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Clay Siefken and Jamie Barry (Photos: Doug Wells)
Track and Field - Sun, Apr. 30, 2017

The Grand View track and field teams competed in their own Viking Classic on Friday, April 28. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the Vikings were still able to rack up several top three finishes.

The women's team had a first place finish from senior Natalie Potts (Altoona, Iowa) in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:44.23 and a second place finish from freshman Dimetrea Hamilton (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 100m with a time of 12.89. Other second place finishes came from junior Erin Wenzel (Clinton, Iowa) in the 400m (1:02.98), freshman LaVon Davis (Ames, Iowa) in the discus (37.69m), and senior Cherise Cox (Grinnell, Iowa) in the hammer (42.83). Third place finishes for the Vikings included junior Jamie Barry (Maynard, Iowa) in the 200m (28.22), junior Michelle Thayer (Runnells, Iowa) in the 5000m (20:41.31), and freshman Raven Jones (Clinton, Iowa) in the long jump (4.69m).

The men's team also grabbed first place in the 3000m steeplechase with Nate Johnson (Eagan, Minn.) finishing in 10:35.39 while freshman Leo Stewart (Alorton, Ill.) had a first place mark in the in the long jump at 6.23m. Stewart also posted a second place finish in the high jump (1.80m). Senior Clay Cory (Elkhart, Iowa) and freshman Chris Krystofiak (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) each had a second place finish in the 200m (22.63) and 400m hurdles (1:00.39), respectively. Bringing home third place times for the Vikings were sophomores Daniel Headley (Melbourne, Fla.) in the 100m (11.58) and Jacob Thompson (State Center, Iowa) in the 400m (53.38).

The men's throwing team was highlighted by the hammer in which the Vikings took the first three places and had five marks in the top 10. Sophomore Clay Siefken (Burlington, Iowa) took first with his throw of 52.66m while sophomore Jacob Goeller (Fairbank, Iowa) took second (48.13mm) and sophomore Anthony Wilson (Bourbonnais, Ill.) took third (47.41m). Siefken also had a first place throw in the discus (46.90m) and junior Chance Tatman (Spencer, Iowa) had a third place throw of 13.69 in the shot.

The Vikings will now take the week to prepare for the Heart of America Championship meet held this weekend (May 5-6) hosted by William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

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