DES MOINES - The University of Northern Iowa track & field teams continued competition at the Drake Relays on Friday, with several notable performances in the field events and relays.
Junior Kelsey Sukovaty threw more than two feet further than her previous best in the shot put, taking ninth place with a mark of 51-05.00 (15.67m). Sukovaty and former Panther All-American Rachel Jansen are the only two women in UNI history to top 50 feet in the shot put. Sukovaty also moved up to No. 4 in the MVC this season.
Carlos Anderson, Derek Kramer, Wilmot Wellington and Jarred Herring teamed up in the 4x100m relay to post a season-best time of 40.82 seconds and advance to Saturday's final. Their time is the second-best in the MVC this year.
The UNI team of Brady Fritz, Chad Rutledge, Justin Bartels and Aaron Stockstell took fifth place in the 4x800m relay, crossing the line in 7:30.95.
The Panthers' women's 4x400m relay team of Michaela Brungardt, Paige Knodle, Darian Thompson and Sam Cameron clocked a season-best time of 3:43.46, but failed to advance to the finals. Jordan Guske, Marshall Hill, Jesse Davenport and Sheldon Magee - all freshmen - just missed a season-best in the 4x400m relay at 3:13.39.
Sophomore Adam McDonnell was seventh in the javelin, throwing 197-02 (60.10m). Senior Justin Romero threw 57-06.25 (17.53m) in the shot put to claim eighth place.
Freshman Sebastian Barth was 11th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.44 seconds. Senior Olimpia Nowak posted a time of 14.11 seconds in the 100m hurdles for 12th place.
UNI's women's distance medley team of Lindsey Wilkins, Emily Roberts, Emily McCarthy and Scotti Schon recorded a time of 11:54.19, barely missing out on a spot on the school's all-time top five list. The quartet placed 14th in the event.
Sam Kranz and Daniel Gooris each cleared 16-04.75 (5.00m) in the pole vault for 11th and 13th place, respectively.
Competition wraps up Saturday at Drake Stadium.