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Panthers Set Personal Bests at Musco

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
©Jim Kirby

The University of Northern Iowa track and field team participated in the Musco Twilight tonight, coming away with two school records and multiple personal-bests to cap off a successful meet.

Libby Torresani kicked things off for the Panthers in the pole vault, breaking her own school record in the event. The senior finished with a height of 13-3.75 to place second, beating her previous personal-best of 13-3.50 that she set last season.

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Records continued to fall for the Panthers in the men’s 200 meter dash with Brandon Carnes set a huge career-best in the race. The sophomore came away with a time of 20.70 for the new record and to launch him into the top-10 in the NCAA West Region.

Carnes’ success stayed through the 100 meter dash with another PR. Carnes finished with a time of 10.25, the second fastest time in school history and the 13th fastest in the West Region.

“We had quite a few outstanding performances today,” head coach Dan Steele said. “Carnes in particular showed today that he is one of the best combination sprinters in the country.”

Jon Rus and Steven Addison both finished in the top-10 in the 110 meter hurdles, with Addison winning his heat. Rus grabbed a personal-best time of 14.37 while Addison grabbed a PR of 14.58.

The UNI women had two top-five finishers in the 100 meter hurdles, with Christine MacNeil turning in a season-best time of 14.09 to place second. Rachel Peth came in a close third place overall with a strong time of 14.15.

Continuing the success in the hurdles was Jennifer Roberts notching personal-best in the 400 meter hurdles for the third time this season. She came in fourth overall with a time of 1:01.57.

Alex Wilson continued to shine in the middle distance events, turning in a personal-best in the 800 meter run. Her time of 2:07.58 is the second fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and ranks her second all-time at UNI.

Wilson wasn’t the only Panther to turn in a solid performance in the women’s 800 meters. Sophomore Brette Correy placed fifth overall with a new PR time of 2:09.42 and is now ranked fourth all-time at UNI.

In the 4X100 meter relay, the men’s team of Carnes, Brett McCalla, Derek Jacobus and Cam Brown finished third overall. The grabbed a season-best time of 40.84 to keep them ranked second in the MVC.

Jamie Lindstrom scored a huge career-best mark in the women’s hammer throw, going for a distance of 186-8.00. The throw was the third-best in school history, beating her previous personal-best of 179-8.00 earlier this season. The junior also turned in a personal-best in the discus of 151-6.50 to put her at No. 5 all-time at UNI, making it the seventh PR from the UNI throwers today.

The Panthers will return to action Friday, May 8 when they compete in the Wisconsin Twilight, UNI’s final regular season meet before the MVC Outdoor Championships.