The UNI track and field program completed the Tom Botts Invitational today, coming away with multiple wins, school records and career-best marks across the board.
Senior Brandon Carnes came away with the Panthers’ first wins over the day, earning a victory in both the 100 and 200 meters dashes. In the 100 meters, he finished with a wind-aided time of 10.17 to remain ranked in the top-five nationally, followed by a wind-aided time of 20.44 for a win in the 200.
The Panthers moved into the middle distance races with Lindsey Kite and Lyndsie Schinkelboth placing high in the 800 meters. Kite placed second with a season-best time of 2:10.42, the second-best time of her career while Schinkel ran a personal-best time of 2:10.52 to rank third in the MVC.
Schinkel kept the momentum going into the 1,500 meters, running a career-best time of 4:30.85 to rank fourth all-time at UNI and third in the race. On the men’s side, Luke Johnstonand C.J. May both ran PRs in the 1,500 with Johnston coming in at 3:51.10 in third and May following in 3:53.39 in fifth.
Hannah Truniger notched a new school record in the women’s 5,000 meters, winning the race with the second-fastest time in the conference this year. Truniger came across the line in 16:52.67, beating the previous record of 16:54.30 set by Traci Hawley in 2008.
Shane Kirchoff took a run at the 3,000 meter steeplechase today, winning the event. The senior finished in a time of 9:21.29, setting a new career-best that ranks him second in the conference.
Heading into the field events, the Panthers had two top-five finishes in the high jump with Kassidy Sharp placing fourth with a mark of 5-7.00. Maria Gonzalez achieved the same mark, giving her a new PR and ranking her No. 47 in the NCAA West.
In the long jump, Danielle Reicherts recorded a new PR, placing second overall with a mark of 18-5.25. Lauren Frederick followed suit with a personal-best mark of 18-2.50, coming in second place. Charles Brown placed second on the men’s side with a leap of 22-9.75 while Cade Kirkpatrick placed third with a PR jump of 22-9.25.
Sarah Pate won the women’s hammer throw to remain ranked second in the league with a toss of 190-11.00 while Maddy O’Brien scored a PR mark of 176-9.00 to land in the top-five in the Valley. Isaac Holtz notched a personal-best of 185-6.00 for a personal-best on the men’s side while Brad Walski finished with a season-best of 184-10.00 for fourth overall.
Holtz also placed high in the discus throw with a mark of 172-8.00 for third place overall. Thomas Yezek continued the momentum to place fourth overall with a career-best throw of 171-3.00 to rank second in the MVC.
The Panthers will return to action Saturday, April 22 when they head to Iowa City, Iowa, to compete in the Musco Invitational.