Dutch Come Out Smokin’

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central ©Jim Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gochenour Shines in Heptathlon For Hogs

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

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

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

Texas Relays Heptathlon (Day 1)

1. Alex Gochenour – 3,757 points

1. 100mH – 13.15 (PR) [1,102 points]

2. High jump – 1.78/5-10 (PR) [953]

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

1. 200m – 24.08W (+4.3) [973]

Heptathlon (Day 2/Final)

1. Alex Gochenour – 6,027 points (PR)

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

12. Javelin – 31.14m/102-2 [498]

4. 800m – 2:18.95 [838]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aries Merritt ©Jim Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brenda Martinez ©Jim Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tide’s Gregg Sets 5K PR

Allison Gregg-Cedar Falls-Alabama ©John Michael Simpson

Allison Gregg-Cedar Falls-Alabama ©John Michael Simpson

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

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

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


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PR’s in Abundance For Clones in Opener

Henry Kelly-Waukee-ISU ©Jim Kirby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cyclone PR’s

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


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

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Jim Kirby

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The 2015 NAIA Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Americans have been announced. The award winners competed at the 50th annual men’s and 35th annual women’s NAIA National Championships held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, from March 5 – 7. Honors were given to the top eight individuals from each event and all four runners in the top eight relays.

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Four Grand View student-athletes earned All-American status in five events – Nate Johnston-Carroll  (second place-weight throw), Kenny Simmons (seventh place-triple jump), Val Veiock-WDM Valley (third place-shot put, fifth place-weight throw), and Jena Krebs-Washington (second place-weight throw).

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Hawks Show Up Early Outdoors

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

The University of Iowa track and field team captured five event titles during the final day of competition at the Baldy Castillo Invite in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday. The men’s team amassed a total of 63 points to finish fourth, while the women’s team (68 points) finished fifth, overall. The event was housed at the Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State.

“This was a great start to our outdoor season,” director of track and field Joey Woody said. “We challenged the athletes to go after performances that will make it to the NCAA first round, and we had a few individuals who lived up to that challenge.”

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One week removed from his sixth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships, sophomore Aaron Mallett returned to action Saturday in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. The St. Louis, Missouri, native posted a personal best 13.85, a time that ranks sixth on Iowa’s all-time list and will stand second in the national rankings, to win the event.

Junior James Harrington raced to the men’s 200-meter title, setting a personal best 20.98. His time would also rank second in the national standings.

Junior MonTayla Holder captured gold in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. The Indianapolis, Indiana, native topped the national leaderboard when she crossed the line in 58.59. Junior Mitch Wolff nabbed a fourth-place finish in the men’s race with a personal best 52.79.

Senior Gabe Hull also kicked off the outdoor season in winning style with a toss of 181-02 feet (55.22m) in the men’s discus throw. Junior Dakotah Goodell (157-01, 47.88m) contributed with an eighth-place finish in the women’s contest.

Freshman Jahisha Thomas claimed a runner-up finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. She clocked the sixth-fastest time in program history at 13.80.

Next on the track was the men’s 400-meter relay that featured sophomore Vinnie Saucer, Jr., junior Brendan Thompson, Harrington, and Mallett. The quartet posted a runner-up finish in 40.07.

Holder, sophomore Elexis Guster, junior Lake Kwaza, and sophomore Brittany Brown comprised the women’s 400-meter relay that clocked the third-fastest time in the field at 45.42.

Kwaza returned to the track for the 400 meters when she earned a second-place finish in 56.27. Freshman Sheridan Champe (57.65) rounded out the event scoring with an eighth-place finish, overall. Thompson led Iowa in the men’s race (9th; 48.68).

Junior Kassidy Ellis upped her personal best mark in the women’s long jump to gather a fourth-place finish, respectively. Her mark of 18-09.00 feet (5.71m) lands ninth in school history.

Returning to the track, the Hawkeyes received a pair of fifth-place finishes from freshman Carter Lilly (1:50.87) and sophomore Katharina Trost (2:10.26) in the 800 meters.

Sophomore Vinnie Saucer, Jr. and junior Kerry Dean, Jr. grabbed sixth-place finishes and notched collegiate-best performances in their respective events. Saucer clocked 10.66 in the men’s 100 meters, while Dean jumped 23-08.00 feet (7.21m) in the men’s long jump.

Junior Kevin Spejcher also earned a sixth-place finish when he cleared 6-08.00 feet (2.03m) in the men’s high jump, while sophomore Madison Rouw (5-05.25, 1.66m) finished seventh in the women’s competition.

Junior Sam Joens collected an 11th-place finish in the men’s javelin, while Goodell (145-05, 44.32m) and freshman Kayla Hochhalter (42.98m, 141-00) finished 10th and 13th, respectively, for the women.

The meet concluded with the 1,600-meter relays. The quartet of Wolff, Thompson, Harrington, and Lilly (3:11.57) logged a third-place finish, overall, while the women’s team of Guster, Brown, Holder, and Kwaza took the title in 3:40.31.

“We had a number of personal bests today,” Woody said. “It was great to see James win the 200 meters and finally break the 21-second barrier for the first time in his collegiate career. MonTayla and Mitch both had great opening times in the 400-meter hurdles and ran great relay splits in the 1,600-meter relay. I was also pleased to see Dakotah perform near her PR in the javelin. We are excited to have the next two weeks to train and build on this great start.”

Iowa will split competitors for the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, from April 3-4.


Black Hills State’s Baldwin nets two more Honors

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills St
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The Black Hills State University track and field team picked up two more All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alec Baldwin placed fifth in the mile run in 4:11.12. The junior broke the school record on Friday in the preliminary round, and with his efforts Saturday became the first individual to earn All-America in indoor track and field during the NCAA Division II era at BHSU.

Baldwin was quickly joined on the All-American list as Mitch Kraft placed eighth in the 3,000-meter run in 8:12.48. That time crushed the his previous school record by 9.9 seconds. The senior also earned All-America honors during the 2013 cross country season.

Madison McLaughlin, competing in her first indoor championship, fouled on all three of her attempts in the shot put.

The Yellow Jackets closed out the meet with three All-American honors as the distance medley relay team claimed fifth place on Friday night.

Black Hills State begins the outdoor track and field season on March 26-28 at the Yellow Jacket Spring Open in Spearfish.

Houlihan: Double All-American

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Sun Devil Athletics

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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The Arizona State track and field teams wrapped the final day of competition at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center with a national runner-up in the mile in senior Shelby Houlihan.

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A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Houlihan ran 4:82.71, knocking two seconds off her previous school record of 4:30.77, which she ran a month ago at the 2015 NYRR Millrose Games in New York. Her finish was also faster than the previous meet record, set by Tennessee’s Sarah Bowman at 4:29.72 in 2009.


“Our women finished inside the top-25, because we got big points from Shelby Houlihan,” Director of Track and Field Greg Kraft said. “It was really a very brave effort from her today, running the fifth-fastest time in the mile ever, the fastest non-winning time in NCAA history in the mile, and then showed a lot of courage with the short turn-around running the 9:09 in the 3000m and getting us one more point. That’s really enormous.”


Houlihan also earned All-America honors in the 3000m run finals, finishing in eighth at 9:09.61, and bringing her career total of All-America accolades to 10. Five such honors have come in indoor competition.


This also marks the first time a Sun Devil woman earned two first-team All-America honors since Sarah Stevens accomplished the feat in the shot put and weight throw in 2009.



ASU finished with 11 team points, placing in a tie for 21st, while the men finished with six points for 31st. The Arkansas women won the team tile with 63 points, while Oregon defended its men’s title with 74 points.



Up next, the Sun Devils will open the 2015 outdoor and home slate, hosting the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 20-21 at Sun Angel Stadium.



Distance Coach Louie Quintana

“Shelby was great today. The mile was a terrific race, her time was the second-fastest time ever run at the NCAA Championships. She did everything she could, ran a two second personal best and when you do that and still get beat, hats off to Leah O’Connor from Michigan State, who ran a great race, set the meet record, which is what she had to do to beat Shelby today. For Shelby to come back and score in the 3000m was really a tremendous, gutsy performance. It’s something that I hope our group at home sees and really kind of takes to heart, what she did her in a two-hour span in probably the greatest NCAA women’s distance championships in history. It was an impressive performance for her and is a testament to who she is as a person and as an athlete. With what she’s meant to this program, it’s going to be tough to see her go.”


Ten-Time All-American Senior Shelby Houlihan

“I was really happy with how I did in both the mile and the 3000m. Coming in second and PR-ing by two seconds was awesome. I feel like I gave it everything I had in the mile and then everything I had in the 3000m. I just tried to get that last eighth place so I could get that first-team All-America honor, and I’m just really proud of myself.”


Arizona State Results

Women’s Team Placement

21. ASU – 11 points



Women’s Mile Finals

  • 2. Shelby Houlihan – 4:28.71 (NCAA Runner-Up) (PR, School Record, All-American)

Women’s 3000m Run Finals

  • 8. Shelby Houlihan – 9:09.61 (All-American)
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Larson and Vander Veer Lead Dutch

download (1)Central College men’s track and field distance runner Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) finished in sixth place in the mile to become an all-American at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships Saturday.

The Dutch women finished in the top five in all three events they competed in Saturday. It is the first time in program history they have earned all-America honors in three different events at the indoor national meet.

Vander Veer earns all-America honors for Dutch men– After grabbing the last qualifying spot in the prelims Friday, Vander Veer raced to a sixth place finish in the men’s mile finals for all-America honors. His time (4:13.89) was less than a second off of his personal best.

“Jamie told me after the race he remembered me sitting in his high school counselor’s office telling him that I believed he could be an all-American,” said coach Joe Dunham. “I’ve always believed it and it’s very rewarding to see him get it.”

Sophomore Logan Mulford (Mount Pleasant) placed 15th in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 6.25 inches.

In the heptathlon Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) entered the day tied for first after four events, but had to withdraw due to an injury that sidelined him nearly all of last season. He won the 2013 indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon national championships before missing most of last year.

Larson took eighth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.53) Saturday before failing to clear a height in the pole vault nd withdrawing from the 1,000 meters.

The Central men tied for 55th in the final team standings with three points. Wis.-Eau Claire took the men’s team title with 62 points, edging out Wis.-La Crosse by two.

Three top-five finishes propel Dutch women– Sprinter Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) followed up Friday’s strong performance with a pair of top-five finishes in the 60 and 200-meter finals. She took fourth in the 60 (7.67 seconds) and fifth in the 200 (25.27).

“Abi had a great day,” said Dunham. “She had a real good day yesterday and I think she stepped up even more today.”

It is the second year in a row Davis has run the 60 and the 200 at the indoor national meet. Last season she finished 15th in the 200 and runner-up in the 60.

The Dutch 4×400 relay squad of Davis, Kate Patton (freshman, Murray), Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City) and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) entered the meet with the 10th best qualifying time, but improved by four seconds, running a 3:51.34, to earn fourth place and all-America honors.

“The women’s relay team ran absolutely amazing today,” said Dunham. “I’m very proud of them. Each of them played a vital role in that performance. I give a lot of credit to coach Jon Graupmann for getting them ready.”

The Dutch women finished in a tie for 13th as a team with 14 points. Wis.-La Crosse won the women’s title with 55 points.

The Dutch will begin the outdoor season in two weeks at the Washington-St. Louis Invitational March 27 and the Northwest Missouri State Invitational March 28-29.

“I’m very proud of all the effort today,” said Dunham. “We had some great all-American performances and we will use these to get ready for the outdoor season.”

Central’s Davis Big 1st Dat at Nationals

abi Davis-Dowling Catholic-Central ©Jim Kirby

abi Davis-Dowling Catholic-Central
©Jim Kirby

Central College women’s track and field sprinter Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) advanced to the finals in two events at the NCAA Divison III Indoor Championships Friday.

On the men’s side Eric Larson (senior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) is tied for first in the men’s heptathlon at 3,001 points after four of seven events and Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) qualified for the finals in the mile.

Davis sprints to the finals – Davis had a big day for the Dutch, qualifying for the finals in both the 60 and the 200 meters. She tied for fourth in the 60 meter prelims (7.64) and qualified for Saturday’s finals. The race is scheduled for 2:15 CDT.

“I was really proud of Abi Davis,” said Dunham. “I felt like she overcame some things today and still prevailed. She had probably the worst start of the season in the 60 and she came back to get second in her heat. She ran a great time.”

Davis also took eighth in the 200 prelims (25.46) to earn the last qualifying spot in the finals. She will run at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.

In the prelims of the women’s 60-meter hurdles Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) took 14th in the field of 17 in 9.02.

“I thought Meredith Zimmerman did a great job today,” said Dunham. “This was great experience for her. And while she didn’t make the finals, I think this was a great opportunity to get her ready for the outdoor season. I’m very proud of how she competed the last couple weeks.”

In addition to Davis in the 60 and the 200 ,the 4×400 relay team of Davis, Kate Patton (freshman, Murray), Camie Kibbee (senior, Mason City) and Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) will compete Saturday, running at 4 p.m. CDT.

Larson in the hunt – The two-time national champion is tied for first at 3,001 points in the men’s heptathlon. He won the long jump (22 feet 7,75 inches) and high jump (6-5.50), while placing sixth in the 60 meters (7.20 seconds) and fifth in the shot put (40-2.75).

“We knew Eric would be in a dog fight,” said coach Joe Dunham. “He’s got three events tomorrow, all of which are great events for him. He had a good first day.”

The heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters will take place Saturday starting at 10 a.m. CDT.

Central had two participants in the mile prelims. Vander Veer earned the last qualifying spot with a 10th place finish (4:15:57) and Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) took 13th (4:17.58). Vander Veer will run in Saturday’s finals, which will start at 12:40 p.m. CDT.

“I was really proud of Jamie today,” said Dunham. “He ran a great mile in the prelims and now he’ll have an opportunity tomorrow to be an all-American. I thought he competed hard.”

Cole Decker (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) placed 11th in the 15-man 5,000-meter field (14:47.52).

“Cole had a good race today,” said Dunham. “He didn’t run as fast as he did last week, but it is hard to run two 5k’s fast two weeks in a row. He competed hard and was in the race the entire time. This race is a good indication that he will have a great 10k this outdoor season.”

The Dutch distance medley relay squad of Vander Veer, Spencer Hammack (junior, Ottumwa), Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) and Horton placed 10th in 10:09.17.

“I felt like Spencer and Drew had great splits in the DMR,” said Dunham. “It was clear they were laying everything on the line for the team and that was great to see.”

In addition to Larson and Vander Veer, sophomore Logan Mulford (Mount Pleasant) will compete Saturday. He will take part in the high jump beginning at 1:30 p.m. CDT.

Wartburg Knights Indoor Nationals Day 1

Kendra Kregel-Maq.Valley-Wartburg ©Jim Kirby

Kendra Kregel-Maq.Valley-Wartburg
©Jim Kirby

Warburg at D3 Indoor Nationals After Day One.

Women Results So Far

  • 1 Melanie Brickner SR Wis.-Oshkosh 19.55m
  • 2 Whitney Simmons SO Texas-Tyler 18.31m
  • 3 Jecel Klotz SR Wis.-Oshkosh 17.73m
  • 4 Kayla Hemann SR Wartburg 17.63m
  • 5 Shelby Mahr SR Wis.-Whitewater 17.61m
  • 6 Kara Eck SO Trine 17.56m
  • 7 Nkemdilim Nwaokolo JR U. of Chicago 17.46m
  • 8 Becca McMullin SR Carthage 17.29m

Men Results So Far

  • 1 Sean Donnelly SR Mount Union 21.75m
  • 2 Pat Weinert SR Oneonta 20.47m
  • 3 John Dayton SR Springfield 20.31m
  • 4 Grant Havard SR Wis.-La Crosse 19.73m
  • 5 Sean Enos SR Bates 19.59m
  • 6 Luis Rivera JR Nazareth 19.29m
  • 7 J.D. Roth SR Oneonta 19.12m
  • 8 Eric Kennebrew SR Benedictine (Ill.) 18.64m
  • 9 Edward Cummins JR RIC 18.46m
  • 10 Tyler Williams SR Widener 17.92m
  • 11 Mike Recla SR Widener 17.74m
  • 12 Colt Feltes SR Wartburg 17.62m


Women Qualifiers Advancing to Finals

  • 1 Amy Viti JR Misericordia 2:11.82Q 1
  • 2 Cynthia Adams SR Lebanon Valley 2:12.78Q 2
  • 3 Kailyn Balzano JR Cortland St. 2:12.08Q 1
  • 4 Kylee Verhasselt SR Wis.-Oshkosh 2:12.79Q 2
  • 5 Taylor Moore SR Wartburg 2:12.22q 1
  • 6 Anna Murdock SR Franklin 2:12.87q 2
  • 7 Brittany Kozlowski SO St. Norbert 2:13.22q 1
  • 8 Rachael Shine SO Oneonta 2:13.34q 2


Men Qualifiers Advancing to Finals

  • 1 Ian McDonald SO Washington and Lee 4:14.03 Q
  • 2 Paul Escher JR St.Olaf 4:14.25 Q
  • 3 Colin Godwin FR MIT 4:14.59 Q
  • 4 Isaac Garcia-Cassani FR Geneseo St. 4:14.78 Q
  • 5 Roberto Lara FR Wis.-Oshkosh 4:14:87 Q
  • 6 Will Cross SR Elmhurst 4:15. 20 Q
  • 7 Joel Walden SR Wis.-Platteville 4:15.16 q
  • 8 John Stansel SR Bates 4:15.33 q
  • 9 Ryan Hermsen JR Wartburg 4:15.54 q
  • 10 Jamie Vander Veer SR Central College 4:15.57 q
  • Daniel Bonthius scratched in the 800m run due to injury.

For complete results Click Here!


D1 and D2 Indoor Nationals Preview

Jessica Janeck-Dubuque Wahlert-Grand Valley State

Jessica Janeck-Dubuque Wahlert-Grand Valley State

The state of Iowa will be well represented at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this weekend.

  • Arizona State-Shelby Houlihan (SC East) will be in Heat 1, lane 7 in the Mile prelims on Fiday at 6:00 PM
  • Shelby will run the 3K final on Saturday at 8:00 PM
  • UNI-Sebastian Barth will be in Heat 1, lane 8 in the 60HH prelims on Friday at 6:45 PM
  • Iowa-Aaron Mallett will be in Heat 1, lane 4 in the 60HH prelims on Friday at 6:45 PM
  • Kevin Lewis (Ottumwa) will be in the 5,000M finals on Friday at 8:45 PM.
  •  Iowa State-Edward Kemboi will be in Heat 2, lane 4 in the 800M prelims on Friday at 7:55 PM.
  • The Cyclones will be in the Men’s DMR on Friday at 9:20 PM.
  • Katie Moen (Wapsie Valley Fairbank) will run the 3k final on Saturday at 8:00 PM
  • Arkansas-Former Iowa Central CC national champion Stanley Kebenei will run the 3K final on Saturday at 8:15 PM

Complete D1 meet info Click Here!  


  • Black Hills State-Alec Baldwin (Spirit Lake Park) will be in Heat 2, lane 4 in the Mile prelims on Friday at 4:45 PM
  • Baldwin will be on the DMR at 7:50 PM on Friday
  •  Grand Valley State-Jessica Janecke (Dubuque Wahlert) will be in 5k final on Friday at 7:10 PM
  • Augustana SD-Paul Yak (Storm Lake St Mary’s) will be in the 5K final on Friday at 7:10 PM
  • Leah Seivert (Sibley Ocheyden) will be in the 5k final on Friday at 6:45 PM and the 3k final at 5:40 PM on Saturday

Results Click Here!  





Complete D2 meet info is here: http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results/national-championships-central-indoor-track-field#d2


How Runners Can Make Their Steps Matter by Morgan Casey

Steps_Competition_Teaser-527x670It was early in the fall of 2013, and I was sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. After five months without running, my hip was still fractured and my competitive running days were over. My dreams, my lifestyle, and my identity went to dust. I always knew eventually my competitive running days would be over, but I never thought it would happen the way it did. I had unfinished business. The ultimate goal wasn’t to leave my mark in the records set or titles won, but to hang up my spikes knowing I had used my sport to make a positive impact on someone else. But at that point, even putting a smile on my own face took a lot of effort. I needed something to pull me out of self-pity and back into a place of hope and meaning. I found my something in the Ryan and Sara Hall Steps Foundation.

The Steps Foundation doesn’t just offer hope to broken down athletes. Steps has built hospitals and maternity clinics in parts of Africa where medical care is scarce, Steps has built clean water wells in Mozambique, and invested in ministries both domestic and abroad. When hope fades and there is a population in need, Steps jumps in to fill that need.

FullSizeRenderEthiopia, home to some of the world’s greatest distance runners, is also home to some of the world’s most needy. Of its 86 million inhabitants, only 42 percent of them have access to a clean and safe water source. Tens of thousands of Ethiopians die each year of waterborne diseases; most of them are children. As I sit in my office sipping water from a nearby sink, Ethiopia’s water crisis puts an entirely new meaning to the phrase “The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.”

Ryan and Sara Hall are working to answer these prayers in a truly wonderful way. Turning their sport into something positive, the two professional runners started The Steps Foundation five years ago, and they have never looked back.

Now, Ryan and Sara are inviting all young runners to use their sport as a means of helping others and taking a Step toward helping those in desperate need. By participating in The Steps Foundation’s first ever team fundraising event, high school and college track teams can make their steps matter by logging miles to fight poverty and bring clean water to Ethiopia.

Water pic of girl carrying waterBecause runners tend to be a competitive bunch, this fundraising opportunity includes a little friendly competition. The high school or college team that raises the most money for the cause will receive a visit from the man himself, Olympian and American record holder, Ryan Hall!

The eight week competition kicks off when Ryan crosses the finish line at the LA Marathon on March 15th, and it’s never too late to join! Getting involved is as simple as sending an email to mystepsmatter@thestepsfoundation.org. Steps volunteers will create your team fundraising page, where each member of your team will gather sponsors and log miles. For more details on the fundraiser, visit the Steps Foundation website Click Here!