Track & Field Resumes Indoor Season With Strong Performances


first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams resumed their indoor season this weekend with strong performances at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.”We hit the training really hard the past two weeks and I figured everyone would feel a little flat and a little sore,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “The hope was that they would still compete hard and they did. I like what I’m seeing this year. If this weekend is any indication of performances to come, the next few meets should be fun!”Sophomore standout Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continued her indoor season with a season-best time of 8.52 in the 60-meter hurdles.  Young’s time was the fastest collegiate time with only professional Sharika Nelvis finishing ahead of Young. Nelivs, a former NCAA Champion, owned the fastest 60-meter hurdle time in the world last season.Later in the afternoon, Young joined Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.), Laura Gann (Wheaton, Ill.) and Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) to finish second in the 4×400-meter relay in 3:51.76. Ahmed-Green also finished eighth in the 200 meters in 25.53.The women’s distance medley relay team of Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.), Meghan Kearney (Kansas City, Mo.), Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) also finished second in 12:07.40.On the track for the men on Saturday, junior college transfer Bas Van Leersum made his Drake debut in the 600 meters and finished fifth in 1:20.02, but was the third fastest collegiate competitor in the race that also featured Erik Sowinski, the American record holder in the event.Van Leersum also turned in a 47-second anchor split in the 4×400-meter relay to help the Bulldog team of Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.), Dominic Lombardi (Columbus, Ohio) and James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) finish eighth in 3:20.65.”Bas almost caught the heat leader but ran out of real estate,” Kaiser-Brown said. “The crowd went nuts when they heard his split.” Freshman Aaron Chier turned in an eighth-place finish in the 200 meters with an indoor personal best of 22.26. In the field evens on Saturday, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Taryn Rolle turned in a pair of top-10 performances in the triple jump. Bell was second with a leap of 39-8.75 while Rolle was sixth in 39-0.5″Kayla Bell and Taryn Rolle represented the jumpers at a high level,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Both kicked of the 2016 season making their presence known.”In Friday evening’s events Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) won the mile with a personal best time of 4:55.69 that bested the field by nearly six seconds and was the sixth-fastest time in school history.  Huston overcame a tough start and slow pace early in the race to pull away from the pack with 500 meters left.”Emma started her season off great winning the mile and separated herself from the field,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown.Also on the track for the women, freshman Meghan Kearney (Kansas City, Mo.) took second place in the 800 meters in 2:16.22. The field events were highlighted by Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) taking fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18-7.”Kayla’s speed on the runway has really developed,” Kaiser-Brown said.For the men’s team, James Saxton (La Crosse, Wis.) continued his indoor season by finishing third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.54.”James fought hard in the 800 meters and it won’t be long before we see a big drop in his time,” Kaiser-Brown said. Holiday Inn Invitational – Jan. 15-16, 2016Lincoln, Neb. Drake Women’s Results 60 Meters (Prelims)13. Taryn Rolle, 7.9425. Rai Ahmed-Green, 8.12 200 Meters8. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.5311. Mary Young, 25.7539. Destani Welch, 27.49 400 Meters24. Victoria Coombe, 1:01.82 800 Meters2. Meghan Kearney, 2:16.226. Laura Gann, 2:17.4417. Shelby Varney, 2:34.81 1,000 Meters8. Kayla Giuliano, 3:07.89 Mile1. Emma Huston, 4:55.69 3,000 Meters7. Bailee Cofer, 10:27.9014. Taylor Scholl, 10:41.18 60-Meter Hurldes (Finals)2. Mary Young, 8.52 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)2. Mary Young, 8.6512. Virginia Hill, 9.1116. Destani Welch, 9.24 4×400-Meter Relay2. Ahmed-Green, Young, Gann, Hill, 3:51.76 Distance Medley Relay2. Cofer, Kearney, Huston, Aerts, 12:07.40 High Jump – Seeded5. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-5 High Jump – Unseeded3. Taylor Patton, 5-3 Pole Vault5. Christina LeMunyon, 10-6 Long Jump4. Kayla Bell, 18-710. Taryn Rolle, 17-7 Triple Jump2. Kayla Bell, 39-8.756. Taryn Rolle, 39-0.5 Holiday Inn Invitational – Jan. 15-16, 2016Lincoln, Neb. Drake Men’s Results 60 Meters (Prelims)9. Vincent Pierce, 6.9414. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9920. Aaron Chier, 7.0823. Kendall Owens, 7.14 200 Meters 8. Aaron Chier, 22.2610. Demetrius Shelton, 22.4112. Kendall Owens, 22.4913. Pierce Vincent, 22.50 400 Meters17. Hudson Priebe, 49.8224. Dominic Lombardi, 51.34 600 Meters5. Bas Van Leersum, 1:20.02 800 Meters3. James Saxton, 1:54.547. George Webb, 1:57.1824. Alec Bognar, 2:04.48 1,000 Meters11. John Freeman, 2:37.68 3,000 Meters25. Ali Jandal, 9:05.69 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)14. Hudson Priebe, 8.4618. Dominic Lombardi, 8.5729. Tyler Zak, 9.10 4×400-Meter Relay8. Priebe, Lombardi, Saxton, Van Leersum, 3:20.6513. Ejubovic, Webb, Myles, Zak, 3:27.00 High Jump – Seeded8. Ryan Cook, 6-4.75 High Jump – Unseeded4. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 Pole Vault13. Adam Perkins, 12-6 Long Jump9. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-3.525. Ethan Turner, 18-7.25 Triple Jump6. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-09. Ethan Turner, 44-711. Sean Buczek, 42-8.25 Shot Put14. A.J. Erb, 40-7.517. Michael Dolan, 38-5.5 Weight Throw18. Michael Dolan, 45-3.5 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more