UNI Recognizes Student-Athletes of the Month
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Thursday 05/07/2012

The University of Northern Iowa athletic department has honored four Panthers as the Student-Athletes of the Month for their performances in April. Olimpia Nowak (Track & Field - Rawicz, Poland), Daniel Gooris (Track & Field - Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola), Justin Romero (Track & Field - Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) and Brittany Atterbury (Women's Golf - Rockton, Ill./Rockton) were selected by the UNI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Nowak is a senior on the UNI track & field team, majoring in psychology.

Nowak put up some of the top performances in UNI history during the month of April. She shattered the UNI school record in the heptathlon and established one of the top performances in the nation this season at the Drake Relays on Apr. 25-26. Nowak scored 5,686 points, breaking the previous school record by 136 points and putting her at No. 7 in the country this year. Her 100m hurdles time (13.58 seconds) at Drake is also a new school record, and her 400m hurdles time from May 4 (58.77 seconds) is No. 2 in UNI history. Both hurdles performances ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

Gooris is a senior on the Panther track & field squad, majoring in movement and exercise science: sport psychology.

Gooris won the decathlon title at the prestigious Drake Relays on Apr. 25-26, scoring a personal-best 7,624 points to currently rank No. 11 in the nation. He topped the rest of the field by a 300-point margin and set new lifetime bests in four of the 10 events. Gooris notched outdoor-best performances in two additional events. Along with holding the top decathlon score in the Valley, Gooris ranks second in the MVC in the pole vault with his clearance of 17-00.75 (5.20m) from the Drake Relays.

Romero is a senior general studies major on the UNI track & field team.

Romero destroyed the 34-year-old UNI school record in the shot put on Mar. 31 to win the title at the Central College Invitational, and he broke the record once more on May 4 at the Messersmith Invite. Romero surpassed the previous record by more than one foot on each occasion, and his recent toss of 61-01.50 (18.63m) leads the MVC and ranks No. 16 in the nation this season.

Atterbury is a senior on the Panther women's golf team, majoring in communications.

Atterbury was named the MVC Player of the Year following the Panthers' third-place finish as a team at the MVC Championships. She took the individual title at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational on Apr. 6-7, shooting a career-low 69 in the second round. Atterbury finished fourth at the MVC Championships as an individual, and she also tied for third at Creighton on Apr. 16-17.

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