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Iowans Join Carnes In Big Show at the MVC

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Brandon Carnes-UNI
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Senior Brandon Carnes made UNI and Missouri Valley Conference history once again today at the 2017 MVC Indoor Track & Field Championships, winning both the 60 and 200 meter dashes for the fourth consecutive year.

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The Bradenton, Fla., native became the first athlete in MVC and school history to win both events four straight years, also earning Most Outstanding Track Athlete honors for the second year in a row. The senior got the day started with a time of 6.60, narrowly missing his PR time of 6.59, to win the 60 meter dash, followed by a 21.30 in the 200 to come away victorious.

Carnes highlighted what was a successful weekend for the Panthers overall. The men’s team finished in third place overall while the women’s team finished in fifth.

The Panthers got started in the heptathlon with both Alex Duff and Austin Heitland scoring team points for UNI. Duff placed sixth overall with a combined point total of 4,906 for a personal-best while Heitland finished in eighth with a score of 4,645.

The Panthers came away with several point scorers in the jumps today, with Maria Gonzalez placing fourth in the women’s high jump, newcomer Xavior Williams placing fifth in the men’s high jump and Shawn Koch and Charles Brown both placing in the top-eight in the triple jump. Williams, who is a defensive back on the football team, jumped 6-10.00 in his first meet as a Panther.

In the throws, Isaac Holtz earned all-conference in the men’s shot put with a big personal-best of 57-11.75 for fifth all-time, also being named the men’s MVC Elite 18 Award for his success on and off the throwing ring. Holtz was joined by Brad Walski and Jake Humpal, who both scored team points in the shot put by finishing fourth and fifth overall. Allison Griffin also scored team points on the women’s side, finishing seventh overall with a mark of 46-0.50.

Moving onto the track, Daurice Fountain repeated as an all-conference honoree in the 60 meter hurdles, placing third overall. He finished with a time of 7.99, tying his career-best time that ranks him No. 5 as a Panther.

The Panthers had a trio of point scorers in the 400 meter dashes. Maddie Bell placed sixth in the women’s race (56.11) while Corey Hertz (48.97) and Evan Long (51.19) to contribute key team points for the Panthers.

Brett McCalla-Waverly Shellrock-UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Brett McCalla-Waverly Shellrock-UNI
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In the middle-distance races, Lyndsie Schinkel came through to earn all-conference in the women’s 800 meters, placing third overall with a time of 2:10.50. Luke Johnston also finished in the top-five for the men in the 800, recording a time of 1:54.60 for fourth place.

Ashley Norem and Hannah Truniger both shined for the UNI women in the 3,000 meter run, continuing their all-conference ways from the cross country season onto the track. Norem placed second overall with a time of 9:56.07 while Truniger followed in third with a time of 9:57.72.

Rounding out the meet, the Panther men finished second in the 4X400 meter relay, earning all-conference honors. The team of Hertz, Brett McCalla, Bryce Newcomb and Johnston put up a strong team time of 3:17.28 for the integral team points.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Schweizer, Two SEC Indoor Crowns

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou Track and Field junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) won the mile run conference title on Saturday at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nashville, Tenn., her second conference title in as many days. With first place finishes in the 3,000m run on Friday and mile run on Saturday, Schweizer amassed 20 team points and was named the Cliff Harper Trophy winner for being the top female scorer of the meet. Schweizer is the first Mizzou athlete, male or female, to winner the award.

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In the team race, the Mizzou women’s team finished 10th with 30 team points, its second highest point total since joining the SEC in 2013, while the men’s team finished 13th with three points.

Schweizer captured her second track and field conference title and third conference title overall this season by fending off LSU’s Morgan Schuetz in the mile run. The Tiger junior once again used her signature “kick” to secure the victory as she sat in fourth place through 1,000 meters before running 49.17 and 47.80 splits over the final 600 meters to finish first at 4:37.44.

In the women’s 5,000m run, redshirt sophomore Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.) earned a podium finish by finishing third at 16:10.15 to earn All-SEC honors. Finishing behind Kempfer in the race for Mizzou with personal records was redshirt junior Nicole Mello (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt freshman Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa), who finished 11th and 18th, respectively. Mello finished at 16:31.56, the third-fastest time in program history, while Kleve finished at 17:00.77.

All four of Mizzou’s men’s 5,000m run entries recorded personal records, with the top two finishers, redshirt senior Drew White (Crystal City, Mo.) and redshirt senior Ollie Lockley (Colby, Isle of Man) posting top-10 program marks. White finished sixth in the race to score for the Tigers with the third-fastest time in program history at 14:12.12, while Lockley finished 11th with the ninth-fastest time at 14:26.47. Redshirt junior Marc Dubrick (DeKalb, Ill.) and senior Sheldon Keence (St. Charles, Mo.) also posted personal best marks, finishing 14th at 14:35.96 and 23rd at 15:01.75, respectively.

The Tiger 4x400m relay women’s team posted a sixth place finish with a time 3:37.49, a mark which now ranks second in program history. The squad finished first in the first heat as sophomore Maya Cody (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior LaQuisha Jackson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) built a strong lead in the opening legs before senior Sydney Wells (Fort Smith, Ark.) and redshirt junior Valerie Thames (Milwaukee, Wis.) finished the race for Mizzou. The mark was fast enough to withstand two more heats and rank sixth among some of the nation’s fastest sprinters.

Junior Rauno Liitmae (Estonia) finished off his impressive heptathlon debut by finishing 10th, recording the seventh-highest heptathlon score in program history in the process with 5,296 points. Liitmae began the day by setting a personal record in the 60m hurdles at 8.61, and finished the day by crossing the finish line first in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:43.41.

In the field events, two personal records were set and two top-10 marks in program history were posted. In the triple jump, redshirt senior Mollie Gribbin (Montpelier, Vt.) just narrowly missed her personal record with a jump of 12.51m (41-0.5), finishing 15th and posting the second-best mark in program history. Gribbin had a jump of 12.54m (41-1.75) while a member of the Nebraska Track and Field team. Junior Shammai Ilis (Houston, Texas) posted the sixth-best triple jump mark in program history by finishing 20th with a personal record jump of 12.12m (39-9.25). In the shot put, redshirt sophomore Avery Carter (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) finished 10th with a personal record throw of 17.85m (58-6.75).

Next for Mizzou is the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 11-12 in College Station, Texas. At the national meet, the top-16 marks in the nation in each event make up the field, which will be formally announced within the next week.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Track Results
Mile Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 4:37.44 (10 pts)
5,000mRun, Women – 3. Jamie Kempfer, 16:10.15 (6 pts) // 11. Nicole Mello, 16:31.56 PR, #3 // 18. Jordyn Kleve, 17:00.77 PR // 30. Kaitlyn Fischer, 17:43.13
5,000m Run, Men – 6. Drew White, 14:14.12 PR, #3 (3 pts) // 11. Ollie Lockley, 14:26.47 PR, #9 // 14. Marc Dubrick, 14:35.96 PR // 23. Sheldon Keence, 15:01.75 PR
4,000m DMR, Women – 10. (Valeska Halamicek, Emma Vickers, Karina Liz, Teylar Adelsberger), 11:46.93
4,000m DMR, Men – 9. (Mark Sheridan, Robert Kuhlmann, Cain Winebrenner, Luca Russo), 9:52.17
4x400m Relay, Women – 6. (LaQuisha Jackson, Valerie Thames, Maya Cody, Sydney Wells), 3:37.49 #2 (3pts)
4x400m Relay, Men – 9. (Kahmari Montgomery, Jerrad Mason, Niager Mathis, Jonathan Holder), 3:14.01

Field Results
High Jump, Women – 11. Karissa Roman, 1.69m (5-6.5)
Triple Jump, Women – 15. Mollie Gribbin, 12.51m (41-0.5), #2 // 20. Shammai Ilis, 12.12m (39-9.25) PR, #6
Shot Put, Men – 10. Avery Carter, 17.85m (58-6.75) PR

Heptathlon Results
60m Hurdles – 13. Rauno Liitmae, 8.61 PR
Pole Vault – 11. Rauno Liitmae, 4.30m (14-1.25)
1,000m – 1. Rauno Liitmae, 2:43.41 PR
Heptathlon Overall – 10. Rauno Liitmae, 5,296 points PR, #7

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St
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Topham’s Double Fuels Shocker Sweep at MVC

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St ©Jim Kirby 2017

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St
©Jim Kirby 2017

Wichita State collected 19 women’s all-Missouri Valley Conference honors, while 15 men were all-MVC en route to both team titles at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the UNI Dome. Of those 34 honors, eight women won individual titles and three men won individual titles for WSU.

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WSU out-scored Illinois State on the women’s side, 181-119 for the team title, while the Shocker men out-scored SIU, 146-108. Steve Rainbolt was named the meet’s Women’s and Men’s Coach of the Year.

Nikki Larch-Miller was named the meet’s Most Valuable Female Athlete, winning the 60 meters in a school-record time of 7.38, and the 60 meter hurdles in 8.22.

Breanne Borman was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete and Claudia Rojo was named the MVC’s Elite 18 Award winner as the top scholar-athlete.

Other women’s champions on Sunday were Rebekah Topham in the mile run (4:49.71) and 3,000 meters (9:50.64) and Martiesha Caines in the high jump (5-5.75/1.67m).

For the men on Sunday, Jared Belardo won the triple jump (51-1.75/15.59m) and Hunter Veith won the Heptathlon with a school-record 5,813 points. Ben Johnson was second with 5,304 points.

The Shocker men earned 15 All-Valley honors for finishing in the top three, including the 4×400 meter relay which finished third in a time of 3:17.72. WSU’s women earned 19 All-Valley honors, including the 4×400 meter relay team that finished third with a time of 3:47.83.

After Saturday’s Day 1, Wichita State’s women were first by 31 points, and the men were second by three points. The Shocker women got an early points boost after the Pentathlon with a sweep of the top three spots by champion Breanne Borman (4,054 points), Martiesha Caines (3,962) and Gavyn Yetter (3,742).

WSU’s other women’s champion on Sunday was Sidney Hirsch who won the 5,000 meters in a time of 16:56.01.

Hunter Veith was the lone Day 1 champion for WSU with a long jump of 25-6.25/7.78m.

The MVC team titles were the sixth for the Shocker women and the third for the Shocker men.

Team Scores

1. Wichita State 146; 2. SIU 108, 3. UNI 101; 4. Illinois State 92; 5. Indiana State 75; 6. Bradley 59 7. Drake 43; 8. Loyola 38.

1. Wichita State 181; 2. Illinois State 119; 3. Indiana State 98; 4. SIU 89; 5. UNI 67.5 6. Missouri State 46; 7. Drake 33.5; 8. Loyola 15; 9. Bradley 14.

Reed Fischer-Drake
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Drake’s Fischer Doubles at MVC Meet

Reed Fischer-Drake ©Jim Kirby 2017

Reed Fischer-Drake
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Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) completed an outstanding weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship by winning the 3,000 meters Saturday afternoon. Fischer also won the 5,000 meters on Friday evening to become just the second Bulldog ever to complete the 3,000/5,000 meter sweep.

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Fischer won the 3,000 meters in the final 80 meters as he kicked past Loyola’s Alex Baker to win in 8:20.59.

“It was awesome, you can’t ask for a better end to the weekend than that,” Fischer said. “It was fast going out but I knew I had to close much faster to win in. There’s a lot of really good milers in the race and I’m more of a 10k guy, so I knew I have to be ready for a kick because there were some guys with gnarly wheels behind me. But getting the title last night and the title in cross country gave me some confidence.”

In addition to the pair of MVC titles, Fischer set school records in both events earlier in the season.

Fischer’s come-from-behind win highlighted a series of strong individual performances from the Bulldogs on the final day of the MVC Championship.

“What a great conference meet by our team,” said Drake co-interim head coach LaRon Bennett. “After looking at our projected point rankings, we weren’t looking strong on either side. I challenged the team give everything that had and I told the captains that they had to step up and lead the team, and the team had to step up do their part. Today, they did just that.”

Earlier in the day, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best of 8.34, the second-fastest time in school history and just one one-hundreth of a second off the school record. Young’s performance was bested only by sisters Taylor and Nikki Larch Miller of Wichita State who finished in 8.22 and 8.30, respectively. Both of their times bested the previous MVC Championship record.

Also on the track for the women’s team, Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) turned in a big personal best to finish fourth in the 400 meters in 55.81. Her time was the fourth fastest in school history.

“Rai’s performance was huge because she came in ranked 10th in the conference and ended up finishing six spots higher with a PR,” Bennett said.

Ahmed-Green and Young also teamed up to run two legs on the Bulldogs’ 4×400-meter relay that finished fourth.

The men’s team was bolstered by a pair of scorers in the 60 meters as Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) was sixth in 6.92 while Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) was seventh in 6.96.

“Caulin and Demetrius ran two monster PRs to make the finals today,” Bennett said. “I told them nobody expected them to be in the finals, so go show them why you expected to be there. They responded by finishing sixth and seventh.”

Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, The Netherlands) completed his strong indoor season by finishing third in the 400 meters in 48.66. The senior won his heat, which was the slower of the two championship heats run against time.

The field events were also productive for the Bulldogs as Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) and Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) both finished third in the triple jump. Rolle recorded a mark of 40-1.5 against the women’s field while Osifuye cleared 49-0.75. Freshman Tamar Mosby (Belleville, Ill.) also scored in the women’s high jump by clearing 5-3.25 to finish fourth.

As a team, Drake’s women’s team finished seventh in the team standings while the men were seventh as well. Wichita State swept the men’s and women’s titles.

“The performances that we achieved this weekend validated all the hard work the team been putting in since the fall,” Bennett said. “I’m excited to see how they compete as we transition to our outdoor season. We represented Drake well tonight.”

MVC Indoor Track & Field Championship
Cedar Falls, Iowa – UNI Dome
Feb. 26, 2017

Men’s Team Scores
1. Wichita State, 146
2. SIU, 108
3. UNI, 101
4. Illinois State, 92
5. Indiana State, 75
6. Bradley, 59
7. Drake, 43
8. Loyola, 38

60 Meters
6. Demetrius Shelton, 6.92
7. Caulin Graves, 6.96

400 Meters
3. Bas Van Leersum. 48.66

3,000 Meters
1. Reed Fischer, 8:20.59
22. Josh Yeager, 8:41.66
24. Chris Kaminski, 8:44.14
26. Kyle Cass, 8:44.60
34. Matt Cozine, 8:54.86
37. Kyle Brandt, 9:03.01

4×400-Meter Relay
5. Graves, Van Leersum, Priebe, Metivier, 3:19.34

High Jump
12. Forest Moses, 6-4.75

Triple Jump
3. Johnathan Osifuye, 49-0.75

Women’s Team Scores
1. Wichita State, 181
2. Illinois State, 119
3. Indiana State, 98
4. SIU, 89
5. UNI, 67.5
6. Missouri State, 46
7. Drake, 33.5
8. Loyola, 15
9. Bradley, 14

400 Meters
4. Rai Ahmed-Green, 55.81

3,000 Meters
20. Mykaela Cole, 10:35.16
23. Morgan Garcia, 10:41.22

4×400-Meter Relay
4. Ahmed-Green, Young, Okoye, Crawford, 3:48.00

60-Meter Hurdles
3. Mary Young, 8.34

High Jump
4. Tamar Mosby, 5-3.25
7. Taylor Patton, 5-3.25

Triple Jump
3. Taryn Rolle, 40-1.5


Cyclones Hosting the Big 12 Conference Championships

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU
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The Iowa State track and field program will host the 2017 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Action on Friday begins with multi-events at 10 a.m. and running and field events at 3 p.m. Saturday competition will start with the men’s heptathlon at 11 a.m., field events at noon and running finals at 1:30 p.m.

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Tickets will be sold each day of the competition, $7 for adults and $5 for youth (high school and younger). Tickets can only be purchased at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center, and only single-day tickets will be sold.

All action on Friday and Saturday will be shown live on FloTrack via its subscription-based FloPro. For more information on FloTrack, click here. Live results will be provided by Delta Timing, here.

For more information about the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships, please visit the Championship Central pages from Iowa State and the Big 12.

Iowa State Entries (as of Feb. 23, 10 AM)

60m: Trever Ryen, Jomal Wiltz
400m: Eric Fogltanz
600y: Jaymes Dennison, Derek Jones, Roshon Roomes
1,000m: Zach Black, Dan Curts, Christian DeLago
Mile: Christian DeLago
3,000m: Sam ClausnitzerClick here to hear it, Dan Curts, Greyson DolezalClick here to hear it, Toby Hardwick, Kevyn Hoyos, Andrew Jordan, John Nownes
5,000m: Toby Hardwick, Kevyn Hoyos, Andrew Jordan
60m Hurdles: Logan Schneider, Elijah Young
4x400m Relay: One Team
Distance Medley Relay: One Team
High Jump: Cody Durbin, Jalen Ford
Triple Jump: Alexandru Mitirica
Shot Put: Zach Timm
Weight Throw: Chris Celona, Vlad Pavlenko
Heptathlon: Devon Alvarado, Wyatt Rhoads

60m: Mariah Anderson
600y: Larkin Chapman
800m: Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,000m: Evelyne Guay, Gwynne Wright
Mile: Grace Gibbons, Maryn Lowry
3,000m: Bethanie Brown, Anne Frisbie, Grace Gibbons, Evelyne Guay, Erin Hooker, Maryn Lowry, Gwynne Wright
5,000m: Bethanie Brown, Anne Frisbie, Erin Hooker, Megan Schott
60m Hurdles: Tasha Frazier
4x400m Relay: One Team
Distance Medley Relay: One Team
High Jump: Katie Reeves
Long Jump: Tasha Frazier, Jhoanmy Luque, Allanah McCorkle, Carsyn Spurgeon
Triple Jump: Jhoanmy Luque
Weight Throw: Tessa Krempel, Ariana Kuhn, Christabel Okeke
Pentathlon: Aleenah Marcucci, Carsyn Spurgeon, Kaci Storm, Emma Whigham

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UNI Set to Host MVC Conference

Lauren Frederick-UNI ©Jim Kirby 2017

Lauren Frederick-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is set to host the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in the UNI-Dome, Feb. 25-26.

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The Panthers are hosting the event for the 17th time and for the 10th consecutive year. The two-day event will be open to the public with tickets costing $10 for adults, $5 for youth and free to UNI students.

Multi-events will get started at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 with the pentathlon, followed by field events at 2 p.m. and action getting underway on the track at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the meet will being at 9:30 a.m. with the completion of the men’s heptathlon with field events at 11 a.m. and track action starting at 1:25 p.m.

The MVC Indoor Championships will be bringing in 13 men in 11 events and 10 women in four events that are currently ranked in the top-50 in the nation, giving track and field fans a chance to see the best talent in the country this weekend.

The top-eight finishers in each event will score team points, with the Panthers heading into the weekend with 17 men and 12 women ranked in the top-eight in the Valley. UNI has been led this season by senior Brandon Carnes, who enters the meet ranked No. 1 in the MVC, No. 3 in the NCAA and No. 18 in the world in the 60 meter dash.

This season alone the Panthers have had eight women and four men break onto the all-time top-five list at UNI, including two school records from Carnes. The Panthers have had over 90 career-best performances on the women’s side and more than 80 PRs by the men.

Carnes currently leads the Valley in both the 60 meters and 200 meters this year, with his time of 6.59 in the 60 also counting as the new MVC record. His personal-best time of 21.03 in the 200 meter dash also gave him the UNI record in the event.

In the 60 meter hurdles, the Panther men have four athletes ranked in the top-eight, including Daurice Fountain, who earned all-conference at last year’s meet. He is joined by Cole Phillips, Connor Ham and Jon Rus. Rus currently ranks third in the Valley this season with a PR time of 7.91, ranking him third all-time at UNI.

Shawn Koch, who is a two-time indoor all-conference honoree in the triple jump, will look to continue his habit of scoring points at the championship meet. He is ranked No. 7 in the Valley heading into the weekend with a season-best mark of 47-5.25.

In the throws, Brad Walski has had a strong junior year, ranking second in the MVC in both the shot put and the weight throw. His PR tosses of 59-7.75 in the shot put and 65-5.00 in the weight throw are the third and fifth best marks in program history.

On the women’s side, the middle distance and distance athletes have shined throughout the season, including senior Lindsey Kite who ranks first in the Valley in the 800 meters. She ranks fourth all-time in UNI history with her personal-best time of 2:09.04 while sophomore Lyndsie Schinkel is currently fourth in the Valley with a career-best 2:10.85.

In the 3,000 meters both Ashley Norem and freshman Hannah Truniger rank in the top-five in the conference. They both posted personal-best times this season with Norem running 9:48.17 and Truniger recording a time of 9:49.91, the fourth and fifth fastest times in UNI history.

Truniger also ranks third in the Valley this season in the 5,000 meters with the No. 3 time in school history (16:56.07). The true freshman is coming of an outstanding cross country season where she earned MVC Freshman of the Year honors.

Moving into the throws, freshman Allison Griffin, who now holds the freshman shot put record at UNI, is sitting at No. 3 in the MVC. She threw a personal-best toss of 49-9.00 last weekend to send her into the weekend ready to score points.

In the weight throw, Osceola, Iowa, native Sarah Pate has been leading the way for the Panther women. She threw a huge personal-best in the event in January of 62-10.75 to rank her second in the MVC and fifth all-time as a Panther.

Lauren Frederick will also look to contribute team points this weekend in the pentathlon, entering the weekend with the fifth-best point total. She won the pentathlon at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in January with a total of 3,728 points for fourth all-time at UNI.

Fans wishing to follow along with the action at the MVC Indoor Championships can watch live on ESPN3 on Saturday (Live at 6:30 p.m. CT) and Sunday (Live at 1:15 p.m. CT). Live results will also be available with updates on Twitter (@UNITrackFieldXC).

UNI Competitors (SATURDAY)

Women’s Pentathlon (9:30 a.m.): Maria Gonzalez, Lauren Frederick
Men’s Heptathlon (10 a.m.): Cade Kirkpatrick, Alex Duff, Austin Heitland
Women’s Weight Throw ( Trials & Finals, 2 p.m.): Allison Griffin, Maddy O’Brien, Sarah Pate, Hope Koerperich
Men’s Long Jump (Trials & Finals, 3 p.m.): Charles Brown, Chase Van Sant, Cade Kirkpatrick, Xavior Williams, Shawn Koch, Jamison Whiting, Bryce Newcomb
Men’s Weight Throw (Trials & Finals, 4 p.m.): Evan Colfack, Kyler Yodts, Isaac Holtz, Brad Walski
Women’s 60 Hurdles (Semis, 4:30 p.m.): Abigail Ranschau, Lauren Frederick
Men’s 60 Hurdles (Semis, 4:45 p.m.): Daurice Fountain, Connor Ham, Cole Phillips, Jon Rus
Women’s 400 Dash (Prelims, 4:55 p.m.): Maddie Irmen, Maddie Bell
Women’s Long Jump (Trials & Finals, 5 p.m.): Danielle Reicherts
Men’s 400 Dash (Prelims, 5:10 p.m.): Corey Hertz, Brett McCalla, Jacob Smith, Evan Long
Women’s 60 Dash (Prelims, 5:25 p.m.): Katie Maschmann, Taylor Raines
Men’s 60 Dash (Prelims, 5:35 p.m.): Brandon Carnes, Elijah Hicks
Women’s 800 Meters (Prelims, 5:45 p.m.): Lindsey Kite, Theresa Connelly, Lyndsie Schinkel
Men’s 800 Meters (Prelims, 5:55 p.m.): Luke Johnston, Dylan Eigenberger, Jordan Pingel, Colynn Black
Women’s 200 Dash (Prelims, 6:05 p.m.): Daianera Whitaker, Katie Maschmann
Men’s 200 Dash (Prelims, 6:25 p.m.): Elijah Hicks, Corey Hertz, Brandon Carnes, Bryce Newcomb
Women’s 5,000 Meters (Finals, 6:45 p.m.): Hannah Truniger
Women’s Distance Medley Relay (Finals, 7:25 p.m.): Theresa Connelly, Maddie Bell, Lyndsie Schinkel, Ashley Norem
Men’s Distance Medley Relay (Finals, 7:40 p.m.): Andrew Arndt, Bo Hjelle, Colynn Black, Luke Johnston

Lauren Frederick-UNI
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Panthers Primed For Conference

Lauren Frederick-UNI ©Jim Kirby 2017

Lauren Frederick-UNI
©Jim Kirby 2017

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program wrapped up the regular season today at the Iowa Open, getting in one last competition before the MVC Indoor Championships next weekend.

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The Panthers got started on the track in the 60 meter hurdles with both Lauren Frederick and Daurice Fountain finishing third in their respective races. Frederick posted a personal-best time of 8.75 in the women’s race while Fountain finished with a time of 8.20 after running a season-best time of 8.09 in the preliminary race.

Elijah Hicks put together a pair of strong races for the Panthers in the short sprints, finishing second overall in both the 60 and 200 meter dashes. He started the day in the 60, running a career-best time of 6.94, followed by a PR of 22.08 in the 200 meter dash.

In the 400 meters, Raheem Black came away with a win in the men’s race, crossing the finish line in 50.71. Maddie Irmen competed on the women’s side, finishing with a new personal-best time of 56.61 to finish second.

Moving into the middle distance races, the Panthers swept the men’s and women’s 800 meters with Theresa Connelly and Andrew Arndt both coming away victorious. Connelly won her race with the second-best time of her career in 2:13.93 while Arndt finished in 1:55.50 for the men.

In the field, Shawn Koch won the men’s triple jump with a mark of 45-5.00 while Bryce Newcomb and Amanada Wiebke finished second in the men’s and women’s long jump. Newcomb grabbed a mark of 22-10.50 while Wiebke notched a career-best 16-11.25.

The Panthers will return to action Feb. 25-26 when they host the MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships inside the UNI-Dome.

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Hawks Close Out Regular Season

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Noah Larrison-Waukee-Iowa
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On a day that the University of Iowa track team would rather be competing outdoors, the Hawkeyes concluded their indoor regular season with two competitions. Iowa hosted the Iowa Open and sent 12 athletes to the Alex Wilson Invitational.

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The final tune-up before the postseason saw the Hawkeyes looking to put themselves in good position before the Big Ten Championships. It started with sophomore Reno Tufuuli in the shot put.

“I threw really well this week,” Tufuuli said. “I changed my technique a bit. I usually don’t lift the day before a meet, but on days I threw a day after lifting, I throw really well so we switch that up and it worked. My series wasn’t great, but I put everything together and had that one good throw.”

Tufuuli’s throw of 18.78m is a personal best and places him third all-time in Iowa history, leapfrogging teammate Avery Meyers.

The men’s 400m group highlighted the day in South Bend, Indiana, as four Hawkeyes set personal bests. Freshman Austin Lietz (48.11), sophomore Noah Larrison (48.55), senior Nick Jensen (48.63), and freshman Chris Thompson (48.95).

“With those guys, some run the 600 and some run on a relay,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “That just gives us a good opportunity to build on their speed and be able to get ready for the Big Ten Championships.”

Back in Iowa City, junior Heaven Chandler was 2-for-2 in setting personal bests on the day. The Columbus Junction, Iowa, native set a personal best in the 60-meter hurdle prelims (8.54) and finals (8.44) where she also won the event.

“I was really happy with how I ran today,” Chandler said. “I wanted to get back into the 8.4 range and I did which was very relieving heading into the pentathlon next weekend.”

“Heaven was a walk-on,” Woody said. “She was a long jumper out of high school and ran the hurdles, but not to this level. I am really happy to see her have that big breakthrough. It was just a matter of time for her to do this.”

Heading into the postseason, Woody has seen enough to know what the team must work on this next week.

“We need to do what we’ve been doing all year,” Woody said. “We need to go out, stay relaxed, have fun, compete at a high level like we did today, and we will have a real shot at winning the whole thing.”

The postseason begins with the Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The meet runs Feb. 24-25 at the Spire Institute.


Men’s High Jump
Brelyn Barclay – Personal Best, 2.00m
Men’s 800m (Alex Wilson Invitational)
Matt Manternach – Personal Best, 1:51.86
Nolan Tuebel – Personal Best, 1:51. 23
Men’s 200m (Alex Wilson Invitational)
Christian Brissett, Personal Best, 21:41
Women’s 400m
Emily Paul – Personal Best, 1:00.92
Women’s 60m Hurdles
Heaven Chandler – Personal Best, 8.44
Men’s 60m Hurdles
Chris Douglas – Personal Best, 7.82
Women’s Mile
Macie Weber – Personal Best, 5:10.43
Men’s 3,000m
Bailey Hesse-Withbroe – Personal Best, 8:21.33
Ian Eklin – Personal Best – 8:29.37
Men’s 200m
Gage Eller – Personal Best, 22.81

Maddie Irman-Dav. Assumption-UNI
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Iowans Fill Out Panther Line Up For the Weekend

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI ©Mike Byrnes

Maddie Bell-Hudson UNI
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Senior Brandon Carnes posted a personal-best in the men’s 200 meter dash at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. today, securing his second UNI record of the season.

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The Bradenton, Fla., native ran a time of 21.03 in the 200 meter dash finals, finishing tied for fourth overall. His career-best time beat his previous PR of 21.30 and beat the school record time of 21.15 that was set by Dirk Homewood in 2003. Carnes now holds the 60 meters and indoor 200 meter dash records at Northern Iowa.

Carnes also finished fourth in the 60 meter dash while at Arkansas, running a time of 6.67. He ran a 6.60 in the prelims to qualify for the finals with the fastest time of the day and the second-fastest time of his career.

The bulk of the Panthers competed at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, following suit by pulling in multiple personal-bests. UNI got started on Friday night at the ISU Classic, starting with the distance races.

Hannah Truniger started the Panthers off in the women’s 5,000 meters, placing fourth overall out of 24 competitors. Her time of 16:56.07 is the third fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and ranks her No. 3 all-time at UNI.

Ashley Norem posted another personal-best in the 3,000 meters, competing in the invitational race. She finished in the top-10 in her heat, coming across the line in 9:48.17 for the fourth fastest time in school history.

Moving into Saturday’s field events, Brad Walski opened the day with a personal-best in the men’s shot put. He finished in fifth overall with a mark of 57-6.25 to rank him third in the Valley coming into the weekend.

Maddie Bell got things started on the track on the second day of competition, running a personal-best in the 400 meter dash. The Hudson, Iowa, native ran a career-best time of 55.37 to win her heat. Her time is the second-fastest in the Valley this season and the fourth fastest time in program history.

Lindsey Kite kept the momentum going into the 800 meters, running the No. 4 time in UNI history. She came away victorious in her heat with a time of 2:09.04 which is the fastest time in the MVC. Lyndsie Schinkel also posted a PR in the 800 meters of 2:09.72 to finish third in the same heat.

Wrapping up the meet, the men’s 4X400 meter relay team finished fourth overall with a team time of 3:16.38 while the women’s team finished first in their heat with a time of 3:50.33.

The Panthers will return to action on Feb. 17 when they travel back to Iowa City for the Silver Hawk Invitational before hosting the MVC Indoor Championships Feb. 25-26 in the UNI-Dome.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Schweizer Lowers Personal Best in 3K

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby

As the Mizzou Track & Field team split in two separate directions on Friday evening, nine student-athletes set personal records while four set all-time top-10 marks in program history. Three of those top-10 marks came from women’s distance runners at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, while five personal records were set on the first day of competition at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, Click Here! Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou©Jim Kirby 2017

Leading the way once again for the Tigers was junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa), who finished first in the 3,000m run at the Iowa State Classic with a personal-record time of 9:06.60. The 3K time for Schweizer currently stands as the second-fastest indoor time in the nation, and is the second-fastest indoor 3K time in program history, falling just short of Sabrina Dornhoefer’s 1984 mark of 9:06.39.

In the 5,000m invitational heat, redshirt sophomore Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.) and redshirt junior Nicole Mello (Columbia, Mo.) both set all-time top-10 marks with personal records. Kempfer finished fifth in the heat with a time of 16:05.23, which currently ranks as the 14th-fastest time in the nation, while Mello finished at 16:41.15, almost a full minute faster than her previous best time of 17:34.27. Kempfer’s time is the second-fastest indoor 5K time in program history, while Mello’s time ranks eighth.

In Fayetteville, Mizzou had six top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish in the mile run invitational heat from sophomore Thomas George (Gloucester, England), who ran a personal record time of 4:08.86. In the 60m dash, sophomore Maya Cody (St. Louis, Mo.) set her personal-record in the qualifying heat with a time of 7.39, before recording a 7.44 in the preliminary round. The PR time for Cody improves on her already second-fastest indoor 60m dash time in program history of 7.40.

In the field events, redshirt freshman Patrick Kunza (Wentzville, Mo.) set a personal record with a fifth-place finish in the weight throw, recording a throw of 18.42m (60-5.25).

Mizzou is finished at the Iowa State Classic, but will continue with competition at the Tyson Invitational tomorrow, beginning with field events at 11 a.m. CT, followed by running events at 1 p.m. CT. An online stream of the meet will be available on SEC Network +.

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Iowa State Classic Friday Tiger Lineup – Track Events
3,000m Run, Women – 1. Karissa Schweizer, 9:06.60 PR, #2 // 23. Teylar Adelsberger, 9:40.59
5,000m Run, Women – 13.

, 17:10.62 PR // 17. Kaitlyn Fischer, 17:39.34
5,000m Run, Invitational – 5. Jamie Kempfer, 16:05.23 PR, #2 // 22. Nicole Mello, 16:41.15 PR, #8

Tyson Invitational Friday Tiger Lineup – Track Events
60m Dash, Men – 31. Kahmari Montgomery, 7.00
60m Dash, Women – 17. Maya Cody, 7.44 (7.39 q) PR, #2 // Tsai-Anne Joseph, 7.84
400m Dash, Men – 18. Jerrad Mason, 48.11
400m Dash, Women – 15. LaQuisha Jackson, 54.78 // 33. Valerie Thames, 56.32
800m Run, Men – 4. Mark Sheridan, 1:53.47 // 5. Ben Goodman, 1:53.53 // 11. Taylor Stephen, 1:55.16 // 14. Dylan Quisenberry, 1:57.51 PR
800m Run Invitational, Men – 4. Cain Winebrenner, 1:51.36
800m Run, Women – 4. Valeska Halamicek, 2:12.56 // 8. Karina Liz, 2:16.27 PR
Mile Run, Men – 1. Marc Dubrick, 4:12.61 // 4. Zach Cook, 4:19.67
Mile Run Invitational, Men – 3. Thomas George, 4:08.86 PR // 6. Luca Russo, 4:13.57
Mile Run Invitational, Women – 7. Bianca Mello, 5:13.25 // 8. Bailey Hession, 5:16.98

Tyson Invitational Friday Tiger Lineup – Field Events
Weight Throw, Men – 5. Patrick Kunza, 18.42m (60-5.25) PR // 9. Ahren Bohanan, 17.85m (58-6.75)
Weight Throw, Women – 12. Rebecca Keating, 16.11m (52-10.25)