The No. 16 Iowa State women’s cross country team is set to race at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 4 at noon. The women will be running in the Blue Division 5K race from the Burke Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
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The last time out, the women opened the season at the Hawkeye Invitational a month ago. The Cyclones finished second as a team and Abby Caldwell was the individual race winner. Caldwell was later named the USTFCCCA Female Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Week.
Live results from the Joe Piane Invitational can be accessed in the link above. Fans can also follow @CycloneTrackXC on Twitter for live updates from Burke Golf Course.
The Loras College women’s cross country team will toe the start line as the No. 6-ranked team in the Central Region on Saturday according to the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, released on Tuesday.
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The Duhawks took a week off from competition following an impressive display at the National Catholic Championship, hosted by Notre Dame University, on Sept. 20. Kassie Rosenbum paced the Duhawks with a fourth place finish overall, setting a new school record for the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:57.48. Audrey Miller added a 27th place finish overall (19:10.46 and Kaylee Osterberger was 47th with a time of 19:51.26, helping Loras finish as the top-Division III team in the field of Division I, II and III competitors.
Carleton College remains the top-ranked team in the region while the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) bypassed American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) rival Wartburg College for second to place the Knights third. St. Olaf College and Gustavus Adolphus College held onto their fourth and fifth place rankings, respectively, while fellow A-R-C opponent Luther College was No. 7 behind Loras and Concordia University-Moorhead sits at No. 8.
Nebraska Wesleyan University was the final A-R-C school in the regional rankings at No. 9 while Bethel University (Minn.) ranks tenth.
The Duhawks travel to Waverly, Iowa for the Wartburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5. Race time is set for 10:30 a.m.
After giving its top runners a week off, the Loras College men’s cross country team returned to the start line and scored a fifth place finish at the National Catholic Championship, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, earning the top Division III spot in the field.
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Luke Guttormson led the Duhawks and all Division III competitors with a 16th place finish, clocking a time of 26:22.46 for the five mile course. Patrick Wolak added another top-20 showing placing 18th overall with a time of 26:29.73. Cole Conklin-Little was the next scoring runner for Loras in 33rd (26:55.41) followed by Joey Schultzin 40th (27:16.37) and Blake Keller in 53rd (27:34.85).
In the open race, Ethan Hammerand had the top time for the Duhawks, crossing the finish line in a time of 28:33.58 to finish eighth. Sam Webster placed 13th (28:48.33) followed by Max Ross in 16th (28:58.54) and Drew Brase in 19th (29.12.71). Jake Jensen was the Duhawks’ fifth man, clocking a time of 29:19.90 to finish 21st.
Loras heads to the Wartburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5 with race time in Waverly set to begin at 10:30 A.M.
The No. 5 Iowa State cross country team finished third place at the John McNichols Invitational on Saturday. It was a stacked field that the Cyclones ran against as five of the Nation’s top-25 teams were in attendance.
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The Cyclones finished with 66 team points behind first-place Northern Arizona (31) and second-place Stanford (51).
The Cyclones were led by All-American Edwin Kurgat. Kurgat ran an outstanding race and finished first individually in a time of 23:47. It was a battle down the last 400 meters, but Kurgat outlasted Stanford’s Thomas Ratcliffe, crossing the finish line four seconds ahead of him.
Transfers Addison Dehaven and Mitchell Day were making their Iowa State cross country debuts on Saturday morning. Dehaven, a two-time All-American, finished 11th individually in 24:19. Day, the 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, took 15th in a time of 24:35.
Sophomore Chad Johnson and junior Thomas Pollard also posted top-20 performances. Johnson finished 19th in 24:50, followed closely by Pollard who finished 20th in 24:51. Junior Milo Greder was also in that pack, and finished 21st in 24:53.
The Cyclones will be off for a bit before returning to the course on Oct. 18 at the annual Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Top-10 Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona, 31
2. Stanford, 51
3. Iowa State, 66
4. Purdue, 70
5. Indiana, 174
6. Eastern Michigan, 204
7. Illinois, 226
8. IUPUI, 309
9. Eastern Illinois
10. Central Arkansas
Former University of Iowa All-American Brittany Brown has added red, white, and blue to her wardrobe in 2019.
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Brown represents Team USA at the 2019 World Championships next week in Doha, Qatar. She is racing the 200 meters beginning Monday, Sept. 30. The semifinals are Oct. 1, and the finals are Oct. 2.
Brown was an 11-time All-American for the Hawkeyes from 2014-18. She is a Big Ten champion and school record holder in the 200 meters (22.30). She graduated in 2018, and qualified for the World Championships in July at the 2019 World Team Trials.
It is a path she never saw coming.
“When I was here as a student I was just running,” Brown said. “I didn’t think I would be able to reach this level, but now that I am I’m grateful and thankful for all of the support Iowa gave me.”
Since earning a spot on Team USA, Brown has been training in Iowa City and making trips to Europe. Earlier this month, she won the 200 meters at an event billed as “The Match,” a track meet in Belarus pitting Team USA against Europe.
“I am building off of that. A win always makes you a little more confident going into your next race. I felt really good coming off the curve,” Brown said. “It’s always a good feeling to put on that USA uniform and run for your country. It gives you a little bit more confidence going into the World Championships.”
Brown is joined on Team USA by former teammate and NCAA champion Laulauga Tausaga, who will throw discus for Team USA in the qualifying round Oct. 2.
The 2019 World Championships are Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at Doha, Qatar. More information can be found on iaaf.org.
If it’s a big race, the University of Iowa knows it will receive a big effort from Karson Sommer.
“When the lights go on, I don’t have to worry about who will show up,” said Randy Hasenbank, Iowa’s associate head coach for cross country/track and field.
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Sommer, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, is in his final season of collegiate cross country, but he has two seasons left for both indoor and outdoor track and field. As a senior at Pleasant Valley High School, Sommer placed fifth in the Class 4A state cross country meet and concluded an injury-riddled track season by placing eighth in the Class 4A 1,600 run.
He wanted to stay close to the Quad-Cities for college, and Iowa, with its engineering department, was a good fit. Sommer will earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering after the spring semester, then he plans to pursue a master’s in business analytics. He is an Academic All-Big Ten and Dean’s List student.
“My time at Iowa has been great,” Sommer said. “I have developed a lot as a runner, moving more toward distance. Coming out of high school I was lower mileage and now I’m doing probably twice as many miles as I was in high school. Academically, I have learned a lot being in electrical engineering that I can hopefully apply to wherever my career takes me.”
Sommer has completed two internships, the first doing data analytics for the Department of Defense at the Rock Island Arsenal, the second was designing tolerance analysis software for a company called Inventive Engineering.
It is his reputation as a big-race competitor that impresses Hasenbank.
In 2018, when the Hawkeyes placed sixth as a team at the Big Ten Championships in cross country, Sommer was 39th with an 8,000-meter time of 24:40.4. That was 43 spots higher than he finished the previous season. Twelve days later at the NCAA Regional, he finished 35th with a 10K time of 31:47.9. That was 58 spots higher than he finished as a sophomore.
“He is a fearless competitor and doesn’t care what the stat sheet says,” Hasenbank said. “If he is racing sub-4 (minute mile) guys, he is going to race them all. He has a great attitude and is easy to coach. He finishes workouts and sets a high standard.”
Sommer says he is in the best shape of his life as he covers 70-85-mile weeks. In the season opening Hawkeye Invitational on Sept. 6, Sommer was Iowa’s eighth runner (22nd overall) with a 6K time of 19:00.9. Don’t check the final results, it will be confusing. Sommer’s younger brother, Konnor, is also on Iowa’s team, and somehow Karson wore Konnor’s timing chip and vice-versa. While the results say Karson was 25th in 19:09, he actually finished three positions higher.
Having a brother on the roster has advantages, despite an occasional case of misidentification. Konnor is a sophomore, and the duo was used to the sibling running dynamic when they competed together in high school. In college, they have a go-to running buddy.
“It is nice to have a training partner who can be reliable,” Karson said. “Konnor is someone to do workouts with if other people on the team can’t train with you for whatever reason.”
In his first three seasons as a Hawkeye, Sommer has experienced plenty of highlights. None were more memorable than being part of a Big Ten Conference championship track and field team in May; he was 20th in the 1,500 with a time of 3:52.17. Last fall, the Hawkeyes were sixth as a team at Big Ten cross county, their best finish since 2009.
Like he did a season ago, Sommer aims to continue improving his finishes at meets from a year ago, especially in the postseason. He is looking for top 15 individual and top five team placings at Big Ten and regionals.
“For whatever reason, even though I come into the season in good shape, the results at (early) meets don’t show for me because we aren’t tapered,” Sommer said. “At the end of the year is where I have better performances.”
Hasenbank will rely on Sommer’s record of steadiness to lead the Hawkeyes to big results.
“To reach our potential, we need him to be battling in our top three,” Hasenbank said. “He will, he can, and he has.”
The Hawkeyes will compete at the Greeno/Dirksen Invitational on Saturday at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska. Last season Iowa finished runner-up with 68 points; Sommer was 28th with an 8K time of 25:53.7.
Wal Khat finished seventh to lead the UNI men to a fifth-place finish, and Katie Nimrod finished 15th to lead UNI to a sixth-place finish at the Illinois State Invite at the Weibring Golf Club in Normal.
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Khat finished the 8K course in 24:55.3 to lead the way for UNI. CJ May followed up his strong week at the Hawkeye Invite with a 13th-place finish and a time of 25:11.0. Logan Murray finished 31st with a time of 25:47.6, David Holesinger was 37th with a time of 25:57.3 and Drake Henrichsclosed the scoring for UNI with a 45th-place finish and a time of 26:03.9.
On the women’s side, Nimrod finished with a time of 18:14.3. Freshman Cassidy Ihns was just two spots behind in 17th place with a time of 18:19.9. Paige Holub finished 31st with a time of 18:51.8, Tess Roorda finished 45th with a time of 19:057 and Haylee Luna closed out the scoring with a 54th-place finish and a time of 19:17.8. UNI’s top two runners, McKayla Cole and Gabby Champion did not run Saturday.
The Panthers now have two weeks off before returning to action on Sept. 28 at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Mizzou Cross Country continued the 2019 season in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday morning, competing in the Commodore Classic. The Tigers had both the men’s and women’s teams post top-5 finishes as the women placed fourth with 141 team points while the men came in fifth with 136. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) finished 11th overall for the Mizzou women while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) and senior Kieran Wood (Cambridge, England) led the men’s side by both posting top-15 finishes.
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The Mizzou women placed a trio of runners in the top 25 as Chapman, redshirt senior Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) and freshman Jenna Schwartz (Waterloo, Iowa) paced the Tigers. In their first 6K races with the Tigers, Chapman and Schwartz put up times of 21:34.3 and 22:00.6, respectively. Meanwhile, junior Lexi Maddox (Riverside, Mo.) set a personal best by posting a time of 22:57.1, topping her 23:18.5 mark at the Bradley Pink Classic on October 12 last season.
On the men’s side, George and Wood led the Tigers to a fourth-place finish overall with George finishing 11th overall with a time of 24:44.8 while Wood came in 14th place at 24:52.7. Redshirt junior Dylan Quisenberry (Wildwood, Mo.) set a personal record with a 26:18.0 finish, his best in the 8,000m topping a 27:00.9 time at the Cowboy Jamboree on September 30, 2017.
With team finishes of fourth and fifth place, the Tigers placed second among all SEC competition at the meet. The Tigers slightly trailed Ole Miss (Women: 1st – 76 points, Men: 4th – 128 points) while finishing ahead of Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn.
“Both teams battled hard today,” said Head Coach Marc Burns. “Our men executed the game plan well with Thomas and Kieran up front and Martin, Victor and Oaklee working up over the second half of the race. We were in seventh place midway through the race so we moved up quite a bit.
“Our women showed how deep we are today. Sarah did a great job up front for us and then it got interesting. Jordyn finished strong and had a great kick to be our number two. Jenna, Isabelle, Sophia and Hannah really stepped up to help the team today. We will get better throughout the year as we get some people healthy and our training progresses. I am proud of how both teams battled today in some hot conditions. We are looking forward to the next two weeks of training and opening up our new course on Friday the 27th.”
Mizzou returns home for the Mizzou Cross Country Challenge on Friday, September 27 at the brand-new Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia, Mo. The meet will be the second and final home competition of the 2019 season. The Tigers will then head to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday, October 18 before postseason competition begins on Friday, November 1 with the SEC Championships.
MEN’S 8K RESULTS – 5th Place (132 points, 11-14-31-33-47)
- Thomas George, 24:44.8 // 14. Kieran Wood, 25:52.7 // 36. Martin Prodanov, 25:25.1 // 39. Victor Mugeche, 25:28.3 // 55. Oaklee Hauschild, 25:47.5 // 82. Dylan Quisenberry, 26:18.0 // 84. Michael Widmann, 26:20.5 // 104. Marquette Wilhite, 26:53.4
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 4th Place (141 points, 11-20-22-41-47)
- Sarah Chapman, 21:34.3 // 21. Jordyn Kleve, 21:58.8 // 23. Jenna Schwartz, 22:00.6 // 42. Sophia Racette, 22:27.3 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 22:31.5 // 49. Isabelle Christiansen, 22:32.5 // 64. Melissa Menghini, 22:48.4 // 74. Lexi Maddox, 22:57.1 // 76. Mikayla Reed, 22:58.5 // 96. Ginger Murnieks, 23:17.7 // 101. Reilly Revord, 23:20.9
UNI cross country opened the season at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational in breezy conditions at the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City.
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For the men, senior CJ May led the way, finishing ninth with a time of 18:28.3, a personal record for the senior in the 6,000-meter event. Senior Wal Khat finished 13th with a time of 18:41.8, just seconds behind May. Junior Logan Murray also cracked the top 30 by finishing 29th with a time of 19:14.9.
Freshman David Holesinger made his collegiate debut and finished 39th with a time of 19:49.9. Sophomore Sam McCool finished 42nd with a time of 20:06.8 and Zach Krogmann finished 55nd with a time of 20:52.7. Overall placing the panther men at fifth.
Freshman Cassidy Inhs finished 14th with a time of 14:43.0 to lead the way for UNI. Sophomore Gabby Champion finished 15th with a time of 14:44.9. Fellow sophomore Paige Holub finished 24th with a time of 15:03.7.
Junior Tess Roorda finished 35th with a time of 15:29.5, junior Haylee Luna takes 39th with a time of 15:34.4, sophomore Maddie Block finishes 47th with a time of 16:00.3 and Freshman Abby Rileyfinished at 56th with a time of 16:27.0 to make her collegiate debut. The women finish 4th as a team.
The Panthers travel to Normal, Illinois on Friday, Sept. 15, to race in the Illinois State Cross Country Invitational.
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