Drake Women Sprinters Shine at ISU

Sarah Yaeger-Eldon Cardinal-Drake©Jim Kirby

Sarah Yaeger-Eldon Cardinal-Drake
©Jim Kirby

(Courtesy Drake Athletics)

The Drake University women’s track and field team opened completion with six top-10 finishes at the ISU Classic Friday at the Lied Recreational Center.

Senior Brianna Isom-Brummer (St. Louis, Mo.) won the high jump with a jump of 5-4.50, a full two inches higher than the next top finisher, teammate Jaclyn Aremka (Plainfield, Ill.). The freshman cleared a height of 5-2.50. Isom-Brummer also finished 12th in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.83.

The Bulldogs had great success in the sprints as the senior pair of Sarah Yeager (Ottumwa, Iowa) and Marissa Smith (Ajax, Ontario) each qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Yeager’s time of 8.60 was the second best of all the heats, while Smith’s 8.64 was fourth. The finals for the event will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Senior Whitney Westrum (Waukee, Iowa) record another personal-best, this time in the 200 meters. Westrum led a group of seven teammates with a time of 24.88 to finish second in the event. Yeager finished eighth in 25.28. Junior Danyelle Cole (Kansas City, Kan.), 25.61, was 15th while juniorTiara Winston (Denton, Texas), 25.72, was 20th.

Cole was also the top finisher in the 60 meters for Drake. She recorded a time of 7.84 to place 16th while Winston was not far behind in 7.88 for  20thplace.

Freshman Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) won her heat in the 400 meters in 58.24, good enough for 15th place overall.

The Bulldog distance runners had a strong showing in three tough events. The team was led by sophomore Melissa Parks (Norfolk, Neb.) who ran a personal best 5:11.90 in the mile, finishing in 23rd place. Freshman Taylor Scholl (Golden Valley, Minn.) was behind her in 5:19.01 for 35th place. Sophomore Krista Maguire (Wausau, Wis.) made her competitive debut in the event for Drake, finishing 43rd, after spending a semester aboard.

Sophomore Mariel Fulton (Louisville, Colo.) led the Bulldogs in the 3,000 meters, finishing 30th in 10:38.92. She was followed by junior Amanda Marwitz (Crystal Lake, Ill.) in 34th place, 10:47.70, and freshman Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) in 36th place at 10:58.15.

Scholl was the top finisher for Drake in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:25.79 for 34th place. A pack of Bulldogs finished behind her led by junior Celia Venezia (Labadie, Mo.) in 35th, 2:26.41. Freshman Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa), 2:27,54, senior Cammy Dole (Anamosa, Iowa), 2:31.41, and freshman Laura Gann (Wheaton, Ill.), 2:33.30, finished behind Venezia in 37th, 38th and 39th, respectively.

Yeager and Smith will return to action in the 60 meter hurdles final at 11:45 a.m. to wrap up the women’s competition for Drake. The team will travel to Iowa City next Friday for the Iowa Invitational.

Iowa State Classic

Friday Drake Women’s Results
Women’s 60 Meters (Prelims)

16. Danyelle Cole, 7.84
20.  Tiara Winston, 7.88
28. Ariel Kinlow, 7.97
30. Whitney Westrum, 8.02
40. Kelly Hendricks, 8.33 

Women’s 200 Meters (non-seeded)
2. Whitney Westrum, 24.88
8. Sarah Yeager, 25.28
15. Danyelle Cole, 25.61
20. Tiara Winston, 25.72
34. Marissa Smith, 26.36
35. Ariel Kinlow, 26.38
36. Virginia Hill, 26.41 

Women’s 400 Meters (non-seeded)
15. Virginia Hill, 58.24 – won heat

Women’s 800 Meters (non-seeded)
34. Taylor Scholl, 2:25.79
35. Celia Venezia, 2:26.41
37. Emma Huston, 2:27.54
38. Cammy Dole, 2:31.41
39. Laura Gann, 2:33.30 

Women’s Mile (non-seeded)
23. Melissa Parks, 5:11.90
35. Taylor Scholl, 5:19.01
41. Emma Huston, 5:25.63
43. Krista McGuire, 5:35.64 

Women 3,000 Meters (non-seeded)
30. Mariel Fulton, 10:38.92, 13
34. Amanda Marwitz, 10:47.70, 16
36. Cassie Aerts, 10:58.15, 18

Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
2. Sarah Yeager, 8.60 (qualified)
4. Marissa Smith, 8.64 (qualified)
12. Briana Isom-Brummer, 8.83
13. Destani Welch, 8.85
41. Brooke Foreman, 9.51

Women’s High Jump
1. Brianna Isom-Brummer, 5-04.50
2. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-02.50

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