Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Vikings Collect All-American and Scholar Athlete Awards

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Jim Kirby

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) collected more hardware on Friday with a fifth place finish in the Shot Put at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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The senior earned in second All-American award of the championships with a toss of 14.76m (48′ 5 ¼”). She will make her final career appearance on Saturday in the Women’s Discus event along with sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa).

Two more Vikings will also compete on the final day of nationals – senior Kenny Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.) in the Men’s Triple Jump and junior Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) in the Men’s Shot Put.

Four members of the Grand View track & field teams earned NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete status – seniors Kalli McCann (Osceola, Iowa/Digital Media Productions) and Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa/Psychology) and juniors Dallas Franks (Thurman, Iowa/Health Promotion) and Alyssa Cunningham (Waukee, Iowa/Nursing).
Student-athletes must be of junior or senior standing with a GPA of 3.5 or above to be eligible for the award.

Dylan Kalinay-South Tama County-Simpson
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Simpson Sends Two to Nathionals

Bayley Fleshner-West Fork-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Bayley Fleshner-West Fork-Simpson
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Two Simpson track and field student-athletes at contrasting stages in their careers will close the 2015 season with the same opportunity: a chance to compete for a national championship.

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Bayley Fleshner  (100-meter hurdles) and freshman Dylan Kalinay (110-meter hurdles) will represent the Storm at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held May 21-23 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Both athletes qualified by posting career-best times at the UW-La Crosse NCAA Qualifier on Friday, May 15. Fleshner ran the 100 hurdles in 14.35 seconds to qualify for her second NCAA Championship while Kalinay ran the 110 hurdles in 14.61 to make the field for the first time.

The women’s 100 hurdle preliminaries are set to start Friday, May 22 at 5:15 p.m. The men’s 110 hurdle preliminaries follows at 5:30 p.m. Each event features three heats, with the top two finishers in each heat and the next two fastest times advancing to the finals. The finals begin Saturday with the women at 1:55 p.m. and the men at 2:05 p.m.

Meet Central

For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.

For Fleshner, the 2015 outdoor “regular” season came to a bittersweet end with a runner-up finish at the Iowa Conference Championships. After posting the top qualifying time in preliminaries, Fleshner clipped the ninth hurdle in the finals, slowing her up just enough to come in second in front of her home crowd.

After a handful of near-misses in her first two seasons, Fleshner broke through by making outdoor nationals as a junior. Her road to qualification wasn’t easy this season either, as she had to run the 100 hurdles three times at La Crosse to solidify her ticket to the NCAAs. After prelims, a timing snafu nullified the first running of the finals. Meet officials decided to run the event a third time despite just three competitors taking part in the race. Fleshner overcame the adversity to run the fastest time of her career and post the No. 11 qualifying time in Division III.

Kalinay’s first season at Simpson fittingly comes to an end on Division III’s biggest stage.

The freshman sensation has been turning heads all season, establishing himself as one of the top sprinters in the Iowa Conference. Kalinay took second in both the 110 hurdles and the 100-meter dash at the conference championships, missing out on a title in the dash by just 0.01 seconds. His 14.61 in the 100 hurdles at La Crosse is the fourth-fastest effort in school history and fastest in 24 years.

Jena Krebs-Washington-Grand View
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Vikings Men and Women Earn All Conference Honors

Grand View Men

The 2015 men’s outdoor track & field all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors have been announced following the MCC Outdoor Championships that were held in Des Moines.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA’s qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

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The Grand View men won 18 MCC All-Conference honors.
Keonte White of Grand View earned the MCC Track Athlete of the Year award by winning the 100 and 200-meter dash events.

MCC All Conference
Michael Allner-Moville, IA – Decathlon
Jordan Cheatem-DSM Lincoln – 4×100-meter relay
Bryon Christensen Johnston, IA – 4×100-meter relay
Andrew Clements-Newton,IA – 4×100-meter relay
Malik Denny-Des Moines, IA – High jump (honorable mention)
Hunter Donovan-Pleasent Hill,IA – Hammer
Dallas Franks-Thurman, IA – Discus
Rhett Gainey-Monroe, IA – 1500-meter run
Seth Harjes -Polk City, IA– 800-meter run
Nate Johnson – 3,000-meter steeplechase
Nathan Johnston – Hammer
Taylor Mitchell-Des Moines, IA – Discus
Cameron Paddock-Monticello, IA – Shot put, Hammer
Kenny Simmons – Triple jump, 4×100-meter relay
Keonte White – 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash


Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Jim Kirby

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Grand View Women

The 2015 women’s outdoor track & field all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors have been announced following the MCC Outdoor Championships that were held in Des Moines.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA’s qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

The Grand View women earned 16 MCC All-Conference awards.

Val Veiock of Grand View was named MCC Field Athlete of the Year. She took home the shot put, discus, and hammer titles and was third in the javelin.

MCC All-Conference
Jennifer Davis -Clemons, IA– Shot put (honorable mention)
Amber Jones – Hammer (honorable mention)
Bakita Kak-Des Moines, IA – 4×800-meter relay (honorable mention)
Kennedy King-Davenport, IA – 4×800-meter relay (honorable mention)
Jena Krebs-Washington, IA – Shot Put, Hammer, Javelin
Christanne Middleton – High jump
Jasmine Nielsen – 3,000-meter steeplechase
Katie Roberts -Ankeny, IA – 800-meter run
Val Veiock -West Des Moines, IA – Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin
Taylor Wells-Des Monies, IA  – Discus, Javelin

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Houlihan Doubles in Conference 1500m and 5K

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Sun Devils Athletics

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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The Arizona State track and field teams wrapped competition at the 2015 Pac-12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday with senior Shelby Houlihan’s successful title defenses in the 1500m and 5000m and redshirt senior Bryan McBride winning the high jump at Drake Stadium.

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“As we move forward, we’ve really been leaning heavily on our seniors, Shelby Houlihan was herself today, dominating and really good times in the 1500m and 5000m double, Brianna Tate had a lifetime best in the 400m, Bryan McBride scored 20 points and won his first Pac-12 title in the high jump,” Director of Track and Field Greg Kraft said.

As a team, the Arizona State women finished in fourth with 72 points, while the men’s team finished in fifth with 75 points. The Sun Devils finished ahead of Arizona on both sides, to put ASU over the Wildcats in each of the three Territorial Cup Series matchups for 2014-15. Not only did ASU go 6-0 in T-Cup, but also swept Arizona in the dual meet on May 2. Oregon swept the team titles with 185 women’s points and 152 men’s points.

Like the trials, Houlihan led the 1500m finals from wire to wire, finishing in a meet record and season best time of 4:11.06. The Sioux City, Iowa native is now just the second athlete to win three conference titles in the 1500m, joining USC’s Grazyna Oenc, who won in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

“My time in the 1500m (4:11.06) gives me a lot of confidence,” Houlihan said. “It was a 4:11 race and it didn’t feel like it. I had another gear by the end and could have gone even faster if I needed to. It felt really easy and I felt strong the whole way.”

Hours later, Houlihan came back out on the track and closed strong to win the 5000m run finals in a personal best 15:58.45. Houlihan knocked nearly 13 seconds off her previous best, which she set when she won the 2014 Pac-12 title in 16:11.63. The new best moves Houlihan to No. 5 in the ASU outdoor top-10 list.

Up next, athletes who finish in the top-48 in the region will qualify to compete at the 2015 NCAA West Regional Meet, May 28-30, in Austin, Texas.

More from Senior Shelby Houlihan (Three-Time Pac-12 1500m Champion, Two-Time Pac-12 5000m Champion)
“I felt really good today, overall it was just a really great day. I was a little nervous going into the 5000m after the 1500m, my legs were definitely feeling it, but I started out and felt strong, so I focused on what I needed to do, squeezed down that last mile and just felt really strong. I didn’t have much of a race plan going into the 5000m, I wasn’t sure how much I had after the earlier race, but I stayed patient and half way through I knew I could start squeezing it down and that I’d have enough in the end to win it.”

More from Redshirt Senior Bryan McBride (Pac-12 High Jump Champion)
“It felt good today, especially to win the high jump. I was a little sore from long jumping yesterday, so I knew I just had to compete through some things in high jump, and that’s what I did. When I found out I won after clearing 2.19m, I just went to triple jump because I’m here for the team and to get those team points, try to do the best I can. I’m very happy with the way I’ve competed these last two days.”

Redshirt Freshman Magdalyn Ewen (3rd Place Shot/Discus, 5th Place Hammer)
“I think it was really just the adrenalin of the situation in the hammer, the last big chance to get a good mark, and I think I do better under pressure. When it came to it, I knew I was ready, Coach Dumble knew I was ready, everyone was confident, and it was time to do it. The field in the discus was very good, and I’m really happy that I got another top-three finish. I’m glad I’ve been able to contribute so much to the team this year, and I hope that in the future I can finish higher, score more points, and do even better for the team.”

Senior Cameron Taylor (3rd Place, 110m Hurdles)
“We come out here to compete with some of the best track programs in the country, so I’m glad I could finish in the top-three in my event. I have some things to work on going into regionals and try to make it to NCAAs. It’s another step in the process to getting better.”

Senior Brianna Tate (2nd Place, 400m Dash)
“I’m feeling really good, I wanted to break 52 seconds in the 400m and that’s what I did today. We had a good chance to run a season best in the 4x400m relay this afternoon, and we did it, which will help us once we move on to regionals and aim for getting a spot in the NCAA finals.”

ASU’s Top Point Scorers
Shelby Houlihan – 20 points (1500m – 10 points, 5000m – 10 points)
Magdalyn Ewen – 16 points (Shot Put – 6 points, Discus – 6 points, Hammer – 4 points)

Final Team Standings
1. Oregon – 185
2. USC – 182
3. Stanford – 87
4. Arizona State – 72
5. Washington State/UCLA – 64
7. Washington – 63
8. Colorado – 43
9. Arizona – 36
10. Utah – 14
11. Oregon State – 6
12. California – 3

1. Oregon – 152
2. USC – 121
3. Washington – 84.50
4. UCLA – 83
5. Arizona State – 75
6. Arizona – 73.50
7. Colorado – 68
8. California – 66
9. Stanford – 64.50
10. Washington State – 31.50

Arizona State ResultsWomen’s 1500m Run Finals

1. Shelby Houlihan – 4:11.06 (10 points, Pac-12 Meet Record, season best)

Women’s 5000m Run Finals
1. Shelby Houlihan – 15:58.45 (10 points, nearly 13 second PR, No. 5 in ASU Outdoor Record Book)

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Hawkeyes Grab Gold at Conference

Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team captured three gold medals on the final day of the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in East Lansing, Michigan.

Sophomore Aaron Mallett, sophomore Elexis Guster, and senior Babatunde Amosu won Big Ten titles for the Hawkeyes.

Mallett set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles (13.43), Guster set a personal-best in the 400 meters (52.19), and Amosu won gold in the triple jump (53-0, 16.15m) for the third time at the conference championships.

Iowa won 10 medals on the final day, including four silvers and three bronze. The Hawkeye men reached the medal stand eight times this weekend and finished third with 81 team points. It’s their highest finish since winning the 2011 conference championship, and the fifth time in six seasons they’ve placed top five. The women won four medals and finished eighth with 52 points.

Illinois won the men’s title, and Michigan State defended its home track with a women’s championship.

“I’m really proud of all the guys for stepping up,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “It came down to believing that they can do this. I’m just really proud of where we’re at right now and I know we have a lot more in the future.”

Mallett won his first conference outdoor title, claiming the men’s 110-meter hurdles championship in a school-record 13.43.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Mallett. “It’s one thing to be a Big Ten champion, but I was really thrilled to put points on the board for my team.”

Mallett is just the second Hawkeye in program history to win a conference title in the 110-meter hurdles. Pat McGhee, the previous school record holder (13.50), last did it in 1989.

“I’ve been going after that record since running 13.60 at the Florida Relays,” added Mallett. “To be able to do it at a time like this against this field is a real blessing.”

Guster grabbed Iowa’s second title of the day when she clocked a personal-best 52.19 to defend her 400 meters championship.

“I was a little nervous because I had the slowest prelim time coming in,” said Guster, who is the first Hawkeye since Shellene Williams in 2003 and 2004 to win consecutive conference titles in the 400 meters. “I told myself to fight, because even if I get third, as long as you’re fighting you can’t disappoint.”

Guster’s new personal best ranks third in school history.

“Elexis ran one of the best races I’ve ever seen,” said Woody. “She is just determined. She just has that mindset that no one else is going to beat her.”

Amosu and junior Klyvens Delaunay totaled 16 points for Iowa in the triple jump. Amosu, a two-time Big Ten indoor champion, won the outdoor title for the first time in his career. Delaunay placed third in the triple jump one day after earning sixth in the long jump.

“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” said Amosu. “I always wanted to win an outdoor title, and it’s great to be able to do it in my final year.

“I’m also extremely proud of my teammates. Klyvens is a tremendous performer and he fought selflessly out here this week. It’s all very special.”

Sophomore Brittany Brown placed second and set a school record (22.89) in the 200 meters, and Vinnie Saucer placed second in the 100 meters in 10.31, a time that ties for third in school history.

“That was the best I’ve seen Brittany run the first 150,” Woody said. “She is really putting some great things together at a good time of the year. She hit a school record. You can’t ask for more than that.”

The men’s and women’s 400-meter relays, both defending Big Ten champions, placed runner-up in their respective title defense. Junior Lake Kwaza, Guster, junior MonTayla Holder, and Brown finished in a season-best 44.71. Saucer, Mallett, junior James Harrington, and senior Keith Brown placed second in 40.10.

Junior Will Teubel earned his first conference medal with a third place finish (1:48.90) in the 800 meters. The Hawkeyes closed the meet with a bronze medal performance in the 1,600-meter relay.

“That relay says it all,” Woody said of the bronze medal effort from junior Mitch Wolff, Mallett, junior Brendan Thompson, and senior Brennan Davey. “Watching a senior anchor a leg like that is just unbelievable. Brennan Davey, it is his first Big Ten medal ever, and to be able to do it like that, it went down to just having that heart and helping this team finish top three. It is a huge thing for our program at this point.”

Brittany Brown, Kwaza, Holder and Wolff added top five individual performances. Brown (11.52) and Kwaza (11.56) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100 meters. Holder finished fourth in women’s 400-meter hurdles (58.55), and Wolff placed fifth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (52.27).

The Hawkeyes return to action May 28-30 at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. The complete qualifying field is expected to be announced Thursday, May 21.

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Panthers Bring Home Conference Titles.

Jamie Lindstrom-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Jamie Lindstrom-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program took home four individual titles and several all-conference honors today, closing out a successful MVC Outdoor Championship meet. The men finished in third place overall, while the women placed fifth.

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“This was the most fun I have ever had at a conference championship,” said head coach Dan Steele. “The Panthers stepped up all over the place and not only scored points but put up some of the best marks in the country.”

Brandon Carnes continued to prove he is one of the best athletes to compete at UNI and in the Missouri Valley, capturing the 100 and 200 meter dash titles for the second year in a row. He now holds eight MVC individual titles as just a sophomore between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Carnes started the day in the 100-meter dash, running a time 10.10 to rank him seventh in the NCAA West Region. He then blew away the competition in the 200-meter dash, grabbing a time of 20.31 to put him fourth in the West Region.

Because of his top performances, Carnes was named the Men’s Co-Most Valuable Athlete and the Men’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete. The Most Valuable Athlete award goes to the meet’s top point scorer at the meet and the Most Outstanding Track Athlete award is given to the highest NCAA mark achiever.

Senior Alex Wilson captured UNI’s first MVC title of the day, winning the 1,500 meters. After winning the indoor mile this season, Wilson led the field the entire race, sprinting to the finish line for the win with a time of 4:45.79.

She then captured her second individual win of the day, picking up the first-place spot in the women’s 800 meters. Wilson gained momentum in the final lap of the race to pick up the win and come away with a time of 2:11.16.

In the women’s 400-meter dash, Darian Samuelson grabbed her second all-conference honor, placing third overall. Samuelson, who also finished third overall in the indoor 400, finished with a time of 55.00.

The Panthers had two team point scorers in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles, grabbing second- and fifth-place finishes. Jon Rus earned all-conference after his second-place finish and PR time of 14.02 while Jayvon Matthews notched four team points with his fifth-place finish and time of 14.44.

The men’s 4×100 meter relay team earned all-conference with a season-best time of 40.76. The team of Cam Brown, Brett McCalla, Jordan Guske and an incredible anchor leg from Carnes earned all-conference after a second-place finish.

In the women’s triple jump, Tatiana Rice opened the competition with a huge personal-best mark. The junior bested her opening jump with another personal-best of 38-8.25 to finish ninth overall and rank herself third all-time at UNI.

On the men’s side, Shawn Koch earned all-conference for the second consecutive year in the triple jump. The Medinah, Ill., native placed second overall with a mark of 52-1.75 to rank him ninth in the NCAA West Region.

All three of UNI’s women discus competitors scored team points for the Panthers, with Jamie Lindstrom finishing fourth, Chloe Schmidt placing seventh and freshman Sarah Pate rounding out the top-eight. Lindstrom scored a huge PR of 160-1.00 to rank her third all-time at UNI while Schmidt’s personal-best of 159-1.00 ranks her fourth and Pate’s mark of 157-7.00 puts her at No. 5 all-time.

The men’s discus competitors followed suit, earning three scoring spots. Brad Walski earned his first All-MVC honors with a third-place finish and a mark of 171-1.00 while Jake Humpal placed sixth and Justin Baker in eighth.

The Panthers wrapped up the championship meet with both the men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relay teams earning All-MVC. The team of Darian Samuelson, Maddie Beeler, Holly Salzbrenner and Brette Correy finished third with a time of 3:47.18. The men’s team of Derek Jacobus, Jordan Guske, Brett McCalla and Marshall Hill also finished third with a time of 3:15.77.

UNI will return to action when a select amount of athletes will travel to Austin, Texas, to compete in the NCAA West Regional May 28-30.

Derek Jones-Glenwood-ISU
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Five Cyclones Medal on Day Two of Big 12 Meet

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
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Day two of the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships saw five top-eight finishes for Iowa State on Saturday at the Cyclones Sports Complex, as the ISU field athletes blazed a trail to the medal stand.

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Taylor Sanderson entered the day in second-place in the decathlon with 3,786 points and tacked on two more personal record performances in the final five events for a total of four on the weekend. The redshirt junior posted lifetime bests in the pole vault (13’ 9.25”) and javelin (167’ 1”) to help launch him to a third-place finish with 7,301 points, just four points out of second.

Success in the throwing events persisted on day two for Iowa State, as Jan Jeuschede took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 61’ 7.75” (18.79m), a personal record for the German. Jeuschede remains the fourth-best performer in the event in ISU school history after bettering his PR.

Fellow thrower Christina Hillman locked up a trip to the medal stand with a season best shot put performance of 57’ 3” (17.45m). The defending Big 12 outdoor champion in the event earned a runner-up finish and now holds the No. 7 spot nationally.

With an outdoor personal record in the high jump, Cameron Ostrowski earned a sixth-place finish with a mark of 7’ 3” (2.21m). The All-Big 12 high jumper claimed sole possession of third-place on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list and currently ranks ninth in Division I with today’s leap.

The personal records continued to fall with Kendra White’s time of 52.53 in the 400-meter dash, advancing the senior sprinter to finals in the event. White now ranks second on Iowa State’s all-time top-performers list in the 400-meter.

Iowa State freshman Jhoanmy Luque earned a spot on the podium in her first outdoor conference championship meet in the long jump with a seventh-place, 19’ 5.5” (5.93m) performance. The Venezuelan just missed medaling in the event with a ninth-place finish during this year’s indoor conference meet.

The reigning Big 12 and NCAA indoor champion in the 800-meter run, Edward Kemboi, advanced to finals in the event along with teammate Patrick Peterson. The pair of Cyclones won their respective heats in times of 1:50.36 and 1:50.22.

In the women’s 1,500-meter run, Perez Rotich clocked a time of 4:27.75 to earn a spot in tomorrow’s final heat, while Maryn Lowry posted a personal record time of 4:35.74. On the men’s side, two Cyclones advanced past prelims in Toby Hardwick and Brian Biekert, recording times of 3:51.66 and 3:52.48, respectively.

Derek Jones, Kris Brander and Alyssa Gonzalez will all be representing Iowa State in the final heat of the 400-meter hurdles during tomorrow’s session.

On Deck
The 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships resume tomorrow at the Cyclone Sports Complex at noon with the women’s high jump finals. Running events are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s 4×100-meter relay, and the meet is set to conclude with award presentations at 7:30 p.m.

Cyclone PRs
*Kendra White (400m): 52.53
*Evelyne Guay (800m): 2:09.43
*Maryn Lowry (1,500m): 4:35.74
*Cameron Ostrowski (High Jump): 7’ 3” (2.21m)
*Taylor Sanderson (Pole Vault): 13’ 9.25” (4.20m)
*Taylor Sanderson (Javelin): 167’ 1” (50.92m)
*Jan Jeuschede (Shot Put): 61’ 7.75” (18.79m)

Iowa State Results
Decathlon: 1) Johannes Hock, Texas, 7367; 3) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 7301
110mH (Dec): 1) Adam Deterding, Kansas State, 14.74; 3) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 15.09
Discus (Dec): 1) Johannes Hock, Texas, 156’ 9” (47.78m); 2) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 138’ 11” (42.34m)
Pole Vault (Dec): 1) Wolf Mahler, Texas, 15’ 9” (4.80m); 4) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 13’ 9.25” (4.20m)
Javelin (Dec): 1) Johannes Hock, Texas, 181’ 6” (55.32m); 3) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 167’ 1” (50.92m)
1,500m (Dec): 1) Wolf Mahler, Texas, 4:22.45; 2) Taylor Sanderson, Iowa State, 4:38.69
100mH: 1) Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, 12.96; 13) Kaci Storm, Iowa State, 14.60
High Jump (M): 1) Jacorian Duffield, Texas Tech, 7’ 4.25” (2.24m); 6) Cameron Ostrowski, Iowa State, 7’ 3” (2.21m); 10) Jalen Ford, Iowa State, 6’ 9” (2.06m)
Long Jump (W): 1) Sydney Conley, Kansas, 21’ 3.25” (6.48m); 7) Jhoanmy Luque, Iowa State, 19’ 5.5” (5.93m)
Shot Put (M): 1) Ryan Crouser, Texas, 67’ 4” (20.52m); 4) Jan Jeuschede, Iowa State, 61’ 7.75” (18.79m)
Shot Put (W): 1) Dani Winters, Kansas State, 58’ 3” (17.75m); 2) Christina Hillman, Iowa State, 57’ 3” (17.45m)

Iowa State Prelim Results
100m (M): NQ) Jared Ingram, 10.81
200m (M): NQ) Mark Sitek, 21.58
400m (M): NQ) Jacob Hoogensen, Iowa State, 50.29
400m (W): Q) Kendra White, Iowa State, 52.53
800m (M): Q) Patrick Peterson, 1:50.22; Q) Edward Kemboi, 1:50.36; NQ) Brandon Wheat, 1:51.48; NQ) Matt Bevil, 1:52.14; NQ) Jacob Aune, 1:52.33; NQ) Brandon Barnes, 1:52.76
800m (W): NQ) Evelyne Guay, Iowa State, 2:09.43; NQ) Madison Nagle, Iowa State, 2:16.80
1,500m (M): Q) Brian Biekert, Iowa State, 3:52.48; Q) Toby Hardwick, Iowa State, 3:51.66
1,500m (W): Q) Perez Rotich, Iowa State, 4:27.75; NQ) Maryn Lowry, Iowa State, 4:35.74; NQ) Kate DeSimone, Iowa State, 4:42.82
400mH (M): Q) Derek Jones, 52.96; Q) Kris Brander, 53.87; NQ) Trey Achterhoff, 55.19
400mH (W): Q) Alyssa Gonzalez, 1:00.22
Q = qualified for finals
NQ = did not qualify for finals

Men’s Team Standings
1. Texas, 71
2. Texas Tech, 50.75
3. Oklahoma, 49
4. Kansas State, 43
5. Kansas, 33.25
6. Iowa State, 22
7. TCU, 19
8. Oklahoma State, 18
9. Baylor, 6

Women’s Team Standings
1. Texas Tech, 50
2. Kansas State, 48
3. Kansas, 44.5
4. Oklahoma, 36
5. Iowa State, 26
6. Texas, 24.5
7. Baylor, 21
8. West Virginia, 10
T9. Oklahoma State, 6
T9. TCU, 6

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI
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UNI’s Peth is MVC Conference Champion!

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI  ©Jim Kirby

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program swept the multi-events during day two of the MVC Outdoor Championships, winning both the decathlon and the heptathlon.

UNI has now won the women’s MVC heptathlon for the second consecutive year after Rachel Peth won her first MVC title, finishing with a PR point total of 5,425 to rank her fourth all-time at UNI. Peth put up personal-bests in seven of the eight events in the competition.

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Peth opened the day with a huge personal-best in the long jump, going for a mark of 18-10.50. She followed it up with another PR in the javelin of 123-5.00 and finished the day with a time of 2:31.19 to win the heptathlon.

Jacobus also posted several career-bests throughout the decathlon, including his day two opening time of 15.56 in the 110 meter hurdles. He went on to finish fourth overall in the discus with a PR and two second overall finishes in the javelin and 1,500 meters for the win, giving him a total of 6,921 points.

Jayvon Matthews earned all-conference in decathlon after finishing closely in second place with 6,913 total points through 10 events. He started the day finishing second overall in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.75. He grabbed a huge PR in the pole vault of 14-0.75 followed by his win in the javelin to give him a career-best of 170-2.00.

Chaley Rath finished fourth overall in the women’s heptathlon to score team points, finishing with a career-best 5,031 points. The sophomore standout scored PRs in both the javelin throw and the 800 meters to wrap up the competition.

Rounding out UNI’s multi-competitors were JC Abrahamson and Lauren Frederick. Both true freshman scored PRs in the decathlon and heptathlon, finishing with 6,030 and 4,311 points, respectively.

Jamie Lindstrom got things kicked off for the Panthers in the field events, scoring team points in the shot put for the second year in a row. The junior placed eighth overall with a mark of 47-6.50.
Justin Baker earned his second-career All-MVC finish with a big personal-best in the men’s shot put competition. The senior placed second overall in a tough field with a toss of 61-2.25 to rank him second all-time at UNI.

Libby Torresani added more points to the women’s team total after a successful outing in the pole vault. The Middleton, Wis. native placed fourth overall, finishing in the top-five at the outdoor championships for the third year in a row.

The sprint hurdles were the first event to take place on the track on day two, with the men’s team qualifying two athletes for the finals. Jon Rus ran the fourth fastest time in the preliminaries of 14.37 while Jayvon Matthews finished right behind him with a new personal-best time of 14.39.

The competition continued to roll for the Panthers with Darian Samuelson cruising into the finals of the women’s 400 meter dash. The senior won her heat with a time of 54.65, setting a new career-best and ranking her fifth all-time at UNI.

Brandon Carnes qualified for his second final of the outdoor championships, turning in the fastest time in the preliminary 100 meter dash. He finished with a time of 10.34 to advance to tomorrow’s finals and win his heat.

In the middle distance events, the Panther women finished with two athletes in the top-five of the 800 meters, sending both to tomorrow’s final race. Brette Correy scored a time of 2:11.50 while Alex Wilson finished in 2:12.01.

For the last event on the track, Shane Kirchoff scored team points for the men, placing fifth overall in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The Denver, Iowa native finished with a time of 9:23.16, beating his previous career-best by over nine seconds.

To wrap up the final event of the day, Shawn Koch and Weston Riesselman turned in outstanding performances in the men’s long jump with both athletes scoring big points for the Panthers. Koch earned All-MVC after finishing second overall with a PR mark of 25-0.00, ranking him second all-time at UNI. Riesselman also grabbed a personal-best of 24-8.25 for fourth overall.

UNI will return to action tomorrow for the final day of competition. Things will kick off at 10 a.m. with the field events and 11:30 a.m. on the track.

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU
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Cyclones Set to Host Big 12 This Weekend!

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU
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Iowa State University is set to host the 2015 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17 at the Cyclone Sports Complex, marking the first time ISU has hosted an outdoor conference championship meet in the Big 12 era and the first time since the 1995 Big Eight Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cyclone Sports Complex opened in 2012, and this will be its first official collegiate outdoor track meet.

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National No. 10 Katy Moen enters the championships as the No. 1 seed in the 10,000-meter run at 8:15 p.m. on Friday. She holds a two-second seed time advantage over Baylor’s Rachel Johnson. The two runners squared off at the Indoor Championships in the 3,000-meter run with Johnson taking first and Moen finishing second. Both athletes set Big 12 meet records in the race, with Johnson bettering Moen by two seconds. The Fairbank, Iowa native will look to round out her Big 12 career that already includes four All-Big 12 track and field finishes.

2015 Big 12 indoor 800-meter and 1,000-meter champion, Edward Kemboi, will look to defend his title in the 800-meter run at 5:55 p.m. CT on Saturday. The Kenyan rewrote conference history during the indoor season becoming the first athlete to win back-to-back 800-meter and 1,000-meter titles at the Big 12 Championships in consecutive years. Kemboi cruised to the 800-meter title in 1:48.68 before claiming the national title in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1:46.05. He currently ranks fifth in the nation after crossing the finish line in 1:46.17 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Taylor Sanderson kicks off day one for the Cyclones in the decathlon starting at 11 a.m. CT with the 100-meter dash. The Bondurant, Iowa native ranks 15th nationally and first in the Big 12 with a total score of 7,360 set at the Mt. SAC Relays. Sanderson is the current Iowa State record holder in the indoor heptathlon and holds the second-best mark in the decathlon. Sanderson is searching for his first Big 12 title after earning runner-up honors at the 2015 Big 12 Indoor Championships.

Freshman Jhoanmy Luque impressed yet again in her first collegiate outdoor season. The Venezuelan currently holds nationally ranked marks in the triple jump (21st) and long jump (34th). Luque moved her way into the top-10 in the Iowa State all-time top performers list in the triple jump (second) and long jump (third). She enters as the fifth seed in the triple jump with a mark of 42’ 1.5 and the fourth seed in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 3.75″.

In the women’s shot put, a battle of the nation’s best will take place with four different athletes ranking in the top-25 set to compete. 2014 NCAA Outdoor Champion Christina Hillman is set to represent the Cyclones in the event that should produce some of the nation’s top marks. Top competitors for Hillman include Kansas State’s Dani Winters, Oklahoma State’s Chase Ealey and Baylor’s Cion Hicks.

Following the Action
Fans, coaches and athletes can follow Iowa State track and field’s twitter account @CycloneTrackXC for live updates on the meet. Links to live results (coming soon), heat sheets (coming soon) and a live webcast can be found above. The meet will be shown on for free. Results will be posted on at the conclusion of the meet.

Cyclone Notebook
*The Cyclones enter the meet with seven performances ranking inside the national top-30 among collegiate competition on the 2015 outdoor season: Ed Kemboi (5th, 800m, 1:46.17), Katy Moen (10th, 10K, 33:09.63) and (20th, 5K, 15:52.72), Taylor Sanderson (15th, Decathlon, 7360), Jhoanmy Luque (21st, Triple Jump, 42’ 1.5”), Christina Hillman (22nd, Spot Put, 53’ 9”) and Marine Vallet (29th, High Jump, 5’ 10.75”).
*Seven current Iowa State track and field athletes combine for 12 conference championships: Ed Kemboi (6), Christina Hillman (2), Katy Moen (2), Cameron Ostrowski (1), Maggie Gannon (1), Kendra White (1), Perez Rotich (1).
*The Cyclones are hitting their stride, as the men’s and women’s teams have combined for 16 marks inside of the Iowa State all-time top-10 performers lists on the 2015 outdoor season.
*Ed Kemboi is looking to add to his six Big 12 Conference Championships this weekend, as the Eldoret, Kenya native is coming off an indoor national championship in the 800-meter run and currently ranks fifth nationally in the event on the outdoor season.
*The women’s distance runners are making a strong campaign in the outdoor season, as
Abby Caldwell broke the 3,000-meter steeplechase record in a time of 10:19.21, and Erin
Hooker clocked a time of 16:11.94 in the 5,000-meter run, ranking ninth in ISU history, at the Stanford Invitational.
*Katy Moen now ranks fifth and sixth in ISU history in the 5,000-meter (15:52.72) and 10,000-meter (33:09.63) runs, respectively. The Fairbank, Iowa native is ranked inside of the national top-20 in both events.
*The Cyclones field events have shined during the outdoor season, as redshirt senior Henry Kelley tossed a 188’ 00” in the hammer throw at the Tiger Track Classic to rank fifth in school history. Christina Hillman became the third-best discus performer in program history with a mark of 166’ 11” at the LSU Alumni Gold.
*Marine Vallet and Jhoanmy Luque are proving to be one of the most dynamic jumping duos to wear the Cardinal and Gold. Vallet now ranks second in Iowa State history in the high jump after clearing 5’ 10.75” at the Tiger Track Classic, while Luque holds the second-best triple jump (42’ 1.50”) and third-best long jump (20’ 3.75”) performances in school history.
*Iowa native Taylor Sanderson had a career performance at the Mt. SAC Relays, notching personal records in the 100-meter, 1,500-meter, long jump and javelin to earn 7,360 points in the decathlon, ranking him second all-time in Iowa State history.


Panthers Set For Conference

Derek Jakobus-C.R. Kennedy-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Derek Jakobus-C.R. Kennedy-UNI
©Jim Kirby

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is set to compete in the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 15-17, hosted by Illinois State.

The meet will begin on Friday, May 15 with the decathlon and the heptathlon. Derek

, Jayvon Matthews and J.C. Abrahamson will take part in their first MVC decathlon while on the women’s side, Rachel Peth, Chaley Rath and Lauren Frederick will participate in the heptathlon.

Jacobus and Peth are both ranked third in the MVC in the decathlon and heptathlon after their PR performances at the Drake Relays.

UNI returns six student-athletes and two relay teams that earned All-MVC last season at the outdoor championships, including Brandon Carnes and Libby Torresani, who both brought home individual titles. The Panthers currently have 33 athletes between the men’s and women’s team that are ranked in the top-10 in the conference in their respective events heading into the championship meet.

On the men’s side, Sebastian Barth and Brandon Carnes will look to capture individual titles in the 110 meter hurdles and the 100 and 200 meter dashes. For the field events, Justin Baker is a strong contender in the throws event, posting a big personal-best in the shot put at the Wisconsin Open that ranked him third all-time at UNI.

Alex Wilson has proven to be a force in the middle distance events this outdoor season and will look to capture titles in the 1,500 and 800 meter runs this weekend. She has broken the school record in the 1,500 meters twice this season and now sits No. 2 all-time at UNI after her career-best time of 2:07.58.

In the field events for the women, Libby Torresani will look to defend her outdoor pole vault championship after she broke the school record with her PR height of 13-3.75 at the Musco Invitational. Rath, who will take a shot at earning all-conference in the heptathlon, is also ranked first in the MVC in the high jump with her mark of 5-8.75 which is the second best height in UNI history.
The meet will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, fans can go to the MVC Championship Central page for live results and standings and can follow @UNITrackFieldXC on Twitter. A full list of results and a recap will be available following the completion of each days’ competition at

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
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Hawkeyes MonTaya Holder by Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa ©Darren Miller

MonTaya Holder- Iowa
©Darren Miller

Most athletes want to be recognized and stick out in a crowd, but MonTayla Holder’s motive for publicity is complex.

The University of Iowa junior is on a delicate journey that began when she was eight months old. Holder was born Feb. 7, 1994; on Oct. 25 of that year, her world changed.

“My father went missing,” Holder said.

Holder’s father, MonTerrio, was last seen that October day in the 300 block of west 26th Street in his hometown of Indianapolis. He has not been heard from since. MonTerrio’s beige and brown 1981 Buick LeSabre was discovered abandoned sometime in 1995. There was no sign of Holder at the scene and the case remains unsolved.

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“I think I run because something tells me if he is not hurt, then he might come back,” MonTayla said. “He has a lot of impact on me; I want my name to get out there and that’s really why I keep running.”

A high jumper in college, MonTerrio cleared 7-feet 5 ¾-inches and briefly held the school record at the University of Tennessee. That is what motivated MonTayla to give track and field a try, even though she has no recollection of her father and her childhood dream was to be a singer and dancer.

“I started off as a high jumper in middle school,” Holder said. “But I’m 5-foot-4, so I never really had a career in it. Then my coach threw me in a 400 and since then, I have been running the 400.”

She has sprinkled in hurdles and a baton, too. After two seasons on the Hawkeye roster, Holder is already a Big Ten champion, running third leg on the winning 4×100-meter relay team in 2014. That unit placed 16th in the NCAA Finals, earning second-team All-America honors. Holder was 23rd in the 400 hurdles at the same NCAA Championships, adding an honorable mention All-America accolade.

“I didn’t make it to that final (in the 400 hurdles),” Holder said. “I wasn’t top 16 and that really hurt, because I knew I had the potential to do it. I want that title to be next to my name and I also want it to be next to my teammates’ name.”

More importantly, Holder wants to keep her name in the news, and not in an arrogant way. MonTayla smiles when thinking about the father she never knew.

“My mom named me Brianna and my dad changed it on the birth certificate to MonTayla,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know where his name came from and my name is just a spin-off of it. My sister’s name is MonToya.”

Holder’s paternal grandparents are significantly involved in her life. They frequently recite for MonTayla affectionate “your father did this, your father did that” tales. Albeit difficult, life has moved on since the fateful October day in 1994.

“It has been 21 years, so we say deceased, but we don’t know,” MonTayla said. “His case is still open. My freshman year (of college) there was an investigation going on. Someone in the Indianapolis jails remembered something about his case and said something. We don’t know exactly where it stands, but we know he is missing. That’s all I really know about it.”

So Holder continues to run. She runs fast. She hopes by keeping the Holder name in the news that someday she will be re-introduced to what should be her biggest fan.

And while Holder runs in hope of seeing her father, she also runs for teammates.

“These girls on this team deserve to be among those top competitors,” Holder said. “We deserve to be up there with the big girls and the big-time runners, so when I’m under pressure, I think about what can I do for my team and how can I give my team 10 points or eight points — whatever we need to be a Big Ten championship team. The pressure makes me run fast.”

Holder graduated from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where she was a two-time state champion in the 400. With an open 400 personal best time of 55.2 seconds, Holder thought her future would be at a mid-major university.

“I was aiming for (Mid-American Conference) schools and smaller schools, so being here and then competing at the high level and making it to the Division I national championships has been very humbling,” Holder said. “I never saw myself making it this far.”

University of Iowa associate head coach Clive Roberts uncovered a diamond in the rough. He sees Holder’s consistent training and results as an indication of imminent breakthrough performances.

“When we recruited her, she was a versatile athlete,” Roberts said. “She had done the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles and run the 400. We thought she would be able to come in and help us right off the bat.

“She separates herself with her work ethic. Day in and day out she comes to work and it’s hard to pull her off the track. The difficulty with MonTayla isn’t getting her to work, it’s to get her to rest. There may be kids that are more talented, but I don’t know if many can say they are a harder worker than MonTayla. She clocks in and goes to it every day to try to get it better.”

At the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships, Holder placed fifth in the 4×400 relay and seventh in the 600 dash. She has seven top eight finishes at five conference indoor and outdoor meets. Holder admits that the 2014 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, caught her off guard. She won’t let that happen again.

“I would love to make it back to the NCAA Championships. Last year it took me by a huge surprise, this year it is like ‘Now you have to make it,'” Holder said. “As a team I would like our 4×4 to make it to the NCAA Championship. Last year we were the last team out and it broke our hearts.”

In the meantime, Holder continues to do what it takes on the track to keep her name in the news. That’s what really keeps her running.

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
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Mary Young Continues Her Record Freshman Year

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake ©Doug Wells

Mary Young-Urbandale-Drake
©Doug Wells

Drake University freshman Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her standout debut season by setting the school record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Saturday with a time of 13.38. Young’s time won the event at the Tom Botts Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri.

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“Mary was amazing,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “She put together a compete 100-meter hurdle race from start to finish.”

Young returned to the track later in the afternoon to take second in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal best time of 1:01.20. She was edged by her teammate Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) who took top honors in 1:00.34.

“In the 400-meter hurdles she [Young] led most of the race, but Virginia is so strong she closed over the last 30 meters to edge Mary at the finish,” Kaiser-Brown said.

The Bulldogs got other strong performances on the track in the men’s 200 meters as Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Steven Jordan (McFarland, Wis.) finished second and third with a pair of personal bests. Vincent crossed the line in 21.32 while Jordan followed in 21.38. Earlier in the afternoon, Jordan won the 400 meters in 49.47.

The women’s squad saw continued development from Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 1,500 meters on Friday night. The junior finished third in the 1,500 meters with a personal best of 4:29.26.

“Emma ran an impressive 1,500 meters and stayed in contention with the competition and finished with a strong kick,” Kaiser-Brown said. “She is so talented and can run any distance from the 1,500 to 5,000 and 10,000 meters and score at any of these events at the MVC meet.”

In the field events, the men’s team was led by Sean Buczek (Crystal Lake, Ill.) unleashing a big personal best with a jump of 48-1.75 to take fifth in the triple jump.

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend at Nebraska in their final tune-up of the season before the Missouri Valley Championship.


Taylor Moore-New Hampton-Wartburg
©Jim Kirby

Knights Win 16th Straight Conference Title

Madison Kleve-Johnston-Wartburg ©Jim Kirby

Madison Kleve-Johnston-Wartburg
©Jim Kirby

The Wartburg women’s outdoor track and field team won its 16th straight and 19th overall Iowa Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday. The Knights won with 257.50 points.

  • Event winners:
    800m run: Taylor Moore, 2:10.90
  • Javelin throw: Kayla Hemann, 35.66m 117-00
  • Additional All-Conference performances:
  • Erica Dynes: 100m dash
  • Becca Cherry: 100m & 200m dash
  • Tessa Helmle: 200m dash
  • Taylor Officer: 400m dash
  • Kayla Kregel: 800m run
  • Maddie Kleve: 800m &1500m run
  • Serena Goetzl: 1500m & 5000m run
  • Derica Jakoubek: 100m hurdles
  • 4x100m relay: 1) Becca Cherry SO 2) Tessa Helmle SO 3) Rachael Cheeseman SR 4) Erica Dynes JR
  • 4x400m relay: 1) Kayla Kregel SR 2) Taylor Moore SR 3) Rachael Cheeseman SR 4) Taylor Officer SO

Head Coach Marcus Newsom was named Coach of the Year.

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
©Jim Kirby

Panthers Wrap Up Regular Season

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
©Jim Kirby

The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up the Wisconsin Twilight tonight, highlighted by some standout performances from the Panthers throws crew.

Jamie Lindstrom kicked things off for UNI in the hammer throw, grabbing a personal-best mark of 188-10.00 to finish third in the competition and third all-time at UNI. Sarah Pate and Chloe Schmidt followed suit, finishing with PRs of their own and rounding out the top-five finishers in the event.

Lindstrom and Justin Baker both shined in the shot put, with Lindstrom coming away with another career-best. Her mark of 50-6.25 was the third-best mark in school history. On the men’s side, Baker posted a solid season-best throw of 58-10.00 to finish third overall.

Rounding out the throws events was Schmidt in the discus. The junior finished with a career-best of 158-1.00 to keep her in third all-time as a Panther.

The PRs continued to roll for UNI into the women’s high jump. Chaley Rath finished with the win after a jump of 5-6.00 while Kassidy Sharp and Emily Endelman secured third and fourth place finishes along with outdoor personal-bests.

To finish up the field events for the evening, the Panthers picked up two wins in the men’s jumps. Weston Riesselman finished first in the long jump with a mark of 22-2.50 with Shawn Koch posting a first place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 47-0.75.

In the track events, the middle distance groups turned in strong performances in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. Haley Stevens and Trai Bunch both placed second in their respective 1,500 meter races, both notching career-best times.

Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly finished third and fourth in the women’s 800 meters, with Kite finishing with a PR time of 2:13.65. On the men’s side, Andrew Arndt snatched a huge personal-best of 1:52.86 with Wade Pingel finishing right behind him with a career-best time of 1:53.12.

Jon Rus continued UNI’s success in the 110 meter hurdles, winning the event with a PR time of 14.19. His time put him into the top-five in the MVC and the top-35 of the NCAA West Region.

UNI will return to action May 15-17 when they take part in the MVC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Illinois State.

Drew Jackson- Johnston-Central and Timothy Shepherd- Knoxville-Central 
©Jim Kirby

Dutch Men Capture Fifth Conference Title

Katie Patton-Murray-Central ©Jim Kirby

Katie Patton-Murray-Central
©Jim Kirby

Central College rolled up 213 points to capture its fifth Iowa Conference men’s outdoor track and field championship in the last seven years Saturday by a comfortable 39-point margin.

The Dutch women finished in second place in the team standings with 147.75 points, 31 points ahead of third place Luther. Wartburg took the women’s title with 257.50 points.

Central men win five events, league title—On the men’s side Central dominated the distance events with the top three finishers in the 5,000 meters and the top two in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. After winning the 10,000-meter title Friday Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) won the 5,000 meters Saturday, finishing the race in 15:01.18. Teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (sophomore, Fort Madison) took second (15:03.00) and Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) was third (15:09.26).

Courtesy Dutch Athletics

In the steeplechase

) (9:30.27) by less than two-tenths of a second to win the event. Shepherd’s time was a new personal best by 13 seconds. Central got another win on the track in the 1,500-meter run as Horton won the race for the fourth consecutive year (3:53.85).

In the110-meter hurdles it was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) finishing first in 14.62. Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) earned all-conference honors as well with a third place finish (15.14). The Dutch had an athlete earn all-league honors in the 400-meter hurdles as well as Tate Jensen (freshman, De Soto, Adel-De Soto, Minburn HS) crossed the finish line in third place (55.54).

Central had one relay team with a top-three finish Saturday as the 4×400-meter squad of Mason Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale), Blake Morgan (freshman, Story City, Roland-Story HS), Austin Roberts (junior, Bloomfield, Davis County HS) and Jackson took third (3:18.46).

In the field events Kody Dailey (junior, Iowa City) won the javelin title with a toss of 179 feet, 3 inches and Ben Miller (sophomore, Willcox, Ariz.) placed third in the discus (140-01).

“Any time you win a championship it’s a big deal,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It’s something every one of our men will have with them for the rest of their lives. I’m really happy for our seniors. For them to go out like this in such convincing fashion is great.”

Dunham was named the men’s league outdoor coach of the year Saturday, but was quick to recognize the rest of his staff.

“I want to credit my coaching staff,” he said. “I have the best staff around and am blown away by their knowledge of our sport.”

Sprinters lead Dutch women—The sprinting events have been a strength for the Dutch women all season long, and Saturday was no different. Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) took the titles in the 100-meter dash (12.06) and the 200-meter dash (24.79). Her 200-meter time is tied for the 18th fastest in Division III this season. She was also part of two relay squads that earned first place finishes.

The 4×100-meter team of Davis, Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS), Monica Ruiz (junior, Ruiz) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) took home the title (47.77) and the 4×400 team of Davis, Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City), Ashlee Downs (junior, Urbandale, Valley HS) and McBroom edged out Wartburg by less than a second for first place (3:48.43). The 4×100 time is 15th in Division III and the 4×400 time ranks fourth.

McBroom had a big day for the Dutch as well. In addition to being a part of two winning relay teams she also won the 400-meter dash in 56.95.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) earned all-conference honors with a second place finish (11:30.06) and Andie Arthofer (sophomore, Zwingle, Dubuque HS) was fourth (11:53.92).

“I’m excited for our women’s program and the direction it is heading,” said Dunham. “We are seeing improvement in so many areas. I have big goals for the women’s team in the coming years.”

The Dutch will send a contingent of athletes to the Wisconsin-La Crosse Qualifier Thursday.