June 8, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa senior track standout Holli Hosch wrapped up her UNI career on Wednesday evening in the national semifinals of the 800m run at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships being held at Drake Stadium.
Hosch clocked the third-fastest outdoor 800m time in UNI history at 2:06.25, but she finished in 16th place and did not advance to Friday evening’s final. The 16th-place finish earns Hosch second team All-America honors – the first All-American recognition of her career – and it also marks an improvement over her 20th-place finish in 2010.
She concludes her UNI career as the Missouri Valley Conference all-time record-holder in the outdoor 800m, as well as holding the UNI school records at indoor 600m, indoor 800m and outdoor 800m.
“It has been a genuine pleasure watching Holli race over the past two years,” noted UNI head track & field coach Dan Steele. “She exemplifies everything we want our student-athletes to be. While we know we can’t replace her, we will point to her career as the standard we want future Panthers to measure themselves against.”
The UNI men’s 4x100m relay team of Carlos Anderson, Derek Kramer, Wilmot Wellington and Jarred Herring crossed the line in 40.56 seconds for 21st place, also failing to advance to the finals. However, all four runners received the first honorable mention All-America honors of their careers.
UNI junior Olimpia Nowak is the lone Panther remaining in competition at the NCAA Championships. She will compete in the heptathlon beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday.