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UNI Panther track & field crowns five champs at Iowa Open

IOWA CITY — UNI track and field visited Iowa City for the fourth and final time this indoor season on Friday, picking up five first-place finishes at the Iowa Open, setting the stage for the Panthers to compete at upcoming Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championships next weekend in Chicago.

IOWA CITY — UNI track and field visited Iowa City for the fourth and final time this indoor season on Friday, picking up five first-place finishes at the Iowa Open, setting the stage for the Panthers to compete at upcoming Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championships next weekend in Chicago.

High jumper Rylie Todd kicked off the meet by taking home second place with a leap of 1.70 meters, while Josie Moreland (1.65m) and Chloe Largent (1.60m) finished in third and fifth place respectively. In the men’s high jump, Ethan Peters finished in second place after clearing an even two meters, with Brody Lovell (1.85m) placed fourth in the event. Brendan Safley won the men’s pole vault for a fifth time this indoor season, clearing 5.15 meters. Competing unattached in the pole vault, Aaron Sobush (4.35m) and Colin Buch (3.45m) finished in second and fifth place.

In the men’s long jump premier, Jack Sumners leaped 7.17 meters for a new season-best mark to finish in second place, as Zach Butcher placed third (7.16m). Josey Dunbar finished in second place in the women’s triple jump premier with a personal-best jump of 10.60 meters and Kallie Greiner (10.30m) placed third. Alivia Silvestri won the women’s pole vault premier with a personal-best vault of 3.86 meters, tying the third-highest mark in program history. Sydnee Scott (3.45m) and Hannah Wallace (3.15m) took home second and third place respectively in the women’s pole vault with Isabelle Cox (3.00m) placing fourth.

In the distance events, Chase Lauman set a new meet record with a time of 8:19.91 to take home gold in the men’s 3,000-meter premier, followed by Carson Owens (8:31.75) and Caleb Kass (8:52.46) in fourth and fifth with career-best times. In the women’s 3000-meter premier, Brooke O’Brien (10:52.95) finished in fourth place and Lauren Klein (11:15.06) took fifth.

Clinching the women’s 400-meter premier title, Darci Wiseman clocked in a time of 58.75 with Anna Winterrowd following in second with a personal-best time of 59.21. Competing unattached, Carli Jo Fusco finished fourth in a time of 59.94. Jayden Dickson took second place in career-best fashion in the men’s 600-meter premier (1:19.78), as Kon Dot following in fourth (1:21.31).

Recording a personal-best time of 8.98 seconds, Kelly Proesch placed fifth in the women’s 60-meter hurdles premier finals, as Eva Van De Mortel took home second place in the women’s 60-meter dash (7.80 seconds). Mary Kelly earned third place in the women’s 800-meter premier in a personal-best performance of 2:16.68, with Ty Getz, competing unattached, finishing in fifth place in a season-best time of 2:00.68 in the men’s 800-meter run. Joey Perry crossed the finish line in a time of 25.38 to win in the women’s 200-meter premier, as Winterrowd came in fifth place (26.81).

USATF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
In addition to Panther athletes competing in Iowa City, UNI’s Kate Fare earned fifth place with a throw of 16.73 meters in the women’s shot put at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

UP NEXT
UNI now turns its attention to the MVC Indoor Championships, to be held Feb. 25-26 at Gately Park in Chicago. Live coverage of the meet will be available both days beginning in the afternoon on ESPN+.

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