Track and Field’s Goodlow Defends High Jump Title, Leads Cast of Three All-IIAC Performers

May 8, 2015


INDIANOLA, Iowa – Sophomore DuVaun Goodlow defended his 2015 High Jump Indoor Iowa Conference Championship after clearing the bar at 6’7.5” and joined fellow All-IIAC performers, Tyler Dobratz and Mario-John Otchere, to lead the Spartans to a third-place showing after day two of the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships.

The Spartans accumulated 33 points with one day and 15 scoring events remaining. UD trails Wartburg (61) and Central (80) through seven events.

Goodlow tied with three others at 6’7.5”2.02m, but took home the title after all four jumpers failed to clear 6’9”/2.07m. It was Goodlow’s third high jump victory of the year and currently sits 13th nationally after jumping 6'9" last week.

“I was pretty pumped for it because I cleared 6’9” on my first attempt during the IIAC Indoor Championships,” said Goodlow on clearing the elusive mark. “I was trying to stay mentally focused, but I just happened to pop out of my form a bit too early on the final attempt." 

Dobratz placed second in the decathlon after ending day one in third place. The senior accumulated 699 points from the 100m (11.76), his highest point total in any single event to conclude his final IIAC Championship with 5976 points.

Otchere set a new personal record by three feet, 166’0”/50.61m, in his first throw of the day to place third in the hammer throw. The sophomore’s latest personal record gave him his first All-IIAC recognition. He has set a personal record in his last four meets by over 3+ feet in each.

“I’m happy with my results, but I look forward to training and improving as I continue my career,” added Otchere on his latest performance.

Dylan Draeger (43.19m/141’8”) and Conner Hirt (42.71m/140’1”) followed up Otchere and scored after placing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the hammer throw.

Freshman Colby Rattenborg scored in his first outdoor championship thanks to a seventh place finish in the long jump (6.38m/20’11.25”).

Another fab freshman, Deshond Robinson, qualified for the finals as the five-seed in the 200m after crossing in 22.27. A pair of seniors, including defending 2014 IIAC outdoor pole vault and 100m champ, Rick Valcin (11.08), and Kyle Williams (11.14) each qualified for the finals in the 100m.

The Spartans will continue to put points up on the board and kick off the final day of the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships with the field events tomorrow, Saturday, May 9 at 10 p.m.