The Ottumwa Courier


April 12, 2014

Hammack helps relay set NCAA Div. III meet record

OTTUMWA — Former Ottumwa track and field standout Spencer Hammack continues to enjoy success at the college level.

Hammack, a sophomore at Central College, teamed up with Eli Horton, Drew Jackson and Austin O’Brien to set a meet record in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lincoln, Neb., with a time of 9 minutes, 54.8 seconds.

“It was awesome,” Hammack, who ran the 400 leg of the race, said. “I’ve never been on that high of a level competitively. It was just a good atmosphere to be in, let alone winning.”

The time smashed the previous meet mark of 9:59.58 set the previous year, while it shattered the previous school record set earlier in the season by more than four seconds.

“We thought we had a good chance at it, but we had no idea we would win by three seconds,” said Hammack, who qualified for Class 4A state in a potpourri of events on multiple occasions while running for Ottumwa.

“It was an incredible effort,” coach Joe Dunham added. “It was the true story of four runners each doing something special for the good of the group. Austin ran smart and handed off near the lead. Spencer ran an unbelievable split, as did Drew. Then Eli had the challenge of running alone the entire leg, which is hard with teams chasing. But he did it and they did it.

“You can never take away a national championship and they are now the best distance medley relay team to ever run at the national meet. I’m really proud of them.”

Hammack and company’s triumph marked the fifth NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in program history — the other four came in fields and multi-events.

To follow Andy Heintz’s Twitter feed, go to @CourierAndy

Text Only
  • 0723 OTT Sports Little League State Tourney photo Grandview hits seven home runs to stay unbeaten CENTERVILLE — It was a high scoring affair, but Grandview remained unbeaten with a 3-0 record after defeating Davenport Southeast 19-13.After Johnston American fell 3-1 against Boone on Monday, Grandview was the only undefeated team left out of the e

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Softball Tournament TuesdayClass 2A QuarterfinalsNo. 5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 5, No. 15 Alburnett 1 WednesdayClass 4A Consolation SemifinalsNo. 13 Oskaloosa (29-10) vs. Clear Creek-Amana (22-18), 10 a.m. (Veterans Diamond) ThursdayClass 2A SemifinalsNo. 5 EBF (26-

    July 23, 2014

  • Prep Baseball TONIGHTClass 4A, Substate FinalWest Des Moines Valley (23-16) at Ottumwa (25-15), 7 p.m. (1240 AM KBIZ)

    July 23, 2014

  • Ottumwa Midwest falls to Grandview BOONE – The Ottumwa Midwest All-Stars lost to Grandview Little League, 9-1, despite a solid day by Sam Matthiesen from both the mound and the plate. Matthiesen had a hit in the second inning and held the potent Grandview lineup without an earned run

    July 23, 2014

  • On Tap Thursday Prep Softball Class 2A State Semifinals Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont vs. Highland at Fort Dodge (Diamond 1), 11 a.m.

    July 23, 2014

  • Resilient Trojans one win from state FAIRFIELD — There were wild pitches, wild throws and wild rulings. Runs were earned, unearned, given, taken away and given right back.If the fifth-ranked Fairfield baseball team wanted to prove they could overcome adversity and continue toward the go

    July 22, 2014

  • Ottumwa Midwest wins slugfest with Boone BOONE — An exceptional effort by Dawson Lewis hoisted the Ottumwa Midwest Little League All Stars to a wild 15-14 win over Boone National on Monday at the 9-10 Year-old Iowa Little League State Baseball Tournament.Lewis racked up seven RBIs on four h

    July 22, 2014

  • Top-ranked North Polk too much for Blue Demons in substate final INDIANOLA — Senior pitcher Grant Lang did everything but drive the bus for the top-ranked North Polk baseball team on Tuesday. Instead, he simply drove the Comets to the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament on Tuesday.Lang not only shut out the Albia B

    July 22, 2014

  • Big Reds get 30th win and district title CENTERVILLE — Seventh-ranked Centerville dominated Keokuk from start to finish Monday night at Pat Daugherty Field. The 11-1 five inning win was the Big Reds’ 30th of the season gave them the Class 3A, District 12 baseball championship.Centerville wi

    July 22, 2014

  • No. 1 Twin Cedars clinches return to state OSKALOOSA — After needing two runs in the final two innings to keep their perfect season alive on Saturday, top-ranked Twin Cedars took all the drama out of the Class 1A, Substate 6 Final in the very first inning on Tuesday. Drew Carlson drilled a tw

    July 22, 2014

Sports photo reprints