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UNI Opens Up Outdoors

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
©Jim Kirby

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will open its outdoor season at the Emporia State University Spring Open on Saturday, March 28. The meet will be held at the Zola Witten Track in Emporia, Kan.

The ESU Spring Open is one of 10 outdoor meets that the Panthers will compete in prior to the MVC Outdoor Championships on May 15. The meet will begin at 12 p.m. with the field events, followed by the start of the competition on the track at 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy Panther Sports

UNI is coming off a strong indoor season where both the men’s and women’s teams were ranked regionally by the USTFCCCA. The Panthers posted strong performances at the MVC Indoor Championships, coming away with four individual titles and several personal-bests.

Brandon Carnes defended his MVC titles in the 60 and 200 meters, winning both events for the second consecutive season. The sophomore now has six individual titles under his belt between his indoor and outdoor seasons as a Panther.

Alex Wilson and Brette Correy picked up their first individual championships during the indoor season, winning the women’s mile and the 800 meters, respectively. Correy’s time of 2:09.49 ranks her fourth all-time at UNI.

The meet was also highlighted by Correy winning the MVC Elite 18 Award. The Elite 18 Award program was established by the MVC in the fall of 2010 to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport.

The indoor season was capped off by the Panthers sending senior Sebastian Barth to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. Barth had a standout indoor season in the 60 meter hurdles, breaking the school record with a time of 7.72.

His time of 7.72, which was run in January at the UNI Team Invitational, was the fastest time in the country at that time. The time qualified him for the National Championships as one of just 16 student-athletes to compete for that event.

Barth is one of six seniors on the men’s side returning for the outdoor season along with eight on the women’s side. UNI will also return six All-MVC men’s selections from a year ago and seven for the women, looking to score big team points this season for the Panthers.