The University of Northern Iowa track and field team will head to Des Moines this week to take part in the 106th Drake Relays.
The meet takes place April 22-26, starting with the heptathlon and decathlon competitions. UNI will have four student-athletes competing in the multis this year, including true freshmen Jayvon Matthews and Derek Jacobus on the men’s side. Rachel Peth will compete in the heptathlon for the second consecutive season with
taking in her first heptathlon of the year.
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Rath will also participate in the women’s high jump along with sophomore Kassidy Sharp. Both Panthers are currently ranked in the top-five in the Missouri Valley Conference, with Rath taking the No. 1 spot after her personal-best height of 5-8.75 at the Gibson Invitational this past weekend.
The UNI women will also three other student-athletes competing in the field events, with Libby Torresani in the pole vault, Chloe Schmidt in the discus and Jamie Lindstrom taking on the hammer throw and shot put. All three are ranked in the top-10 in the MVC and in the top-five all-time at UNI in their respective events.
On the track, UNI will field five relay teams. The Panthers will compete in the 4X200, 4X400, 4X800, 4X100 meter shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays.
Brandon Carnes will kick things off for the UNI men on the track when he runs the 100 meter dash. Carnes currently holds the top-spot in the conference in both the 100 and 200 meters after his season-best time of 10.46 in the 100 dash at the Mt. Sac Relays.
Joining Carnes on the track will be senior hurdler Sebastian Barth in the 110 meter high hurdles. Barth is also coming off a successful outing at the Mt. Sac Relays, running a season-best time of 13.92 to rank him first in the conference and 12th in the NCAA West Region.
In the field events, UNI will have a pair of jumpers and a pair of throwers competing. In the long jump, Weston Riesselman will look to improve on an already strong season. Shawn Koch will also participate in the triple jump where he is ranked No. 4 in the MVC after his PR of 49-4.50 at the Husker Invite.
Justin Baker will look to capitalize in the hammer throw and shot put where he holds top-five rankings in the MVC and appears on the UNI all-time list in both events. Brad Walski will join Baker in the shot put competition after scoring a personal-best at the Gibson Invite.
The men will also take four relay teams with them to Des Moines, partaking in the 4X100, 4X200, 4X400 and the 4X110 meter shuttle hurdle relay.
A trio of Central College athletes were named Iowa Conference performers of the week in their respective sports Monday.
Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) earned the honor for men’s track, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) for women’s track and Adam Squires (senior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) for men’s golf.
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Horton breaks own record—Running at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Horton turned in a school-record performance in the 5,000 meters (14 minutes, 11.28 seconds). His time is the fastest in Division III this season by more than 10 seconds. Horton has now earned league outdoor track performer of the week honors seven times in his career.
Zimmerman sets school record—Zimmerman ran the fastest time in school history, and sixth quickest in Division III this season, in the 100-meter hurdles (14.39) at the Dutch Triangular in Pella Saturday. She was also 11th in a 22-competitor field in the same event (14.79) while going up against Division I athletes at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence Friday. This is the second time this season Zimmerman has earned the weekly league honor.
The Central track teams will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola this week.
Two top-five finishes for Squires—The Central senior placed third at the Duhawk Spring Invitational (69-75—144) April 12-13 and tied for first at the Central Dutch Masters (69-72—141) Friday and Saturday. His performance helped the Dutch earn team titles at both meets. This is the second time in his career Squires has been earned league men’s golfer of the week honors.
The Dutch will play the first two rounds of the Iowa Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.
The Viking’s women’s track and field team competed this weekend in the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational hosted by Doane College.
In the field, senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 14.76m setting a Grand View school record and hitting the NAIA “A” standard. Veiock currently sits third in the nation in the shot put.
She also placed second in the discus making the NAIA “A” standard with a throw of 44.50m as well as fourth in the hammer throw hitting the NAIA “B” standard with a heave of 50.20m.
Senior Jena Krebs (Washington, Iowa) had two third place finishes in the hammer (50.33m) and the javelin (38.79m). Krebs hammer throw hit the NAIA “A” standard.
On the track, sophomore Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) finished fourth in the 800m which was a personal best and Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) leading time. Roberts also ran on Grand View’s fourth place 4x800m relay which posted a season best and hit the NAIA “B” standard with a time of 9:29.83 (King-Kak-Roberts-Nielsen).
The Vikings host the Grand View Classic this Friday, April 24 at 12 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
The Vikings women’s and men’s track and field teams each have an athlete that has been named this week’s MCC field athlete of the week.
Senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) won her sixth award by placing high in three events at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. She was second in both the hammer throw (164-8) and discus (146-0). The senior was also fourth in the shot put with a season-best mark of 48-5.25. She has ‘A’ standards in all three events.
Sophomore Malik Denny (Des Moines, Iowa) won his first award by qualifying for nationals and breaking a school record at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. The sophomore accomplished both with a winning high jump mark of 6-9. He was also sixth in the long jump at 20-9.25.
The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up competition at the Gibson Invitational and the Mt. Sac Relays today, continuing to improve on the track and in the field.
Kicking off the meet in the field events was Chaley Rath, scoring a first place finish with a personal-best mark of 5-8.75. The height tied her for second all-time at UNI and placed her first in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Panthers also grabbed a pair of second place finishes in the pole vault competition. Libby Torresani placed second overall in the women’s event with a height of 12-5.50 while Corey Szamlewski also finished second in the men’s competition with a strong mark of 16-0.75.
In the throws events, Sarah Pate came away with a career-best in the discus throw, finishing with a toss of 150-1.00 to rank herself fifth all-time as a Panther. In the men’s shot put, Justin Baker finished with the win and a season-best mark while Brad Walski placed third overall with a new outdoor personal-best throw of 53-3.75.
Opening a successful day on the track was the middle-distance crew scoring several personal-bests. In the men’s 1,500 meters, Bailey Wetherell finished sixth overall with a PR time of 3:56.53. The Panthers also had three top-10 finishers in the 800 meters, with both Wade Pingel and Andrew Arndt scoring career-best times.
On the women’s side, Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly both finished with big personal-best times in the 800 meter run. Kite placed fifth overall with a time of 2:14.83 with Connelly following closely behind in sixth with a time of 2:14.91.
In the long sprints, Darian Samuelson shined, finishing with another PR in the 400 meter dash. The senior finished fourth in the race with a time of 55.63 to move up to third in the MVC.
For the second week in a row, both Holly Salzbrenner and Jennifer Roberts gained PRs in the 400 meter hurdles as well. Salzbrenner placed fifth with a time of 1:01.96 while Roberts finished sixth in 1:02.65.
To wrap up the day of competition, the women’s 4X400 meter relay team captured another top-three finish and a season-best time. The team of Maddie Beeler, Samuelson, Salzbrenner and Roberts grabbed a time of 3:48.73.
Senior hurdler Sebastian Barth was the lone competitor at the Mt. Sac Relays today in Los Angeles, Calif., seizing another top performance. The Gauting, Germany native finished with a time of 13.92 to rank himself first in the conference and 10th in the NCAA West Region.
“We had some terrific performances this weekend,” head coach Dan Steele said. “We competed well and added several people to our list of likely NCAA qualifiers.”
The Panthers will return to action April 22-25 when they compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
- 100m dash: Becca Cherry, 26, 12.46; Erica Dynes, 30, 12.58; Rachael Cheeseman, 38, 12.80
- 200m dash: Becca Cherry, 20, 25.90
- 400m dash: Kayla Kregel, 23, 59.78; Kaitlyn Muhlenbruch, 28, 1:00.78; Elizabeth Duehr, 33, 1:02.88
- 400m dash: Dallas Koppes, 20th, 50.03
- 800m dash: Kayla Kregel, 5th, 2:18.95; Elizabeth Duehr, 16th, 2:29.40
Taylor Officer, 6th, 2:11.27 (other division race)
- 800m dash: Nick Green, 11th, 1:55.85
- 4x100m relay: 9th Cherry, Helmle, Cheeseman, Dynes, 48.06
- 4x400m relay: 8th, Crew, Officer, Moore, Kregel, 3:55.89
- 4x400m relay: 11th, Koppes, DeMott, Dolphin, Green, 3:19.26
- 4x800m relay: 2nd, Officer, Kregel, Duehr, Moore, 9:15.66
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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).
Luther’s next competition will be the Augustana-Rock Island Meet of Champions that will take place on Saturday, April 18.
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.
Luther’s next competition will be on Friday, April 17 at the Augustana-Rock Island Invitational.
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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.
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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
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!
(Submitted by Alana Enabnit)
- 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.
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!