Cyclone Holiday Preview Meet Results

Jordon Guske-Valley-UNIcourtesy-Dave Mable

Jordan Guske-Valley-UNI
courtesy-Dave Mable

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program opened their indoor track and field season at the Cyclone Holiday Preview today with several strong performances from both the men’s and women’s competitors.

  • “The vibe of the meet was a lot of fun for us,” head coach Dan Steele said. “This was kind of more of a practice for us. We wanted to get some of our freshmen out there and just get the athletes competing.”
  • The men’s team had two athletes qualify for the finals in the 60 meter dash with Derek Kramer and freshman Charles Brown both qualifying in their heats. Kramer ran the seventh fastest time in the preliminary round with a time of 6.98 and Brown competed in his first collegiate track meet notching a time of 7.04.
  • UNI also had four men qualify for the finals of the 60 meter hurdles. Sebastian Barth, Ryan Newtoff, Brandon Mortensen and Nathan Schmadeke all made it to the final round. Barth turned in the fourth fastest preliminary time with a time of 8.26.
  • Marshall Hill gave the Panthers another top-five finish when he turned in a third place performance in the 300 meters. He notched a time of 35.16 during his first competition in this event. His time of 35.16 ties the fourth-best time in UNI history at the event that was set last season by Sheldon Magee.
  • Jordan Guske was the lone Panther competing in the 400 meters, finishing in sixth place overall. His time of 49.25 is a new collegiate indoor personal best for the sophomore.
  • Jesse Davenport turned in another solid performance for the Panthers with a second place finish in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:11.95. This was his first time competing in the 600 yards after competing in the 600 meters last season.
  • Jordan Williams and Justin Baker took third and fourth place respectively in the shot put competition. Williams also finished in second in the weight throw with a big personal record distance of 18.55 meters. Adam McDonnell also finished fourth in the weight throw with a personal best throw of 18.40 meters.
  • On the women’s side, Lindsay Gierke finished with a top-five and a top-six performance during the meet. She finished fifth in the 300 meter finals with a time of 41.33 and also finished fifth in her preliminary heat of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.88 before placing sixth overall in the finals.
  • Libby Torresani started her 2012-13 campaign off with a strong performance in the pole vault with a second place finish. Her mark of 3.40 meters beat her season best mark of 3.35 meters from last season.
  • Emily Wandling finished in fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 10.78 meters in her first attempt at the event. Kelsey Sukovaty also turned in a top-five performance in the shot put with a throw of 14.73 meters.
  • “We got exactly what we wanted out of this meet,” Steele said. “Everyone came out healthy and had strong performances.”
  • The Panthers will return to action after the New Year on Jan. 12 when they host the Panther Open. The Panther Open is set to take place inside the UNI-Dome.

Drake Men 

The Drake men’s track and field squad opened competition Friday night at the Iowa State Holiday Preview with solid performances in the jumps.

  • The Bulldogs most impressive showings on the night were seen in the jumps as Scott Goad finished second in the high jump with a mark of 8.75.
  • Goad was followed by Jeffery Foreman (Winfield, Ill.) in a tie for sixth and Ryan Cook(Colorado Springs, Colo.) in ninth, wh. Both cleared 6-4.75 with Foreman finishing higher on misses. It was Cook’s first collegiate competition.
  • “The high jumpers kicked the meet off with great performances by Scott Goad, Ryan Cook and Jeff Foreman,” Drake head coach Natasha Brownsaid.
  • The Bulldogs also had top finishers in the triple jump. Alex Kaster(Omaha, Neb.) finished third with a jump of 45-6.50 while teammate Sean Duczek finished right behind him in fourth with a jump of 43-11.75.
  • Brett Wright(Longmont, Colo.) led a trio of Drake athletes in the top-10 of the 300 meters. Wright finished second in a time of 35.11 with Steven Jordan(McFarland, Wis.) coming in fourth in 35.58. Ian Wellsrounded out the Bulldogs’ finishers in a time of 36.01, good enough for seventh.
  • The freshman duo of James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) and Zeke Elkins (St. Joseph, Ill.) finished third and seventh, respectively, in the mile run. Saxton ran a time of 4:33.85 and Elkins followed in 4:39.08. Classmate Ali Jandal(La Crosse, Wis.) finished fourth in the 3,000 meters in 9:18.23.
  • Drake finished the evening with the 4×300-meter relay team of Wells, Wright, Travis Marsh(Ankeny, Iowa) and Dan Karys(Bartlett, Ill.) running a combined time of 2:18.23 to finish third.
  • The Bulldogs return to action in January at the Iowa State Invitational after a month off the winter break.

Drake Women

The Drake women’s track and field team opened its indoor season with impressive finishes at the Iowa State Holiday Preview on Friday afternoon.

  • Head coach Natasha Brown was very complimentary of her team’s performance in the season-opening
    Whitney Westrum-Waukee-Drake

    Whitney Westrum-Waukee-Drake

    meet.  “I think this has been our best first meet showing since I have been coaching at Drake.” Brown said. “I think we are off to a good start for the indoor season.”

  • Seniors led the charge for the Bulldogs as Whitney Westrum (Waukee, Iowa) and Marissa Smith (Ajax, Ontario) finished second in their respective events.
  • Westrum finished second him the 300 meters in 40.58. She was followed by teammate and fellow senior Sarah Yeager (Ottumwa, Iowa) who finished fourth in 41.01 and junior Danyelle Cole (Kansas City, Kan.) who finished sixth 42.01.  “I like what I saw tonight in the sprints,” Brown said. “Whitney closed well in the last 50 meters of the 300.”
  • Smith ran an impressive time of  8.71 in the 60-meter hurdles. Yeager was .02 seconds and one spot behind. Freshman Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa) finished seventh in the event. It was the former Roosevelt star’s first collegiate competition.
  • Jaclyn Aremka (Plainfield, Ill.) also starred in her first collegiate event. The freshman finished second in the high jump with a jump of  5-3.25 (1.61m)
  • Brianna Isom-Brummer (St. Louis, Mo.) teamed up with Yeager, Smith and Westrum to finish fourth in the 4×300-meter relay.
  • Drake will get a month off from competition before heading back to Ames on Jan. 18 for the Iowa State Open.
  • The Bulldogs will get their second look at the new indoor track facility in Ames when they return to Iowa State for the Cyclone Open on Jan. 18-19.

Central College

  • Former Iowa preps lead Central to impressive season opener at ISU Holiday Preview.  Horton and Decker
    Cole Decker-Dowling Catholic-Iowa Centralcourtesy Dave Mable

    Cole Decker-Dowling Catholic-Iowa Central
    courtesy Dave Mable

    leave the meet with the #1 and #3 performances on the early season D-3 list.  Full story CLICK Here!

Truman State

  • Becca Nelson, Danville, finished sixth in the Pentathlon with a career high 3208 points. She set personal best in the 60 meter hurdles (9.29), high jump (5-00.25) and shot put (32-09.50), which was her best individual event finish at third.

Iowa State

  • Complete recap for the Cyclones Men and Women CLICK HERE!

Notre Dame (At the Blue Gold Invitational)

Brendan Dougherty, SC Heelan, had a good day Saturday in Notre Dames Blue & Gold Invitational. The Irish senior won the 500 meter run and ran on the winning 4×400 relay.

For Notre Dame highlights and complete results CLICK HERE!

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