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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.

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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
©Jim Kirby

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.”
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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
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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.

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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

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Vikings Place 2nd at Wartburg

viking relays 20150048The Viking’s women’s track and field team brought home five first place finishes Friday at the Wartburg Select and placed second out of seven teams.

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Sophomore Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) had a successful day on the track as she won the 400m dash in a time of 61.43 seconds, currently the second-fastest time in the MCC this season. Roberts also anchored the Viking’s 4x400m relay to a third place finish in 4:17.33. Other teammates on the 4×400 included freshman Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa), sophomore Lindsay Albert (Eldon, Iowa) and freshman Jamie Barry (Maynard, Iowa).
In the field, sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) won both the javelin (33.73m) and discus (40.20m) and placed seventh in the hammer (40.94m). Senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished first in the shot put hitting the NAIA “B” standard with a mark of 13.29m as well as a second place finish in the javelin with a toss of 33.66m. Senior Jena Krebs (Washington, Iowa) finished first in the hammer and third in the shot put (11.93m). Krebs hammer throw of 48.25m meets the NAIA “B” standard.
Other notables from the event include a third place finish from sophomore Tanner Werthmann (Davenport, Iowa) in the 100m hurdles (15.99) and a third place finish in the high jump from freshman Christanne Middleton (Walker, Miss.). Grand View’s 4x800m relay (Bakita Kak-Jasmine Nielsen-Hannah Sobaski-Christa Nordgren) ran a time of 10:29.23 earning them a second place finish.

The Vikings continue their outdoor season this Saturday, April 11 at the Concordia Invitational in Seaward, Nebraska

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Hawks Ranked 25th Nationally

Kevin Lewis-Otumwa-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Kevin Lewis-Otumwa-Iowa
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The University of Iowa men’s track and field team debuted at No. 25 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Monday.

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The Hawkeyes were unranked when the preseason poll was announced March 24, but have since climbed eight spots following nationally-ranked individual performances at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, Florida Relays, and Stanford Invitational.

Aaron Mallett ranks second in the nation in the 110-meter hurdles following a career-best time of 13.60 at the Florida Relays. He added a second personal record in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 51.56 for a time that ranks 20th nationally.

Mallett also anchors Iowa’s top 400-meter relay. Vinnie Saucer, Jr., Brendan Thompson, James Harrington, and Mallett ran 40.07 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational and rank No. 15 in the country. Harrington hit an individual personal best at the same meet, running the 200 meters in 20.98, a time that ranks 21st in the nation.

Kevin Lewis set a personal-record in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 28:59.62 to rank 19th nationally.

The Hawkeyes are back in action April 17-18 at the Mt. Sac Relays. Iowa returns home to compete at the Drake Relays on April 23-25, and host the Musco Twilight XVI on Saturday, May 2.

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Central Women Win Invitational

Dan Roemerman-Central ©Jim Kirby

Dan Roemerman-Central
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The Central College women’s track and field team used first place finishes in five events to take first in the nine-team Central Invitational Thursday at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.

The Dutch men, competing without some key contributors, took third of eight teams.

Central women take first—Led by first place finishes and new personal bests the Dutch women scored 143.5 points to win the meet by 25.5 points over Mount Mercy.

Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) took first place in the 100-meter hurdles (14.72 seconds). Her time in the prelims of 14.69 ranks third in Division III this season and is a new personal best.

“Meredith kind of started her season off right where she finished her indoor season,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a good start for her.”

Other first place finishes for the Dutch on the track included Morgan Koenigs (sophomore, Mapleton, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto HS) in the 400 (1:01.15), and Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) in the 200 (25.47). Davis’s time is sixth in Division III and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), who finished second to Davis in 25.68, ranks 18th.

In the 800 meters the Dutch had four of the top five finishers including Kasey Wiedmaier (sophomore, Indianola), who won the event in 2:26.35.

A big personal best was set by Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) in the hammer throw Thursday. She topped her old top mark by 24 feet with a toss of 159 feet 0 inches, which ranks 11th in Division III.

“Lorell Stuht had a great day in the hammer,” said Dunham.

In the high jump Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) took the title, clearing 5-2.25.

Dutch men take third—On the men’s side Central used multiple personal bests to earn a third place finish as a team (119 points). Loras took the men’s title with 212 points.

Kody Dailey (junior, Waterloo, Iowa City High) won the javelin throw with a toss of 187-11. The 2014 conference champion set a new personal best by nearly five feet and currently ranks 11th in Division III.

“I was really pleased with Kody,” said Dunham. “I thought he had a great day today. It’s a good start to the season for him. A big goal of ours for him this year is to qualify for the national meet, and he is well on his way.”

Dailey wasn’t the only standout in the throws Thursday as Gunnar Johnson (senior, Ankeny, Johnston HS) won the shot put with a toss of 48-5.5.

On the track Tate Jensen (freshman, De Sota, Adel-De Soto-Minburn HS) won the 400-meter hurdles by more than a second (56.74) and Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) took second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.80). Roemerman’s time is the fifth fastest in Division III so far this season.

The Dutch also performed well in the 1,500 meters as Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) placed second (4:09.34) and Timothy Shepherd (senior, Knoxville) took third (4:11.55).

Both Dutch track teams will compete next at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines April 11-12.

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S. Dakota’s Glisar Breaks School Record

Megan Glisar-Sgt. Bluff-South Dakota ©Jim Kirby

Megan Glisar-Sgt. Bluff-South Dakota
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South Dakota senior Megan Glisar broke her own school record and finished runner-up in the high jump as the Coyote track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday.

Glisar cleared 6 feet, ¾ inches to best the record she set a week ago at the Baldy Castillo Invitational by three-quarters of an inch. The height ranks third-best in Division I this season.

Distance runners senior Taylor Chapman and sophomore Mach Dojiok qualified to run in the Jerry Thompson Men’s Mile Invitational. Chapman placed eighth in 4:13.25 and Dojiok took 13th in 4:20.79.

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Taylor Chapman-Spencer-Morningside
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Senior Cody Snyder rounded out the Coyotes competing on the final day of the Texas Relays. Snyder finished 14th in the shot put with a throw of 55-3.

Coyote track and field returns to South Dakota next Saturday for The Duels in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Houlihan Breaks Meet Meet Record

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Arizona State track and field’s senior Shelby Houlihan broke the 1500m run meet record on Saturday, the second and final day of ASU’s Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invite at Sun Angel Stadium.

“When you look at our team, you see that we continue to make growth,” Director of Track and Field Greg Kraft. “We have to be patient, it’s March 28 and we have a lot more season to come. We’re making progress and people are improving. It’s almost a broken record when you say Shelby Houlihan was special, Bryan McBride was special. We need other people to be special, and we’re starting to see it. When you have some people that haven’t been there before that you’re counting on, that you know have star quality, like Magdalyn Ewen, you just have to be patient and keep the faith that she’s going to be able to do that. Brianna Tate has experience with that, Sara McDonald had a nice race for us, and Shaina Corbin’s steeplechase was a big deal for us tonight. McDonald and LaTroya Franklin in the relays were big for us, and Melese Crozier in the 4x400m relay gives us a team that I really believe can make it to the NCAA finals.”

At the meet, ASU teamed up with UCLA and Arizona to take on Michigan, Indiana, and Nebraska of the Big Ten. The Pac-12 women defeated the Big Ten women, 372-353, while the Big Ten men defeated the Pac-12 men, 363.5-356.7.

Houlihan opened the 2015 outdoor season in the 1500m run, leading from wire to wire and finishing at 4:14.35 and breaking the previous best time, set in 2007 by Oregon Track Club’s Jemma Simpson at 4:19.53.

The senior out of Sioux City, Iowa, also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay, teaming up with freshman Melese Crozier, sophomore LaTroya Franklin, and senior Sara McDonald. ASU won the race with a season best time of 3:38.61, which currently is marked at one of the top-10 times in the NCAA West region.

Up next, the Sun Devils will have a week to prepare for the third home meet of the season, the 36th Sun Angel Track Classic, April 9-11, at Sun Angel Stadium.

Head Coach’s Views on Shelby Houlihan

“We know she can do well in whatever race we enter her into, we’re extremely confident in her, but we also know that at the Pac-12 meet, she’ll be doubling like she did at the NCAA Indoor Championships. It’s a hard double to do, whether it’s the 1500m and the 5k, or the 800m and 1500m. We have to look at what sets her up most importantly for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. We have to be able to put together points other than Shelby’s in order to meet our perennial goal of being a top-10 team. I’ve always said you have to be in the 20s, and Shelby can get us 10 points, but other people have to come up and score.”

Head Coach’s views onAssistant Coach Louie Quintana

“It was a great day. We started well in the 1500m with Shelby (Houlihan) running 4:14. We keep talking about the same thing, it seems, but she really brings a great energy to the meets. Being able to follow the race plan we put together was a great effort.”

Shelby Talkin’ Shelby

“I was really excited to come and open today. The 1500m went as planned, Louie (Quintana) wanted me to go out in 69-70s, go through 2:18 to 2:20, and that’s exactly what I did. I kicked the last lap and I kicked really well, going out in 63 seconds, with the last 200m in about 30, so that was awesome to be able to do. The leg of the 4×4 was awesome, I never get to run it, but I love running the 4×4, so it was fun to get out there. Louie asked me what I wanted to do this weekend, and we’d already talked about running the 1500m, and I asked if I could get into the relay and he said yes, and it would also help with my speed work.

“For this season I want to run the 1500m in around 4:07, which is the A Standard for Worlds, so that’s what I’m aiming at. I think I’m definitely in that shape right now. In the mile in indoor we went through 1500m in 4:09, 4:10, so I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of getting in the right race.”

Team Results

Women

  • Pac-12 (Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA) – 372
  • Big Ten (Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska) – 353

Women’s 1500m Run

  • 1. Shelby Houlihan – 4:14.35 (Meet Record/Previous: Jemma Simpson (Oregon TC: 4:19.53/2007)
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UNI Opens Up Outdoors

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will open its outdoor season at the Emporia State University Spring Open on Saturday, March 28. The meet will be held at the Zola Witten Track in Emporia, Kan.

The ESU Spring Open is one of 10 outdoor meets that the Panthers will compete in prior to the MVC Outdoor Championships on May 15. The meet will begin at 12 p.m. with the field events, followed by the start of the competition on the track at 1:30 p.m.

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UNI is coming off a strong indoor season where both the men’s and women’s teams were ranked regionally by the USTFCCCA. The Panthers posted strong performances at the MVC Indoor Championships, coming away with four individual titles and several personal-bests.

Brandon Carnes defended his MVC titles in the 60 and 200 meters, winning both events for the second consecutive season. The sophomore now has six individual titles under his belt between his indoor and outdoor seasons as a Panther.

Alex Wilson and Brette Correy picked up their first individual championships during the indoor season, winning the women’s mile and the 800 meters, respectively. Correy’s time of 2:09.49 ranks her fourth all-time at UNI.

The meet was also highlighted by Correy winning the MVC Elite 18 Award. The Elite 18 Award program was established by the MVC in the fall of 2010 to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport.

The indoor season was capped off by the Panthers sending senior Sebastian Barth to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. Barth had a standout indoor season in the 60 meter hurdles, breaking the school record with a time of 7.72.

His time of 7.72, which was run in January at the UNI Team Invitational, was the fastest time in the country at that time. The time qualified him for the National Championships as one of just 16 student-athletes to compete for that event.

Barth is one of six seniors on the men’s side returning for the outdoor season along with eight on the women’s side. UNI will also return six All-MVC men’s selections from a year ago and seven for the women, looking to score big team points this season for the Panthers.

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Dutch Come Out Smokin’

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Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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Central College men’s track and field distance runner Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) placed second in a 150-man field in the 5,000 meters at the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational Friday.

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The Dutch had 10 athletes compete in the 5,000 meters. Horton ran it in 14 minutes 28.91 seconds and was less than two seconds off the top time at the meet.

“Eli gave a great effort tonight,” said coach Joe Dunham.

Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) was the second fastest Central runner in the event, finishing 26th in 14:52.27.

“Isaac ran right where I hoped he would,” said Dunham. “He is ready for the outdoor season.”

Two more Dutch runners were not far behind Steffensmeier with Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) taking 30th (14:56.01) and Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) finishing 31st (14:56.25).

“Cole Decker raced really well,” said Dunham. “He had a horrible flu this whole week and for him to go out there and break 15 is absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to see what he does as we get into the season. I was also really proud of Drew. He went through the 2-mile in good position and had a big PR. At this time of the year that is really exciting.”

Central also had a group of younger runners in the event. Freshman Mark Fairley (Dubuque) led the young Dutch group with a 65th place finish (15:30.69).

Cole Folken (freshman, Dubuque) placed 92nd (15:54.57), Tanner Rathje (freshman, Marion, Linn-Mar HS) 115th (16:22.69), Jeremy Caracci (freshman, Johnston) 138th (17:19.46), Karl Weaver (freshman, Davenport, Pleasant Valley HS) 143rd (17:25.66) and Kyle Schelling (sophomore, Orange City, Sioux Center HS) 149th (18:18.89). Dunham said the schedule created some challenges for the athletes that had to run in the earlier heats.

“I thought Kyle Schelling, Jeremy Caracci and Karl Weaver did great considering the circumstances,” said Dunham. “We left campus later so we could minimize missed class time and they basically had to run 40 minutes after a 5-hour car ride. All three ran well.

The Dutch will have a group of multi-event athletes competing at the Northwest Missouri State Invitational Saturday and Sunday before hosting the Central Invitational Thursday in Pella.

Alex Gochenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas 
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Gochenour Shines in Heptathlon For Hogs

Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas ©Jim Kirby Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas ©Jim Kirby

Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas ©Jim Kirby
Alex Gouchenour-Logan Magnolia-Arkansas
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Scoring a personal-best score of 6,027 points, Arkansas junior Alex Gochenour (Logan Magnolia) won the heptathlon title Thursday afternoon for the Razorbacks at the 88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.

Gochenour is just the second Razorback in program history to eclipse 6,000 points in the heptathlon, trailing only school-record holder Makeba Alcide (6,050 points) in Arkansas’ record book. During the two-day event, she established three personal bests and two more all-conditions bests. Gochenour added more than 500 points to her prior best at Arkansas in the heptathlon, improving upon the 5,522 points she scored at last year’s Texas Relays.

Texas Relays Heptathlon (Day 1)

1. Alex Gochenour – 3,757 points

1. 100mH – 13.15 (PR) [1,102 points]

2. High jump – 1.78/5-10 (PR) [953]

4. Shot put – 13.02m/42-8.75 (PR) [729]

1. 200m – 24.08W (+4.3) [973]

Heptathlon (Day 2/Final)

1. Alex Gochenour – 6,027 points (PR)

1. Long jump – 6.27m/20-7w [934 points]

12. Javelin – 31.14m/102-2 [498]

4. 800m – 2:18.95 [838]

Lolo Jones, Queen Harrison Brianna Rollins and Vashti Thomas
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Drake Relays 2015: The Sky’s the Limit-Part Deux

Lolo Jones, Queen Harrison Brianna Rollins and Vashti Thomas ©Jim Kirby

Lolo Jones, Queen Harrison Brianna Rollins and Vashti Thomas
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The Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee has bolstered its already stellar lineup with the addition of even more world-class athletes set to compete at Drake Stadium, Drake Relays director Brian Brown announced Wednesday, March 25.

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The additions to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee include 20 elite athletes currently ranked in the top 10 in the world in their respective events and eight that are Olympic medalists. Brown also announced that Chaunte Lowe, Brandon Couts and legendary Iowa State coach Steve Lynn will be enshrined as members of the Drake Relays Hall of Fame.

Friday evening’s Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays will continue the Drake Relays and Hy-Vee’s rich history of bringing the central Iowa community together to showcase tremendous athletic events. Last season, the women’s shuttle hurdle relay was one of the evening’s fan favorites and 2015 will be no different as three teams comprised of seven of the best hurdlers in the world duel along the Drake Stadium homestretch.

One of the teams will feature four of the top 10 hurdlers in the world as Dawn Harper-Nelson, Queen Harrison, Brianna Rollins and Kristi Castlin join forces to race against Lolo Jones, Tiffany Porter, Jasmin Stowers and Sharika Nelson. Also joining the fray for the event’s lucrative prize purse will be Jackie Coward, Raven Clay Finlay, Tenaya Jones and Christina Manning.

Many of those same standouts, including Des Moines native and Drake Relays great Lolo Jones will step into the blocks on Saturday for the women’s 100-meter hurdles. The event is scheduled to feature the Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9th ranked athletes in the event. In addition to Jones, the star-studded field features world No. 1, reigning USA Champion and two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson. The 2015 Relays champion, Kristi Castlin, returns to defend her title while Jasmin Stowers will make her professional Drake Relays debut after winning the USA Indoor Championship in the 60-meter hurdles.

With five of the top 10 men’s 110-meter hurdlers in the world already committed to compete at the Relays, Brown added even more firepower to the Relays impressive hurdle lineup with 400-meter hurdle lineups that feature six athletes ranked in the top 10 and three Olympic medalists. The men’s 400-meter hurdles is headlined by the world’s Nos. 1 and 2 in Javier Culson and reigning Relays champion Michael Tinsley who narrowly edged Culson in last year’s matchup. The lineup, that features five Olympians, also includes Johnny Dutch who finished third at the 2014 Relays and Kerron Clement, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist.

The women’s 400-meter hurdles is equally impressive with three athletes ranked in the top 10 in the world including defending Relays champion Tiffany Ross Williams and last year’s third-place finisher and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lashinda Demus. Georganne Moline, who is ranked sixth in the world and finished second at the last two USA Championships, posted the second-fastest time by an American in 400-meter hurdles in 2014 while fellow Relays entrant Cassandra Tate recorded the third-fastest time of the season.

Pulling the hurdles off the Blue Oval sets the stage for another highly anticipated race with four of the world’s top-10 scheduled to race in the women’s 400 meters. World No. 1 Novlene Williams, a three-time Olympian, is joined by Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross to put the top three-ranked 400-meter athletes on the track. Richards-Ross is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the event while McCorory teamed with Richards-Ross to earn an Olympic gold medal in the 2014 Olympic games.

Brown has also added athletes for a pair of field events with the world’s top two men’s triple jumpers and another competitive women’s high jump lineup ready to entertain fans inside the oval. World No. 1 Christian Taylor and No. 2 Will Claye will add another chapter in their rivalry that extends back to their time as collegiate teammates. In 2012, Taylor won Olympic gold while Claye earned silver. At the 2014 USA Championships, the the roles were reversed. France’s Teddy Tamgho, the current indoor world record holder, will also hit the runway with Taylor and Claye and is aiming to build upon his 2013 World Championship.

The women’s high jump competition marks the return of three-time Olympian and World No. 2 Ruth Beitia to the Drake Relays to take on a field that also includes American record holder and Relays Hall of Famer to be Chaunte Lowe. Lowe won the event last year for the fourth time and will attempt to add a fifth title to her resume as she enters the Relays Hall of Fame.

The lineup includes another four-time Relays Champion in Amy Acuff ,who is returning to Drake Stadium this season. Acuff is a five-time Olympian and recently took second at the USA Indoor Championship behind Lowe.

Lowe and her two other Hall of Fame classmates will have the unique opportunity to be enshrined to the Drake Relays Hall of Fame inside Drake Stadium. Previously, the ceremony took place on the Drake campus. However, this season the Hall of Famers will be honored inside the venue that saw them rewrite history in front of many of the fans that will be in attendance.

Lowe earned the prestigious honor by virtue of her Relays titles in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 in addition to her two indoor titles in 2006 and 2008. In 2010, she was named the Relays Most Outstanding Performer after winning the title with a Relays record clearance of 6-5. Two years later she shattered that record by clearing 6-6. She also set the American record at Drake Stadium by jumping 6-8.75 at the 2010 USA Championships. In international competition she is a three-time Olympian and has earned three World Championship medals. She is also a five time USA Outdoor Champion and a three-time indoor title holder.

Baylor’s Brandon Couts recorded some of the most impressive relay performances inside Drake Stadium and was named the Most Outstanding Performer in 1998 as a freshman. That year, he won the invitational 400 meters, anchored the winning 4×200 and 4×400-meter relays while taking the baton last in the Bears’ second-place 4×100-meter relay. A year later, he anchored the winning 4×400-meter relay while finishing second in the 400 meters and in 2000 he led Baylor to its ninth-straight 4×400-meter title with a 44.2 split. Couts was a 13-time All-American, a four-time NCAA Champion and a 15-time Big 12 Champion.

Steve Lynn, Iowa State’s head coach from 1993-2007, enters the Hall of Fame posthumously as a legend not only at the Drake Relays, but the state of Iowa as well. Under his tutelage, Cyclone student-athletes captured 18 Drake Relays titles in nine different events. As an assistant, he guided Danny Harris to five Drake Relays titles in the 400-meter hurdles, three NCAA Championships and the 1984 Olympic silver medal. In 1993, he was named the Big Eight Coach of the Year and guided the Cyclones to three Big Eight titles. His student-athletes earned a total of 56 All-America honors under his leadership.

Single-session tickets for the 2015 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale to the general public on March 26 at 9 a.m. Single-session, all-session and multi-session tickets are available at www.DrakeRelays.org or by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.

Drake Relays
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Drake Relays 2015: “The Sky’s the Limit”

Aries Merritt ©Jim Kirby

Aries Merritt
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The Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee has brought some of the finest athletes in the world to Des Moines for 105 years and 2015 will be no different as Drake Relays director Brian Brown has declared ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ for this season’s competition in Des Moines.

Brown announced the first round of elite athletes and events on Tuesday, Feb. 24, plus schedule and venue changes for events outside of Drake Stadium.

Ryan Grant, Director, Sports Marketing and Events at Hy-Vee, was also on hand to discuss Hy-Vee’s continued relationship as the presenting sponsor of the Drake Relays and the Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays. Hy-Vee’s partnership with the Drake Relays is a natural extension of its long-standing commitment to health and wellness in our local communities.

The Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays will be held on Sunday, April 26th. The Hy-Vee Road Races present an opportunity for people of all skill levels to be actively involved in the Drake Relays. Early bird registration has been extended to March 14th for the 5k run/walk, the 10k run and the half marathon. Information and registration for the Hy-Vee Road Races can be found at www.Hy-VeeRoadRaces.com

Relays week will kick off a day earlier this spring with the annual Beautiful Bulldog contest on Sunday, April 19, in the Knapp Center. The internationally adored event begins a full week of Relays festivities in Des Moines that continues on Tuesday, April 21, with the Grand Blue Mile on the streets of downtown Des Moines. Registration for the popular 1-mile road race opens to the public on Feb. 26.

The most notable physical change to Relays week comes on Wednesday, April 22, as the pole vault leaves the familiar confines of Jordan Creek Town Centre for the heart of downtown Des Moines. This year’s pole vault exhibition will take place on Court Avenue as some of the world’s top vaulters take to the streets and airspace of the popular entertainment district.

Scheduled to compete in the men’s event is Olympic gold medalist, world record holder and defending Relays stadium champion Renaud Lavillenie of France. The women’s field features world record holder and No. 3 in the world Jenn Suhr of the U.S. and the world’s No. 2 vaulter and 2013 and 2014 Relays champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba.

Those events early in the week will serve as appetizers for the incredible fields lined up to compete inside Drake Stadium April 23-25. Friday night is again ‘Hy-Vee Night at the Relays’ with some of the top athletes in the history of track and field set to preview this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Brenda Martinez ©Jim Kirby

Brenda Martinez
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A new event will also be added to the Friday night’s schedule with the women’s 800 meters. Eight of the top 10 American 800-meter runners are poised to line up at Drake Stadium including world No. 2 Ajee Wilson and No. 3 Brenda Martinez.

In its tradition of welcoming the world’s finest athletes to the Blue Oval, the Relays will stage a 200-meter paralympic race on Friday, April 24 with T44 classification athletes, including world record holder Richard Browne and former world record holder Jarryd Wallace. The T44 classification is for athletes that run with the use of prosthetics. Browne won silver in the 2012 Paralympic Games in the 100 meters while Wallace took gold in the International Paralympic Committee’s 2013 World Championships.

Joining the field will be a T11 competitor in David Brown who is blind and runs with the aid of a guide runner. Brown owns the T11 world records in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Last year’s men’s 400 meters was one for the ages with American LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James of Grenada writing another chapter in their storied rivalry with Merritt narrowly edging James, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist. The pair will reprise that role this year in a 400-meter field that features seven of the top 10 ranked athletes in the world with Merritt and James being followed by the Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 400-meter runners.

The men’s 110-meter hurdle field is similarly exceptional with seven of the top 10 in the world confirmed to step into the blocks. World No. 1 Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France will be joined by the world’s Nos. 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 hurdlers, in addition to world record holder Aries Merritt. World No. 3 Hansle Parchment will try to defend his 2014 Relays title against the star-studded field.

Many of those hurdlers will also participate in the always thrilling shuttle hurdle relay with three teams of four competing in the back-and-forth race along the Blue Oval straightaway. Currently, two teams of Americans – David Oliver, Aries Merritt, Ashton Eaton, Alec Harris and Ronnie Ash, Ryan Wilson, Spencer Adams, Jason Richardson – will line up against a team of Jamaicans in Parchment and Andrew Riley and French brothers Pascal and Thomas Martinot-Lagarde.

The men’s high jump also returns to Hy-Vee Night at the Relays in an encore of last year’s thrilling competition that saw Derek Drouin set a Drake Relays and Canadian national record by clearing 7-10.5. Challenging Drouin’s attempts at repeating as Relays champion is a field that has five of the top 10 Americans slated to jump.

As the elite professional fields continue to come together, Brown has also bolstered the collegiate competition with commitments from Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech set to join the traditional lineup of collegiate programs inside Drake Stadium. Those teams will join the likes of Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin in competing for the Hy-Vee Cup, awarded to the top scoring team in the collegiate relay events. Baylor won the women’s Hy-Vee Cup last season while Arkansas and Illinois shared the men’s title.

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Tide’s Gregg Sets 5K PR

Allison Gregg-Cedar Falls-Alabama ©John Michael Simpson

Allison Gregg-Cedar Falls-Alabama ©John Michael Simpson

We here at the Next Level Iowa believes Allison Greg-Cedar Falls-Alabama believes more props for her personal best of 17:00.08 for a 7th place finish at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, AL.

According to sources Allison’s previous best was 17:22.78 for a third place 5k finish at the Alabama Relays.

Allison, we recognize your accomplishment and wish you the best this season!

 

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PR’s in Abundance For Clones in Opener

Henry Kelly-Waukee-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Henry Kelly-Waukee-ISU
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The Iowa State men’s and women’s track and field teams kicked off the 2015 outdoor season over the weekend at the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted in Tempe, Ariz. Six different Cyclones set individual personal best marks over the course of the two-day event.

Iowa State’s men’s squad finished seventh with 30 total team points, while the women earned eighth with 49.

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Redshirt senior Henry Kelley started the Cyclones off on the right foot Friday night hurling an impressive 187’ 10” (57.26m) to place 10th in the hammer throw. The Waukee, Iowa native’s personal record toss moved him from sixth to fifth on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers chart.

Anna Holtermann and Kayla Sanborn competed on the women’s side of the hammer throw, taking 13th (176-08.00) and 21st (159-06.00) respectively.

Iowa State resumed action on Saturday with the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Freshman Logan Schneider and junior Taylor Sanderson scored big team points for the Cyclones capturing third and fourth overall in the race.

Senior Kendra White owned the women’s 400-meter dash taking first place and finishing more than two seconds ahead of the second-place runner. White is coming off an indoor season that saw her set a school record in the 400-meter run (53.81).

In the first outdoor meet of her collegiate career Jhoanmy Luque scored 18 team points on her own, posting a 19-05.5 second-place mark in the long jump and won the triple jump with the second-best leap in the country of 41-01.25. The Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela native moved into seventh on the Iowa State all-time performers list the long jump.

The Cyclones will return to action in two weeks with a pair of meets. The team is scheduled to run in the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California. Follow Iowa State track and field’s twitter account @cyclonetrackxc for live updates on the meets. Results will be posted on cyclones.com at the conclusion of each day.

Cyclone PR’s

  • *Henry Kelly (HT): 187-10.00
  • *Taylor Sanderson (Discuss): 136-07.00
  • *Kaci Storm (100m H): 14.60
  • *Alyssa Gonzalez (400m H): 1:00.93
  • *Jhoanmy Luque (LJ): 19-05.5
  • *Logan Schneider (200m): 22.31

Results

  • Hammer Throw (M): 1) Gian Ferretti, Minnesota, 226-02.00; 10) Henry Kelley, Iowa State, 187-10.00
  • Hammer Throw (W): 1) Julia Reedy, Oklahoma, 200-02.00 13) Anna Holtermann, Iowa State, 176-08.00; 21) Kayla Sanborn, Iowa State, 159-05.00.
  • Discuss (M): 1) Gabe Hull, Iowa, 181-02.00; 23) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 136-07.00.
  • High Jump (M): 1) Bryan McBride, Arizona State, 7-02.00; T6) Jalen Ford, Iowa State, 6-08.00
  • Shot Put (M): Ryan Whiting, Nike, 68-08.00; 3) Jan Jeuschede, Iowa State, 58-10.25.
  • Long Jump (W): 1) Kennadi Washington, 19-05.5; 2) Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State, 19-05.5.
  • High Jump (W): 1) Megan Glisar, South Dakota, 6-00.00; 2)Marine Vallet, Iowa State, 5-11.00; 4) Katie Reeves, Iowa State, 5-07.5; 8) Hannah Willms, Iowa State, 5-03.5.
  • Triple Jump (W): 1) Jhoanmny Luque, Iowa State, 41-02.25.
  • 110-m H (M): 1) Aaron Mallet, Iowa, 13.85; 3) Logan Schneider, Iowa State, 14.66; 4) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 14.67.
  • 100m H (W): 1) Kimberly Stueckle, Washington, 13.55; 7) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 14.60.
  • 100m (M): 1) Jamol James, Arizona State, 10.47; 15) Jared Ingram, Iowa State, 10.92.
  • 4x100m relay (M): 1) Texas A&M, 38.98; 7) Iowa State, 41.95.
  • 400m H (M): 1) Aikan Graham, Texas A&M, 51.99; 2) Derek Jones, Iowa State, 52.22; 9) Kris Brander, Iowa State, 54.18; 13) Trey Achterhoff, Iowa State, 55.81.
  • 400m H (W): 1) Montayla Holder, Iowa, 58.59; 3) Alyssa Gonzalez, Iowa State, 1:00.93.
  • 200m (M): 1) James Harrington, Iowa, 20.98; 12) Jared Ingram, Iowa State, 21.94; 19) Logan Schneider, Iowa State, 22.31.
  • 200m (W): 1) Shamier Little, Texas A&M, 23.45; 20) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 26.01.
  • 4x400m Relay (M): 1) Texas A&M, 3:06.67; 8) Iowa State, 3:17.8