Lenzel Koskela runs earlier this season.
Lenzel Koskela runs earlier this season.
Track & Field - Sun, Apr. 30, 2017

Valley City State track and field athletes Lenzel Koskela and Seri Geisler both won individual event titles on Saturday during the Al Cassell Relays in Jamestown.

Koskela ran the top time in the conference this season as he won the men's 400 meter dash, while Geisler continued her dominant spring with another title in the women's javelin. Those two performances were among 28 Top 10 finishes for Viking athletes Saturday.

Koskela crossed the 400 meter finish line in a time of 49.99 seconds, which is the top time in the North Star Athletic Association this season. It's also the fifth fastest 400 time in VCSU history, and the first sub-50 time at VCSU in more than 25 years. Steve Fike was the last Viking athlete to break the 50-second mark at VCSU with his time of 49.55 in 1989.

Geisler won the women's javelin throw for the fourth time this spring, recording a throw of 46.16 meters on Saturday. She has now won the event in four out of five meets that she has competed at this season. Geisler also set a new school record in the women's shot put Saturday with a toss of 13.39 meters (43 feet, 11.25 inches). It is the third time Geisler has broken the outdoor shot put school record, extending her school-best mark from earlier this season. She placed fifth in the event Saturday and was the top non-NCAA division I finisher.

Keauna Hansen set a new career-best time in the 200-meter dash as she placed fourth in the event and added a fifth-place finish in the 100. Megan Johnson had a pair of Top 4 finishes, placing second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump. Kaitlin Connor placed third in the women's triple jump.

On the men's side, Isaiah Tivis had a pair of Top 5's in the sprints with a third in the 100 and a fourth in the 200. Garret Roemmich placed third in men's javelin and Orin Rambow took fourth in the 800. Ellwood Ellenson recorded a career-best throw in the javelin as he finished with two fourth-place finishes in the javelin and men's triple jump.

"We were fortunate to have several very strong performances due to the nice weather with very little wind," said head coach Chris Johnson. "It was a great tune-up for us at Jamestown because this is where we will be competing in two weeks for the NSAA conference meet. We will have a very well-rested squad for that competition and I look forward to our student-athletes continuing to step up when it counts."

Up next: VCSU is scheduled to complete at the Ron Masanz Invitational on May 6 in Moorhead, Minn.

Event Champions
-          Seri Geisler (Women's Javelin Throw)
-          Lenzel Koskela (Men's 400 M. Dash) – Fastest Men's 400 M. Time and First Sub-50 Time at VCSU since Steve Fike in 1989, Now #1 in NSAA for Men's 400 M. Dash
 
School Record Broken
-          Seri Geisler (Women's Shot Put – 13.39 M. (43'11.25")) – Broke own school record of 13.20 M. (43'3.75") set earlier in the season at the BHSU Yellow Jacket Spring Open.
 
Top 10 Performances
-          Isaiah Tivis – (3rd – Men's 100 M. Dash, 4th – Men's 200 M. Dash)
-          Lenzel Koskela (1st – Men's 400 M. Dash)
-          Niklas Ernst (10th – Men's 400 M. Dash)
-          Orin Rambow (4th – Men's 800 M. Run)
-          Smith Tuya (6th – Men's 3000 M. Steeplechase)
-          Men's 4x100 M. Relay – 5th
-          Jaylon Sibley (7th – Men's Long Jump, 8th – Men's Triple Jump)
-          Josh Manzke (9th – Men's Long Jump)
-          Ellwood Ellenson (4th – Men's Triple Jump, 4th – Men's Javelin Throw)
-          Garret Roemmich (3rd – Men's Javelin Throw, 10th – Men's Discus Throw)
-          Keauna Hansen (5th – Women's 100 M. Dash, 4th – Women's 200 M. Dash)
-          Geneva Espinoza (6th – Women's 5000 M. Run)
-          Macy Dimler (7th – Women's 100 M. Hurdles, 5th – Women's 400 M. Hurdles)
-          Megan Johnson (4th – Women's Long Jump, T-2nd – Women's High Jump)
-          Kaitlin Connor (7th – Women's Long Jump, 3rd – Women's Triple Jump)
-          Seri Geisler (5th – Women's Shot Put, 1st – Women's Javelin)
-          Mackenzie Huber (8th – Women's Shot Put, 9th – Women's Discus)
-          Marilyn Quintero (5th – Women's Discus)
 
Collegiate Career/Yearly/Outdoor Season Bests
-          Keauna Hansen (Women's 200 M. Dash – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Seri Geisler (Women's Shot Put – Outdoor Season Best, Ties Collegiate Career Best)
-          Lenzel Koskela (Men's 400 M. Dash – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Ellwood Ellenson (Men's Javelin – Collegiate Career Best)