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Dutch track and field teams tops at Grinnell

Men's track | Feb. 8, 2014

GRINNELL—The Central College men’s and women’s track and field teams both topped the 12-team standings at the Grinnell Indoor Invitational Saturday.

The Dutch men nearly doubled the runner-up’s point total with 172 points scored in 18 events. Dubuque was second with 87, followed by Southwestern, Grinnell and Clarke. The Dutch women scored 116.5 points over 17 events, topping Clarke by 25 points, with North Iowa Area, Grinnell and Cornell rounding out the top five.

“We had some good performances across the board,” coach Joe Dunham said. “We made good progress despite being tired and sore. It was one of those weeks where we were heavy in our training, but we were able to improve a little bit at the meet. It’s all about progression and getting better.

“I’m pleased with the way we competed.”

Dutch men throw a winner—Thrower Steven Messerschmidt (senior, Neola, Tri-Center HS) won the shot put with a personal-best toss of 48-9.5. Gunnar Johnson (junior, Ankeny, Johnston HS) was third with a mark of 46-5.5, while Josh Tack (junior, Hudson) also set a personal record with a fourth-place throw of 43-3.75, besting his previous record by more than six feet. Messerschmidt also won the weight throw with a toss of 54-6. Tack and Chris Davis (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) finished third and fourth, respectively, with throws of 44-9 and 44-8. It was the third consecutive week Davis has set a personal record in the weight throw.

Multi-eventer Eric Larson (junior, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) was best in the long jump with a leap of 21-9. Larson was also fourth in the pole vault, clearing 13-3.75 and fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.66.

Distance runner Eli Horton (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the 3,000-meter run by more than three seconds in a career-best time of 8:30.87. Cole Decker (sophomore, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) placed third in 8:40.03. Decker was also fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:04.45. Distance teammate Isaac Steffensmeier (freshman, St. Paul, Fort Madison HS) was tops in the 5,000-meter run in 15:27.95.

Hurdler Dan Roemerman (sophomore, Iowa City, City High HS) was runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.26, a personal record by .15 seconds. Roemerman also ran a personal best in the 200-meter dash in 23.38, good for fourth.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Mason Zimmerman (junior, Urbandale), Mitch Wagoner (senior, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS), Spencer Hammack (sophomore, Ottumwa) and Austin Roberts (sophomore, Bloomfield, Davis HS) was runner-up in 1:32.60. Wagoner was part of the winning distance medley relay team with Austin O’Brien (senior, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS), Drew Jackson (junior, Johnston) and Jamie Vander Veer (junior, Knoxville) in 10:29.32, more than 40 seconds in front of the runner-up team. Zimmerman was also third in the 200 in 23.37.

Jumper Logan Mulford (freshman, Mount Pleasant) was runner-up in the high jump with a mark of 6-4. Fellow jumper Jordan Sump (senior, Grimes, Dallas Center-Grimes HS) finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 39-2.25.

Mid-distance runner LJ Lipscomb (junior, Johnston) finished third in the 400-meter dash in 52.19.

Relay teams propel Dutch women—Central’s 4x200-meter relay team of Abi Davis (sophomore, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS), Monica Ruiz (sophomore, Hudson), Taylor Beckman (junior, Panora, Panorama HS) and McKenna Zimmerman (junior, Urbandale) was best by more than three seconds in 1:47.40. Camie Kibbee (junior, Mason City), Melanie Nielsen (sophomore, Atlantic), Allie McBroom (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) and Abby Saladino (sophomore, Long Grove, North Scott HS) finished second. Ruiz was also runner-up in the 60-meter dash in 8.27, while Davis was fifth in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.74.

The distance medley relay team of Molly Bramble (sophomore, Waukee), Nielsen, Alyssa Eaves (junior, Grinnell, Johnston HS) and Andie Arthofer (freshman, Dubuque, Senior HS) took the top spot in 13:34.92.

Mid-distance runner Elin Phipps (sophomore, Boone) was tops in the mile run in 5:12.05, setting a personal record by more than 17 seconds and besting the runner-up from Creighton by 1.80 seconds. Phipps also placed fourth in the 600 in 1:45.80.

High jumper Hillary Hotz (junior, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) cleared a height of 5-3.25 for the top spot.

Multi-eventer Emma Drees (freshman, Waukee) set a personal record in the long jump by nearly one foot with a leap of 16-1 for runner-up honors.

Pole vaulter Maddy Frehe (senior, De Soto, Kan.) cleared 8-0.5 for third place. The 4x400-meter relay team of Kibbee, Beckman, Ruiz and Phipps was also third in 4:16.80.

Hurdler Meredith Zimmerman (junior, Urbandale) was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles 9.69, a personal best, while distance runner Kasey Wiedmaier (freshman, Indianola) was fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:27.36.

Next weekend is a busy one for the Central track and field teams. Dutch athletes will compete at four different invitationals, including the Iowa State Classic at Ames Friday and Saturday and the Monmouth Invitational at Monmouth, Ill.

In addition, six men’s track athletes will travel to Massachusetts for the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA national meet in the distance medley relay. The relay team will run at the Tufts University Cupid Challenge in the morning, with individual events throughout the day, and cap the trip by competing in the 5,000-meter run at the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational.


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