Division III Track and Field: Day One Recap

May 26, 2005

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WAVERLY, Iowa Dan Austin of Williams College provisionally qualified for U.S. Nationals with a Division III-record discus toss (196-1) to win his event at the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championship at Walston-Hoover Stadium at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Thursday. Seven other student-athletes claimed national titles in the first day of competition in the three-day event, including Wartburgs Josh Moen, who earned a National Championship in the 10,000-meter run.

In the final event of the night, Amhersts Carter Hamill won the womens 10,000-meter run in just the second time that shes run the event this season. Hamills time of 34:00.43 was more than a minute better than second place Caroline Cretti from Williams College (35:09.34), and was a Division III season best and a Walston-Hoover Stadium record.

Austins discus toss of 196-1 not only provisionally qualified for U.S. Nationals, but also was a Division III-record. He eclipsed the former record (191-2.5) set by Mike Maders (Hamline) in 1983 by nearly five feet. I had a great day to throw, the wind was blowing and the sun was shining, said Austin. Im really excited to be a National Champion. I always throw the best my first time, and it feels great to own a Division III National Record.

Moen claimed the 10,000-meter run title with a 30:31.45 performance on his home track, bettering the Walston-Hoover Stadium record (31:06.55) set by UW-Plattevilles Tyler Sigel earlier this season. Macharia Yuot (Widener) hung with Moen for the majority of the race, though Moen pulled out with about 850 meters to go to win by just over 14 seconds (30:45.55) for the National Championship. Yuot really helped push me, said Moen. I was licking my chops towards the end of the race. Hes my ghost runner in practice; hes the guy Im always thinking about.

This championship feels great; each one has a different feel, he continued. I will remember this one for the fans, and I wanted to leave it all out there for them. I felt no pressure because I know what I can do.

The womens pole vault went to a three-way vault-off, with Wisconsin-Eau Claires Stephanie Barnes claiming the title on a 12-2.5 vault. Hope Colleges Jen VanderMeer took second in the event for the second consecutive season, while Chelsea Sherier of LaVerne finished third.

Robyn Jarocki (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) threw a Division III season-best 171-9 in the womens discus to claim the title. She had finished third in the event in 2004 with a toss of 154-1. Kelly Godsey of Bates, who finished fourth behind Jarocki in the 2004 event, recorded a throw of 154-2 for second place. I had a great series of throws today, said Jarocki. The weather was great for discus throwing after that storm that blew through here. The wind was great for me and helped a little bit. I like to set the tone with my first throw, and I was fortunate enough to have that throw help me set my personal record.

Richard Stocktons Paul Klemic, a junior, won the mens long jump with a leap of 25-2, surpassing second-place Greg Tysons (Heidelberg College) jump of 24-3.5. Loras Geoff Kaiser, who finished seventh last season, took fifth with a jump of 23-6.25.

Brian DeLoriea of North Central College grabbed the mens pole vault title with a vault of 16-11, beating Nick Pergande (Wisconsin-La Crosse). UW-La Crosse also claimed third in the event, as Matt Novak recorded a leap of 16-7.25, tying with MITs Nathan Ball. I was very excited about coming in as a returning All-American and finally becoming a National Champion, said DeLoriea. Its still hard to believe that it finally happened.

Andretta Colley, a senior from St. Thomas, won the womens long jump with a jump of 19-5.25. Jennifer Stafslien (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) took second at 19-0.5, while Kristal Grigsby, a senior at St. Thomas who was the 2004 National Champion, finished third at 18-11.75. Kristal is a very good competitor and we have kind of been going back and forth, said Colley. Normally, she would make a big jump, and I would make a big jump and pass her, and then shed pass me. But shes the defending champion and shes also been a very good motivator and idol for me.

In the final event of the night, Amhersts Hamill won the womens 10,000-meter run with a time of 34:00.43 was more than a minute better than second place Cretti from Williams College, who ran 35:09.34. This feels really great. It was a little tough, not having someone out there to push me. I felt like I was running by myself most of the race, said Hamill. This was only the second time running the 10K this year. The first time was about a month ago. My nerves were really getting to me before the race because of that. This one was awfully special because it was my last one, and I got my PR doing it.

Action continues in the meet on Friday, May 27, beginning with the decathlons 110-meter hurdles at 11 a.m. and the heptathlon long jump at noon. Running events start with the mens 800 trials at 3:45 p.m., followed by the womens 800 preliminaries at 4 p.m.

NOTES

FINALS
Dan Austin of Williams College provisionally qualified for U.S. Nationals with a Division III-record discus toss of 196-1. The mark set a Division III record, eclipsing the former record (191-2.5) set by Mike Maders (Hamline) in 1983.

Wartburgs Josh Moen claimed the 10,000-meter run title with a Walston-Hoover Stadium record time of 30:31.45. Macharia Yuot (Widener) took second (30:45.55), while Pat Rizzo of North Central College finished third at 40:46.90.

The womens pole vault went to a three-way vault-off, with Stephanie Barnes (UW-Eau Claire) taking the title. Her vault of 12-2.5 earned her the title, while Hope Colleges Jen VanderMeer took second in the event for the second consecutive year.

Robyn Jarocki (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) threw a Division III season-best 171-9 in the womens discus to claim the title. Kelly Godsey of Bates recorded a throw of 154-2 for second place.

Richard Stocktons Paul Klemic, a junior, won the mens long jump with a leap of 25-2, surpassing second-place Greg Tysons (Heidelberg College) jump of 24-3.5. Loras Geoff Kaiser, who finished seventh last season, took fifth with a jump of 23-6.25.

Brian DeLoriea of North Central College grabbed the mens pole vault title with a vault of 16-11, beating Nick Pergande (Wisconsin-La Crosse). UW-La Crosse also claimed third in the event, as Matt Novak recorded a leap of 16-7.25, tying with MITs Nathan Ball.

Andretta Colley, a senior from St. Thomas, won the womens long jump with a jump of 19-5.25. Jennifer Stafslien (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) took second at 19-0.5, while Kristal Grigsby, a senior at St. Thomas who was the 2004 National Champion, finished third at 18-11.75. Loras Abby Vanderah finished 10th in the finals with a jump of 18-1.5.

Carter Hamill, a senior from Amherst College, posted a Division III season-best time in the 10,000-meter run with a final of 34:00.43. She was more than a minute better than Caroline Cretti, a junior from Williams College, who finished second with a time of 35:09.34. Hamill won the National Championship last year as well, but shaved two minutes off her time from 2004.

PRELIMINARIES
Wisconsin-La Crosse qualified two for the mens 400-meter hurdles, scheduled for Saturday, May 28, as junior Nolan Hietpas and freshman Brad Peterson turned in times of 53.27 and 53.38, respectively. Monmouths Blake Boma ran the fastest preliminary time, at 52.55.

At 2,932 points, Wisconsin-River Falls Jillian Crandall leads the womens heptathlon half-way through the event. Crandall turned in a high jump of 5-6 to take first in that portion of the heptathlon. Christine Hendricks (Calvin College) is just 10 points off Crandalls pace, and won the 100-meter hurdles (15.03).

Carthage Colleges Sheana Grigsby led all qualifiers for the womens 400-meter hurdles with a preliminary time of 60.24. Wartburgs Stephanie Arey, a sophomore, qualified (62.84) for Saturdays finals, while Willamette University had two qualify, as Shannon McGrane and Jordyn Smith recorded times of 62.17 and 62.82, respectively.

Kevin Deering of Wisconsin-Oshkosh leads the mens decathlon half-way through the event with a total of 3,840. His closest competitor is Claremont Mudd Scripps Matt Roberson, last years National Champion in the event, with 3,716. Deering won the high jump (6-9.75) and took second in the 100-meter dash and long jump.

Nebraska Wesleyans Aaron Dye posted a 3:55.8 to pace the mens 1,500-meter run. North Central Colleges Dan Rodriguez and Andy Hubner ran 3:56.14 and 3:58.54, respectively, to qualify for Saturdays final, scheduled for 1:20 p.m.

Musu Jackson-Buckner of Oneota SUNY set the preliminary pace in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.46. College of New Jersey qualified two for the event, which will be run Saturday at 3:45 p.m., including Tiffany Clark (24.99) and Brittny Boyd (24.75).

Jenna Mitchler, a junior from Wisconsin-Stevens Point, set the pace in the womens 1,500-meter run, with a time of 4:33.73. A tight first heat in the preliminaries had Shaunteen Garrahan (Amherst) at 4:33.75, Marcia Taddy (Wisconsin-Platteville) at 4:33.78, Brigid Power (St. Thomas) at 4:33.79 and Gina Lucrczi (DeSales) at 4:33.86. Wartburgs Missy Buttry, a two-time National Champion in the event, paced the second heat at 4:38.04. The finals are slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Greg Nixon (Howard Payne) led the mens 200-meter dash preliminary race with a time of 21.29. Nate Olson (Wisconsin-La Crosse) posted a 21.36 time to pace the third heat of the preliminary, while Bret Blake (Nebraska Wesleyan) ran a 21.46 in the second heat. The final will take place at 3:35 p.m. Saturday.

New Jersey City University (Sherron Bullock, Anthony Campbell, Ronald Hussey, Anthony Miles) paced all qualifiers in the mens 400-meter relay with a time of 40.32. Nebraska Wesleyan (Gordie Coffin, Matt Turman, Jeff Aldrich, Bret Blake) took second in the relay at 40.49. The University of Dubuque (Eddie Blackmon, Daunta Peterson, Darell Walker, Gregg Wiersma) ran a time of 41.02 in the events preliminaries; the finals are slated for Saturday at 1 p.m.

Lincoln University (Ashley Douglas, Precious Macklin, Yolona Sabb, Shonda Jackson) paced the womens 400-meter relay with a Division III season-best time of 46.54. New Jersey City University (Andrea Herbert, Denay Caldwell, Gloria Wilfong-Towns, Diana Lawson) took second in the preliminaries for the event, which runs its final Saturday at 1:10 p.m.

Wartburg Colleges 4x400-meter relay team paced the preliminary times in the 1,600-meter relay. Stephanie Arey, Amy Koester, Kelli Marlow and Bridget Burns ran a stadium-record 3:47.19. Calvin College (Sarah Witingen, Lisa Winkle, Laura Hamilton, Sue Abbring), in the same heat as the Wartburg team, took second overall in the trials with a time of 3:47.45.

Lincoln University (Bobby Young, Keko Goldman, Jeff Jasmin, Lance Wigfall) led the 4x400-meter relay trials with a time of 3:10.84, a Walston-Hoover Stadium record. Nebraska Wesleyans (Ben Thayer, Bret Blake, Evan Knight, Chris Wolf) team took first in its heat and second overall in the preliminaries with a time of 3:12.27.

QUOTES FROM FINALS Mens Events - Thursday, May 26, 2005

Mens Discus - Dan Austin - Williams College - 196-1/59.76m
***Division III Record/Provisional Qualifier U.S. Nationals***
I had a great day to throw, the wind was blowing and the sun was shining. Im really excited to be a National Champion. I always throw the best my first time, and it feels great to own a Division III National Record. I didnt sleep well last night. I was excited to go today. It just feels good to be back here at the National Meet, I was here and placed second my freshman year, then broke my foot while throwing the shot so I was out the past two seasons. My goal coming into this season was to qualify for the U.S. Nationals, and I did that and won a National Championship along the way.

Mens Long Jump - Paul Klemic - Richard Stockton - 25-2/7.67m
I knew it was a lot to my advantage (taking the long jump into the rain delay, with most having just two jumps remaining) only because a lot of people were really not ready to warmup again and go back into it. I was happy with the weather, the wind was actually going with me. It was giving me a push in the beginning that I was upset about, because it can make you foul really easily. I didnt really like it. But in my last jump of the finals (his long jump), it was actually in my face, and it helped me out a little bit because it made me more accurate.

Mens Pole Vault - Brian DeLoriea - North Central College - 16-11/5.16m
I was very excited about coming in as a returning All-American and finally becoming a National Champion. Its still hard to believe that it finally happened. Coach and I didnt have much of a strategy for the day, but having to warmup twice, once when it was dry and once when it was wet, was definitely a big factor in keeping focus. I knew that making the first jump at 5.16 meters would put me in good shape and keep me in contention for the final round.

Mens 10,000-meter Run - Josh Moen - Wartburg College - 30:31.45
I didnt think it was fair that I had a home field advantage with all the fans here. I really appreciate all my family members, team members and friends coming out to support me. Yuot (Macharia Yuot from Widener) really helped push me. I was licking my chops towards the end of the race. Hes my ghost runner in practice; hes the guy Im always thinking about. Coach Johnson helped me with the strategy. I relaxed at first, and around lap 13, I wanted to move up because the race starts to move then. This championship feels great; each one has a different feel. I will remember this one for the fans, and I wanted to leave it all out there for them. I felt no pressure because I know what I can do.

Mens Decathlon - Kevin Deering - Wisconsin-Oshkosh - 3840 points through five events
I had a real good day. Things really fell in place. I wish the shot put went better, but I had a really good high jump, and I ran well all-around. My first day is usually a little bigger, but Ive been picking things up the second day too. Hopefully, Ill be able to fill in all the weak spots. I have a lot of work ahead of me with the defending champion (Matt Roberson, Claremont Mudd Scripps) nipping at my heels.

QUOTES FROM FINALS Womens Events - Thursday, May 26, 2005

Womens Pole Vault - Stephanie Barnes - Wisconsin-Eau Claire 12-2.25/3.72m
I am very, very excited. Its overwhelming to be a National Champion. At first I thought that it was over and I was really upset and just bawling. Then I heard about the jump off and just thought that I had a second chance to go get it. It was my first attempt in the jump off and I knew that it would be close with the other two girls, but I was very excited about the win.

Womens Discus- Robyn Jarocki- Wisconsin-Oshkosh - 171.8/52.34m
I had a great series of throws today. The weather was great for discus throwing after that storm that blew through here. The wind was great for me and helped a little bit. I like to set the tone with my first throw, and I was fortunate enough to have that throw help me set my personal record. I prepared for this meet by taking a week off and not even thinking about throwing. I think that helped my mindset. I really looked forward to the competition of Kelly Godsey (second place finisher). She really makes me push for my best, but her coming in here with the top throw this year took some pressure off of me. I knew that I was capable of this before the meet. Im looking forward to getting some sleep, and getting ready to throw the shot tomorrow and the hammer on Saturday.

Womens Long Jump - Andretta Colley - St. Thomas 19-5.25/5.92m
I was very nervous at first because I had very good competition, but I did pretty well. I was kind of remembering some songs that my grandma would sing, and I was trying to sing them and not be nervous just to settle down. And I did. Kristal Grigsbys (junior teammate, 2004 national champ; third this year) a very good competitor and we have kind of been going back and forth. Normally, she would make a big jump, and I would make a big jump and pass her, and then shed pass me. But shes the defending champion and shes also been a very good motivator and idol for me.

Womens 10,000-meter Run - Carter Hamill - Amherst - 34:00.43
This feels really great. It was a little tough, not having someone out there to push me. I felt like I was running by myself most of the race. This was the perfect weather, perfect temperature; out in New England we had a tough spring, and its been really cold there. This was only the second time running the 10K this year. The first time was about a month ago. My nerves were really getting to me before the race because of that. This one was awfully special because it was my last one, and I got my PR doing it. Ive got a Subway sandwich waiting for me, Im going to take a day off and I have the 5,000 on Saturday.

Womens Heptathlon - Jillian Crandall - Wisconsin-River Falls - 2932 through four events
I had personal bests in thee of the four events, so I feel like I did very well today. The key for tomorrow is to hit the long jump. Id rather be here (in first) than in last going into tomorrow, but it makes me nervous.

-- Courtesy Wartburg