May 05, 2018
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – The Iowa Central Men's and Women's Track and Field teams both defended their Region XI crowns this weekend in big fashion. The women outdistanced their nearest competitors, Iowa Western by 112 points while the mean topped the Reivers as well by a 98-point margin. NIACC finished third of six in the women's meet while Southwestern's men finished third of six in the men's meet.
The women had a strong showing from their distance women who swept the top four spots in both the steeplechase and the 5k. Aaliyah Regg Wajid was the steeple champion in a time of 11:15.11 while Adva Cohen led the charge in the 5k with a time of 17:49.17. Regg Wajid's time was the 7th fastest time in school history. Marta Lukijaniuk, Katy Pfile and Naomi Alvarez rounded out the scoring in the steeple while in the 5k it was Lukijaniuk, Alvarez and Sierra Stucky who finished second through fourth places. Cohen was also victorious in the 1500m run with a new region record time of 4:40.07. Stucky finished in third while Winrose Chesang came in fourth for the Tritons. Stucky's time of 4:58.95 was a national qualifying mark for her. Abeba Sullivan finished second in the 800 meter run while Abigayle Gawthorp finished eighth.
In the throws, Payton Roberts was a two-event champion, taking titles in both the discus and shot put. Roberts won the discus with a personal best throw of 43.91 meters. Kirsten Leisinger finished third while Maddie Schmoker was seventh. In the shot put Roberts won with a toss of 14.08 meters while Schmoker took third and Leisinger was fifth. In other field events AJ Whittaker and Monise Barronette finished third and fourth in the high jump competition. However, in the 100 hurdles Barronette finished third while Whittaker took fourth. Barronette later ran the 8th fastest time in school history in the 400 hurdles to win the region title in 63.93. Her time also hit the national qualifying standard.
In the relay events, the women took home a silver medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay with the team of Amira Davis, Marjanae Coley, India McNeill and Whittaker. Their combined time of 48.25 was a national qualifying mark and ranks them 13th in the nation. The team of Barronette, Coley, McNeill and Agnes Mansaray finished first in the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 3:52.95. McNeill and Coley finished fourth and sixth respectively in the 200 meter dash while sweeping the top three spots in the 400 meter dash. Coley finished first with a time of 57.20 and she was followed closely by McNeill and Mansaray.
The men's competition was highlighted by the speed of Phemelo Matlhabe. Matlhabe won both the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash. His time of 20.56 in the 200 meters was a new Region XI and Iowa Central school record for the Tritons. It is also currently the fourth fastest time in the nation. Other point-scorers in the 200 meters included Bryant Brown in third followed by Vincent Notz, Dan Oyenkunle and Cornelius Woods finishing in sixth through eighth places. In the 400 meter dash, Ndiaga Seck finished in third and Kane Virtue tied for sixth. Brown, Oyenkunle and Cary Lockhart grabbed second, fifth and sixth places in the 100 meter dash. The men's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Virtue, Notz, Brown and Seck brought home the gold in 3:17.27.
In the hurdle events, Tyreck Newman finished second in the 110 high hurdles while Daequan Travis finished eighth. In the 400 hurdles, Thomas Zor was the region champion in 53.88 while Newman placed fourth.
The distance squad finished second, third and eight in the 5,000 meter run. They were led by Innocent Murwanashyaka, followed by Peter Eskandr and Abdul Mohamed respectively. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Romeo Blackburn was the silver medalist. Abdinasir Abdi finished third while Lane Prather came in sixth. Alex Sanford was the region champ in the 1500m with a time of 4:05.06. In the 800 meter run, Mel Obadiah was the champ in a time of 1:57.07. Grant Acoymo finished sixth while Chase Bulten was eighth.
Eric Maymon paced the jumpers with a victory in the pole vault with a leap of 4.40 meters. Ronniel Johnson finished in a tie for second. Johnson also finished fifth in the high jump while teammate Daequan Travis was eighth.
Tyler Lienau was crowned the discus champion with a throw of 47.88 meters while yesterday's hammer champ, Travis Petersen finished third and Kendric Johnson was sixth. Petersen's hammer mark yesterday was also a Region XI meet record. In the men's shot put, Johnson finished in second followed by Petersen and Lienau in third and fifth.
In the men's decathlon, Ronniel Johnson, hit a national qualifying mark during the high jump event. His leap of 2.08 meters or 6-9.75" was a new personal best. Johnson's score of 5772 points currently ranks him 11th in the nation.
Pictured:Phemelo Matlhabe setting record in men's 200m
India McNeil handing off to Marjane Coley in 4x100 relay