Most athletes want to be recognized and stick out in a crowd, but MonTayla Holder’s motive for publicity is complex.
The University of Iowa junior is on a delicate journey that began when she was eight months old. Holder was born Feb. 7, 1994; on Oct. 25 of that year, her world changed.
“My father went missing,” Holder said.
Holder’s father, MonTerrio, was last seen that October day in the 300 block of west 26th Street in his hometown of Indianapolis. He has not been heard from since. MonTerrio’s beige and brown 1981 Buick LeSabre was discovered abandoned sometime in 1995. There was no sign of Holder at the scene and the case remains unsolved.
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“I think I run because something tells me if he is not hurt, then he might come back,” MonTayla said. “He has a lot of impact on me; I want my name to get out there and that’s really why I keep running.”
A high jumper in college, MonTerrio cleared 7-feet 5 ¾-inches and briefly held the school record at the University of Tennessee. That is what motivated MonTayla to give track and field a try, even though she has no recollection of her father and her childhood dream was to be a singer and dancer.
“I started off as a high jumper in middle school,” Holder said. “But I’m 5-foot-4, so I never really had a career in it. Then my coach threw me in a 400 and since then, I have been running the 400.”
She has sprinkled in hurdles and a baton, too. After two seasons on the Hawkeye roster, Holder is already a Big Ten champion, running third leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay team in 2014. That unit placed 16th in the NCAA Finals, earning second-team All-America honors. Holder was 23rd in the 400 hurdles at the same NCAA Championships, adding an honorable mention All-America accolade.
“I didn’t make it to that final (in the 400 hurdles),” Holder said. “I wasn’t top 16 and that really hurt, because I knew I had the potential to do it. I want that title to be next to my name and I also want it to be next to my teammates’ name.”
More importantly, Holder wants to keep her name in the news, and not in an arrogant way. MonTayla smiles when thinking about the father she never knew.
“My mom named me Brianna and my dad changed it on the birth certificate to MonTayla,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know where his name came from and my name is just a spin-off of it. My sister’s name is MonToya.”
Holder’s paternal grandparents are significantly involved in her life. They frequently recite for MonTayla affectionate “your father did this, your father did that” tales. Albeit difficult, life has moved on since the fateful October day in 1994.
“It has been 21 years, so we say deceased, but we don’t know,” MonTayla said. “His case is still open. My freshman year (of college) there was an investigation going on. Someone in the Indianapolis jails remembered something about his case and said something. We don’t know exactly where it stands, but we know he is missing. That’s all I really know about it.”
So Holder continues to run. She runs fast. She hopes by keeping the Holder name in the news that someday she will be re-introduced to what should be her biggest fan.
And while Holder runs in hope of seeing her father, she also runs for teammates.
“These girls on this team deserve to be among those top competitors,” Holder said. “We deserve to be up there with the big girls and the big-time runners, so when I’m under pressure, I think about what can I do for my team and how can I give my team 10 points or eight points — whatever we need to be a Big Ten championship team. The pressure makes me run fast.”
Holder graduated from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where she was a two-time state champion in the 400. With an open 400 personal best time of 55.2 seconds, Holder thought her future would be at a mid-major university.
“I was aiming for (Mid-American Conference) schools and smaller schools, so being here and then competing at the high level and making it to the Division I national championships has been very humbling,” Holder said. “I never saw myself making it this far.”
University of Iowa associate head coach Clive Roberts uncovered a diamond in the rough. He sees Holder’s consistent training and results as an indication of imminent breakthrough performances.
“When we recruited her, she was a versatile athlete,” Roberts said. “She had done the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles and run the 400. We thought she would be able to come in and help us right off the bat.
“She separates herself with her work ethic. Day in and day out she comes to work and it’s hard to pull her off the track. The difficulty with MonTayla isn’t getting her to work, it’s to get her to rest. There may be kids that are more talented, but I don’t know if many can say they are a harder worker than MonTayla. She clocks in and goes to it every day to try to get it better.”
At the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships, Holder placed fifth in the 4×400 relay and seventh in the 600 dash. She has seven top eight finishes at five conference indoor and outdoor meets. Holder admits that the 2014 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, caught her off guard. She won’t let that happen again.
“I would love to make it back to the NCAA Championships. Last year it took me by a huge surprise, this year it is like ‘Now you have to make it,'” Holder said. “As a team I would like our 4×4 to make it to the NCAA Championship. Last year we were the last team out and it broke our hearts.”
In the meantime, Holder continues to do what it takes on the track to keep her name in the news. That’s what really keeps her running.
Drake University freshman Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her standout debut season by setting the school record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Saturday with a time of 13.38. Young’s time won the event at the Tom Botts Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri.
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“Mary was amazing,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “She put together a compete 100-meter hurdle race from start to finish.”
Young returned to the track later in the afternoon to take second in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal best time of 1:01.20. She was edged by her teammate Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) who took top honors in 1:00.34.
“In the 400-meter hurdles she [Young] led most of the race, but Virginia is so strong she closed over the last 30 meters to edge Mary at the finish,” Kaiser-Brown said.
The Bulldogs got other strong performances on the track in the men’s 200 meters as Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Steven Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) finished second and third with a pair of personal bests. Vincent crossed the line in 21.32 while Jordan followed in 21.38. Earlier in the afternoon, Jordan won the 400 meters in 49.47.
The women’s squad saw continued development from Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 1,500 meters on Friday night. The junior finished third in the 1,500 meters with a personal best of 4:29.26.
“Emma ran an impressive 1,500 meters and stayed in contention with the competition and finished with a strong kick,” Kaiser-Brown said. “She is so talented and can run any distance from the 1,500 to 5,000 and 10,000 meters and score at any of these events at the MVC meet.”
In the field events, the men’s team was led by Sean Buczek (Crystal Lake, Ill.) unleashing a big personal best with a jump of 48-1.75 to take fifth in the triple jump.
The Bulldogs return to action next weekend at Nebraska in their final tune-up of the season before the Missouri Valley Championship.
The Wartburg women’s outdoor track and field team won its 16th straight and 19th overall Iowa Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday. The Knights won with 257.50 points.
- Event winners:
800m run: Taylor Moore, 2:10.90
- Javelin throw: Kayla Hemann, 35.66m 117-00
- Additional All-Conference performances:
- Erica Dynes: 100m dash
- Becca Cherry: 100m & 200m dash
- Tessa Helmle: 200m dash
- Taylor Officer: 400m dash
- Kayla Kregel: 800m run
- Maddie Kleve: 800m &1500m run
- Serena Goetzl: 1500m & 5000m run
- Derica Jakoubek: 100m hurdles
- 4x100m relay: 1) Becca Cherry SO 2) Tessa Helmle SO 3) Rachael Cheeseman SR 4) Erica Dynes JR
- 4x400m relay: 1) Kayla Kregel SR 2) Taylor Moore SR 3) Rachael Cheeseman SR 4) Taylor Officer SO
Head Coach Marcus Newsom was named Coach of the Year.
The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up the Wisconsin Twilight tonight, highlighted by some standout performances from the Panthers throws crew.
Jamie Lindstrom kicked things off for UNI in the hammer throw, grabbing a personal-best mark of 188-10.00 to finish third in the competition and third all-time at UNI. Sarah Pate and Chloe Schmidt followed suit, finishing with PRs of their own and rounding out the top-five finishers in the event.
Lindstrom and Justin Baker both shined in the shot put, with Lindstrom coming away with another career-best. Her mark of 50-6.25 was the third-best mark in school history. On the men’s side, Baker posted a solid season-best throw of 58-10.00 to finish third overall.
Rounding out the throws events was Schmidt in the discus. The junior finished with a career-best of 158-1.00 to keep her in third all-time as a Panther.
The PRs continued to roll for UNI into the women’s high jump. Chaley Rath finished with the win after a jump of 5-6.00 while Kassidy Sharp and Emily Endelman secured third and fourth place finishes along with outdoor personal-bests.
To finish up the field events for the evening, the Panthers picked up two wins in the men’s jumps. Weston Riesselman finished first in the long jump with a mark of 22-2.50 with Shawn Koch posting a first place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 47-0.75.
In the track events, the middle distance groups turned in strong performances in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. Haley Stevens and Trai Bunch both placed second in their respective 1,500 meter races, both notching career-best times.
Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly finished third and fourth in the women’s 800 meters, with Kite finishing with a PR time of 2:13.65. On the men’s side, Andrew Arndt snatched a huge personal-best of 1:52.86 with Wade Pingel finishing right behind him with a career-best time of 1:53.12.
Jon Rus continued UNI’s success in the 110 meter hurdles, winning the event with a PR time of 14.19. His time put him into the top-five in the MVC and the top-35 of the NCAA West Region.
UNI will return to action May 15-17 when they take part in the MVC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Illinois State.
Central College rolled up 213 points to capture its fifth Iowa Conference men’s outdoor track and field championship in the last seven years Saturday by a comfortable 39-point margin.
The Dutch women finished in second place in the team standings with 147.75 points, 31 points ahead of third place Luther. Wartburg took the women’s title with 257.50 points.
Central men win five events, league title—On the men’s side Central dominated the distance events with the top three finishers in the 5,000 meters and the top two in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. After winning the 10,000-meter title Friday Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) won the 5,000 meters Saturday, finishing the race in 15:01.18. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) took second (15:03.00) and Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) was third (15:09.26).
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In the steeplechase
) (9:30.27) by less than two-tenths of a second to win the event. Shepherd’s time was a new personal best by 13 seconds. Central got another win on the track in the 1,500-meter run as Horton won the race for the fourth consecutive year (3:53.85).
In the110-meter hurdles it was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) finishing first in 14.62. Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) earned all-conference honors as well with a third place finish (15.14). The Dutch had an athlete earn all-league honors in the 400-meter hurdles as well as Tate Jensen (freshman, De Soto, Adel-De Soto, Minburn HS) crossed the finish line in third place (55.54).
Central had one relay team with a top-three finish Saturday as the 4×400-meter squad of Mason Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale), Blake Morgan (freshman, Story City, Roland-Story HS), Austin Roberts (junior, Bloomfield, Davis County HS) and Jackson took third (3:18.46).
In the field events Kody Dailey (junior, Iowa City) won the javelin title with a toss of 179 feet, 3 inches and Ben Miller (sophomore, Willcox, Ariz.) placed third in the discus (140-01).
“Any time you win a championship it’s a big deal,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It’s something every one of our men will have with them for the rest of their lives. I’m really happy for our seniors. For them to go out like this in such convincing fashion is great.”
Dunham was named the men’s league outdoor coach of the year Saturday, but was quick to recognize the rest of his staff.
“I want to credit my coaching staff,” he said. “I have the best staff around and am blown away by their knowledge of our sport.”
Sprinters lead Dutch women—The sprinting events have been a strength for the Dutch women all season long, and Saturday was no different. Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the titles in the 100-meter dash (12.06) and the 200-meter dash (24.79). Her 200-meter time is tied for the 18th fastest in Division III this season. She was also part of two relay squads that earned first place finishes.
The 4×100-meter team of Davis, Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Monica Ruiz (junior, Ruiz) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) took home the title (47.77) and the 4×400 team of Davis, Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City), Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) and McBroom edged out Wartburg by less than a second for first place (3:48.43). The 4×100 time is 15th in Division III and the 4×400 time ranks fourth.
McBroom had a big day for the Dutch as well. In addition to being a part of two winning relay teams she also won the 400-meter dash in 56.95.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) earned all-conference honors with a second place finish (11:30.06) and Andie Arthofer (sophomore, Zwingle, Dubuque HS) was fourth (11:53.92).
“I’m excited for our women’s program and the direction it is heading,” said Dunham. “We are seeing improvement in so many areas. I have big goals for the women’s team in the coming years.”
The Dutch will send a contingent of athletes to the Wisconsin-La Crosse Qualifier Thursday.
The Central College men’s track and field team holds a 19-point lead after the second day of the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in Indianola.
The Dutch women are in second place with 56.75 points, 10.25 out of first.
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“Today was maybe the best first day that these two teams have had at the conference meet,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I couldn’t be more proud of their competitiveness.”
Central men win three events—Led by a one-two finish in the 10,000 meters the Dutch men scored 80 points to take the lead with one day to go. Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the 10,000-meter title, finishing the race in 30 minutes, 56.68 seconds. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) placed second in the event in 31:24.15.
Central earned another event win in the 4×800-meter relay. The squad of Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque), Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS), Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) edged out Wartburg by seven one-hundredths of a second for first place (7:40.76).
Also on the track Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) qualified for the finals with the top prelim time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.63) and Jackson finished fifth in the 800-meter run prelims (1:55.05).
In the field events Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) won the long jump (22 feet, 10 inches) and teammate Justin Wimbish (freshman, Glendale, Ariz., Apollo HS) took third (21-11.75). The Dutch took two of the top four spots in the high jump. Conner Freeman (senior, Urbandale) was third (6-7.5) and Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) was fourth (5-7.5).
The second half of the decathlon also took place Friday. Ryan Kruse (freshman, St. Clair, Minn.) finished fourth (5,752 points) and Reese Iversen (freshman, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) sixth (5,558).
“There were so many great performances today,” said Dunham. “It’s hard to even pick out a few because what we are doing this weekend is so much more than individual performances.”
Dutch women win two field events—On the women’s side Central had the top two finishers in the long jump and won the hammer throw. Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) took the title in the long jump (17-6.75) with Taylor Beckman (senior, Panora, Panorama HS) earning second place (17-6.75).
In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) won the event by almost three feet with a toss of 160-10.
Central also had a top three finish in the high jump, where Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) took third (5-2.5).
On the track Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted the top qualifying time in the 400-meter dash prelims (57.25). Also running a top qualifying time was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200-meter dash prelims (24.96). Davis took second in the 100-meter dash prelims (12.09) as well.
“We had a lot of athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow and that is always a good sign,” said Dunham. “We have a lot of work to do tomorrow and each event will be a hard fought battle.”
The heptathlon concluded Friday with three Dutch athletes in the top six. Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley, Anthon-Oto HS) finished third (4,202 points), Emma Drees (sophomore, Waukee) fifth (3,949) and Kaitlyn Gillett (senior, Cedar Falls) sixth (3,589).
Bayley Fleshner took home all-conference accolades in the long jump and put herself in position to do the same in the 100-meter hurdles, Isaac Frazier made all-conference in the high jump and Dylan Kalinay qualified for finals in three events to lead the Simpson track and field team on the second day of the Iowa Conference Championships at Buxton Stadium.
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The women’s team is in sixth place through seven completed events while the men are in seventh. The Championships conclude Saturday with field events getting underway at 10 a.m. and running events starting at 1 p.m.
Fleshner took home her first all-conference honor in the long jump, placing third with a leap of 16-feet, 8 1/2 inches, her best since 2013. On top of her effort in the long jump, she posted the top qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in a season-best 14.53 seconds.
Sarah Galbraith came in seventh in the high jump (4-10 1/2), Briana McCloskey took seventh in the 10,000 meters (40:42.41) and Hannah Moulds earned a team point with an eighth-place finish in the long jump (16-00 1/2). The 4×800-meter relay team of Galbraith, Jessica Gronke, Courtney Neuendorf and Lesley Roquet came in fifth (9:45.87).
Lauren Martin and Sarah Ney qualified for finals in the 100 meters and Ney also qualified in the 200.
After a seventh-place finish in the indoor high jump this winter, Frazier took home his first all-Iowa Conference honor by taking second, clearing 6-7 1/2. The top four competitors went out at that height, but Dubuque’s DuVaun Goodlow won based on fewest misses. Frazier had only one miss going into the height, putting him ahead of Central’s Connor Freeman and Logan Mulford.
The freshman Kalinay set the table for what could be a productive final day of the championships by posting top-five qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles. The speedster tied or set season-bests in each event, coming in second in both the 100 (10.98) and 100 hurdles (14.74) and fifth in the 200 (22.09).
Triston Twedt and Trevor McKee will compete in Saturday’s 400-meter hurdle finals and the 4×800 relay quartet of Brice Sheeder, Cody Alexander, Matt Pearson and Miles Kirts came in seventh (8:04.78).
100 – 4. Lauren Martin, 12.43; 8. Sarah Ney, 12.63
200 – 5. Sarah Ney (25.57)
100 hurdles – 1. Bayley Fleshner, 14.53
Women’s Team Scores
1. Wartburg, 67; 2. Central, 56.75; 3. Luther, 51.75; 4. Dubuque, 37.75; 5. Loras, 30; 6. Simpson, 13.75; 7. Buena Vista, 9; 8. Coe, 6
100 – 2. Dylan Kalinay, 10.98
200 – 5. Daylan Kalinay, 22.09
110 hurdles – 2. Dylan Kalinay, 14.74
400 hurdles – 5. Triston Twedt, 55.76; 8. Trevor McKee, 56.48
Men’s Team Scores
1. Central, 80; 2. Wartburg, 61; 3. Dubuque, 33; 4. Loras, 32; 5. Coe, 31; 6. Luther, 17; 7. Simpson, 10; 8. Buena Vista, 9
The University of Iowa track and field team captured seven titles and recorded 12 personal bests at the 16th annual Musco Twilight on Saturday at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer track.
Jahisha Thomas opened the day for the Hawkeyes with a first-place finish in the women’s long jump. The freshman recorded a collegiate-best leap of 20-02.25 (6.15m), a mark that ranks fourth all-time at Iowa and would tie for first in the Big Ten.
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“It definitely felt like my best jump of the season,” Thomas said. “That was the mark, and that’s what I need to be doing. I definitely feel like it can get better because I’m there now. I know I can get to where I need to be.”
Also competing in the women’s long jump was junior Kassidy Ellis, who recorded a personal best 19-06 (5.95m) to finish fifth, respectively. That mark ties for seventh in school history and would land sixth in the Big Ten.
Iowa nabbed the top two spots in the men’s triple jump. Junior Klyvens Delaunay (51-11.25, 15.83m) took the title, while senior Babatunde Amosu (50-10.75, 15.51m) finished runner-up, respectively. Delaunay’s mark would top conference rankings, while Amosu’s would stand fifth, respectively.
“We moved some athletes into the top of the Big Ten,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “The triple jumpers really showed up today. Klyvens had a great meet. I was really happy to see him back and doing some great things.”
Sophomores Vinnie Saucer, Jr. and Aaron Mallett, junior James Harrington, and senior Keith Brown made noise in the men’s 400-meter relay when the quartet clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history at 39.66 to take the title. That time would also stand second in the Big Ten and 16th nationally.
Mallett captured his second title of the day in the 110-meter hurdles en route to setting a new meet record in 13.69. He went on to claim third in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal best 51.41. Junior Mitch Wolff took second in the event with a collegiate best 51.26. Their times would stand sixth and seventh in the conference.
“It’s always good to win head-to-head, especially at home,” Mallett said. “It was my second best time ever, so I’m happy with that. For the 4×1, we’ve been having some troubles throughout the season, but we put together a good time and we won.”
Brittany Brown added another first-place finish on the day for Iowa in the women’s 100 meters. The sophomore crossed the finish in a career best 11.47, which moves her to third on Iowa’s all-time list and would stand second in the Big Ten behind junior Lake Kwaza (11.40). Saucer notched a second-place finish in the men’s contest with a career best 10.41. That time would tie for first in the Big Ten and ninth in school history.
Kwaza took the women’s 200-meter title in 23.60, while Saucer finished third in the men’s race with a career best 21.02.
“It felt good,” Brown said. “I have been working on getting out better and that’s what I’m doing. I got out and I finished strong. It was a good race.”
Senior Ben Witt cracked Iowa’s all-time list in the men’s 1,500 meters when he clocked the ninth-fastest time in program history at 3:49.45 to finish second. Sophomore Alana Jones took the silver in the women’s race when she crossed the 1,500-meter mark in a collegiate best 4:30.56.
In the women’s 800 meters, sophomore Katharina Trost climbed to fourth on Iowa’s all-time list when she closed in a collegiate best 2:07.09 to finish second overall. That time would rank seventh in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes received a pair of second-place finishes from senior Annemie Smith (196-05.25, 59.87m) in the women’s hammer throw and senior Gabe Hull in the men’s discus (184-06, 56.23m). Freshman Reno Tuufuli threw 182-9.5 (55.71m) on his final attempt to set a personal best and qualify for the U.S. Junior Nationals.
Junior MonTayla Holder led Iowa in the women’s 400 meters when she clocked a personal best 54.83 for third place, while senior Brennan Davey finished fourth in the men’s race with a season best 47.72.
Iowa closed the meet on a high note when the 1,600-meter relay of freshmen Carter Lilly and Nicholas Aly, Davey, and sophomore Jared Ganschow edged out Minnesota (3:10.88) for the win in 3:10.66.
“I’m most impressed with how we competed against other teams in the Big Ten,” Woody said. “We won some critical head-to-head competitions. I am excited to see our athletes come out at the Big Ten Championships and compete like they did today.”
The Big Ten Championships are held from May 15-17 in East Lansing, Michigan.
The Central College women’s track and field team won six events and the team title at the Monmouth (Ill.) Fighting Scots Invitational Saturday.
The Dutch scored 179 points to best Monmouth by 58 points. Iowa Conference rival Wartburg took third with 118.
The Central men won three events to finish second with 158 points, just 11 points back of host Monmouth. Wartburg was a distant third with 111 points.
“Overall I was pleased with the performance of both teams today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a great tune-up before the conference meet.”
Sprinters lead Central women—The Dutch women dominated the sprinting events Saturday, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. In the 100 it was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) taking first in 11.95 seconds. Her time is tied for fifth in Division III this season.
In the 200 it was Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) winning in 25.47. Then in the 4×100 relay the Dutch squad of Davis, McBroom, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) sprinted to the title in 47.80. The time ranks 11th in Division III and is less than four-tenths of a second off of the school record.
“The women’s 4×100 ran a season best and put themselves on the bubble for nationals,” said Dunham. “They accomplished this even with some bad handoffs, so we know there is more there, which is exciting.”
Three other winners for the Dutch Saturday were Zimmerman in the 100-meter hurdles (14.74), Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) in the high jump (5 feet, 4.25 inches) and Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) in the 1,500 meters (4:50.91).
In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) placed third with a personal best toss of 160-1. Dunham liked what he saw out of both teams in the hammer throw Saturday.
“I felt like we had a great day with the throwers,” said Dunham. “Seven throwers set a personal best in the hammer today.”
Central men win three events—The Dutch had the top two finishers, and six of the top eight in the 1,500-meter run. Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the event in 3:55.14, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of teammate Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) (3:55.15). Also in the top five in the event was Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque) in fourth (4:02.01) and Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) in fifth (4:06.01).
Another winner for Central was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.70 was almost a second faster than the runner-up.
A third winner for the Dutch was Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) in the high jump (6-7.5).
Dunham was pleased with the performance of Grady Carson (senior, Centerville) Saturday. He placed 13th in the 100-meter dash (11.43) and 16th in the 200-meter dash (23.18).
“Grady Carson had personal bests in the 100 and the 200,” said Dunham. “He is running with a lot of confidence.”
The Dutch will compete at the Iowa Conference Championships in Indianola Thursday through Saturday. The men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon will begin Thursday with other events following the next two days.
14 different Iowa State track and field athletes set personal-best marks in their respective events including a new school record Saturday at the Musco Twilight XVI in Iowa City, Iowa, and the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California.
The Iowa State school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase exchanged hands for the third time on the season, as Abby Caldwell crossed the finish line in a time of 10:19.21 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Caldwell broke the school record earlier on the year at the Stanford Invitational, only to have Colleen Riley better her time at the Drake Relays with a mark of 10:25.83.
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Four of ISU’s five 1,500-meter runners notched personal records in the event on the Cobb Track in Palo Alto, California, including Toby Hardwick (3:48.47), Perez Rotich (4:25.01),
(4:26.17) and Brian Biekert (3:44.35).
Senior All-American Edward Kemboi finished fifth in the second heat of the 800-meter run that featured several professional runners and the current NCAA 800-meter run leader. The Eldoret, Kenya native’s time of 1:46.17 is a season-best and ranks fourth nationally.
Katy Moen closed out the meet strong for the Cyclones finishing the 10,000-meter run in a personal-best time of 33:09.63. The senior’s time is the seventh-fastest collegiate time run this season and the sixth-fastest in the Iowa State All-Time Top Performance list. Moen was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line in her heat, composed of numerous professional athletes.
In Iowa City, Anna Holtermann hurdled a personal record 195’ 11.75” (59.73m) in the hammer throw to finish in third-place. Holtermann’s toss ranks her third on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list and bettered her previous PR by over 15 feet.
The Cyclones continued their dominance of field events, as Christina Hillman claimed first-place in shot put with a toss of 53’ 9” (16.38m), a top-20 national mark on the 2015 outdoor season. Freshman Jhoanmy Luque, the No. 18 ranked triple jumper in the nation, claimed a second-place finish with a mark of 41’ 4.25” (12.60m).
Kendra White recorded a career day at the Musco Twilight, tackling two personal record times in the 200 and 400-meter dashes with marks of 24.03 and 53.43, respectively. The St. Louis, Missouri-native now ranks inside of the top-five on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list in each event.
Kaci Storm joined White in Iowa City for a standout performance of her own, taking first-place in the 100-meter hurdles in a personal record time of 14.32. Alyssa Gonzalez also claimed an event title with a sub-one-minute effort in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal record time of 59.54.
Up next for the Cyclones is the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Cyclones Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa on May 15-17. This will mark the first time Iowa State has hosted a Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship and the first time ISU has hosted an outdoor conference championship since the 1995 Big Eight Outdoor Championships.
Iowa State All-American Edward Kemboi will be in search of his third outdoor and seventh overall Big 12 championship, while Cameron Ostrowski, Katy Moen and Christina Hillman look to add to their conference championship collection as well.
The Big 12 currently claims seven women’s and four men’s track and field programs inside of the USTFCCCA top-25 national rankings.
*Kendra White (200m): 24.03
*Kendra White (400m): 53.43
* Jacob Aune (800m): 1:51.37
*Nathan Rodriguez (800m): 1:51.64
*Toby Hardwick (1,500m): 3:48.47
*Perez Rotich (1,500m): 4:25.01
*Evelyne Guay (1,500m): 4:26.17
*Brian Biekert (1,500m): 3:44.35
*Abby Caldwell (3,000m SC): 10:19.21
*Kaci Storm (110mH): 14.32
*Alyssa Gonzalez (400mH): 59.54
*Kaci Storm (400mH): 1:04.98
*Anna Holtermann (Hammer): 195’ 11.75” (59.73m)
*Taylor Sanderson (Discus): 149’ 6.75” (45.58m)
*Katy Moen (10,000m) 33:09.63
Payton Jordan Invitational Results
3,000m SC (W): 1) Regan Ward, Arkansas, 10:13.29; 4) Abby Caldwell, Iowa State, 10:19.21 (Section 3)
800m (M): 1) Brennan Munley, Michigan, 1:50.45; 4) Jacob Aune, Iowa State, 1:51.37 (Section 5)
1,5000m (W): 1) Laura Addison, Michgan, 4:19.95; 5) Evelyne Guay, Iowa State, 4:26.17; 8) Katherine DeSimone, Iowa State, 4:31.76 (Section 7)
1,500m (M): 1) Toby Hardwick, Iowa State, 3:48.47 (Section 7)
1,500m (W): 1) McKayla Fricker, Unattached, 4:19.60; 7) Perez Rotich, Iowa State, 4:25.01 (Section 6)
1,500m (M): 1) Mike Tate, Southern Utah, 3:42.72; 8) Brian Biekert, Iowa State, 3:44.35 (Section 5)
800m (M): 1) Joe McAsey, Illinois, 1:47.91; 2)Patrick Peterson, Iowa State, 1:48.14
800m (M): 1) Boris Berian, Big Bear TC, 1:45.30; 5) Ed Kemboi, Iowa State, 1:46.17
5,000m (M): 1) Thomas Curtin, Virginia Tech, 13:44.03; 18) Brian Llamas, Iowa State, 14:04.53
10,000m (W): 1) Santa Ines Melchor Huiza, Federacion Peruana, 31:56.62; Katy Moen, Iowa State, 33:09.63 (Section 2)
Musco Twilight Results
Discus (W): 1) Agnes Esser, Minnesota, 178’ 5.25” (54.38m); 7) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 159’ 1.75” (48.50m)
Hammer (M): 1) Davis Faker, Illinois, 224’ 5.50” (68.41m); 8) Henry Kelley, Iowa State, 186’ 8.75” (56.91m)
Hammer (W): 1) Devin Stanford, Minnestoa, 202’ 10.25” (61.82m); 3) Anna Holtermann, Iowa State, 195’ 11.75” (59.73m); 12) Kayla Sanborn, Iowa State, 161’ 10.50” (49.31m)
400m (M): 1) Jordan Guske, Northern Iowa, 49.86; 2) Jacob Hoogensen, Iowa State, 50.43 (Section 3)
4x100m (M): 1) Iowa, 39.66; 4) Iowa State, 41.60
Discus (M): 1) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 149’ 6.75” (45.58m)
High Jump (M): 1) James White, Nebraska, 7’ 2.25” (2.19m); 8) Jalen Ford, Iowa State, 6’ 5” (1.96m)
High Jump (W): 1) Reka Czuth, Nebraska, 5’10” (1.78m); 5) Hannah Willms, Iowa State, 5’6” (1.68); 6) Katie Reeves, Iowa State, 5’4.25” (1.63)
Shot Put (W): 1) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 53’ 9” (16.38m)
100mH (W): 1) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 14.32
110mH (M): 1) Aaron Mallett, Iowa, 13.69; 6) Logan Schneider, Iowa State, 14.46; 9) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 14.66
400m (W): 1) Kendra White, Iowa State, 53.43
Triple Jump (W): 1) Ellie Ewere, Nebraska, 42’ 1.25” (12.83m); 2) Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State, 41’ 4.25” (12.60m)
800m (W): 1) Bethany Praska, Unattached, 2:05.19; 11) Madison Nagle, Iowa State, 2:13.97; 15) Maryn Lowry, Iowa State, 2:15.12
800m (M): 1) Daniel Bonthius, Wartburg, 1:50.99; 4) Nathan Rodriguez, Iowa State, 1:51.64; Matt Bevil, Iowa State, 1:52.35; Brandon Wheat, Iowa State, 1:52.71
400mH (W): 1) Alyssa Gonzalez, Iowa State, 59.54; 7) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 1:04.98
400mH (M): 1) Eric Lund, Unattached, 51.03; 9) Kris Brander, Iowa State, 53.73; 12) Trey Achteroff, Iowa State, 55.20
200m (W): 1) Lake Kwaza, Iowa, 23.60; 3) Kendra White, Iowa State, 24.03
200m (M): 1) DJ Zahn, Illinois, 20.53; 12) Mark Sitek, Iowa State, 21.94; 16) Logan Schneider, Iowa State, 22.44; 21) Jacob Hoogensen, Iowa State, 23.27
Shot Put (M): 1) Will Lohman, Nebraska, 60’ 1.25”, (18.32); 3) Jan Jeuschede, Iowa State, 58’ 5.25” (17.81); 17) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 40’ 8.75” (12.41)
1,500m (M): 1) Russell Sandvold, Wisconsin, 3:48.98; 15) Matthew Whitlach, Iowa State, 4:04.44
1,500m (W): 1) Haley Johnson, Minnesota, 4:30.20; 9) Riley Colleen, Iowa State, 4:37.55; 13) Julie Wiemerslage, Iowa State, 4:43.68
3,000m (M): 1) Obsa Ali, Unattached, 8:17.79; 8) Nolan McKenna, Unattached-Iowa State, 8:29.43
The University of Northern Iowa track and field team participated in the Musco Twilight tonight, coming away with two school records and multiple personal-bests to cap off a successful meet.
Libby Torresani kicked things off for the Panthers in the pole vault, breaking her own school record in the event. The senior finished with a height of 13-3.75 to place second, beating her previous personal-best of 13-3.50 that she set last season.
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Records continued to fall for the Panthers in the men’s 200 meter dash with Brandon Carnes set a huge career-best in the race. The sophomore came away with a time of 20.70 for the new record and to launch him into the top-10 in the NCAA West Region.
Carnes’ success stayed through the 100 meter dash with another PR. Carnes finished with a time of 10.25, the second fastest time in school history and the 13th fastest in the West Region.
“We had quite a few outstanding performances today,” head coach Dan Steele said. “Carnes in particular showed today that he is one of the best combination sprinters in the country.”
Jon Rus and Steven Addison both finished in the top-10 in the 110 meter hurdles, with Addison winning his heat. Rus grabbed a personal-best time of 14.37 while Addison grabbed a PR of 14.58.
The UNI women had two top-five finishers in the 100 meter hurdles, with Christine MacNeil turning in a season-best time of 14.09 to place second. Rachel Peth came in a close third place overall with a strong time of 14.15.
Continuing the success in the hurdles was Jennifer Roberts notching personal-best in the 400 meter hurdles for the third time this season. She came in fourth overall with a time of 1:01.57.
Alex Wilson continued to shine in the middle distance events, turning in a personal-best in the 800 meter run. Her time of 2:07.58 is the second fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and ranks her second all-time at UNI.
Wilson wasn’t the only Panther to turn in a solid performance in the women’s 800 meters. Sophomore Brette Correy placed fifth overall with a new PR time of 2:09.42 and is now ranked fourth all-time at UNI.
In the 4X100 meter relay, the men’s team of Carnes, Brett McCalla, Derek Jacobus and Cam Brown finished third overall. The grabbed a season-best time of 40.84 to keep them ranked second in the MVC.
Jamie Lindstrom scored a huge career-best mark in the women’s hammer throw, going for a distance of 186-8.00. The throw was the third-best in school history, beating her previous personal-best of 179-8.00 earlier this season. The junior also turned in a personal-best in the discus of 151-6.50 to put her at No. 5 all-time at UNI, making it the seventh PR from the UNI throwers today.
The Panthers will return to action Friday, May 8 when they compete in the Wisconsin Twilight, UNI’s final regular season meet before the MVC Outdoor Championships.
The Minnesota women’s track & field team won six event titles and earned 18 career-best marks as the Golden Gophers competed at Iowa’s Musco Twilight meet Saturday evening.
The Gophers won both the 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay crowns. The 4x400m team of Jessica Waldvogel, Emerald Egwim, Erin Hawkins and Titania Markland finished in 3:36.89, their best of the season and the second fastest time in program history. Meanwhile, the 4x100m team of Egwim, Emma Spagnola, Waldvogel and Hawkins won in 45.72 seconds.
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Minnesota won three titles and earned seven career bests in the throwing events led by Agnes Esser, who had three career-best throws and a first-place finish in the discus. Esser won the discus with a career-best throw of 54.38m (178-05.25) and placed fifth in both the hammer (58.40m, 191-07.50) and the shot put (14.35m, 47-01).
Devin Stanford took home the title in the hammer throw with a career-best throw of 61.82m (202-10.25) to improve her Minnesota program record. Ke-ke Burks finished fourth with a personal best throw of 58.62m (192-04.25), and she and Esser moved into sixth and seventh in program history, respectively. Angie Guenther also picked up a career-best mark in the hammer at 56.50m (185-04.75).
Nicolle Murphy won the javelin with a season-best throw of 50.03m (164-1), while Rachel Melum took second with a career-best throw of 46.68m (153-2).
The Gophers also took home the title in the 1,500-meter run as Haley Johnson won in a career-best 4:30.20. Fellow Gophers Becca Dyson (season-best 4:31.40), Jamie Piepenburg (career-best 4:32.72), Taylor Mikkalson (career-best 4:38.82) and Madeline Strandemo (career-best 4:41.39) all set milestones and finished in the top 11 as well.
Ally McSherry shattered her career best in the 800-meter run with a third-place time of 2:07.42, taking over four seconds off her previous season-best time. McSherry moved into seventh in program history and led a charge of five Gophers in the 800m. Anne Ferguson (2:10.39) and Stacey Swatek (2:10.55) also recorded career bests in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
The sprints included a career-best for Erin Hawkins in the 100-meter dash, clocking an 11.63 to take third place at the Musco Twilight and improve on her all-time fifth-place ranking in Minnesota history.
In the 400-meter dash, Markland recorded a runner-up showing in 53.86 seconds, and Lauren Domski (56.43) and Kat Keller (56.70) both recorded career-best times for fifth and seventh place, respectively.
The 100-meter hurdles saw Amanda Beckman record a career-best time of 15.23 seconds for fifth place, and Spagnola was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.64.
Minnesota also competed at Hamline’s Meet of the Un-Saintly on Saturday, highlighted by Katie Murgic’s career-best mark in the pole vault. Murgic cleared 4.15m (13-07.25) to move into sole possession of fourth place among all-time Gopher pole vaulters.
Next weekend, members of the team will compete at the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on Friday, May 8, and the Gophers will prepare for the Big Ten Championship the following weekend.
The University of Northern Iowa track and field team is set to compete in the Musco Twilight on Saturday, May 2 in, hosted by Iowa.
The Panthers will be one of seven teams competing in the meet that includes the Illinois men’s team, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Musco Twilight is one of two meets UNI will participate in prior to the MVC Outdoor Championships starting on May 15.
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This will be UNI’s second consecutive meet in the state of Iowa after coming off of a successful trip to Des Moines for the 106th annual Drake Relays.
The multis competition kicked off the Drake Relays for the Panthers, with all four athletes gaining personal-best point totals. In the decathlon, both true freshmen Derek Jacobus and Jayvon Matthews are ranked in the top-five in the MVC while in the heptathlon, Rachel Peth holds the No. 3 ranking in the conference and Chaley Rath sits in fourth place.
In the individual competitions, UNI had two athletes qualify for the finals with Brandon Carnes and Sebastian Barth both shining for the men’s team. Barth placed finished sixth overall in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.01 while Carnes finished in fourth in the 100 meter dash with a fast time of 10.49 to keep him at the top of the conference.
Highlighting the meet was senior Alex Wilson breaking the school record in the 1,500 meter run for the second time in the month of April and the third time in her career. She finished with a PR time of 4:20.49, which is the fastest time in the conference by over seven seconds. She also earned the MVC Leadership & Service Award for her continued success on and off the track.
The men’s 4X100 meter relay team posted the second fastest time in the MVC this season against some of the best competition in the country, earning a season-best time. The team of Cam Brown, Brett McCalla, Jordan Guske and Brandon Carnes notched a time of 40.97.
On the final day of the meet, both the shuttle hurdle relay teams put in solid performances. The women’s team of Christine MacNeill, Jennifer Roberts, Rath and Peth opened the day with a time of 58.63 in the 4X100 shuttle hurdles to qualify for the finals. They ended up besting their time from the preliminary race, running a team time of 57.90 to place fourth overall and rank No. 3 all-time at UNI.
On the men’s side, the team of Barth, Matthews, Jon Rus and Daurice Fountain grabbed the second fastest time in the preliminaries. The 4X110 shuttle hurdle relay team finished with a time of 58.23, the fifth fastest time in UNI history.
It was a beautiful afternoon in Carlson Stadium as Luther hosted the annual dual with the Knights of Wartburg College. Wartburg won the event 105-86.
Individual highlights for the Norse included four top-three finishes by Anna Burke. Burke won the long jump with a mark of 17-4 3/4 that ranks tied for seventh all-time. She placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.00), and third in both the javelin (112-2) and high jump (4-11). Burke also ran the third leg of the third place 4 x 400 relay (4:10.76) that consisted of Sarah Matthiesen, Delaney Schurer and Tricia Serres.
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Leah Broderick also had a good afternoon. Broderick won both the javelin (126-6) and high jump (5-3) and ran the third leg of the second place 4 x 400 (4:07.16). Also on this team was Anna Lampe, Marea Holkesvik and Katie Dennis.
Lampe also placed first in the 400 hurdles (1:05.13) and Holkesvik placed third in this same event (1:07.56).
Elise Heiser won the triple jump (35-3 3/4) with a distance that ranks ninth all-time. She also placed second in the long jump (16-2 1/2). Addi Tapp also posted a top-three finish in the triple jump finishing third (34-5 3/4).
Jackie Hoyme led the throwers with a second place finish in the hammer (150-9) and third place finish in the discus (128-9).
In the distance events, Kara Maloney and Hannah Wright placed first (10:32.77) and third (10:39.44) in the 3,000, and Kaia Bierman finished second in the 1500 (4:48.23).
The 4 x 100 foursome of Molly Wettach, Erin Kammer, Alexis Hove and Randi-Kate Canoy placed first (50.92). Hove also placed third in the 100 (13.36).
The Iowa Conference Championships are next for the Norse. The league will travel to Simpson College May 7-9. The Multi-events will begin on May 7 with the rest of the events beginning on May 8.
Wartburg College won the annual dual between the Knights and Norse 103-86 this afternoon in Carlson Stadium.
Isaac Jensen highlighted the running events placing first in the 3200 (9:24.17) with a time that ranks ninth on Luther’s all-time list.
Also posting first place finishes included Joel Clarke in the 110 hurdles (15.44) and Peter Krumm in the 100 (11.57). Krumm also placed third in the 200 (22.82).
Top three finishes were recorded by Kurt Hellmann and Sam Stokes-Cerkvenik that both placed second in the 800 (1:55.24) and 400 hurdles (55.87) respectively. Third place finishes were recorded by Elijah Kane in the 100 (11.79), John Donovan in the 1500 (4:03.76) and Nick Sigrist in the 110 hurdles (16.09).
The 4 x 100 foursome of Kane, Krumm, Cole Hocker and Henry Jungbauer placed second with a time of 43.05 that ranks tied for sixth all-time.
In the field events the Norse took the top three places in both the javelin and pole vault. Top three finishers in the javelin were Kane (153-7), Peter Lillibridge (151-7) and Kyle Hove (149-1). The pole vault finishers included Erik Queoff (14-0), Sigrist (12-1 1/2) and Jacob Miller (12-1 1/2).
Sigrist also placed third in the high jump (5-2 1/4), while Caleb Freund placed second (5-8) in this same event.
Dedrick Lee won the long jump (21-6 3/4) and finished second in the triple jump (42-2 1/4). Grant Preheim was third in the triple jump (42-1 1/4).
The Iowa Conference Championship are next on the schedule. Simpson College will host this year’s championship May 7-9. The decathlon will begin May 7, with the remainder of the events starting May 8.
Running in front of the home crowd for the first time in his young career, pieced together a solid meet with three, top-four performances to lead the Simpson track and field team at the Kip Janvrin Open on Friday evening.
Despite wet, chilly conditions, the meet featured more than 750 competitors from 39 colleges and universities from across the country. Friday marked the 10th edition of the Kip Janvrin Open, which is named in honor of the 1998 Simpson graduate and 2000 Olympic decathlete.
Courtesy Strom Athletics
The meet began Thursday with the hammer throw and discus and concluded with the remainder of the field events and running events Friday.
Kalinay was the top Division III finisher in all three individual events in which he competed. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.94, placed third in the 100 meters in 11.15 and took fourth in the 200 meters in 22.43.
Simpson got another top-three effort in the high jump, where Isaac Frazier cleared 6-feet, 3 1/4 inches to place third. Frazier added a 10th-place effort in the triple jump (40-11 3/4).
Nick Yaeger hung with the front-runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, ultimately taking fourth in 9:38.47.
The women’s team got a great performance from its 4×100-meter relay quartet of Bayley Fleshner, Lauren Martin, Sarah Ney and Sarah Galbraith, taking second in a season-best 49.33.
Fleshner added a 10th-place effort in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 15.29.
Martin, Ney and Hannah Moulds all added 13th-place finishes. Martin took 13th in the 400 meters (1:00.92), Ney in the 200 (26.55) and Moulds in the long jump (16-5 1/4).
A total of four meet records fell on Friday
- Women’s 200 – Chantel Stennis, Lewis (24.36)
- Women’s 5k – Sasha Hovind, Northern State (17:08.73)
- Women’s 100 hurdles – Deborah John, unattached (13.95)
- Men’s 4×100 – Leonard/Korbelik/Prindle/Meyer, Northwest Missouri State (42.22)
Simpson goes to the Dubuque Twilight on Friday, May 1 in the final tune up before the Iowa Conference Championships. Simpson hosts the IIAC Championships, which take place May 7-9.