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College Track & Field: UNI caps competition at Iowa State Classic

This news story was published on February 14, 2021.
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AMES – The UNI track and field team tallied a total of four event wins and 24 top-five finishes over the weekend at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.

Graduate student Elijah Hicks, and seniors Sven Van Den Bergh and Tayshaun Cooper garnered first-place finishes in the men’s 60 meters (6.94), men’s 600 yards (1:12.32), and men’s 200 meters (21.91), respectively. Freshman Jabari Fox followed close behind Cooper in the men’s 200 meters, finishing second and stopping the clock at 22.02. The Panthers notched second-place finishes in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with sophomore Jack Sumners clocking a time of 8.25, as well as in the men’s shot put, with graduate student Darius King recording a throw of 19.25m. UNI also took second in the men’s 4×400 meter relay, with Cooper, Van Den Bergh, senior Connor Blough, and sophomore Onal Mitchell stopping the clock at 3:15.73.

On the women’s side, sophomore Jill Bennett led UNI in the women’s 60 meters, posting a personal best time of 7.73 to take third with junior Rylan Santi following close behind with a time of 7.75 to place fourth. The women’s 4×400 meter relay team composed of Bennett, freshman Sophia Jungling, freshman Libby Wedewer, and senior Allison Hilleman landed fourth with a time of 3:55.64.

During the first day of competition on Friday, senior Cameron Cantrall, freshman Matt Davis, and junior Owen Minshall went 1-2-3 in the men’s high jump, each posting marks of 1.90m. Junior Cierra Laux landed third with a mark of 3.30m in the women’s pole vault and the Panthers posted fourth-place finishes in the men’s long jump (freshman Parker Kiewiet, 6.85m), men’s weight throw (graduate student Kyler Yodts, 19.98m) and women’s high jump (freshman Rylie Todd, 1.65m).

Up Next
UNI is set to host the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Feb. 26-28.

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