Isaiah Trousil-W. Burlington-UNI
©Mike Byrnes 2018

Panthers Off to a Good Start at Hawkeye Invite

Alanna Nietert-Lin Mar-UNI  ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Alanna Nietert-Lin Mar-UNI
©Mike Byrnes 2018

Maddie McCalla set a meet record and put up the fifth-best time in UNI history to win the 400m dash and highlight a strong Panther performance at the Hawkeye Invitational that included nine top-three finishes and five event wins.

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McCalla won the 400m dash with a run of 55.57 which topped the meet record of 56.13. Her time is the best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

Evan Long also won the 400m with a time of 48.10 which moves him into the top-10 all-time for the Panthers. He also has the top time in MVC to date this season.

McKayla Cole won the 3K with a time of 10:07.88. The time is the second-fastest so far in the MVC to date.

The men’s 4×400-relay team finished first with a time of 3:13.69 for the top time in the MVC this season.

In the field events, Keegan Tritle won the shot put with a toss of 58-11.25, the top throw in the MVC so far this season.

Other top-3 finishes include Patrice Watson who took third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.84. Tayshaun Cooper finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 21.95. Sven Van Den Bergh was second in the 400m dash, just two-tenths of a second behind Long with a time of 48.12.

In the shot put, UNI took four of the top five spots with Darius King taking second with a throw of 58-1.75. Isaac Holtz finished fourth and Tom Yezek took fifth.

Alanna Nietert was third in the weight throw with a toss of 61-2.

Connor Ham was fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, but his time of 8.07 is the top in the MVC to date.

UP NEXT
The Panthers are back in action on Jan. 19 at the NDSU Invite in Fargo, N.D.

Karson Sommer-PV-Iowa
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Hawks Get 7 Wins at the Hawkeye Invite

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa ©Brian Ray Hawkeye Sports

Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa
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University of Iowa track and field team won seven events at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday, adding to junior Laulauga Tausaga’s school record weight throw on Friday.

 Courtesy Hawkeye Sports, click here! Feature photo: Karson Sommer-PV-Iowa ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Tausaga picked up her second win in the shot put (16.02m, 52-6 3/4).

“I know there’s still more in the tank, especially after I saw my warmups,” Tausaga said. “I’m just trying to prepare for Big Ten Championships and get a spot on the NCAA qualifiers list.”

QUOTING COACH WOODY
“I thought it was a great January opener,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woodysaid. “We had some great performances. We came out and had Laulauga in the weight throw break the school record and kept things going.

“In the men’s hurdles, Jaylan [McConico] had an excellent preliminary race, just pressed a little bit in the finals. Right now with his time, that should qualify him for the national race already. If he would have finished the race a little better on the last two hurdles, I think he’d be leading the nation right now. Definitely a good start to the season for him. We’re excited that he’s a part of our program. That was fun to see.

“I was proud of Payton Wensel today. She had a long day, running three races. She was runner-up in the 400 meters with a personal record, ran a near personal record in the 200 meters, and came back and had a great anchor leg in the relay.”

HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD
Five women’s track and field athletes and the 1,600-meter relay team won events at the Hawkeye Invitational.

CAREER BESTS
The women tallied 10 personal bests:

The men added five personal bests:

The Hawkeyes host their third of four indoor home meets with the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 18-19. Teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Admission is free.

Logan Schnneider-ISU
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Cyclone Distance Crew Out For a Strong Start!

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU ©Mike Brynes 2018

Gwynne Wright-Pekin-ISU
©Mike Brynes 2018

A sweep of the 1,000-meter run highlighted Iowa State’s day at the Hawkeye Invitational Saturday. Dan Curts and Jasmine Staebler got the wins on the day for the Cylones, while Logan Schneider put up an impressive performance in the 60-meter hurdles.

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Dan Curts opened his indoor season with a victory, taking a hard-fought battle over Zack Penrod of Wichita State in the men’s 1,000m. Curts made his move to take the lead on his third of five laps but the Shockers’ Penrod was able to close late with a final lap of 28.64, but Curts was able to hang on for the victory. Milo Greder finished fourth in 2:28.62.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Logan Schneider put up his second PR in as many meets, crossing the line in third with a 7.80. His time moves him up to No. 3 in Iowa State history for the event and, at the time of publication, sees him ranked at No. 6 in NCAA Division I for the event this season.

On the women’s side, Jasmine Staebler led a Cyclone 1-2-3 in the 1,000m with a wire-to-wire leading time of 2:53.02. Right behind her was Erinn Stenman-Fahey in 2:53.16, while Gwynne Wright got the win in heat two to finish third overall on 2:55.07.

Up Next
Iowa State will be back in Iowa City next weekend for the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Iowa State Results
60m Hurdles Prelims (M):
1. Jaylan McConico, Iowa – 7.73; 4. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.95
60m Hurdles Prelims (W): 1. Jenny Kimbro, Iowa – 8.40; 2. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.61; 6. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.88; 18. Emily Coghill, Iowa State – 9.28
400m Dash (M): 1. Evan Long, UNI – 48.10; 3. Roshon Roomes, Iowa State – 48.17; 13. Charlie Johnson, Iowa State – 50.93
400m Dash (W): 1. Maddie McCalla, UNI – 55.57; 3. Zakiyah Amos, Iowa State – 56.70
1,000m Run (M): 1. Dan Curts, Iowa State – 2:25.03; 4. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 2:28.62; 12. Cebastian Gentil, Iowa State – 2:39.14; 13. Zach Black, Iowa State – 2:40.48; Nate Kennedy, Iowa State – DNF
1,000m Run (W): 1. Jasmine Staebler, Iowa State – 2:53.02; 2. Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Iowa State – 2:53.16; 3. Gwynne Wright, Iowa State – 2:55.07; 5. Alexis Gourrier, Iowa State – 2:57.03; 7. Larkin Chapman, Iowa State – 3:01.66
60m Hurdles Final (M): 1. Aaron Mallett, Unattached – 7.63; 3. Logan Schneider, Iowa State – 7.80
60m Hurdles Final (W): 1. Jenny Kimbro, Iowa – 8.38; 2. Kaylyn Hall, Iowa State – 8.63; 5. Katarina Vlahovic, Iowa State – 8.91
600m Run (W): 1. Briana Guillory, Iowa – 1:30.92; 2. Sydney Milani, Iowa State – 1:33.68; 4. Emma Whigham, Iowa State – 1:35.29; 8. Laurel Hoogensen, Iowa State – 1:37.62
800m Run (W): 1. Grace McCabe, Iowa – 2:12.98; 8. Maggie Davis, Iowa State – 2:19.90; 9. Anna Herriott, Iowa State – 2:21.13; 14. Brina Kraft, Iowa State – 2:29.50
Mile Run (M): 1. Eldon Warner, South Dakota – 4:09.22; 9. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 4:16.88; 20. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 4:25.31
Mile Run (W): 1. Rebekah Topham, Wichita State – 4:53.06; 3. Karly Ackley, Iowa State – 4:55.56; 11. Morgan Gigandet, Iowa State – 5:08.43
200m Dash (M): 1. Kenny Bednarek, Indian Hills CC -20.60; 5. Gage Clay, Iowa State – 22.14
4x400m Relay (M): 1. UNI – 3:13.69; 2. Iowa State (Eric Fogltanz, Ben Kelly, Nate Kennedy, Roshon Roomes) – 3:14.86
4x400m Relay (W): 1. Iowa -3:45.73; 2. Iowa State (Emma Whigham, Zakiyah Amos, Laurel Hoogensen, Sydney Milani) – 3:45.90

Long Jump (M): 1. Rayvon Allen, Wichita State – 24-9 1/4 (7.55m); 8. Chandler Diercks, Iowa State – 23-0 3/4 (7.03m)

Michelle Carrillo-Storm Lake-GVU
©Doug Wells-2018

Vikings Victorious at Fighting Bee Opener

Michelle Carrillo-Storm Lake-GVU ©Doug Wells-2018

Michelle Carrillo-Storm Lake-GVU
©Doug Wells-2018

The Grand View men’s track and field team traveled to St. Ambrose on Friday afternoon to compete in the Fighting Bee Opener.  The Vikings captured 1st place in the team standings behind 7 individual winners. Four Vikings hit national qualifying marks and one school record was set.

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Grand View’s James Plummer (SR/Columbia, South Carolina) won the weight throw and the shot put events, claiming NAIA “A standard” national qualifying marks in both events.  Austin Hill (JR/Pella, Iowa) finished 5th overall in the weight throw while qualifying with a “B standard” mark for the national meet. Isaiah Wittrock, Alonzo Spencer-Rodriguez, and Ahren Davis swept the 800-meter run taking first, second and third, respectively.

Men’s First Place…

Shot Put 1st Place: James Plummer

Weight Throw 1st Place: James Plummer

Triple Jump 1st Place:  Daniel Headley (SR/Melbourne, Florida)

Mile Race 1st Place:  Ben Huftalin (SO/Osage, Iowa)

60M Hurdles 1st Place:  Tyler Miller (FR/Madrid, Iowa)

800M Race 1st Place:  Isaiah Wittrock (FR/Richland, Iowa)

4X400M Race 1st Place:  Gannon Svestka (SO/Johnston, Iowa), Alonzo Rodriguez-Spencer, Jacob Thompson, Isaiah Wittrock

 

Grand View School Record Set…

There was one school record broken this weekend in the 1,000m race by Brandon Young who finished second.

1,000M Race: Brandon Young (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) (2:32.27)

 

Men’s NAIA National Qualifying Marks…

In the second meet of the season, three Vikings had four NAIA qualifying marks.

Weight Throw:  James Plummer (65′ 7″) “A Standard”

Austin Hill (54′ 1.25″) “B Standard”

Shot Put:  James Plummer (53′ 11.75″) “A Standard”

1,000M Race:  Brandon Young (2:32.27) “B Standard”

 

Team Finish…

Grand View finished 1st out of 5 teams on Friday.  The team results are below:

Women

The Grand View women’s track and field team traveled to St. Ambrose on Friday afternoon to compete in the Fighting Bee Opener.  The Vikings won five events, had the top two finishers in the women’s 60M hurdles and set a new school record.

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Grand View’s Michelle Carrillo (JR/Storm Lake, Iowa) won the weight throw by over 6 feet with a toss of 57′ 3.5″ which qualifies her with an NAIA A standard mark.  Chantel Blair (JR/Boone, Iowa) won the long jump for the Vikings, recording a 17′ 11.75″ jump, which qualified her with an NAIA B standard.  Blair now holds the Grand View school record in the long jump.

Women’s First Place…

High Jump 1st Place: Haley Flaws (FR/Webster City, Iowa)

Long Jump 1st Place: Chantel Blair

Weight Throw 1st Place:  Michelle Carrillo

Shot Put 1st Place:  Maryn Phillips (SO/Hamburg, Iowa)

60M Hurdles 1st Place:  Amara Taylor (SO/Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

 

Grand View School Record Set…

There was one school record broken this weekend in the long jump.

Long Jump: Chantel Blair (17′ 11.75″)

 

Women’s NAIA National Qualifying Marks…

In the second meet of the season, two Vikings had NAIA qualifying marks.

Weight Throw:  Michelle Carrillo (57′ 3.5″) A Standard

Long Jump: Chantel Blair (17′ 11.75″) B Standard

 

Team Finish…

Grand View finished 2nd out of 5 teams on Friday.  The team results are below:

WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES

 

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Josh Pretska-Long Grove-St. Ambrose and Rene Nichols-Davenport-St. Ambrose 
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Fighting Bees Off to a Great Start

Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose and Abby Sears-Bettendorf-St. Ambrose ©Fighting Bees Athletics 2018

Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose and Abby Sears-Bettendorf-St. Ambrose
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Women

A balanced team effort and a national leading relay were just enough for the Fighting Bee women to win the Fighting Bee Opener.

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The Bees tallied 155 points to beat Grand View (140), Augustana (107), Monmouth (47) and St. Francis (46) in the annual meet.

The women’s 4×800 relay, which has been an All-American relay for SAU each of the past two seasons, qualified to compete at another national championship.

Racing alone on the track, Abby Sears (SR/Bettendorf, Iowa), Ashley Plumb (SR/Macomb, Ill.), Claire Duncan(FR/Anamosa, Iowa) and Corrie Reiley (SR/Prophetstown, Ill.) finished in 9:39.94 which is the fastest time in the NAIA this season.

The group, minus Reiley, also poured on the points in the 800m run with Plumb winning, followed by Sears in third and Duncan in fourth.

The Bees had two more wins in distance events as Emma Duncan (FR/Anamosa, Iowa) notched her first college victory in the mile, out-kicking teammate Mallory Rettenmeier (SR/Aurora, Ill.) who took home silver.

Meg Grady led a Bees podium sweep in the 3,000m run, finishing in 11:04.88, less than 10 seconds ahead of Chloe Gunn(SR/Peoria, Ill.) in second and Jenny Dickes (JR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in third.

SAU had four other bronze medal performances on the track: Bridget Sulek (JR/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) in the 400m, Keeley Knobloch (SR/Moline, Ill.) in the 1,000m, Leah Rose (FR/Ocala, Fla.) in the 60m hurdles and the 4×400 relay of Sulek, Abby Camp (FR/Chillicothe, Ill.), Mackenzie Clary (FR/Prophetstown, Ill.) and Hana Hart.

In the field SAU was strong as well, having top three finishes in all but one event.

At the jumps, Abby Camp continued her stellar freshman season by being the top collegiate athlete in the triple jump. She then won a bronze medal in the long jump. Finishing right ahead of her in the long jump was Lani Hillard (SO/Muscatine, Iowa) in second place.

Alex Axup (SO/Rock Island, Ill.) leaped to a personal best of 3.25m (10-8) in the pole vault to finish third, while Mickey Hayes was also a bronze medal winner in the high jump.

Over at the throws ring, Brandi Crawley (FR/Milan, Ill.) was the highlight of the day, tossing a personal best of 11.53m (37-10) in the shot put.

“I love this meet because all of the teams here are very strong, full teams, with good coaches” SAU head coach Dan Tomlinsaid. “It brings out the best in us, and it’s very hard to find a meet this competitive to start the season.

“I’m very pleased with how we performed and I think that is a product of the athletes continuing to train hard over break and not take time off.”

Next up for the Bees is Wartburg’s Chlesey M Henkenius Open on January 19.

Men

The Fighting Bee men had their stars shining bright at the Fighting Bee Opener.

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SAU (93 points) finished third in the five team meet with Grand View (157) winning in front of Augustana (128), while Monmoth (70) was fourth and St. Francis (38) took fifth.

Returning All-American’s Josh Pestka (SR/Long Grove, Iowa) (5th in 1,000m run in 2018) and Rane Nichols (SR/Davenport, Iowa) (7th in 1,000m run in 2018, 5th in 4×400 relay in 2017) went first and third in the 1,000m run and were fast enough to punch their ticket to the NAIA Indoor National Championships.

The Bees other win came from sophomore Alec McEylea who leaped 6.96m (22-10) to take the win with another national qualifying performance.

Four Bees had runner-up finishes: Vance Bohlen (SR/Belle Plaine, Iowa) in the 60m dash, Matt Jung (FR/Tinley Park, Ill.) in the 3,000m run, Austin Robinson (FR/Aledo, Ill.) in the 60m hurdles and Justin Griser (FR/Hampton, Ill.) in the high jump. Bohlen, a junior, was the only non-freshmen of the silver medal-winning contingency.

All-American heptathlete Cole Connell (SR/Delmar, Iowa) won a bronze medal in the pole vault and Cam Edom(SO/Romeoville, Ill.) nearly had a lifetime best jump in the triple jump where he also scored a bronze medal.

“I don’t think you can find a better small college meet on this weekend,” SAU head coach Dan Tomlin said. “We competed very well and the outlook for the rest of the season is bright.

“Having those guys punch their ticket in the 1k makes the rest of the season a little easier planning wise. We can do some different things now and gear up for conference and nationals without having that worry hanging over us.”

Next up for the Bees is Wartburg’s Chlesey M Henkenius Open on January 19.

Jasmine Staebler-Clayton Ridge-ISU
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Cyclones Back in Action at Hawkeye Invitational

Gwynne Wrigh-Pekin-ISU ©Mike Byrnes 2018

Gwynne Wrigh-Pekin-ISU
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With the winter break over, the Iowa State track and field team is back in action this weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday. Competition begins with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 12:30 p.m. inside the UI Recreation Building.

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A live stream of the running events will be shown via the subscription-based BTN Plus, here. Live results will be provided by Wayzata Results, here.

Saturday’s action will primarily be focused on the track, with 35 of ISU’s 36 entries coming in running events. On the men’s side, hurdlers Logan Schneider and Mason Weh got off to strong starts to their season in the 60-meter hurdles, both currently ranking in the top-8 of NCAA Division I. They will be back in the 60 hurdles this weekend, along with Eric Fogltanz. A strong group of middle distance runners are also entered to compete, with Roshon Roomes in the 400m, Zach Black and Dan Curts in the 1,000m and Thomas Pollard in the Mile.

On the women’s side, they are also bringing a strong middle distance group. Four-time All-American Jasmine Staebler will make her season debut in the 1,000m run, where she will be joined by ISU’s 2018 Big 12 Indoors 1-2 finishers in the 1,000 in Larkin Chapman and Erinn Stenman-Fahey, respectively. Karly Ackley and Abby Caldwell are entered to make season debuts in the mile.

Entries (as of Jan. 10, 7:54 PM)
Men
200m Dash: Gage Clay
400m Dash: Charlie Johnson, Roshon Roomes
1,000m Run: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Cebastian Gentil, Milo Greder, Nate Kennedy
Mile Run: Thomas Pollard, Jared Schuckman
60m Hurdles: Eric Fogltanz, Logan Schneider, Mason Weh
4x400m Relay: Two Teams
Long Jump: Chandler Diercks

Women
400m Dash: Zakiyah Amos
600m Run: Laurel Hoogensen, Sydney Milani, Emma Whigham
800m Run: Maggie Davis, Anna Herriott, Brina Kraft
1,000m Run: Larkin Chapman, Alexis Gourrier, Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Gwynne Wright
Mile Run: Karly Ackley, Abby Caldwell, Morgan Gigandet
60m Hurdles: Emily Coghill, Kaylyn Hall, Katarina Vlahovic
4x400m Relay: Two Teams

Coach Joey Woodey-Iowa
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Season 7!!!!! Podcast For January 10, 2019: Joey Woodey and Track Guy

 

Track Guy Banner 2019On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk about the huge Track Guy event held Wednesday night in Iowa City, featuring Iowa greats, Randy Wilson-Knoxville-Oklahoma and Eric Sowinski-Iowa.  It was a great night and we talk about the great night of track and xc talk!

We also found Iowa Hawkeye Director of Track and Field in the crowd and we talked about the Hawks indoor meet coming up Friday and Saturday and what to expect from the Hawks this season.

All this and more on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

 

Iowa's Indoor Track
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Hawks Set to Host Their Invitational

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Coach Joey Woody-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team opens 2019 hosting the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The teams competing include Bradley, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, Iowa State, Loyola, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, and Wichita State. The meet begins Friday at 1 p.m. (CT) with the weight throw at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Jumps begin at 10 a.m. (CT) on Saturday at the UI Rec Building. Running events start at 12:30 p.m. (CT) with the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. A full schedule of events is located at HawkeyeSports.com. Admission is free.

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FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the meet on the live results page on hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf and live video of the meet is available on BTN2Go.

EARLY BIRDS GET THE GOLD
The Hawkeyes opened the 2018-19 season in December for the first time ever, hosting the Jimmy Grant Invitational. The men earned wins in the 60 meters (Antonio Woodard, 6.88), 300 meters (Antonio Woodard, 32.89), 600 meters (Mar’yea Harris, 1:18.77), shot put (Reno Tuufuli, 18.04m), triple jump (James Carter, 14.53m), and 1,600-meter relay (Clarke, Lietz, Olson, Harris, 3:13.34).

The women added eight wins in the 60 meters (Antonise Christian, 7.64) 60-meter hurdles (Jenny Kimbro, 8.34), 500 meters (Daneisha Woodside, 1:17.03), 600 meters (Taylor Arco, 1:32.82), weight throw (Laulauga Tausaga, 20.19m), shot put (Laulauga Tausaga, 16.46m), and the 1,600-meter relay (Wensel, Woodside, Bruxvoort, Weum, 3:47.73).

Junior Laulauga Tausaga broke her previous school record in the weight throw (20.19m, 66-3), Antonio Woodard broke the UI Rec Building 300 meters record (32.89), and Jenny Kimbro improved to No. 3 on Iowa’s all-time top-10 list in the 60-meter hurdles (8.34).

MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Six Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records. They include:
Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
Reno Tuufuli: shot put (19.28m)
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (16.51m) and weight throw (20.19m)

UI Rec Building Record holder:
Antonio Woodard: 300 meters (32.89)

2018 INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
The Hawkeyes finished the 2018 indoor season with 14 All-America honors, the most in program history. Returning this season is first team All-American Briana Guillory (400 meters), and second team All-Americans Mar’yea Harris (400 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), and DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay). Guillory also earned second team honors in the 1,600-meter relay.

2018 All-Americans
First Team — Jahisha Thomas (LJ, TJ), Briana Guillory (400 meters)
Second Team — Mar’yea Harris (400 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Bradford Garron (1,600-meter relay), Sheridan Champe (1,600-meter relay), Brittany Brown (200 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Sarah Plock (1,600-meter relay), Briana Guillory (1,600-meter relay)

GUILLORY EARNS GOLD FOR TEAM USA
Senior Briana Guillory won gold in the 1,600-meter relay for Team USA at the 2018 North America, Central America, and Caribbean Championships in Toronto, Canada. Guillory ran the first leg, while Jasmine Blocker of Tulane University, Kiana Horton of Baylor University and Courtney Okolo of the University of Texas finished the race in 3:26.08.

ALL WE DO IS WIN
At the 2018 Indoor Big Ten Championships, Nathan Mylenek, Chris Thompson, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert impressed with a come-from-behind win as Melchert passed five teams in the home stretch to earn the Hawkeyes first ever conference title in the event.

Senior Briana Guillory earned her first Big Ten Indoor title at the 2018 conference championships in the 400 meters (52.08).

RETURNING BIG TEN LEADERS
The Hawkeyes return 13 athletes who ranked in the Big Ten top five in 2018. Briana Guillory and Mar’yea Harris placed in the top five in multiple events.
Briana Guillory: 400 meters (1st), 200 meters (2nd), 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Carter Lilly: distance medley relay (1st)
Michael Melchert: distance medley relay (1st)
Nathan Mylenek: distance medley relay (1st)
Chris Thompson: distance medley relay (1st)
Mar’yea Harris: 400 meters (2nd), 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Reno Tuufuli: shot put (2nd)
Dejuan Frye: 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Collin Hofacker: 1,600-meter relay (3rd)
Chris Douglas: 60-meter hurdles (4th)
Jenny Kimbro: pentathlon (4th)
Tria Simmons: pentathlon (5th)
Tysen VanDraska: 800 meters (5th)

RETURNING NCAA LEADERS
Iowa returns four athletes that finished the 2018 indoor season inside the country’s top 10. Briana Guillory finished 2018 fifth in the country in the 400 meters (52.08), and Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, and Mar’yea Harris were 10th in the 1,600-meter relay (3:05.33).

Iowa returns three NCAA top 10 athletes from the outdoor season. Laulauga Tausagaranked seventh in discus (59.86m),  Mar’yea Harris ranked eighth in the 400 meters (44.98), and Reno Tuufuli ranked ninth in discus (60.87m).

COUNTING CURRENT ALL-TIME HAWKEYES 
The men have 17 current athletes in Iowa’s indoor all-time top 10 (46 times), led by school-record holders Mar’yea Harris, (400-meters, 1,600-meter relay), Carter Lilly(800-meters, Distance medley relay), Reno Tuufuli (shot put) DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay, distance medley relay), Nathan Mylenek(distance medley relay), and Michael Melchert (distance medley relay).

The women have 11 athletes in the top 10 (19 times). Laulauga Tausaga holds the school records in the shot put (16.51m) and weight throws (20.03m).

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes host their third of four indoor home meets in January with the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 18-19. Teams competing include Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Erik Sowinski
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Next Level Iowa Podcast For December 20, 2018: Erik Sowinski

Erik Sowinski-Iowa ©Jim Kirby 2012

Erik Sowinski-Iowa
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Feature photo: Erik Sowinski©Michael Scott http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with All-American, National Champion and multiple time member of the USA World team, from the University of Iowa, Erik Sowinski. Erik talks about his immediate plans for racing and also discusses his long term plans for his competition.

Mike and I discuss the latest Iowa college recruits and the transition from high school great to the big stage of collegiate competition. All this and more, on the Next Level Iowa Podcast!

Jessica VanZuuk-Norwalk-Grand View
©Doug Wells 2018

All Iowan Viking Shuttle Wins Award

Dimetrea Hamilton-DSM-Grand View ©Doug Wells 2018

Dimetrea Hamilton-DSM-Grand View
©Doug Wells 2018

Grand View women’s track and field shuttle hurdle relay team were recognized by Accusplit. Accusplit Relay Awards are given to those relay teams that ran the fastest times in their respective outdoor relay events.

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GV shuttle hurdle relay consisting of Amara TaylorDimetrea HamiltonJessica VanZuuk, and Kaitlin Holschlag recorded the record time when they competed at the Drake Relays in 2018. They placed 6th overall behind 5 NCAA Division I schools.

Accusplit, the leader in the professional stopwatch and timing industry since 1972, will recognize the nation’s best collegiate relay teams and their coaches next week at the 2018 USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

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Plenty of Iowans Are Part of Cyclones’ Recruiting Class

Iowa State Cyclones ISUThe Iowa State cross country/track and field program made 10 additions during the Fall signing period over the past month, director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country Martin Smith announced on Monday.

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Men
Chase McAlister – Lake City, Iowa
McCalister joins the Cyclones from South Central Calhoun High School, where he was the Class 2A runner-up at 800 meters in a personal best 1:56.51. He also qualified for the 2018 state meet in the 400-meter dash and in the sprint medley relay and distance medley relay, the later of which he helped SCCHS finish third.

McAlister is a four-sport star, as he adds to his track and field accomplishments with all-district honors in football and baseball and a sections qualifier in wrestling.

Matthew Meinke – Neenah, Wisconsin
Meinke, ranked No. 20 on the MileSplit 50, has posted consecutive third-place finishes at the WIAA Division 1 Cross Country State Championships, the latter of which helped lead his Neehan squad to a state title.

A two-time Fox Valley Association cross country champion, Meinke finished second at 3,200 in a PR of 9:06.62 at the track and field state championships last season before taking sixth in the 5,000 at New Balance Nationals. Meinke boasts a PR of 14:50.10 at 5K.

Chase Mullenix – Atlantic, Iowa
Mullenix was one of the stars of the Iowa State Track & Field Championships this past spring, racking up four state titles for Atlantic, including the 800-meters which he got in a personal best 1:55.38.

Mullenix, whose parents both ran track at UNI, played five sports in high school. Along with track, he has earned All-State honors in football, All-Conference honors in baseball and basketball and is a member of Atlantic’s wrestling team.

Joe Schaefer – Johnston, Iowa
Schaefer racked up three top-five finishes at the 2018 Iowa High School State Track meet, finishing fourth in the Class 4A 800 at 1:54.55. A couple of weeks after wrapping up his season with the Dragons, Schaefer finished eighth in the 800 at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis.

Tim Sindt – Ankeny, Iowa
Sindt is the champion of the past two Iowa High School Class 4A state championships, including an undefeated senior campaign. Sindt’s outstanding final season at Ankeny included him breaking Iowa’s all-time mark for a 5K cross country run, going 14:51.50 at Ankeny Centennial on Oct. 4.

On the track, Sindt finished second at 1,600m (4:18.70) and third at 3,200m (9:19.38) with a pair of personal bests at the Class 4A state championships back in May.

Women
Bria Barnes – Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Barnes is a state champion sprinter for Cheltenham High School, where she was a member of CHS’ state title winning 4x100m relay last season. She also picked up a Penn Relays title as part of the 4×100 squad.

Injuries prevented Barnes from showing her strength in the hurdles last season, as she boasts a personal best of 1:00.48 from her sophomore track season in the 400-meter hurdles.

Grace Dickel – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dickel wrapped up her senior cross country season with a sixth place finish at the Minnesota State Cross Country Championships, and spending the entirety of her senior campaign ranked No. 6 in the Class AA rankings.

On the track, Dickel finished third at 3,200m at the Minnesota High School State Championships as a junior, clocking a personal best 10:48.28 in the process.

Dana Feyen – Galesville, Wisconsin
Feyen has had a decorated prep career at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. Her senior season of cross country saw her finish second at the State XC Meet, and win the state titles in 2016 and 2017. She was a four-time conference and sectional champion in XC.

On the track, Feyen is the two-time defending state champion at 3,200m (PR: 10:36.06) and won the 1,600m (PR: 5:00.20) after finishing second as a junior and third as a sophomore. She has five conference titles across 1,600/3,200m.

Madelynn Hill – Liberty, Missouri
Hill wrapped up her junior season of track and field with a pair of fifth place finishes at 800m (2:15.83) and 1,600m (5:05.45), and a third place finish leading off the 4x400m relay at the state championships. She also won her conference titles at those distances, plus 3,200m (11:21.63).

At the Festival of Miles to close out her season, she went under five minutes in the mile, clocking in at 4:57.49.

Janette Schraft – Malvern, Iowa
Schraft, now at Glenwood after spending her first three high school seasons at East Mills, began her tenure with the Rams in the Fall by claiming the 3A cross country state championship.

At East Mills, Schraft racked up seven state titles on the track, including 2018’s Class 1A crowns at 800, 1,500 and the 400 hurdles. In the summer, Schraft won the USATF Junior Olympics crown for the 17-18 Division 2,000-meter steeplechase.

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Panthers Add New Sprints and Hurdles Coach

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Diavonte Smith-UNI @Panthers Athletics 2018

UNI track and field head coach Dave Paulson announced the addition of Diavonte Smith to the UNI coaching staff where he will coach sprints and hurdles.

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“We are excited to welcome Diavonte and his family to the Cedar Falls,” head coach Dave Paulson said.  “His commitment to the student-athletes both on and off the track fits our mission of developing well-rounded individuals and the environment he creates in practice will push our sprints and hurdles crew to a higher level.”
Smith comes to UNI after a year-long stint as a volunteer assistant at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders finished fifth in the 2018 Men’s NCAA Outdoor Championship and sixth in the 2018 Men’s NCAA Indoor Championship. He coached the 2018 NCAA 200m National Champion Divine Oduduru. He also mentored six NCAA Big 12 Champions and six NCAA West Regional Qualifiers.
Prior to his time at Texas Tech, he worked as a volunteer assistant for Central Michigan. He coached two athletes that earned All-Conference MAC honors and two school records were set under his tutelage.
Prior to his time as a coach at Central Michigan, he was a two-time All-MAC performer for the Chippewas. He qualified for the 2013 NCAA East Regional in the long jump.
“His experience as a student-athlete at Central Michigan and his time at Texas Tech will be big for our athletes,” Paulson said. “He knows they operate at the highest level and how to create a really competitive environment at practice and push our sprinters and hurdlers to the next level.”
Smith is joined in Cedar Falls by his wife and two children. It was important for Smith in his transition to find a place that his family would feel welcome.
“UNI reminds me a lot of Central Michigan,” Smith said. “Cedar Falls has a comfortable feel to it which is exciting for our family. I love the smaller school. It is a great opportunity to help UNI get to the next level and that was really appealing to me.”
In his short time on campus, he has already seen the potential for great things from the sprinters and hurdlers on the roster.
“We have a really hungry group of athletes,” Smith said. “They know where they are at, and they know where they want to get. I am excited to help them reach their goals and get on the podium, starting at conference and advancing to the regionals and the NCAA Championship.”
The Panthers are off for winter break but resume the indoor season on Jan. 12, at the Iowa Invite in Iowa City.
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High School Indoor Track Meet Schedule

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Hawks’ Wensel Makes Immediate Impact

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Payton Wensel-Lin Mar-Iowa
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Junior Laulauga Tausaga opened the University of Iowa track and field indoor season with a school record and win in the weight throw (20.19m, 66′ 3″), and junior Antonio Woodard set the UI Rec Building record to win the 300 meters (32.89) at the Jimmy Grant Invitational on Saturday.

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“Lauga seems to break the school record in every meet,” Iowa head coach Joey Woodysaid. “She’s keeping the same trend going as she did last year. She’s one of the biggest leaders on the team, not just with her performances, but she’s also a great leader, very charismatic person. It’s fun to see her have some success.

“Then seeing Antonio go out and have a great meet today, he’s a guy that continues to work hard and is dedicated and focused on training, and taking care of his body. It was fun to watch him run back-to-back 60 meters and come back to break the track record.”

The event was the first December competition that the Hawkeyes have hosted, and success was around every turn.

“It was a long day, but it was fun,” Woody said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had the Jimmy Grant Invitational. It’s exciting to honor our former coach Jimmy Grant. We came away with some great performances.”

Tausaga and Woodard added two more wins in the shot put (16.46m, 54′ 0″) and 60 meters (6.88), respectively.

“I know there is a lot more in the tank,” Tausaga said. “Practices have been going very well, and Coach [Eric Werskey] wanted us to start off like we never ended the last season. To come out, PR, and break the school record was amazing and it just sets me up for some damage that can help the team.”

Woodard added similar thoughts.

“I can’t complain, it was a pretty good day,” he said. “I was a little tired going into the 300 meters, but I was like ‘I’m just going to lay it all out there and forget about what I’m feeling right now. This is bigger than what I’m feeling right now. This is the home track. Everyone’s watching.’ I wanted to do what I could and make my team and coaches proud.”

Eight more Hawkeyes earned wins, including Jenny Kimbro with the third fastest 60-meter hurdles time (8.34) in Iowa history, Reno Tuufuli in the shot put (18. 04m, 59′ 2 1/4″), Taylor Arco (1:32.82) and Mar’yea Harris (1:18.77) in the men’s and women’s 600 meters, Daneisha Woodside in the 500 meters (1:17.03), Antonise Christian in the 60 meters (7.64), and James Carter (14.53m, 47′ 8″) and Hannah Schlib (12.10m, 39′ 8 1/2″) in the triple jump.

The 1,600-meter relay teams including Raymund Clarke, Austin Leitz, Tyler Olson, and Mar’yea Harris (3:13.34) for the men, and Payton Wensel, Daneisha Woodside, Mariel Bruxvoort, and Aly Weum (3:47.73) added two more wins for Iowa.

“We expect to compete at a high level, especially when we’re at home,” Woody said. “We want to win every race. It doesn’t matter if it’s heat one, two, three or four. I just want my athletes, when they’re going head-to-head, to win their event, win their heat, their flight, or whatever because that’s how they are going to continue to grow.”

The success continued for the team with nine Hawkeyes setting career bests. Tausaga, Arco and Kimbro’s wins in the weight throw, 600 meters, and 60-meter hurdles earned their top marks. Additional career bests came from Josh Braverman in the 60-meter hurdles, Tia Saunders (1:33.30), Alexis Gay (1:37.72), Lindsay Welker (1:38.57), and Matt Manternach (1:18.79) in the 600 meters, and Macie Weber in the 1,000 meters (3:00.83).

The Hawkeyes return to the UI Rec Building January 11-12 to host the Hawkeye Invitational.

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Central’s Daniels Poised to Repeat in Multis

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Will Daniels-Central
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It may be four months until the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, but Central College junior Will Daniels is primed and ready to repeat as the heptathlon national champion after setting a new school record at the Doane College (Neb.) Happy Holidays Multi-Event.

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Tallying up 5,423 points across the seven-discipline competition, Daniels not only exceeded the school record, he also recorded the No. 3 mark ever in Division III. Distancing himself by 471 points over the second-place finisher, Daniels was the meet champion.

“I’m sure he’s happy about the school record,” associate head coach Jim Fuller said. “It’s Will’s first school record. He’s solidly in the national meet, we won’t have to think about it the rest of the indoor season.”

In the pole vault, he cleared 14 feet, 1.25 inches. That effort matches his career-best effort from the outdoor season and is a foot better than anything he ever has done indoors.

“He got on the same pole as he did at last year’s outdoor national meet when he jumped that high before, but he didn’t need a 20-mph tailwind,” Fuller said. “I was happy with the way he vaulted.”

In the 60-meter hurdles, he finished in 8.70 seconds while he completed the 1,000-meter run in 2 minutes, 57.89 seconds.

“It was his third or fourth best hurdle time, but he ran more under control and a little more precise than he has in the past,” Fuller said. “The 1,000 is not his strongest event, but he did okay. The whole field went out slow, but Will finished really well.”

H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse on Central’s campus is the site of the Dutch Holiday Preview next Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with field events.