Storm come home from nationals with two All-Americans

The Simpson men’s track and field team concluded the 2017 season with a pair of All-American performances at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio on May 25-27. Senior decathlete Isaac Frazier placed fifth with a career-best showing in the decathlon and junior hurdler Jordan Coughenour placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles, running the second-fastest time in school history.

With Frazier and Coughenour reaching the podium, the Storm and head coach Dave Cleveland returned home with All-Americans in multiple events for the first time since 1997.

A two-sport star who was the Iowa Conference sack leader the past two seasons as a defensive end on the football field, Frazier scored 6,669 points in the decathlon to improve upon his 11th-place showing in 2016. The 6-foot, 4-inch Marion, Iowa product turned in personal-bests in the shot put, javelin throw and 1500-meter run to become Simpson’s first All-American in the event since 2013.

Another two-sport athlete, Coughenour made huge strides over the weekend after entering the championships with the 17th-fastest time in the country. The Maxwell, Iowa native and wide receiver on the footbal team barely qualified for finals, earning the last lane with a ninth-place effort in Thursday’s prelims. He proceeded to run a career-best 52.77 to place seventh in the finals, the fastest 400 hurdle time by a Simpson athlete since 10-time All-American and Olympian Kip Janvrin set the school record in 1988.

Frazier and Coughenour were both crowned conference champions in their respective events two weeks earlier at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in Storm Lake.

Simpson sent six student-athletes to nationals in all. Junior Dylan Kalinay placed 10th in the 110 hurdles, sophomore Chase Wetterling came in 16th in the 400 meters and the 4×400-meter relay team of Wetterling, Matt Pearson, Travis Tupper and Coughenour took 11th.

 The Storm finished with six points as a team, tied for 42nd in the nation.

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