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Mile posts: Items on Abby Caldwell, Faith Chepengat, Jenny Simpson, Hillary Bor, Stanley Kebenei, Rebekah Topham, Trina Moreno, Conor Wells

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 9/11/2019 Lance Bergeson, Des Moines Register

Iowa State senior Abby Caldwell was chosen as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association women's athlete of the week for Division I on Monday.

The former Waverly-Shell Rock standout captured the individual title at the Hawkeye Invitational 4-kilometer race in Iowa City on Friday night with a time of 14 minutes, 2 seconds. Caldwell, who was second at this event last season, outkicked Iowa Central Community College's Winrose Chesang down the stretch to win by three seconds.

The Iowa State athletics department reports that Caldwell is the first Cyclone woman to be named the USTFCCCA's women's athlete of the week since Oct. 20 of 2014, when Crystal Nelson captured the honor.

Earning national honors for the NCJAA Division I women was Iowa Western's Faith Linga Chepengat. The freshman earned runner-up honors at the Augustana Twilight meet in Sioux Falls, S.D. Chepengat ran 16:47.14 for the 5k race.

Now on to the WEEKEND UPDATE of the best athletic performances by Iowa endurance athletes over the weekend. It starts with the great Jenny Simpson, who set a new record at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile while running 4:16.1 in New York City. Simpson won her record-extending eighth 5th Avenue Mile title while battling to the finish line with fellow New Balance athlete Elinor Purrier.

Simpson, a Webster City native, and Purrier battled over the final quarter-mile to the tape, with Simpson edging Purrier by just one-tenth of a second.

"To set a course record is such a huge point of pride for me," Simpson told Race Results Weekly. "To think that at this point in my career I'm still running personal bests, I am really proud of that."

Simpson, 33, has now won seven consecutive titles in this event going back to 2013 and won $5,000 for the title, plus a $1,000 bonus for leading at the halfway mark.

The Diamond League final was held at Brussels, Belgium, on Friday and former Iowa State star Hillary Bor competed in the 3,000 steeplechase final. Bor finished fifth in the 8:13.90, as Ethiopia's Getnet Wale picked up the win and $50,000 in 8:06.92. Bor earned $5,000. We will see Bor and Simpson again in the IAAF world championships in Doha later this month.

Then, on Monday, Bor was back on the track at the USA vs. Europe two-day event in Minsk, Belarus. Bor held off fellow American and former Iowa Central standout Stanley Kebenei to claim the 3,000 steeplechase victory in 8:32.64. Bor was originally disqualified, but that result was overturned. Kebenei, a regular training partner of Bor's in Colorado Springs, Colo., was runner-up in 8:33.65.

Now back to the Hawkeye Invitational at the Ashton Cross Country Course, where the Iowa teams swept the team races. The Hawkeye men scored 26 points to easily outdistance Drake University by 25 points, though the Bulldogs had the individual champion, sophomore Adam Fogg. Fogg, a native of Brisbane, Australia, ran the 6-kilometer course in 18:06.8 to top Iowa senior Nathan Mylenek by 10 seconds. Iowa Central sophomore Awet Johannes was third in 18:18.9, while Iowa senior Daniel Murphy was fourth in 18:19.3. John Nownes, running unattached, was fifth in 18:21.1. Murphy is a former Linn-Mar prep while Nownes is an ex-Cyclone athlete.

The rest of the top 10: 6. Luke Sampson, senior, Iowa, 18:22.9; 7. Spencer Smith, sophomore, Iowa, 18:25.3; 8. Kyle Brandt, senior, Drake, 18:26.6; 9. CJ May, senior, Northern Iowa, 18:28.3; 10. Noah Healy, junior, Iowa, 18:36.4. Smith's hometown is Bettendorf while May is a former Aplington-Parkersburg prep.

The Hawkeye women scored 36 points to outdistance an Iowa State team missing standout Cailie Logue, among others, by 11 points. The Hawkeyes picked up a fourth from senior Megan Schott, a former Des Moines Roosevelt prep. Schott ran 14:14.0. Freshman Leah Kralovetz was fifth for the Hawkeyes in 14:17.1 while sophomore Anna Hostetler, a former Mid-Prairie standout, was sixth in 14:22.1. The Hawkeyes also grabbed a 10th-place effort from sophomore Kylie Latham, a former Ottumwa prep, in 14:31.5 and an 11th from Minnesota transfer Elyse Prescott, who is from Urbandale, in 14:32.6.

Iowa State's other top runners were former Pekin High standout Gwynne Wright, a junior, in 14:27.0 and freshman Madelynn Hill in ninth in 14:29.2. 

Iowa Central also picked up a couple top finishes from freshman Eleonora Curtabbi in third place in 14:07.6 and sophomore Florance Uwajeneza in seventh in 14:25.5.

Wichita State hosted the JK Gold Classic on Saturday and senior Rebekah Topham took runner-up honors in the women's 4k race in 13:53.2 as the Shockers dominated the women's team race. The former Griswold High star was just under five seconds behind teammate Winny Koskei.

Former Urbandale High standout Trina Moreno paced the 22nd-ranked Utah women's cross country team to second place at the College of Southern Idaho Invitational on Friday. Moreno clocked a time of 18:28.60 for the 5k course to take third overall. Moreno, a junior, sat out all of last season.

"Trina Moreno led us and had a great opening meet of the year for her," Utah coach and Webster City native Kyle Kepler said in a Utah press release. "... She will continue to improve with each race and training session we will be doing throughout the season so I'm excited for her."

Also at the Augustana Twilight meet on Friday night, Iowa Western picked up a couple strong performances in the men's 4-mile race. Freshman Kassim Kibet was third overall in 19:02.05 and fellow freshman Shawn Kiptoo took fifth in 19:13.62. 

Former South Dakota star Eldon Warner, a Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson grad, was eighth in 19:22.58. Warner ran unattached.

In the women's race, former AHSTW (Walnut) prep Heidi Hall finished 16th for 5k in 18:13.61. Hall is an Omaha sophomore.

The Drake men also competed at the Oz Memorial in Minneapolis on Friday, with sophomore Andrew Berndt taking 14th in the 4-mile race in 21:39.0.

Now to the roads, where former Des Moines Roosevelt and Drake University standout Conor Wells finished runner-up at the City of Lakes Half Marathon on Sunday in Minneapolis. Wells, 26, of Minneapolis ran 1:06:31 to pocket $200. He was 16 seconds behind winner Benjamin Sathre.

In the women's race, former Wartburg College and Shenandoah star Missy (Buttry) Rock took fifth overall in 1:21:57 and set a new state record for 36-year-old women by one second. Also setting a Minnesota record was Andriette Wickstrom of Storm Lake for 64-year-olds of 1:37:26. Wickstrom broke her own record by 4:04.

Two Iowa women battled for the win at the Sioux Falls Marathon on Sunday. Runablaze Iowa's Jen Van Otterloo of Sioux Center topped Fort Dodge's Pasca Myers on a somewhat miserable, rainy morning. Van Otterloo, 33, repeated her championship by running 2:51.28. Myers, 33, ran 2:54:42.

"Went into it as a training long run," Van Otterloo said in a Runablaze press release. "Kept the first 17 miles very relaxed then had to turn the legs on for the last nine to practice for Twin Cities in four weeks. The weather was not ideal. Heavy rains for about five miles. Misty on and off and windy!"

At the Mackinac Island Eight Mile on Saturday in Michigan, former Boone High prep Danna Herrick finished fourth overall among the women in 47:35. Herrick is a Hansons-Brooks runner now living in Utica, Mich. Her husband, Justin Herrick, was two spots better in ninth overall in 47:20. 

Turning now to triathlon, where Z3 Triathlon team member Tamara Gorman finished runner-up at an International Triathlon Union World Cup race in Banyoles, Spain, on Saturday. Gorman grabbed her fifth career ITU podium by finishing in 55:52 for the sprint event.

And at the Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3 race in California on Sunday, former Johnston High and Iowa Central standout Tyson Wieland finished 14th overall in 4:04:14. Wieland was 19th after the 1.2-mile swim in 24:50, then stayed at 19th in the 56-mile bike following a 2:16:09 effort. Wieland then moved up five spots with a 1:18:57 half marathon.

And finally in duathlon, former Iowa State runner Jonathan Estabrook won the Flying Pigs Duathlon on Saturday. Estabrook, 45, of Muscatine covered the 5k run, 20-mile bike and 1.5-mile run in 1:17:16 to win by more than nine minutes.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Mile posts: Items on Abby Caldwell, Faith Chepengat, Jenny Simpson, Hillary Bor, Stanley Kebenei, Rebekah Topham, Trina Moreno, Conor Wells

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