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Jenna Wexter
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
Jenna Wexter
Wexter's School Record Leads UNI Charge at ESU Relays
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Saturday 04/07/2012

EMPORIA, Kan. - University of Northern Iowa senior Jenna Wexter had owned a share of the UNI school record in the pole vault since the 2010 outdoor season, but she stamped her name on it outright on Saturday afternoon at the ESU Relays hosted by Emporia State. Wexter cleared 12-09.50 (3.90m) to win the event and surpass the previous UNI all-time best by two inches.

Wexter vaulted 12-07.50 in 2010 - a mark she shared with Kayleen Popp atop the UNI record books until Saturday. She cleared 12-09.50 on her first attempt at the height today.

Sophomore thrower Adam McDonnell notched an historic performance of his own, as he threw 210-09 (64.23m) to win the javelin. McDonnell's mark makes him No. 2 all-time at UNI in the javelin.

Traci Harms won the women's hammer throw, matching her personal-best mark from last season at 186-05 (56.81m). That performance ranks Harms at No. 2 on the UNI all-time list. Harms also threw 47-05.00 (14.45m) for a personal-best and a second-place finish in the shot put.

Ryan Newtoff claimed the 400m hurdles title at his second straight meet, winning in a season-best 54.10 on Saturday. Sophomore Emily Roberts made it a UNI sweep in the 400m hurdles, as she took her first collegiate win in the event with a time of 1:03.01.

UNI will return to action at the Jim Duncan Invitational hosted by Drake University on Apr. 14.

Men's Highlights

School record-holder Tanner Hurt claimed the title in the hammer throw with a toss of 199-03 (60.73m) and placed second in the discus with a mark of 163-06 (49.84m). Jordan Williams and Adam McDonnell placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the hammer throw.

Justin Romero followed up last week's school record-breaking performance in the shot put with another championship in the event. Romero threw 59-00.00 (17.98m) to top the rest of the field by nearly three and a half feet.

Senior Jarred Herring - the defending 100m dash champion in the Missouri Valley Conference - made his outdoor debut on Saturday, posting the MVC's top time 100m dash time this season at 10.53 seconds.

A pair of Panther freshmen - Sheldon Magee and Jordan Guske - took second and third in the 400m dash. Magee recorded a time of 48.86, while Guske's time was 49.28.

Aaron Stockstell placed second in the 800m in 1:52.01. Ryan Krogmann was third in 1:54.77.

Junior Brett Egan notched a personal-best of 14:40.08 on his way to a second-place finish in the 5,000m run.

Senior Brady Fritz clocked the fastest 1500m time by a Panther this season, finishing in 4:00.95 for third place.

Thomas Larson cleared a season-best 6-06.75 (2.00m) for sixth place in the high jump.

Women's Highlights

Freshman Rachel Peth placed fourth in the 100m hurdles in 14.62 seconds. Lindsay Gierke recorded a new personal best of 14.45 seconds in the prelims but did not run in the finals.

Junior Allison Fick and senior Jill Lageschulte finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000m run. Fick finished in 10:16.72 and Lageschulte crossed the line in 10:21.23.

Junior Sam Cameron, senior Michaela Brungardt and freshman Darian Thompson went 2-3-5 in the 400m dash. Cameron led the way in 56.25, Brungardt finished in 56.50, and Thompson posted a time of 57.50.

Hayley Thomas clocked a personal-best time of 17:38.51 to place second in the 5,000m run. Junior Scotti Schon posted a time of 4:48.41 for third place in the 1500m run. Lindsey Wilkins was fourth in 4:49.63.

Senior Johanna Smith cleared 5-05.00 (1.65m) for a new personal best and a fifth-place finish in the high jump.

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