SACRAMENTO, Calif. — University of Northern Iowa hurdler Jacob Smith is headed to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The sophomore from Burlington ran a career-best 50.13 to win his 400-meter hurdles heat Friday and earn an automatic berth in the Championships at Eugene, Ore.
In other Friday action involving Panthers, Brette Correy’s collegiate career ended in the women’s 800-meter quarterfinals where she finished 15th in a time of 2:06.76.
UNI’s Isaac Holtz finished 18th in the discus with a throw of 53.34 meters and Tom Yezek was 35th in the discus with a throw of 50.65 meters.
Saturday, UNI’s Sarah Pate, Maddy O’Brien and Alanna Nietert competed in the women’s hammer throw. Pate was 23rd (192-2), O’Brien 25th (191-0) and Nietert 36th (181).
Six Panther men competed in the shotput. Darius King placed 23rd (58-8), Keegan Tritle 27th (57-11), Kyler Yodts 30th (57-7.5), Holtz 33rd (57-1), William Blaser 39th (55-10.5) and Yezek 44th (54-8.25).
UNI failed to advance in the men’s 4x100 relay, finishing 18th in 41.09.
Late Saturday night, the Panthers’ Connor Ham ran in the 110 hurdles quarterfinals and the men’s 4x400 relay competed in the quarterfinals.