Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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Panthers Wrap Up Regular Season

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Chaley Rath-Treynor-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up the Wisconsin Twilight tonight, highlighted by some standout performances from the Panthers throws crew.

Jamie Lindstrom kicked things off for UNI in the hammer throw, grabbing a personal-best mark of 188-10.00 to finish third in the competition and third all-time at UNI. Sarah Pate and Chloe Schmidt followed suit, finishing with PRs of their own and rounding out the top-five finishers in the event.

Lindstrom and Justin Baker both shined in the shot put, with Lindstrom coming away with another career-best. Her mark of 50-6.25 was the third-best mark in school history. On the men’s side, Baker posted a solid season-best throw of 58-10.00 to finish third overall.

Rounding out the throws events was Schmidt in the discus. The junior finished with a career-best of 158-1.00 to keep her in third all-time as a Panther.

The PRs continued to roll for UNI into the women’s high jump. Chaley Rath finished with the win after a jump of 5-6.00 while Kassidy Sharp and Emily Endelman secured third and fourth place finishes along with outdoor personal-bests.

To finish up the field events for the evening, the Panthers picked up two wins in the men’s jumps. Weston Riesselman finished first in the long jump with a mark of 22-2.50 with Shawn Koch posting a first place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 47-0.75.

In the track events, the middle distance groups turned in strong performances in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. Haley Stevens and Trai Bunch both placed second in their respective 1,500 meter races, both notching career-best times.

Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly finished third and fourth in the women’s 800 meters, with Kite finishing with a PR time of 2:13.65. On the men’s side, Andrew Arndt snatched a huge personal-best of 1:52.86 with Wade Pingel finishing right behind him with a career-best time of 1:53.12.

Jon Rus continued UNI’s success in the 110 meter hurdles, winning the event with a PR time of 14.19. His time put him into the top-five in the MVC and the top-35 of the NCAA West Region.

UNI will return to action May 15-17 when they take part in the MVC Outdoor Championships, hosted by Illinois State.

Jayvon Matthews-Davenport Central-UNI
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Panthers Set to Shine at Musco

Jerek Jacobus-Davenport Central-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Jerek Jacobus-Davenport Central-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field team is set to compete in the Musco Twilight on Saturday, May 2 in, hosted by Iowa.

The Panthers will be one of seven teams competing in the meet that includes the Illinois men’s team, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Musco Twilight is one of two meets UNI will participate in prior to the MVC Outdoor Championships starting on May 15.

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This will be UNI’s second consecutive meet in the state of Iowa after coming off of a successful trip to Des Moines for the 106th annual Drake Relays.

The multis competition kicked off the Drake Relays for the Panthers, with all four athletes gaining personal-best point totals. In the decathlon, both true freshmen Derek Jacobus and Jayvon Matthews are ranked in the top-five in the MVC while in the heptathlon, Rachel Peth holds the No. 3 ranking in the conference and Chaley Rath sits in fourth place.

In the individual competitions, UNI had two athletes qualify for the finals with Brandon Carnes and Sebastian Barth both shining for the men’s team. Barth placed finished sixth overall in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.01 while Carnes finished in fourth in the 100 meter dash with a fast time of 10.49 to keep him at the top of the conference.

Highlighting the meet was senior Alex Wilson breaking the school record in the 1,500 meter run for the second time in the month of April and the third time in her career. She finished with a PR time of 4:20.49, which is the fastest time in the conference by over seven seconds. She also earned the MVC Leadership & Service Award for her continued success on and off the track.

The men’s 4X100 meter relay team posted the second fastest time in the MVC this season against some of the best competition in the country, earning a season-best time. The team of Cam Brown, Brett McCalla, Jordan Guske and Brandon Carnes notched a time of 40.97.

On the final day of the meet, both the shuttle hurdle relay teams put in solid performances. The women’s team of Christine MacNeill, Jennifer Roberts, Rath and 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 Barth, 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.

Maddie Beeler-I-35-UNI
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UNI’s Maddie Beeler Feeling at Home at Drake by Scott Vickerost

Maddie Beeler-I-35-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Maddie Beeler-I-35-UNI
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Former Interstate 35 standout Maddie Beeler felt at home here last weekend, running at the Drake Relays for the University of Northern Iowa.

The UNI junior ran on the Panthers’ 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams at the Drake Relays on Friday.

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“I’m always just so blessed to be here,” Beeler said. “I know some people who don’t run in college don’t have this opportunity anymore. I’m just so happy to come back and run for my home crowd and do my best.”

Do her best is exactly what Beeler did Friday afternoon in the 4×400 relay.

Beeler took the handoff from teammate Darian Samuelson, who ran the leadoff leg, and ran a big second leg for the Panthers. Beeler used a strong finish in the final 100 meters to pick off a couple of places in the second heat.

She split a 55.1 for the Panthers, who ended up sixth in the heat and 19th overall out of the 27-team field.

“I’ve been working on that last part. It’s just got to get a little stronger each time and it gets a little easier,” Beeler said about her finish. “I felt pretty strong. To be honest, we didn’t get much of a warmup, because they kind of brought us down there pretty quick. So I didn’t have much time to think about it. Just went out there and did it. It’s kind of a blur, really.”

Northern Iowa ran 3:45.05 as a team. Joining Beeler on the relay were Samuelson, Jennifer Roberts and Holly Salzbrenner. That time currently ranks the Panthers third in the Missouri Valley Conference.

It marked just the second time this outdoor season the Panthers have run that 4×400 quartet.

“We’ve only run the 4×400 twice yet this year,” Beeler said. “We wanted to hit 3:45 today. It’s a huge season best. We’ve kind of been playing with the order a little bit, but I think we’ve finally found one that works, so we’re all very pleased. We just put it all out there, so we’re very pleased.”

Beeler also ran on UNI’s 11th-place 4×200 relay team, which ran 1:41.05. She ran the leadoff leg for that relay.

After going through a rough indoor season in which she dealt with several minor injuries, Beeler said she’s rounding into form during the outdoor season.

“Indoor season was a little bit tough, because I kind of battled some minor injuries, so I think I’m really hitting my stride in outdoor season and staying healthy,’ she said. “With that bigger track, it’s always nice, too. Outdoor season has been going really well so far. I’ve been hitting season’s best every time, so just on my way to a new PR, I guess.”

Beeler ran a 56.5 in the 400 meter dash the previous weekend at Indiana State University.

With three weeks left until the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships, Beeler hopes to keep improving her times so she can accomplish her goals.

“Obviously, we’d like to make top three in the conference (on the 4×400 relay),” Beeler said. “That’s what we always like to do, is work hard and try to get on that podium for that. I’d like to make finals in the 400 as an individual.”

The Panthers travel to the Musco Invitational Saturday in Iowa City and then host the Messersmith Invitational on May 8. The MVC Outdoor Championships are May 15-17 in Bloomington, Ill.

Former Clarke state and Drake Relays champion Sarah Pate is also a member of the University of Northern Iowa track and field team.

Pate, a redshirt freshman, finished second in the discus competition at the Gibson Invite in Terra Haute, Ind., on April 17, throwing 150-1, which ranks her fifth all-time in UNI history. She also threw 174-0 for sixth place in the hammer throw.

Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt
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Dordt Defenders Compete at Drake

Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt ©Jim Kirby

Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt
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The Dordt College track and field team had several competitors at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay team (Kayla Byl, Laurel Zomer, Lillie Koerner, Abby De Vries) ran 9th in 12:07.21.

The women’s 4 x 400 (Miranda Velgersdyk, Dani Wubben, Marisa Broersma, Robyn Blount) finished 20th in a time of 3:55.19.

The women’s 4 x 100 (Velgersdyk, Blount, Broersma, Brooke Wolterstorff) ran 15th in 48.22.

The men’s 4 x 100 (Den Fennig, Josiah Eckels, Xavier Caffee, Keith Heidema) ran 23rd in 43.05.

The men’s 4 x 800 (Sam Wensink, Stephan McNamara, Nick Vander Kooi, Trent Kischer) ran 13th in 7:51.90.

None of the Dordt relays qualified for the finals on Saturday.

There are three relays competing on Saturday at the Blue Oval.

The women’s sprint medley team (Wolterstorff, Blount, Velgersdyk, Justine Van Zee) will compete at 9:00. The men’s sprint medley (Fennig, Caffee, Eckels, Wensink) will run at 9:20 and the women’s 4 x 800 (Kayla Byl, Kelsey Lewis, Lillie Koerner, Van Zee) cap the competition for Dordt at 11:05.

Iowa Western Community College Men
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Rivers Off to a Good Start in 2015

Iowa Western Community College Men ©Reivers Athletics

Iowa Western Community College Men
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The Reivers hosted a home meet over the Easter weekend.

Throughout the meet, the Reivers had a total of 13 first place finishes. The Reivers also walked away with six nationals qualifiers for the 2015 NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Those athletes that qualified were:

  • Strymar Livingston: 400 meter dash- 47.53
  • Yanique Bennett: 400 meter hurdles- 1:02.45
  • Sylvester Barus: 5000 meter run- 15:22.96
  • Annette Gaskins: Long Jump – 5.95 meters (19’6.25″)
  • Shylia Riley: Long Jump- 5.56 meters (18’3″)
  • Jacob Barents: Discus 46.38 meters (152’2″)
  • The Reivers will take action next week as they will compete at the KT Woodman Classic; hosted by Wichita State University.

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