Iowa Central’s Amazing Season!

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Dominique Kimpel-Iowa Central

Dominique Kimpel-Iowa Central

Iowa Central completed another amazing chapter in the program’s ever-growing history book this weekend at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. The women claimed the program’s first-ever NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field team championship and the men finished second. On the weekend, Iowa Central had 48 top-eight finishes. The women had six national champions and 14 All-Americans; the men had three national champions and seven All-Americans. Head coach Denny Myers was named the Women’s Coach of the Year and Fiona McKenna was named Female Track Athlete of the Year.

 

The women needed a pair of thrilling finishes in the meet’s final two events to come from behind and unseat South Plains as the queens of NJCAA track and field. Iowa Central trailed the defending champs by 20 points heading into the meet’s final two events. The Tritons pulled off an unconventional sweep in the 5,000-meters to take the team lead. Fiona McKenna won the race in 18:18.33 despite competing in the slow heat of the event. Hannah Maina and Ebeissa Niyandwi went 1-2 in the fast heat just behind McKenna’s time to give Iowa Central the sweep and team lead.

 

“The 5,000 isn’t one of Fiona’s main events. We knew she could get us points, but didn’t know how many coming from the slow heat,” said Myers. “Then she came out and lapped the field and put up a strong time. Hannah and Laura controlled the fast heat and that really set us up well.”

 

Clinging to a six-point lead in the team standings, Iowa Central went into the final event, the 4×400-meter relay, looking to nail down the program’s first ever outdoor title. Iowa Central wasn’t able to breathe easy until the third leg of the relay when Dominique Kimpel ran a blistering lap to move Iowa Central from third to first in the race. Chantal Duncan, fresh off an individual title in the 400-meters, cruised to the win in 3:39.94 and delivered the Tritons a team national championship.

 

“When Chantal crossed the finish it was special,” said Myers. “These girls scored way more point than we thought they would and to cap the weekend off like this is amazing. To get our first outdoor title like this is pretty neat too.”

 

The women had six individual national champions. McKenna was the only Triton to win two individual titles. In addition to the 5,000-meter title, the Female Track Athlete of the Meet also won the 3,000-meter Steeplechase in 11:11.99. McKenna was also fourth in the 1,500-meteres in 4:47.27. Iowa Central swept the top three spots in the 5,000-meters and Steeplechase.

 

Iowa Central had three individuals earn multiple All-American honors. Kimpel won the 200-meters in a school record 23.28 and finished second in the 100-meters in 11.44. Duncan won the 400-meters in 53.30. Ebeissa Nyandwi was a two-time All-American. She won the 10,000-meters in 37:59.76 and was third in the 5,000-meters in 18:23.89. Hannah Maina was second in the 5,000-meters 18:20.73 and second in the 1,500-meters 4:47.27.

Other All-Americans for Iowa Central included the 4×800-meter relay team (2nd, 9:17.89), Laura Condron in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (3rd, 11:34.44) and Lauren Smith in the discus (2nd, 148-02).

 

The men scored 103 points to finish second behind South Plains which won its sixth straight team title with 140 points. Iowa Central had three individual national champions, seven All-Americans and 18 athletes place in the top eight. Alex Deir was a two-time champion for the Tritons. He won the 1,500-meters in 3:51.40 and the 3,000-meter Steeplechase in 9:23.10 and finished seventh in the 5,000-meters in 15:39.79. Xavier McAllister won the High Jump with a 6-11.75 effort.

 

“I thought Alex could have been the men’s athlete of the meet the way he performed this weekend,” said Myers. “He did a great job and really sparked us.”

 

The men also had four other All-Americans. The 4×800-meter relay team finished second in 7:39.42. Micah Washington finished second in the High Jump, right behind McAllister, in 6-11.75. Chris Caldwell was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.03 and Malcolm Love was third in the Hammer Throw with a 183-10 throw.

“Really everyone overachieved for us this weekend on both the men’s and women’s side,” said Myers. “This group did a great job. We had a great season and to cap it off with a pair of performances like this is really satisfying.”

The finishes by the women’s and men’s team adds to the Tritons’ growing legacy on the track.

Since 2009 Iowa Central has amassed 14 NJCAA Team Championships over the indoor, outdoor, cross country and half marathon seasons. The men won indoor national titles in 2011 and 2012 and finished second in 2010 and 2013. The men also finished second at the outdoor championships in 2011 and 2013 and have won three half marathon titles.

The women add the program’s first outdoor title to the trophy case with the 2013 win. The women won indoor national titles in 2010 and 2012, finished second in 2013 and finished third in 2011. They also finished second at the outdoor championships in 2012 and third in 2011. The Tritons women have won four cross country team titles and a pair of half marathon titles as well in that time.

 

WOMEN National Champions – 143 pts     

4×400 Relay    1st

4×800-Relay    2nd

 

100-meters

  • Dominque Kimpel      2nd

 

200-meters

  • Dominque Kimpel      1st

 

400-meters

  •  Chantal Duncan         1st
  • Kianna Carter  7th

 

1500-meters

  • Hannah Maina            2nd
  • Fiona McKenna          4th
  • Laura Condron            6th

 

5000-meters

  • Fiona McKenna          1st
  • Hannah Maina            2nd
  • Ebeissa Nyandwi        3rd

 

10,000-meters

  • Ebeissa Nyandwi        1st
  • Aden Alemu    5th

 

400-meter Hurdles

  • Sharon Kwarula          4th

 

100-meter Hurdles

  • Sharon Kwarula          5th

 

3,000-meter Steeplechase

  • Fiona McKenna          1st
  • Jodi Miller      2nd
  • Laura Condron            3rd

 

Discus

  • Lauren Smith   2nd

 

MEN National Runners Up – 103 pts   

4×100-meter    6th

4×400-meter    4th

4×800-meter    2nd

 

800-meters

  • Kuaniyal Chol 5th

 

1,500-meters

  • Alex Deir         1st
  • Abbabiya Simbassa     4th

 

5,000-meters

  • Abbabiya Simbassa     5th
  • Alex Deir         7th

 

10,000-meters

  • Abbabiya Simbassa     4th

 

110-Meter Hurdles

  • Chris Caldwell            3rd

 

400-meter Hurdles

  • Namer Ray      5th

 

3,000-meter Steeplechase

  • Alex Deir         1st

 

High Jump

  • Xavier McAllister       1st
  • Micah Washington      2nd
  • Nigel Preacher 4th

 

Pole Vault

  • Darrius Brown            7th

 

Long Jump

  • Jerry Westerfield        6th

 

Hammer Throw

  • Malcolm Love 3rd

 

 

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