ISU Indoor Inspires Great Early Performances

IssaceTwombly-Drake©Chris Donahue

IssaceTwombly-Drake
©Chris Donahue

(Courtesy Drake Athletics)

Drake Men

Drake University men’s track and field senior Isaac Twombly (Baldwin, Kan.) shattered his own school record in the weight throw at the Iowa State Open Friday night. Twombly’s throw of 65-0.75 (19.83m) bested his previous mark by nearly five feet. In addition to besting his own record, Twombly’s throw currently ranks fifth in the nation. His teammate, Andy Curtis (Manchester, Iowa) finished third in the event with a throw of 55-2.75. In other field events, senior Dan Karys (Bartlett, Ill.) was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 21-10.5. On the track, the distance medley relay team of Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario), Brett Wright (Longmont, Colo.), Jim Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) and Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) came in fifth in 10:14.30. In the seeded section of the 5,000 meters, Mike Rodriguez (Chanhassen, Minn.) was 12th with a personal best time of 15:31.09.

“Both teams performed well considering we trained through this meet,” Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “We worked our teams hard all week and hope to see that investment pay off in the coming weeks.” The Bulldogs also had four competitors in the 200 meters on Friday with Travis Marsh’s (Ankeny, Iowa) 21st-place showing in 22.68 leading the way.  The remainder of the team will be in action on Saturday for the second day of the Iowa State Open.

Iowa State Open
Drake Men’s Friday Results
200 Meters
21. Travis Marsh, 22.68
28. Ian Wells, 22.85
33. Kai Asberry, 22.90
49. Julian Todd-Borden, 23.17

5,000 Meters (Seeded)
12. Michael Rodriguez, 15:31.09

Distance Medley Relay

5. Drake ‘A’ – Robert McCann, Brett Wright, James Saxton, Brogan Austin, 10:14.30

Long Jump
8. Dan Karys – 21-10.25
24. Scott Goad – 20-10.5
42. Alex Kaster – 20-0.25

Weight Throw
1. Isaac Twombly – 65-0.75
3. Andrew Curtis – 55-2.75

Whitney Westrum-Waukee-Drake©Jim Kirby

Whitney Westrum-Waukee-Drake, 2012 Jim Duncan
©Jim Kirby

Women

The Drake University women’s track and field team opened up competition at the Iowa State open with three top-10 finishes on the first day of action in Ames. “Both teams performed well considering we trained through this meet,” Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “We worked our teams hard all week and hope to see that investment pay off in the coming weeks.”

Whitney Westrum (Waukee, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with a fourth-place showing in the 200 meters with a time of 25.38. Teammate Sarah Yeager (Ottumwa, Iowa) finished 10th in the event in 25.94 just ahead of 10 other Bulldogs that stepped into the blocks for the 200 meters.

Drake’s distance medley relay ‘A’ team of Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.), Westrum, Celeste Arteaga (Rock Island, Ill.) and Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) finished ninth with a time of 12:34.17. The Bulldogs ‘B’ squad was 13th at 13:09.53.

Drake’s only competitor in the field events on Friday, Ariel Kinlow (Brown Deer, Wis.), was 17th in the long jump.

The remainder of Drake’s team will compete on Saturday in the second day of the Iowa State Open.

Iowa State Open
Friday Drake Women’s Results
200 Meters
4. Whitney Westrum, 25.38
10. Sarah Yeager, 25.94
14. Danyelle Cole, 26.10
19. Tiara Winston, 26.43
24. Ariel Kinlow, 26.65
26. Virginia Hill, 26.69
30. Marissa Smith, 26.84
30. Briana Isom Brummer, 26.84
39. Destani Welch, 27.09
44. Brooke Foreman, 27.35
67. Kelly Hendricks, 28.42
81. Emily James, 29.57

Distance Medley Relay
9. Drake ‘A’ – Taylor SchollWhitney Westrum, Celeste Arteaga, Emma Huston, 12:34.17
13. Drake ‘B’ – Melissa Parks, Virginia Hill, Cammy DoleCelia Venezia, 13:09.53

Long Jump
17. Ariel Kinlow, 15-9.50

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