The ISU Classic This Weekend and the UNI Preview

Iowa State Women's Team©Jim Kirby

Iowa State Women’s Team
©Jim Kirby

The Iowa State Classic is this weekend.   Many teams from the state of Iowa and many others from around the country will be taking part.  For a look at last years results, this years schedule and heats sheets go to CLICK HERE!

UNI Preview

The Basics

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program is set to stay in-state this weekend when they travel to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic.

 

The Competition

The Panthers will be facing off against one of the most diverse group of competitors this season with universities representing the Big Ten, Missouri Valley Conference, Big 12 and several smaller conferences throughout the region.

Who To Watch For at the Iowa State Classic

Senior Ethan Miller will be the lone Panther competing in the heptathlon this weekend. Miller transferred from Central College where he was a two-time NCAA decathlon winner and an 11-time All-American. The sprints and throws crew will return to the track after not competing at the Meyo Invitational. Derek Kramer will look to continue his strong performance in the 60 meter dash, while the men’s and women’s throws team will look to move up in the national and MVC rankings this weekend at the Iowa State Classic.

Seeded Events

The Iowa State Classic will feature different heats for each event, including some heats that will be seeded for faster times. The Panthers have several athletes that qualified for the faster heats and will participate in the seeded events. On the women’s side, Holly Salzbrenner will compete in the 600 yards, Sam Cameron will participate in the 400 meters and Emily McCarthy and Molly Cashman will both be in the 800 meter race. For the men, Ryan Krogman will be in the 800 meter race and Andrew Swanson will compete in the 5,000 meters. Corey Szamlewski and Libby Torresani will both compete in the seeded pole vault while Adam McDonnell, Jordan Williams, Sydney Rabon and Kelsey Sukovaty will all compete in the seeded throws events.

Keeping the Pace

Jordan Guske competed in the 200 meter dash at the Meyo Invitational (2/2), matching his personal best time of 22.25 that he set at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26).

800 for the Best

Emily McCarthy was the lone Panther running in the 800 meters at the Meyo Invitational (2/2). She finished with a new season-best time of 2:13.90, placing her fourth in the MVC.

 Going for Gold

Brett Egan ran a season best time of 14:41.95 in the 5,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational (2/1). The time he posted, set him in second place in the MVC. John Mascari of Indiana State holds the current fastest time in the conference.

Long Distance Specialty

Allison Fick competed in the 5,000 meter race at the Meyo Invitational (2/1), finishing with a time of 17:31.96. Her time of 17:31.96 placed her third in the MVC and landed her third all-time at UNI in the event.

 

Two Events, One day

Jamie Lindstrom picked up two personal best performances at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) in the same day. She opened with a PR in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 56-08.50 and followed with a personal-best throw in the shot put of 43-02.25.

Throwing for the Best

Jordan Williams claimed a new personal best and third place finish in the men’s weight throw at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) with a distance of 61-07.50, placing him in the top-five in the conference. Williams and Justin Baker also set new personal records in the shot put. Williams finished with a throw of 57-11.00, winning the event and keeping him in second place in the MVC, while Baker threw 55-02.00 and finished in second place.

Repeat Performance

Libby Torresani matched her personal-best height in the pole vault that she set at the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18) at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) with a jump of 12-03.50. Her performance tied her for fourth overall in the competition. Emily Endelman also tied her personal-best height in the high jump when she finished tied for third with a jump of 5-03.00.

Three Weeks, Three wins

Derek Kramer won the 60 meter dash for the third week in a row at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) after taking home first in the event at the Panther Open (1/12) and Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18). He won the event with a season-best time of 6.91, keeping him in third place in the MVC. The men’s 4X400 meter relay team  also won the event for the third week in a row with a time of 3:21.74. The team currently holds the best time in the MVC this season.

First time for First Place

True freshman Maddy Beeler won her first collegiate event at the Wisconsin Elite Invite, (1/18) winning the 400 meters. She posted a time of 58.65. Beeler followed up her performance with another first place finish in the 400 meters at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26), setting a new personal-best with a time of 57.39.

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.

60-Foot Club

Sydney Rabon set a new personal record in the weight throw when she broke 60-feet for the first time in her career at the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18). Her throw of 60-08.50 put her in third place all-time at UNI in the event.

Shot to the Top

Kelsey Sukovaty set a new personal record in the shot put at the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18) of 49-11.25. Her new personl best distance shot her up to second place all-time at UNI in the event.

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) and beat those records at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26). Emily Roberts set a new women’s UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record in the 400 meter hurdles with her time of 1:03.43.  On the men’s side, Ryan Newtoff set a new UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record with his time of 54.48.

Panthers in the NCAAs

Jordan Williams notched the 46th best throw in the country in the shot put (57-11.00) at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26). In the men’s weight throw, Adam McDonnell holds the 32th best throw (63-05.50)  in the NCAA and Williams has the 50th best weight throw (61-07.50).

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.

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.

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.

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