UNI’s Panther Open This Weekend

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Jordon Williams-Monticello-UNI
©Jim Kirby

2013 Panther Open 

Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: UNI-Dome
Date: Jan. 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Results: Results will be posted to unipanthers.com following the meet

The Basics

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is set to compete at the Panther Open which they will host on January 12. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. starting with the field events and the first track event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the 1,000 meters.

The Facility

The 2013 Panther Open will take place inside the UNI-Dome. Most fans are used to seeing the turf down, but underneath is an eight-lane track that has been home to the MVC Indoor Championships and various collegiate and high school meets.

The Competition

The UNI Panther men’s and women’s programs will be competing against some of the top programs in the region during the Panther Open.

Who To Watch For

Senior Jordan Williams has started his final season in a Panther uniform and will compete in the throws events on Saturday. Williams was one of four UNI athlete that qualified for the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships last outdoor season. He is a two-time defending MVC Champion in the discus. Charles Brown has started his collegiate track career as part of the jumps and sprints crew at UNI. Brown is a two-sport athlete for UNI and also competes in football as a defensive back.

UNI Online

Panther fans can keep up with UNI athletics at the official website, www.unipanthers.com. Fans can also keep up with the track and field program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unitrackandfield and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/unitrackfield.

Press Luncheon

Each Monday, UNI’s in-season coaches speak at noon in the back room of Pepper’s Sports Bar and Grill, located on 18th street in Cedar Falls. The public and media are invited to attend and hear what Dan Steele and the other coaches have to say about their teams.

Looking Back

The Panthers opened their indoor season at the Cyclone Holiday Preview in Ames, Iowa on Dec. 7. UNI put in a strong performance with several personal best times being achieved.

Starting Blocks

Marshall Hill wasted no time in making a name for himself this track season, tying the fourth-fastest time in UNI history in the 300 meters at the Holiday Preview. His time of 35.16 tied Sheldon Magee’s time that was set last season.

Personal Bests

The UNI track and field program came out of the Holiday Preview with several personal best performances. Jordan Guske notched a personal-best time in the 400 meters with a time of 49.25. Both Jordan Williams and Adam McDonnell grabbed personal-best throws in the weight throw with Williams getting a distance of 18.55 meters and McDonnell throwing for 18.40 meters.

Top-Five Performance

While competing at the Holiday Preview, the Panthers turned in seven top-five finishes during the meet. On the men’s side Marshall Hill finished in third in the 300 meters, Jesse Davenport finished in second in the 600 yard run and Jordan Williams and Adam McDonnell finished in third and fourth in the weight throw. On the women’s side Lindsay Gierke finished fifth in the 300 meters, Libby Torresani finished second in the pole vault and Emily Wandling finished in third in the triple jump.

Panthers in the Rankings

Senior Jordan Williams and junior Adam McDonnell are both ranked in the top-25 in the NCAA in the weight throw. Williams comes in at No. 20 with a throw of 18.55 meters and McDonnell rounds out at No. 25 with a throw of 18.40 meters.

Senior Experience

On the men’s side, UNI will have 10 seniors returning, including All-Americans Daniel Gooris and Jordan Williams, along with distance star Brett Egan. On the women’s side, the Panthers will return 11 seniors, including distance specialists Scott Schon and Allison Fick and pole vaulter Jenna Wexter.

Great State

With other universities such as Iowa and Iowa State close by, UNI has more than competed in the recruiting business with 54 athletes from the state of Iowa on this year’s roster.

Multi Talented

UNI had an outstanding season in the multi-events last season and is expecting the game this year. The Panthers return Paige Knodle who earned third place at the USATF Junior National Championships in the heptathlon and notched the fourth best pentathlon performance in UNI history with 3,635 points. UNI also returns Daniel Gooris who earned second team All-American status last season in the decathlon and won the MVC Championship in the heptathlon.

New to the Track

UNI Track and Field fans will get to see new faces on the track this season with 10 new freshmen on the men’s team and 10 on the women’s team. Although they are going to be new to the track, fans will recognize Hannah Martin, Callie Matthews and Zach Bucheit from the 2012 cross country season where they competed as true freshmen.

Building the Program

The track program also added new faces to their coaching staff this season, but some of them will seem familiar to UNI fans. Olimpia Nowak, Allen Weeks, Tanner Hurt and Sam Kranz will return to the track as coaches after running for UNI as students. Jeff Coover will also start his first year as a UNI coach after finishing his track and field career at Indiana.

2011-12 Indoor Rewind: Men’s Team

The men’s team is coming off another successful indoor track and field season where they saw several season and personal best times. Carlos Anderson and Justin Romero each won their second-consecutive Valley titles in the 60 meter dash and shot put, respectively. The men’s team also took the MVC title in the 4X400 meter relay with three freshmen (Jordan Guske, Aaron Stockstell and Marshall) running in the event. Daniel Gooris capped a tremendous performance in the heptathlon, taking his second career title in the multi-event and racked up 5,679 points for a new lifetime-best score that ranks him second in UNI history. Gooris then finished ninth at the NCAA Championships and earned second team All-America honors.

2011-12 Indoor Rewind: Women’s Team

The women’s team also finished with several personal and season best times during the indoor season, including a new school record in the pentathlon set by Olimpia Nowak. The UNI women repeated as league champions in the 4X400 meter relay with the team of Michaela Brungardt, Paige Knodle, Darian Thompson and Sam Cameron. Their time of 3:40.77 stands as a new UNI all-time record. Jenna Wexter upped her own school record in the pole vault, as she cleared 13-01.00 for the first time and earned All-MVC honors with a third-place finish. Nowak qualified and place eighth in the pentathlon after battling an ankle injury. She became UNI’s first women’s track and field All-American since 2008.




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