Symmonds Wins 1500; Bearcat Men Move into Second Place in Early Saturday Events

WAVERLY, IA — Nick Symmonds won the 1500m for the second time in three years as the Bearcat men moved into second place in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

With nearly half the events on the final day complete, the Bearcat men moved into second on the strength of Symmonds win and Nate Matlock’s third place finish in the hammer throw.

Symmonds ran a 3:54.20 to set a new stadium record as he recaptured the 1500m title he won as a freshman. Symmonds, who won the event by .41 seconds, was unable to race in the 1500m last year due to injury. He will run for his third consecutive 800m title later this afternoon.

Matlock’s best throw of 188-4 was good for third place in the hammer.

On the women’s side, freshman Kelsey Stolz finished sixth in the javelin (137-2) to give the Bearcat women its first three points of the meet.

A host of Bearcat women — Shannon McGrane, Jordyn Smith, Alicia Andrews and the 4 x 400 relay team — will compete in events scheduled for later Saturday.

Final scores will be updated later on Saturday.