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Good Showing For Norse at Wartburg

Luther Women ©Norse Athletics

Luther Women
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Norse Women

It was a beautiful afternoon in Carlson Stadium as Luther hosted the annual dual with the Knights of Wartburg College. Wartburg won the event 105-86.

Individual highlights for the Norse included four top-three finishes by Anna Burke. Burke won the long jump with a mark of 17-4 3/4 that ranks tied for seventh all-time. She placed second in the 100 hurdles (16.00), and third in both the javelin (112-2) and high jump (4-11). Burke also ran the third leg of the third place 4 x 400 relay (4:10.76) that consisted of Sarah Matthiesen, Delaney Schurer and Tricia Serres.

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Leah Broderick also had a good afternoon. Broderick won both the javelin (126-6) and high jump (5-3) and ran the third leg of the second place 4 x 400 (4:07.16). Also on this team was Anna Lampe, Marea Holkesvik and Katie Dennis.

Lampe also placed first in the 400 hurdles (1:05.13) and Holkesvik placed third in this same event (1:07.56).

Elise Heiser won the triple jump (35-3 3/4) with a distance that ranks ninth all-time. She also placed second in the long jump (16-2 1/2). Addi Tapp also posted a top-three finish in the triple jump finishing third (34-5 3/4).

Jackie Hoyme led the throwers with a second place finish in the hammer (150-9) and third place finish in the discus (128-9).

In the distance events, Kara Maloney and Hannah Wright placed first (10:32.77) and third (10:39.44) in the 3,000, and Kaia Bierman finished second in the 1500 (4:48.23).

The 4 x 100 foursome of Molly Wettach, Erin Kammer, Alexis Hove and Randi-Kate Canoy placed first (50.92). Hove also placed third in the 100 (13.36).

The Iowa Conference Championships are next for the Norse. The league will travel to Simpson College May 7-9. The Multi-events will begin on May 7 with the rest of the events beginning on May 8.

Norse Men ©Jim Kirby

Norse Men
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Norse Men

Wartburg College won the annual dual between the Knights and Norse 103-86 this afternoon in Carlson Stadium.

Isaac Jensen highlighted the running events placing first in the 3200 (9:24.17) with a time that ranks ninth on Luther’s all-time list.

Also posting first place finishes included Joel Clarke in the 110 hurdles (15.44) and Peter Krumm in the 100 (11.57). Krumm also placed third in the 200 (22.82).

Top three finishes were recorded by Kurt Hellmann and Sam Stokes-Cerkvenik that both placed second in the 800 (1:55.24) and 400 hurdles (55.87) respectively. Third place finishes were recorded by Elijah Kane in the 100 (11.79), John Donovan in the 1500 (4:03.76) and Nick Sigrist in the 110 hurdles (16.09).

The 4 x 100 foursome of Kane, Krumm, Cole Hocker and Henry Jungbauer placed second with a time of 43.05 that ranks tied for sixth all-time.

In the field events the Norse took the top three places in both the javelin and pole vault. Top three finishers in the javelin were Kane (153-7), Peter Lillibridge (151-7) and Kyle Hove (149-1). The pole vault finishers included Erik Queoff (14-0), Sigrist (12-1 1/2) and Jacob Miller (12-1 1/2).

Sigrist also placed third in the high jump (5-2 1/4), while Caleb Freund placed second (5-8) in this same event.

Dedrick Lee won the long jump (21-6 3/4) and finished second in the triple jump (42-2 1/4). Grant Preheim was third in the triple jump (42-1 1/4).

The Iowa Conference Championship are next on the schedule. Simpson College will host this year’s championship May 7-9. The decathlon will begin May 7, with the remainder of the events starting May 8.

Dylan Kalinay-S. Tama-Simpson
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Storm Shine at the Kip Jarnvin Open

 Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson ©Jim Kirby

Bayley Fleshner-W. Fork-Simpson
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Running in front of the home crowd for the first time in his young career, pieced together a solid meet with three, top-four performances to lead the Simpson track and field team at the Kip Janvrin Open on Friday evening.

Despite wet, chilly conditions, the meet featured more than 750 competitors from 39 colleges and universities from across the country. Friday marked the 10th edition of the Kip Janvrin Open, which is named in honor of the 1998 Simpson graduate and 2000 Olympic decathlete.

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The meet began Thursday with the hammer throw and discus and concluded with the remainder of the field events and running events Friday.

Kalinay was the top Division III finisher in all three individual events in which he competed. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.94, placed third in the 100 meters in 11.15 and took fourth in the 200 meters in 22.43.

Simpson got another top-three effort in the high jump, where Isaac Frazier cleared 6-feet, 3 1/4 inches to place third. Frazier added a 10th-place effort in the triple jump (40-11 3/4).

Nick Yaeger hung with the front-runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, ultimately taking fourth in 9:38.47.

The women’s team got a great performance from its 4×100-meter relay quartet of Bayley Fleshner, Lauren Martin, Sarah Ney and Sarah Galbraith, taking second in a season-best 49.33.

Fleshner added a 10th-place effort in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 15.29.

Martin, Ney and Hannah Moulds all added 13th-place finishes. Martin took 13th in the 400 meters (1:00.92), Ney in the 200 (26.55) and Moulds in the long jump (16-5 1/4).

Meet Records

A total of four meet records fell on Friday

  • Women’s 200 – Chantel Stennis, Lewis (24.36)
  • Women’s 5k – Sasha Hovind, Northern State (17:08.73)
  • Women’s 100 hurdles – Deborah John, unattached (13.95)
  • Men’s 4×100 – Leonard/Korbelik/Prindle/Meyer, Northwest Missouri State (42.22)

Up Next

Simpson goes to the Dubuque Twilight on Friday, May 1 in the final tune up before the Iowa Conference Championships. Simpson hosts the IIAC Championships, which take place May 7-9.

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UNI’s Maddie Beeler Feeling at Home at Drake by Scott Vickerost

Maddie Beeler-I-35-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Maddie Beeler-I-35-UNI
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Former Interstate 35 standout Maddie Beeler felt at home here last weekend, running at the Drake Relays for the University of Northern Iowa.

The UNI junior ran on the Panthers’ 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams at the Drake Relays on Friday.

Courtesy Scott Vickerost-Oceola Sentinel 

“I’m always just so blessed to be here,” Beeler said. “I know some people who don’t run in college don’t have this opportunity anymore. I’m just so happy to come back and run for my home crowd and do my best.”

Do her best is exactly what Beeler did Friday afternoon in the 4×400 relay.

Beeler took the handoff from teammate Darian Samuelson, who ran the leadoff leg, and ran a big second leg for the Panthers. Beeler used a strong finish in the final 100 meters to pick off a couple of places in the second heat.

She split a 55.1 for the Panthers, who ended up sixth in the heat and 19th overall out of the 27-team field.

“I’ve been working on that last part. It’s just got to get a little stronger each time and it gets a little easier,” Beeler said about her finish. “I felt pretty strong. To be honest, we didn’t get much of a warmup, because they kind of brought us down there pretty quick. So I didn’t have much time to think about it. Just went out there and did it. It’s kind of a blur, really.”

Northern Iowa ran 3:45.05 as a team. Joining Beeler on the relay were Samuelson, Jennifer Roberts and Holly Salzbrenner. That time currently ranks the Panthers third in the Missouri Valley Conference.

It marked just the second time this outdoor season the Panthers have run that 4×400 quartet.

“We’ve only run the 4×400 twice yet this year,” Beeler said. “We wanted to hit 3:45 today. It’s a huge season best. We’ve kind of been playing with the order a little bit, but I think we’ve finally found one that works, so we’re all very pleased. We just put it all out there, so we’re very pleased.”

Beeler also ran on UNI’s 11th-place 4×200 relay team, which ran 1:41.05. She ran the leadoff leg for that relay.

After going through a rough indoor season in which she dealt with several minor injuries, Beeler said she’s rounding into form during the outdoor season.

“Indoor season was a little bit tough, because I kind of battled some minor injuries, so I think I’m really hitting my stride in outdoor season and staying healthy,’ she said. “With that bigger track, it’s always nice, too. Outdoor season has been going really well so far. I’ve been hitting season’s best every time, so just on my way to a new PR, I guess.”

Beeler ran a 56.5 in the 400 meter dash the previous weekend at Indiana State University.

With three weeks left until the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, Beeler hopes to keep improving her times so she can accomplish her goals.

“Obviously, we’d like to make top three in the conference (on the 4×400 relay),” Beeler said. “That’s what we always like to do, is work hard and try to get on that podium for that. I’d like to make finals in the 400 as an individual.”

The Panthers travel to the Musco Invitational Saturday in Iowa City and then host the Messersmith Invitational on May 8. The MVC Outdoor Championships are May 15-17 in Bloomington, Ill.

Former Clarke state and Drake Relays champion Sarah Pate is also a member of the University of Northern Iowa track and field team.

Pate, a redshirt freshman, finished second in the discus competition at the Gibson Invite in Terra Haute, Ind., on April 17, throwing 150-1, which ranks her fifth all-time in UNI history. She also threw 174-0 for sixth place in the hammer throw.

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Lewis to Receive Hawkeye’s Big Ten Medal of Honor

Kevin Lewis-Ottumwa-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Kevin Lewis-Ottumwa-Iowa
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University of Iowa seniors Kevin Lewis (men’s cross country, men’s track & field) Samantha Logic (women’s basketball) and Brandon Scherff (football) earned top honors at Monday night’s University of Iowa annual academic and athletic achievement banquet. Lewis and Logic were named Iowa’s Big Ten Medal of Honor winners, while Logic and Scherff were named Iowa’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year for 2014-15.

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Lewis was a second team All-American in the 5,000 meters during the 2015 indoor track and field season, and is a two-time All-Region honoree in cross country, A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Lewis holds the indoor school records in the 3,000 (7:57.06) and 5,000 meters (13:43.70). He also ranks in the all-time top 10 performances in six other track and cross country events. He earned first team All-Big Ten honors during the 2014 cross country season, and was Iowa’s top finisher in every race he competed in the past two seasons. Lewis is a four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Logic, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, started all 135 games during her four-year career with the Hawkeyes, scoring 1,546 points (10th in school history), grabbing 922 rebounds (second), and handing out 898 assists (first by 322). The fourth consensus All-American in Iowa women’s basketball school history, Logic is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals. She was drafted by the Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft earlier this month. She was the 2015 Senior CLASS Award winner, a Capital One Academic All-American, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Scherff was a unanimous consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy, which is annually awarded to the nation’s top interior offensive lineman, following the 2014 season. The 2014 Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, Scherff started all 26 games over his final two seasons with the Hawkeyes at left tackle. The Denison, Iowa, native was a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection and two-time Iowa Most Valuable Player on offense.

The Big Ten Medal of Honor is the conference’s most exclusive award, and the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.

Logic and Scherff will be Iowa’s nominees for the 2015 Big Ten Conference Athletes of the Year awards. Winners will be announced in late June, following a vote by a panel of Big Ten media voters.

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Alex Wilson to Receive MVC Leadership & Service Award

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Senior track and field standout Alex Wilson has been named one of the spring recipients of the MVC Leadership & Service Award, the conference announced today.

Wilson is one of 10 student-athletes that were named to the prestigious award by Commissioner Doug Elgin. In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.

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Wilson has posted a solid senior year heading into the final leg of the regular outdoor season. The Lisbon, Iowa native has broken the 1,500 meter run record twice this month and now has four individual UNI records under her belt between the indoor and outdoor seasons. She is currently leading the Missouri Valley in the 1,500 by over seven seconds and is ranked in the top-20 in the NCAA West Region.

Off the track, Wilson has been a part of the Dean’s List for four semesters and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for six. She was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team for cross country this past fall after placing second overall at the MVC Championship meet.

She is an avid volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club along with participating in the Junior Panther and Panther Reading programs. Wilson also spends time each year volunteering for the National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the Waterloo Department of Corrections with the Waterloo Women’s Center for Change.

Wilson and the Panthers will return to action this Saturday when they compete in the Musco Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.

  • 2014-15 Spring MVC Leadership & Service Award Winners
  • Eric Delvo, Bradley, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
  • Kathryn Clausen, Drake, Women’s Golf, Junior
  • Marketa Trousilova, Evansville, Women’s Tennis, Senior
  • Kelly McShea, Illinois State, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Junior
  • Megan Stone, Indiana State, Softball, Senior
  • Annie Korth, Loyola, Softball, Senior
  • Ali Trickey, Missouri State, Softball, Senior
  • Alexina Wilson, UNI, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Senior
  • Oscar Medina, Southern Illinois, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Senior
  • Brianne Bond, Wichita State, Softball, Senior.
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“Believing in Super Heroes” by Coach Dan Steele

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Bruce Jenner-Graceland-Olympic Decathlete
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Here is an excellent recent post by Coach Dan Steele from his UNI Track and Field Blog

When I was seven years old, my twin brother, Darrin and I watched every second of the 1976 Olympic decathlon. I still remember the two of us on the floor in front of the TV, watching a man named Bruce Jenner break the world record en route to his Olympic gold medal. Like thousands of people around the world, Bruce was like a superhero to us. Without question, he was my first real hero. He inspired in me a love for the decathlon and Olympic Games that remains to this day.

I have been fortunate in my life to have met a good number of famous people. Some have been kind and some of been jerks. I once met one of my greatest athletic heroes who rolled his eyes when I told him what a big fan I was, and asked him for an autograph. I very conspicuously tossed the autographed piece of paper into the trash as I walked away, crushed.

And then there was Bruce Jenner. In 1995 I emerged on the scene as a rookie, national class decathlete. In 1990, Visa became the signature sponsor of the US decathlon, sponsoring the top ten US decathletes each year. It was an amazing partnership, connecting current decathletes with the greats of the past. I finished 5th at the ’95 US Championships and was named to the Visa USA Decathlon Team. The morning of the ’95 team announcement I stepped into an elevator that Bruce was in. I’d like to say I introduced myself in that moment and finally met my childhood hero. Instead, I was transported back in time, a seven year old, too star-struck to say a word to his hero. Through the Visa sponsorship I did eventually meet him, along with all the other living US decathlon gold medalists. I found Bruce easy to talk with and genuine. In fact, I am very happy to say they were all great, great guys.
One year later I was in my Atlanta high rise hotel room the night before the 1996 Olympic Trials. It was after midnight and I was too keyed up to sleep. I decided to take a walk. I remember riding down an enormous escalator and seeing Bruce all by himself in the lobby. He saw me as I stepped off the escalator, smiled and walked up to me. He correctly assumed I couldn’t sleep and asked how I was feeling about my chances of finishing top three. I played it cool, but was thrilled to run into him.

Then, in one of the most surreal moments of my life, he told me a story. He told me how he had been in the Quad Cities (where I grew up) a couple of weeks earlier for an appearance. He said he was at a media event where local reporters were asking him questions. “One of the reporters asked me if I thought you had a chance to make the Olympic team in the decathlon,” he told me. “I told them, You know, I just watched him compete, and that guy’s pretty darn good. I said, Yes, I think he’s got a real shot.” His words just hung in the air. Here I was in front of my childhood hero, and he was telling ME a story about a reporter asking HIM a question about me. And he knew me well enough to answer the question.

I remember very distinctly thinking to myself that I have no idea what it feels like to “make it,” but this was good enough for me. Bruce didn’t have to share that story with me. I wasn’t a star of any kind, and he had been around long enough to know that I would never be one. The generosity he showed me in that moment has always stayed with me. My first hero in life was worthy of my admiration.

Through the years it has pained me to see and hear the ridicule directed at Bruce Jenner. I’ve always been quick to defend him. I have watched the Kardashians, and my opinion of Bruce hasn’t changed. Even on the show I find him kind and generous. I see him as the voice of reason. This past year the rumors regarding his gender identity have been frequent. Selfishly, I’ve not accepted any of it. “It’s for the show,” I’d say. “Nope. No way.” I am accepting this is a very real issue thousands of people (millions?) must deal with. But Bruce Jenner was my hero. I just couldn’t accept that someone so influential to me was somebody else.

This weekend I brought my athletes to the Drake Relays. My famous former athlete, and his coach, Harry Marra were there as well. I’ve known Harry since 1995- he was instrumental in the Visa partnership and is a personal friend mine, and of Bruce. A more decent man- more committed to the decathlon, you’ll never meet. Friday evening Harry and I ran into each other outside of Drake stadium, right around the time of the Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer interview. We discussed Bruce and our take on this- both wishing we were watching the interview instead of waiting for the hotel shuttle. We casually explored ulterior motives and possible explanations outside of face value. Finally, Harry said, “You know, I don’t know what the truth is, Dan. But I consider Bruce a friend. I’ll always consider him a friend.” And that pretty much summed it up. I can’t personally say he’s a friend because I don’t know him that way. But I can say he always was and always will be my hero.

Ashton Eaton and Daniel Gooris-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Ashton Eaton and Daniel Gooris-UNI
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The next day I was able to watch Ashton interact with fans. I’ve known Ashton since he was a high school senior and I am proud of whatever role I played in his assent to becoming the world’s greatest athlete. I swell with pride watching the kindness and generosity he shows to a young athlete I currently coach who says Ashton is his hero. Just last week I told Ashton’s mom, Roz that I was more proud of the man Ashton’s become than I am the athlete. Of course, she concurred. Watching Ashton with his fans is surreal. I see myself with Bruce and sit in awe at the incredible connection between the seven year old I was, Bruce, Ashton and the current generation that sees Ashton as a hero.

I got home last night from the Drake Relays and the first thing I did this morning was watch the entire interview of Bruce on Hula Plus. Maybe I’m naïve, but I didn’t see any ulterior motives. I saw my childhood hero, bravely telling a story that most of us would be terrified to tell. I take him at his word. Clearly, I know very little about the transgender community, but I have great compassion for anyone trying to navigate this life with a gender identity different than their gender assignment. I can’t imagine the courage it takes to go public with this. As if life isn’t challenging enough.
So as it turns out, the man I idolized in childhood, (in his words) “has the soul of a woman.” At the age of 65, Bruce Jenner is courageously telling his story because he can’t live a lie anymore. And so begins his brave new authentic life as a woman. He aspires to change the world by bringing front page awareness to the transgender community. And I am forced to come to terms with the following truth: The man I saw as a superhero in childhood turns out to be a genuine, bonafide superhero. Who knew? And how lucky am I?

You can read more from Coach Steele’s blog by Clicking Here.

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Dordt Defenders Compete at Drake

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Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt
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The Dordt College track and field team had several competitors at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay team (Kayla Byl, Laurel Zomer, Lillie Koerner, Abby De Vries) ran 9th in 12:07.21.

The women’s 4 x 400 (Miranda Velgersdyk, Dani Wubben, Marisa Broersma, Robyn Blount) finished 20th in a time of 3:55.19.

The women’s 4 x 100 (Velgersdyk, Blount, Broersma, Brooke Wolterstorff) ran 15th in 48.22.

The men’s 4 x 100 (Den Fennig, Josiah Eckels, Xavier Caffee, Keith Heidema) ran 23rd in 43.05.

The men’s 4 x 800 (Sam Wensink, Stephan McNamara, Nick Vander Kooi, Trent Kischer) ran 13th in 7:51.90.

None of the Dordt relays qualified for the finals on Saturday.

There are three relays competing on Saturday at the Blue Oval.

The women’s sprint medley team (Wolterstorff, Blount, Velgersdyk, Justine Van Zee) will compete at 9:00. The men’s sprint medley (Fennig, Caffee, Eckels, Wensink) will run at 9:20 and the women’s 4 x 800 (Kayla Byl, Kelsey Lewis, Lillie Koerner, Van Zee) cap the competition for Dordt at 11:05.

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Vikings Split Squad For Relay’s Weekend

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Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The Viking’s women’s and men’s track and field teams had a busy weekend with some athletes competing at both the Grand View Viking Classic as well as the Drake Relays.

In the Viking Classic, junior Amber Jones (Lees Summit, Mo.) hit a NAIA ‘B’ standard in the hammer throw and finished third with a heave of 47.20m. Senior (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished first in the discus (44.68m) while sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) finished second (42.86m). In the long jump, sophomore Tanner Werthmann (Davenport, Iowa) finished second with her jump of 5.05m.

Courtesy Vikings Athletics
On the track, freshman Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa) brought home a second place finish in the 800m with a season’s best time of 2:21.27.
The Vikings 4×400 relay (Roberts, King, Nielsen, Albert) set a school record as they competed across town at the Drake Relays.
The Grand View men collected several top five finishes in the field including junior Michael Allner (Moville, Iowa) in the pole vault. Allner captured second place with a distance of 3.2m. The Vikings had three athletes come away with third place finishes including juniors Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) in the shot put (15.01m), Hunter Donovan (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) in the discus (42.66m) and sophomore Nate Johnston (Carroll, Iowa) in the hammer throw (50.21).
On the track freshman Evan Rix (Nevada, Iowa) finished third in the 5k with a time of 17:35.
At the Drake Relays, the Viking men’s 4×400 (Porter-Christensen-Cory-Harjes) ran a season’s best time.
Grand View will host the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships April 30, May 1 and May 2 at Williams Stadium. Thursday will begin at 1 p.m. while events on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9 a.m.

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Records Fall For the Panthers at Drake

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Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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For the second time this season and the third time in her career, senior Alex Wilson has broken the 1,500 meter run school record after her solid performance today at the Drake Relays.

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The Lisbon, Iowa native finished third overall in the 1,500 meters with a new personal-best time of 4:20.49. She now leads the Missouri Valley Conference by seven seconds in the event and continues to sit at the top of four individual UNI records between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The Panthers took part in the final day of competition at the Drake Relays on Saturday. UNI kicked the day off with two top performances from the men’s and women’s shuttle hurdle relay teams.

The women’s team of Christine MacNeill, Jennifer Roberts, Chaley Rath and Rachel Peth opened the day with a time of 58.63 in the 4X100 shuttle hurdles to qualify for the finals. They ended up besting their time from the preliminary race, running a team time of 57.90 to place fourth overall and rank No. 3 all-time at UNI.

On the men’s side, the team of Sebastian Barth, Jayvon Matthews, Jon Rus and Daurice Fountain grabbed the second fastest time in the preliminaries. The 4X110 shuttle hurdle relay team finished with a time of 58.23, the fifth fastest time in UNI history.

Continuing their success on the track, Barth competed in the finals of the men’s 110 meter hurdles along opponents from the Big 10, MVC and the SEC. The senior turned in a strong time of 14.01 to place sixth overall.

In the men’s 100 meter dash, Brandon Carnes matched his preliminary time to place fourth in the finals of the event. His time of 10.49 keeps him standing at the top of the MVC.

“Despite the inclement weather, we got a lot of great things out of the meet,” head coach Dan Steele said. “I thought we competed really well and took some important steps forward.”

The UNI track and field program will return to action on Saturday, May 2 when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Musco Invitational.

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Lake Kwaza Breaks School Record by Dylan Montz-CR Gazette

Lake Kwaza-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Lake Kwaza-Iowa
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Lake Kwaza might have taken the same approach to the 100-meter dash, but the history behind her latest performance was anything but ordinary.

Iowa’s junior sprinter blazed her way to school record in the 100-meter dash, winning the Mt. Sac Relays event in 11.40. Her mark bested Vivien McKenzie’s 30-year-old record of 11.45 set in 1985.

Courtesy Cedar Rapids Gazette

“She’s been looking really good all year, it’s just a matter of everything coming together for her and I’m really excited for her and where she’s at right now,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said of Kwaza. “She’s brewing with confidence and I think she feels like she can beat anybody right now.”

Kwaza is carrying that performance into the Drake Relays this weekend, where success was apparent a year ago. Last year’s 4×100-meter relay team of Kwaza, Elexis Guster, Alexis Hernandez and Brittany Brown notched a first-place finish of 44.51.

MonTayla Holder, Guster, Kwaza and Brown ran the sixth-fastest time in school history on April 18 and will try to defend that title this weekend at Drake Stadium. Kwaza and Brown also own two of the top five fastest times for the 100 and 200 meters in the Big Ten.

Iowa senior thrower Gabe Hull will also try to defend a Drake Relays title after winning in discus last season with a toss of 60.05 meters. His personal best this year is 57.51 meters, which he recorded on April 17 at the Mt. Sac Relays.

“Mt. Sac meet was probably the best representation of both of our teams all year,” Woody said. “It was one of the best meets that I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here at Iowa. I’m really excited about where we’re at and I think we’re going to have a good representation of our team this weekend.”

Iowa State will feature of field-event entrants at the blue oval. Senior thrower Christina Hillman will compete in shot put and discus, ranking 19th and 57th in the nation, respectively.

All-American ISU high jumper Cameron Ostrowski will compete against seven of the top-20 high jumpers in the country, including three of the top five. Hammer throwers Anna Holtermann and Kayla Sanborn will both be trying to improve their positions amongst the top-10 all-time performers in ISU history.

UNI sprinter Brandon Carnes will start things for the Panthers in the 100-meter dash, hoping to build on his season-best time of 10.46 from Mt. Sac Relays.

Hurdler Sebastian Barth, who was named Missouri Valley Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles. He is coming off a season-best performance of 13.92, which he ran at Mt. Sac Relays.

Des Moines native and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones withdrew from the Drake Relays on Wednesday due to a minor injury suffered in workouts leading up to the event. She was scheduled to compete in the 100-meter hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay.

“It’s frustrating because returning and running in front of a home crowd is a very unique honor for a track athlete,” Jones said in a video posted to her Facebook page on Wednesday. “To be able to compete at such a high venue, there’s no other feeling like it in the world.”

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
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Panthers Set For the Blue Oval

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 team will head to Des Moines this week to take part in the 106th Drake Relays.

The meet takes place April 22-26, starting with the heptathlon and decathlon competitions. UNI will have four student-athletes competing in the multis this year, including true freshmen Jayvon Matthews and Derek Jacobus on the men’s side. Rachel Peth will compete in the heptathlon for the second consecutive season with

taking in her first heptathlon of the year.

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Rath will also participate in the women’s high jump along with sophomore Kassidy Sharp. Both Panthers are currently ranked in the top-five in the Missouri Valley Conference, with Rath taking the No. 1 spot after her personal-best height of 5-8.75 at the Gibson Invitational this past weekend.

The UNI women will also three other student-athletes competing in the field events, with Libby Torresani in the pole vault, Chloe Schmidt in the discus and Jamie Lindstrom taking on the hammer throw and shot put. All three are ranked in the top-10 in the MVC and in the top-five all-time at UNI in their respective events.

On the track, UNI will field five relay teams. The Panthers will compete in the 4X200, 4X400, 4X800, 4X100 meter shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays.

Brandon Carnes will kick things off for the UNI men on the track when he runs the 100 meter dash. Carnes currently holds the top-spot in the conference in both the 100 and 200 meters after his season-best time of 10.46 in the 100 dash at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Joining Carnes on the track will be senior hurdler Sebastian Barth in the 110 meter high hurdles. Barth is also coming off a successful outing at the Mt. Sac Relays, running a season-best time of 13.92 to rank him first in the conference and 12th in the NCAA West Region.

In the field events, UNI will have a pair of jumpers and a pair of throwers competing. In the long jump, Weston Riesselman will look to improve on an already strong season. Shawn Koch will also participate in the triple jump where he is ranked No. 4 in the MVC after his PR of 49-4.50 at the Husker Invite.

Justin Baker will look to capitalize in the hammer throw and shot put where he holds top-five rankings in the MVC and appears on the UNI all-time list in both events. Brad Walski will join Baker in the shot put competition after scoring a personal-best at the Gibson Invite.

The men will also take four relay teams with them to Des Moines, partaking in the 4X100, 4X200, 4X400 and the 4X110 meter shuttle hurdle relay.

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3 Dutch Collect Conference Honors

 

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central  ©Jim Kirby

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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A trio of Central College athletes were named Iowa Conference performers of the week in their respective sports Monday.

Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) earned the honor for men’s track, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) for women’s track and Adam Squires (senior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) for men’s golf.

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Horton breaks own record—Running at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Horton turned in a school-record performance in the 5,000 meters (14 minutes, 11.28 seconds). His time is the fastest in Division III this season by more than 10 seconds. Horton has now earned league outdoor track performer of the week honors seven times in his career.

Zimmerman sets school record—Zimmerman ran the fastest time in school history, and sixth quickest in Division III this season, in the 100-meter hurdles (14.39) at the Dutch Triangular in Pella Saturday. She was also 11th in a 22-competitor field in the same event (14.79) while going up against Division I athletes at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence Friday. This is the second time this season Zimmerman has earned the weekly league honor.

The Central track teams will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola this week.

Two top-five finishes for Squires—The Central senior placed third at the Duhawk Spring Invitational (69-75—144) April 12-13 and tied for first at the Central Dutch Masters (69-72—141) Friday and Saturday. His performance helped the Dutch earn team titles at both meets. This is the second time in his career Squires has been earned league men’s golfer of the week honors.

The Dutch will play the first two rounds of the Iowa Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.

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Grand View’s Big Weekend: Kudos to Denny and Veiock

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The Viking’s women’s track and field team competed this weekend in the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational hosted by Doane College.
In the field, senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 14.76m setting a Grand View school record and hitting the NAIA “A” standard. Veiock currently sits third in the nation in the shot put.

She also placed second in the discus making the NAIA “A” standard with a throw of 44.50m as well as fourth in the hammer throw hitting the NAIA “B” standard with a heave of 50.20m.

Senior Jena Krebs (Washington, Iowa) had two third place finishes in the hammer (50.33m) and the javelin (38.79m). Krebs hammer throw hit the NAIA “A” standard.
On the track, sophomore Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) finished fourth in the 800m which was a personal best and Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) leading time. Roberts also ran on Grand View’s fourth place 4x800m relay which posted a season best and hit the NAIA “B” standard with a time of 9:29.83 (King-Kak-Roberts-Nielsen).
The Vikings host the Grand View Classic this Friday, April 24 at 12 p.m. at Williams Stadium.

 

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The Vikings women’s and men’s track and field teams each have an athlete that has been named this week’s MCC field athlete of the week.
Senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) won her sixth award by placing high in three events at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. She was second in both the hammer throw (164-8) and discus (146-0). The senior was also fourth in the shot put with a season-best mark of 48-5.25. She has ‘A’ standards in all three events.

Sophomore Malik Denny (Des Moines, Iowa) won his first award by qualifying for nationals and breaking a school record at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. The sophomore accomplished both with a winning high jump mark of 6-9. He was also sixth in the long jump at 20-9.25.

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
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Panthers Find Success at Mt. Sac

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up competition at the Gibson Invitational and the Mt. Sac Relays today, continuing to improve on the track and in the field.

Kicking off the meet in the field events was Chaley Rath, scoring a first place finish with a personal-best mark of 5-8.75. The height tied her for second all-time at UNI and placed her first in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Panthers also grabbed a pair of second place finishes in the pole vault competition. Libby Torresani placed second overall in the women’s event with a height of 12-5.50 while Corey Szamlewski also finished second in the men’s competition with a strong mark of 16-0.75.

In the throws events, Sarah Pate came away with a career-best in the discus throw, finishing with a toss of 150-1.00 to rank herself fifth all-time as a Panther. In the men’s shot put, Justin Baker finished with the win and a season-best mark while Brad Walski placed third overall with a new outdoor personal-best throw of 53-3.75.

Opening a successful day on the track was the middle-distance crew scoring several personal-bests. In the men’s 1,500 meters, Bailey Wetherell finished sixth overall with a PR time of 3:56.53. The Panthers also had three top-10 finishers in the 800 meters, with both Wade Pingel and Andrew Arndt scoring career-best times.

On the women’s side, Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly both finished with big personal-best times in the 800 meter run. Kite placed fifth overall with a time of 2:14.83 with Connelly following closely behind in sixth with a time of 2:14.91.

In the long sprints, Darian Samuelson shined, finishing with another PR in the 400 meter dash. The senior finished fourth in the race with a time of 55.63 to move up to third in the MVC.

For the second week in a row, both Holly Salzbrenner and Jennifer Roberts gained PRs in the 400 meter hurdles as well. Salzbrenner placed fifth with a time of 1:01.96 while Roberts finished sixth in 1:02.65.

To wrap up the day of competition, the women’s 4X400 meter relay team captured another top-three finish and a season-best time. The team of Maddie Beeler, Samuelson, Salzbrenner and Roberts grabbed a time of 3:48.73.

Senior hurdler Sebastian Barth was the lone competitor at the Mt. Sac Relays today in Los Angeles, Calif., seizing another top performance. The Gauting, Germany native finished with a time of 13.92 to rank himself first in the conference and 10th in the NCAA West Region.

“We had some terrific performances this weekend,” head coach Dan Steele said. “We competed well and added several people to our list of likely NCAA qualifiers.”

The Panthers will return to action April 22-25 when they compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Wartburg Runs Wild in Kansas

wartburgMembers of the Wartburg track and field teams competed at the Kansas Relays.

  • 100m dash: Becca Cherry, 26, 12.46; Erica Dynes, 30, 12.58; Rachael Cheeseman, 38, 12.80
  • 200m dash: Becca Cherry, 20, 25.90
  • 400m dash: Kayla Kregel, 23, 59.78; Kaitlyn Muhlenbruch, 28, 1:00.78; Elizabeth Duehr, 33, 1:02.88
  • 400m dash: Dallas Koppes, 20th, 50.03
  • 800m dash: Kayla Kregel, 5th, 2:18.95; Elizabeth Duehr, 16th, 2:29.40
    Taylor Officer, 6th, 2:11.27 (other division race)
  • 800m dash: Nick Green, 11th, 1:55.85
  • 4x100m relay: 9th Cherry, Helmle, Cheeseman, Dynes, 48.06
  • 4x400m relay: 8th, Crew, Officer, Moore, Kregel, 3:55.89
  • 4x400m relay: 11th, Koppes, DeMott, Dolphin, Green, 3:19.26
  • 4x800m relay: 2nd, Officer, Kregel, Duehr, Moore, 9:15.66