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.