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we are drake Bulldogs NATASHA KAISER BROWN Head Coach 11th Season Missouri (1990)

Two-time Olympian, and silver medalist, Natasha Kaiser-Brown is in her tenth year directing the Drake track and field program. During her tenure as the head coach, the Bulldogs have set 24 school records, had 18 Missouri Valley Conference champions and 25 NCAA Regional Qualifiers. Brown’s career at Drake has been highlighted by coaching the 2000 MVC cross country champion Sarah Murton; NCAA Regional qualifiers Regina Hill and Jordan Mahlstrom in the 100 meters; Ben Kaufman, in the 400; and Tracey Bearden, who won the 5,000 at the 2003 MVC Indoor meet. In 2005, six Drake athletes qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, proving to be the largest number of qualifiers to date. In 2006 the Drake men’s track and field program was ranked number on in the nation with the highest team grade-point average of 3.47. Kaiser-Brown has been a household name with the Drake Relays as either an athlete or a coach dating back to her prep career in 1984 at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa. Kaiser-Brown’s personal achievements range from being a nine-time Iowa state high school champion, a national collegiate record holder in the 400 at Missouri, a member of the Drake Relays Athletes Hall of Fame, to a silver medalist in the 1992 Olympics. She was inducted into the 2008 National Federation of State high School Association Hall of Fame and was chosen as one of the Drake Relays Athletes of the Century in 2009.


Assistant Coach Eighth Season Northern Iowa (1990) Serving as an assistant coach of dual capacity, Dan Hostager directs the men’s and women’s cross country teams and distance programs. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country coach of the year in 1999 after leading the Bulldogs to their first league title since 1970. Hostager, a former outstanding all American distance runner, has guided several individuals to MVC cross country titles: Brent Wilbert, 2003; Bobby Anderson, 2004 and Ashley Anklam in 2006. Wilbert’s performance at the 2003 NCAA Regional earned him a berth at the 2003 NCAA Championships where he placed 55th. Distance runners Jeff Grassmeyer (5,000) and Leyden Tolhurst (1,500) continued successful campaigns with MVC outdoor titles in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Tolhurst (1,500), Nicole Braunsdorf (5,000) and Casey McDermott (3,000 steeplechase), all qualified for the 2009 NCAA Regional Championships.

KEVIN HENDERSON Assistant Coach Third Season Auburn (1989)

In just his second year as an assistant hurdles coach, Kevin Henderson has proven his ability to develop young talent. In 2009, Jon DeGrave became a Missouri Valley Conference scorer in the 400 hurdles in his first year as a Bulldog. The 2010 MVC indoor season was showcased by freshman Marissa Smith advancing to the finals of the 60 hurdles.

Henderson was a six-time NCAA all American at Auburn, placing third and fourth in the 400 hurdles at the 1985 and 1987 NCAA Championships, respectively. He was a six-time Southeastern Conference champion and won the 400 hurdles at the 1988 U.S. Championships. He also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Drake track and field program.


MARK KOSTEK Throws Coach Second Season Nebraska (1986)

A former all American javelin thrower for the University of Kansas, Mark Kostek has lent his expertise to the program. He works with Deidra Dirth, a Missouri Valley Conference scorer in the javelin; Ari Curtis, an all-MVC/NCAA Provisional Qualifier multi-athlete and Autumn Moore, Megan Pierce-Cramer, Kevin Harp and Isaac Twombly a young, but impressive core of throwers. He served as Drake Relays director from 2001-05 with 32 records set during his tenure.


Jumps Coach Ninth Season Northwestern (La.) State (1990) Entering his 10th season at Drake, Brian Brown has established himself as a well respected jumps coach in the Missouri Valley Conference while serving as the director of the prestigious Drake Relays. Brown, a former six-time NCAA All-American high jumper, with a personal best of seven feet eight inches, has worked with some of the best jumpers in the conference. He has produced repeat Missouri Valley Conference long jump champions and NCAA Regional qualifiers such as Matt Sanderson and Marcus Gaines. Brown’s most recent success has been with high jumpers Jaron VanMaanen, a 2008 NCAA Regional qualifier; Tyse Samani, the 2010 MVC Indoor women’s high jump champion; and Josh Bangert, the 2010 MVC silver medalist in the long jump. He was ranked seven times in the top ten U.S. high jump list during his career as well as No. 9 in the world in 1998.

TREVOR RICHARDS Volunteer Assistant Coach 13th Season Iowa State (1990)

The 2007 World Masters champion in the pole vault, Trevor Richards has brought much attention to his specialty. Having been a former Big Eight Conference performer at Iowa State, Trevor is familiar with success. He has coached Joel Lelacheur, Jess Hetcko, Johanna Sprang to Drake’s top three all time best performances. Lelacheur went on to qualify for the 2004 and 2005 NCAA Regionals. Hetcko held the previous women’s school indoor record at 11-7.75 before being replaced by Johanna Sprang who soared 11-9 at the MVC Indoor meet.








2010 DRAKE MEN’S TRACK ROSTER Name Josh Bangert Alex Bourge Mike Bumgarner Josh Buschling Derek Campbell Colin Coomer Jon DeGrave Kevin Earl Alex Etgeton AJ Fajimolu Marc Garstka Jeff Grassmeyer Colin Hagan Eric Hall Kevin Harp Shaun James Ben Jaskowiak Matt Jurysta Dan Karys Troy Kimberlin Tim Kojetin Bryan Kosusnik Charlie Lapham Brandon Lewis Stephen Murray Adam Oestreich Anthony Pettaway Marshall Phares Brandon Ridlen Mike Rodriguez Owen Sadewasser Luke Schafer Isaac Twombly Justin Welch

EVENT Sprints Sprints Distance Distance Distance Distance Hurdles Sprints Jump Jumps M. Distance Distance Distance Multis Throws Spts./Hurdles M.Distance Distance Jumps Sprints M.Distance Sprints Distance Distance Sprints Distance Sprints M. Distance Sprints Distance Jumps Distance Throws Sprints

YR. Sr. (R) Fr. Jr. So. So. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. (R) So. So. Fr. So. So. So. Fr. Sr. So. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr.

Hometown (HIGH SCHOOL/Previous School) Washington, Mo. (Washington) Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore) Rosemount, Minn. (Rosemount) Washington, Mo. (Washington) Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore) Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas) Lake Villa, Ill. (Lake Community) Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) Sumner, Iowa (Sumner-Fredericksburg) Jos, Nigeria (Hillcrest School) LaGrange Park, Ill. (Lyons Township) Fremont, Neb. (Fremont) Wichita, Kan. (Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic) Des Moines, Iowa (Roosevelt) Iowa City, Iowa (City High) Lawrence, Kan. (Free State) Madison, Wis. (James Madison Memorial) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (R.S. McLaughlin Inst.) Bartlett, Ill. (Bartlett) Rochester, Ill. (Rochester) Rosemount, Minn. (Rosemount) Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore) Golden Valley, Minn. (Armstrong) Plymouth, Minn. (Armstrong) Bellevue, Neb. (Iowa Western CC) (Gross Catholic) Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf) Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sierra) Princeton, Iowa (North Scott) Griswold, Iowa (Griswold) Chanhassen, Minn. (Chaska) Guttenberg, Iowa (Clayton Ridge) Centennial, Colo. (Cherry Creek) Baldwin City, Kan. (Baldwin) St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North)






2010 DRAKE WOMEN’S TRACK ROSTER Name Caitlin Able Meredith Bell Ar’tiana Black-Scott Diana Boultbee Nicole Braunsdorf Katie Coomer Ari Curtis Deidra Dirth Cammy Dole Jazmine Dupee Beth Hamling Sarah Havelka Courtney Heinz Kelly Hendricks Briana Isom-Brummer Emily James London James Clarissa LaFlora Kirsten Lake Kara McCartney Casey McDermott Michelle Mitchell Autumn Moore Cambria Pardner Megan Pierce-Cramer Tyse Samani Tara Scieszinski Molly Scott Lindsay Smith Marissa Smith Johanna Sprang Paige Steffen Cassie Toepfer Whitney Westrum Sarah Yeager Elle Yesnes

EVENT YR. Sprints Sr. Distance Jr. Jumps/Hurdles Fr. M. Distance Fr. Distance Sr. (R) Distance Jr. Sprints Jr. Throws Sr. Distance Fr. Sprints Fr. Sprints Jr. M. Distance Sr. Distance Sr. Sprints Fr. Multis/Jumps Fr. Sprints/Hurdles Fr. Distance Fr. Sprints Jr. Distance So. M. Distance Jr. Distance Jr. Jumps Jr. Throws So. Sprints Jr. Throws So. Jumps/Hurdles Jr. Distance Sr. Pole Vault Jr. Distance Jr. Sprints/Hurdles Fr. Pole Vault Jr. Multis So. Sprints So. Sprints Fr. Sprints/Hurdles Fr. Distance Fr.

Hometown (PREVIOS SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL) Aurora, Colo. (Mullen) Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Washington) Des Moines, Iowa (Waukee) Belleville, Ontario, Canada (Bayside Secondary School) St. Francis, Wis. (Cudahy) Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas) Fort Collins, Colo. (Rocky Mountain) Apple Valley, Minn. (Apple Valley) Anamosa, Iowa (Anamosa) West Des Moines, Iowa (Waukee) Council Bluffs, Iowa (St. Albert) Kansas City, Mo. (Oak Park) St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall) Prospect Heights, Ill. (St. Viator) St. Louis, Mo. (Villa Duchesne) Clive, Iowa (Waukee) Adair, Iowa (Adair-Casey) Kewanee, Ill. (Kewanee) Parker, Colo. (Chaparral) Elgin, Iowa (Valley Community) Newton, Iowa (Newton) Brookfield, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran) Quaker City, Ohio (Bishop Rosecrans) Aurora, Colo. (Overland ) Omaha, Neb. (Benson) Kansas City, Mo. (North Kansas City) Albia, Iowa (Albia) Kansas City, Mo. (Winnetonka) Lakeville, Minn. (College of St. Benedict/Lakeville North) Ajax, Ontario, Canada (Pickering) New Brighton, Minn. (Irondale) Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington) Eagan, Minn. (Eagan) Waukee, Iowa (Waukee) Ottumwa, Iowa (Cardinal-Eldon) Hopkins, Minn. (Hopkins)

Drake Olympic Team Members Year Athlete Event 1948 Don Pettie* 100, 200 1952 Arnold Betton High Jump 1952 Jim Lavery* 400, 4x400 relay 1956 Bob Soth 5,000 *Members of Canadian Olympic team

Year 1971 1991

Pan American Games Medalists Athlete Event Rick Wanamaker Decathlon (gold) Kevin Little 200 (silver)

Year 1989 1993 1997

World Championships Indoor Athlete Event Kevin Little 200 (bronze) Kevin Little 200 (bronze) Kevin Little 200 (gold)

Year 1994 1997 2001

Athlete Kevin Little Kevin Little Kevin Little


Event 200 200 200

Year 1968 1969 1981 1982 1985 1989 1990 2000 2007

NCAA Indoor All-Americans Athlete Event Ray Dunn Distance Medley Relay Brent Slay Distance Medley Relay Dennis Hunt Distance Medley Relay Elliott Evans Distance Medley Relay Warren Whitted Distance Medley Relay Brent Slay Distance Medley Relay Gordon Hoffert Distance Medley Relay Elliott Evans Distance Medley Relay Chris Mares 1,000 Mike Jorgensen 440 Sterling Martin 1,000 Kevin Little 200 Kevin Little 200 Jason Lehmkuhle 5,000 Derek Johnson 60 Hurdles

Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009

NCAA Outdoor Regional Qualifiers Athlete Event Joel Lelacheur Pole Vault Brent Wilberts 1,500 Joel Lelacheur Pole Vault Theotto Lillard 400 Hurdles Matt Sanderson Long, Triple Jumps Theotto Lillard 400 Hurdles Derek Johnson 110 Hurdles Ben Kaufman 400 Matt Sanderson Long, Triple Jumps Jaron VanMaanen High Jump Brent Wilberts 1,500 Matt Sanderson Long Jump Marcus Gaines Long Jump Derek Johnson 110 Hurdles Marcus Gaines Long Jump Jeff Grassmeyer 5,000 Derek Johnson 110 Hurdles Jordan Mahlstrom 100 Josh Bangert Long Jump Leyden Tolhurst 1,500

Year 1925 1927 1928 1930 1931 1935 1936 1937 1942 1945 1946 1947 1950 1952 1961 1965 1970 1978 1989 1990 2000

NCAA Outdoor All-Americans Athlete Event Ray Dalbey Pole Vault Summerfield Brunk High Jump Morris Penquite 120 Hurdles Summerfield Brunk High Jump Lloyd Lansrud Pole Vault Fred Blanck Shot Put Linn Philson High Jump (1st) Linn Philson High Jump Bill Feiler Two-Mile Fred Padgett Two-Mile Glenn Burch Mile Walt Antheil Javelin Lee Hofacre 440, 220 Hurdles Fred Feiler Two-Mile Fred Feiler Two-Mile Bill Mack Mile Jim Lavery 440 yd. Jim Ford 100 yd., 220 yd. Charlie Durant 880 yd. Gary Ladewig mile relay Charles Winkenwerder mile relay Pat Hansel mile relay Karl Bandemer mile relay Rick Wanamaker Decathlon (1st) Boyd Nansel 5,000 Kevin Little 200 Kevin Little 200 Jason Lehmkuhle 10,000


NCAA Indoor All-Americans Athlete Event Marie Simonsson 1,000 Anne Erpenbeck High Jump Carlon Blackman 440 Yard Carlon Blackman 440 Yard

NCAA Outdoor All-Americans Athlete Event Gina DeWitt (fifth) 800

Year 1996

Year 2003 2006 2009

NCAA Outdoor Regional Qualifiers Athlete Event Regina Hill 100 Regina Hill 4x100 Relay Tiffany Kennedy Damaris Parchment Shannon Patterson Ashley Anklam 5,000 Kasey McDaniel 100 Hurdles Nicole Braunsdorf 5,000 Casey McDermott 3,000 Steeplechase

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Drake University is a national, coeducational, independent and private university founded in 1881. The University is comprised of six colleges and schools that offer more than 70 majors. The College of Arts and Sciences offers numerous undergraduate majors in its four divisions and supports the programs of the other colleges and schools. The College of Business and Public Administration, School of Education, School of Journalism and Mass Communication support extensive undergraduate and graduate programming. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Education, and Law School provide professional doctorates. More than 3,000 full-time undergraduate students from 45 states and 56 countries attend Drake University. Total enrollment with part-time, law and graduate students is more than 5,600. The University’s student/ faculty ratio of 15:1 offers a high-quality, personalized experience with ample opportunity for personal interaction. Nearly all Drake graduates (92 percent in 2008) find career employment or enter graduate school within six months after receiving their degrees. Nearly 80 percent of Drake students graduate having had one or more internships. Approximately 98 percent of Drake full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid, including both merit- and need-based assistance. Drake awards more than 5,000 scholarships each year and more than $65 million in financial assistance is provided to Drake undergraduate students. For the ninth consecutive year, Drake University is listed in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category


for Midwest master’s universities in the annual college rankings published by U.S.News & World Report magazine. Drake ranked fifth in the overall rankings of 141 Midwest universities that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, and maintained its No. 2 position in reputation for academic quality (peer assessment). Community Drake combines the benefits of a safe and friendly “small town” campus with the advantages of a capital city. The Des Moines metro area, with a population of more than 500,000, offers a variety of easily accessible cultural, entertainment and career-building experiences. The capital city of Iowa and a center for insurance, government, publishing, business and more, Des Moines is a great place to land internships or start a career, enjoy modern art or classic architecture, experience metropolitan amenities or explore scenic bicycle trails. The city’s diverse offerings include the antiques shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques of historic Valley Junction; downtown’s lively East Village and Court Avenue districts; a zoo, science center and art museum; and the annual Des Moines Arts Festival, which is ranked among the top fine arts festivals in the country. But don’t just take our word for it. In its July 2008 issue, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Des Moines one of the top ten best cities in the country to live, work and play.

Historic Drake Stadium is much more than one of the premier track and field facilities in the country. It has played host to some of the greatest track and field performances of all time. Drake Stadium hosted the 1970 and the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and the 2009 AAU Junior Olympics. Drake Stadium will serve as the venue for the 2010 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships June 23-27 as well as the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The stadium (current capacity: 14,557) has undergone significant improvements in modern history following a $15 million renovation project in 2005. Besides a new Mondo-surfaced track, new venues for the javelin, discus and hammer throws were constructed just north of the track. Other new features include permanent lights, a video scoreboard, state of the art artificial grass infield by FieldTurf for football and soccer, along with improvements to the seating, restrooms and concessions as well as the press box.

Event Mark 55-Meter Hurdles 7.94 55-Meter Dash 6.98 60-Meter Dash 7.54 60-Meter Hurdles 8.33 200-Meter Dash 24.94 400-Meter Dash 54.42 600-Meter Run 1:33.94 800-Meter Run 2:09.24 Mile Run 4:48.91 1,000-Meter Run 2:45.31 3,000-Meter Run 9:26.82 5,000-Meter Run 16:44.32 4x400 Relay 3:45.69 Distance Medley 11:44.99 Relay Shot Put 45-9 1/2 Long Jump 20-3 High Jump 5-11 1/2 Triple Jump 39-9 1/4 Pole Vault 11-9 Pentathlon 3,739

Name Adrienne Pannier Kim Atwater Tiffany Kennedy Kasey McDaniel Regina Hill Carlon Blackman Amy Griswold Gina DeWitt Nicole Braunsdorf Karla Zylstra Liz Hjalmarsson Tracey Bearden Jennifer Runchey Jill Zwagerman Nicole Addington Julie Head Jenny Reff Tara Mendez Avery Buresh Nicole Braunsdorf Dawn O’Leary Kim Atwater Holly Johnson Jennifer Whitman Johanna Sprang Ari Curtis

Year 1989 1987 2003 2006 2006 1984 1994 1995 2009 1989 1983 2000 1999 2007 1995 1987 1984 2007 2010 2010

DRAKE WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK RECORDS Event Mark 100-Meter Hurdles 13.63 400-Meter Hurdles 1:00.59 100-Meter Dash 11.72 200-Meter Dash 24.17 400-Meter Dash 53.42 800-Meter Run 2:05.39 1,500-Meter Run 4:24.51 3,000-Meter Run 9:29.89 3,000-Meter Steeplechase 10:44.48 5,000-Meter Run 16:16.43 10,000-Meter Run 34:28.9 4x100 1:01.73 Shuttle Hurdle Relay 4x100-Meter Relay 45.16 4x400-Meter Relay 3:40.99 4x800-Meter Relay 8:56.33 Distance Medley 11:32.35 Relay High Jump 6-0 Long Jump 20-7 3/4 Triple Jump 39-3 1/4 Shot Put 47-8 Discus 158-11 Javelin 142-10 Heptathlon 4,923 Pole Vault 11-7 3/4

Name Kasey McDaniel Julie Head Regina Hill Damaris Parchment Carlon Blackman Gina DeWitt Karla Zylstra Liz Hjalmarsson Casey McDermott Liz Hjalmarsson Liz Hjalmarsson Jennifer Whitman Lisa Lane Kalen Summers Kasey McDaniel Tiffany Kennedy Damaris Parchment Shannon Patterson Regina Hill Deb Ross Krystal Griffin Ann Butler Carlon Blackman Nicole Addington Kelly Kincaid Katie Kincaid Julie Head Trisha Allen Tanya Woodruff Amy Griswold Joanna Johnson Anne Erpenbeck Kim Atwater Jennifer Whitman Dawn O’Leary Tammi Blackstone Sheri Papcsy Laura Borland Jess Hetcko

Year 2006 2000 2006 2003 1984 1996 1987 1982 2009 1983 1982 2004 2003 1984 2000 1994 1981 1987 2006 1995 1997 1987 2000 2004

DRAKE MEN’S INDOOR TRACK RECORDS Event Mark 55-Meter Dash 6.25 60-Meter Dash 6.72 55-Meter Hurdles 7.34 60-Meter Hurdles 7.76 200-Meter Dash 20.90 400-Meter Dash 47.85 600-Meter Run 1:18.81 800-Meter Run 1:50.32 1,000-Meter Run 2:21.53 Mile Run 4:04.00 3,000-Meter Run 8:06.44 5,000-Meter Run 13:59.88 4x400 Relay 3:11.92 Distance Medley 9:40.03 Relay Shot Put 61-6 Pole Vault 16-10 3/4 Long Jump 25- 3 1/4 High Jump 7-1 Triple Jump 51-9 1/4 35-lb. Weight Throw 45-0

Name Jeff Watts Luke Drilling Wayne Franklin Derek Johnson Kevin Little Mike Jorgensen Nika Jones Nika Jones Pat Parris Chris Mares Matt Gabrielson Jason Lehmkuhle Skeet Spotser Derek Kilstrom Mike Ockerman Duane Bryght Troy Trygstad Jesse Sand Corey Swan Matt Gabrielson Joel Sward Garrick Wilson Marcus Gaines Paul Allard Dave Sykes Marc Dzradosi Eric Bumgardner

Year 1994 1999 1975 2007 1989 1982 1997 1997 1986 1981 2000 2000 1985 1999 1991 1996 2008 1975 1981 2001 1993

DRAKE MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK RECORDS Event Mark 110-Meter Hurdles 13.77 400-Meter Hurdles 50.77 100-Meter Dash 10.14w 200-Meter Dash 20.37 400-Meter Dash 46.12 800-Meter Run 1:48.51 1,500-Meter Run 3:41.80 3,000-Meter Steeplechase 8:39.29 5,000-Meter Run 14:00.3 10,000-Meter Run 28:44.91 4x100-Meter Relay 40.05 4x400-Meter Relay 3:07.84 4x800-Meter Relay 7:20.58 Distance Medley 9:38.13 Relay High Jump 7-2 1/4 Long Jump 25-4 1/2 25-4 1/2 Triple Jump 53-10 1/2 Pole Vault 17-4 1/4 Shot Put 61-3 3/4 Discus 168-2 Javelin 190-0 Hammer 159-1 Decathlon 7,406

Name Skeet Spotser Dan Cleveland Mike Ockerman Kevin Little Kevin Little Sterling Martin Chris Mares Vern Iwancin Boyd Nansel Jason Lehmkuhle Skeet Spotser Mike Ockerman Mike Newby Darnell Harris Gary Ladewig Karl Bandemer Charles Winkenwerder Pat Hansel Dan Cleveland Pat Parris Duane Bryght Sterling Martin Chuck Arney Ted Kralicek Boyd Nansel Jim Minor Paul Allard Dave Sykes Tyrone Minor Matt Sanderson Marc Dzradosi Garrick Wilson Joel Sward Jim Thompson Dan Beattie Greg Coleman Rick Wanamaker

Year 1987 1983 1984 1989 1989 1985 1981 1981 1978 2000 1985 1965 1985 1977 1977 1982 1991 2006 2001 1996 1992 1998 1989 1987 1970

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