The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team won’t be playing in a preseason tournament in Puerto Rico, after all.

This year’s Puerto Rico Tipoff will move to Orlando, Fla., due to concerns about Zika virus on the island. ESPN Events, a division of the sports network, owns and operates the tournament.

“We enjoy the beauty and accommodations that are afforded in Puerto Rico and wanted to make every effort in playing the event in San Juan, but the concern for student-athlete and spectator welfare became the primary driver in the decision,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president of ESPN Events. “We intend to return to Puerto Rico in the future.”

The eight-team tournament will move from Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It will keep its original Nov. 17-20 schedule, as well as the field of Xavier, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Clemson, Davidson, Missouri, Northern Iowa and Tulane.

Cross country

The University of Northern Iowa women’s cross country team is ranked No. 15 in the NCAA’s Midwest Region in ratings released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

It marks the second time in the past three seasons the Panther women have been ranked as a team.


Jack Klingel shot rounds of 75 and 73 for a 148 total to lead the University of Northern Iowa into ninth place after the first two rounds of the Derek Dolenc Intercollegiate Monday in Edwardsville, Illinois.

UNI’s 592 team score trails leader Missouri State by 12 strokes. Sam DeBartolo and Dustin Atkinson shot the best rounds for the Panthers with first-round 72s.

In the women’s Bob Hurley Shootout in Tulsa, Okla., UNI struggled to a 660 team score on opening day and stands 17th overall. Lamar is the leader at 599.

Paige VanDyk carded rounds of 73 and 83 for a team-leading 157 that is tied for 35th individually.

The fourth annual Jersey Jermier Golf Invitational is Friday at Red Carpet Golf Club in Waterloo.

The homecoming weekend event begins with lunch at 11 a.m. with golf beginning at noon. Entry fee is $50. Proceeds from the event go to the Jersey Jermier Endowed Scholarship in honor of the popular, longtime UNI athletics administrator.

For more information, call (319) 273-2471.


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