Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View
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Vikings Conference Champions

Austin Hill-Pella-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Austin Hill-Pella-Grand View
©Doug Wells

Four conference event titles, 18 All-Conference athletes, and two top scorer award were earned this weekend along with the Grand View men’s track and field team capturing their first Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships team title. The women’s team brought home third following the two-day event at Baker’s Liston Stadium. MEN’S RESULTS | WOMEN’S RESULTS | PHOTOS

Courtesy Vikings Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View©Doug Wells


Grand View men tallied 25 points in the shot put and 31 points in the discus on the way to a winning total of 158 points. James Plummer (JR/Columbia, South Carolina), who was named the Male Athlete of the Meet, won both throwing events, including a meet record throw of 54.90m in the discus. The Vikings also took top billing in the men’s 4x100m relay (Gannon Svestka, Leeshad O’Neal (SO/Wharton, Texas), Brant Wrede, and Danial Headley) with a time of 42.13. This is the first Heart of America Track conference championship for the men’s Grand View track program, the last being in 2014 in the MCC.

LaVon Davis, who was named Female Athlete of the Meet, claimed two individual events as she won both the discus and the hammer with marks of 43.58 meters and 51.62m, respectively. She finished her big day by getting 2nd in the shot put with a mark of 12.13m.

Big points from the men’s throws group lead Grand View to their first team championship in the Heart Conference.  Five individuals placed in the top six for the Vikings in the discus throw. Plummer finished 1st overall with a throw of 54.90 meters. Also placing was Jake Goeller(2nd), Austin Hill (SO/Pella, Iowa)(3rd), Clay Siefken (JR/Burlington, Iowa)(5th) and AJ Cwiok(6th).

Plummer ended an amazing conference meet by winning the shot put with a throw of 15.65 meters. Also placing in the shot put was Chance Tatman(SR/Spencer, Iowa) (2nd),  AJ Cwiok(4th), and Jacob Goeller (JR/Fairbank, Iowa)(7th). Daniel Headley (JR/Melbourne, Florida) continued his big meet weekend placing fourth in the triple jump. Headley also placed third in the 100-meter dash finals with Leeshad O’Neal coming in fifth. Also, in the 200-meter dash final Headley placed sixth and O’Neal came in eighth.

Taylor Murray (JR/Clinton, Iowa) placed eighth overall in the 5000-meter race walk, and Trevor Albert (FR/Eldon, Iowa) came in sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Jorden Nathan (JR/Ankeny, Iowa) brought home the bronze in the 110 high hurdles final and placed third in the 400-meter hurdles. Gannon Svestka came in fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.87 and his teammates Jake Thompson, and Carson Doty (FR/Clive, Iowa) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Brandon Young (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) finished third in a very tough 800-meter open field. The last event of the meet was run by the 4×400 team of Svestka, Young, Ben Huftalin (FR/Osage, Iowa), and Carson Doty who placed fifth overall.

Scoring points on the women’s side started with Kaitlin Holschlag (FR/La Porte City, Iowa) finishing second overall in the Heptathlon with Jada Wyrick (FR/Boone, Iowa) placing third and Megan Miller bringing home seventh.  Also, in the field, Chantel Blair (SO/Boone, Iowa) placed third in the triple jump.

Becca Krueger who placed third in the discus behind Davis, and Maryn Phillips (FR/Hamburg, Iowa) who placed seventh. Katie Halterman(FR/Cedar Falls, Iowa) came in fifth in the shot out along with teammate Becca Krueger placing seventh.

On the track, Michaela Barretta (SO/Indianola, Iowa) brought home third in the 5000-race walk along with the 4×100 team of Dimetrea Hamilton (SO/Des Moines, Iowa), Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), Amber Castillo (SO/Creston, Iowa), and Allie Flaws (SO/Webster City, Iowa) also placing third.

Individually, Hamilton placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles finals with Amara Taylor (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) placing sixth, and Jessica VanZuuk (JR/Norwalk, Iowa) placing eighth. In the 400-meter open the women placed 4th, 5th, and 6th with Chantel Blair, Kennedy King (SR/Davenport, Iowa), and Ayers, respectively.

Hamilton finished her big day placing seventh in the 100-meter dash finals. In the 400-meter hurdles, Taylor came in seventh, with Jessica VanZuuk coming in eighth. Blair brought home fifth place in the 200-meter dash final and teammate Ayers came in seventh.

To end the days for the women’s side the 4×400 team of Kennedy King, Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), Tatum Nearmyer(FR/Monroe, Iowa), and Chantel Blair placed sixth overall.

Male Athlete of the Meet – James Plummer, Grand View

Female Athlete of the Meet – LaVon Davis, Grand View

Men’s Track Co-Athlete of the Year – Isaiah Griffin, MNU; Derek Wilson, Missouri Valley

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year – James Plummer, Grand View

Men’s Coach of the Year – Jerry Monner, Grand View

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Seth Roberson, Grand View

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year – Helen Thames, Avila

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year – LaVon Davis, Grand View

Women’s Coach of the Year – Nate Wiens, MNU

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Kevin O’Grattan, MNU

2018 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions
100m – Isaiah Griffin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 10.64
200m – Isaiah Griffin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 21.94
400m – Joshua Haskin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 48.79$
800m – Alex Goertz (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 1:55.72
1500m – Shane Burns (Evangel) – 4:02.25
5000m – Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley) – 15:49.27
10000m – Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley) – 33:14.88$
110m hurdles – Michal Riha (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 14.71
400m hurdles – Joshua Haskin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 54.60$
3000m steeplechase – Demarkous Nunnally (Missouri Valley) – 9:38.60$
5000m race walk – Jessica Watson (Baker) – 24:12.60
4x100m relay – Grand View (Gannon Svestka, Leeshad O’Neal, Brant Wrede, Daniel Headley) – 42.13
4x400m relay – MidAmerica Nazarene (Isaac Zitterkopf, Kyren Martin, Alex Goertz, Joshua Haskin) – 3:19.53
4x800m relay – Mount Mercy (Aaron Golding, Josh Long, James Lindstrom, Michael Marshall) – 7:56.68
Hammer – Derek Robinson (William Penn) – 55.76m
Javelin – Nick Patterson (Baker) – 56.98m
Long Jump – Jeremi Barnes (Avila) – 7.16m
Triple Jump – Jeremi Barnes (Avila) – 15.00m$
High Jump – Josh Benford (Avila) – 2.05m
Shot Put – James Plummer (Grand View) – 15.65m
Discus – James Plummer (Grand View) – 54.90m*
Pole Vault – Peyton Besand (Central Methodist) – 4.90m$
Decathlon – Jeremiah Connealy (Benedictine) – 5293 points
2018 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions
100m – Keishonda Rose (Benedictine) – 12.05
200m – Gloria Mares (Baker) – 24.74
400m – Helen Thames (Avila) – 55.13*
800m – Tenka Stringer (Avila) – 2:16.56
1500m – Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 4:50.06
5000m – Sarah White (Benedictine) – 19:10.95
10000m – Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 40:01.75
100m hurdles – Dacia Harris (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 14.35
400m hurdles – Helen Thames (Avila) – 1:03.16
3000m steeplechase – McKenna Johnson (Mount Mercy) – 12:04.67
5000m race walk – Brenda McCollum (Baker) – 26:25.86$#&
4x100m relay – Central Methodist (Theresa Zehnle, Pearl Morgan, Mattie Bradley, Lexanna Morgan) – 48.39
4x400m relay – Avila (Helen Thames, Tenka Stringer, Murielle Mercier, Breonne Maltbia) – 3:54.73*
4x800m relay – Avila (Drevon Carter, Tenka Stringer, Murielle Mercier, Penny Fenn) – 9:36.58
Hammer – LaVon Davis (Grand View) – 51.62m
Javelin – Kendyl McDougald (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 45.69m*$
Long Jump – Lexus Lovan (Graceland) – 5.89m
Triple Jump – Breanna Judkins (Clarke) – 11.64m$
High Jump – Vashti Nwagbaraocha (William Penn) – 1.65m
Shot Put – Shelbie Williams (William Penn) – 12.65m
Discus – LaVon Davis (Grand View) – 43.58m
Pole Vault – Maggie Shea (Baker) – 2.95m
Heptathlon – Shelley Laures (Benedictine) – 4159 points

* – Meet record
$ – 2017 champion
# – 2016 champion
& – 2015 champion