UNI to Host Jack Jennett Invite

Jordon Williams-Monticello-UNI©Jim Kirby

Jordon Williams-Monticello-UNI
©Jim Kirby

2013 Jack Jennett Invitational
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Date: Jan. 15-26, 2013
Results: Results will be posted to unipanthers.com following the meet

The Basics

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will host the 2013 Jack Jennett Invite on Friday and Saturday. The meet will be highlighted by a Kid’s Fun Run.

Fun for the Kids

A 60 meter dash competition will be held for children 10 years of age and younger at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 26. Children will get the opportunity to compete against other children in the community and run with UNI track and field athletes. There is no sign-up, so fans are encouraged to listen to the PA announcer to ask for all competitors to come down to the track.

The Competition

The Panthers will face-off against a competitive group of teams this weekend at the Jack Jennett Invite. Drake, Iowa Central, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Western Illinois, Wisconsin-Platteville will all have full teams at the meet. Indiana State, Nebraska-Omaha and Wisconsin-Milwaukee will have partial teams present.

Who To Watch For at the Jack Jennett Invite

Libby Torresani is coming off a fantastic performance at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational where she set a new personal record in the pole vault by 10 inches. Her height of 12-03.50 was not only a new personal record, but also placed her third all-time at UNI in the pole vault. On the men’s side, Derek Kramer won the 60 meter dash two meets in a row. He posted a first place finish at the Panther Open and then won the event at the Wisconsin Elite Invite with a time of 6.93. His time of 6.93 placed him third overall in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Jack Jennett

Jack Jennett served as the head track & field coach at UNI from 1962-76, coaching student-athletes to 20 All-American honors in track and six in cross country. In his 14-year tenure with the Panthers, he won 11 North Central Conference track titles, including six outdoor and five indoor titles. His most successful cross country team was the 1964 NCC championship squad that went on to place third at the NCAA national meet. Jennett also coached shot-putter Mike McCready, UNI’s first-ever national champion in track & field in 1971.

First time for First Place

True freshman Maddy Beeler won her first collegiate event at the Wisconsin Elite Invite, winning the 400 meters. She posted a time of 58.65.

Vaulting Highs

Libby Torresani had never pole vaulted over 12 feet until the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18). At the Elite Invite, Torresani not only set a new personal record, but did so in dominating fashion, beating her old personal record of 11-05.75 by 10 inches. She set a new PR in the event with a height of 12-03.50.

Throwing For Success

The Panther throwing squad shined at the Wisconsin Elite Invite, with Kelsey Sukovaty, Sydney Rabon and Adam McDonnell all setting new personal records. Rabon joined the 60 feet club when she set a new PR in the weight throw of 60-08.50. Sukovaty followed with her own PR in the shot put with a distance of 49-11.25. McDonnell landed himself fifth all-time at UNI in the weight throw with his personal-best distance of 63-05.50.

Leading the Way

The Panthers have several athletes who are ranked in the top-five in the Missouri Valley Conference in their events. Derek Kramer is currently third in the 60 meters (6.93). Jordan Guske is fourth (49.20) in the 400 meters. Brett Egan currently has the third fastest time in the 3,000 meters (8:24.08). The 4X400 men’s team is also currently first in the MVC (3:15.01). Emily McCarthy has the fifth-fastest time in the 800 meters (2:14.90). The women’s 4X400 team is third in the MVC (3:49.65). Libby Torresani is second in the MVC in the pole vault (12-03.50) and Kelsey Sukovaty is fourth in the shot put (49-11.25).

Looking Back

The UNI T&F program turned in several strong performances at the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18), including several big personal records from Adam McDonnell, Libby Torresani, Kelsey Sukovaty and Sydney Rabon. Several of the Panther competitors turned in top-five performances in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Panthers in the Rankings

Sebastian Barth posted the 44th fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles in the NCAA at the Panther Open (12/7) with a time of 8.04. The men’s 4X400 meter relay team holds a time of 3:15.01, landing them 40th in the country. Adam McDonnell now holds the 19th best weight throw attempt of 63-05.50 after the Wisconsin Elite Invite.

History in the Making

The University of Northern Iowa became the second school in U.S. Track and Field History to have the 400 meter hurdles be an event in an indoor track meet. New Mexico was the first collegiate program to try the event last season at their home indoor meets.

New Event, New Record

With the 400 meter hurdles being a new event in not only UNI history, but Missouri Valley Conference history, the UNI track and field program set several new records at the Panther Open (1/12). Emily Roberts set a new women’s UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record in the 400 meter hurdles with her time of 1:04.39. On the men’s side, Ryan Newtoff set a new UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record with his time of 55.87.

First to the Line

The Panthers came away from the Panther Open (1/12) with 18 first place finishes. Here is a run down of the first place performances:

Weight Throw: Jordan Williams, Kelsey Sukovaty

Shot Put: Jordan Williams, Kelsey Sukovaty

Triple Jump: Charles Brown

High Jump: Thomas Larson

60 Meter Hurdles: Sebastian Barth

60 Meter Dash: Derek Kramer

400 Hurdles: Ryan Newtoff, Emily Roberts

Mile: Scotti Schon

1,000 Meters: Ryan Krogmann

600 Meters: Antoine Parrish, Sam Cameron

300 Meters: Jordan Guske, Nicole Hensley

Sprinting in Numbers

The UNI men’s sprinting program has shown its strength this indoor season by qualifying at least two athletes to the finals of the 60 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles at the Holiday Preview (12/7), the Panther Open (1/12) and the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/19). At the Panther open, UNI qualified five men for the 60 meter dash and four for the 60 meter hurdles. Derek Kramer won first in the 60 meter dash finals and Sebastian Barth took home first in the 60 meter hurdle finals.

Starting Blocks

Marshall Hill wasted no time in making a name for himself this track season, tying the fifth-fastest time in UNI history in the 300 meters at the Holiday Preview (12/7). His time of 35.16 tied Sheldon Magee’s time

Top-Five Performance

While competing at the Holiday Preview (12/7), 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.

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 same 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 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. 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 placed eighth in the pentathlon at NCAAs. She became UNI’s first women’s track and field All-American since 2008.


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