Anna Peer-Bettendorf-Nebraska
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Husker’s Peer Wins Mt Sac 10K

Anna Peer-Bettendorf-Nebraska ©Walt Middleton

Anna Peer-Bettendorf-Nebraska
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Late Thursday night, Anna Peer won the 10,000m Invitational (B) at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 34:10.58.

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Peer’s time was a personal best and ranks third in school history. She edged South Dakota’s Amber Eichkorn by two seconds.

Joe Harter finished 30th in the men’s open 10,000m, running 31:23.00.

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Iowa’s Mallett to Run World University Games by Darren Miller

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

University of Iowa All-American Aaron Mallett has accepted an invitation to represent Team USA at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, on July 3-14.

Mallett, a sophomore from St. Louis, will compete in the 110-meter hurdles. He set a personal best in the event at the 2015 Florida Relays. His time of 13.60 ranks second in the NCAA, leads the Big Ten, and ranks second in program history.

Mallett will also be considered for relay events. At the 2015 Baldy Castillo Invitational, he ran the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay that currently ranks second in the Big Ten (40.07).

He is the first Hawkeye to compete at the World University Games since All-American Justin Austin ran the 200 meters and 400-meter relay in 2013. UI director of track and field Joey Woody competed at the event in 1997, the summer after he won the NCAA championship in the 400-meter hurdles.

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Panthers Split Up For Upcoming Meets

 Brandon Carnes-UNI  ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will split the weekend between the Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. and the Mt. Sac Relays in California.
UNI will start at the Gibson Invite, with two athletes participating in the multi-competitions. JC Abrahamson and Lauren Frederick will compete in the decathlon and heptathlon tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m.

The main portion of the meet will start on Friday, April 17 with track events starting at 4:30 p.m. and field events getting underway at 5 p.m. The Gibson Invite will wrap up competition on Saturday, April 18.

The Panthers are also sending five student-athletes to the West Coast to compete at the renowned Mt. Sac Relays. 2015 marks the 57th year of the Mt. Sac Relays which serves as the largest track and field competition in the world with over 13,500 competitors competing over three weekends and six days.

UNI will travel Sebastian Barth, Brandon Carnes, Alex Wilson, Brette Corey and Ashley Norem to Los Angeles, Calif. to take a crack at the best competition in the country. This is the second consecutive year that Barth, Carnes, Wilson and Corey have competed at the Mt. Sac Relays, with Wilson breaking the school record in the 1,500 meters just one year ago.

Carnes is coming off a strong performance in the 200 meters at the Husker Spring Invitational, earning MVC Track Athlete of the Week honors. The sophomore finished first overall in the 200 meter dash with a new personal-best time of 20.80 to move up to second overall at UNI and 12th in the NCAA West Region.

Senior Alex Wilson also turned in a fast time in the 800 meter run at the Husker Spring Invite. The Lisbon, Iowa native finished second overall with a time of 2:10.93, the second fastest time of her career and is the second fastest time in the conference.

Barth will make his outdoor debut after his standout indoor season where he qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. After capturing the indoor 60 meter hurdles school record this year, he will look to do the same outdoors in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Fans can follow along with the action at both meets with live results available for the Gibson Invite here. For more information on the Mt. Sac Relays, including heat sheets and a schedule, visit www.MtSacRelays.com. A full list of results and recaps will be available at www.UNIPanthers.com following the completion of each meet.

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Throwers Head Latest Viking News

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Val Veiock

Senior Val Veiock (Des Moines, Iowa) has been named MCC Outdoor Field Athlete of the week.

Veiock won her fifth award by placing high in three events at the Concordia Invitational. She was fourth in the hammer throw at 179-0 and was seventh in both the discus (146-8) and shot put (44-8). She bettered her season marks, which are all ‘A’ standards, in all three events.
The Vikings travel to Crete, Nebraska this weekend (April 17-18) to compete in the Jim Dutcher Memorial.

Viking Men

The Viking’s men’s track and field team had two first place finishes, hit two NAIA National marks, and set Grand View records over the weekend at the Concordia Invitational.
Grand View saw first place finishes from senior Kenny Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.) in the triple jump and sophomore Malik Denny (Des Moines, Iowa) in the high jump. Simmons hit a NAIA qualifying mark and also set a Grand View record with his jump of 14.83m. Denny set a Grand View record and had a personal best with his jump of 2.00m. Junior Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) placed fifth and hit the NAIA ‘B’ standard in the shot put with a distance of 15.29m and sophomore Taylor Mitchell (Des Moines, Iowa) placed third in the discus with his throw of 47.73m.
In the track events, freshman Leeshad O’Neal (Wharton, Texas) placed second in the 200m (21.92) and junior Kennedy Kiprop (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) placed third in the 10k (36:37.99).

The Viking’s 4×400 team (O’Neal-Harjes-Christensen-Cory) ran a season best 3:22.95 and placed fifth.
The Vikings travel to Crete, Neb. this weekend (April 17-18) to compete in the Jim Dutcher Memorial.

Jena Krebs-Washington-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Jena Krebs-Washington-Grand View
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Viking Women Ranked Nationally

The Grand View women’s track and field program is now ranked in the top 25 of the NAIA National Team Computer Ratings unveiled Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The women are the No. 25 team in the nation, accumulating 83.85 points. Notable point-getters for the ladies:

  • Jena Krebs Hammer Throw (5th/24.19)
  • Val Veiock Shot Put (7th/19.53)
  • Jena Krebs Javelin (7th/19.25)
  • Val Veiock Hammer Throw (11th/10.96)
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Norse Men and Women Breeze Into Home Meet

©Norese Athletics

©Norese Athletics

MEN

The Luther men breezed to a team title at the 49th Annual Norse Relays this afternoon. The Norse posted a point total of 253 finishing ahead of UW-Superior with 122 and Coe with 81.

The highlight of the afternoon was the performance of unattached competitor Jordan Williams in the discus. Williams broke his own Carlson Stadium and Norse Relays record with a throw of 182-6 (55.63 meters). His old mark was 180-9 set last year.

The Norse won all but two of the relays this afternoon placing first in the 4 x 100 (43.43), 4 x 200 (1:31.11), 4 x 400 (3:30.15), and the 4 x 800 (8:01.15).

Individually, Joel Clarke place first in the 110 hurdles besting an entire field of teammates with a time of 15.30. Sam Stokes Cerkvenik (57.62), Nick Sigrist (58.80) and Cooper Nelson (59.74) swept the top three places in the 400 hurdles. Luke Lumbar finished second in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:20.57).

In the field events, Erik Queoff posted a personal best in the pole vault with a first place finish of 14-2 1/2, that moves him into the ninth best height outdoors in school history.

Dedrick Lee won both the long jump (22-3) and triple jump (43-7 1/4), while Elijah Kane won the javelin (164-3). Brandon Dawson placed second in the high jump (5-7) and second in the long jump (21-10 3/4).

Final Results

Luther’s next competition will be the Augustana-Rock Island Meet of Champions that will take place on Saturday, April 18.

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©Norse Athletics

WOMEN

The 49th annual Norse Relays took place this afternoon in Carlson Stadium and host Luther finished second in in the six-team field. The Norse posted a point total of 175.25 and finished behind Augustana-Rock Island that won the team title with 187.50 points.

The highlight of the afternoon took place in the javelin where unattached competitor Katelyn Gochenour set a Carlson Stadium and Norse Relays record with a throw of 164-4 (50.09 meters). She broke the old mark of 46.25 meters set by Wartburg’s Dia Dohlman in 2004.

In this same event, Luther’s Leah Broderick was the top collegiate competitor posting a mark of 122-3. Broderick also won the high jump clearing the bar at 5-3.

Jackie Hoyme posted three second place finishes on the afternoon. Hoyme finished second in the shot put (37-5), discus (135-2) and hammer throw (144-2).

Jordan Lawrence posted the sixth best height all-time in the pole vault with a mark of 9-4 1/4 while placing third. Rachel Aune also moved up the top-10 list in the hammer throw with a personal best of 119-8 that ranks ninth.

In the relays, the foursome of Kenzie Carney, Sarah Owens, Hannah Wright and Kara Maloney finished third in the 4 x 1600 clocked at 22:07.09 that ranks tenth on Luther’s all-time list.

The 4 x 200 of Alexis Hove, Broderick, Erin Kammer and Marea Holkesvik posted the lone first place finish for the Norse in the relays with a time of 1:49.13.

Individually, Mallory Carr and Hailey Hansen placed second and third in the 3,000 steeplechase clocked at 11:56.72 and 12:24.86 respectively.

Final Results

Luther’s next competition will be on Friday, April 17 at the Augustana-Rock Island Invitational.

Sponsor: Track and Field (women)

-Director of the Drake Relays
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Brian Brown in the House

-Director of the Drake Relays ©Go Bulldogs

-Director of the Drake Relays
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Take a listen to this week’s radio show/podcast featuring our talk with Drake Relay’s Director Brian Brown.

Erin Hawkins-Roosevelt-Minnesota
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Erin Hawkins PR’s in Leading Gophers

Erin Hawkins-Roosevelt-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Erin Hawkins-Roosevelt-Minnesota
©Jim Kirby

The Gophers took home three individual titles and recorded 18 personal-best marks, including nine Minnesota all-time top-10 marks, as the team wrapped up the weekend’s action at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday.

Courtesy Gopher Athletics

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt posted career-best times in both of her events. She finished sixth in the 100m in 11.67 seconds and also took sixth in the 200m in 23.93 seconds. Both times rank Hawkins fifth among all-time Gopher sprinters as well.

Likewise, three Gophers earned personal-best times in the 800m and four in the 1,500m run. Lauren Domski (2:10.27),Anne Ferguson (2:11.64) and Kate Shelerud (2:13.96) ran their career-best times in the 800m, and Kaila Urick(4:25.03), Liz Berkholtz (4:28.85), Stacey Swatek (4:34.33) and Kate Bucknam (4:37.93) ran their best times in the 1,500m.

Next weekend, the Gopher multi-event athletes are set to compete at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., and members of the team will also compete at the Concordia St. Paul Invite.

Gopher Top 5 Finishes
1. Esser, discus, 53.66m
1. Murphy, javelin, 45.83m
1. Piepenburg, 3,000m steeple chase, 10:42.06
2. 4x100m relay, 45.47 seconds
2. 4x400m relay, 3:38.95
2. Stanford, hammer, 59.24m
3. Strandemo, 3,000m steeple chase, 10:47.79
3. Spagnola, long jump, 5.81m
3. Thorpe, hammer, 55.40m
3. Melum, javelin, 43.45m
4. Urick, 1,500m, 4:25.03
4. Stanford, discus, 49.52m
4. Guenther, hammer, 53.66m
4. Spagnola, 400m hurdles, 1:01.96
4. Spagnola, 100m hurdles, 13.66 seconds
5. Burks, hammer, 51.36m
5. Kamps, shot put, 14.18m
5. Markland, 400m, 53.71 seconds
5. Mikkalson, 3,000m steeple chase, 11:04.78

Sebastian Barth-UNI
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Weekend “Rap!”

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Sun Devils Athletics

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Results from the weekend…

  • Iowa State teams had a busy but successful weekend Click Here!
  • UNI happy with results at Nebraska Click Here!
  • Shelby wins 800 at home meet as she prepares for Drake Relays 800! Click Here!
  • Drake very competitive on the Blue Oval Click Here!
  • Iowa wins 5 events at Jim Duncan Click Here!
  • Central came up with some very good results in Des Moines Click Here!
  • UNO Mavericks get good efforts from former Iowa preps Click Here! and also Click Here!
  • Schweizer and Waymire perform well for Mizzou Click Here!
Erin Hawkins-Winterset-Wartburg

Warburg Women Continue to Roll

Erin Hawkins-Winterset-WartburgThe Warburg Knights Traveled to the UW-Platteville Invitational

(Submitted by Alana Enabnit)

Women’s Results

  • Taylor Moore (New Hampton) won both 800 and 1500 (2:12.79 and 4:48.88). This was Taylors 2nd 1500 ever!
  • Erin Sawyers (Winterset) and Serena Goetzl (Urbandale) both entered the sub 18 5k group with 17:49 and 17:52.
  • Kailey Kladivo (North Tama) won the high jump with a 5’6.
    Good early season 4×100 placed second with a 47.88. Team comprised of Becca Cherry, Tessa Helme, Rachael Cheeseman and Eric Dynes.Men’s Results
  • Colt Feltes was 4th in both shot and disc and placed 2nd in the Hammer throw against a competitive WIAC field.
  • Justin Hochstetler (Mid Prairie) place 5th in the 800 with a 1:53.95. This mark puts him in the top 15 in DIII right now.
Iowa Western Community College Men
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Rivers Off to a Good Start in 2015

Iowa Western Community College Men ©Reivers Athletics

Iowa Western Community College Men
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The Reivers hosted a home meet over the Easter weekend.

Throughout the meet, the Reivers had a total of 13 first place finishes. The Reivers also walked away with six nationals qualifiers for the 2015 NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Those athletes that qualified were:

  • Strymar Livingston: 400 meter dash- 47.53
  • Yanique Bennett: 400 meter hurdles- 1:02.45
  • Sylvester Barus: 5000 meter run- 15:22.96
  • Annette Gaskins: Long Jump – 5.95 meters (19’6.25″)
  • Shylia Riley: Long Jump- 5.56 meters (18’3″)
  • Jacob Barents: Discus 46.38 meters (152’2″)
  • The Reivers will take action next week as they will compete at the KT Woodman Classic; hosted by Wichita State University.

Results Click Here! 

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
©Jim Kirby

Throwers Lead Panthers Early

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team will head to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend to compete in the Husker Spring Invitational. The meet will take place on Saturday, April 11.

The scored competition will feature five team total, including South Dakota, Indiana State, North Dakota State and Nebraska, along with the Panthers. The meet is set to start at 10 a.m. with field events while the running portion of the meet will kick off at 1:35 p.m.

UNI will take a full squad to Nebraska after most of the Panthers student-athletes took a week off from competition last weekend. The Panthers did take a small group of throwers to the Cornell Invitational on April 4, scoring several personal-best performances.

On the women’s side, UNI swept all three throwing events, placing first in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

continued to shine for the Panthers, picking up wins in the shot put and hammer throw, both with season-best marks.

Senior Justin Baker took shots at the school record in the men’s hammer throw, finishing with a huge PR of 201-10 to rank him third all-time at UNI and grab the win. He also won the men’s shot put with a mark of 55-2.25.

UNI currently has 24 athletes combined from the men and women ranked in the top-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference in their respective events.

On the men’s side, the Panther field athletes have a quintet in the top-five, including Shawn Koch who is currently leading the conference in the triple jump. Justin Baker is also ranked second in the shot put after his standout performance at the Cornell Invite.

Alex Wilson is currently ranked second in the 1,500 meters after her season-opening win in the event at the ESU Spring Invitational. In the field, Kassidy Sharp sits at the No. 3 spot in the women’s high jump while Jamie Lindstrom is currently ranked in the top-10 in the shot put, discus and hammer throws.

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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Dordt’s Women of Iowa Lead the Defenders

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt ©Jim Kirby

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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Dordt College hosted a seven team track and field invite on Thursday, April 2 in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Highlights for the Dordt Defenders included a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 1500 meters with Justine Van Zee, Lillie Koerner and Kelsey Lewis takign the first three spots and all three broke 5:00 with Van Zee clocking a 4:52.37. Kayla Byl and Abby De Vries were 1-2 in the 3000 meter steeplechase with Byl clocking an 11:29.09. Mycah Hulst also took first in the high jump with a performance of 5-6.

Dordt’s next track and field action will be on April 10 and 11 at the Northwestern Invite in Orange City.

Women 5000 Meter Run

3 Lauren Opp SR Dordt 18:57.60

Women 100 Meter Hurdles
2 Robyn Blount JR Dordt 15.25

Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase
1 Kayla Byl JR Dordt 11:29.09
2 Abby De Vries SR Dordt 11:56.75
6 Kaylie Ogle JR Dordt 12:55.19

Erik Sowinski-Iowa
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Former Hawk Breaks World Record

Erik Sowinski-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Erik Sowinski-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

Utilizing a tremendous opening leg by Olympian Matt Centrowitz, Team USA shattered the previous men’s distance medley relay world record at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on Saturday. The first stop of the USATF Championship Series, the Armory Track Invitational kicked off the 2015 professional indoor track & field season.

Centrowitz, along with Oregon standout Mike Berry, USATF Indoor Champion Erik Sowinski, and American 4x1500m record holder Pat Casey, knocked over six seconds off the previous record, set by the University of Texas in 2008 (9:25.97). The quartet crossed the finish in 9:19.93. Watch Team USA’s world record on USATF.tv here.

Centrowitz ran a phenomenal opening 1,200m, splitting 2:49.47. Handing off the baton to World Championships relay gold medalist Berry, the 400 meter leg only aided the quartet’s cause, as Berry passed the stick to Sowinski in a 46.40 400m split. Sowinski is no stranger to breaking world records in Team USA relays, having anchored the Team USA All-Stars to the 4×800-meter relay world record just over a year ago.

Sowinski ran a 1:47.60 800m split before Casey, who ran the opening leg of the American record 4x1500m at the IAAF World Relays last May, took over the final 1,600m. Casey finished his leg in 3:56.48 and carried the U.S. to a 9:19.93 finish

Another big winner Saturday was Jordan Hasay, who took home the women’s 2-mile invitational in 9:38.28. Hasay bided her time behind Buze Diriba, waiting to make her move until the final two laps. Hasay comfortably took the lead just before the bell lap and powered through the final 200 meters to take home the win in front of a packed crowd at the Armory. Watch Jordan outkick Buze Diriba on USATF.tv here.

Ajee’ Wilson looked to be in great form early in the season, taking the women’s 800m in 2:01.63. The race didn’t seem to go to the pace as planned, but Wilson powered through to take the win. Treniere Moser surged in the final 150 meters to earn the runner-up finish in 2:01.79. Watch Ajee’ take the women’s 800m on USATF.tv here.

Next weekend holds something for everyone, as the USATF Cross Country Championships kick off USATF.tv viewing on Saturday, Feb. 7. Fans can then catch the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Saturday as the USATF Championship Series rolls on to Boston with broadcast coverage on both USATF.tv. and NBCSN.

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado
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Webster City’s Jenny Simpson Breaks American Record

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Jim Kirby

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado
©Jim Kirby

Records were broken in bunches at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday night, with two world and one national mark falling on an exciting evening of track and field. The Team New Balance USA quartet of Sarah Brown, Mahogany Jones, Megan Krumpoch, and Brenda Martinez combined to time 10:42.57 for the distance medley relay, shattering the previous world record of 10:50.98. The team’s performance kicked off what would be a night of fast performances on the newly resurfaced Reggie Lewis Center track, as American Jenny Simpson broke the national record for two miles and Bernard Lagat set a world masters best for 3000m.

Courtesy Competitor.com 

A week ago in New York City, the men’s indoor world record for the distance medley relay was broken by a Nike-sponsored American team. Tonight, it was the women’s turn, with all eyes focusing on Team New Balance USA. With Brown and Martinez serving as bookends to the relay, many predicted the University of Tennessee’s 2009 world mark of 10:50.98 would fall.

Leading off the 1200 meter leg, Brown found herself slightly adrift of the front, passing the baton off in second behind the New York All Stars. Attempting to set a world record held extra meaning for Brown, who was part of the University of Tennessee team that set the existing mark six years ago.

“When I knew that they [the team] was going after it, I said I really want a chance to be a part of it,” said Brown, “There’s something just extra special about being on a relay.”

Running the 400m leg for Team New Balance USA was Jones, formerly of Penn State University. Jones quickly caught up to the New York All Star team, clocking a 53.59-second split for two laps. From there, it was Krumpoch’s turn, battling with New York’s Latavia Thomas.

Nearly neck-and-neck, Thomas passed her baton first to Nicole Tully, while Krumpoch exchanged the Team New Balance baton to Martinez less than a quarter second later.

Martinez, the 2013 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist at 800m, regained the lead early on, though never quite shook the tenacious Tully. With fewer than 400 meters remaining, Tully surged trying to distance herself from Martinez. While she did gain the lead, the 28-year-old had a feeling that Martinez would come on strong in the final meters.

“I know Brenda’s got incredible 800 meter speed and a great kick so I figured, I was feeling pretty good with 400m to go so I needed to make a move early,” said Tully. “I could tell by the crowd in the last lap that Brenda was making a comeback.”

Looking at the big screen with 100 meters to go and then glancing back once again with 60 meters left, Tully knew that Martinez was gaining ground. All she could do was swing wide down the homestretch, but that was to no avail. Martinez broke the tape in 10:42.57, giving her team the new indoor world record. Tully’s New York All Stars team placed second in 10:42.79, also under the previous record.

“It was a strong group and I just trusted the girls,” said Martinez, relieved to have achieved the record. “We had a discussion last night saying ‘just give us your best leg at your current fitness and we’ll do just fine’… I really needed to dig down and get after it. I didn’t know it was the last lap, that’s how lost I was out there. I kinda snapped out of it and was like I got to go right now.”

Martinez’s teammate, Brown, said she had no doubt that Martinez had enough left in the tank to make the winning move.

“Brenda is one tough cookie. You can see it in her face when she has that determination,” said Brown. “When Nicole went around and I saw Brenda’s face didn’t falter whatsoever, I was like she might have this. She brought a tear to my eye when she was coming down that homestretch. She was fighting it out and doing it for all of the girls who ran before her. I was so proud of her.”

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado ©Jim Kirby

Jenny Simpson-Webster City-Colorado
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Cheers for the world record distance medley relay were loud from the near capacity crowd, though they were matched by the roar Jenny Simpson received when setting a new national record in the two mile.

Returning here one year after mistakenly miscounting laps (and costing herself a shot at the two mile national record), Simpson toed the line tonight with motivation. She knew Regina Jacobs’s 9:23.38 time from 2002 was well within reach.

After pacesetter Heather Wilson stepped off shortly after 1200 meters, it was Simpson leading a string of three Ethiopians: Sentayehu Ejigu, Buze Diriba, and Gotytom Gebreslase. Running lap after lap in the 34 to 35 second range, Simpson kept calm up front by listening to meet announcer Toni Reavis rattle off split times.

With her mind set on the national record, Simpson remembered a lesson she learned while chasing NCAA marks in her final year at the University of Colorado: keep your foot consistently on the gas.

“There’s a very fine balance between settling down and not pushing yourself past that threshold of going to the well, but also still grinding so that you’re keeping the pace up,” she said. “When you start slowing up even just tenths of a second, that can slip away really easily.”

By maintaining her hard pace, one by one the Ethiopians behind her dropped off. First it was Gebreslase, then Diriba, and finally Ejigu. Running her final 200 meters solo in 30.69 seconds, Simpson used the crowd’s adrenaline to power her through the finish in a new national record of 9:18.35.

“No leading, no kicking down people, none of that can help as much as having a rowdy crowd,” said Simpson. “Indoors that’s so much more vibrant and so much more in your face and it really, really helps.”

Taking to the track for the first time since he turned 40, Bernard Lagat wanted to set a record of his own: the masters indoor world record for 3000m. Finding himself tucked in behind Will Leer, Dejen Gebremeskel, and Hassan Mead, Lagat comfortably ran within himself for the race’s first half.

The 3000m turned out to be more like a 300 meter sprint, as no moves would be made until a lap and a half remained. That was when Gebremeskel got anxious and charged to the front.

Lagat, not wanting to lose, quickly matched Gebremeskel’s move and took over pole position. Laser-focused, Lagat made his way down the backstretch with Gebremeskel hot on his heels in full sprint mode.

“He is good at finishing,” said Gebremeskel of Lagat. “I know him very well, so especially if the race is a little bit slow I know he can kick so I was expecting that.”

Lagat did his best to hold off the lanky Ethiopian, pumping his arms faster than he had all race. Yet it was Gebremeskel who had one final gear coming off the last turn.

“I give more time to training this year for Boston Indoor. Three months, around that, I’ve been ready for this. I was working on finishing and sprinting because I was expecting it with Lagat coming,” said Gebremeskel, who won in 7:48.19.

Lagat was still pleased with his 7:48.33 performance, obliterating the previous world master’s record of 8:01.44. However, he thought he could have gone faster.

“I am satisfied but I think we could have gone a little faster. I think we could have gone faster because I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel but I really felt great during the race itself,” said Lagat before appearing on USA Track & Field’s ‘The Cool Down’ post-race show. “This one gave me a lot of confidence.”

In the men’s mile, New Zealand’s Nick Willis was a man on a mission. Having just completed a stint training at altitude in Flagstaff, Ariz., the 2008 Olympic silver medalist over 1500m felt sharp entering today’s race. He looked in prime form, taking over the lead after 1000 meters and never looking back.

Breaking the tape in 3:51.61, Willis set a New Zealand national record for the indoor mile. He eclipsed John Walker’s mark of 3:52.8, which was set in 1981 and matched in 1982. Willis is also running the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games next weekend.

“I had forgotten about that [record],” Willis told Race Results Weekly, standing feet away from his longtime coach Ron Warhurst. “It’s always an honor to come alongside or ahead of John Walker, a legend in our sport.”

The women’s 2000m was won by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum in 5:35.46. While the discipline is rarely contested, Seyaum’s time is the third fastest ever run indoors according to Alltime-Athletics.com. Seyaum did not speak to the press, as she got sick shortly after entering the media mixed zone.

Sally Kipyego, fresh off of a training camp in Kenya, finished second in 5:40.35, while steeplechaser Emma Coburn took third in 5:41.11.

Executing a finely timed kick, Nike Oregon Project’s Treniere Moser swung wide to pass teammate Mary Cain with a straightaway remaining in the women’s 1000m, going on to win in 2:37.86. Moser, 33, said the victory was a testament to the training she has completed under coach Alberto Salazar.

Cain, who led nearly the entire race after the rabbit had dropped off, admitted she ran hesitantly knowing that at some point Moser would likely strike with a killer kick.

“I think that was the problem. I think I was waiting for it, being like ‘When’s she coming? When’s she coming? When’s she coming? Rather than thinking Go! Go! Go!” said an honest Cain. “I think that reverse mental attitude, that kind of messed me up a bit.”

Cain and Moser will both run the NYRR Women’s Wanamaker Mile next week at the NYRR Millrose Games in New York City.

Another Nike Oregon Project victory came in the men’s 1000m, as Matthew Centrowitz timed a meet record of 2:17.00. Centrowitz’s time was less than a quarter second shy of David Torrence’s national record.

“This is great preparation,” said Centrowitz, who is running the NYRR Wanamaker Mile next Saturday. “Going through the half [800m] today in 1:50, whatever we go through next week will be obviously slower, and the aim is to make that [pace] feel good and we most likely will.”

North Carolina’s Ryen Frazier won the Girls Junior Mile by nearly ten seconds in 4:44.02; she will be attending North Carolina State University next fall. In the Boys section, Michigan’s Logan Wetzel defeated Rhode Island’s Jack Salisbury by one-one hundredth of a second, 4:08.75 to 4:08.76.

“I just wanted to put myself in position to finish well at the end and I was able to do that. It definitely came right down to the end,” said Wetzel. “This is the biggest win of my career so far.”
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2015/02/news/jenny-simpson-breaks-american-2-mile-record_122552#jo1l2zElteEwfxck.99

Lauren Martin-Forest City-Simpson
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The Storm’s Martin & Yeager Come Big at Central

Lauren Martin-Forest City-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Lauren Martin-Forest City-Simpson
©Jim Kirby

Lauren Martin won the 100-meter dash and Nick Yaeger won the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the Simpson track and field teams at the outdoor season-opening Central Invitational on Thursday.

The men placed fourth of eight teams with 92 points while the women took seventh of nine with 59 points.

Courtesy Storm Athletics

Martin broke the tape in 12.66 seconds, earning her first career win in the 100 meters. Yeager finished his first steeplechase since 2013 in 9:51.46, a 22-second personal record.

Trevor McKee and Isaac Frazier added second-place efforts for the men’s team with McKee running a 57.81 in the 400-meter hurdles and Frazier clearing 6-5 1/2 in the high jump. Dylan Kalinay came in third in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.98) and Bayley Fleshner placed third in the 100-meter hurdles for the women (15.19).

All of Simpson’s relay teams placed third. On the men’s side, the team of Kalinay, Davey Jergens, Tate Tufte and Triston Twedt ran 43.71 in the 4×100 and Brice Sheeder, Tufte, Twedt and McKee ran 3:31.52 in the 4×400. The women’s 4×100 relay squad of Fleshner, Martin, Sarah Ney and Sarah Galbraith ran 50.29 and the 4×400 team of Martin, Jessica Gronke, Courtney Neuendorf and Galbraith ran 4:15.91.

Simpson is off for the Easter Holiday and returns to action next weekend, April 10-11, at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines.

Women’s Team Standings
1. Central, 143.5; 2. Mount Mercy, 118; 3. Loras, 95; 4. Clarke, 89.5; 5. Winona State, 85; 6. William Penn, 78; 7. Simpson, 59; 8. Waldorf, 15; 9. Faith Baptist, 2

Men’s Team Standings
1. Loras, 212; 2. William Penn, 174; 3. Central, 119; 4. Simpson, 89; 5. Clarke, 46; 6. Mount Mercy, 37; 7. Waldorf, 13; 8. Faith Baptist, 2

Women’s Top Performances
100 – 1. Lauren Martin, 12.66; 8. Sarah Ney, 13.52
200 – 8. Sarah Ney, 27.66; 10. Lauren Martin, 27.97
400 – 5. Keeghan Corcoran, 1:07.52
800 – 12. Jessica Gronke, 2:36.83
1500 – 6. Courtney Neuendorf, 5:12.83; 8. Lesley Roquet, 5:22.16
100 hurdles – 3. Bayley Fleshner, 15.19
400 hurdles – 7. Sarah Galbraith, 1:12.43
4×100 relay – 3. Fleshner/Martin/Ney/Galbraith, 50.29
4×400 relay – 3. Martin/Gronke/Neuendorf/Galbraith, 4:15.91
High jump – 5. Sarah Galbraith, 1.43m
Pole vault – 3. Audrey Lovan, 2.15m
Long jump – 7. Bayley Fleshner, 4.78m
Triple jump – 6. Elisa Wildy, 10.31m
Javelin throw – 9. Hannah Moulds, 27.53m

Men’s Top Performances
100 – 5. Davey Jergens, 11.34
200 – 6. Dylan Kalinay, 22.74
400 – 5. Brice Sheeder, 50.64; 6. Jack Fritzjunker, 52.88
800 – 7. Cody Alexander, 2:02.74
1500 – 7. Miles Kirts, 4:15.35; 9. Ian McKenzie, 4:17.93; 10. Blake Willadsen, 4:20.47
110 hurdles – 3. Dylan Kalinay, 14.98
400 hurdles – 2. Trevor McKee, 57.81
3000 steeplechase – 1. Nick Yaeger, 9:51.46
4×100 relay – 3. Kalinay/Jergens/Tufte/Twedt, 43.71
4×400 – 3. Sheeder/Tufte/Twedt/McKee, 3:31.52
High jump – 2. Isaac Frazier, 1.97m
Pole vault – 4. Mitch Stoltzman, 3.95m
Long jump – 5. Brandt Seward, 6.07m
Shot put – Koltin Pfaffle, 12.16m