The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's track & field teams are both ranked in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest regional rankings. The men came in at No. 13 for the fourth straight week, while the Panther women entered the rankings at No. 15.
UNI is led by Daniel Gooris, Justin Romero and Jordan Williams in the national descending order lists. Gooris is currently No. 10 in the country in the decathlon, Romero is No. 22 in the shot put, and Williams is No. 25 nationally in the discus.
Tanner Hurt (No. 35 in the hammer throw) and Aaron Stockstell (No. 50 in the 800m) also rank in the nation's Top 50. Along with his decathlon mark, Gooris is No. 47 in the nation in the pole vault.
The Panthers' 4x100m relay team of Carlos Anderson, Derek Kramer, Wilmot Wellington and Jarred Herring is tied for the No. 26 spot on the national list.
Olimpia Nowak dominates the UNI women's presence on the national descending order lists, but two Panthers joined her after performances at the Drake Relays. Nowak is No. 5 in the heptathlon, No. 42 in the 400m hurdles and No. 48 in the 100m hurdles. Freshman Paige Knodle ranks No. 25 in the country in the heptathlon, and Kelsey Sukovaty's personal-best shot put toss of 51-05 at the Drake Relays has her at No. 45 in the nation.
UNI will host the Messersmith Invitational on May 4 at the Mark Messersmith Outdoor Track & Field Complex in Cedar Falls.