Jasmine Blue-CR Jeff., Maddie Bell-Hudson, Maddie Irmen-Assumption and Lyndsie Schinkel-Ankeny
©Jim Kirby 2017

Panthers Win at MVC Championships

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI ©Mike Brynes 2017

Jordan Pingel-Pella-UNI
©Mike Brynes 2017

The UNI track and field men’s squad captured the Missouri Valley Conference team title thanks to double-digit points in multiple events and one relay victory, and head coach Dave Paulsen was named Coach of the Year.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Jasmine Blue-CR Jeff., Maddie Bell-Hudson, Maddie Irmen-Assumption and Lyndsie Schinkel-Ankeny©Jim Kirby 2017 

The team win came down the final event, the 4×400 relay. UNI led eventual runner-up Illinois State by three points. The Panthers were edged out in the final stretch of the relay, but the second-place finish to ISU was enough to secure the team title.
The second-place relay was ran by Corey Hertz, Sven Van den Bergh, Jacob Smithand JoJo Frost in a time of 3 minutes, 8.81 seconds.

Smith set a facility record in the 400 hurdle prelims and improved that time to win in the finals. His finished in 50.69 seconds, edging out teammate JoJo Frost, who took second.

The 4×100 relay team of Connor Ham, Isaiah Trousil, Matt Turcotte and Tayshaun Cooper won in 39.96. Ham followed it up with a second-place finish in the 400-meter run.

The men continued to turn in multiple points in the throws with three placewinners in the discus. Isaac Holtz led the way with his second-place finish with a throw of 181 feet, 10 inches. Tom Yezek took third, and Darius King was sixth.

Four Panthers earned points in the 400-meter run. Evan Long was the top Panther with a third-place finish in 47.33. Sven Van den Bergh was fourth, Corey Hertz was fifth and Bryce Newcomb rounded out the quartet with an eighth-place finish.

Jordan Pingel earned All-MVC honors with his third-place finish in the 800-meter run.

UNI had three men score in the 100-meter dash. Isaiah Trousil was fourth in 10.51. Tayshaun Cooper was fifth, and Matt Turcotte limped across the line to take the eighth final scoring position.

The same trio for the 100-meter dash returned to score in the 200-meter dash. Trousil finished sixth. Cooper was seventh, and Turcotte was eighth.

Chase Van Sant took eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 8.75 inches.
Final men’s standings:

  1. UNI, 170
  2. Illinois State, 169
  3. Indiana State, 143
  4. Southern Illinois, 125
  5. Drake, 74
  6. Bradley, 57
  7. Loyola, 53
  8. Valparaiso, 22
  9. Evansville, 4

The women’s team finished fourth overall.
Brette Correy was the top individual finisher for UNI with her second-place in the 800-meter run in 2:08.22. Lyndsie Schinkel was third.

Three discus throwers made finals with two earning points for the Panthers. Sarah Pate led the team with her throw of 157 feet, 2 inches to take third. Hope Koerperich was seventh.

Tiffany Christensen earned All-MVC honors with a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run. She finished in 4:31.01.

The 4×100 relay team of Jasmine Blue, Maddie Bell, Maddie Irmen, Chyna Watson-Reid took fifth with a time of 46.49. Bell returned to finish eighth in the 400-meter run in 56.61 and eighth in the 200-meter dash in 24.56

Kassidy Sharp took eighth in the triple jump.

McKayla Cole finished sixth in the 5,000-meter run. Ashley Norem finished just out of scoring range in ninth.

The 4×400 relay team of took fifth place overall with runners Blue, Irmen, Correy and Watson-Reid.

Final women’s team standings:

  1. Illinois State, 191.5
  2. Southern Illinois, 160
  3. Indiana State, 160
  4. UNI, 113.5
  5. Missouri State, 106
  6. Loyola, 41
  7. Drake, 23
  8. Bradley, 17
  9. Valparaiso, 5

A select set of Panthers will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Preliminaries set in Sacramento, Calif., May 24-26.

W. Javelin – 1. Anna Bentley; 6. Brooke Lorenz
W. Hammer Throw – 2. Sarah Pate; 4. Alanna Nietert; 6. Maddy O’Brien; 8. Allison Griffin
W. Pole Vault – 3. Lauren Beauchamp; 7. Sam Fisher
W. 10,000 – 3. McKayla Cole; 7. Gabby Champion
M. Hammer Throw – 4. Isaac Holtz; 5. Kyler Yodts
M. Javelin – 3. Darius King; 8. Cade Kirkpatrick

W. High Jump – 1. Kassidy Sharp; 3. Maria Gonzalez; 7. Chaley Rath
Heptathlon – 4. Brooke Lorenz; 7. Lauren Frederick 8. Erica Loussaert

M. Shot Put – 2. Keegan Tritle; 3. Isaac Holtz; 5. Kyler Yodts; 6. Tom Yezek; 7. Darius King
Decathlon – 2. Austin Heitland
M. Long Jump – 3. Chase Van Sant; 7. Bryce Newcomb; 8. Cade Kirkpatrick
M. High Jump – 4. Xavior Williams; 7. Cameron Cantrall
M. Steeplechase – 7. Ben Ahlrichs; 8. Alex Jackson