Augie's Simmons wins D-III title
GENEVA, Ohio — Marckus Simmons met his expectations Saturday, becoming the first Augustana men’s track and field athlete to win an individual outdoor national championship since 2007.
The Vikings’ senior won the hammer throw with a toss of 202 feet, 1 inch to claim first place in the event at the NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Simmons’ effort, along with sixth-place finishes by Isaac Smith in the 400-meter dash and Augustana’s 1,600 relay of Josh Yamamoto, Jeffrey Swanson, Kyle Hucker and Smith lifted the Vikings to a 10th-place finish in the team race with 21 points.
The team finish was Augustana’s fourth top-10 finish in six years and its best since finishing seventh in 2015.
To become the Vikings’ first NCAA outdoor individual champ since Ted McMillan won the high jump and 400 hurdles in 2007, Simmons recorded his winning throw on the second of six attempts and bettered the second-place effort of 190-6 by Michael Couch of Cortland State on all four of his measured throws.
Augustana’s Cody Wheeler, a sophomore from United Township, finished 15th in the event.
Smith, seeded 19th entering the meet, ran the 400 in 47.69 seconds to finish sixth that also included Geneseo native Ethan Reschke of Monmouth, who finished ninth.
The Vikings’ 1,600 relay capped the meet with its best performance of the season, finishing sixth in 3:13.83 after entering the meet as the 16th qualifier with a time of 3:15.17.
Ex-Blue Devil Reemtsma is 2nd
GULF SHORES, Ala. — St. Ambrose hurdler Jack Reemtsma finished his sophomore season in record-setting fashion Saturday, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles at the NAIA Championships.
The Davenport Central graduate finished the race in 53.39 seconds, 17 hundredths of a second better than the school record he set in preliminaries when he topped the previous record set by Mike Anton in 1992.
The Bees' Michael Ohioze completed his collegiate career with a fifth-place finish the 400 in :47.26 and Molly Jo Smith, a senior from Cambridge, took eighth in the women's 400 hurdles in 1:04.27.