UNI Shines in the Panther Open!

Jason Guske-WDM Valley-UNI©Jim Kirby

Jason Guske-WDM Valley-UNI
©Jim Kirby

(courtesy UNI Athletics)

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa track and field program wrapped up the Panther Open today, which included finishing with several first place finishes and the running of the historical 400 meter hurdles.

UNI was the second school in U.S. track and field history to run the 400 meter hurdles indoors. New Mexico hosted a meet last season that featured the 400 meter hurdles, setting new collegiate records for the event.

The Panthers had three athletes competing in the 400 meter hurdles today. Emily Roberts-Ankeny-UNI won the women’s race and set a new women’s UNI record and UNI-Dome record with a time of 1:04.39. On the men’s side, Ryan Newtoff finished in first place with a new men’s UNI and UNI-Dome record time of 55.87.

In the men’s 300 meter dash, Jordan Guske-WDM Valley-UNI set a new personal record with a time of 35.13 and notched a first place finish. His time of 35.13 moved him into third place all-time at UNI in the event. Ryan Krogmann-Northeast, Goose Lake-UNI also set a new personal record with his win in the men’s 1,000 meters with a time of 2:32.30.

Nicole Hensley followed Guske’s 300 meter performance with her own first place finish in the 300 meters. The freshman crossed the finish line with a time of 43.59 in her first collegiate race. Scotti  Schon-Waukon-UNI continued UNI’s success by coming in first for the Panthers in the mile with a time of 5:08.98.

Sam Cameron-Bettendorf-UNI won the women’s 600 meters with a time of 1:36.51. Freshman Antoine Parish-Burlington-UNI brought in another first place finish for UNI in the men’s 600 meters with a time of 1:24.53.

UNI took the three top spots in the 60 meter hurdle finals with Sebastian Barth coming in first with Ryan Newtoff and Angus Stoudt-Minnetonka HS-UNI following in second and third. Barth finished with a time of 8.04 while Newtoff ran a new personal best time of 8.39. Stoudt also notched a personal best time in the event coming across the finish line in 8.55.

The men also came away with a win in the 60 meter dash finals when Derek Kramer-Xavier-UNI took first place with a time of 6.97. Cam Brown-Bettendorf-UNI finished in the top-three in the finals, coming in third place overall with a time of 7.07.

Kelsey Sukovaty-Manson-Northwest Webster-UNI finished in first place in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 17.88 meters with Sydney Rabon recording a personal record in the weight throw with her second place finish and throw of 17.82 meters. The UNI men took the top three spots on the men’s side with Jordan Williams-Monticello-UNI taking first place with a throw of 17.98 meters, Adam McDonnell-Central -Clinton DeWitt-UNI placing second and Justin Baker-Bishop Heelan coming in third with a personal record 17.23 meters.

Thomas Larson-Johnston HS-UNI came in first in the men’s high jump with a height of 2.03 meters. Charles Brown, who is also an athlete on the football team, won the men’s triple jump in his collegiate debut with a jump of 13.87 meters.

To round out the meet, the Panthers men’s and women’s 4X400 meter relay teams took first place in the event. The men’s team finished with a time of 3:22.83 and the women came in with a time of 4:00.68.

“It was great to start the season with our home opener today and it was great to see new Panthers compete for the first time,” head coach Dan Steele said. “The staff was pleased with the way we competed and we are all going to come away feeling good about the meet.”

The UNI track and field team will return to action Jan. 19 when they travel to Madison, Wis. to compete in the Wisconsin Elite Invite.

 

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