Conference Time: Iowa, UNI and the SEC!

Kaitlyn Nelson-Valley-Iowa©Frank Sevigne

Kaitlyn Nelson-Valley-Iowa
©Darren Miller


University of Iowa track and field athlete Jordan Mullen, Atlantic, took the Big Ten Title in the men’s 60-meter hurdles at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon. The men’s team tallied 49 points to finish seventh, while the women finished 11th with 11 points. The Big Ten Indoor Championships were held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.


Mullen took the title in the 60-meter hurdles when he crossed the line in a school record setting time of 7.70. The senior’s time was also a new SPIRE Institute record. This marks the third time Mullen has broken his own school record in the event this season.

Senior Josh Larney reached the victory stand in the men’s 200 meters. Larney clocked a time of 6.75 to finish second. His time ties his personal best, and ranks third all-time at Iowa. Junior Raven Moore grabbed a sixth-place finish in the women’s 200 meters. Moore crossed the line in 24.29.

Sophomore Babatunde Amosu grabbed a second-place finish in the men’s triple jump. Amosu recorded a personal best leap of 50-10 ¾ (15.51m). That mark ranks fifth all-time at Iowa. Klyvens Delaunay finished fourth in the event. The freshman posted a mark of 50-10 (15.49m). Freshman David Nsabua finished eighth when leapt to a personal best mark of 48-9 (14.86m). That mark ranks eighth all-time at Iowa. Carisa Leacock posted an 11th place finish in the women’s triple jump. The junior recorded a mark of 39-7 ¼ (12.07m).

“I felt a lot better at the end of the meet than I did at the end of the first day,” Larry Wieczorek, director of track and field, said of the men’s team. “We fought hard today like I wanted us too. We are not near the type of team we want to be this year, but we are certainly building momentum heading into the outdoor season.”

Khanishah Williams, Burlington, reached the victory stand in the women’s high jump. The sophomore cleared a height of 5-9 ¾ (1.77m) to finish third. Junior Zinnia Miller (13th; 5-6; 1.68m) and freshman Tayo Oladele-Ajose, Mediapolis, (17th; 5-4 ¼; 1.63m) also competed in the event.

Senior Ethan Holmes, Clinton, grabbed sixth-place finishes in both the 60-meter hurdles and 200 meters. Holmes clocked a hurdles time of 7.88, and a personal best 200 meters time of 21.38. His 200 meters time ranks seventh all-time at Iowa.

Senior Kyle Reid broke his own heptathlon school record when he tallied 5,354 points, breaking his previous school record by nearly 100 points (5,257). Reid recorded personal best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (7th; 8.48) and pole vault (3rd; 16-6 ¾; 5.05m) to capture a seventh-place overall finish in the event. His pole vault mark ranks third all-time at Iowa. Reid also recorded a first-place finish in the heptathlon’s 1,000 meters when he crossed the line in 2:39.97.

Junior Jack Eckert recorded personal best marks in the 60-meter hurdles and the 1,000 meters to earn an 11th place overall finish in the men’s heptathlon. Eckert’s hurdles time of 8.73 earned him an 11th place finish, while he finished second in the 1,000 with a time of 2:40.06. Eckert tallied a personal best point total of 5,071. That total ranks fourth all-time at Iowa.

The men’s 1,600-meter relay team clocked their fastest time of the indoor season. The team of Holmes, sophomore Kaleb VanCleave, DM Hoover, and seniors Keaton Rickels, IA Falls Alden,  and Ryan Weir finished seventh with a time of 3:10.32. The women’s team of freshman MonTayla Holder, Moore, freshman Kaitlyn Nelson, WDM Valley, and junior Adrianne Alexia also clocked their season best time. The quartet finished ninth with a time of 3:43.80. That time ranks 10th all-time at Iowa.

Sophomore Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa, ran to a sixth-place finish in the men’s 5,000 meters. Lewis recorded a personal best time of 14:16.74, shattering his previous best of 14:27.28 set on Feb. 9. Senior Jon Michael Brandt finished 21st in the event with a time of 14:41.45.

Holder earned an eighth place finish in the women’s 600 meters. The freshman crossed the line in 1:31.31.

Junior Jasmine Simpson’s weight throw toss of 61-2 ¾ (18.66m) earned her an eighth-place finish. Junior Ashlyn Gulvas finished 15th in the event (58-1; 17.70m), while senior Majesty Tutson, IC City High, (54-6; 16.61m) and sophomore Annemie Smith (54-3 ¼; 16.54) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.

“This was a disappointing championship performance in what has been a disappointing season,” head coach Layne Anderson said of Hawkeye women’s team. “We need to get a lot of individuals healthy for outdoor, and turn our performance around.  Our placing this weekend does not reflect the potential of our program. It starts with me as the head coach. I certainly expect more of myself, our staff, and the team. This is an unacceptable level of performance.”

The Hawkeyes will return to action March 2, when they split competitors between Last Chance Meets in Ames, Iowa, and Notre Dame, Ind.

Jordon Williams-Monticello-UNI©Jim Kirby

Jordon Williams-Monticello-UNI
©Jim Kirby


The University of Northern Iowa track and field program completed the first day of competition at the 2013 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships with two individual medalists and the men’s distance medley relay team coming away with the gold.

“We are happy with how the meet went today,” head coach Dan Steele said. “The Panthers all competed really well. We are ahead of projections and after the exciting distance medley win, we should have quite a bit of momentum heading into day two.”

The men are currently in third place with 36 points, just 10 points shy of Southern Illinois who is in the lead. The women are sitting tied for sixth place with nine points.  

The Panthers had three athletes competing in the men’s heptathlon with Ethan Miller, Seymour, finishing the first day of competition in second place. Miller finished second in both the 60 meter dash and the long jump with a big jump of 23-07.50.

Freshman Brandon Mortensen finished the day in fifth place overall in the heptathlon, notching several big personal-best performances. Mortensen grabbed a PR in the long jump with a jump of 22-01.50 and a PR in the shot put with a throw of 36-10.25.

The throws crew put on a great performance in the weight throw, with Jordan Williams, Monticello, medaling in the men’s competition and Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson NW Webster, picking up a personal-best throw in the women’s competition. Williams finished third in the men’s weight throw with a distance of 63-01.50. Sukovaty threw for a distance of 63-04.25, placing her second all-time at UNI.


Jordan Guske, WDM Valley, and Charles Brown both qualified for the men’s 200 meter dash, with both Panthers picking up personal-best times. Guske finished first in his heat with a time of 22.22 with Brown also finishing first in his heat with a time of 22.29.

UNI had three athletes qualify for the finals in the 400 meter dash with Sam Cameron, Bettendorf, and Maddie Beeler, I-35 Truro, qualifying for the women’s race and Jordan Guske making it to the next round in the men’s. Beeler picked up a personal record time of 56.73, placing second in her heat, while Cameron also placed second in her heat with a time of 57.29. Guske finished first in his heat and fourth overall in the prelims with a time of 49.50.

Derek Kramer, CR Xavier, and Carlos Anderson both qualified for the 60 meter dash finals, with Kramer setting a new personal record time in the event with his 6.78 finish. Lindsay Gierke performed well in the women’s 60 meter dash and 60 meter hurdles, almost getting a PR in the 60 meters and finished with a big PR in the hurdles with a time of 8.72.

Sebastian Barth and Mortensen both qualified for the finals in the 60 meter hurdles, with Mortensen picking up a personal-best time of 8.26. Barth picked up the second fastest time in the event’s preliminary race with a time of 8.04.

Emily McCarthy, SC East, qualified for the finals of the women’s 800 meter run. She finished third overall in the preliminary race and second in her heat with a time of 2:13.40. Ryan Krogmann, NE Goose Lake, qualified for the men’s 800 meter final, coming away with a season-best time of 1:55.42.

To close out the day’s competition, the men’s distance medley relay finished first overall, taking the gold medal in the event. Calvin Kibby, Ankeny, anchored the relay with the mile, coming away with a big 4:19 split.

“When you are not a favorite, you are always looking for one or two fire starters,” Steele said. “That is what Calvin Kibby was for us tonight. Tomorrow is going to be a fun and exciting day of track and field.”

The UNI Panther track and field program will return to action Sunday with the final day of competition at the 2013 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the completion of the multi-events with a live stream of the event starting at 12:00 p.m.

James Harrington-Cedar Falls-Alabama©Dawn Sagert- The Waterloo Courier

James Harrington-Cedar Falls-Alabama
©Dawn Sagert- The Waterloo Courier


Noah Kittleson, Indianola/Arkansas cleared 6′ 11 3/4″ in the High Jump at the SEC Championships Saturday, good for 5th place.

James Harrington, Cedar Falls/Alabama ran a fine 21.46 in the 200.  But in the ever tough SEC Harrington’s performance did not qualify him for the finals and was 19th overall.






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