Track and Field
Throwers Shine at Gateway Twilight Invitational
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Monday 04/19/2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. –  The University of Northern Iowa track and field team wrapped up competition at the Gateway Twilight Invitational today with the throws crew continuing their strong outdoor performance.

The Panthers came away with 10 top-five finishes in the throwing ring today, including three individual wins.

Adam McDonnell picked up another win in the hammer throw, going for a distance of 192-01. Matt Schiffer rounded out the top-three with a third place finish in the hammer, throwing a mark of 177-02.

In the women’s competition, Sydney Rabon took second place with a huge personal-best of 178-10 to place her fifth all-time at UNI. Jamie Lindstrom followed suit with a PR of her own, finishing third with a distance of 173-05.

Lindstrom also brought home a win in the women’s shot put competition with Rabon placing second, both finishing with season-best marks. True freshman Justin Dunn also competed in the men’s shot put, placing fourth with a personal-best throw of 47-6.50.

Schiffer won the men’s discus competition with a toss of 164-07. Chloe Schmidt continued with her strong outdoor season with another top-three finish in the women’s discus, coming in third with a mark of 142-03.

Rounding out the throwing competition in Edwardsville was junior Rachel Burns in the javelin, placing second overall. She finished with a new personal record throw of 130-3.00 to place herself in the top-five in the MVC.

Joining Rabon on the UNI all-time list is Amber Clock. Clock was one of a handful of athletes to compete in the Long Beach State Invitational today, running in the women’s 800 meter run. She finished with a big personal-best time of 2:09.93 earning the fifth-best time in UNI history.

Opening the running events for the Panthers at the Gateway Twilight Invite were the hurdlers, with Ryan Newtoff and Jon Rus both qualifying for the finals in the 110 meter hurdles. Newtoff placed second in the finals, while running just .01 off his PR in the prelims with a season-best time of 14.46.

Christine MacNeill also qualified for the finals in the 100 meter hurdles, running a fast time of 14.19 in the preliminary race. She went on to finish fourth in the finals with a new personal-best time of 14.02.

“We had a really good day across the board,” head coach Dan Steele said. “We like what we are seeing from our athletes and are excited to see what they can do at the Drake Relays this coming week.”

The UNI track and field program will return to action when they head to Des Moines, Iowa for the 105th annual Drake Relays. The event will take place April 23-27 with the multi-events kicking off the meet on Wednesday.

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