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Michaela Brungardt
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
Michaela Brungardt
Panthers Compete at ISU Last Chance Meet
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Thursday 03/03/2012

AMES, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa track & field teams sent selected athletes to the Iowa State Last Chance NCAA Qualifier meet on Saturday, and four Panthers came home with top-five finishes.

In the women's 400m dash, senior Michaela Brungardt ran 54.97 - the second-fastest time of her career - for third place. Brungardt ranks No. 2 in UNI history in the event.

Aaron Stockstell finished the 800m in a season-best 1:50.27 for third place. Stockstell's time is the second-fastest 800m performance by a Missouri Valley Conference athlete this season.

Daniel Gooris took third place in the men's pole vault with a vault of 16-05.25 (5.01m). Jenna Wexter cleared 12-02.00 (3.71m) in the women's pole vault for a fifth-place finish.

Senior Brady Fritz clocked a time of 4:15.84 in the mile for 10th place.

Senior Olimpia Nowak is expected to be among the qualifiers in the pentathlon for the NCAA Indoor Championships being hosted by Boise State University in Nampa, Idaho, on March 9-10. Nowak is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation in the multi-event. The top 14 performances on the pentathlon descending order list are guaranteed to qualify.

On the men's side, senior Daniel Gooris ranks No. 15 in the nation in the heptathlon. The NCAA selects a minimum of 14 athletes to the Indoor Championships in the multi-events. Fifteen men competed in the heptathlon in 2011 and 16 competed in 2010. Official announcements from the NCAA are expected late Sunday evening.

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