True freshman sprinter Brandon Carnes was named the MVC Most Valuable Athlete today at the 2014 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships, after picking up his second title of the weekend.
Carnes, who won the menís 200 meter dash finals yesterday, won the 60 meter dash finals today with a time of 6.79 to become the first UNI athlete since joining the MVC to win both the 60 and 200 meter dashes. The Bradenton, Fla. Native joins Marshall Frazier (1999-2000) as UNI athletes that have won the distinction of Track MVP at the MVC Indoor Championships
Carnes was not the only Panther freshman to receive all-conference honors during the weekend. Newcomers Brette Correy and Shawn Koch also placed in the top-three in their respective events as well.
Correy placed third in the womenís 800 meter run, notching a new personal-best time of 2:12.56. UNI also had another 800 meter scorer with Amber Clock turning in a fifth place performance in the finals with a time of 2:13.11.
True freshman Shawn Koch also placed third in the menís triple jump with a big PR leap of 47-03.50 to earn team points for the Panther men. Rounding out UNIís triple jump competitors was two-sport athlete Charles Brown placing fifth in the event with a jump of 47-01.50.
Junior Libby Torresani earned all-conference honors for the second year in a row, tying for second in the womenís pole vault competition. The school record holder broke her own record for the third time this season with a height of 13-04.50.
Torresani is now joined by both Jennifer Roche and freshman Taylor Corkum on the UNI all-time list after their top performances today. Roche tied for fifth in the competition with a height of 12-02.75, keeping her third all-time at UNI. Corkum also finished with a height of 12-02.75 to tie Roche for the third best pole vault performance in UNI indoor history.
Alex Wilson continued her strong performance in the mile, placing second in a close finals race to earn all-conference.
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03/01/2014 Carnes Wins 200 Meter Dash At MVC Championships
The University of Northern Iowa wrapped up day one of competition at the 2014 MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships inside the UNI-Dome March 1, 2014, with freshman Brandon Carnes turning in two top performances.
Carnes won his first MVC individual title after picking up the gold in the menís 200 meter dash in 21.66 for the win. Carnes qualified for the 60-meter dash finals with a new PR time of 6.74, tying him for fourth all-time at UNI.
The Panthers opened up the day of competition with the multi-events. Highlighting the womenís pentathlon was Paige Knodle notching the second fastest 60-meter hurdle time in school history, coming in with a time of 8.57 while battling an injury throughout the pentathlon.
Rachel Peth placed seventh in the pentathlon with a new personal best score of 3,524. She came away with a big personal best in the shot put and tied for fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5-03.75. Chaley Rath rounded out the Panthers pentathlon competitors grabbing PRs in the 60 meter hurdles and the shot put.
Ben Lindaman and Jon Rus finished the first day of heptathlon competition, with both of them combining for six personal bests. Lindaman won the shot put competition while earning PRs in the 60 meters, long jump and the high jump. Rus also finished with a personal record in the long jump along with the shot put and high jump.
Knodle will continue on in the MVC championships tomorrow after qualifying for the finals in the womenís individual 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.67. Christine MacNeill also qualified for the finals, running a time of 8.59 to place her third all-time at UNI. Peth was the third finals qualifier for UNI, coming in with a time of 8.85.
In the menís 60 meter hurdles, Sebastian Barth qualified for the finals in just his second indoor meet of the season with a time of 8.08. Ryan Newtoff also found his way into the finals tomorrow.
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02/28/2014 UNI Tennis Wins 8th Straight at Home; Defeats Upper Iowa, 6-1
The University of Northern Iowa won its second match of the day, and eighth consecutive home victory, with a 6-1 triumph over Upper Iowa at the Black Hawk Tennis Club Feb. 28, 2014.
UNI (8-6 overall) won both of the doubles matches that were contested to secure the doubles point. The Panthers were able to added five singles' wins to finish their second victory of the day. UNI had scored a 6-1 win over South Dakota State at Noon.
"Upper Iowa is a feisty team that is well coached," UNI head coach Daniel Finn said. "I have a lot of respect for Joey (Barnes) and the work he is doing at Upper Iowa. They are going to be a very good Division II team soon. It was definitely a tough match for us to play right after a good South Dakota State team.
UNI's dual win was the Panthers's eighth straight home victory this season. The eight-straight home wins is the longest home-court win streak for UNI since the 2008-09 season.
UNI will look to run its home-court win streak to nine at 3 p.m. March 9 when the Panthers play host to the Graceland College Yellow Jackets at the Black Hawk Tennis Club.
NOTES: Senior Krissy Lankelma won her 79th career doubles match to tie Joni Eaton (1983-1987) for No. 4 on the Panthers's all-time doubles' win chart ... Lankelma also earned her 70th career singles win to move into No. 7 on UNI's all-time singles' win list.
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02/27/2014 Tennis Stays Perfect at Home; Set to Play Friday
The University of Northern Iowa women's tennis team won its sixth consecutive home match to begin the 2014 season with a 5-2 dual win over Chicago State Feb. 27, 2014, at the Black Hawk Tennis Club.
UNI (6-6 overall) won all three doubles matches to secure the doubles point and give the Panthers some much needed early momentum.
The Panthers then took four of the six singles matches. Erica Medlin won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Elvira Lopez tallied a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) victory at No. 3 singles. Astrid Lopez secured a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles and Krissy Lankelma netted a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 5 singles.
UNI will be back in action on Friday with a pair of home duals against South Dakota State (12 p.m.) and Upper Iowa (3:30 p.m.).
02/26/2014 Men's Basketball: Southern Illinois vs. UNI - Feb. 26, 2014
PANTHERS ARE RECORD BREAKERS
Multiple Panther swimmers have broken school records this season...
Freshman Veronica Herrmann finished in fifth place and broke the 11 year old school record in the 200 breaststroke at the MVC Championships with a final time of 2:20.84.
Mikki Freese, Riley Morgan, Natalie Johnson and Aftin Phyfe placed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay at the MVC Championships with a school record time of 3:30.38.
Freshman Aftin Phyfe placed 5th at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship prelims. Her final prelim time of 23.72 broke the previous school record for the 50 freestyle.
The team of Mikki Freese, Elise Drewsen, Riley Morgan and Aftin Phyfe finished in fifth place and broke the UNI school record in the finals of the 200 yard freestyle relay with a finals time of 1:35.57.
The team of Natalie Johnson, Jill Georgen, Taylor Ostrowski and Aftin Phyfe captured a fifth place finish in the finals of the 400 yard medley relay. Their final time of 3:51.28 was a new school record, defeating the previous record from 2011 that Senior Natalie Johnson was also a member of.
The team of Natalie Johnson, Veronica Herrmann, Morgan Riley and Aftin Phyfe took home second place in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.33. The time was a season best and a new school record.
Freshman Aftin Phyfe finished fifth in the 100 freestyle at the MVC Championships and broke her school record with a time of 51.61.
Freshman Stephanie Jackson took second place in the 400 yard IM, finishing with a time of 4:32.56. Jackson broke the 400 yard IM school record and obliterated the teamís season best 400 yard IM time by nearly seven seconds.