DES MOINES, Iowa – A quartet of Panther multi-event athletes opened the first day of the Drake Relays this afternoon as Paige Knodle, Brandon Mortensen, Daniel Gooris and Ben Lindaman all finished the first half of the heptathlon and decathlon.
Knodle is currently in seventh place after four events. The sophomore came away with a big win in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 14.17 into a strong head wind. Knodle also finished first in the 200 meter portion of the heptathlon, crossing the finish line with a time of personal-best time of 24.81.
In the high jump, Knodle finished with a season-best height of 4-11.50. In the second field event of the day, Knodle launched a throw of 30-01.00 in the shot put to finish the day with 2,965 points.
In the decathlon, Mortensen started the day strong, winning the 100 meter dash with a new personal-best time of 11.01. Lindaman also finished with a PR in the event with a time of 11.49.
Mortensen finished in the top-half of the long jump competition, notching a jump of 22-00.25. In the shot put competition, Gooris stepped up taking second place with a season-best throw of 42-11.50 with Lindaman finishing right behind him in third with a throw of 41-06.00.
Gooris tied for third in the high jump, getting over the bar at a height of 6-05.00, giving him another season-best performance. Mortensen also tied for third in the event getting the same height as Gooris to tie his own season-best height.
After finishing the high jump with no height, Lindaman rallied and put up a personal-best time of 52.11 to finish the day in the 400 meters. Gooris and Mortensen both finished with season-best times in the event to finish the first half of the decathlon.
Gooris is currently in seventh place with 3,595 points, followed by Mortensen in ninth place with 3,558 points and Lindaman finishing the day with 2,773 points. The Panthers will return to action tomorrow when the second half of the multi-events is set to start at 9:30 a.m. with the decathlon with the heptathlon following at 10:30 a.m.