FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Northern Iowa track and field program finished up the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary round today, competing against the best athletes in the country.
Junior Sebastian Barth ran in the fastest 110 meter hurdles quarterfinal in the NCAA with the meet record falling in two different heats. Barth notched a life-time best time of 13.82 in the race, giving him the sole spot of second all-time at UNI.
Barth was just barely edged out of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., missing the 12th spot by just .01 of a second. This was Barth’s third straight NCAA West Preliminary appearance, ending his season with his career-best time and MVC all-conference honors.
Senior Matt Schiffer made his NCAA West Preliminary debut today, competing in the men’s discus competition. The Mason City, Iowa native capped off a solid season after finishing fifth in his flight with a throw of 172-3.00. Schiffer will finish up his career at UNI with an MVC discus title and the third best discus mark in school history in tow.
The Panthers will return to action when junior Paige Knodle heads to Eugene to compete in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet is set to take place June 11-14.