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UNI’s Barth Set For Nationals!

Sebastian Barth-UNI ©Panther Athletics

Sebastian Barth-UNI ©Panther Athletics

Senior hurdler Sebastian Barth will represent the University of Northern Iowa track and field program this week as he heads to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

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Barth has had a standout year where he went undefeated in the 60 meter hurdles and turned in blazing times throughout the season. Barth’s school record time of 7.72 that he ran in January is tied for the second fastest time in the country this season.

“No question this has been a crazy season for Sebastian,” head coach Dan Steele said. “He’s worked incredibly hard to improve and has finally put things together technically.”

Barth will be one of just 16 athletes in the hurdles competing for a national title and the only one from the Missouri Valley Conference. The Gauting, Germany native is a three-time All-Conference honoree and a three-time NCAA West Regional qualifier in outdoors and is hungry for a chance at the championship.

According to a NCAA Championships preview by FloTrack, Barth has been named a contender for the title after “throwing down a scary fast time at the UNI Team Invite back in January.” Unfortunately for Barth, he was unable to contend for the MVC title due to a minor injury that arose a few days before the meet.

“It killed him to miss the MVC meet because he is a team captain and wanted to be there for his teammates,” Steele said. “When you’re responsible for the career of an elite athlete, you have a responsibility to protect them and that sometimes means looking beyond conference championships. He looks sharp and healthy now and is clearly one of the best hurdlers in the country.”

Barth’s road to the championship will begin Friday, March 13 with the men’s 60 meter hurdle semifinal. The race will begin at 6:45 p.m. with live results being available here. A full recap and set of results can also be found at www.UNIPanthers.com following the completion of the race.