FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior hurdler Ryan Newtoff continued the momentum off his MVC title win in the 400 meter hurdles into the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary round today as he qualified for the quarterfinals in the event.
Newtoff ran in the fourth heat of the event, placing fourth in his heat and 22nd overall out of 48 athletes. He notched a time of 51.60, marking his second fastest time this season after running a life-time best 50.58 at the MVC Championships. He will now compete in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., looking to place in the top-12 to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
In his first NCAA appearance, Brandon Carnes put in a strong effort in the men’s 100 meter dash. He finished fifth in his heat with a time of 10.54, just missing out on the quarterfinals by two spots and placing 22nd out of the 48 competitors as just a true freshman.
Alex Wilson rounded out the Panther track performers for the first day of competition, running in the women’s 1,500 meter first round. Wilson, who broke the school record in the 1,500 meters earlier this season, capped off her stellar year with a hard-fought run in a competitive field to place ninth in her heat with a time of 4:27.58.
Libby Torresani entered the NCAA West Preliminary meet ranked 27th in the NCAA West Region, but unfortunately due to an injury, was forced to withdraw from the competition. The junior from Middleton, Wis. finished the 2014 season with two new school records and an MVC outdoor title in the pole vault.
Jamie Lindstrom turned in a solid performance in the women’s shot put competition, placing fifth in her flight. The Hudson, Wis. native threw for a distance of 47-9.00 and finished the 2014 season ranked all-time at UNI in the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw.
Adam McDonnell also finished fifth in his flight of the men’s javelin competition, throwing for a distance of 200-2.00. The senior will end his career at UNI as a four-time team point scorer in the javelin at the MVC Outdoor Championships and a three-time NCAA West Preliminary qualifier along with being ranked second all-time at UNI.
The Panthers will return to action tomorrow for the second day of competition at the NCAA West Preliminary round. UNI will start tomorrow with the men’s 110 meter hurdles beginning at 5 p.m.