CARBONDALE, Ill. – It was a three-peat Sunday for the Northern Iowa men’s track and field team.
With a final total of 167.5 points, the Panthers captured their third consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field championship.
It is the 10th overall MVC Outdoor title for UNI as Panther head coach Dave Paulsen was named Coach of the Year and Darius King was named Men’s Most Outstanding Field Athlete.
Sunday, UNI got wins from its 4x100 team of Michael Santi, Elijah Hicks, Dan Blocker and Parker Kiewiet (40.49).
The Panther men also got victories from Thomas Yezek in the discus (55.76 meters). King was third. Isaiah Trousil took second in the 200 in (20.54).
The UNI women finished fifth with 82 points. The Panthers saw senior Aleenah Marcucci win her second event of the weekend with a 13.65 clocking in the 100 hurdles. Taylor Raines took third in the 100 (11.84) and 200 (24.00) and was the third leg on UNI’s runner-up team in the 4x100.
Rylan Santi, Libby Wedewer, Raines and Paishence Johnson posted a time of 45.31 to break a UNI program record that had stood for 27 years.
UNI built a huge lead after two-days in the team race thanks to several quality performances including a 1-2-3-4 finish in the men’s decathlon.
Sophomore Zack Butcher won the event with 6,490 points. Freshman Carter Morton was second (6,440), sophomore Thai Thompson third (6,369) and freshman Matt Davis fourth (6,310).
In the shot put, King won with a throw of 20.08 meters. Marcucci on her sixth and final jump won the women's long jump with a leap of 5.92m.
Jack Sumners and Parker Kiewiet went 2-3 in the men's long jump. Senior Cameron Cantrall took second in the high jump clearing 2.03m.