Track and Field
Big First Day for UNI Decathletes at Drake Relays
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 04/25/2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Daniel Gooris, Ben Lindaman and Tyler Clark - all three decathletes representing the University of Northern Iowa at the Drake Relays - put up personal-best scores through the first five events on Wednesday at Drake Stadium. Gooris leads the crew, currently standing in seventh place with 3,689 points.

Lindaman scored 3,307 points and Clark scored 3,054 points to sit in 14th and 15th place, respectively, following the first day of multi-event competition.

Gooris opened with a personal-best 100m time of 11.48 seconds and recorded outdoor-bests of 21-11.75 (6.70m) in the long jump and 6-04.00 (1.93m) in the high jump. He closed with a personal-best by nearly one-half second in the 400m, finishing in 50.68 seconds.

Lindaman notched personal-best efforts in the 100m dash, high jump and 400m dash, and outdoor bests in the long jump and shot put. Clark hit personal-best marks in the 100m dash and 400m dash and outdoor bests in the high jump and shot put.

"Today was a great day for our kids," noted UNI head track & field coach Dan Steele. "With the opportunity to compete in some great weather, they really went out and performed. If we can maintain this focus tomorrow, we'll be in good shape."

Kurt Schneider of Michigan State leads the decathlon with 3,996 points.

Between UNI's two competitors in the women's heptathlon (Olimpia Nowak and Paige Knodle) and the three decathletes, all five Panthers set new high scores for the first day of multi-event competition.

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