Site: Madison, Wis.
Venue: Shell Facility
Date: Jan. 18-19, 2013
The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will hit the road this weekend to compete at the Wisconsin Elite Invite on Jan. 18-19. Fans can follow along with the action with the Badgers' live results page at www.uwathletics.com/live/track.
The Wisconsin Elite Invite is not an open meet and only teams that were invited are allowed to compete. The Panthers will be competing against Illinois State, Southeast Missouri State, UW-Whitewater and Wisconsin.
Who To Watch For
Sophomore Jordan Guske is coming off two strong meets for the Panthers where he saw personal records for two different events and landed himself on the UNI all-time list for the 300 meters. Guske is continuing his success after last indoor season where he was a part of the MVC Championship 4X400 meter relay team. Kelsey Sukovaty and Sydney Rabon both looked strong during the Panther Open taking first and second place respectively in the weight throw and shot put. Rabon notched two personal-best performances with her second place finishes in the weight throw and the shot put.
History in the Making
The University of Northern Iowa became the second school in U.S. Track and Field History to have the 400 meter hurdles be an event in an indoor track meet. New Mexico was the first collegiate program to try the event last season at their home indoor meets.
New Event, New Record
With the 400 meter hurdles being a new event in not only UNI history, but Missouri Valley Conference history, the UNI track and field program set several new records at the Panther Open (1/12). Emily Roberts set a new women's UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record in the 400 meter hurdles with her time of 1:04.39. On the men's side, Ryan Newtoff set a new UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record with his time of 55.87.
First to the Line
The Panthers came away from the Panther Open (1/12) with 18 first place finishes. Here is a run-down of the first place performances:
Weight Throw: Jordan Williams, Kelsey Sukovaty
Shot Put: Jordan Williams, Kelsey Sukovaty
Triple Jump: Charles Brown
High Jump: Thomas Larson
60 Meter Hurdles: Sebastian Barth
60 Meter Dash: Derek Kramer
400 Hurdles: Ryan Newtoff, Emily Roberts
Mile: Scotti Schon
1,000 Meters: Ryan Krogmann
600 Meters: Antoine Parrish, Sam Cameron
300 Meters: Jordan Guske, Nicole Hensley
Sprinting in Numbers
The UNI men's sprinting program has shown its strength this indoor season by qualifying at least two athletes to the finals of the 60 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles at the Holiday Preview (12/7) and the Panther Open (1/12). At the Panther open, UNI qualified five men for the 60 meter dash and four for the 60 meter hurdles. Derek Kramer won first in the 60 meter dash finals and Sebastian Barth took home first in the 60 meter hurdle finals.
The Panther hosted their first meet of the season with the Panther Open (1/12). UNI came away with several personal records, including a PR from Jordan Guske in the 300 meters (35.13) that landed him third all-time at UNI in the event.
Marshall Hill wasted no time in making a name for himself this track season, tying the fifth-fastest time in UNI history in the 300 meters at the Holiday Preview (12/7). His time of 35.16 tied Sheldon Magee's time that was set last season.
The UNI track and field program came out of the Holiday Preview with several personal best performances. Jordan Guske notched a personal-best time in the 400 meters with a time of 49.25. Both Jordan Williams and Adam McDonnell grabbed personal-best throws in the weight throw with Williams getting a distance of 18.55 meters and McDonnell throwing for 18.40 meters.
While competing at the Holiday Preview (12/7), the Panthers turned in seven top-five finishes during the meet. On the men's side Marshall Hill finished in third in the 300 meters, Jesse Davenport finished in second in the 600 yard run and Jordan Williams and Adam McDonnell finished in third and fourth in the weight throw. On the women's side Lindsay Gierke finished fifth in the 300 meters, Libby Torresani finished second in the pole vault and Emily Wandling finished in third in the triple jump.
Panthers in the Rankings
Sebastian Barth posted the 37th fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles in the NCAA last weekend at the Panther Open (12/7) with a time of 8.04. Jordan Williams notched the 29th best shot put throw with a distance of 56-9.25 and he also holds the 32nd best throw in the weight throw from the Holiday Preview (12/7) with a distance of 60-10.5.
On the men's side, UNI will have 10 seniors returning, including All-Americans Daniel Gooris and Jordan Williams, along with distance star Brett Egan. On the women's side, the Panthers will return 11 seniors, including distance specialists Scott Schon and Allison Fick and pole vaulter Jenna Wexter.
With other universities such as Iowa and Iowa State close by, UNI has more than competed in the recruiting business with 54 athletes from the state of Iowa on this year's roster.
UNI had an outstanding season in the multi-events last season and is expecting the game this year. The Panthers return Paige Knodle who earned third place at the USATF Junior National Championships in the heptathlon and notched the fourth best pentathlon performance in UNI history with 3,635 points. UNI also returns Daniel Gooris who earned second team All-American status last season in the decathlon and won the MVC Championship in the heptathlon.
New to the Track
UNI Track and Field fans will get to see new faces on the track this season with 10 new freshmen on the men's team and 10 on the women's team. Although they are going to be new to the track, fans will recognize Hannah Martin, Callie Matthews and Zach Bucheit from the 2012 cross country season where they competed as true freshmen.
Building the Program
The track program also added new faces to their coaching staff this season, but some of them will seem familiar to UNI fans. Olimpia Nowak, Allen Weeks, Tanner Hurt and Sam Kranz will return to the track as coaches after running for UNI as students. Jeff Coover will also start his first year as a UNI coach after finishing his track and field career at Indiana.
2011-12 Indoor Rewind: Men's Team
The men's team is coming off another successful indoor track and field season where they saw several season and personal best times. Carlos Anderson and Justin Romero each won their second-consecutive Valley titles in the 60 meter dash and shot put, respectively. The men's team also took the MVC title in the 4X400 meter relay with three freshmen (Jordan Guske, Aaron Stockstell and Marshall) running in the event. Daniel Gooris capped a tremendous performance in the heptathlon, taking his second career title in the multi-event and racked up 5,679 points for a new lifetime-best score that ranks him second in UNI history. Gooris then finished ninth at the NCAA Championships and earned second team All-America honors.
2011-12 Indoor Rewind: Women's Team
The women's team also finished with several personal and season best times during the indoor season, including a new school record in the pentathlon set by Olimpia Nowak. The UNI women repeated as league champions in the 4X400 meter relay with the team of Michaela Brungardt, Paige Knodle, Darian Thompson and Sam Cameron. Their time of 3:40.77 stands as a new UNI all-time record. Jenna Wexter upped her own school record in the pole vault, as she cleared 13-01.00 for the first time and earned All-MVC honors with a third-place finish. Nowak qualified and place eighth in the pentathlon after battling an ankle injury. She became UNI's first women's track and field All-American since 2008.