WICHITA, Kan. — Northern Iowa captured three titles on the second day of the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.
Freshman C.J. May pulled off an upset win in the 3,000 steeplechase, leading from start to finish. May entered the meet with the fourth-best time of the season, but ran a new personal-best of 9:11.55.
Brad Walski added a win in the shot put with a mark of 59 feet, 3 1/2 inches for his first MVC title. Isaac Holtz was third and Kyler Yodts fifth.
The third Panther champion of the day was Kassidy Sharp in the women’s high jump where she cleared 5-9.25 for the third-best mark in UNI history. Maria Gonzalez was right behind at 5-8.
UNI also advanced a number of athletes to Sunday finals.
In the 110 hurdles, Jon Rus, Daurice Fountain, Cole Phillips and Connor Ham made the finals. Brandon Carnes turned a 10.13 in the 100 meters for the top qualifying time, and in the 400 hurdles Jacob Smith recorded the fastest prelim time of 51.68 and will be joined by Raheem Black in the finals.
Maddie Bell advanced in the women’s 400, while Evan Long, Brett McCalla and Corey Hertz all qualified for the men’s 400 finals. In the 800, Lyndsie Schinkel, Lindsey Kite and Theresa Connelly advanced for the women and Luke Johnston and Colynn Black are in the men’s final.
In the team standings, UNI stands third in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Wichita State (100) and Southern Illinois (66) are 1-2 in the men’s standings. Wichita State also leads the women’s team race with 124 points, followed by Illinois State (55) and UNI (47).