Winters Blazes to Seventh Fastest Time in Nation at Grinnell

Feb 7, 2015

2015 Grinnell Indoor Invitational Results

GRINNELL, Iowa – Ernest Winters continues to light up the track after placing second in the 60-meters (6.94) to lead the Spartans to a third place finish at the Grinnell Indoor Invite on Saturday.

The Spartans tallied 71 points and Grand View took home the title with 102 points. UD defeated IIAC foes, Coe (44 points) and Simpson (3 points).

Winters, the reigning Iowa Conference Track Performer of the Week sprinted to a personal record after losing in the 60 meters for the first time in three races. Winters has the fastest time for a freshman in the entire country and leads the Iowa Conference in both the 60-meters and the 200-meters (22.63) by a wide margin. The Middleton, Wis. native leads a Spartan contingent that holds seven of the Top-11 60-meter times in the IIAC.

“Ernest doesn’t overthink himself, he just gets out and competes,” said Assistant Coach Geoff Gundlach. “He’s worked hard to get stronger in the weight room and he’s got a lot of good things going for him.”

Winters also led off the 4x200-meter team consisting of fellow freshman Hurshel Ross, Deshond Robinson, and Sterling Jones to a meet record time of 1:30.58. The foursome’s time ranks third-place all-time in UD history.

“Our 4x200-meter relay competed well in a fairly low key meet and overall I’m glad we had almost everyone come away from today healthy and without any setbacks,” added Coach Gundlach.

Robinson wasn’t done after leading off the 4x400-meter relay (3:32.58) with Andy Sierra, Jamey Foster, and Jacob Mentzer to a first-place finish.

Sophomore DuVaun Goodlow won his second high jump title of the year with a 6’6.75” effort. Goodlow’s 6’8” leap at the UD Sol Butler Invite places him third in the IIAC.

Nicholas Kazmierczak added the IIAC’s best vault of the season, 14’5.25” with a second-place showing.

Clayton Gray added a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.74) after setting a significant personal record by .29 of a second.

Colby Rattenborg and Josiah Moulds finished fourth and fifth, respectively, after they both leapt 20’7.75”.

Mario-John Otchere anchored the throwers with a fourth-place showing in the weight throw (50’5.5”).

The Spartans travel to UW-Platteville Invitational next Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m.

Men's Final Results
1. Grand View - 102 pts.
2. Southwestern CC - 96 pts.
3. Dubuque - 71 pts.
4. Graceland - 62 pts.
5. Creighton - 46 pts.
6. Coe - 44 pts.
7. Iowa Track and Field Club - 39 pts.
8. North Iowa Area CC - 30 pts. 
9. Clarke - 26 pts.
10. Cornell College - 15 pts.
11. Grinnell - 11 pts. 
12. Simpson (Iowa) - 3 pts.