Panther T & F boasts three champions in Wichita



The UNI men’s and women’s track team had a strong showing at the K.T. Woodman Classic hosted by Wichita State University, from April 8-9. Three Panthers claimed individual titles in their respective events.


After claiming five titles last weekend in their first meet of the outdoor season, which included the men’s and women’s sweeps of the 4×400, the UNI track & field team made the trek to Wichita, Kan. for the KT Woodman Classic, hosted by Wichita State. The strong performances from last week were able to carry forward, with the Panthers posting three champions. 

Both of the 4×100 relay teams were able to finish on the podium as the men finished in second place with a time of 40.56 seconds and the women in third place with a time of 46.84 seconds. 

Along with being a part of that runner-up team, senior Isaiah Trousil recorded a career-best time in the 100-meter dash. He accomplished the event in 10.25 seconds, netting him a third-place finish and beating his record of 10.48 seconds set at the previous weekend’s event. He also missed out on beating his record in the 200-meter dash by only 0.01 seconds, which was still good enough to get him in second place behind Aurel Tchanbi from Indian Hills CC. 

Also finishing in a runner-up position was Mia Rampton in the 3,000-meter steeple. Her time of 11:10.44 was only six seconds off of the career-best she posted at the conference championship last spring. 

Three Panthers placed within the top ten in the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore Jack Sumners posted a career-best time of 14.42 seconds. He was closely followed by Drew Bartels at 14.50 seconds and Carter Morton at 14.91 seconds. 

Shifting over to the field events, junior Marin Ehler was the lone female champion on the weekend as her shot put toss of 14.69 meters became the fifth-longest throw in the conference this season. She also placed fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 51.06 meters. 

The two other champions came from the men’s field events. Tom Yezek won the discus event with a throw of 56.11 meters, and Blair Brooks won the long jump with a height of 7.39 meters. Along with placing in the hurdles, both Sumners and Bartles finished in the top five behind Brooks in the long jump. 

All-American Darius King wasn’t able to place as highly as he envisioned, settling for eighth in the hammer throw. Both Morton and Matt Davis tied for seventh place in the high jump. 

The team will head to Des Moines next to take part in the Jim Duncan Invitational, hosted by Drake University.