DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Ariel Atias won his second MVC title of the weekend and broke the Illinois State school record with a win in the decathlon, as he totaled 7347 points across the ten events.
With the win, Atias becomes the first Valley student-athlete since 2018 to sweep both the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon in the same season.
Redshirt senior Logan Calvin finished as the runner-up in the men’s shot put with a throw of 20.24m (66-5). In an unreal final round of throws, Calvin took the lead over UNI’s Darius King with his new personal best. King matched Calvin’s mark in his final throw and the winner was determined by the thrower with the second-best mark.
The throw was Calvin’s first over 20 meters in his career, as he now ranks second in school history, No. 4 in the West Region and No. 4 7 in the NCAA.
Freshman Atleigh Hamilton came up big for the Redbirds in the women’s long jump with a second-place finish. Her jump of 5.85m (19-2.59) ranks No. 9 in school history. Coming into conference weekend, Hamilton was seeded eighth overall.
Finishing behind his teammate Atias, junior Caleb Miedema totaled 6785 points to finish third in the decathlon. Miedema has now finished on the podium for the fourth time in his Illinois State career. His performance across the ten events also ranks No. 6 in school history.
In her first outdoor conference meet as a Redbird, freshman Kenzie Klink climbed the podium with a third-place finish in the women’s high jump, as she cleared 1.70m (5-7). Klink improved upon her finish at the indoor conference meet, where she placed third.
Senior Cameron Getz was the final Illinois State student-athlete to earn All-MVC honors on day two. Getz finished third with a new personal best jump of 2.08m (6-9.75).
MOVING ON IN THE FINALS
In the sprint/hurdle events, 13 Redbirds advanced to Sunday’s finals:
- Brandon Ratliff110m hurdles
- Mya Robinson100m hurdles
- Brandon Gage400m dash
- Cecil Brownridge III400m dash
- San’Toria Harris400m dash
- Jaclyn Greci400m dash
- Devin Turner100m dash
- Junias Holmes Jr.100m dash
- Bri Buggs100m dash
- Arianna Walker100m dash
- Sa’Mone Winters100m dash
- Cole Maguire400m hurdles
- Sabrina Schlenker400m hurdles
Four Redbird middle-distance runners also advanced in the 800m:
OTHER MVC POINT SCORERS
4th – Zofia LeHew, heptathlon, 4246 points
4th – Tyler Polak, 3000m steeplechase, 9:09.85
4th – Carly Tucker, high jump, 1.70m (5-7)
5th – Gracie Jessup, heptathlon, 4224 points
5th – Matt Blanco, 3000m steeplechase, 9:18.99
6th – Joe Boyer, shot put, 17.00m (55-9.25)
6th – Claire Fuhlhage, 3000m steeplechase, 10:52.14
7th – Caleb Miedema, high jump, 2.00 (6-6.75)
8th – Caleigh O’Flaherty, heptathlon, 4157 points
8th – Chase Knoblett, decathlon, 5640 points
8th – Amiri Buchanan, shot put, 16.73m (54-10.75)
8th – Hannah Johnson, shot put, 13.95m (45-9.25)
Through two days of competition and nine events scored, the Redbird men sit in first place with a total score of 90.5. The Illinois State women sit in second with 72 points, just behind Indiana State with 75 points.
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