Track and Field
Throwers Highlight Jack Jennett Invitational
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Saturday 01/26/2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa track and field program completed the Jack Jennett Invitational today with highlights coming from the throwing squads' personal-best performances in the shot put and weight throw.

Kelsey Sukovaty put out another strong performance in the weight throw, finishing second overall with a distance of 57-10.50. Jamie Lindstrom followed suit with a new personal best in the event, throwing for a distance of 56-08.50.

Sukovaty also came in second in the shot put with a throw of 47-07.75, with Sydney Rabon following in third place with a distance of 44-07.00. Lindstrom notched her second personal-best performance of the day with her fourth place finish and 43-02.25 throw in the shot put.

Jordan Williams claimed a new personal best and third place finish in the men's weight throw with a distance of 61-07.50, placing him in the top-five in the conference. Williams and Justin Baker also set new personal records in the shot put. Williams finished with a throw of 57-11.00, winning the event and keeping him in second place in the MVC, while Baker threw 55-02.00 and finished in second place.

"The Jack Jennett meet is always a lot of fun," head coach Dan Steele said. "This serves as the introduction to our season, and it gets more competitive from here. We feel good about the day, and we know the marks and times will continue to improve."

The Panthers hosted the 400 meter hurdles for the second time this indoor season with new UNI and UNI-Dome records being set in the men's and women's competition. Ryan Newtoff won the men's 400 meter hurdles for the second time this season, setting a new personal-best, UNI record and UNI-Dome record of 54.48.

Emily Roberts also won the event for the second time this season, finishing with a new personal record in the event. Her time of 1:03.43 also set a new UNI and UNI-Dome record.

Maddie Beeler won the 400 meter dash for the second week in a row, giving the freshman her second collegiate career win. She finished the race with a time of 57.39, while Sam Cameron finished in second place overall in the race with a time of 57.72.

Jordan Guske finished the men's 400 meters in third place overall. His time of 48.86 places him first in the Missouri Valley Conference as he continues to turn in solid times in the event.

Two of the Panthers top cross country runners gave a strong performance in the women's mile with Allison Fick taking home first place and Hayley Thomas finishing in third. Fick finished with a time of 5:13.28 and Thomas came across the line with a time of 5:15.46.

Derek Kramer won the 60 meter dash for the third week in a row after taking home first in the event at the Panther Open and Wisconsin Elite Invite. He won the event with a season-best time of 6.91, keeping him in third place in the MVC.

Lindsay Gierke led the women in the sprint events, coming away with a second place finish in the 200 meters and a third place finish in the 60 meter dash. She finished with season best times in both events, notching a time of 25.60 in the 200 meters and 7.83 in the 60 meters.

Libby Torresani matched her personal-best height in the pole vault that she set at the Wisconsin Elite Invite today with a jump of 12-03.50. Her performance tied her for fourth overall in the competition. Emily Endelman also tied her personal-best height in the high jump when she finished tied for third with a jump of 5-03.00.

UNI closed out the heptathlon with true freshman Brandon Mortensen finishing in fourth place overall with Angus Stoudt in fifth. Mortensen finished with a point total of 4,882, while Stoudt finished with 4,761 total points.

To close out the meet, the men's 4X400 meter relay team won the event for the third week in a row with a time of 3:21.74. The team is the defending MVC Indoor Champions and currently holds the best time in the MVC this season.

"The men's 4x400 doesn't lose very often anymore," Steele said. "They were conference champions as freshmen, and they obviously want to repeat."

The Panthers will return to action Feb. 1-2 when they head to the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.


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