CARBONDALE, Ill. – Junior Libby Torresani continued her successful season in the pole vault today at the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships by winning her first career MVC Title.
The Middleton, Wis. native picked up the Panthers first MVC individual championship of the meet with her win in the women’s pole vault. She finished with a height of 12-11.00 to notch the 10 teams points for UNI.
“This was an exciting first day of competition,” head coach Dan Steele said. “It was terrific to see Libby pick up her first conference title in the pole vault.”
Paige Knodle also medaled today for the Panthers, finishing second in the women’s javelin competition. The school record holder in the javelin finished with a season-best toss of 148-05 for her second place finish.
A pair of seniors for the men’s program scored team points for the Panthers in an exciting men’s javelin final. Adam McDonnell placed fourth overall with a throw of 201-04 while Ben Lindaman placed sixth with a season-best mark of 195-11.
Alex Wilson kicked off the running events for UNI, qualifying for the finals in the women’s 1,500 meters after turning in the fastest preliminary time of 4:31.94. Senior Calvin Kibby also qualified for the finals in the men’s 1,500 meter run, finishing with a strong time of 3:52.97.
Brandon Carnes sustained his solid performances this season in the 200 meters after winning his preliminary heat and qualifying for the finals in the event. He finished with a time of 21.45, the fastest time out of the four heats.
“Alex Wilson and Brandon Carnes both turned in impressive performances with them winning their sections to qualify for the finals in the 1,500 meters and 200 dash,” Steele said. “Calvin Kibby also qualified for the finals in the 1,500 meters and continues to prove that he is a tremendous competitor.”
UNI also had three athletes representing the Panthers in the multi-events as Knodle, Rachel Peth and Lindaman competed in the first day of the heptathlon and decathlon.
Knodle ended the first day of competition sitting in first place with a point total of 3,180. She opened the heptathlon with a season-best time of 14.00 in the 100 meter hurdles, followed by a huge PR in the high jump of 5-4.50.
She threw a mark of 31-4.75 in the shot put, followed by a second place finish in the 200 meters with a season-best time of 24.66 to end the day of competition. Her first day point total of 3,180 is a personal-best for the junior in her first four events.
“Paige had a big first day of competition today,” Steele said. “She medaled in the javelin by getting second place and then was impressive in the first day of the heptathlon with a big first day PR.”
Peth finished the day in fifth place with a total of 2,926 points. She ran a time of 14.57 in the 100 meter hurdles, the third fastest time in the event. She then went on to jump a mark of 5-2.25 in the high jump.
She also put up a mark of 31-3.25 in the shot put. Peth ended the day with the 200 meter dash, coming in with a new personal-best time of 25.79.
Lindaman started off the decathlon in the 100 meter dash, placing fourth in the event with a time of 11.47. He followed it up with a mark of 20-11.75 in the long jump.
Lindaman won the shot put portion of the competition, coming away with a toss of 42-8.25. He jumped a height of 5-8.75 followed by his finish of 52.76 in the 400 meter dash to finish up his first five events. He finished the day in fifth place with a point total of 3,377.
“There is a lot of competition left over the next two days, but after day one I am feeling excited to see how we continue to compete,” Steele said.
The Panthers will return to action tomorrow with the heptathlon kicking things off at 10:30 a.m. Field events begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s shot put followed by running events at 5 p.m. with the women’s 100 meter hurdle prelims.