Drake Men and Women Advance at The ISU Indoor

Sarah Yaeger-Eldon Cardinal-Drake©Jim Kirby

Sarah Yaeger-Eldon Cardinal-Drake
©Jim Kirby

Drake Women

The Drake University women’s track and field team had four hurdlers advance to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with Sarah Yeager (Cardinal of Eldon) winning the event on the final day of the Iowa State Open.

“I don’t think we’ve had four hurdlers in the finals during my tenure at Drake,” head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “Coach [LaRon] Bennett has done a great job with them.”

Yeager won the event with a personal best time of 8.81 and won her qualifying heat with a personal best time of 8.78. Marissa Smith (Ajax, Ontario) finished second in the finals in 8.82, a personal best for the senior. Briana Isom-Brummer (St. Louis, Mo.) was fifth in 9.02 and Destani Welch (Des Moines, Iowa) came in sixth in 9.26.

Isom-Burmmer also finished third in the seeded section of the high jump.

The Bulldogs also had a strong showing in the seeded flight of the 3,000 meters with five runners in the top 20 of the event including three freshmen.

Freshman Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) led the pack of Bulldogs in sixth place with a time of 10:28.74.

Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Cassie Aerts  (David City, Neb.) came in 14th and 16th, respectively.

“Taylor and Emma both had solid 3,000 meter races,” Kaiser-Brown said. “They raced very well in their first

Emma Houston-Roosevelt-Drake©Jim Kirby

Emma Houston-Roosevelt-Drake
©Jim Kirby

meet since the cross country season.”

Also on the track, junior Danyelle Cole (Kansas City, Kan.) finished sixth in a deep 60-meter field with a time of 7.94, just two-hundreths of a second off her personal best.

The Bulldogs continue their indoor season next weekend at UNI with the Jack Jennett Invitational inside the UNI-Dome. Friday’s slate is comprised of the multi-events with the bulk of the competition following on Saturday.

Iowa State Open
Drake Saturday Women’s Results
60 Meters
6. Danyelle Cole, 7.94
10. Tiara Winston, 7.99
42. Kelly Hendricks, 8.47

800 Meters
17. Melissa Parks, 2:27.42

24. Celia Venezia, 5:28.80
31. Cammy Dole, 5:37.70
37. Celeste Arteaga, 5:45.01

3,000 Meters (Seeded)
6. Taylor Scholl, 10:28.74
14. Emma Huston, 10:44.45
16. Cassie Aerts, 10:49.13
17. Amanda Marwitz, 10:51.04
20. Erin Poss, 11:07.02
22. Stephanie Parks, 11:11.27

60-Meter Hurdles
1. Sarah Yeager, 8.78
2. Marissa Smith, 8.82
5. Briana Isom-Brummer, 9.02
6. Destani Welch, 9.26
27. Brooke Foreman, 9.85

High Jump (Seeded)
3. Briana Isom-Brummer, 5-3
4. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-3


Brogan Austin-Boone-DrakeCourtesy Drake Athletics

Brogan Austin-Boone-Drake
Courtesy Drake Athletics

Drake Men

The Drake University track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the Iowa State Open with solid performances both on the track and in the field events.

Cross country standout Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) had a strong showing in the seeded section of the 3,000 meters with a third-place finish in a time of 8:28.70.

Brogan Austin looked impressive in his 3,000-meter race,” Drake head coach Kaiser-Brown said. “It was another great race for him as he transitions from cross country to the indoor season.”

His teammate, Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) finished 14th in the section in 9:13.62. In the unseeded section, Ali Jandal (La Crosse, Wis.) was seventh in 9:01.97.

Brett Wright (Longmont, Colo.) also claimed one of the highlights on the day for the Bulldogs with a fourth-place showing in the 600-yard race and a time of 1:11.79.

Brett Wright had a great season debut in the 600 yards,” Kaiser-Brown said. “We weren’t sure how he’d do in a race over 400 meters, but he led his heat from start to finish and looked strong and relaxed.”

Freshman Scott Goad led Drake’s jumpers with an eighth-place jump in the seeded section of the high jump by clearing 6-4. Sean Buczek finished fifth in the unseeded section with a clearance of 6-2. He also finished 14th in the triple jump.

“Scott Goad is making great strides in the high jump,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Today was a little rough, but all of our jumpers definitely have the height, they just need to finish their jumps.”

The first day of competition at the Iowa State open on Friday was highlighted by Isaac Twombly (Baldwin,

IssaceTwombly-Drake©Chris Donahue

©Chris Donahue

Kan.) shattering his own school record in the weight throw with a toss of 65-0.75, the fifth best throw in the nation this season.

The Bulldogs continue their indoor season next weekend at the Jack Jennett Invitational in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Friday’s schedule is comprised entirely of the multi-events with the bulk of the competition being staged on Saturday.

Iowa State Open
Drake Men’s Saturday Results
400 Meters
26. Steven Jordan, 51.18
69. Matt Schimek, 54.67

600 Yards
4. Brett Wright, 1:11.79

800 Meters
11. Jim Saxton, 1:57.84

3,000 Meters (Seeded)
3. Brogan Austin, 8:28.70
14. Rob McCann, 9:13.62

3,000 Meters (Unseeded)
7. Ali Jandal, 9:01.97
23. Ryan Flynn, 9:41.68

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

60-Meter Hurdles
11. Travis Marsh, 8.38
20. Kai Asberry, 8.55
25. Julian Todd-Borden, 8.64
51. Jeffery Foreman, 9.27

High Jump (Seeded)
8. Scott Goad, 6-4

High Jump (Unseeded)
5. Sean Buczek, 6-2

Triple Jump
14. Sean Buczek, 43-7.75
15. Alex Kaster, 43-4.25



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