UNI Impresses at Wisconsin Elite Invite

Jason Guske-Valley-UNI©Jim Kirby

Jason Guske-Valley-UNI
©Jim Kirby

(courtesy UNI Athletics)

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program finished competition today at the Wisconsin Elite Invite with one of the highlights of the day coming from Libby Torresani notching a personal record by 10 inches in the pole vault competition.

Torresani came away with a second place finish in a competitive field in the women’s pole vault. Her mark of 12-03.50 was not only a new personal record, but also placed her third all-time at UNI in the event.

“We are very excited about how the meet went today,” head coach Dan Steele said. “The Panthers competed really tough and we are coming away with a lot of performances that we feel motivated by.”

The Panther women also saw big personal records in the throwing events with Sydney Rabon, DM Roosevelt, recording a personal-best in the weight throw and Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson NW Webster, getting a PR in the shot put. Rabon finished with a throw of 60-08.50 and a sixth place finish in the weight throw while Sukovaty threw for a distance of 49-11.25, placing her second all-time at UNI.

On the men’s side, Adam McDonnell, Central DeWitt, was able to finish in second place in the men’s weight throw with a new PR. His throw of 63-05.50 lands him fifth all-time at UNI in the event.

Derek Kramer, CR Xavier, came away with a victory in the 60 meter dash for the second time this season with a time of 6.93. His time of 6.93 places him second overall in the MVC. Kramer was joined in the 60 meter finals by teammates Cam Brown, Bettendorf, and Charles Brown, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Jordan Guske, WDM Valley, continued his success from the Panther Open into the Elite Invite with his second place finish in the 400 meters. This is the first time Guske has competed in this event since the Holiday Preview in December and with his time of 49.98, is now tied for first in the MVC.

Guske was also part of the second place 4X400 meter relay team that included Jesse Davenport, SE Polk, Marshall Hill, Cedar Falls and Sheldon Magee. The team posted a team time of 3:18.12, which was good enough for the best time in the conference.

Continuing on the personal record theme that the Panthers posted today, Calvin Kibby, Ankeny, finished with an eight-second personal record in the mile. Placing sixth overall and running in the faster of the two heats, Kibby notched a time of 4:16.43.

Maddy Beeler, I-35 Truro, came away with her first collegiate win in the women’s 400 meters today, posting a time of 58.65. Emily McCarthy, SC East, continued the success for the Panther women in the 800 meters, recording a personal-best time of 2:16.46 and finishing second overall.

“This is a mid-January meet and we are still feeling our way into the championship portion of the season, but for a January meet, we are very excited with the way we are competing,” Steele said.

The UNI track and field program will return to action Jan. 25 when they host the 2013 Jack Jennett Invitational. The meet will take place inside the UNI-Dome.


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