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Spartans compete well at Central

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:25 a.m. CST

PELLA — The Southwestern track and field team competed at the Central College Invitational here on March 28, and the Spartans came home with a number of solid performances.

The women finished eighth in the team standings with 24 points, while the men finished ninth with 15 points.

“Probably the big one was Molly (Schimp) winning the high jump,” head coach Bill Huntington said. “We were very excited with that. It wasn’t her best jump, but it was colder than the backside of the moon.”

Schimp cleared 4-09 to win the event.

Another strong event for the Spartans was the women’s 200 meter dash. The Spartans placed two athletes in the top eight of the event.

Payton Wilkenfeld finished fourth in 27.72, while Kristin Klocksiem came in seventh in 28.36.

Wilkenfeld and Klocksiem were both part of the Southwestern 4x100 relay team that took more than two seconds off its time from the previous meet.

The 4x100 relay team that also included Brei Theisen and Kaley Folkerts finished fifth in 53.98.

Kalli McCann also ran a strong race in the 5,000 meters, running on pace for a nationals qualifier before falling off pace late in the race.

McCann, who is coming off a tendinitis injury, finished fourth in 20:06.46.

“She was on pace to make nationals,” Huntington said. “Her last mile, she really struggled with it. She was about nine seconds ahead until she got to the last mile. Then she had a really rough 10th lap. She was still within 20 seconds of nationals. She’s starting to round into shape.”

Men

On the men’s side, Rayvonne Brown just missed scoring points in the 800 meter run, but put together one of the best races of the day for the Spartans, finishing ninth in 2:00.47.

“The standout race was Rayvonne in the 800,” Huntington said. “That’s a personal best, even from high school. We were pretty excited about that. That was a very good race for him.”

Southwestern picked up three points in the steeplechase as sophomore Dave Prchal and freshman Gage Beers finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in their debut in the event.

“I was really pleased with Gage and Dave in the steeplechase,” Huntington said. “That was their first time running that race, and they did a very good job.”

Jackson Shantz of Greenfield added two points in the 110 meter high hurdles, finishing seventh with a time of 16.68.

Huntington said he was very excited about the men’s 4x400 relay team, which finished fifth in 3:28.65.

That relay consisted of Terrence Gaye, Joe Bierl, Marquis Flowers and Brown.

“That was six seconds better than they did indoor,” Huntington said. “I was very pleased with that.”

Zach Ruth of Osceola also came home with a new personal best.

Ruth finished 14th in the shot put with a new personal best throw of 39-7.

Southwestern returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Border Wars on Iowa Western’s campus.

Central College Invitational

WOMEN

Team standings — 1. Central College 155, 2. Northwestern 148, 3. Grand View 114, 4. Simpson 95, 5. Iowa 48, 6. William Penn 33, 7. Drake 29, 8. Southwestern 24, 9. Minnesota State 12, 10. NIACC 4.

100 meter dash — 12. Payton Wilkenfeld, 13.41; 16. Kaley Folkerts, 13.64; 19. Kristin Klocksiem, 13.92.

200 meter dash — 4. Payton Wilkenfeld, 27.72; 7. Kristin Klocksiem, 28.36; 19. Kaley Folkerts, 29.02; 26. Brei Theisen, 30.39.

1,500 meter run — 21. Regina Hafner, 5:40.31.

5,000 meter run — 4. Kalli McCann, 20:06.46; 9. Regina Hafner, 21:11.22.

4x100 relay — 5. Southwestern (Payton Wilkenfeld, Brei Theisen, Kristin Klocksiem, Kaley Folkerts), 53.98.

High jump — 1. Molly Schimp, 4-9.

Long jump — 13. Kaley Folkerts, 14-4.50.

MEN

1. Northwestern 151, 2. Central College 134, 3. Grand View 109, 4. NIACC 79, 5. Simpson 70, 6. Minnesota State 61, 7. Drake 38, 8. William Penn 32, 9. Southwestern 15, 10. Iowa 10, 11. University of Iowa Track Club 6.

100 meter dash — 11. Marquis Flowers, 11.42; 16. Terrence Gaye, 11.57; 25. Adam Pool, 12.63.

200 meter dash — 10. Marquis Flowers, 23.25; 17. Terrence Gaye, 23.90; 32. Adam Pool, 25.24.

800 meter run — 9. Rayvonne Brown, 2:00.47; 15. Joe Bierl, 2:04.38; 28. Brandon Bergren, 2:23.70; 29. Nate Carr, 2:25.30; 30. Eric Robinson, 2:26.49.

1,500 meter run — 23. Auston Carter, 4:30.86; 28. Brandon Bergren, 4:53.41; 31. Nate Carr, 5:04.57; 32. Josh Cobb, 5:10.25.

5,000 meter run — 17. Gage Beers, 17:56.15; 18. Dave Prchal, 17:56.17; 21. Auston Carter, 18:23.10; 25. Josh Cobb, 19:11.65.

110 high hurdles — 7. Jackson Shantz, 16.68.

3,000 meter steeplechase — 7. Dave Prchal, 11:31.46; 8. Gage Beers, 11:54.65.

4x100 relay — 3. Southwestern (Terrence Gaye, Rayvonne Brown, Adam Pool, Marquis Flowers), 46.51.

4x400 relay — 5. Southwestern (Terrence Gaye, Joe Bierl, Marquis Flowers, Rayvonne Brown), 3:28.65; 11. Southwestern (Adam Pool, Brandon Bergren, Nate Carr, Eric Robinson), 3:53.15.

Long jump — 11. Terrence Gaye, 18-6; 12. Eric Robinson, 17-0.

Shot put — 14. Zach Ruth, 39-7.

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