The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's track & field teams opened the season with several outstanding performances at the Panther Open on Saturday afternoon in the UNI-Dome. In all, the Panthers claimed 15 event titles.
Freshman Sebastian Barth made a statement in the men's 60m hurdles, winning the event in 7.98 seconds and moving into a tie for the No. 2 spot on the UNI all-time list.
Freshman Sheldon Magee was UNI's top finisher in the men's 300m dash, running 35.16 for the No. 4 rank all-time at UNI.
Junior Brett Egan and senior Brady Fritz each ran away with first-place finishes. Egan claimed first in the men's mile, crossing the line in a personal-best 4:20.77, while Fritz ran 2:27.44 to win the 1000m.
Senior Daniel Gooris topped the 17-foot barrier in the pole vault, as he cleared 17-00.75 (5.20m) to be the top collegiate competitor in the event.
UNI dominated the throwing events, as Tanner Hurt, Jordan Williams, Adam McDonnell and Matt Schiffer swept the top four spots in the men's weight throw. Justin Romero, Williams, and freshman Justin Baker took the top three places in the shot put.
Hurt threw 57-11.75 (17.67m) to win the weight throw, and Romero tossed 56-11.50 (17.36m) to take the shot put title. McDonnell and Schiffer each posted personal-bests in the weight throw.
Junior Kyle Burns won the 600m dash in 1:23.78.
Freshman Cam Brown posted a time of 7.00 seconds for a second-place finish in the 60m dash. Tyler Clark matched his personal-best of 8.95 seconds in taking fourth place in the 60m hurdles.
Sophomore Thomas Larson cleared 6-06.75 (2.00m) for second place in the high jump.
Senior Traci Harms won the women's weight throw and improved on her personal-best with a throw of 60-06.00 (18.44m) that ranks No. 2 in UNI history. Teammate Kelsey Sukovaty claimed the shot put title by matching her personal-best of 49-07.75 (15.13m) that also ranks No. 2 in school history.
Harms threw a personal-best 47-07.75 (14.52m) to place second in the shot put, while Sukovaty took second in the weight throw at 55-00.75 (16.78m). Freshman Sydney Rabon was third in the shot put and fifth in the weight throw.
Senior Michaela Brungardt became just the third UNI woman ever to run under 40 seconds in the 300m dash, finishing in 39.96 for second place. Olimpia Nowak and Sam Cameron each ran 40.11. Cameron, Brungardt and Nowak now rank No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4, respectively, on the UNI all-time list in the event.
Three Panther freshmen swept the top three places in the women's 60m hurdles, as Rachel Peth (9.03), Paige Knodle (9.04) and Victoria Jackson (9.09) bested the rest of the field.
Junior Lindsey Wilkins won the 1000m in 2:59.51, and junior Scotti Schon placed second in the women's mile with a time of 5:14.50.
Senior Jill Lageschulte clocked a personal-best time of 10:20.50 in the 3,000m run for second place.
Sophomore Janie Penning was UNI's top finisher in the 60m dash, placing second in 8.07 seconds.
Johanna Smith took second in the high jump, clearing 5-01.00 (1.55m).
UNI will return to action on Jan. 20-21 at the Jack Johnson Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota.