterdahl finished second behind reigning
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser in the Drake Relays invitational shot put.
The collegiate indoor record holder in the shot put is the only men’s thrower ranked in the top-10
nationally in both the discus and shot put. He also is ranked No. 12 in the world in the outdoor
shot put this year.
Nilsen is one of 15 athletes who are back to defend their men’s outdoor titles. The five-time
NCAA All-American broke a 22-year-old NCAA Championships meet record in 2018 with a vault
of 19-1 .. To defend his title, Nilsen will have to duel LSU’s freshman phenom Mondo Duplantis,
who set the NCAA’s all-time record this spring with a jump of 19-8 ..
Roberts has been phenomenal this outdoor season capped by beating two-time defending NCAA
champ and 60 meter hurdler American record holder Grant Holliday of Florida in the SEC
Championships in 13.07 which tied the second fastest mark in collegiate history.
A few weeks later, Roberts went 13.13 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for what is now the
second best mark in NCAA Championships history.
Purdue, Iowa To Challenge in Relay Events
The first running event on the track Wednesday – the 4×100 relay — will include the top three
place winners at the Drake Relays: Illinois, Purdue and Houston.
In addition, Kentucky, which won the Drake Relays 4×200 relay, along with Iowa, also will run the
4×100 relay at the NCAA meet.
Purdue is ranked No. 8 on the collegiate list after setting a school record 38.75 en route to
winning the NCAA East Prelims. Earlier Purdue captured the Big Ten title. Illinois will be making
its second straight appearance in the NCAA Championships after finishing 10th last year.
Several sprinters from those relay units also will be competing in the 100 and 200 at the NCAA
Senior Devin Quinn, who anchored Illinois to the 4×100 relay victory at the Drake Relays, has
qualified in both the 100 and 200. The Big Ten 100 champ finished 10th in the 200 at the 2018
NCAA Outdoor meet.
Purdue senior Waseem Williams, who runs the anchor on the 4×100 relay, also is in the 100 after
running a season best 10.11 at the NCAA East Prelims. Teammate Samson Colebrooke, who
runs the first leg on Purdue’s 4×100 relay, qualified for the 200 after running a personal best of
20.46 in the NCAA East Prelims.
Iowa juniors Karayme Bartley and Antonio Woodard will be busy in their debuts at the NCAA
Championships running in the 200 as well as running legs on both the Hawkeyes’ 4×100 and
The semifinal round of the 400 which starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday features four sprinters
who participated in the Drake Relays led by Iowa’s Mar’yea Harris and Wayne Lawrence. Harris
is making his fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships, including a fourth-place
finish last year. Harris won the 400 and anchored Iowa’s wining 4×400 relay at the recent Big Ten
Outdoor meet. Lawrence is ranked 10th on the collegiate list with a top time of 45.33 at the NCAA
Kentucky sophomore Dwight St. Hillaire and Purdue sophomore Brian Faust also will run in the
400. St. Hillaire, who ran the first leg on Purdue’s winning 4×200 relay at Drake, finished second
in the 400 at the 2019 SEC Outdoor meet.
Harris and Lawrence will be staples for Iowa in the 4×400 relay qualifying round at 7:18 p.m.
Wednesday. The Hawkeyes are a dark horse to contend for the 4×400 relay title, entering the
meet ranked sixth on the NCAA performance list with a season best time of 3:03.10 set at the
Florida Relays. Harris ran the second leg on Iowa’s 4×400 relay, which was second in the 2017
NCAA Championships and ninth last year. Iowa also was sixth in the 4×400 at the 2019 NCAA
Houston, which won the Drake Relays invitational 4×400 relay, is seeded third in the NCAA
Championships with a season best time of 3:02.61. Iowa State, Kentucky and Purdue also
qualified in the 4×400 relay. St. Hillaire and Faust, who are in the 400, will run the anchor legs for
Kentucky and Purdue, respectively.
Iowa State senior, Eric Fogltanz, who won the Drake Relays university-college 400 hurdles, will
run in the qualifying round of the 400 hurdles at 6 p.m. Wednesday, while also anchoring the
Cyclones 4×400 relay.
Other Drake Relays competitors in the 400 hurdles include Iowa senior Chris Douglas and
Houston’s Amere Lattin and Quivell Jordan. Douglas, who won the Big Ten title, is making his
second straight trip to the NCAA Championships. Lattin and Jordan ran legs guiding Houston to a
Drake Relays title in the invitational 4×400 relay. Lattin is ranked No. 5 on the collegiate list this
season with a top time of 49:45 at the NCAA West Prelims.
Lattin also will join Kentucky’s Roberts in the qualifying round of the 110 hurdles set for 5:02
p.m. Wednesday. Lattin ran a personal best 13:56 to captured the American Conference
Championship May 10. Iowa junior Jaylan McConico and Kentucky’s Tai Brown, who won the
Drake Relays university-college 110 hurdles, also will compete. McConico was second in both the
Big Ten and NCAA West Prelims.
Smeeton Favored in Steeplechase
Oklahoma State sophomore Ryan Smeeton, who ran the third leg on the Cowboys’ winning
4×1600 relay at the Drake Relays, is one of the favorites in the 3,000 steeplechase after posting
the fastest collegiate time this season of 8:27.90 at the Payton Jordan invitational May 2. Earlier,
he captured the Big 12 title in the steeplechase.
Qualifying heats in the 3000 steeplechase will start at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday with the field
featuring Iowa junior Nathan Mylenek and Minnesota’s Alec Basten who also competed in the
Drake Relays. Mylenek was second in the Drake Relays university-college 1500, while Basten
was second in the invitational 5,000.
Kurgat ranks No. 8 in the 5,000, which will be held at 9:25 p.m. Friday, having posted a season
best of 13:34.10 at the Cardinal Classic. Kurgat, who ran the first leg on Iowa State’s victorious
4×800 and distance medley relay teams at the Drake Relays, will be looking to improve on his
seventh-place finish in the 5000 at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Kurgat was second
in the 10,000 and third in the 5,000 at the 2019 Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
The men’s 800 at 5:44 p.m. Wednesday will feature three runners who made their presence
known at the Drake Relays headed by the Iowa State junior duo of Festus Lagat and Roshon
Roomes, who are ranked Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, in the NCAA. Lagat ran legs on Iowa State’s
wining 4×800 and distance medley relay teams at Drake.
At the Sun Angel Classic, they ran matching 1:47.14s (Lagat was 0.003 seconds faster) to vault
into the top-10 nationally and the No. 3 and 4 spots in ISU history. At the Big 12 Outdoor
Championships, the two flipped spots in the record books with Roomes running a personal best
1:46.91 to finish third and Lagat taking fourth in 1:46.93. The two swapped spots once again at
NCAA West Prelims, with Lagat advancing in 1:46.58, while Roomes came in at 1:46.88.
Junior Michael Rhoads, who anchored the Air Force Academy to victory in the Drake Relays
men’s university sprint medley relay, also will run in the men’s 800 prelims Wednesday. Earlier,
Rhoads placed eighth in the 800 at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships. Rhoads, who owns
the school record in the 800 of 1:47.10, powered the Falcons to a school-record 3:19.33 clocking
to best the rest of the 12-team field at the Drake Relays by nearly 1.5 seconds.
North Dakota State Has 6 Throwers
The lone finale in the running events during Wednesday’s opening session will be the 10,000
meters at 9:08 p.m. featuring Oklahoma State senior Hassan Abdi who ran the anchor leg that
guided the Cowboys to the Drake Relays 4×1600 relay title. Adi went on to win the 10,000 at the
Big 12 Outdoor meet. It was his fourth career Big 12 title also winning the 10,000 in 2017 along
with the 2017 cross country title and a win in the 3,000 at the 2018 Big 12 Indoor
Kentucky sophomore Matthew Peare, who finished second in the Drake Relays university-college
pole vault, will join Nilsen in the pole vault finals that will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
North Dakota State tied with UCLA for the most entries in the men’s throwing events at the NCAA
meet, with six including three in the shot put.
There are fourth other Drake Relays competitors joining Otterdahl in the shot put finals at 6:40
p.m. Wednesday: UNI junior Darius King; Kentucky senior Noah Castle and North Dakota State
teammates Kristoffer Thomsen and Alex Talley.
Talley was third in the Drake Relays university-college shot put, while Thomsen was seventh,
Castle 14th and King 15th. King is coming off a personal best 63-4 . at the NCAA West Prelims.
Otterdahl and Talley are doubling up, competing as well in the discus and hammer throws,
The hammer throw will be the first field event of the NCAA meet, being contested at 2 p.m.
Wednesday. Minnesota sophomore Kieran McKeag, who captured the Drake Relays title, is in the
field along with Talley who was third, and Iowa State senior Vlad Pavlenko who was fourth.
This will mark McKeag’s second straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Both McKeag
and Pavlenko earned second team NCAA Indoor All-American honors in the weight throw.
Pavlenko has set the Iowa State school record twice during the outdoor campaign, while placing
second in the Big 12 Championships.
North Dakota State freshman Brendan Artley, who was second in the Drake Relays universitycollege
javelin, will compete in the javelin finals at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The discus finals on Friday also include Drake Relays runner-up Charles Lenford, a junior from
Kentucky; Kentucky senior Noah Castle (7th) and South Dakota senior Ben Hammer (12th).
Otterdahl ranks No. 4 on the collegiate list this season in the discus with a personal best of 206-6
The men’s high jump final on Friday features three Drake Relays performers headed by South
Dakota junior Zack Anderson who captured the title. Kentucky sophomore Rahman Minor, who
was third at Drake and Iowa sophomore Jay Hunt (fifth), also are in the field. Anderson is a twotime
NCAA All-American who is ranked No. 5 on the collegiate list this season at 7-4.25 en route
to winning the Summit League title. Minor is coming off a season best 7-2.25 at the NCAA East
Purdue’s Jah Stange and Tamar Greene, who finished first and second at the Drake Relays,
respectively, will compete in the triple jump finals Friday. Greene won the Big Ten outdoor
meet, while Stange was third. Strange is ranked No. 12 on the NCAA performance list with his
season best of 53-1.5 en route to winning the Drake Relays.
Drake Relays Outstanding Performer Ross Among 15 Champs Competing At NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Feature photo: Rebeka Topham-Griswold-Wichita State ©Jim Kirby-2016
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Fifteen Drake Relays champions, led by double winners Faith Ross of Kentucky and Amira Young of Minnesota, will be performing in the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships that start Thursday at Mike A. Meyers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Ross was named the outstanding women’s performer of the Drake Relays after becoming the third collegian to sweep the 400 and 100-meter hurdles and first since 2004. Ross raced to a 58.21 time to win the women’s university-college 400 hurdles marking the first Drake Relays victory for Kentucky since 1988. She returned Saturday to win the 100 hurdles by pulling away over the last half of the race to finish in 13.30 and edge Iowa’s Jenny Kimbro, a three-time Big Ten indoor champion. Ross
Young, a freshman, won both the university-college 100 and 200 in her Drake Relays debut.
Ross, a three-time NCAA All-American, will run in both the 100 and 400 hurdles at the NCAA meet, while Young has qualified in the 100.
Kentucky, making its first appearance at the Drake Relays in more than 30 years, won five women’s titles at the 110thrunning of America’s Athletic Classic. The Wildcats, under the guidance of first year coach Lonnie Green, has 11 event entries tied for fifth most in the women’s division.
Kentucky, ranked No. 9 in the latest track and field poll, has finished in the top five at NCAA outdoors three of the last four years and was fourth with 46 points last year.
The Iowa women, which won the Drake Relays Hy-Vee Cup for the first time, has four athletes competing at the NCAA Championships led by junior Laulauga Tausaga, who was named the Midwest Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Year.
Iowa State has three performers who have qualified for the NCAA Championships.
There are two opportunities for a Drake Relays champ to win an NCAA women’s individual title in the 1,500 and discus. Oklahoma State junior Sinclaire Johnson is the collegiate leader in the 1,500 after running a school-record 4:09.50 to win the NCAA West Prelims while beating a field that included defending champ Jessica Hull from Oregon..
Iowa junior Laulauga Tausaga threw a school record 205-8 to register the highest mark at either the NCAA East or West Prelims May 23.
“I’m am very proud of Laulauga and everything she has accomplished so far this season,” said Iowa coach Joey Woody, who also was named the Midwest Track and Field Coach of the Year. “To win both indoor and outdoor field athlete of the year in this region is extremely tough and is a tribute to her competitiveness in multiple throwing events. She is very deserving of this honor.”
Joining Minnesota’s Amir Young in the 100 at 8:16 p.m. Thursdaywill be Kentucky’s Kianna Gray and Celera Barnes. Gray, who was second in the 100 at the SEC Championships, anchored Kentucky to victory in the 4×200 relay at Drake while Barnes ran the opening leg.
Kentucky freshman Abby Steiner, who also ran on that winning Drake Relays 4×200 relay team, has qualified for the 200 which will be held at 9:14 p.m.Thursday.If that’s not enough the trio of Gray, Barnes and Steiner will join anchor Janie O’Connor in competing in the 4×100 relay qualifying that will be the first event run Thursday at 7:02 p.m.
Junior Chloe Abbott, who also ran on leg on Kentucky’s winning 4×200 relay at Drake, is in the400 that starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The SEC Outdoor champ won the 400 at the NCAA East Prelims, running a personal best 51.32 seconds
Ross will be running in three events during Thursday’s opening session starting with the 100 hurdles at 8:02 p.m. where she will be facing Iowa State freshman Keira Christie-Galloway in the second heat. Christie-Galloway arrived in Ames at the start of the second semester, setting a school record en route to winning the 60 hurdles at Big 12 Indoor Championships. She then became Iowa State’s first ever Big 12 100 hurdle outdoor champ in a school-record 13.10 .
Ross will be joined by Kentucky teammate Masai Russell, a freshman, in the 400 hurdles qualifying at 9 p.m. Thursday, along with Minnesota junior Rachel Schow. Russell placed third behind Ross at the Drake Relays university-college 400 hurdles.
Ross, Abbott and Steiner also will run legs for Kentucky in the4×400 relay, which will have qualifying rounds at 10:18 p.m. Thursday.The Wildcats won the 4×400 at the SEC Championships in a season best 3:30.81.
Johnson will run with two teammates in the 1500 at 9:26 p.m. Thursdaywho played a role in Oklahoma State winning the 4×800, 4×1600 and distance medley relay titles at the Drake Relays. Senior Molly Sughroue, who anchored the winning distance medley relay at Drake, won the Big 12 Outdoor 1500 title. Senior Jenny Celis, who ran on all three winning relays at Drake, is coming off a personal best of 4:12.92 in the NCAA West Prelim in the 1500.
Senior Dana Klein, who anchored San Francisco to third in the distance medley relay at Drake, also will compete in the 1500 after clocking a personal best 4:15.27 at the NCAA West Prelims.
The women’s 800 at 8:44 p.m. Thursday will include San Francisco’s Sadi Henderson and Iowa State senior Erinn Stenman-Fahey. Henderson, who ran on San Francisco’s 4×800 and distance medley relay teams at Drake, ran a personal best 2:03.31 at the NCAA West Prelims which ranks seventh overall on the collegiate list. Stenman-Fahey ran on the Cyclones’ 4×400 and distance medley relay teams. She placed sixth in the 800 at the Big 12 Outdoor meet.
Iowa junior Jenny Kimbro, who was second in both the Drake Relays university-college 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, is in the heptathlon along with senior teammate Tria Simmons who ran a leg on Iowa’s 4×400 which placed second at Drake. Kimbro and Simmons placed second and third at the Big Ten meet, respectively.
Thursday’s opening round of competition features just one final running event – 10,000– with two Drake Relays performers competing in Minnesota’s Megan Hasz and Iowa State’s Amanda Vestri. Hasz ran the opening leg for Minnesota’s 4×1600 relay, which placed second at the Drake Relays. She finished second in the 10,000 at the Big Ten Championships.
Vestri, who also ran a leg on the Cyclones 4×1600 relay at Drake, was second in the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Big 12 Championships. She is ranked eighth on the NCAA performance list.
Megan Hasz’ twin sister – Bethany – will run in the 5,000 finals Saturday. Bethany anchored the Gophers’ 4×1600 relay at Drake.
Thewomen’s 3000 steeplechase at 7:32 p.m. Thursdaywill feature Wichita State redshirt junior Rebekah Topham who won captured the Drake Relays university-college 1500 as well as South Dakota State senior Rachel King who finished second behind Topham at Drake. Topham, a native of Griswold, Iowa, punched her ticket to her first NCAA Championships after finishing 11th in the NCAA West Regional with an American Athletic Conference and school record time of 9:53.92.
King will run in the first heat, while Topham is scheduled to run heat No. 2 of the steeplechase prelims. The top-five finishers from each heat plus the next two fastest will advance to Saturday’s finals at 5:54 p.m. Topham is the first female Shocker in the program’s history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase.
The 2019 outdoor season was packed full of highlights for Tausaga, setting Iowa records in the shot put , discus and hammer throw. She won her third-consecutive Big Ten discus title and was named Big Ten Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year after winning the discus title, placing third in the shot put and seventh in the hammer throw.
Missouri senior Gabi Jacobs is making her third straight appearance in the discus at NCAA Championships after recording back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2017 and 2018. She finished second to Tausaga at the Drake Relays.
Missouri sophomore Sophia Rivera, who captured the Drake Relays women’s javelin title, earned her first trip to the NCAA Championships. She will be joined in the women’s javelin final Thursdaywith North Dakota State freshman Akealy Moton, who won the Drake Relays women’s university-college shot put.
Moton will have a busy Thursday also competing in the finals of the women’s shot put where she will be joined by Drake Relays competitors Tess Keyzers, a freshman from Minnesota who finished fifth at the Drake Relays, along with Iowa junior Nia Britt, who was 11that the Drake Relays.
Keyzers advanced to the national meet with a fifth-place finish in shot put at the NCAA West Prelim, where she recorded a career-best mark of 56-8, while setting a school record. She enters the NCAA meet seeded seventh and owns the nation’s 11th-best mark this season.
Britt is coming off a personal best throw of 55-7 ¾ at the NCAA West Prelim. A downside to Britt’s big throw is that it knocked teammate Laulauga Tausaga into 13th and only the top 12 from each region advanced to Austin. Tausaga placed fourth at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, with a throw of 56-10 ¾.
Thewomen’s hammer throw Thursdayfeatures four place winners from the 2019 Drake Relays led by Minnesota senior Temi Ogunrinde, who finished fourth. Other athletes are Missouri senior Becky Keating (sixth), North Dakota State junior Bailey Retzlaff (seventh) and South Dakota senior Lara Boman (18th). Ironically Drake Relays champ Amy Herrington from North Dakota State did not advance from the NCAA West Prelims in the event.
Ogunrinde returns to the NCAA Championships for the third straight time after placing 18th in 2017 and ninth in 2018. She enters the national meet seeded fourth with a mark of 211-6, which earned her a runner-up finish at the NCAA West Prelim. Ogunrinde won her third-straight Big Ten title in hammer throw this spring with a season-best mark of 221-2 to become the first individual to three-peat as Big Ten women’s hammer throw champion.
South Dakota junior Helen Falda, who captured the Drake Relays university college pole vault, will be aiming for all-American honors in pole vault finals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. She is ranked seventh on the collegiate list with a personal best of 14-5.25.
Kentucky junior Ellen Ekholm, who won the Drake Relays university-college high jump, advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third year in a row. When the high jump finals take place SaturdayEkholm will be looking to ride momentum from a strong spring. Ekholm captured the SEC title May 11, marking her fifth straight victory including wins at the Florida Relays, Tennessee Relays, Kentucky Invitational and Drake Relays .
Kentucky senior Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile Excel won the Drake Relays university-college triple jump and will contend for the NCAA outdoor title in the triple jump Saturday. She finished second in the triple jump as a sophomore at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor meet, while placing third last year as well as in the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This preview lists anticipated athletes expected to compete at USA Outdoor Championships. Watch for additional names of more Olympians competing in the near future.)
In less than two months all eyes around the world will be focused on Des Moines when it hosts the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships July 25-28.
Feature photo: Rachel Schneider, Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU and Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby
With the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics right around the corner, venerable Drake Stadium will never see a bigger array of the nation’s top track and field superstars in its history than the hundreds of athletes who will converge on the blue oval.
The U.S. Championships will feature more than 95 Olympians who have won a total of 47 Olympic medals including 20 gold, two world record holders and 15 current American record holders not to mention a bevy of NCAA champions setting the stage for the GREATEST track and field meet ever held in Iowa.
The top three place winners in each event will represent Team USA at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar Sept. 27-Oct. 6.
It’s the first leg highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.
Individual and all session tickets for the U.S. Outdoor Championships are on sale by contacting the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647 or online at www.draketix.com/usatf
Count on several native Iowans challenging for national titles. 2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan, a native of Sioux City, returns to defend her outdoor title in the women’s 5,000 for the third straight year.
The 25-year-old Houlihan owned 2018, and she did so across two distances — 1,500 and 5,000 — while possessing perhaps the most lethal kick of any female distance runner in the world, becoming the second women ever to win both the 1,500 and 5,000 at the same U.S. Outdoor Championships since 2003. Houlihan ran a personal best of 3:57.34 in the 1500 at Lausanne, Switzerland, which ranked second in the world last year. Two weeks later she set the existing American record in the 5,000 of 14:34.45 in Heusden, Belgium, July 21.
Five-time NCAA champ Karissa Schweizer, a former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic prep standout, is expected to also run in the women’s 5,000.
Jenny Simpson, reigning Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500 as well as former World Outdoor champ (2011), is expected to compete in the women’s 1,500. Born in Webster City, Ia., the three-time Olympian has combined to win 11 U.S. indoor and outdoor national titles.
Since her first competition at Drake Stadium at the 2008 NCAA Championships, Simpson has won 10 out of 12 races, which she attributes to the family, friends and the great atmosphere.
“I race so much all over the world and so this [running at Drake] is a really great opportunity to race in front of my family,” said Simpson. “So to be in the Midwest and have so much family within driving distance, my parents often rally a small army to come cheer me on. It’s always a lot of fun to see those multi-generational groups showing up at the stadium together.”
Iowa City resident Erik Sowinski, a three-time U.S. Indoor champ, will be among top contenders in the men’s 800 after placing third last year. 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy is back to defend his title. Murphy ranks No. 3 on the U.S. all-time list at 1:42.93 when he became the first American to medal in the 800 at the Olympics since 1992.
Fourth Time Drake Stadium Has Hosted Nationals
If past history is any indication, track and field fans should be in store for some memorable moments on and off the track at U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
This will mark the fourth time Drake Stadium has served as the host of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including the second consecutive year.
Each time fans have witnessed a bevy of American records.Two American women’s records were set the first time Drake hosted the U.S. Championships in 2010, including 2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Chaunte Lowe setting an American record in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 6 feet 8.75 inches on her final attempt.
Three American records were set during the Saturday session of the 2013 U.S. Championships:
Brianna Rollins, women’s 100 hurdles record (12.26); Amanda Bingson, women’s hammer throw (248-5), Michelle Carter, women’s shot put (66-5)
In all 16 Drake Stadium records, including nine in the women’s division, were set at the 2013 U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Last year athletes set one American record (women’s hammer throw), three world leads (men’s 100, women’s 20k race walk and women’s hammer throw), two USA Championship records (women’s triple jump, women’s 20,000m race walk) and 13 Drake Stadium records over the course of four days.
Many seasoned and successful veterans of the sport will look to continue their legacies. Fifteencurrent American record holders are set to compete, including 12 in the women’s division.
Eleven gold medalists from the 2016 Olympic games are expected to compete led by Matthew Centrowitzwho became the first American since 1908 to capture a gold medal in the men’s 1,500.Centrowitz will be trying to become just the second runner in U.S. history to earn his sixth men’s 1500-meter national title joining Steve Scott, who won six championships between 1977 and 1986.
Ryan Crouser, who set an Olympic record en route to winning the gold medal in 2016 at 73-10.75, will compete in the men’s shot put. The men’s and women’s long jump will feature 2016 Olympic gold medalists Jeff Henderson andTianna Bartoletta, respectively.
Bartoletta captured the long jump at the 2005 and 2015 World Outdoor Championships, while earning gold medals for Team USA in the 4×100 relay at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Henderson will seek his fourth U.S. Outdoor title.
World Record Holders To Run Hurdles
After missing the 2018 U.S. Outdoor Championships,Dalilah Muhammad is expected to seek her fourth career title in the women’s 400 hurdles. Muhammad, who won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, will receive a strong challenge fromShamier Little, who set a Drake Stadium record of 53.61 en route to winning the title, while posting the second fastest time in the world in 2018.
Both the men’s and women’s short hurdles will feature world record holders Aries Merrittand Kendra Harrisonwith the finals expected to be another photo finish.
Merritt set the existing world record of 12.80 in Brussels, Belgium, a month after winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. 2016 Olympian Devon Allenreturns to defend his title in the 110 hurdles after edging six-time NCAA champ Grant Holloway 13.452 to 13.454 last year.
Holloway closed out the 2019 indoor season by winning his second career NCAA Indoor title in the 60 hurdles in an American record 7.35.
Harrison is the two-time defending champion in the women’s 100 hurdles and was ranked No. 1 in the world last year in 12.36 followed by Brianna McNealat 12.38. Harrison set the world record of 12.20 in 2016. But she didn’t make the U.S. Olympic team, watching from the sidelines as Team USA swept the top three places in the women’s 100 hurdles at 2016 Olympics – the first time by any nation in the event and the first time in any women’s event for Team USA in Olympic history.
Brianna Rollinswon the gold medal at Rio De Janiero with Nia Aliearning the silver and Kristi Castlinthe bronze. The trio is expected to run in the U.S. Championships with Rollins seeking her third career title.
The last time a country pulled off a sweep of the gold medal in the men’s 100, 200 and 400 at the World Championships occurred in 2007 by Team USA. The U.S. has the personnel to do it once again.
World’s Best Featured In Men’s Sprints
American men topped the world lists in the 100, 200 and 400 in 2018 led by Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles, and Michael Norman. This trio could soon combine to dominate the sprints in ways not seen since before the Usain Bolt era, translating spectacular 2018 campaigns into gold at this year’s World Championships
Americans posted the top four times in the world in the 100 in 2018. And those sprinters will be competing on the blue oval at Drake Stadium.
Coleman, who earned a silver medal in the 100 at the 2017 World Championships, will go for a sprint 100-200 double at the U.S. Championships setting the stage for a run at gold in both the World Championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The decision to run the 100 and 200 assures the U.S. Championships of a major showdown in both events. Justin Gatlin, the reigning king after beating rival Usain Bolt at the 2017 World Championships, and indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker, will likely by Coleman’s opponents in the 100 and Lyles in the 200.
The 22-year-old Coleman won the 60 at the 2018 World Indoor Championships and scorched a world-leading 9.79 in the 100 in Brussels, Belgium on Aug. 21, good for seventh all-time. He set the American indoor record in the 60 of 6.34 seconds winning the 2018 U.S. Indoor Championships.
Gatlin was the 2004 Olympic champion in the 100 as well as the 2005 and 2017 World champion in the same event. He also earned a silver medal in the 100 at the 2016 Olympic and a bronze medal in the 200 at the 2004 Olympics and 100 at the 2012 Olympics. Baker ranked second in the world in the 100 last year with a top time of 9.87.
At 20, Lylesbecame the youngest man in 34 years to win the 100 at the 2018 U.S. Championships, setting two Drake Stadium records and two world leads in the semifinals and finals, winning in 9.88, which ranked No. 3 in the world. He also was undefeated in the 200 last year capturing back-to-back Diamond League titles while recording the worlds fastest time of 19.65. The 200 also features two-time defending outdoor champ Ameer Webbalong with three-time NCAA champion Elijah Hall.
Norman, 21, is the sprinter to beat in the 400 after running a world-leading and collegiate record 43.61 en route to winning the 2018 NCAA outdoor title for USC.
This is a huge year for the top U.S. steeplechasers. Defending world champion Emma Coburnand 2017 silver medalist and American record holder Courtney Frerichsboth look to recapture their London magic at the World Championships in Doha while also battling each other again for the women’s American record, while Evan Jagerwill seek the two elements still missing from his illustrious resume: a gold medal and a sub-8:00 performance.
The battle for American supremacy between Coburn and Frerichs is a fantastic storyline. Coburn claimed her fifth consecutive national title en route to a Drake Stadium record time of 9:17.70 last year, while Frerichswas second in 9:18.69, Coburn has been the face of the event in the U.S. for nearly a decade (winning seven national titles since 2011), but Frerichs very nearly became the sixth woman in history to break 9:00 with her 9:00.85 American record last July.
Jagerhas won seven U.S Outdoor titles in the steeplechase, while earning a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. He has been knocking on the sub-8:00 door ever since his unforgettable 8:00.45 American record in 2015.
Sam Kendricksis the reigning World Outdoor champion in the men’s pole vault and has won every indoor and outdoor USA Championship since his first outdoor title in 2014. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist made it five USA Outdoor Championships in a row with his Drake Stadium record vault of 19-2.25 last year.
Wilson Seeks 3rdStraight Women’s 800 Title
The first running event final – 10,000 meters – on July 25 at the U.S. Championships are expected to feature American record holders Galen Ruppand Molly Huddlein their respective men’s and women’s divisions. Rupp, owner of 11 U.S. national titles, won a silver medal in the 10,000 at the 2012 Olympics while capturing a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics. He set the American record in the 10,0000 of 26:44.36 in 2014. Huddle set the current U.S. record of 30:13.17 at the 2016 Olympics.
Lopez Lomong, who last won back-to-back national titles in 2009 and 2010 in the 1500, also will return to defend his men’s 10,000 title.
2016 Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimowill seek his third men’s 5,000 outdoor title in a row.
After having a baby in June of 2018, three-time Olympian Shannon Rowburyhas returned to the track hoping to make her presence in the 1500 where she holds the American record of 3:56.29.
2016 OlympianAjee’ Wilsonwill be seeking her third straight women’s 800 title after setting a Drake Stadium record of 1:58.18 last year. Wilson posted the U.S. outdoor record of 1:55.61 in 2017 and then rewrote the American indoor mark of 1:58.60 at the 2019 Millrose Games.
Fans should expect another captivating battle in the women’s long jump between 2016 Olympian Keturah Orji and American record holderTori Franklin where the Drake Stadium record fell three times last year.Orjientered the 2018 U.S. Outdoor meet owning a 7-0 career record vs. Franklin in head-to-head competition.Orji leapt to a facility record on her first jump at 47-0.75. Franklin set the USATF Outdoor record and Drake Stadium record on her first jump at 47-6.25 leap. Orji responded with a winning jump of 47-10.5, clinching the national title.
American Record Holders Set To Defend Titles In Women’s Field Events
2016 Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morriswill be seeking her third straight title in the women’s pole vault. Morris, the American record holder at 16-4 ¾, will renew her rivalry with Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and world indoor record holder, who has won 10 U.S. outdoor titles.
All four of the women’s throwing events— discus, shot put, hammer throw, and javelin— will feature the American record holder in competition.
Three-time Olympian Michelle Carter set the American record in the shot put at 67 feet 8 ¼ inches at the 2016 Olympics en route to becoming the first U.S. woman ever to win the gold medal.
Eight-time U.S. champ and three-time Olympian Kara Winger set the existing American mark in the javelin of 218-8 at the 2010 U.S. Championships at Drake Stadium.
2016 Olympian DeAnna Pricereturns to defend her crown in the hammer throw after setting an American record of 256-3 last year at Drake Stadium, which was also the best in the world in 2018. 2012 Olympian Gia Lewis-Smallwoodis the American record holder in the discus at 226-11.
Catch rising women’s stars in Sydney McLaughlin, who competed in the 2016 Olympic 400 hurdles at the age of 16, along with 21-year-old Vashti Cunningham, a two-time defending USA Outdoor high jump champ as well as four-time reigning USA Indoor champ. McLaughlin won the 2018 NCAA 400 hurdles as a freshman at Kentucky before turning pro. Earlier she set the collegiate record of 52.75 in the event. Cunningham competed in the 2016 Olympics and won the 2015 World Indoor Championship high jump as a 17-year-old.
2016 Olympian Zach Ziemekreturns to defend his decathlon title, while Erica Bougardalso is seeking her second straight crown in the heptathlon.
Coburn, Gatlin and Kendricks are among eight athletes from Team USAwho are reigning 2017 IAAF World Outdoor Champion, receiving an automatic wild-card bye into the World Championships for their respective events. Others are Tori Bowie,women’s 100; Phyllis Francis, women’s 400; Kori Carter, women’s 400 hurdles; Brittney Reese, women’s long jump and Christian Taylor,men’s triple jump.
Taylor is a two-time defending Olympic champ and American record holder (49-8 ¾). Reese won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics along with a silver in 2016.
2019 USATF TIME SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 25
2:45 p.m. Decathlon 100
3:30 p.m. Decathlon Long Jump
4:30 p.m. Decathlon shot put
4:40 p.m. Women’s 100 1st round
5:05 p.m. Men’s 100 1st round
5:30 p.m. Women’s 1500 1st round
5:30 p.m. Men’s Discus FINAL
5:45 p.m. Decathlon high jump
5:57 p.m. Men’s 400 hurdles 1st round
6 p.m. Women’s Javelin FINAL
6:22 p.m. Women’s 800 1st round
6:30 p.m. Women’s triple jump FINAL
6:47 p.m. Men’s 800 1st round
7:12 p.m. Women’s 400 1st round
7:37 p.m. Men’s 400 1st round
8:02 p.m. Decathlon 400
8:50 p.m. Women’s 10,000 FINAL
9:29 p.m. Men’s 10,000 FINAL
Friday, July 26
12:30 p.m. Decathlon 110 hurdles
1:30 p.m. Decathlon discus
3:15 p.m. Decathlon pole vault
4:05 p.m. Women’s 100 hurdles 1st round
4:30 p.m. Men’s 1500 1st round
4:45 p.m. Decathlon “A” javelin
4:57 p.m. Women’s 3000 steeple 1st round
5:15 p.m. Men’s Hammer Throw FINAL
5:25 p.m. Women;s 400 hurdles, 1st round
5:30 p.m. Men’s Triple Jump FINAL
5:40 p.m. Decathlon “B” Javelin
5:45 p.m. Men’s Shot Put FINAL
5:50 p.m. Women’s 100 semifinals
6:04 p.m. Men’s 100 semifinals
6:18 p.m. Women’s 800 semifinals
6:32 p.m. Men’s 800 semifinals
6:46 p.m. Decathlon 1500
6:56 p.m. Women’s 400 semifinals
7:14 p.m. Men’s 400 semifinals
7:28 p.m. Men’s 400 hurdles semifinals
7:44 p.m. Women’s 100 FINAL
7:53 p.m. Men’s 100 FINAL
Saturday, July 27
1 p.m. Heptathlon 100 hurdles
1:45 p.m. Women’s Masters 50+ 200
1:52 p.m. Men’s Masters 50+ 200
2 p.m. Heptathlon high jump
2 p.m. Men’s pole vault FINAL
2 p.m. Women’s 200 1st round
2:20 p.m. Men’s javelin throw FINAL
2:25 p.m. Men’s 200 1st round
2:30 p.m. Women’s hammer throw FINAL
2:40 p.m. Women’s high jump FINAL
2:45 p.m. Women’s long jump FINAL
3:03 p.m. Women’s 100 hurdles semifinals
3:17 p.m. Men’s 110 hurdles semifinals
3:43 p.m. Women’s 1500 FINAL
3:54 p.m. Men’s 3000 steeple FINAL
3:55 p.m. Heptathlon shot put
4:08 p.m. Women’s 400 hurdles semifinals
4:27 p.m. Men’s 400 hurdles FINAL
4:36 p.m. Women’s 400 FINAL
4:45 p.m. Men’s 400 FINAL
4:54 p.m. Women’s 100 hurdles FINAL
5:03 p.m. Heptathlon 200
Sunday, July 28
3 p.m. Heptathlon long jump
4:05 p.m. Heptathlon javelin throw
5 p.m. Men’s 200 semifinals
5:05 p.m. Women’s discus FINAL
5:10 p.m. Women’s pole vault FINAL
5:14 p.m. Women’s 200 semifinals
5:20 p.m. Men’s high jump FINAL
5:42 p.m. Heptathlon 800
5:45 p.m. Women’s shot put FINAL
6:02 p.m. Men’s 800 Final
6:09 p.m. Women’s 3000 steeple FINAL
6:23 p.m. Men’s 5000 FINAL
6:42 p.m. Women’s 5000 FINAL
7:04 p.m. Women’s 400 hurdles FINAL
7:17 p.m. Women’s 800 FINAL
7:25 p.m. Men’s 110 hurdles FINAL
7:33 p.m. Men’s 1500 FINAL
7:43 p.m. Women’s 200 FINAL
7:51 p.m. Men’s 200 FINAL
The Iowa State track and field team wrapped up the 2019 Big 12 Outdoor Championships with three individual titles, an individual award and a historic team effort for the Cyclone men. Cailie Logue picked up her second title of the weekend in the 5,000-meter run, while Keira Christie-Galloway got her first Big 12 outdoor crown. For the men, Dan Curts got his first career Big 12 title, bringing home the win in the 5,000-meter run.
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The Iowa State men finished in second with 126 team points, which is the Cyclones’ highest team finish in the Big 12 era (previous best: sixth, twice) and highest team point effort as well. The ISU women finished sixth with 72 points. In addition, for his three top-four finishes across the weekend and 18 team points, David Too was the co-recipient of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships Men’s High Point Award.
The Cyclones worked as a team to help Curts get his win. Finn Gessner and Mitchell Day combined to pace the first 2,000 meters, with Curts and David Too breaking away from the field. Curts and Too ran together up until the final lap, when Curts turned on the jets to bring home his inaugural Big 12 crown in 14:08.76. Too finished second in 14:11.86, his third top-four finish of the weekend, while Edwin Kurgatcame in third at 14:12.32. Also scoring for ISU was Chad Johnson (sixth, 14;16.16) and Thomas Pollard(14:21.28), a 28-point outburst for ISU.
Christie-Galloway took control of the race from the start, getting first to the first hurdle to lead wire-to-wire. She got a strong challenge from Oklahoma’s Camri Austin off the final hurdle, but was able to lean at the line first in a new school record of 13.10. Her previous school record was 13.25 at the Sun Angel Classic last month. Joining her on the podium was Kaylyn Hall in eighth, also clocking a legal PR in 13.72.
Christie-Galloway is the first Cyclone to win the 100m hurdles in the Big 12 era, and first Cyclone to win a conference title in the event since Debbie Esser in 1977. She is also the first individual Cyclone to sweep the conference championships in the 100m hurdles outdoors and 60m hurdles indoors.
The women’s 5,000m went off at a slower pace, with a big lead pack staying together until the final mile. With three laps to go, Logue finally made her move out of turn four and did not look back, stepping on the gas to run away from the pack in 16:12.81. Amanda Vestri made a last-lap pass to make it a second ISU 1-2 in three days in 16:23.51. Anne Frisbie joined the ISU scoring contingent in fifth in 16:32.69.
Logue’s 5K/10K sweep is the ninth of the Big 12 era on the women’s side, the fourth by the Cyclones as she joins Lisa Koll (2009, 2010) and Katy Moen (2014) as Cyclones to do the distance double outdoors.
The battle for second in the men’s team standings came down to the 4x400m relay, a race which took an interesting twist when Big 12 leaders Baylor dropped out 200 meters in. The Cyclones and Texas’ battle happened throughout the 4×400 with the two teams battling among the top-four heading to the anchor. While TCU pulled away for the win, Eric Fogltanz split 45.34 on the close to get the silver medal in 3:05.50, making Charlie Johnson (47.43 split), Roshon Roomes (45.54), Ben Kelly (46.68) and Fogltanz the fourth-fastest quartet in ISU history.
In the 1,500-meter run, Lagat found himself in eighth in the bell lap, but utilized his closing speed to continue to move his way up the field and finish in second in 3:52.59. Lagat’s final 400 came in at 52.79, the second-fastest final lap in the field.
Lagat came back 90 minutes later to be part of three Cyclones finishing in the top six of the 800-meter run, all running personal bests. Roshon Roomes led the way with a third-place finish in 1:46.91, Lagat right behind him in fourth in 1:46.93 and Cebastin Gentil breaking 1:50 for the first time to finish sixth in 1:49.26.
The Cyclone men’s hurdlers did their thing again on Sunday. In the 110-meter hurdles, the guys brought home second and fourth place. Mason Weh got the silver medal with a personal best 13.80, tied for third in school history, while Logan Schneider got fourth in a personal best 13.99. Weh came back in the 400m hurdles along, joined by Eric Fogltanz. Fogltanz led the way for ISU in third at a season-best 50.51, while Weh came in fifth at 51.66.
A pair of seniors stepped up with sixth-place finishes for the Cyclone women, with Emma Whighamgetting a personal best in the 400m hurdles at 1:00.51, and Erinn Stenman-Fahey getting three points for the Cyclones in the 800-meter run in 2:08.87.
The road to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins on May 23-25 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries, hosted by Sacramento State. Qualifiers for West Prelims will be announced no later than Thursday.
Final Team Scores
Men: 1. Texas Tech, 164 Points; 2. Iowa State, 126 Points; 3. Texas, 120.5 Points; 4. Kansas State, 85 Points; 5. Kansas, 79 Points; 6. Oklahoma, 75 Points; 7. Oklahoma State, 59.5 Points; 8. Baylor, 57 Points; 9. TCU, 53 Points
Women: 1. Texas, 172 Points; 2. Kansas State, 156.5 Points; 3. Oklahoma, 101.5 Points; 4. Texas Tech, 93 Points; 5. Kansas, 73.5 Points; 6. Iowa State, 72 Points; 7. Baylor, 51.5 Points; 8. Oklahoma State, 48 Points; 9. West Virginia, 27 Points; 10. TCU, 24 Points
Iowa State Results
800m Run (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:45.95; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:46.91; 4. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:46.93; 6. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 1:49.26
800m Run (W): 1. Sinclaire Johnson, Oklahoma State – 2:04.79; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:08.87
1,500m Run (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 3:50.99; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 3:52.59
5,000m Run (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 14:08.76; 2. David Too, Iowa State – 14:11.86; 3. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 14:12.32; 6. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 14:16.16; 8. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 14:21.28; Mitchell Day, Iowa State – DNF; Finn Gessner, Iowa State – DNF
5,000m Run (W): 1. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 16:12.81; 2. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 16:23.51; 5. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 16:32.69; 9. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 16:45.89; 10. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 17:02.22; 22. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 17:50.49
100m Hurdles (W): 1. Keira Christie-Galloway, Iowa State – 13.10; 8. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 13.72
110m Hurdles (M): 1. Cordell Tinch, Kansas – 13.72; 2. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 13.80; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 13.99; 9. Elijah Young, Iowa State – 14.79
400m Hurdles (M): 1. Norman Grimes, Texas Tech – 49.11; 3. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 50.51; 5. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 51.66
400m Hurdles (W): 1. Ranae McKenzie, Kansas State – 56.73; 6. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 1:00.51
4x100m Relay (M): 1. Texas Tech – 38.83; 8. Iowa State (Gage Clay, Ben Kelly, Chandler Diercks, Logan Schneider) – 40.92
4x100m Relay (W): 1. Texas – 43.84; 9. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Katarina Vlahovic, Erika Furbeck, Sydney Milani) – 46.91
4x400m Relay (M): 1. TCU – 3:04.86; 2. Iowa State (Charlie Johnson, Roshon Roomes, Ben Kelly, Eric Fogltanz) – 3:05.50
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Texas – 3:31.16; 9. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Sydney Milani, Kaylyn Hall, Zakiyah Amos) – 3:43.75
High Jump (W): 1. Zarriea Willis, Texas Tech – 6-0 (1.83m); Megan Durbin, Iowa State – Foul
Triple Jump (W): 1. Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State – 45-0 1/4 (13.72m); 17. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/2 (12.23m); 22. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 36-8 1/2 (11.19m)
The University of Iowa won the Men’s Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the fourth time in school history with 116 points on Sunday. The last time the Hawkeyes won was in 2011, the most recent time that they hosted.
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“The guys did what we came here to do, what we’ve been planning all year,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey. “They’ve had a vision, a mindset, a drive, a heart, and it has been all about fighting and loving each other and doing it for the team and doing it for each other. They all came through, it was awesome.”
The women tied their best finish, taking third place for the second consecutive year with 93 points behind Ohio State (126) and Indiana (95).
“Both of our teams did really well. The women got third, almost second, and had a great battle. I’m very proud of both teams,” Woody said.
Seven Hawkeyes came away with gold medals in four events on the final day of competition.
Junior Laulauaga Tausaga is three-for-three in the women’s discus, earning her third consecutive title with a facility record, 60.28 meters (197-9).
“It means a lot. Our coaches have been telling us it’s our turf, we’re comfortable with it, so we should have the ability to take advantage of being home and try to get up there on the Big Ten list, so I’m very excited that I came out and did exactly what they wanted me to do,” Tausaga said.
On the men’s side, senior Mar’yea Harris won the 400 meters in 45.67, and senior Chris Douglas ran a personal best 400-meter hurdles to win in 50.32. Freshman Wayne Lawrence, Jr., junior Chris Thompson, and seniors Carter Lilly and Harris expanded the men’s lead out of reach from second place finishers, Indiana (103 points), with the 1,600-meter relay win (3:07.36).
“Being at home really makes it special for everyone,” Harris said. “The fans, my teammates, and family are out there, so going out and winning in front of them was a really good moment, very special to me.”
MEDALS, ON MEDALS, ON MEDALS
The Hawkeyes medaled nine more times on day three, earning six silver medals and three bronze medals. Juniors Jaylan McConico, Karayme Bartley, Anthony Williams, and Antonio Woodard all ran personal bests to earn hardware.
2. Jenny Kimbro – 100 hurdles (13.38)
2. Jaylan McConico – 110 hurdles (13.78)
2. Briana Guillory – 200 meters (23.31)
2. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.66)
2. Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (45.80)
2. Konstadina Spanoudakis – discus (52.94 meters, 173-8)
3. Anthony Williams – 110 hurdles (13.81)
3. Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (20.69)
3. Raymonte Dow – 400 hurdles (51.37)
The Hawkeyes scored 17 additional times. The men’s 400-meter relay, including junior Collin Hofacker, Woodard, Lawrence, and Bartley, tied Iowa’s 10th all-time fastest mark. Sophomore Josh Braverman broke his personal best in the 110 high hurdles for the second time this weekend in 13.96, freshman James Carter jumped 15.28 meters (50-1 3/4) to add a personal best in the triple jump, and senior Tria Simmons ran a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles (13.72).
4. Matt Manternach – 800 meters (1:49.16)
4. Hofacker, Woodard, Lawrence, Bartley – 400-meter relay (39.59)
5. Chris Douglas – 110 hurdles (13.93)
5. Nolan Teubel – 800 meters (1:49.54)
5. Noah Larrison – 400 hurdles (51.64)
5. Jenny Kimbro – 400 hurdles (58.41)
6. Josh Braverman – 110 hurdles (13.96)
6. Tria Simmons – 100 hurdles (13.72)
6. Antonise Christian – 100 meters (11.81)
6. Tysen VanDraska – 800 meters (1:49.58)
6. Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.97)
7. Christian, Buss, Carty, Weum – 400-meter relay (45.83)
7. Antonio Woodard – 100 meters (10.40)
7. Kelli DeGeorge – high jump (1.70 meters, 5-7)
7. Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.70 meters, 5-7)
7. Amanda Carty – triple jump (12.13 meters, 39-9 3/4)
8. James Carter – triple jump (15.28 meters, 50-1 3/4)
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes will head to the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, California, on May 23-25. The NCAA will announce the NCAA Regional qualifiers on Thursday, May 16 by 1 p.m. on NCAA.org.
The UNI men’s track and field team dominated the final day of the Missouri Valley Championship to cruise its second consecutive title and ninth in program history Sunday in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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Four Panthers earned individual titles and 13 earned All-Conference honors on championship Sunday to bring the total to six individual titles and 22 total All-Conference awards on the weekend.
Head coach Dave Paulsen was named the MVC Men’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.
The UNI men opened the day with a 10-point lead over second-place Illinois State. When the dust settled Sunday, the Panthers cruised to a 52-point win with 183.25 team points to Illinois State’s 131.25 points for second place.
The Panther women finished fourth with a team score of 100.5. Illinois State won the team title, Southern Illinois was second and Indiana State finished third.
Isaac Holtz won the discus with a throw of 179-feet to pick up his second All-Conference honor of the weekend.
Evan Long won the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.99 to lead a group of Panthers that took four of the top five spots and five of the top seven. Connor Blough also earned All-Conference honors after finishing second in the event with a time of 47.42.
On the women’s side, Maddie McCalla defended her indoor 400-meter dash championship and won with a career-best time of 54.39.
Other All-Conference honors include Wal Khat who finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:52:30.
Lyndsie Schinkel was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.84.
Tayshaun Cooper finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.67.
In the relays, the men’s 4×100-meter relay team took second with a time of 41.02. The women’s 4×400 team finished third with a time of 3:48.10.
The UNI men’s 4×400-meter relay was cruising to victory with a significant lead and just over 100-meters left in the race when Blough went down with an injury.
A season ago, the Panthers won by just one point and it came down to the final event, but by the time the 4×400-meter relay rolled around Sunday, UNI had the team championship well in hand.
It is the first consecutive championship for the Panthers since they won three straight in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
UNI now prepares for the NCAA West Regional which will take place May 23-25 in Sacramento, California. Athletes in the top 48 in the region compete at the event.
The Duhawk men’s and women’s track and field team hosted the Loras Easter Mid-Week meet on Tuesday, April 16. Gabrielle Nolandset a new stadium record in the 100m and the 200m, and is currently the top ranked runner in both events. Noland bested the school record in the 100m previously set by Pam Orris at 12:02 now 11.87 and the 200m previously set by Brittnee Powers at 24.68 now 24.14.
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Josh Smith | 1st | 100m | 10.86
Patrick Mikel | 1st | 200m | 21.57
Ryan Rogers 1st | 110m H | 15.13
Team of Otting, Smith, Kelly, and Jasa | 1st | 4x400m | 3:22.70
Team of Smith, Klein, Morrison, and Mikel | 4x100m | 41.88
Blake Keller | 1st | 1500m | 4:10.69
Doyle Carroll | 1st | Long Jump | 6.62m
Gabrielle Noland | 1st | 100m – 11.87 | 200m – 24.14
Terrianna Black | 2nd | 100m | 12.38
Elayna Bahl | 1st | 100m H | 14.89
Kaylee Osterberger | 1st | 800m | 2:23.38
Bella Solis | 1st | 400m H | 1:01.66 |
Team of Osterberger, Serres, Heavlin, and Solis | 4x400m | 3:57.89
• Noland’s 200m time of 24.14 set a new stadium record and is currently ranked at the top spot in Division III
• Noland’s time of 11.87 in the 100m is a new stadium record and ranks No. 1 in Division III
• Solis sets new stadium record in 400m Hurdles and is currently ranked No. 1 in Division III
• Mikels time in the 200m currently ranks 11th in Division III
Loras will take a break for Easter Holidays and return to action on April 25-27 to compete at Drake Relays.
Jessica Heims broke the para-athlete F64 classification discus world record with a throw of 105-feet-07 (32.19-meters) to take 18th-place at the Iowa Musco Twilight meet in Iowa City. Heims’ new world mark was one highlight on a day that included nine event wins and 38 top-three finishes for the UNI track and field team.
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Event winners included Connor Ham in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.10, the fastest time of the season for Ham and the fastest mark in the MVC to date. Katie Nimrod picked up the win in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:03.33. Lyndsie Schinkel won the 800 with a time of 2:10.72.
Alex Jackson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:16.42, a new personal best. He led a group of Panthers that took four of the top five spots in the race.
McKayla Cole won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:08.30, her best time of the season.
UNI closed the track events by sweeping the 4×400-meter relays. The women’s team won with a time of 3:52. 58 and the men took home the title with the time of 3:13.22.
Isaac Holtz took home the lone field event title by winning the hammer throw with a toss of 188-feet-11. It is the best throw of his season and vaulted him to third place in the MVC rankings.
Evan Long finished third in the 200-meter dash, but his time moved him into the second spot in the MVC.
The Panthers are back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Tom Botts Invite in Columbia, Missouri.