Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
©Jim Kirby

Throwers Lead Panthers Early

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
©Jim Kirby

The University of Northern Iowa track and field team will head to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend to compete in the Husker Spring Invitational. The meet will take place on Saturday, April 11.

The scored competition will feature five team total, including South Dakota, Indiana State, North Dakota State and Nebraska, along with the Panthers. The meet is set to start at 10 a.m. with field events while the running portion of the meet will kick off at 1:35 p.m.

UNI will take a full squad to Nebraska after most of the Panthers student-athletes took a week off from competition last weekend. The Panthers did take a small group of throwers to the Cornell Invitational on April 4, scoring several personal-best performances.

On the women’s side, UNI swept all three throwing events, placing first in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

continued to shine for the Panthers, picking up wins in the shot put and hammer throw, both with season-best marks.

Senior Justin Baker took shots at the school record in the men’s hammer throw, finishing with a huge PR of 201-10 to rank him third all-time at UNI and grab the win. He also won the men’s shot put with a mark of 55-2.25.

UNI currently has 24 athletes combined from the men and women ranked in the top-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference in their respective events.

On the men’s side, the Panther field athletes have a quintet in the top-five, including Shawn Koch who is currently leading the conference in the triple jump. Justin Baker is also ranked second in the shot put after his standout performance at the Cornell Invite.

Alex Wilson is currently ranked second in the 1,500 meters after her season-opening win in the event at the ESU Spring Invitational. In the field, Kassidy Sharp sits at the No. 3 spot in the women’s high jump while Jamie Lindstrom is currently ranked in the top-10 in the shot put, discus and hammer throws.