The Grand View track and field teams hosted the NAIA Midwest Quad on Friday (April 14) which included Concordia (Neb.), St. Ambrose, and Baker.
On the women's side, No. 2 ranked Concordia took first place with 209 points, St. Ambrose scored 199 points to take second place, Grand View tallied 162 for third and Baker finished fourth with 61 team points. For the men, No. 3 Concordia also took first with 202.5 points, St. Ambrose finished second with 179 points, No. 18 Baker had 161.5 for third and the Grand View men scored 148 points for fourth place.
The Vikings had several top three finishes in the track events including first place finishes from freshman Dimetrea Hamilton (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.23. The 4x100 relay team of Hamilton, junior Ronnoja Ayers (Des Moines, Iowa), freshman Allie Flaws (Webster City, Iowa) and junior Jamie Barry (Maynard, Iowa) also finished first with a school record time of 48.81. Ayers finished in second place in the 100m (12.42), and Flaws finished third in the 200m (26.78) while senior Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) finished third in the 400m (1:00.24). Senior Natalie Potts (Altoona, Iowa) came in second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 12:50.40 and sophomore Jessica VanZuuk earned third place in the 100m hurdles (16.46). The Vikings had second place finishes in the both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. The 4x400 finished in 4:09.32 and included Ayers, Roberts, Faws and junior Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa). The 4x800 finished in 10:20.82 and included junior Erin Wenzel (Clinton, Iowa), Potts, Bridget Sulek and Sam Roth.
In the field events, senior Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) finished first in the discus with a mark of 44.78m while freshman LaVon Davis (Ames, Iowa) hit the NAIA B standard in discus (42.52m) and also had just over a two meter personal record in hammer with a mark of 46.45m.
The men's track events had a handful of season best times as well as some first place finishes. Sophomore Daniel Headley (Melbourne, Fla.) came in first in the 200m with his time of 22.41 as well as the 4x400 relay team of senior Bryon Christensen (Johnston, Iowa), sophomore Jorden Nathan (Ankeny, Iowa), senior Clay Cory (Elkhart, Iowa) and Danton Irelan with a season best time of 3:22.79. Senior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) also had a first place finish in the 1500m with a season best time of 4:22.79. Junior teammate Ben Bourland (Des Moines, Iowa) was close behind for second place (4:25.93). Christensen had a season best time and finished third in the 800m (2:02.24). The Viking's 4x100 and the 4x800 teams both finished in third place. The 4x100 of Nathan, Headley, Christensen, and freshman Matthew Cox (Polk City, Iowa) finished with a time of 43.43 while the 4x800 team consisting of Gainey, Bourland, freshman Colton Galusha (Clinton, Iowa), and senior Ray Quiroz (Columbus Junction, Iowa) had a time of 8:36.27. Nathan also had a season best time in the 110m hurdles with his fourth place finish of 15.39 while sophomore Taylor Murray (Clinton, Iowa) broke his own school record with his 5k racewalk time of 31:51.20.
In the field, the men's team had a first place finish in the discus from sophomore Jacob Goeller (Fairbank, Iowa) with this throw of 49.49m while sophomore teammate Clay Siefken (Burnlington, Iowa) had a third place throw of 45.25m. Junior Chance Tatman (Spencer, Iowa) finished third in the shotput (13.86) and Clay Cory finished third in the javelin (45.00).
The Vikings will return to action next weekend (April 21-22) as they travel to Crete, Nebraska to participate in the Jim Dutcher Memorial held at Doane University.