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Records Fall For the Panthers at Drake

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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For the second time this season and the third time in her career, senior Alex Wilson has broken the 1,500 meter run school record after her solid performance today at the Drake Relays.

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The Lisbon, Iowa native finished third overall in the 1,500 meters with a new personal-best time of 4:20.49. She now leads the Missouri Valley Conference by seven seconds in the event and continues to sit at the top of four individual UNI records between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The Panthers took part in the final day of competition at the Drake Relays on Saturday. UNI kicked the day off with two top performances from the men’s and women’s shuttle hurdle relay teams.

The women’s team of Christine MacNeill, Jennifer Roberts, Chaley Rath and Rachel Peth opened the day with a time of 58.63 in the 4X100 shuttle hurdles to qualify for the finals. They ended up besting their time from the preliminary race, running a team time of 57.90 to place fourth overall and rank No. 3 all-time at UNI.

On the men’s side, the team of Sebastian Barth, Jayvon Matthews, Jon Rus and Daurice Fountain grabbed the second fastest time in the preliminaries. The 4X110 shuttle hurdle relay team finished with a time of 58.23, the fifth fastest time in UNI history.

Continuing their success on the track, Barth competed in the finals of the men’s 110 meter hurdles along opponents from the Big 10, MVC and the SEC. The senior turned in a strong time of 14.01 to place sixth overall.

In the men’s 100 meter dash, Brandon Carnes matched his preliminary time to place fourth in the finals of the event. His time of 10.49 keeps him standing at the top of the MVC.

“Despite the inclement weather, we got a lot of great things out of the meet,” head coach Dan Steele said. “I thought we competed really well and took some important steps forward.”

The UNI track and field program will return to action on Saturday, May 2 when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Musco Invitational.

Lake Kwaza-Iowa
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Lake Kwaza Breaks School Record by Dylan Montz-CR Gazette

Lake Kwaza-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Lake Kwaza-Iowa
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Lake Kwaza might have taken the same approach to the 100-meter dash, but the history behind her latest performance was anything but ordinary.

Iowa’s junior sprinter blazed her way to school record in the 100-meter dash, winning the Mt. Sac Relays event in 11.40. Her mark bested Vivien McKenzie’s 30-year-old record of 11.45 set in 1985.

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“She’s been looking really good all year, it’s just a matter of everything coming together for her and I’m really excited for her and where she’s at right now,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said of Kwaza. “She’s brewing with confidence and I think she feels like she can beat anybody right now.”

Kwaza is carrying that performance into the Drake Relays this weekend, where success was apparent a year ago. Last year’s 4×100-meter relay team of Kwaza, Elexis Guster, Alexis Hernandez and Brittany Brown notched a first-place finish of 44.51.

MonTayla Holder, Guster, Kwaza and Brown ran the sixth-fastest time in school history on April 18 and will try to defend that title this weekend at Drake Stadium. Kwaza and Brown also own two of the top five fastest times for the 100 and 200 meters in the Big Ten.

Iowa senior thrower Gabe Hull will also try to defend a Drake Relays title after winning in discus last season with a toss of 60.05 meters. His personal best this year is 57.51 meters, which he recorded on April 17 at the Mt. Sac Relays.

“Mt. Sac meet was probably the best representation of both of our teams all year,” Woody said. “It was one of the best meets that I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here at Iowa. I’m really excited about where we’re at and I think we’re going to have a good representation of our team this weekend.”

Iowa State will feature of field-event entrants at the blue oval. Senior thrower Christina Hillman will compete in shot put and discus, ranking 19th and 57th in the nation, respectively.

All-American ISU high jumper Cameron Ostrowski will compete against seven of the top-20 high jumpers in the country, including three of the top five. Hammer throwers Anna Holtermann and Kayla Sanborn will both be trying to improve their positions amongst the top-10 all-time performers in ISU history.

UNI sprinter Brandon Carnes will start things for the Panthers in the 100-meter dash, hoping to build on his season-best time of 10.46 from Mt. Sac Relays.

Hurdler Sebastian Barth, who was named Missouri Valley Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles. He is coming off a season-best performance of 13.92, which he ran at Mt. Sac Relays.

Des Moines native and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones withdrew from the Drake Relays on Wednesday due to a minor injury suffered in workouts leading up to the event. She was scheduled to compete in the 100-meter hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay.

“It’s frustrating because returning and running in front of a home crowd is a very unique honor for a track athlete,” Jones said in a video posted to her Facebook page on Wednesday. “To be able to compete at such a high venue, there’s no other feeling like it in the world.”

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
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Panthers Set For the Blue Oval

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Rachel Peth-Waverly Shell Rock-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team will head to Des Moines this week to take part in the 106th Drake Relays.

The meet takes place April 22-26, starting with the heptathlon and decathlon competitions. UNI will have four student-athletes competing in the multis this year, including true freshmen Jayvon Matthews and Derek Jacobus on the men’s side. Rachel Peth will compete in the heptathlon for the second consecutive season with

taking in her first heptathlon of the year.

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Rath will also participate in the women’s high jump along with sophomore Kassidy Sharp. Both Panthers are currently ranked in the top-five in the Missouri Valley Conference, with Rath taking the No. 1 spot after her personal-best height of 5-8.75 at the Gibson Invitational this past weekend.

The UNI women will also three other student-athletes competing in the field events, with Libby Torresani in the pole vault, Chloe Schmidt in the discus and Jamie Lindstrom taking on the hammer throw and shot put. All three are ranked in the top-10 in the MVC and in the top-five all-time at UNI in their respective events.

On the track, UNI will field five relay teams. The Panthers will compete in the 4X200, 4X400, 4X800, 4X100 meter shuttle hurdle and distance medley relays.

Brandon Carnes will kick things off for the UNI men on the track when he runs the 100 meter dash. Carnes currently holds the top-spot in the conference in both the 100 and 200 meters after his season-best time of 10.46 in the 100 dash at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Joining Carnes on the track will be senior hurdler Sebastian Barth in the 110 meter high hurdles. Barth is also coming off a successful outing at the Mt. Sac Relays, running a season-best time of 13.92 to rank him first in the conference and 12th in the NCAA West Region.

In the field events, UNI will have a pair of jumpers and a pair of throwers competing. In the long jump, Weston Riesselman will look to improve on an already strong season. Shawn Koch will also participate in the triple jump where he is ranked No. 4 in the MVC after his PR of 49-4.50 at the Husker Invite.

Justin Baker will look to capitalize in the hammer throw and shot put where he holds top-five rankings in the MVC and appears on the UNI all-time list in both events. Brad Walski will join Baker in the shot put competition after scoring a personal-best at the Gibson Invite.

The men will also take four relay teams with them to Des Moines, partaking in the 4X100, 4X200, 4X400 and the 4X110 meter shuttle hurdle relay.

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
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Panthers Find Success at Mt. Sac

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Lindsey Kite-Jesup-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up competition at the Gibson Invitational and the Mt. Sac Relays today, continuing to improve on the track and in the field.

Kicking off the meet in the field events was Chaley Rath, scoring a first place finish with a personal-best mark of 5-8.75. The height tied her for second all-time at UNI and placed her first in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Panthers also grabbed a pair of second place finishes in the pole vault competition. Libby Torresani placed second overall in the women’s event with a height of 12-5.50 while Corey Szamlewski also finished second in the men’s competition with a strong mark of 16-0.75.

In the throws events, Sarah Pate came away with a career-best in the discus throw, finishing with a toss of 150-1.00 to rank herself fifth all-time as a Panther. In the men’s shot put, Justin Baker finished with the win and a season-best mark while Brad Walski placed third overall with a new outdoor personal-best throw of 53-3.75.

Opening a successful day on the track was the middle-distance crew scoring several personal-bests. In the men’s 1,500 meters, Bailey Wetherell finished sixth overall with a PR time of 3:56.53. The Panthers also had three top-10 finishers in the 800 meters, with both Wade Pingel and Andrew Arndt scoring career-best times.

On the women’s side, Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly both finished with big personal-best times in the 800 meter run. Kite placed fifth overall with a time of 2:14.83 with Connelly following closely behind in sixth with a time of 2:14.91.

In the long sprints, Darian Samuelson shined, finishing with another PR in the 400 meter dash. The senior finished fourth in the race with a time of 55.63 to move up to third in the MVC.

For the second week in a row, both Holly Salzbrenner and Jennifer Roberts gained PRs in the 400 meter hurdles as well. Salzbrenner placed fifth with a time of 1:01.96 while Roberts finished sixth in 1:02.65.

To wrap up the day of competition, the women’s 4X400 meter relay team captured another top-three finish and a season-best time. The team of Maddie Beeler, Samuelson, Salzbrenner and Roberts grabbed a time of 3:48.73.

Senior hurdler Sebastian Barth was the lone competitor at the Mt. Sac Relays today in Los Angeles, Calif., seizing another top performance. The Gauting, Germany native finished with a time of 13.92 to rank himself first in the conference and 10th in the NCAA West Region.

“We had some terrific performances this weekend,” head coach Dan Steele said. “We competed well and added several people to our list of likely NCAA qualifiers.”

The Panthers will return to action April 22-25 when they compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Anna Peer-Bettendorf-Nebraska
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Husker’s Peer Wins Mt Sac 10K

Anna Peer-Bettendorf-Nebraska ©Walt Middleton

Anna Peer-Bettendorf-Nebraska
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Late Thursday night, Anna Peer won the 10,000m Invitational (B) at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 34:10.58.

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Peer’s time was a personal best and ranks third in school history. She edged South Dakota’s Amber Eichkorn by two seconds.

Joe Harter finished 30th in the men’s open 10,000m, running 31:23.00.

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Iowa’s Mallett to Run World University Games by Darren Miller

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

Kevin Spejcher-Mt Vernon-Iowa ©Darren Miller

University of Iowa All-American Aaron Mallett has accepted an invitation to represent Team USA at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, on July 3-14.

Mallett, a sophomore from St. Louis, will compete in the 110-meter hurdles. He set a personal best in the event at the 2015 Florida Relays. His time of 13.60 ranks second in the NCAA, leads the Big Ten, and ranks second in program history.

Mallett will also be considered for relay events. At the 2015 Baldy Castillo Invitational, he ran the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay that currently ranks second in the Big Ten (40.07).

He is the first Hawkeye to compete at the World University Games since All-American Justin Austin ran the 200 meters and 400-meter relay in 2013. UI director of track and field Joey Woody competed at the event in 1997, the summer after he won the NCAA championship in the 400-meter hurdles.

Alex Wilson-Mt. Vernon Lisbon-UNI
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Panthers Split Up For Upcoming Meets

 Brandon Carnes-UNI  ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will split the weekend between the Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. and the Mt. Sac Relays in California.
UNI will start at the Gibson Invite, with two athletes participating in the multi-competitions. JC Abrahamson and Lauren Frederick will compete in the decathlon and heptathlon tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m.

The main portion of the meet will start on Friday, April 17 with track events starting at 4:30 p.m. and field events getting underway at 5 p.m. The Gibson Invite will wrap up competition on Saturday, April 18.

The Panthers are also sending five student-athletes to the West Coast to compete at the renowned Mt. Sac Relays. 2015 marks the 57th year of the Mt. Sac Relays which serves as the largest track and field competition in the world with over 13,500 competitors competing over three weekends and six days.

UNI will travel Sebastian Barth, Brandon Carnes, Alex Wilson, Brette Corey and Ashley Norem to Los Angeles, Calif. to take a crack at the best competition in the country. This is the second consecutive year that Barth, Carnes, Wilson and Corey have competed at the Mt. Sac Relays, with Wilson breaking the school record in the 1,500 meters just one year ago.

Carnes is coming off a strong performance in the 200 meters at the Husker Spring Invitational, earning MVC Track Athlete of the Week honors. The sophomore finished first overall in the 200 meter dash with a new personal-best time of 20.80 to move up to second overall at UNI and 12th in the NCAA West Region.

Senior Alex Wilson also turned in a fast time in the 800 meter run at the Husker Spring Invite. The Lisbon, Iowa native finished second overall with a time of 2:10.93, the second fastest time of her career and is the second fastest time in the conference.

Barth will make his outdoor debut after his standout indoor season where he qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. After capturing the indoor 60 meter hurdles school record this year, he will look to do the same outdoors in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Fans can follow along with the action at both meets with live results available for the Gibson Invite here. For more information on the Mt. Sac Relays, including heat sheets and a schedule, visit www.MtSacRelays.com. A full list of results and recaps will be available at www.UNIPanthers.com following the completion of each meet.

Erin Hawkins-Roosevelt-Minnesota
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Erin Hawkins PR’s in Leading Gophers

Erin Hawkins-Roosevelt-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Erin Hawkins-Roosevelt-Minnesota
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The Gophers took home three individual titles and recorded 18 personal-best marks, including nine Minnesota all-time top-10 marks, as the team wrapped up the weekend’s action at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday.

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Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt posted career-best times in both of her events. She finished sixth in the 100m in 11.67 seconds and also took sixth in the 200m in 23.93 seconds. Both times rank Hawkins fifth among all-time Gopher sprinters as well.

Likewise, three Gophers earned personal-best times in the 800m and four in the 1,500m run. Lauren Domski (2:10.27),Anne Ferguson (2:11.64) and Kate Shelerud (2:13.96) ran their career-best times in the 800m, and Kaila Urick(4:25.03), Liz Berkholtz (4:28.85), Stacey Swatek (4:34.33) and Kate Bucknam (4:37.93) ran their best times in the 1,500m.

Next weekend, the Gopher multi-event athletes are set to compete at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., and members of the team will also compete at the Concordia St. Paul Invite.

Gopher Top 5 Finishes
1. Esser, discus, 53.66m
1. Murphy, javelin, 45.83m
1. Piepenburg, 3,000m steeple chase, 10:42.06
2. 4x100m relay, 45.47 seconds
2. 4x400m relay, 3:38.95
2. Stanford, hammer, 59.24m
3. Strandemo, 3,000m steeple chase, 10:47.79
3. Spagnola, long jump, 5.81m
3. Thorpe, hammer, 55.40m
3. Melum, javelin, 43.45m
4. Urick, 1,500m, 4:25.03
4. Stanford, discus, 49.52m
4. Guenther, hammer, 53.66m
4. Spagnola, 400m hurdles, 1:01.96
4. Spagnola, 100m hurdles, 13.66 seconds
5. Burks, hammer, 51.36m
5. Kamps, shot put, 14.18m
5. Markland, 400m, 53.71 seconds
5. Mikkalson, 3,000m steeple chase, 11:04.78

Sebastian Barth-UNI
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Weekend “Rap!”

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Sun Devils Athletics

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Results from the weekend…

  • Iowa State teams had a busy but successful weekend Click Here!
  • UNI happy with results at Nebraska Click Here!
  • Shelby wins 800 at home meet as she prepares for Drake Relays 800! Click Here!
  • Drake very competitive on the Blue Oval Click Here!
  • Iowa wins 5 events at Jim Duncan Click Here!
  • Central came up with some very good results in Des Moines Click Here!
  • UNO Mavericks get good efforts from former Iowa preps Click Here! and also Click Here!
  • Schweizer and Waymire perform well for Mizzou Click Here!
Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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Throwers Lead Panthers Early

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team will head to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend to compete in the Husker Spring Invitational. The meet will take place on Saturday, April 11.

The scored competition will feature five team total, including South Dakota, Indiana State, North Dakota State and Nebraska, along with the Panthers. The meet is set to start at 10 a.m. with field events while the running portion of the meet will kick off at 1:35 p.m.

UNI will take a full squad to Nebraska after most of the Panthers student-athletes took a week off from competition last weekend. The Panthers did take a small group of throwers to the Cornell Invitational on April 4, scoring several personal-best performances.

On the women’s side, UNI swept all three throwing events, placing first in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

continued to shine for the Panthers, picking up wins in the shot put and hammer throw, both with season-best marks.

Senior Justin Baker took shots at the school record in the men’s hammer throw, finishing with a huge PR of 201-10 to rank him third all-time at UNI and grab the win. He also won the men’s shot put with a mark of 55-2.25.

UNI currently has 24 athletes combined from the men and women ranked in the top-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference in their respective events.

On the men’s side, the Panther field athletes have a quintet in the top-five, including Shawn Koch who is currently leading the conference in the triple jump. Justin Baker is also ranked second in the shot put after his standout performance at the Cornell Invite.

Alex Wilson is currently ranked second in the 1,500 meters after her season-opening win in the event at the ESU Spring Invitational. In the field, Kassidy Sharp sits at the No. 3 spot in the women’s high jump while Jamie Lindstrom is currently ranked in the top-10 in the shot put, discus and hammer throws.