Panthers Set for Musco Twilight
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Saturday 04/19/2012

April 21     

Musco Twilight Invitational                      

Iowa City, Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's track & field teams will compete at the Musco Twilight Invitational in Iowa City on Sat., Apr. 21. The meet will be held at Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track and is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Air Time

The 13th Annual Musco Twilight Invitational will air tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network on Sun., May 6, at 5 p.m.

Heptathlon Opener

UNI senior Olimpia Nowak captured the heptathlon title at the KT Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State on Apr. 11-12. Nowak totaled 5,365 points in adverse weather conditions for the third-best heptathlon score of her career. She leads the MVC and ranks No. 12 in the nation this season.

Leading the Valley

UNI junior Jordan Williams extended his lead over the rest of the MVC with a title and personal-best effort of 182-07 (55.65m) in the discus on April 14 at the Cornell Open. Williams is No. 4 on the UNI all-time list in the event, and No. 15 in the West Region and No. 21 in the nation this season.

Baker Breaks Out

Freshman Justin Baker surpassed his previous best in the shot put this season by five feet at the Cornell Open on Apr. 14, taking the event title with a throw of 57-05.75 (17.52m). That performance leaves Baker just one-half inch out of No. 5 on the Panthers' all-time list, No. 28 in the NCAA West Region this year, and No. 3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Shot Putters Galore

The UNI men own the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the MVC leaderboard in the shot put. Senior Justin Romero leads the league with his school-record toss of 60-01 (18.31m), and freshman Justin Baker and junior Jordan Williams have each recorded personal-best throws this season to rank No. 3 and No. 4.

First Try for Knodle Enters the Record Books

UNI freshman Paige Knodle took third place in her first-ever collegiate heptathlon competition, scoring 4,964 points at the KT Woodman Classic on Apr. 11-12. Knodle's performance puts her at No. 5 on the UNI all-time list.

Harms & Sukovaty Do it Again

UNI's standout pair of women's throwers - Traci Harms and Kelsey Sukovaty - once again altered the school's record books at the Cornell Open on Apr. 14. Harms won the shot put with a toss of 48-06.00 (14.78m) - a personal-best mark and good enough for No. 4 all-time at UNI. Sukovaty notched a new lifetime-best throw of 171-08 (52.33m) in the hammer to become No. 5 on the UNI all-time performance list.

Quite the Crew

The UNI women's hurdlers have made themselves noticed at the conference level early this outdoor season. Four of the top 12 performers in the MVC this year in the 100m hurdles are Panthers. Olimpia Nowak (1st in the MVC), Paige Knodle (4th), Lindsay Gierke (11th) and Rachel Peth (12th) have all posted times under 14.50 seconds in the event.

Re-Writing the Record Books

The Panther women have seen school records fall in nine different events over the past 15 months, and a total of 26 performances from this season alone rank in the school's all-time top-five.

Lucky 13

The UNI men's track & field team is No. 13 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest regional rankings released on April 17.

The League's Best

The UNI men own the top mark in the MVC in two of the four throwing events. Senior Justin Romero leads in the shot put, and junior Jordan Williams leads in the discus. School record-holder Tanner Hurt ranks No. 3 in the MVC in the hammer throw, and sophomore Adam McDonnell is fourth in the league in the javelin.

Only One

UNI is the only MVC school that has at least one athlete listed in the regional Top-35 for each of the four men's throwing events. The top 48 performers in each region will advance to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds at the end of May.

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