ORU Places 17 on Track and Field All-League Team

ELMHURST, Ill. – The 2010 Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by North Dakota State, are set for this weekend at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, N.D.  Action begins on Sunday with the women’s pentathlon at 9:30 a.m. (CT), and the men’s heptathlon beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The remainder of the track and running events start at 3 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, multi-event action begins at 9 a.m., while the field events begin at 11 a.m., with the running events at 12 p.m.

North Dakota State, selected as the preseason favorite for the men and the women, are the two-time defending Summit League Champions. The Bison lead the way with 11 all-league selections for the men and nine for the women. For the men, Weston Leutz and Ted Rud hold the top-two places in The Summit League in the heptathlon this season. Leutz won the Bison Open heptathlon and earned an NCAA provisional mark in the event with 5,496 points. Junior Jeramy Geditz, earned an NCAA provisional mark in the high jump with a mark of 2.17m. In the 800 meters, Eric Stroh leads the league with a time of 1:51.97, while teammates Scott Johnson and Casey Orgon hold the top-two spots in the weight throw  at 18.46m and 17.09m, respectively. For the women, junior Whitney Carlson set a pair of provisional marks and leads the league in the pentathlon (3,810 points) and the long jump (6.21m). She also leads the league 200 meters (24.46) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.57). In the 800 meters, junior Christine Bruins reached an NCAA provisional and a league best time of 2:08.97. Deborah John holds top league time in the 60-meter dash (7.65). All-league selection Toni Tollefson posted a height of 1.75m in the high jump, with teammate Leslie Brost recording a provisional mark and is leading the league in the pole vault (4.22m) this season.

Southern Utah boasts 10 men and nine women on the all-league team. The Thunderbirds are led by Cameron Levins, who leads the league after recording Southern Utah’s first sub-four minute mile (3:59.80) and holds the second-fastest time in the league in the 3,000 meters (8:26.34). Senior Carlos Valle holds the top distance in the league this season in the shot put (16.31m). The women are led by all-league honoree Sharla Manuele, who leads the league with an NCAA provisional and top-time in the mile (4:45.94) and the top-time in  3,000 meters (9.25.21). Christina Day holds the league’s top-time in 400 meters (54.93). 

South Dakota State garnered 14 all-league selections, with seven each for the men and women. The Jackrabbits’ distance medley relay team of Greg Vollmer, Jared Foote, Jared Ailts and Marshall Kambestad hold the top league time (10:08.49) in the event with teammate Jared Vlastuin paving the way in the long jump (7.31m). Jennifer Mack and Christa Landmark hold the first and second positions in the weight throw with distances of 17.84m and 17.04m, respectively. Junior Ashley Storm is ranked third in the league in both the mile run (4:59.86) and the 800 meters (2:14.70).

Oral Roberts claims eight all-league selections for the men and nine for the women. Marvin Bondeleads the league in the 60-meter dash (6.81) and the 200 meters (21.27), as well as being a member of the 4×400 relay squad of Jeramy RobertsJoseph Chebaibai and Jeffery Gibson (3:12.28). Gibson holds the top-time in the 400 meters (47.39), while Fredrick Brown posted a league-best in the triple-jump (14.89m). Freshmen Jack Whitt and Dustin Gehrke provide a one-two punch for the Golden Eagles in the pole vault, both notching provisional marks this season. For the women,  ORU’s team of Whitney Mills, Marisa Thomas, TK Whitfield and Cornesha Wilkerson hold the league’s top-time in the 4×400 relay (3:43.58). Junior LaTanya Short recorded the top-mark in the triple jump (12.04m) and the second-best mark in the long jump (5.96m). In the shot put, Rachel Talbert leads the league after throwing a distance of 14.84m at the Sooner Open last week. Senior Katie Stoever, who has set multiple provisional marks in the pole vault, currently holds the second spot in the league with a height of 4.16 meters.

Western Illinois had two men and five women named to the all-league team, with Jason Crisman holding the second-best league mark in the shot put (16.22m) and Lawrence Hardin setting a provisonal mark of 2.16m in the high jump this season. For the women, the distance medley relay squad of Amy Byers, Miranda Brockman, Katie Jay and Heather Wetzel garnered the second-best league time of 12:18.59, with Dana LaRue holding the second spot in the shot put (14.71m).

Ten athletes for Oakland earned all-league sections, five each for the men and women.  Oakland’s women’s distance medley relay team of Autumn Sagal Cleverley, Desiree Pettiford, Emily Wickemeyer and Lia Jones posted the top-league time (12:18.32) this season,  while the men’s team of Jason Bigelow, Mike Flemming, Dave Magnotte and Kevin Luce earned the third-best league time (10:18.52). Oakland’s Zack Jones leads the league in the 3,000 meters (8:24.14) and the 5,000 meters (14:24.03), with junior Kelsey Carmean holding the top-spot in the 5,000 meters (17.39.12).

UMKC earned seven all-league selections for the men and four nods for the women. The Kangaroos’ Anthony Boyer holds the second-best league time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.00) and the third-best times in the 60-meter dash (6.84) and the 200-meters (22.16).  Boyer is also a part of the 4×400 team of Larry Hill, Alex Lopez and Keenan Simmons that hold the second-best time in the league (3:16.57).  For the women, the distance medley relay team of Etagegn O’Neill, Briana Gomez, Molly Behr and Aubrey Frederking (12:24.40) also received all-league nods.

IPFW, competing in their third championship, is led by sophomores Katy Moore and Whitney Lane. Moore’s top mark in the high jump came at Boilermaker Invitational (1.60m), while teammate Lane’s season-best came in the triple jump (10.52m) at the Akron University Open.

Live results from the Indoor Track & Field Championships will be available onwww.thesummitleague.org., beginning Sunday.

Men’s All-League
Cosmas Ayabei, UMKC
Anthony Boyer, UMKC
Oscar Emegano, UMKC
Larry Hill, UMKC
Alex Lopez, UMKC
D.C. Okonta, UMKC
Kennan Simmons, UMKC
Jeramy Geditz, North Dakota State
Moses Heppner, North Dakota State
Kevin Jackson, North Dakota State
Scott Johnson, North Dakota State
Lee Kersting, North Dakota State
Weston Leutz, North Dakota State
Jesse Morrow, North Dakota State
Casey Orgon, North Dakota State
Ted Rud, North Dakota State
Doug Scott, North Dakota State
Eric Stroh, North Dakota State
Jason Bigelow, Oakland
Mike Flemming, Oakland
Zack Jones, Oakland
Kevin Luce, Oakland
Dave Magnotte, Oakland
Marvin Bonde, Oral Roberts
Fredrick Brown, Oral Roberts
Joseph Chebaibai, Oral Roberts
Dustin Gehrke, Oral Roberts
Jeffery Gibson, Oral Roberts
Jonah Lagat, Oral Roberts
Jeramy Roberts, Oral Roberts
Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts

Jared Ailts, South Dakota State
Jake Brinkmann, South Dakota State
Jared  Foote, South Dakota State
Marshall Kambestad, South Dakota State
Luke Leischner, South Dakota State
Jared Vlastuin, South Dakota State
Greg Vollmer, South Dakota State
Dallas Eborn, Southern Utah
Austin Hill, Southern Utah
Cameron Levins, Southern Utah
Wade Nielson, Southern Utah
Royce Orme, Southern Utah
Hector Perez, Southern Utah
Kevin  Sandall, Southern Utah
Dallin Tavoian, Southern Utah
Carlos Valle, Southern Utah
Kelly VanArdsol, Southern Utah
Jason Crisman, Western Illinois
Lawrence Hardin, Western Illinois

Women’s All-League
Molly Behr, UMKC
Aubrey Frederking, UMKC
Briana Gomez, UMKC
Etagegn  O’Neill, UMKC
Leslie Brost, North Dakota State
Christine Bruins, North Dakota State
Whitney Carlson, North Dakota State
Deborah John, North Dakota State
Kristen Killoran, North Dakota State
Brittany Page, North Dakota State
Toni Tollefson, North Dakota State
Devon Wentz, North Dakota State
Heather Zander, North Dakota State
Kelsey Carmean, Oakland
Lia Jones, Oakland
Desiree Pettiford, Oakland
Autumn Sagal Cleverly, Oakland
Emily Wickenmeyer, Oakland
Latisha Jacobs, Oral Roberts
Whitney Mills, Oral Roberts
Kendall Reynolds, Oral Roberts
LaTonya Short, Oral Roberts
Katie Stoever, Oral Roberts
Rachel Talbert, Oral Roberts
Marisa Thomas, Oral Roberts
TK Whitfield, Oral Roberts
Cornesha Wilkerson, Oral Roberts

Brooke Garner, South Dakota State
Brittany Garner, South Dakota State
Rachael Hakk, South Dakota State
Christa Landmark, South Dakota State
Jennifer Mack, South Dakota State
Lora Shearer, South Dakota State
Ashley Storm, South Dakota State
Chelsey Allen, Southern Utah
Sylvia Bedford, Southern Utah
Christina Day, Southern Utah
Kylie Frandsen, Southern Utah
Holly Ledbetter, Southern Utah
Sharla Manuele, Southern Utah
Shaye Maurer, Southern Utah
Diana Medina, Southern Utah
Madalyn Olpin, Southern Utah
Miranda Brockman, Western Illinois
Amy Byers, Western Illinois
Katie Jay, Western Illinois
Dana LaRue, Western Illinois
Heather Wetzel, Western Illinois