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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.

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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.

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3 Dutch Collect Conference Honors

 

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central  ©Jim Kirby

Eli Horton-SE Polk-Central
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A trio of Central College athletes were named Iowa Conference performers of the week in their respective sports Monday.

Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) earned the honor for men’s track, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) for women’s track and Adam Squires (senior, Waterloo, Columbus HS) for men’s golf.

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Horton breaks own record—Running at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Horton turned in a school-record performance in the 5,000 meters (14 minutes, 11.28 seconds). His time is the fastest in Division III this season by more than 10 seconds. Horton has now earned league outdoor track performer of the week honors seven times in his career.

Zimmerman sets school record—Zimmerman ran the fastest time in school history, and sixth quickest in Division III this season, in the 100-meter hurdles (14.39) at the Dutch Triangular in Pella Saturday. She was also 11th in a 22-competitor field in the same event (14.79) while going up against Division I athletes at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence Friday. This is the second time this season Zimmerman has earned the weekly league honor.

The Central track teams will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola this week.

Two top-five finishes for Squires—The Central senior placed third at the Duhawk Spring Invitational (69-75—144) April 12-13 and tied for first at the Central Dutch Masters (69-72—141) Friday and Saturday. His performance helped the Dutch earn team titles at both meets. This is the second time in his career Squires has been earned league men’s golfer of the week honors.

The Dutch will play the first two rounds of the Iowa Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.

Jena Krebs-Washington-Grand View
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Grand View’s Big Weekend: Kudos to Denny and Veiock

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The Viking’s women’s track and field team competed this weekend in the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational hosted by Doane College.
In the field, senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished second in the shot put with a throw of 14.76m setting a Grand View school record and hitting the NAIA “A” standard. Veiock currently sits third in the nation in the shot put.

She also placed second in the discus making the NAIA “A” standard with a throw of 44.50m as well as fourth in the hammer throw hitting the NAIA “B” standard with a heave of 50.20m.

Senior Jena Krebs (Washington, Iowa) had two third place finishes in the hammer (50.33m) and the javelin (38.79m). Krebs hammer throw hit the NAIA “A” standard.
On the track, sophomore Katie Roberts (Ankeny, Iowa) finished fourth in the 800m which was a personal best and Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) leading time. Roberts also ran on Grand View’s fourth place 4x800m relay which posted a season best and hit the NAIA “B” standard with a time of 9:29.83 (King-Kak-Roberts-Nielsen).
The Vikings host the Grand View Classic this Friday, April 24 at 12 p.m. at Williams Stadium.

 

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The Vikings women’s and men’s track and field teams each have an athlete that has been named this week’s MCC field athlete of the week.
Senior Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) won her sixth award by placing high in three events at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. She was second in both the hammer throw (164-8) and discus (146-0). The senior was also fourth in the shot put with a season-best mark of 48-5.25. She has ‘A’ standards in all three events.

Sophomore Malik Denny (Des Moines, Iowa) won his first award by qualifying for nationals and breaking a school record at the Jim Dutcher Memorial Invitational. The sophomore accomplished both with a winning high jump mark of 6-9. He was also sixth in the long jump at 20-9.25.

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.

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Wartburg Runs Wild in Kansas

wartburgMembers of the Wartburg track and field teams competed at the Kansas Relays.

  • 100m dash: Becca Cherry, 26, 12.46; Erica Dynes, 30, 12.58; Rachael Cheeseman, 38, 12.80
  • 200m dash: Becca Cherry, 20, 25.90
  • 400m dash: Kayla Kregel, 23, 59.78; Kaitlyn Muhlenbruch, 28, 1:00.78; Elizabeth Duehr, 33, 1:02.88
  • 400m dash: Dallas Koppes, 20th, 50.03
  • 800m dash: Kayla Kregel, 5th, 2:18.95; Elizabeth Duehr, 16th, 2:29.40
    Taylor Officer, 6th, 2:11.27 (other division race)
  • 800m dash: Nick Green, 11th, 1:55.85
  • 4x100m relay: 9th Cherry, Helmle, Cheeseman, Dynes, 48.06
  • 4x400m relay: 8th, Crew, Officer, Moore, Kregel, 3:55.89
  • 4x400m relay: 11th, Koppes, DeMott, Dolphin, Green, 3:19.26
  • 4x800m relay: 2nd, Officer, Kregel, Duehr, Moore, 9:15.66
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.

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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.