Jake Humpal-Decorah-UNI
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Iowans Join Carnes In Big Show at the MVC

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

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 MUTigers.com 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
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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.

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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

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Dutch Men and Women Ranked in Regional Poll

Joe Dunham, Head Coach Central ©Jim Kirby

Joe Dunham, Head Coach Central
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Heading into the Iowa Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend, both the men and women’s track and field programs at Central College are among the top-10 teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region poll.

The men are No. 6 and the women punched in at No. 10.

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Rankings are based off placement in the National Descending Order Lists.  Those lists are organized by top finishes of Division III athletes of the same region in each event that will be contested at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. The higher an athlete sits on the list, the more points he or she adds to his or her team’s total. These points do not reflect placement or scoring at the NCAA Championships, but is to show the individuals and teams that have the best chances at scoring well at said meet.

The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) is atop the men’s rankings while Nebraska Wesleyan University leads the way in the women’s polls.

The two-day conference meet begins at 10 a.m. Friday morning with the heptathlon. Field events start the full slate of competition at 4 p.m.

Iowa Conference Athletes of the Week!

A pair of Central College track & field athletes were chosen as the Iowa Conference performers of the week after impressive outings over the weekend.
Lorell Stuht (senior, Loveland, Colo.) was chosen as the female field performer of the week and Mark Fairley (junior, Dubuque) was picked as the Iowa Conference male track performer of the week.

Stuht is a four-time winner while it’s Fairley’s first time earning the award.

A 2016 All-American in the weight throw, Stutht won the event with ease. Her toss of 57 feet, 2.25 inches topped the field by over 17 feet and she is now 12th in Division III.

Running on the “fastest track in the world” at the University of Iowa Open, Fairley was second in the 3,000-meter run. He finished second in 8 minutes, 23.67 seconds. After adjusting his time for running on a banked track, he’s now 24th nationally in the event.

Central heads to the University of Dubuque next weekend for the Iowa Conference Indoor Championships. The two-day event kicks off Friday night and will continue into Saturday.


Jonathan Facio-Clinton-Simpson
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Storm Men Take Home 8 First Place Finishes

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Dylan Kalinay won the 60 meters and the 60 hurdles, and the Simpson men’s track and field team took home eight first place finishes in a dual at Central on Friday, the final tune-up before next week’s Iowa Conference Championships.

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Kalinay was one of seven Storm athletes to take home titles as Simpson dropped a narrow 73-71 decision to close the regular season.

Kalinay ran the 60 meters in a career-best 7.04 seconds as the Storm swept the top three spots. Emmitt Wheatley finished second in 7.05 and Travis Tupper took third in 7.15.

Kalinay also led a dominant performance by the Storm in the 60 hurdles, running 8.21 (one-hundredth of a second off a career best) to lead the field. Isaac Frazier finished second in 8.56 seconds and Sam Adeniyi ran a season-best 8.61 to take third.

Keagan Zwiefel (200), Kirk Wicks (400), Jordan Coughenour (800), Jonathan Facio (mile), Mitch Stoltzman (pole vault) and Austin Greenwalt (triple jump) also won events for the Storm.

The Storm travel to Dubuque for the IIAC Indoor Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Feb. 25. The University of Dubuque serves as host.

60 meters
1. Dylan Kalinay, 7.04 (personal best)
2. Emmitt Wheatley, 7.05
3. Travis Tupper, 7.15

200 meters
1. Keagan Zwiefel, 23.10 (season best)
5. Troy Vittetoe, 23.62 (season best)

400 meters
1. Kirk Wicks, 51.68
3. Matt Pearson, 52.25

800 meters
1. Jordan Coughenour, 2:00.98 (personal best)
3. Ian McKenzie, 2:02.04

1 Mile
1. Jonathan Facio, 4:40.29 (season best)
3. Drew Roen, 4:45.20

60 hurdles
1. Dylan Kalinay, 8.21
2. Isaac Frazier, 8.56
3. Sam Adeniyi, 8.61 (season best)

High jump
3. Isaac Frazier, 1.86m
3. Josh Dietrich, 1.86m
3. Isaiah Strong, 1.86m

Pole vault
1. Mitch Stoltzman, 4.10m (season best)
3. Isaac Frazier, 3.35m (season best)

Long jump
2. Sam Adeniyi, 6.19m
3. Austin Greenwalt, 6.14m

Triple jump
1. Austin Greenwalt, 12.28m (season best)
3. Brian Rew, 10.78m (season best)

Shot put
4. Jackson Kelley, 12.64m
5. Braden Meints, 11.61m (season best)

Weight throw
5. Braden Meints, 12.76m
7. Caleb Striegel, 12.48m (season best)

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.

Heaven Chandler-Columbus Junction-Iowa
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Hawks Close Out Regular Season

Noah Larrison-Waukee-Iowa ©Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com)

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

Libby Schnoor-Camanche-Cornell
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Cornell’s Schnoor Leads Rams

Libby Schnoor-Camanche-Cornell ©Rams Athletics

Libby Schnoor-Camanche-Cornell
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Cornell’s track & field teams turned in several season-best performances at Friday’s Spartan Invitational, their final tune-up before the Midwest Conference Championships.

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Charles Zilaitis (SR/Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) won his ninth and 10th consecutive titles in the men’s throwing events, while Libby Schnoor (JR/Camanche, Iowa) was victorious in the women’s high jump to pace the Rams.

Cornell tied for fifth in the women’s team standings with 48 points. The men scored 35 points for sixth.

It’s safe the say Zilaitis is ready for the postseason after notching personal-best marks in the weight throw and shot put. The senior reset his school record by one inch in the weight with a winning throw of 58-8.50, good for No. 10 in NCAA Division III.

Zilaitis won the shot put with a mark of 54-8 on his final attempt to claim the event championship over Dubuque’s Blaze Murfin (54-0). Zilaitis improved his position to No. 7 nationally in the shot.

Husani Newbold (JR/Freeport, Grand Bahama) ran a season-best 22.77 in the men’s 200 for third place out of 25 competitors. Ram freshmen Caleb Rewinkel (FR/Carbondale, Colo.) and Zach McNanna (FR/Hinckley, Ill.) both recorded PRs in the jumps. Rewinkel cleared 6-0.75 in the high jump for seventh. McNanna went 20-9 in the long jump for sixth.

On the women’s side, Schnoor captured the high jump crown with a height of 5-3, taking a tiebreaker over two other competitors. Schnoor ran the opening leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay that clocked its best time of the season in 4:07.13. The quartet included Emma Cochrane (SO/Mount Vernon, Iowa), Sydney Strunk (SR/Ottumwa, Iowa) and anchor Zaria Lambert (FR/Davenport, Iowa).

The Rams finished 2-3 in the 400 with Cochrane breaking the one-minute barrier in 59.87. Lambert was third in 1:03.22.

Nikki Leach (SR/Landenberg, Pa.) posted the MWC’s top distance in the triple jump, going 34-11 for fourth place. She was fifth out of 22 runners in the 55 hurdles (8.81).

Carly Pierson (SR/Durango, Colo.) (11:42.02) and Morgan Barnard (FR/Keystone, Iowa) (11:54.11) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 3000.

Coming up – The Rams travel to Jacksonville, Ill., next weekend for the MWC Indoor Championships. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. Friday, and resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Reid Mettert-W. Dubuque-Clarke and Tyre Hall-Clarke
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Clarke Crusaders Close Out Regular Indoor Season

Erin Soats-E. Dubuque-Clarke ©Crusader Athletics

Erin Soats-E. Dubuque-Clarke
©Crusader Athletics

The Crusader track squads competed at the University of Dubuque’s Spartan Invitational today, their final meet of the indoor season.

In the women’s events, Krista Bushkofsky won the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.27 seconds, which breaks her own school record set in December by .17 seconds.

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Chantel Kyler took second place in the triple jump, bounding 10.73m. Kyler also took fourth place in the high jump, clearing 1.55m.

In the weight throw, Preston Kopp and Mikayla Houston finished in second and fourth place, respectively, with best throws of 16.47m and 14.68m, respectively.

Katelynn Rheingans and Erin Soat took third and fourth place in the shot put, respectively, with best tosses of 12.47m and 12.27m, respectively.

Anna Cole earned a fifth place finish in the 400m dash, clocking 1:03.61.

The Crusader women scored 51 points and placed fourth out of seven teams.

In the men’s events, Tyre Hall placed third in the triple jump, bounding 13.32m. Marcus Seaton earned a sixth place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 23.16 seconds. Nick Peterson rounded off the scoring for the Crusader men with his eighth place finish in the pole vault. Peterson’s best clearance of 4.45m shatters the previous Clarke record.

The Clarke men scored 10 points and placed eighth out of eight teams.

The next indoor competition for those who qualified will be the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held from March 2-4 in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Grand Blue Mile 2016

Grand Blue Mile Now Part of USA 1 Mile Championships

Chad Noelle after his 2016 Grand Blue Mile victory.  His winning time was 4:12.11 ©Jim Kirby 2016

Chad Noelle after his 2016 Grand Blue Mile victory. His winning time was 4:12.11
©Jim Kirby 2016

Grand Blue Mile (GBM) officials from Wellmark and the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee announced the USA Track & Field 1 Mile Road Championships will be returning as part of the annual Grand Blue Mile in 2017 and 2018. The addition of the prestigious USA 1 Mile Road Championships further elevates the elite-level competition of Grand Blue Mile and is expected to attract several 2016 Olympians from across the country to vie for a national title and share of the $30,000 prize purse. The Grand Blue Mile also hosted the 2013 and 2014 USA 1 Mile Road Championships.

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“We are honored to welcome back the USA 1 Mile Road Championships to the Midwest’s premier community street run,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark corporate sponsorship manager. “The Grand Blue Mile has gained notoriety over the past seven years as one of the best races in the nation because of its appeal to runners of all ages and abilities. Hosting these championships on the heels of USA Track & Field’s historic showing in Rio brings a national focus to the overall goal of Grand Blue Mile — encouraging healthy habits and empowering positive change.”

In 2014, more than 25 American track and field stars competed for the national title at GBM. Leo Manzano, 2012 Olympic 1500m silver medalist, won the men’s championship with a time of 4:05.71. The women’s championship was captured by Heather Kampf, who set a course record of 4:32.62. She followed that performance with consecutive GBM Invitational Championship titles in 2015 and 2016, becoming the event’s first competitor to successfully three-peat.

Coming off the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2017 GBM has the potential to see several medalists and finalists return to Des Moines. A few of the 2016 Olympians who have participated in past GBMs include:

·         Matthew Centrowitz – Gold medalist in the 1500m and 2015 GBM Invitational Champion
·         Bernard Lagat – 5th place finish in the 5000m
·         Nathan Brannen – 10th place finish in the 5000m
·         Shannon Rowbury – 4th place finish in the 1500m
·         Kate Grace – 8th place finish in the 800m and 2013 USA 1 Mile Champion (Grand Blue Mile)

“Now in its eighth running, the Grand Blue Mile continues to captivate the national track and field community, while providing an unparalleled Drake Relays experience for thousands of central Iowans,” said Blake Boldon, Drake Relays director. “We’re thankful to Wellmark for their visionary partnership in helping develop this special tradition.”

Last year’s GBM drew more than 4,200 registrants who participated among the elite, competitive, recreational run/walk, and corporate team categories. The one-mile course loops through the streets of downtown Des Moines, finishing in Des Moines Western Gateway. Registration for the 2017 Grand Blue Mile, which takes place on April 25, opens in February.

For more information on the Grand Blue Mile, visit www.GrandBlueMile.com.

Jordan Coughenour-Collins Maxwell-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Simpson Men Strong #5 in Central Region

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Isaac Frazier-Marion-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

The Simpson men’s track and field team held steady at No. 5 in the Central Region, according to the latest National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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The Storm made the move from sixth to fifth last week and held their ground for the week four rankings. The most notable move came in the national rankings, however, where Simpson catapulted from 91st overall to 34th in just one week.

USTFCCCA Regional Rankings, Week 4

Simpson currently boasts five events ranked in the top 30 in Division III and two in the top 10:

• 4th — Emmitt Wheatley, 200 meters (22.02)
• 9th — Dylan Kalinay, 60 hurdles (8.20)
• 17th — Emmitt Wheatley, 60 meters (6.94)
• 25th — Isaac Frazier, heptathlon (4418)
• 27th — Chase Wetterling / Kirk Wicks / Travis Tupper / Jordan Coughenour, 4×400 relay (3:24.20)

Wheatley leads the Iowa Conference in the 60 and the 200 and Kalinay leads in the 60 hurdles. One team not in the top 30 in the nation — the 4×200 relay team of Wetterling, Wicks, Tate Tufte and Keagan Zwiefel — also leads the conference.

Points in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings are based on the NCAA Division III Descending Order Lists. The higher an athlete is ranked on the list, the more points he or she provides his or her team. From there, a team’s points are totaled and more points mean a better billing in the top-25.

1. St. Thomas, 362.37
2. Wartburg, 245.95
3. Dubuque, 242.42
4. Nebraska Wesleyan, 234.23
5. Simpson, 183.44
6. St. Olaf, 182.49
7. Central, 179.61
8. Bethel, 126.53
9. Coe, 122.73
10. Concordia Moorhead, 105.38

For the second week in a row, Simpson sprinter Emmitt Wheatley is the Iowa Conference Track Performer of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.

IIAC Performers of the Week

A sophomore from Adair, Iowa, Wheatley won the award for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 12 after being named Athlete of the Meet at Grinnell’s Darren Young Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11. Wheatley won the 60 and 200 meters, posting the No. 17 time in the nation in the 60 and the No. 4 time in the 200.

Wheatley broke the tape in 6.94 seconds in the 60, a personal best and the No. 2 time in school history. He crossed the finish line in the 200 in 22.02 seconds, breaking his own school record in the process.

Wheatley’s effort in the 60 is the fastest by a Storm runner in 22 years. He also helped the 4×400 relay team to a third-place effort.

The conference leader in the 60 and the 200 brings home his third IIAC weekly honor. Storm runners have now won four of six IIAC Track Performer of the Week honors in 2016-17. Junior hurdler Dylan Kalinay has the other two.

Simpson travels to Pella, Iowa to face Central in a dual meet Friday, Feb. 17.

Maddie Irman-Dav. Assumption-UNI
©Mike Byrnes

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.