AUSTIN, Texas — Northern Iowa senior Brandon Carnes cruised to an easy win in his 100-meter dash heat to automatically advance to the quartefinals at the NCAA Division I track and field West Prelims Thursday.

Carnes finished in 10.0 with a 2.3 wind aid, putting him fourth overall. Houston’s Cameron Burrell has the top qualifying time in 9.90 with a 4.5 wind aid.

Several other Panthers competed Thursday with junior Sarah Pate finishing 17th in the hammer with a throw of 196-feet, 7-inches, just three feet short of qualifying for the NCAA championships. On the men’s side, Brad Walski threw 196-8 in the hammer. Freshman Jacob Smith was 34th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.69.

Five UNI runners competed in the 800 with Lyndsie Schinkel and Lindsey Kite finishing 38th and 42nd, respectively for the women, while Colynn Black led the men with a 29th-place finish in 1:51.80. Jordan Pingel and Luke Johnston were 44th and 45th, respectively.

At Geneva, Ohio, Independence native Ashlyn Bagge earned all-American honors Thursday with her eighth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division III track and field championships.

Bagge, who has also earned all-American honors in cross country and indoor track, crossed the finish line in 35 minutes, 52.40 seconds.

Teammate Courtney Sowle stands in sixth place after four events in the women’s heptathlon (2,748 points).

Two Knight women’s relay teams advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 4x100 and 4x400.

Becca Cherry, Tessa Helmle, Dailen Folkedahl and Teylor Jones ran 47.30 to qualify in the 4x100, while Folkedahl, Helmle, Belle Tyynismaa and Betsy Duehr ran 3:48.46 to qualify for the final event final of the championships, the 4x400.

Victoria Kapnisis finished 15th in the discus with a best throw of 132-3.

In the men’s championships, Eli Kaczinski took 12th in the 10,000 in 30:39.65.

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