UNI competes in Iowa’s Black & Gold Invitational

COLIN HORNING, Sports Editor

Track and field season is now in full-swing as the Panthers traveled to Iowa City for the Black & Gold Invitational over the weekend. After a strong showing, Northern Iowa would take the top-five spots in the shot-put along with three top-three finishes across the board.

Northern Iowa senior Darius King took home first place in the shot-put with a throw of 18.37 meters. Coming right behind King would be his teammate Keegan Tritle with his throw of 17.9 meters. They were followed by fellow Panther throwers Tom Yezek, Kyler Yodts and William Blaser, as the Panther men swept the top five spots in the shot-put. Senior Alanna Nietert set a career-best throw of 19.10 meters, placing her at third overall in the Missouri Valley Conference and 58th overall in the NCAA.

Panther sprinter Isaiah Trousil took home second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.35 seconds. He now sits at first place in the MVC and 59th overall in the NCAA. Senior C.J. May recorded a career-best mile time of 4:12.34, placing him third overall in the meet. May currently sits at second place in the MVC.

On the relay side, the UNI women took home fourth place with their 3:53.16 time and now sit at third in the conference. The men’s team placed second with a time of 3:13.94, and are now at the top in the conference.

Up next for the Panthers will be a split meet next weekend from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8. Part of the team will head to Lincoln, Neb., with the others traveling to South Bend, Ind. The will return home for the Missouri Valley Indoor Championships, held in the UNI-Dome from Saturday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 1.