2013 Dome Open
Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Date: Feb. 15, 2013
Results: Results will be posted to unipanthers.com
The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will return to the UNI-Dome this week as they host the Dome Open on Friday Feb. 15. The first event is set to start at 1:00 p.m. with admission to the event being free.
This will count as the third meet that the Panthers have hosted this indoor season. UNI has been successful this season at home, achieving several season and personal best times at the Panther Open and the Jack Jennett Invitational. The Dome Open will serve as a final tune-up for the Panther track and field squad before they head into the MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The University of Northern Iowa men's track and field team made its first appearance in the USTFCCCA Division I Regional rankings, coming in at No. 15 in the Midwest Region.
In just his first full heptathlon competition as a Panther, Miller scored 5,682 total points to post the second-best score in UNI history and seventh best score in the country at the ISU Classic (2/7). Miller notched personal-best performances in the 60 meter dash (6.99) and the shot put (42-05.25).
Setting a Goal
Jordan Guske continues to set new personal records this season, including a new 400 meter dash PR at the ISU Classic (2/7). Guske ran the race in a time of 48.56, placing him second in the MVC.
The Panthers had two personal-best performances in the 3,000 meter race at the ISU Classic (2/7). Allison Fick competed in the women's race, coming away with a big PR of 10:04.44, while true freshman Zach Buchheit scored a time of 8:39.55 in the men's race to set a new personal-best.
The Final Two
Derek Kramer and Sebastian Barth have both qualified past the preliminary race of their sprinting events in every meet they have competed in. Kramer specializes in the 60 meter dash while Barth is the Panthers' top 60 meter hurdler.
Calvin Kibby picked up a big personal-best performance in the mile at the ISU Classic 2/7, winning the event with a time of 4:12.58. Scotti Schon came away with a personal-best performance in the women's mile event, beating her previous PR by over three second with a time of 4:58.91. Her time of 4:58.91 places her fifth all-time at UNI in the event.
Jumping for PRs
The Panthers had two personal-records broken and a season-best in the high jump at the ISU Classic (2/7) and the Hilltop Invite (2/2). Tommy Yackle and Angus Stoudt both set new personal records in the men's high jump at the ISU Classic, both jumping for 6-06.25 for their personal best performances. At the Hilltop Invite, Thomas Larson jumped a season-best and team best 6-08.00.
Kelsey Sukovaty beat her personal record in the shot put that she set at the Elite Invite (1/18) at the ISU Classic (2/7). She finished with a distance of 50-00.75, which keeps her in second place all-time at UNI.
Panthers in the NCAAs
UNI has two Panthers ranked in the top-50 in the country right now in their respective events. Adam McDonnell currently holds the 35th best distance in the weight throw (63-05.50) that he set at the Elite Invite (1/18). Ethan Miller scored the seventh best heptathlon performance in the country at the ISU Classic (2/7) with 5,682 total points.
Keeping the Pace
Jordan Guske competed in the 200 meter dash at the Meyo Invitational (2/2), matching his personal best time of 22.25 that he set at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26).
800 for the Best
Emily McCarthy and Molly Cashman both qualified for the seeded 800 meter run at the ISU Classic (2/7) with both notching season-best times. Emily McCarthy came across the finish line with a time of 2:13.32 while Cashman finished in 2:16.20.
Going for Gold
Brett Egan ran a season best time of 14:41.95 in the 5,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational (2/1). The time he posted, set him in second place in the MVC. John Mascari of Indiana State holds the current fastest time in the conference.
Long Distance Specialty
Allison Fick competed in the 5,000 meter race at the Meyo Invitational (2/1), finishing with a time of 17:31.96. Her time of 17:31.96 placed her third in the MVC and landed her third all-time at UNI in the event.
Two Events, One day
Jamie Lindstrom picked up two personal best performances at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) in the same day. She opened with a PR in the women's weight throw with a distance of 56-08.50 and followed with a personal-best throw in the shot put of 43-02.25.
Throwing for the Best
Jordan Williams claimed a new personal best and third place finish in the men's weight throw at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) 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.
Libby Torresani matched her personal-best height in the pole vault that she set at the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18) at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) 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.
Three Weeks, Three wins
Derek Kramer won the 60 meter dash for the third week in a row at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26) after taking home first in the event at the Panther Open (1/12) and Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18). He won the event with a season-best time of 6.91, keeping him in third place in the MVC. The men's 4X400 meter relay team also won the event for the third week in a row with a time of 3:21.74. The team currently holds the best time in the MVC this season.
First time for First Place
True freshman Maddy Beeler won her first collegiate event at the Wisconsin Elite Invite, (1/18) winning the 400 meters. She posted a time of 58.65. Beeler followed up her performance with another first place finish in the 400 meters at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26), setting a new personal-best with a time of 57.39.
Libby Torresani had never pole vaulted over 12 feet until the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18). At the Elite Invite, Torresani not only set a new personal record, but did so in dominating fashion, beating her old personal record of 11-05.75 by 10 inches. She set a new PR in the event with a height of 12-03.50.
Sydney Rabon set a new personal record in the weight throw when she broke 60-feet for the first time in her career at the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/18). Her throw of 60-08.50 put her in third place all-time at UNI in the event.
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) and beat those records at the Jack Jennett Invitational (1/26). Emily Roberts set a new women's UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record in the 400 meter hurdles with her time of 1:03.43. On the men's side, Ryan Newtoff set a new UNI, UNI-Dome and MVC record with his time of 54.48.
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.
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), the Panther Open (1/12) and the Wisconsin Elite Invite (1/19). 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.
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.
UNI had an outstanding season in the multi-events last season and is expecting the same 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.