Iowans Come Up BIG at NAIA and NJCAA Championships

grand view throws20062Grand View’s 4×4 Are All-Americans

The Grand View men’s 4x400m relay team earned All-American honors as they placed 4th at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships this afternoon in a new school record time of 3:13.31.  The relay consisting of Wes Hammer, Zach Vos, Pella Christian, Alex Alvarez, and Bryce Adger dropped nearly two seconds off their qualifying time from Friday’s prelim to secure their spot on the podium.

 

The Vikings also had two women competing in the shot put this morning.  Sophomore Val Veiock, WDM Valley, placed 16th with mark of 43’ ½” and senior Devon Jensen, Underwood, was 21st with a mark of 39’ 6 ¾”.

 

This week’s championship will conclude the indoor season for the Viking track & field team.  They will resume action on March 23rd as they host the Viking Relays at Williams Stadium.

Mount Mercy

Mount Mercy seniors Larissa Wilden-Clinton and Mwale Kapande-Mt. Pleasant, came home from the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships as repeat all-Americans and Jenna Higgins-North Scott, posted a top-10 finish for the Mustangs.

Wilden finished fifth and earned all-America status in the pentathlon on Thursday. She totaled 3,209 points and placed third in the 60 meter hurdles (:09.08), second in the high jump (5′-4 1/4″), 14th in the shot put (27′-2 3/4″), ninth in the long jump (16′-5 1/4″) and 16th in the 800 meters (2:40.81). Wilden also competed in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing 18th (:09.18).

In Saturday’s high jump competition, Wilden hit 5′-7″ for a fourth-place finish, garnering all-America honors in the event for the second year in a row. She was sixth at last year’s indoor meet. Wilden was second in the high jump at the 2012 outdoor national championships, too, and is now a four-time all-American.

Kapande, who was eighth and an all-American in the long jump at last season’s indoor national meet, improved to third this time around after a leap of 19′-3 1/4″. She was also third at the 2012 outdoor national championships and is now a three-time all-American. Kapande also competed in the 60 meters and ended up 20th in 07.93.

Higgins, already a four-time NAIA all-American, qualified this winter in the 60 meters. In her third straight appearance in this event at indoor nationals, she narrowly missed the finals by .01, placing ninth with a time of :07.65.

Morningside’s Monte Larsen is the NAIA 800 Meter Champion

Morningside College’s Monte Larsen, a graduate student from Tri Center Neola, is the NAIA National Champion in the men’s 800-meters after he won Saturday’s final at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Larsen, who had the fifth fastest qualifying time in the prelims with a time of 1:54.85, ran a 1:52.21 for a victory margin of almost one second over Oklahoma Baptist University freshman Clay Sheperson, who was the runner-up with a time of 1:53.09.

Larsen’s national championship in the 800-meters came one day after he anchored the Mustangs to a national title in the men’s 3200-meter relay.

Larsen earned NAIA All-America honors for the ninth time in his Morningside career with Saturday’s victory in the 800-meters. He was a NAIA national runner-up three times earlier in his career with second place finishes in the 600-meters at the 2011 and 2012 NAIA Indoor National Championships and in the 800-meters at the 2011 NAIA Outdoor National Championships.

Larsen was named the Harry Gill Men’s Outstanding Performer for the 2013 NAIA Championships.   The winner is chosen by the games committee for the championships.

Larsen was the NAIA National Champion in the men’s 800-meters and anchored the Mustangs to a national title in the men’s 3200-meter relay.

Dordt’s Katie Bonnenma is NAIA National Champion in the 600 Meters!

Dordt College junior Katie Bonnema, Unity Christian High School won the 600 meters at the 2013 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 2, in Geneva, Ohio.

Bonnema won the event after leading start to finish, running away from the field with a time of 1:31.52.  Her  nearest competitor had a time of 1:32.85.  Bonnema also had the fastest time out of the semifinals  with a time of 1:32.30.

She was the runner-up in the same event last year with a time of 1:32.88 in the finals and finished sixth in the outdoor championships 400 meter race in 2012.

Iowa Central 2nd at NJCAA Indoors
Iowa Central Community College Men and Women finish second at NJCAA Indoor Championships! For complete results CLICK HERE!

 

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