LoVan re-sets pole vault record, Storm win four event titles at Central

Junior Audrey LoVan (photo by Jayde Vogeler '18)
Junior Audrey LoVan (photo by Jayde Vogeler '18)

PELLA, Iowa — Audrey LoVan broke her own school record in the pole vault, Briana McCloskey, Sadie Timms and Alex Niemier all captured event titles and the Simpson women's track and field team placed second of four teams at the Central Open on Saturday.

A week after tying the school record she set in 2015, LoVan crushed her previous career best by clearing 10 feet. Her previous record was 9-feet, 8-inches, but she blew past her old mark, clearing the 10-foot height on her second attempt. The mark is currently sixth in the IIAC.

McCloskey added a win in the 10,000 meters, breaking the 40-minute mark for the first time in her career. She crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 39:56.12, good for fifth in the IIAC.

Niemier captured her first career event title in an outdoor meet by winning the shot put. Her outdoor personal-best heave of 38-feet, 5-inches bested the field.

Timms won the 1500 for the first time in her career, crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 5:02.65. Courtney Neuendorf came in second in the event, finishing in 5:13.65.

Up next
Simpson hosts the Kip Janvrin Open on Thursday and Friday, April 27-28. The Storm will also send a handful of events to the Drake Relays. 

Meet Highlights
Pole vault —
Audrey LoVan | first place / school record / IIAC #6 (10-00.00)
10000 meters — Briana McCloskey | first place / personal best / IIAC #5 (39:56.12)
Shot put — Alex Niemier | first place (38-05.00)
1500 meters — Sadie Timms | first place / season best (5:02.65); Courtney Neuendorf | second place (5:13.65)
800 meters — Jessica Lamb | second place (2:33.48); Lesley Roquet | third place (2:37.76)
200 meters — Elizabeth Burgus | second place / personal best (27.22)
Javelin throw — Jackie Cullinan | second place / personal best (96-09)
4x400 relay — Jaycie Owens, Keeghan Corcoran, Bre Waugh, Elizabeth Burgus | second place / season best (4:15.94)
3000 meters — Briana McCloskey | third place (11:09.23)
Long jump — Sarah Sandage | third place (14-00.25)
100 hurdles — Rebecca Jensen | third place / season best (17.05)
4x100 relay — Audrey LoVan, Rebecca Jensen, Katie Clark, Elizabeth Burgus | third place (51.97)
400 meters — Keeghan Corcoran | fourth place / personal best (1:03.08)
Hammer throw — Alex Niemier | fifth place (113-11)
Discus — Jackie Cullinan | fifth place (100-05)