2013 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships


Sam Cameron-Bettendorf-UNI©Jim Kirby

Sam Cameron-Bettendorf-UNI
©Jim Kirby

The Basics

The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will host the 2013 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 23-24. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 23 with the multi-events. Sunday’s events will start at 9:30 a.m., with a live video stream available to the public starting at 12:00 p.m.

Last Time at the Indoor MVC Championships

UNI finished last year’s indoor championships with nine individuals earning All-MVC honors and two relay teams picking up conference honors. The men’s 4X400 meter relay team of Jordan Guske, Aaron Stockstell, Marshall Hill and Sheldon Magee won the men’s relay while the team of Michaela Brungardt, Paige Knodle, Darian Thompson and Sam Cameron finished first in the women’s relay. Daniel Gooris won the men’s heptathlon for the second time in his career while Carlos Anderson placed first in the men’s 60 meter dash, taking home the gold for the second year in a row.

Rankings

The University of Northern Iowa men’s track and field team remains ranked in the top-15 in the Midwest Region, coming in at No. 15 as they head into the post-season meets.

Who to Watch For…
Ethan Miller – Sr. – Heptathlon

Second all-time at UNI in the heptathlon with 5,682 points … holds the best score in the MVC and seventh best in the country in the heptathlon … was a two-time NCAA Champion in the decathlon at Central College.
Derek Kramer – Jr. – Sprints

Ranked second in the MVC in the 60 meters with a time of 6.88 … won the 60 meters four times this season … finished third in the 60 meters at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships, earning him All-Conference honors.
Corey Szamlewski – So. – Pole Vault

Currently ranked fourth in the MVC with a height of 16-0.75 … finished in third place overall at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships, earning All-MVC honors … set a personal record of 16-8.75 in 2012.
Jordan Guske – So. – Sprints

Ranked second in the 400 meters in the MVC with a time of 48.56 … third all-time at UNI in the 300 meters with a time of 35.13 … was part of the 4X400 meter relay team that took first at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships.
Carlos Anderson – Sr. – Sprints

Ran unattached at the Dome Open (2/15), placing first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.89 … two-time 60 meter dash MVC Indoor Champion … set a personal record in the 60 meters 6.75 during the 2011 indoor season.
Sebastian Barth – So. – Hurdles

Currently ranked third in the MVC in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 … won the 60 meter hurdles at the Panther Open, Jack Jennett Invite and the Dome Open … set a personal record in the event of 7.95 during the 2012 season.
Brett Egan – Sr. – Distance

Egan holds the third fastest time in the 5,000 meters in the MVC with a time of 14:41.95 … his time of 14:41.95 was a new indoor personal record for the senior.
Jordan Williams – Sr. – Throws

Tied for third in the MVC in the weight throw with a distance of 57-11 and is fourth in the shot put with a throw of 65-2 … set PRs in both the shot put and weight throw this season … is fourth all-time at UNI in both throws events.
Justin Baker – So. – Throws

Tied for third in the MVC in the weight throw with a distance of 57-11 … set new personal records in both the weight throw and the shot put at the Iowa State Classic (2/7) and the Dome Open (2/15).
Lindsay Gierke – Sr. – Sprints/Hurdles

Ranked in the top-20 in the 60 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles in the MVC … set a new personal record of 8.77 in the 60 meter hurdles at the Dome Open (2/15).
Sam Cameron – Sr. – Sprints

Ranked fifth in the MVC in the 400 meters with a time of 55.76 … was part of the 4X400 meter relay team that took first at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships … set an indoor personal record in the 400 in 2010 with a time of 55.02.
Emily McCarthy – Sr. – Mid-Distance

Currently ranked fifth in the 800 meters with a indoor personal record time of 2:13.32 … ran a personal best 400 meters of 57.25 at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/25).
Libby Torresani – So. – Pole Vault

Ranked first in the MVC in the pole vault with a height of 12-9.5 … is second all-time at UNI in the pole vault with her personal best heigh of 12-9.5 … won the pole vault at the Dome Open (2/15).
Kelsey Sukovaty – Sr. – Throws

Ranked fourth in the MVC in the shot put (50-4) and sixth in the weight throw (61-8.5) … currently second all-time at UNI in the shot put and third all-time at UNI in the weight throw.

Shot to the Top

Kelsey Sukovaty finished first in the weight throw at the Dome Open (2/15), notching a new personal-best distance in the event. Her distance of 61-08.50 placed her third all-time at UNI and placed her in the top-10 in the conference. Sukovaty also picked up a first place finish in the women’s shot put, grabbing another personal record. She finished with a new indoor personal-best with a throw of 50-04.00, keeping her in second place all-time at UNI. Jordan Williams won the men’s weight throw with a huge personal record distance of 65-02.00. His new PR placed him fourth all-time at UNI and placed him in the top-five in the MVC in the event.

Vaulting to new Heights

Libby Torresani came away with a personal record in the pole vault at the Dome Open (2/15) and a first place finish in the competition. She finished with a height of 12-09.50, placing her second all-time at UNI and first in the conference.

The Final Countdown

Lindsay Gierke qualified for the finals of the 60 meter hurdles at the Dome Open (2/15) with a time of 8.96, giving her the second fastest time in the preliminary race. She went on to win the finals of the hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.77. Gierke also notched a first place finish in the 60 meter dash finals with a time of 7.83. Sebastian Barth finished in first place in the men’s 60 meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.03. Derek Kramer finished third in the finals of the men’s 60 meter dash with a season best time of 6.88.

 Over the Bar We Go

Tommy Yackle and Thomas Larson tied for first place in the men’s high jump at the Dome Open (2/15), both setting new personal records in the event. They both reached the height of 6-08.75, placing them in the top-five in the conference. Emily Endelman won the women’s high jump competition with a new personal-best jump of 5-05.00.

Miller’s Multi-Talents

In just his first full heptathlon competition as a Panther, Miller scored 5,682 total points to post the second-best score in UNI history and seventh best score in the country at the ISU Classic (2/7). Miller notched personal-best performances in the 60 meter dash (6.99) and the shot put (42-05.25).

Setting a Goal

Jordan Guske continues to set new personal records this season, including a new 400 meter dash PR at the ISU Classic (2/7). Guske ran the race in a time of 48.56, placing him second in the MVC.

3,000 Club

The Panthers had two personal-best performances in the 3,000 meter race at the ISU Classic (2/7). Allison Fick competed in the women’s race, coming away with a big PR of 10:04.44, while true freshman Zach Buchheit scored a time of 8:39.55 in the men’s race to set a new personal-best.

The Final Two

Derek Kramer and Sebastian Barth have both qualified past the preliminary race of their sprinting events in every meet they have competed in. Kramer specializes in the 60 meter dash while Barth is the Panthers’ top 60 meter hurdler.

The Milers

Calvin Kibby picked up a big personal-best performance in the mile at the ISU Classic 2/7, winning the event with a time of 4:12.58. Scotti Schon came away with a personal-best performance in the women’s mile event, beating her previous PR by over three second with a time of 4:58.91. Her time of 4:58.91 places her fifth all-time at UNI in the event.

 Jumping for PRs

Angus Stoudt set a new personal record in the men’s high jump at the ISU Classic, jumping for 6-06.25 for his personal best performance.

 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 and Molly Cashman both qualified for the seeded 800 meter run at the ISU Classic (2/7) with both notching season-best times. Emily McCarthy came across the finish line with a time of 2:13.32 while Cashman finished in 2:16.20.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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