Men’s and women’s track squads place third

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FRANK WALSH, Sports Writers

The Panthers traveled to Lincoln, Neb., for the Nebraska Husker invite this past Saturday, April 6.

On the women’s side, the Panthers were able to garner two first place finishes. Lyndsie Schinkel won the 800 with a time of 2:08.74. Schinkel’s time would prove to be the fastest in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) so far in the outdoor season for the women.

McKayla Cole was also a stand out as she won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:21.12.

Led by Cole and Schinkel, the UNI women placed third with a total of 124 points. Nebraska defended their home turf, winning the invite with a total of 238.5 points.

For the men, Wal Khat brought home the gold as he was able to win the 1,500 with a time of 3:59.45. Khat was the only athlete to run under four minutes in the event.

Evan Long led the way for the 400 crew, winning with a time of 47.29. Connor Blough, Sven Van Den Bergh and Bryce Newcomb came in behind Long, and all four currently rank at the top of the MVC.

Connor Ham won silver in the 110-meter hurdles with the time of 14.11, narrowly missing a personal best and running the MVC’s fastest time of the year thus far.

The UNI men were able to put up 143 total points but fell to Nebraska’s 211 points. North Dakota State placed second with 170 points.

The Panthers will take to the track once again next Saturday, April 13, as they head south to Iowa City to compete at the Musco Twilight.