May 26, 2011Complete Results
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Northern Iowa track & field team opened competition at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Rounds at historic Hayward Field on Thursday evening. The Panthers out-performed their seeding in every event and had several close calls, but senior Holli Hosch was the lone UNI athlete to move on in the qualification for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Hosch moved forward in her quest to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second straight season, running 2:07.49 in the first round of the 800m to post the 13th-fastest time. Hosch will run in the quarterfinals at 6:50 p.m. (CT) on Friday evening, with the top 12 athletes moving on to the NCAA Championships June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
"I thought the kids all did a nice job today," said UNI head coach Dan Steele. "Most of them finished ahead of their seeding."
Daniel Gooris came up just shy of advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault, clearing 16-10.75 (5.15m) before bowing out at 17-00.75. For the second straight year, Gooris ended up in a tie for 14th place overall, with the top 12 vaulters advancing to the NCAA Championships.
Sam Kranz cleared 16-06.75 (5.05m) to tie for 19th place. This is the second-consecutive year that both Gooris and Kranz have earned top-20 finishes in the West Region.
In another field event where the top 12 performers qualified for the NCAA Championships, junior Justin Romero placed 18th in the shot put with a throw of 55-07.50 (16.95m).
Junior Jarred Herring narrowly missed out on advancing to the quarterfinals of the 100m dash, clocking a time of 10.63 seconds for 25th place. The top 24 times advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round. Carlos Anderson recorded a time of 10.75 seconds.
Junior Aaron Stockstell posted a time of 1:51.00 in the men's 800m and missed out on advancing by four spots, placing 28th.
Junior Olimpia Nowak posted the second-fastest 400m hurdles time of her career at 1:00.87, but placed 31st and did not advance.
Competition at the Preliminary Rounds will continue on Friday with UNI being represented by Traci Harms, Tanner Hurt and Jordan Williams in the hammer throw, Nowak in the 100m hurdles, and Hosch in the quarterfinals of the 800m.