Craw improves provisional mark at Hilltop Open
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Women's Track & Field - Mon, Feb. 7, 2011
MOUNT VERNON - Cornell College senior Madison Craw (Mason City/Mason City) improved her NCAA Division III provisional mark in the shot put while Andrea Aerts (David City, Neb./East Butler) and Kirkwood Donavin (Salt Lake City, Utah/West) each came away with event titles at the Hilltop Open Saturday in the Small Multi-Sport Center Arena.

"We have some areas performing really well right now and some areas where we need to keep working to get better," Cornell head coach Lonnie Speidel said. "We had a few kids out with health issues and some in other school activities. We need to have everyone competing together as we look ahead to the conference meet in three weeks."

Craw played a hand in one of 14 NCAA provisional marks set during the 14-team, non-scored meet. She posted a strong throw of 43 feet, 8.75 inches on her second shot put attempt. The mark was good for second place in the event, and 20 inches further than the provisional she set two weeks ago.

Craw's distance leads the Iowa Conference this indoor season and ranks eighth nationally in Division III. All three of Craw's recorded throws Saturday went over 13 meters. St. Ambrose junior Mandy Streu won the shot put with an NCAA automatic mark of 46-1.25.

The Cornell women were again competitive in the distance races, led by the 1-2 finish from Aerts and Lauren Seemann (West Des Moines/Valley) in the 3000-meter run. Aerts topped the 21-woman field in 11 minutes, .55 seconds. Seemann was runner-up, nearly 13 seconds behind.

The Rams secured four of the top nine places in the women's mile. Senior Allie Jagielo (Almond, Wis./Tri-County) took fourth in 5:18.10, followed by Elise Mead in fifth, Laura Ettlin in sixth and Leslie Smebak in ninth. Allison Newman (Arvada, Colo./Pomona) placed sixth in the 800.

Junior Christal Harris (Harrisonville, Mo./Fort Osage) ran the opening leg on the third-place 4x400 relay and finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 16-7. The relay included Newman, Hilary Swift (Middlebury, Va./Middlebury Union) and Arden Stewart (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay). Freshman Melissa Kraker (Parshall, Colo./West Grand) cleared 4-9.75 in the high jump and placed sixth. Kirkwood Donavin (800 champion)

Donavin enjoyed another strong outing on the track, beating 52 runners in taking the men's 800 title. His personal-best indoor time of 1:55.23 edged runner-up Troy Jones of Iowa Western by .54 seconds.

Donavin capped his day by anchoring the 4x400 relay to a third-place showing. Matt McGowan (Winona, Minn./Winona), Scott Riedel (Marengo/HLV), Reed Skoog (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission South) and Donavin finished in 3:33.50.

"Kirkwood continues the incredible season he's put together so far," Speidel said. "His (800) time was just .33 seconds off a provisional mark and is currently 14th fastest in Division III."

Junior Chase Nowak (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) took second out of 51 runners in the mile with a time of 4:27.23. Teammate Andrew Tobben (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) was fifth in 4:31.47. Freshman Anthony Bridges (Terrell, Texas/Terrell) placed third in the pole vault, clearing 12-11.50.

Simpson senior Catie Ellingson established an arena record in the women's mile. Her NCAA provisional time of 5:01.01 topped the previous mark (5:12.53) set by Cornell's Rachel Hawkins in 2008.

Coming up - Saturday, Feb. 12, at Grinnell Invitational, Grinnell, all day.

The Rams will run up against a host of talented teams at the Grinnell Invitational this weekend. The nine-team meet includes Buena Vista, Central, Simpson, Grinnell, Nebraska Wesleyan, Rose-Hulman (Ind.), McMurry (Texas) and Principia.

Marshall Kraker (Parshall, Colo./West Grand) and Christal Harris will take part in the pentathlon Friday.

"This weekend we will be at an outstanding meet at Grinnell's new facility, which will host the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships," Speidel said. "We will face some high-quality Division III competition."

Hilltop Open
Saturday, Feb. 5
Small Multi-Sport Center Arena
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Cornell women's results
55 - Elsie Freland 8.49, Laura Sanchez-Lopez 8.97. 200 - 37. Melissa Kraker 31.16, 39. Freland 31.32, 45. Kelsey Remeikis 32.31, 46. Sanchez-Lopez 33.27. 400 - 27. Arden Stewart 1:06.91, 31. Hilary Swift 1:07.85, 37. Remeikis 1:13.07. 800 - 6. Allison Newman 2:29.70. Mile - 4. Allie Jagielo 5:18.10, 5. Elise Mead 5:23.54, 6. Laura Ettlin 5:27.71, 9. Leslie Smebak 5:33.78, 17. Claudia Gonzalez 5:51.74, 19. Mia LaBrier 5:53.47, 23. Marie Helgeson 6:04.54. 3000 - 1. Andrea Aerts 11:00.56, 2. Lauren Seemann 11:13.09. 55 hurdles - Christal Harris 9.29. 4x400 relay - 3. (C. Harris, Newman, Swift, Stewart) 4:24.80. Long jump - 4. C. Harris 16-7. Shot put - 2. Madison Craw 43-8.75, 9. Raquel Ristau 38-2.25, Kelsey Harper 31-4.75, Angela Dugan 29-10.25. Weight throw - 7. Craw 45-8, 9. Harper 43-11.25, Ristau 41-6.50, Dugan 38-2. High jump - 6. Melissa Kraker 4-9.75. Pole vault - 9. Amanda Houts 6-6.75.

Cornell men's results
55 - Andrew Harter 6.81, Vincent Osborne 6.91. 200 - 37. Marshall Kraker 24.73, 38. Osborne 24.74, 49. John McElroy 25.59, 52. Chris Sedar 26.06. 400 - 9. Reed Skoog 53.32, 11. Scott Riedel 53.79, 19. Zach Nelson 54.87. 800 - 1. Kirkwood Donavin 1:55.23, 9. Sedar 2:02.59, 10. Matt McGowan 2:03.27, 16. Michael Kelso 2:06.94, 30. Carsen Kuesel 2:13.04, 41. Ben Jacobs 2:15.46. Mile - 2. Chase Nowak 4:27.23, 5. Andrew Tobben 4:31.47, 12. Jacobs 4:44.20, 22. Thomas Guittar 4:49.92, 25. CJ Horan 4:52.43, 35. Josh Randall 5:01.08, 41. Ben Swerdlow 5:09.10. 3000 - Jordan Kemme 9:27.82. 55 hurdles - Kraker 9.18, McElroy 9.57. 4x400 relay - 3. (McGowan, Riedel, Skoog, Donavin) 3:33.50, 12. (Nelson, Guittar, Kuesel, Chris Stadler) 3:46.70. Shot put - Kraker 39-11.50, Jackson Engstrom 35-7.75. Jonathan Araujo 30-11.75. Weight throw - Engstrom 34-7.50, Araujo 33-9.25. High jump - 7. Tyrel Garner 5-9.75, 8. Kraker 5-9.75. Pole vault - 3. Anthony Bridges 12-11.50.