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UNI Claims Five Titles at Jim Duncan Invitational

DES MOINES, Iowa ñ The University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s track & field teams claimed five event titles on Saturday at the Jim Duncan Invitational hosted by Drake.|DES MOINES, Iowa ñ The University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s track & field teams claimed five event titles on Saturday at the Jim Duncan Invitational hosted by Drake. The Panther men were led by two breakout performances in the hammer throw and another title for junior Aaron Stockstell, while the women found their greatest success in the 400m.

Junior Tanner Hurt unleashed a personal-best toss in the hammer throw by six feet, winning the meet and becoming No. 3 all-time at UNI in the event. Hurt’s throw of 197-08 (60.26m) is the second-best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. Teammate Jordan Williams also recorded a personal-best in the hammer throw ñ by nearly seven feet ñ to take fifth place at 179-05 (54.68m).

For the third consecutive week, Aaron Stockstell claimed a first-place finish, this time bringing home the 400m title in a time of 49.11.

UNI took three of the top four spots in the women’s 400m, including a first-place finish by sophomore Sam Cameron in 56.42. Senior Holli Hosch placed second with a time of 57.33, and freshman Emily Roberts was fourth in 59.23.

Cameron and Hosch teamed up with Michaela Brungardt and Ellen Kindelsperger to win the 4x400m relay in a season-best time of 3:47.46.

Men’s Highlights

Sam Kranz won the pole vault, clearing 15-07.00 (4.75m). Junior Daniel Gooris placed fifth with a vault of 15-01.00 (4.60m).

Junior Brady Fritz claimed second place in the 1,500m with a time of 3:57.37.

Senior Scott Lynn was second in the 110m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.92 seconds.

Jordan Williams took second place in the discus, throwing 159-03 (48.53m). Senior Allen Weeks was fifth with a toss of 150-10 (45.97m).

UNI also received a second-place finish from the 4x400m relay quartet of Kyle Rouse, Aaron Stockstell, Chad Rutledge and Justin Bartels.

Women’s Highlights

Junior Traci Harms was second in the hammer throw at 175-09 (53.58m) and fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42-09.50 (13.04m). Rachel VanderHolt took second place in the javelin, throwing 113-03 (34.53m).

Kindelsperger claimed third in the 200m dash with a time of 25.85, and sophomore Claire Johannesen used a personal-best effort of 26.17 to take seventh place.

Sophomore Scotti Schon placed fourth in the 1,500m run, clocking in at 4:47.27. Senior Holly Tjaden was seventh in 4:52.02.

Lindsay Gierke clocked the Panthers’ fastest 100m time of the season, taking fifth place in 12.55 seconds.

Freshman Abbie Ackerman led the Panthers in the 100m hurdles, taking sixth place in 15.62. Lauren Lindaman was seventh in 15.63.

Junior Johanna Smith jumped 5-01.00 (1.55m) in the high jump for seventh place.

The Panthers will compete next on Apr. 23 at the Musco Invitational in Iowa City.

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