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Track: UNI wraps up day two at Big Blue Classic

This news story was published on April 6, 2014.
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CHARLESTON, Ill. – The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up the second day of competition at the Big Blue Classic with several personal-bests achieved.

Freshman Brandon Carnes got the Panthers started in the men’s 200 meter dash. The Bradenton, Fla. native ran a personal-best time of 21.40 to place second in the race. It is the fastest time run in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

“It was great to finally race in some warmer weather,” associate head coach Shelli Sayers said. “Carnes was exceptional today in the 200. It is going to be fun to watch him compete this season.”

Ryan Newtoff, Jon Rus and Christine MacNeill all earned spots in the men’s and women’s hurdle finals. Christine MacNeill ran a strong time of 14.23 in the 100 meter hurdle prelims while Newtoff bested his prelim time in the finals, running a time of 14.53.

Brette Correy ran a new personal record in the women’s 800 meters, placing fourth with a time of 2:11.53. Timauntay Jones followed suit by notching his own PR in the men’s race, finishing in third place with a time of 1:53.43.

“Brette Correy has a will to win that makes her a fierce competitor,” Sayers said. “She continues to impress us each week.”

To round out the running events, the men’s 4X100 meter relay team placed second overall. The team of Carnes, Cam Brown, Sebastian Barth and Derek Kramer posted a season-best time of 41.71 to earn second place.

“Overall we did an outstanding job,” Sayers said. “It is still early, so to post some of these marks now makes me really excited to see what is to come.”

The Panthers had a strong outing in the pole vault, with both the men’s and women’s competitors finishing in the top-three. Libby Torresani placed third overall with a height of 12-09.50 while Corey Szamlewski finished with a height of 15-11 in the men’s competition to place second.

In the high jump, Emily Endelman placed fourth overall, grabbing a new outdoor personal-best height of 5-04.25. Thomas Larson also placed in the top-five in the men’s high jump, jumping a height of 6-08.00 for third.

Weston Riesselman also finished with an outdoor personal-best in the men’s long jump competition. His leap of 23-05.25 earned him a third place finish.

Ben Lindaman and Paige Knodle also wrapped up the second day of competition at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif. Knodle competed in the heptathlon today while Lindaman finished up the decathlon.

Knodle opened the second day of competition with a new outdoor personal-best jump of 19-00.50. It earned her the fourth-best jump in UNI history. The school record holder in the javelin then went on to place fourth overall in the javelin with a toss of 132-08.

She also finished fourth in the 800 meters, coming in with a time of 2:16.87. Knodle finished in seventh place out of 25 finishers with 5,317 total points.

Lindaman finished the decathlon in eighth place. He finished the day with a strong throw in the discus, tossing for a distance of 122-05 while also running a 15.29 in the 110 meter hurdle portion of the competition.

UNI then sent the throws crew to the Central College Invitational in Pella, Iowa. The Panthers finished with several personal-best throws to finish out the day in the throwing ring.

Jamie Lindstrom picked up a win in the women’s shot put, throwing for a distance of 44-05.25. Sydney Rabon took second place in the competition, finishing with a distance of 43-10.00.

Lindstrom also finished with a win in the women’s discus throw, giving her a new PR in the event with a throw of 147-00 to place her fourth all-time at UNI. Chloe Schmidt came in second in the discus, throwing 140-06.

Rabon finished with a first place finish in the women’s hammer throw, going for a distance of 169-07 for a new personal record. Lindstrom came in second behind Rabon, throwing 153-08.

In the men’s hammer throw, the Panthers also took first and second place with Adam McDonnell winning the competition. McDonnell finished with a toss of 187-09 while Schiffer placed second with a throw of 179-00, earning another personal-best.

“We are very excited about the performances of the throwing crew this weekend,” Sayers said. “Every week they get better and better and establish some outstanding marks.”

The UNI track and field program will return to action on Friday, April 11 when they head to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the Jim Duncan Invitational.

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