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The final day of the 2019 Indoor Track and Field National Championships took place on Saturday, March 2nd.  The Vikings had a strong showing on the third and final day of the meet.

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James Plummer (SR/Columbia, South Carolina) competed in the shot put finals on Saturday, taking home 4th place and an All-American honor.  His national championship in the weight throw and his 4th place finish in the shot put was good enough to earn Plummer NAIA “Outstanding Male Athlete” at the Indoor National Championships.

Amara Taylor (SO/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) finished in 7th place in the 60m Hurdles finals.  That finish was good enough for Taylor to garner All-American honors with a time of 8.88 seconds

Women’s Final Standings…

Rank-Team-Total Points
1 Wayland Baptist 83
2 Southern-NO 63
3 Indiana Tech 54
4 Doane 32
5 Oklahoma City 28
5 Point Park 28
7 Oregon Tech 25
8 Judson 24
9 Concordia (Neb.) 23.5
10 SCAD Atlanta 23
11 Cornerstone 19
11 Spring Arbor 19
11 Taylor 19
14 Aquinas 17.5
15 Hastings 17
16 Dakota Wesleyan 16
16 Life 16
18 Eastern Oregon 15
18 Westmont 15
20 Grand View 14
21 Friends 13
21 Lewis-Clark 13
21 McPherson 13
24 Bethel (Ind.) 12
24 Graceland 12
24 Union (Ky.) 12

Men’s Final Standings…

Rank-Team-Total Points

 

If you would like to view complete results from the meet, please click here.

What’s Next?

The Vikings will take a few weeks off from competition before beginning the outdoor season.  The outdoor season will begin with a home meet, the Grand View Invitational that will take place on Saturday, March 23rd.  Events will begin at 11:00 am at Williams Stadium.

Jenny Kimbro-Iowa and  Jaylan McConico-Iowa
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Vroom, Vroom, Broom by Darren Miller

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Jenny Kimbro-Iowa
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When the University of Iowa track and field teams packed for the Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships, they loaded starting blocks and mini hurdles. What they didn’t bring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, last weekend was a broom.

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Juniors Jaylan McConico and Jenny Kimbro took care of the sweeping with back-to-back victories in the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles.

McConico was first across the finish line in 7.79 seconds in a men’s race that saw Hawkeyes finish first, third, and fourth. Kimbro set a facility record by winning the women’s race in 8.29 seconds. She is the first Hawkeye female to win a Big Ten 60-meter hurdle title.

“Having Jenny win on the women’s side is the one I wanted bad,” said Joey Woody, Iowa director of track and field. “I think it sets a precedent of what type of hurdle program we expect to have on the women’s side like we have with the men.”

Ten minutes before Kimbro’s race, the Hawkeyes featured McConico, senior Chris Douglas, and sophomore Anthony Williams in the eight-person men’s final. Douglas was third in 7.84 and Williams was fourth in 7.88.

“I was watching them in warm-ups and the guys looked ready and confident,” Woody said. “Jaylan and Chris both looked ready to win. Anthony is progressing well and every race he has gotten better. In my mind, I envisioned we could go 1-2-3, but I didn’t know what the order would be.”

For McConico, it is his second consecutive conference title, but he did it last year as an Illinois State Redbird running 7.64 in the finals of the Missouri Valley championships.

“It was good to keep that reign going, no matter the conference,” McConico said. “It was nerve-racking being in that Big Ten environment. It was different from being in MVCs last year. I trusted my training and what I do every day and that helped me push through.”

McConico transferred to Iowa because of its proximity to his home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, the outstanding facilities and atmosphere, and his familiarity with the Hawkeyes. In the past he had competed against Iowa’s Aaron Mallett and Douglas.

Now he trains daily with Douglas, Williams, and the rest of the Hawkeye hurdle corps.

“We push each other and it feels like a hurdle final every day in practice,” said McConico, who will make his second consecutive appearance at indoor nationals. “I am used to that caliber of competition every day in practice. It helps going into a race.”

While McConico had just a 60-meter hurdle preliminary under his belt prior to finals, by the time Kimbro settled into the starting blocks, she had already finished a pentathlon, where she was runner-up to teammate Tria Simmons, and a hurdle preliminary, where she had the fastest qualifying time of 8.31 seconds.

Her mission in the finals was two-fold: calm her nerves and start fast.

“I was focused on out of the blocks to the first hurdle, because sometimes I have a tendency to be really high over the first hurdle,” Kimbro said. “I was thinking about that a lot to make sure the first hurdle was OK and set up the rest of the race. I know I hit a couple hurdles in the middle, I’m just glad it didn’t affect me much.”

The difference between Kimbro and runner-up Jasmine Barge, a senior from Nebraska, was 0.01 seconds.

“I could feel the girls beside me and we were pushing each other along,” Kimbro said. “It came to the last few meters after the last hurdle. I had no idea (who won) until the times came up on the scoreboard, so that was exciting.”

In a matter of 15 minutes, the Hawkeye track and field program compiled 31 points in the 60-meter hurdles (21 from men, 10 for women). No other program came close to matching that combined production (Nebraska scored 21).

“The expectation is that we are going to be a great hurdle program,” Woody said. “The future is bright.”

It might be time to invest in more brooms.

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D3 Indoor National Championships Qaulifiers

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Bella Solis-Bettendorf-Loras
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Iowans and Iowa connections qualifying for D3 Indoor T&F Championships

Boston, MA March 8-9, 2019

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Women

60M-Gabrielle Noland, Loras.  Alison Beeman, Dubuque.  Terrianna Black, Loras.  Alanna Muhammad, Wartburg-Waterloo East.

200M-Alison Beeman, Dubuque.  Gabrielle Noland, Loras.

400M-Emma Cochrane, Cornell-Mt. Vernon.

3,000M-Cassidy Christopher, Wartburg-Cedar Falls.

5,000M-Carina Collet, Warburg.  Kassie Rosenbum, Loras-Clayton Ridge.

60H-Elayna Bahl, Loras-Western Dubuque.  Maggi Bjustrom, Wartburg-ADM.

4X400-Wartburg-Belle Tyynismaa-South Tama, Carson McSorley-New London, Lily Campbell-Waukee, Jackie Ganshirt-Wahlert.  Loras-Stevie Lambe-Dubuque Sr., Bella Solis-Davenport Central, Alexis Alt, Gabrielle Noland.

DMR-Washington U-Molly Sheperd-IC City High.

High Jump-Courtney Kruthoff, Central.  Bella Solis, Loras-Davenport Central.

Long Jump-Elyse Acompanado, Loras.

Shot Put-Anna Rehberg, Wartburg.  Kayla Slowick, Dubuque-North Scott.

Weight Throw-Rebecca Burmahl, Dubuque-Monticello.  Kelsey Betthauser, Dubuque.  Esther Johnson, Loras.  Kennedy Morris, Central-Earlham.

Pentathlon-Mary Gray, Central-Waukee.

 

Men

200M-Patrick Mikel, Loras.

400M-Patrick Mikel, Loras.  Colfay Pointer, Dubuque.

800M-Mark Schulz, Wartburg-CR Kennedy.  Dalton Martin, Wartburg.  Kyle Pape, Central-Wahlert.

Mile-Casey Roberts, Wartburg-Saydel.   Dan Iselin, Luther.

3,000M-Caleb Appleton, Wartburg.  Austin Bach, Cornell.

5,000M-Sam Pinkowski, Wartburg.  Joe Frieberger, Wartburg-Western Dubuque.

4×400-Loras-Tyson Morrison-Davenport Central, Mike Jasa-CR Prairie, Josh Smith, Patrick Mikel.

DMR-Wartburg-Casey Roberts-Saydel, Famiek Cook-CR Kennedy, Mark Schulz-CR Kennedy, Sam Pinkowski.

High Jump-Will Daniels, Central.

Long Jump-Famiek Cook, Wartburg-CR Kennedy.

Shot Put-Blaze Murfin, Dubuque.

Weight Throw-Blaze Murfin, Dubuque.

Heptathlon-Will Daniels, Central.  Ryan Rogers, Loras-Wahlert.

Jenny Kimbro-Iowa
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Hawks’ Jenny Kimbro by Darren Miller

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Jenny Kimbro-Iowa
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 Joey Woody observed something that stuck with him shortly after taking over as director of track and field at the University of Iowa.

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He was watching the women perform at the NCAA Championships and noticed that a majority of points were being scored by multi-event performers.

“The pentathletes and those in the heptathlon outdoor were coming back and making finals in the long jump and scoring points,” Woody said. “They were making finals in the hurdles and scoring points, some of them were making finals in the high jump and scoring points.

“When you see an athlete of that caliber at the national championships, I determined at that point we have to develop our multi-event program, particularly on the women’s side, because those end up being some of your most important athletes.”

Enter Hawkeye junior Jenny Kimbro. The native of Catlin, Illinois, can run, jump, throw, and hurdle, the latter being her specialty event.

After the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the conference coaches voted on most valuable performers. Ohio State senior Sade Olatoye scored 20 points and was named Field Athlete of the Championships; Wisconsin junior Alicia Monson scored 20 points and was named Track Athlete of the Championships.

The female performer who scored the most points over two days was Kimbro with 20.5. She placed second in the pentathlon (eight points), won the 60-meter hurdles (10 points), and ran the lead leg of the winning 4×400-meter relay (2.5 points).

“I wanted to help the team as much as possible because I knew we had a good shot of ending up on top,” Kimbro said. “My main goal was to try to get us as close to the team title as we could.”

The Hawkeyes finished in third place with 80 points, three points out of second.

“Having someone like Jenny who can contribute in other areas plus be a Big Ten champion in the hurdles says a lot about her as an athlete and as a person,” Woody said. “On the women’s side, it’s even more critical to get athletes like Jenny that are multi-event type athletes.”

It was a busy championships for Kimbro, who competed in eight events. On the first day of competition, she was runner-up to senior teammate Tria Simmons in the five-event pentathlon, scoring 4,030 points in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800 meters. In between, Kimbro ran the fastest qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.31).

She won two events on the final day of competition. Kimbro reset her facility record in the 60-meter hurdles by winning the finals in 8.29 seconds. She teamed with Simmons, sophomore Aly Weum, and senior Briana Guillory to win the 4×400 relay in 3:37.58. Kimbro led off with a 56.4 split.

“(Associate head) coach (Clive) Roberts told us going into the 4×4 that a lot of people had done multiple events and a lot of people were tired,” Kimbro said. “It was going to come down to putting everything out there. We knew if we got (the baton) to (anchor leg) Bri close, she would bring it home for us and she obviously did.”

Kimbro felt a little sore after the Big Ten Championships, but after a rest day and a shake-out day, she was back on the track training for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama. She will join Simmons in the pentathlon competition that begins March 8 at 12:15 p.m. (CT).

Wartburg Men's Track
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Knights’ Men Win Conference

1st Sam Pinkowski-Wartburg, 2nd Joe Freiburger-Holy Cross, IA-Wartburg, 3rd Caleb Appleton-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2019

1st Sam Pinkowski-Wartburg, 2nd Joe Freiburger-Holy Cross, IA-Wartburg, 3rd Caleb Appleton-Wartburg
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The No. 9 Wartburg College Knights men’s track and field team finished first out of the nine competing programs at the 2019 American Rivers Conference Championships with 177 points. The championship is the first for the men’s program since 2015 and 10thoverall as a program.

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The Knights finished ahead of 12th-ranked Dubuque, 20th-ranked Central and 21st-ranked Loras en route to claiming nine events. Senior Mark Schulz (Cedar Rapids) won the 800m run with a time 1:55.53, while sophomore Matt Heinzman (Royal Oak, Mich.) won the mile at 4:16.70, junior Caleb Appleton (Zimmerman, Minn.) won the 3,000-meter run at 8:34.2 and sophomore Sam Pinkowski (La Crosse, Wis.) won the 5,000-meter run at 14:40.87. The 4×200-meter relay team won its event by running 1:29.80, while the 4×800-meter team won their event by finishing at 7:53.52. The distance medley relay squad captured the title by finishing with a time of 10:17.33. Senior Famiek Cook (Cedar Rapids) won the long jump with a leap of 7.36-meters and sophomore Riley Barrett (Parkersburg) won the heptathlon with 4,261 points.

Cook’s long jump set a new facility record, beating the previous record by .02 meters. In the men’s heptathlon 1,000-meter run, sophomore Curren Matthias (Denver) set a new American Rivers Conference Championship mark by running a 2:39.01.

Complete Team Standings
1. No. 9 Wartburg, 177 points
2. No. 21 Loras, 136.5 points
3. Nebraska Wesleyan, 122 points
4. No. 12 Dubuque, 104 points
5. No. 20 Central, 90.5 points
6. Simpson, 44 points
7. Luther, 36 points
8. Buena Vista, 16 points
9. Coe, 14 points

Complete All-Conference Performers
200m Dash: Dallas Wright, 22.53 (2nd)
400m Dash: Joe Duehr, 50.81 (3rd)
800m Run: Mark Schulz, 1:55.23 (1st)
800m Run: Casey Roberts, 1:55.53 (2nd)
Mile: Matt Heinzman, 4:16.70 (1st)
Mile: Sam Pinkowski, 4:17.82 (3rd)
3,000m Run: Caleb Appleton, 8:34.62 (1st)
3,000m Run: Joe Freiburger, 8:37.25 (2nd)
5,000m Run: Sam Pinkowski, 14:40.87 (1st)
5,000m Run: Joe Freiburger, 12:52.87 (2nd)
5,000m Run: Caleb Appleton, 14:53.02 (3rd)
60m Hurdles: Famiek Cook, 8.49 (3rd)
4x200m Relay (Dallas Wright, Joe Duehr, Famiek Cook, Roberto Salamo): 1:29.80 (1st)
4x400m Relay (Dallas Wright, Famiek Cook, Roberto Salamo, Casey Roberts): 3:21.47 (2nd)
4x800m Relay (Matt Heinzman, Conor Sapp, Dalton Martin, Mark Schulz): 7:53.52 (1st)
DMR (Frosty Lorimer, Wyatt Schmidt, Conor Sapp, Casey Roberts): 10:17.33 (1st)
Long Jump: Famiek Cook, 7.36m (1st)
Heptathlon: Riley Barrett, 4,261 points (1st)

The Wartburg men’s track and field coaching staff was also named the Coaching Staff of the Year by the conference.

TFFRS standings: As of press time, here is where the following results stand on the indoor performance lists in NCAA Division III:
5,000-meter run by Pinkowski: 30th
DMR: 24th
Long jump by Cook: 3rd
Heptathlon by Barrett: Tied for 39th

Click here for the complete results.

 

The Knights will return to action next week, as the program will host a NCAA Qualifier meet on Mar. 1 and Mar. 2.

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones Men Finish 2nd at Conference

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Larkin Chapman-Muscatine-ISU
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The No. 20 Iowa State men’s track and field team had its best indoor conference meet in 22 years, finishing second Saturday at the 2019 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Cyclone men came in second for the first time since 1997 and their 109-point haul marks a second-straight indoor campaign hitting a century at the Indoor Championships.

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The ISU men were led on the day by a pair of conference titles from Roshon Roomes (600y run) and Edwin Kurgat (3,000m run). Kurgat completed the 3K/5K sweep, the first Cyclone since 1992 to do so, and earned a share of the Big 12 High Point Award for the meet.

The Iowa State women finished seventh with 66 points, led by Keira Christie-Galloway’s title in the 60-meter hurdles, ISU’s first indoor crown in the hurdles since 2007.

Iowa State got an outstanding pair of performances in the 600-yard run. Heat one saw Eric Fogltanzcome from behind to knock off defending champ Vincent Crisp of Texas Tech in a PR 1:08.22. However, Roshon Roomes took over the stage as he held off a hard-charging Derrick Mokaleng of TCU to win in a school and collegiate-record 1:07.67, knocking off the old school mark of 1:07.73 set by Frankie Atwater in 1991.

Roomes earned his first career Big 12 crown and got ISU’s seventh conference title in the 600-yard run, the most recent being by Jaymes Dennison two years ago in Ames. Fogltanz’s time ranks No. 3 in ISU history.

The Cyclones delivered again in the men’s 3,000 with a 24-point outlay. 1,000m in, the already-old rivalry between Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez resumed, as the two split up from the field to do their own battle. It was neck-and-neck the whole way, but Kurgat came through to get the win and do the 3K/5K sweep in 8:16.17.

Kurgat is the first Big 12 men’s student-athlete to do the 3K/5K sweep indoors since Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa in 2014, and is the first individual Cyclone to do the double since Jon Brown in 1992. As a team, ISU did the double in 1993, with Dmitry Drozdov winning the 3K and Jonah Koech taking the 5,000m.

Joining Kurgat on the medal stand was David Too (3rd, 8:22.22), Andrew Jordan (4th, 8:23.87), Chad Johnson (7th, 8:25.81) and John Nownes (8th, 8:26.49). Thomas Pollard joined them in the top-10 in ninth at 8:27.90.

Festus Lagat came into today’s 800m well rested, as a seven-man field meant no Friday prelim. He showed what he had by pushing Kansas All-American Bryce Hoppel the whole way to run a personal best 1:48.35. The time was converted down to 1:48.04 for altitude, and at the time of publication ranks No. 16 in NCAA Division I this season.

ISU got a bronze-medal effort in the 60m hurdles from Mason Weh, who crushed his previous best from earlier this season by crossing in 7.80. Logan Schneider brought in five points for ISU by taking fourth in 7.89.

For the second-straight day, Christie-Galloway was in a battle with Texas’ Mariam Abdul-Rashid. Once again today, the Cyclone got the better of the battle, using a strong finish to cross in 8.17, tying her school record from yesterday in prelims. The ISU freshman claimed the Cyclones’ first Big 12 60m hurdles title since Rebecca Williams in 2007, and it was the fourth time the ISU women have won an indoor hurdles title.

The Cyclone women brought home 16 points in the long distance race for a second-straight day, this time in the 3,000-meter run. The effort was guided by Cailie Logue, who came home with the bronze medal in 9:29.18. She was joined on the podium by Amanda Vestri (4th, 9:35.97), Anne Frisbie (6th, 9:36.77) and Karly Ackley (7th, 9:44.59).

Up Next
Qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be announced on Tuesday. The competition will take place in Birmingham, Alabama on March 8-9.

Team Standings
Men:
1. Texas Tech, 179; 2. Iowa State, 109; 3. Kansas, 87; 4. Oklahoma State, 72.5; 5. Texas, 69.5; 6. Baylor, 68; 7. Oklahoma, 57; 8. Kansas State, 56; 9. TCU, 39
Women: 1. Texas, 128; 2. Texas Tech, 108.5; 3. Kansas State, 102; 4. Kansas, 89.5; 5. Oklahoma State, 69; 6. Baylor 68; 7. Iowa State, 66; 8. Oklahoma, 60.5; 9. TCU, 32; 10. West Virginia, 15.5

Iowa State Results
600y Run Final (M):
1. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:07.67; 3. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 1:08.22
800m Run Final (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:46.84; 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:48.35
800m Run Final (W): 1. Marleena Eubanks, Kansas – 2:03.99; 6. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:10.83
1,000m Run Final (W): 1. Sinclaire Johnson, Oklahoma State – 2:44.23; 4. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:50.73; 7. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 2:55.24
Mile Run Final (M): 1. Sam Worley, Texas – 4:05.12; 4. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:07.62; 6. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 4:08.65
Mile Run Final (W): 1. Molly Sughroue, Oklahoma State – 4:48.75; 6. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 4:52.33
3,000m Run (M): 1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 8:16.17; 3. David Too, Iowa State – 8:22.22; 4. Andrew Jordan, Iowa State – 8:23.87; 7. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 8:25.81; 8. John Nownes, Iowa State – 8:26.49; 9. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 8:27.90; 25. Finn Gessner, Iowa State – 8:46.87
3,000m Run (W): 1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas – 9:20.71; 3. Cailie Logue, Iowa State – 9:29.18; 4. Amanda Vestri, Iowa State – 9:35.97; 6. Anne Frisbie, Iowa State – 9:36.77; 7. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 9:44.59; 10. Abby Caldwell, Iowa State – 9:51.90; 13. Kelly Naumann, Iowa State – 9:56.76; 33. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 10:21.95; Morgan Gigandet, Iowa State – DNF
60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. John Burt, Texas – 7.73; 3. Mason Weh, Iowa State – 7.80; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.89
60m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Keira Christie-Galloway, Iowa State – 8.17
4x400m Relay (M): 1. Baylor, 3:05.58; 5. Iowa State (Charlie Johnson, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Cebastian Gentil) – 3:14.26
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Baylor, 3:33.92; 9. Iowa State (Sydney Milani, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Emma Whigham, Jasmine Staebler) – 3:43.52

Shot Put (M): 1. Adrian Piperi, Texas – 66-6 (20.27m); 11. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-7 1/4 (15.12m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Meia Gordon, Oklahoma – 54-0 (16.46m); 10. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 46-4 3/4 (14.14m)
High Jump (M): 1. Tejaswin Shankar, Kansas State – 7-5 3/4 (2.28m); 9. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-8 (2.03m)
High Jump (W): 1. Zarriea Willis, Texas Tech – 6-0 3/4 (1.85m); 11. Megan Durbin, Iowa State – 5-6 (1.68m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State – 43-5 (13.23m); 8. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 41-9 3/4 (12.74m); 17. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 38-7 (11.76m)

UNI Men's Track Team
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Panthers Men and Women Place High at Conference

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI ©Panther Athletics 2019

Conner Ham-Solon-UNI
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The UNI men finished second, the Panther women finished fourth, Connor Ham was named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete and 14 individual and a pair of relay teams earned All-Conference honors to highlight the final day of the Missouri Valley Indoor Conference Championship Sunday at the UNI-Dome.

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The Illinois State men won with a team score of 159, UNI was second with a total of 144.5. Indiana State was third with a score of 95.50.
On the women’s side, Illinois State won with a score of 173. Indiana State was second at 141, Southern Illinois scored 95 points for third and the Panthers were fourth with a total of 78.5.
Connor Ham won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.93, a personal best and the highest ranked mark in the NCAA among the men’s track events which earned him Most Outstanding Athlete honors.
Maddie McCalla also earned a gold medal with a win in the 400-meter dash. She won the event with a time of 54.89, matching her career best from the MVC Outdoor Championship a year ago.
The final UNI championship came from the men’s 4×400 team. The Panther team of Sven Van Den Bergh, Tayshaun Cooper, Bryce Newcomb and Connor Bloughwon the event by more than two seconds with a time of 3:14.38.
McCalla tallied a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.52, a personal best. Lyndsie Schinkel tallied a third-place finish in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10. 37. Patrice Watson finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.58, a tenth of a second faster than her previous best time. Maria Gonzalez scored a third-place finish in the high jump with a jump 5-feet-5.25 to earn All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season.
On the men’s side, Evan Long finished second in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. He notched a time of 21.65 in the 200 and 47.79 in the 400. Van Den Bergh joined Long on the podium in the 400 with a time of 48.25.
Austin Heitland closed out the heptathlon with a strong performance in the Pole Vault and a PR in the 1,000-meter run to finish second with a final score of 5,066. He was just seven points short of the Jordan Wilkerson who won with a score 5,073.
In the field events, Keegan Tritle finished second in the shot put with a throw of 61-feet-5. He led a pack of Panthers that picked up four, top-six finishes.
Saturday, the Panthers picked up All-Conference honors from Brooke Lorenz in the Pentathlon, Cade Kirkpatrick in the long jump, Isaac Holtz in the weight throw and the women’s DMR team.
The second-place finish is the highest finish in the indoor meet since the Panthers took home the title in 2009.
UP NEXT:
Despite the weather outside, the outdoor season is just around the corner. The Panthers are slated to open at the Jim Duncan Invite on March 30 in Des Moines. The UNI men will look to defend their outdoor title which they won by one point over Illinois State a season ago.
All-Conference
Connor Ham – 1st – 60H
Patrice Watson – 3rd – 60H
Evan Long – 2nd – 200M
Maddie McCalla – 2nd – 200M
Evan Long – 2nd – 400M
Sven Van Den Bergh – 3rd – 400M
Maddie McCalla – 1st – 400M
Lyndsie Schinkel – 3rd – 800M
Austin Heitland – 2nd – Hept
Brooke Lorenz – 2nd – Pent
Maria Gonzalez – 3rd – HJ
Cade Kirkpatrick – 2nd – LJ
Keegan Tritle – 2nd – SP
Isaac Holtz – 2nd –  WT
Men’s 4×400 – 1st
Women’s DMR – 2nd
McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI 
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Panthers Find Success at ISU Classic

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI  ©Panthers Athletics 2018

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI
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UNI Track and Field concluded a successful weekend at the elite Iowa State Classic at the Leid Rec Center in Ames with 45 top eight finishes and wins by Maddie McCalla in the 400m and Evan Long in the 200m. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team took second by less than a 100th of a second to Minnesota but improved its MVC best time in the process.

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Tayshaun Cooper finished second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.88 and Ben Daumueller was third in the 600m with a time of 1:13.57. Connor Ham and Cole Phillips went 2-3 in the 60-meter hurdles with times of 8.13 and 8.24 respectively.

In the men’s field events, Cam Bauer finished third in the pole vault with a vault of 14-11 and third in the long jump with a leap of 43-7. Chase Van Sant finished third in the Long Jump with a leap of 22-9.75. The UNI shot put squad continued to perform at a high level. Keegan Tritle took second with a season-high toss of 60-5.25. Darius King finished fourth (58-11.25), Isaac Holtz was fifth (56-8) and Tom Yexek was sixth (55-7). Holtz threw a season-high 58-10.75 in the weight throw to finish second.

On the women’s side, McCalla took second in the 200 with a mark of 24:67 while Taylor Raines finished third with a personal best time of 25:08.

McKayla Cole finished 14th in the incredibly deep 5k field with a personal best time of 17:01.38. The time moved her to fourth in the MVC rankings.

Allison Griffin set a PR by almost two feet to earn a second-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 59-9.75.

UP NEXT: The Panthers travel to the Wisconsin Shell Shocker Classic on Friday, Feb. 15 for the final meet of the regular season. The MVC Championship is slated for Feb. 23-24 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

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Cyclone Distance Runners Shine

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Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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The final day of competition at the Iowa State Classic saw the Cyclones put up many strong performances and personal bests Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. ISU got a pair of victories on the day and a trio of impressive performances in the 800-meter run.

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In the final event of the weekend for ISU, Festus Lagat and Roshon Roomes notched personal bests in the 800m run. Roomes ran his race from the front, running at or near the rabbit, while Lagat settled into the back. However, when it came down to it the two found each other side-by-side making their moves for the finish line. Roomes crossed in third at 1:48.70, while Lagat was right behind in fourth at 1:48.80 now No. 4 and No. 5 in ISU history, respectively. At the time of publication, Roomes was ranked No. 15 on the NCAA Division I Indoor 800m list this season, Lagat 16th.

Erinn Stenman-Fahey stayed in the back of the pack for the first half of the women’s 800-meter run’s sixth section. Lett the field do battle, she began to work her way up within the final 200 and then made a big move heading onto the backstretch and into the final corner to surge ahead of the back and ease her way to the section win in an indoor personal best 2:06.20, which at the time of publication ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division I for the season.

Eric Fogltanz led wire-to-wire to take the 400-meter dash crown in 47.34. The Cyclones also got a victory form Jalaiya Bartley in the women’s triple jump, as her third jump of the day was the winning leap at 40-1 3/4 (12.22m).

Among the other highlights on Saturday was Milo Greder’s impressive performance in the men’s mile, with the redshirt freshman getting a personal best with his 4:05.74 effort, over two seconds better than his best run last month at Arkansas.

Up Next
Iowa State will take part in the JDL DMR Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
400m Dash (M):
1. Eric Fogltanz, Iowa State – 47.34; 10. Nate Kennedy, Iowa State – 49.30; 11. Charlie Johnson, Iowa State – 49.61
400m Dash (W): 1. Maddie McCalla, UNI – 55.10; 8. Sydney Milani, Iowa State – 56.39
800m Run, Section 9 (M): 1. Bryce Hoppel, Kansas – 1:48.10; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 1:48.70; 4. Festus Lagat, Iowa State – 1:48.80
800m Run, Section 4 (M): 1. Xavier Wolf, Kansas – 1:50.94; 5. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 1:52.18
800m Run, Section 1 (M): 1. Karson LeComte, Nebraska – 1:54.94; 4. Franklin Shue, Iowa State – 1:56.55
800m Run, Section 6 (W): 1. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:06.20; 7. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:09.96
800m Run, Section 2 (W): 1. Lindsey Greenlund, Minnesota – 2:12.17; 6. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:14.73; 8. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:15.32
Mile Run, Section 5 (M): 1. Kenneth Hagen, Unattached, 4:01.80; 7. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 4:05.74
Mile Run, Section 1 (W): 1. Rachel Boice, Kentucky – 4:56.68; 11. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 5:19.91

Shot Put (M): 1. Nace Plesko, Virginia – 61-4 3/4 (18.71m); 8. Zach Timm, Iowa State – 49-9 3/4 (15.18m)
Shot Put (W): 1. Brittany Jones, Virginia – 51-2 3/4 (15.61m); 7. Keiara Williams, Iowa State – 44-1 1/2 (13.45m)
Triple Jump (W): 1. Jalaiya Bartley, Iowa State – 40-1 1/4 (12.22m); 4. Jessie Stindt, Iowa State – 38-1 1/4 (11.61m)
High Jump (M): 1. Brenton Foster, Virginia – 6-11 (2.11m); 9. Cody Durbin, Iowa State – 6-5 (1.96m)

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Big PR Weekend For the Hawks

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It was a day of personal bests for the University of Iowa track and field team at the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational on Friday.

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The distance group led the Hawkeyes, seeing improved times in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Senior Daniel Soto broke onto the Iowa all-time list, ranking third in the 5,000 meters (13:59.82).

“I thought overall we made some progress today as a team,” Iowa Director of Track & Field Joey Woody. “It was awesome to see some of the great performances at Iowa State from our distance athletes. Dan Soto continues build on his fantastic cross country season with another big personal record today.”

Seniors Ian Eklin (14:24.17) and Bailey Hesse-Withbroe (14:43.81), and junior Megan Schott (16:39.54) ran their fastest 5,000 meters, and freshmen Noah Healy (8:15.32) and Anna Hostetler (9:35.10) ran their fastest 3,000 meters.

In the 400 meters, sophomore Aly Weum ran 55.31 and freshman Daneisha Woodsideran 57.97, recording their best times, and Maria Gorham inched her way to a new high jump best (1.66 meters, 5-5 1/4).

Junior Chris Thompson on the 600 yards in 1:11.17, senior Chris Douglas placed second and tied his personal best for the fourth time in the 60-meter hurdles (7.76), and juniors Nia Britt and Aubrianna Lantrip took third in the weight throw (18.14 meters, 59-6 1/4) and the high jump (1.66 meters, 5-5 1/4), respectively.

“I was happy to see Chris Douglas tie his personal best from last year with a time that should qualify him to the NCAA meet,” Woody said. “It was the best hurdle field in the country, so I was more excited for him to finish second and beat some NCAA caliber hurdlers.”

The Hawkeyes continue to compete in the Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational on Saturday. The Iowa State Classic starts at noon (CT), and the Tyson Invitational starts at 10:30 a.m. (CT) with field events and running events start at 1:30 p.m.