The University of Northern Iowa track and field program swept the multi-events during day two of the MVC Outdoor Championships, winning both the decathlon and the heptathlon.
UNI has now won the women’s MVC heptathlon for the second consecutive year after Rachel Peth won her first MVC title, finishing with a PR point total of 5,425 to rank her fourth all-time at UNI. Peth put up personal-bests in seven of the eight events in the competition.
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Peth opened the day with a huge personal-best in the long jump, going for a mark of 18-10.50. She followed it up with another PR in the javelin of 123-5.00 and finished the day with a time of 2:31.19 to win the heptathlon.
Jacobus also posted several career-bests throughout the decathlon, including his day two opening time of 15.56 in the 110 meter hurdles. He went on to finish fourth overall in the discus with a PR and two second overall finishes in the javelin and 1,500 meters for the win, giving him a total of 6,921 points.
Jayvon Matthews earned all-conference in decathlon after finishing closely in second place with 6,913 total points through 10 events. He started the day finishing second overall in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.75. He grabbed a huge PR in the pole vault of 14-0.75 followed by his win in the javelin to give him a career-best of 170-2.00.
Chaley Rath finished fourth overall in the women’s heptathlon to score team points, finishing with a career-best 5,031 points. The sophomore standout scored PRs in both the javelin throw and the 800 meters to wrap up the competition.
Rounding out UNI’s multi-competitors were JC Abrahamson and Lauren Frederick. Both true freshman scored PRs in the decathlon and heptathlon, finishing with 6,030 and 4,311 points, respectively.
Jamie Lindstrom got things kicked off for the Panthers in the field events, scoring team points in the shot put for the second year in a row. The junior placed eighth overall with a mark of 47-6.50.
Justin Baker earned his second-career All-MVC finish with a big personal-best in the men’s shot put competition. The senior placed second overall in a tough field with a toss of 61-2.25 to rank him second all-time at UNI.
Libby Torresani added more points to the women’s team total after a successful outing in the pole vault. The Middleton, Wis. native placed fourth overall, finishing in the top-five at the outdoor championships for the third year in a row.
The sprint hurdles were the first event to take place on the track on day two, with the men’s team qualifying two athletes for the finals. Jon Rus ran the fourth fastest time in the preliminaries of 14.37 while Jayvon Matthews finished right behind him with a new personal-best time of 14.39.
The competition continued to roll for the Panthers with Darian Samuelson cruising into the finals of the women’s 400 meter dash. The senior won her heat with a time of 54.65, setting a new career-best and ranking her fifth all-time at UNI.
Brandon Carnes qualified for his second final of the outdoor championships, turning in the fastest time in the preliminary 100 meter dash. He finished with a time of 10.34 to advance to tomorrow’s finals and win his heat.
In the middle distance events, the Panther women finished with two athletes in the top-five of the 800 meters, sending both to tomorrow’s final race. Brette Correy scored a time of 2:11.50 while Alex Wilson finished in 2:12.01.
For the last event on the track, Shane Kirchoff scored team points for the men, placing fifth overall in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The Denver, Iowa native finished with a time of 9:23.16, beating his previous career-best by over nine seconds.
To wrap up the final event of the day, Shawn Koch and Weston Riesselman turned in outstanding performances in the men’s long jump with both athletes scoring big points for the Panthers. Koch earned All-MVC after finishing second overall with a PR mark of 25-0.00, ranking him second all-time at UNI. Riesselman also grabbed a personal-best of 24-8.25 for fourth overall.
UNI will return to action tomorrow for the final day of competition. Things will kick off at 10 a.m. with the field events and 11:30 a.m. on the track.