Runner Up Finishes and Throwers Propel UD to Fourth at IIAC Championships

Feb 27, 2016

Day 1 Recap
STORM LAKE, Iowa – Senior Nicole Forson placed second in the weight throw and the 4x800m relay squad of Fabiola Ortiz, Kayla Kinateder, Kiersten Wenthold, and Skylar Brooks finished runner-up to highlight the final day as the University of Dubuque women’s track and field team placed fourth at the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships.

The Spartans totaled six All-Iowa Conference performances, including three combined by throwers Tanasha Atwater and Forson, to rack up 82 points. UD finished in the Top-4 for the third straight season. Wartburg won the team title with 216 points and outpaced the field by 97 points.

Forson secured her third All-Iowa Conference performance with a runner-up showing in the weight throw with a toss of 15.61m/51-2.75. Atwater, who won the shot put a day earlier, placed third after a 15.10m/49-6.5 mark. It ended her eight event winning streak, but she has still won 13 of 16 events this season and is Top-20 nationally in both shot put and weight throw.

The Spartan throwers accumulated 40 of the Spartans’ 82 points with seven, Top-6 combined performances in the shot put and weight throw.

Ortiz led off the 4x800m relay and teamed up with Kinateder, Wenthold, and Brooks to finish second with a time of 10:00.62 and set a new school record by nearly 21 seconds. Ortiz had earlier claimed her second All-Iowa Conference performance with second-place time of 5:11.78 in the mile.

Freshman Isabella Solis notched her third, Top-7 performance in her first championships with a sixth-place showing in the high jump (1.49m/4-10.5).

The Spartans will head to the UW-Platteville Last Chance meet on Saturday, March 4 followed by the UW-Stevens Point Pointer Qualifier on Sunday, March 5 to improve their national marks and a potential shot at the NCAA Division III Championships on March 11-12 in Grinnell, Iowa.

All-IIAC Performances (IIAC Champion)
Atwater (Shot Put)
Atwater (Weight Throw)
Forson (Weight Throw)
Zbilski (Pole Vault)
Ortiz-Kinateder-Wenthold-Brooks (4x800m relay)
Ortiz (Mile)

Top UD Finishers (*Day 2 event)
60m – 12th, Brittany Burns (8.20)
200m* - 9th, Brittany Burns (26.76)
400m* - None
800m* – 13th, Abigail Ray (2:36.60)
Mile* - 3rd, Fabiola Ortiz (5:11.78)
3000m* - None
5000m – None
60H – 7th, Isabella Solis (9.54)
4x200m relay – 4th, Burks-Burns-Enis-Zbilski (1:46.59)
4x400m relay* - 5th, Burks-Pagel-Zbilski-Burns (4:07.02)
4x800m relay* - 2nd, Ortiz-Kinateder-Wenthold-Brooks (10:00.62)
DMR – 5th, Wenthold-Solis, Kinateder, Ortiz (12:55.82)
High Jump* - 6th, Isabella Solis (1.49m/4-10.5)
Pole Vault – 2nd, Amanda Zbilski (3.16m/10-4.25)
Long Jump – None
Triple Jump* - 8th, Aleyha Slatter (9.96m/32-8.25)
Shot Put – 1st, Tanasha Atwater (14.09m/46-2.75 *School Record)
Weight Throw* - 2nd, Nicole Forson (15.61m/51-2.75)
Pentathlon – None

Final Women’s IIAC Standings
1. Wartburg 216 points
2. Loras 119
3. Central 117
4. UD 82
5. Luther 76
6. Buena Vista 68
7. Simpson 36
8. Coe 26