Woelber breaks school record in high jump and javelin throw

MANKATO, Minn. – The Augustana Track and Field team played three meets in the week leading up to the NSIC Outdoor Championships, with the majority of the team competing in the Minnesota State-hosted Maverick Open and Deb Schulz Open on Wednesday and Friday .

“We had an outstanding week of racing at last chance meets and the results were impressive,” said the Athletics/Cross Country Director. Tracy Hellman mentioned. “Overall, our program is excelling at a high level. We now look to outdoor conference championships as championship season has officially arrived.”

Similar to most athletic competitions, the Vikings concluded the week in the Oval Office with three new school records.

Tyl Woelber broke school records in high jump (7-0.25) and javelin throw (209-4) at the Maverick Open.

Kaly Banksthe school record holder in the indoor triple jump, who recently tied the school record with his teammate Kaja Salemsonsenreached new heights at the Deb Schulz Open.

On her third attempt, Banks cleared over forty feet with a 40-10.5 leap to be the new school record holder. His mark ranks him 10th in the country.

Similar to Kip Janvrin’s invite, Banks and Salemsonsen were exchanging outstanding marks, with Salemsonsen also coming away with a new personal best in the triple jump, with his jump of 39-8.75. The mark is good for the 28th national rank.

Additionally, three Vikings made the trip to the Pacific Northwest to take part in the Portland Twilight, hosted by Lewis & Clark University.

Evan Johnson competed in the metric mile, clocking a new personal best of 3:46.12. His performance places him at No. 2 on Augustana’s all-time list, as well as No. 25 in the nation.

Johnson placed sixth overall, running a fairly even race. After covering the first 300 meters in 43.9, he covered the next three laps at around sixty seconds per lap.

In the women’s 5,000m, the Vikings had the best performances of the two seasons. Patty Jo English ran 16:35.87 to place seventh in the race and Nicolette Schmidt ran 16:54.38.

The two are among the best in the country with the Englishman’s performance 23rd in the country and Schmidt’s 31st, respectively.

Open Maverick

Tyl Woelber kicked off the meet with authority as NSIC’s pre-season athlete of the year set two school records

Woelber started at the high jump mat, where he cleared seven feet for the first time in his career to break the school record and reach the NCAA qualifying mark, clearing 7-0.25. He followed that performance with a new personal best in the javelin throw, where he threw 209-4 on his fourth attempt.

Nationally, he ranks sixth in the high jump and 17th in the javelin.

In the women’s 400m, Ella Heinitz placed second overall, with a new personal best of 58.24.

Patty Jo English and Nicolette Schmidt went 1-2 in the metric mile, with times of 4:29.48 and 4:29.98, respectively.

Mariah Shafer concluded the competition in the 5,000m, where she set a new personal best time of 17:52.77 to place second overall.

Deb Schulz Open

Augustana started strong with field events taking place before the track events.

Banks placed second in the triple jump with a new school record of 40-10.5. Salemsonsen followed close behind, finishing fifth (39-8.75).

Kylee Sallee threw a new personal best in the javelin throw with her momentum of 103-8, to place first. Kaye Paschka also set a new personal best, with his second shot at 98-9, to take second place overall.

She also won the long jump near her personal best with a 19-3.25 jump on her first attempt.

Janae Becher threw a new personal best in the hammer throw with a throw of 139-2.

Tyl Woelber placed first in the javelin throw for the second time in three days with a score of 203-0.

Noah Melton made his outdoor debut in the 400m placing seventh overall in 51.07.

After qualifying for the 110m hurdles final, Laurent Lokonobei lowered his school record by running 14.20 to place second overall, ranking him 19th in the nation.

Andrew Martens followed closely, placing fourth in 14.63, also a personal best.

In the men’s 800m, Jonas Breuer and Matt Steiger broke 1:56 to take second and third. Breuer clocked 1:55.45 with Steiger hot on his heels in 1:55.49.

Noa Hammer placed second in the 400m hurdles in 1:02.06, setting a new personal best.

Elisabeth Schäfer was right behind in his 400m hurdles debut, clocking 1:02.59.

Nyanas Kur lowered her rank on Augustana’s Top 10 list, breaking 25 points in the 200m with her time of 24.94. She placed fifth in the race and moved up to No. 5 on the top 10 list.

The women closed out the competition with the fastest time achieved this year by an Augustana team in the 4x400m relay.

The team of Maia Peterson, Ella Heinitz, Caroline Sudbeck and Cami Streff completed the four laps in a time of 3:52.01.

Similar to the women’s 4x400m, the men’s relay also had the fastest time this season.

The relay team of Jed Dooyema, Andrew Martens, Matthew Schoessow and Gavin Fischer ran 3:20.77.


The Vikings will travel to Aberdeen, South Dakota to compete in the NSIC Outdoor Championships which run Thursday through Saturday.


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