MADISON, Wis. — Northern Iowa put the finishing touches on its track and field regular season Friday with a host of marks that rank among the best in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.
In their final tune-up for the MVC Championships May 12-15, the Panthers made their mark on the track and in the field during a meet at Wisconsin.
In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Jon Rus ran a 13.85 prelim that ranks fourth all-time at UNI and 14th in the NCAA’s West Region. Daurice Fountain and Cole Phillips also posted prelim times that rank in the region’s top 30. Phillips went on to win the event with teammate Connor Ham second.
UNI got thirds from Jalen Rima in the men’s 100 (10.80) and Jasmine Blue in the women’s 100 (12.26). In the 800, Colynn Black ran a 1:49.86 for second place and moved into the top 40 in the region. Lindsey Kite ran a personal-best 2:08.51 that keeps her among the top three in the Valley in the women’s 800.
The Panthers also got a win in the men’s 4x400 with Bryce Newcomb, Brett McCalla, Evan Long and Jacob Smith (3:13.46).
In the field events, Sarah Pate was second in the hammer (198-0), Hope Koeperich was second in the discus (165-3), Brad Walski threw the hammer 204-0 to rank third in UNI history, first in the MVC and 28th in the region, Isaac Holtz was second in the discus (176-6) and Walski took third in the shot put (56-5.75).
Chase Van Sant was second in the long jump (22-6.25) and Kassidy Sharp placed third in the high jump (5-7).