SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs fifth at Denver Co-Ed

DENVER — The East Marshall boys track and field team finished in fifth place out of 11 teams on Monday in the Denver Co-Ed Invitational with 81.5 points.

Hunter Vilez had the lone event win for the Mustangs by taking first in the discus with a toss of 130 feet, 11 inches. Austin Elliott also picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, running a time of 11.94 seconds in the 100 and 23.92 seconds in the 200.

The 4×800 team of Cade Curphy, Dane Thompson, Logan Bowie and Cam Hungerford was second for East Marshall as well in 9:00.15.

BCLUW finished in seventh on the team standings with 76.5 points. The Comets swept the hurdle races, with Iowa State commit Jack Garber winning the 110 high hurdles in 14.89, Neifer Ralston winning the 400 hurdles in 56.42 and the shuttle hurdle team of Coby Willett, Carson Hoffman, Ralston and Garber winning in a time of 1:03.84.

Caleb Silver also placed second in the 1,500 with a season-best 4:39.64, and Silver, Ruben Montoya, Noah Gallentine and Henry Kaisand were the winning 4×800 team in a season-best 8:42.27.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck was 10th with 17 team points. Sam Schildroth was sixth in the 400 in 56.31, Paul Brockett was sixth in the 3,200 in 11:00.14 and the 4×400 team of Ridge Van Daele, Colby Hauser, Schildroth and Dylan Riffey was sixth in 3:54.51.

Puumala earns four golds at A-P

PARKERSBURG — The East Marshall girls track and field team finished in third at the Aplington-Parkersburg Lady Falcon Relays with 85.5 points.

Nearly half of those points came from one source, as Mustang senior Melinda Puumala took home four event victories on the night. Puumala won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 15.84 seconds, the 400 hurdles in 1:05.98, the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 1 inch, and the 100 with a 12.78.

Puumala now ranks in the top five of the 100, 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles in Class 2A, leading the class in the 400 hurdles as the only girl to run under 1:06.

West Marshall was sixth in the meet with 69 points. Kayla Cripps had the only event win for the Trojans by taking first in the high jump with a vault of 4-10.

Renae Schaper finished third in the shot put with a toss of 36-10 and she was fifth in the discus with a heave of 100-03. Grace Girard also had a pair of top-10 finishes, placing third in the 3,000 with an 11:58.94 and fourth in the 1,500 in 5:30.54.

Trustee gives $5M to Drake basketball

DES MOINES — An Iowa philanthropist has given $5 million to the Drake University women’s basketball program in what the school said is the largest non-capital gift of its kind.

Drake announced the gift Monday from Suzie Glazer Burt, a member of the university’s board of trustees. In a statement, Glazer Burt complimented coach Jennie Baranczyk and the basketball program, saying “when women empower women, there is no limit to the impact we can make in the lives of these incredible student-athletes.”

Drake didn’t release specifics about how the gift would be used but said some would endow the head coaching position and some would enhance support for students.

The Drake women have won three straight Missouri Valley Conference tiles. Drake went 27-7 this season and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where the Bulldogs lost in the first round to Missouri, 77-76 in overtime.