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Track And Field Closes Competition At Iowa State Classic

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: February 15, 2014
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AMES, Iowa – Facing some of its toughest competition to date, the Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams continued to put up consistent performances at the Iowa State Classic this weekend at the Cyclones’ Lied Recreation Center.

“Today’s performances were about consistency,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown of the second day of competition on Saturday. “We didn’t have anyone deliver in the race or jump of their career, but they continued to do enough things correct to yield positive results.”

The highlight of the weekend came on Friday with senior Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) breaking the school record in the men’s 5,000 meters with a time of 13:59.71.

On Saturday, Danyelle Cole (Kansas City, Kan.) moved two spots from her qualifying position in the women’s 60 meters to take sixth in a time of 7.77. The men’s squad got another strong showing in the high jump from Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a fifth-place finish and a clearance of 6-8.75.

“Ryan Cook jumped well coming off a week of rest and Danyelle Cole claimed the last qualifying spot in the 60 meters, but improved to finish sixth in the event,” Kaiser-Brown said. “I am excited to see what the next two weeks bring heading into the MVC Championship.”

Other highlights that generated that excitement from the coach staff included Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) finishing seventh in the unseeded section of the men’s 3,000 meters with a time of 8:19.16 to shatter his previous personal best in the event by more than 25 seconds. Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) continued her strong sophomore season by finishing 13th in the women’s 3,000 meters with a time of 10:08.96 while freshman Samantha Nielsen (Maplewood, Minn.) was seventh in the unseeded 800 meters in 2:20.61, just a second off her personal best.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Iowa Invite in Iowa City, Iowa. The meet will be the teams’ final tune-up before the MVC Championship the following week.

Iowa State Classic
Feb. 14-15
Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center

Drake Women’s Results
60 Meters (Finals)
6. Danyelle Cole, 7.77

60 Meters (Prelims) – Friday
8. Danyelle Cole, 7.74
9. Tiara Winston, 7.79
12. Ariel Kinlow, 7.85
13. Jessica Campbell, 7.85 

200 Meters - Friday
17. Tiara Winston, 25.05
19. Danyelle Cole, 25.18
23. Jessica Campbell, 25.39

600 Meters - Friday
11. India Knight, 1:26.75
16. Celia Venezia, 1:31.02
17. Cassandra Hardy, 1:34.18

800 Meters - Unseeded
7. Samantha Nielsen, 2:20.61

1,000 Meters
9. Erica Bestul, 3:08.23

35. Taylor Scholl, 5:09.48

3,000 Meters – Unseeded
13. Emma Huston, 10:08.96 

60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) – Friday
11. Destani Welch, 8.81

Distance Medley Relay - Friday
7. Bestul, Campbell, Knight, Parks, 12:15.58 

High Jump - Friday
16. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-3

Triple Jump
13. Kayla Bell, 36-11

Iowa State Classic
Feb. 14-15
Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center

Drake Men’s Results
60 Meters (Prelims) – Friday
13. Kai Asberry, 7.06
22. Kendall Owens, 7.23

400 Meters
18. Travis Marsh, 49.71

800 Meters – Unseeded
12. James Saxton, 2:00.85

3,000 Meters – Unseeded
7. Rob McCann, 8:19.16
12. Conor Wells, 8:47.44

5,000 Meters – Friday
9. Brogan Austin, 13:59.71 

Distance Medley Relay – Friday
9. Brady, Webb, Saxton, McCann, 10:03.51 

High Jump
5. Ryan Cook, 6-8.75
12. Jeffery Foreman, 6-2.75 

Long Jump - Friday
12. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-1.5

Triple Jump
10. Johnathan Osifuye, 42-5.25 

Weight Throw – Friday
12. Andrew Curtis, 53-8.25

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