UNI performs well at Hawkeye Invitational

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist

The UNI track and field team headed down to the University of Iowa in Iowa City for the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14. UNI dominated several field events. The Panthers had three runners place in third, five runners-up and a first-place athlete, as well as another unattached runner representing UNI winning first.

Isaiah Trousil ran in the men’s 60-meter dash unattached, but represented UNI. After winning his heat with the third-best time overall, he won the final race with a time of 6.67, which was not only a career-best, but also the second-fastest in UNI school history and a new record for the meet.

UNI placed three runners in the top five in the women’s 800-meter run. Paige Holub was the runner-up with an indoor career-best time of 2:16.70. Ella Popenhagen took third with a time of 2:20.29, and Grace Schaefer rounded out the top five with a time of 2:23.77.

Rylan Santi finished in third-place in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.53. Emily Vos also had a strong performance in the women’s 200-meter dash, finishing third with a time of 24.88.

UNI’s best performance was in the field events. Parker Kiewiet won first place in the men’s long jump with a 7.59-meter jump, or 24 feet, 11 inches. This was a career and meet best and was also the third-longest jump in UNI indoor track history.

Besides Kiewiet’s monster jump, UNI had a flurry of second-place finishes in several field events. Carter Morton finished second in men’s pole vault with a jump of 4.60 meters, or 15 feet, 1 inch. In women’s shot put, Katie Fare finished second with a throw of 15.54 meters, or 51 feet. In women’s pole vault, Alivia Silvestri finished second with a 3.70-meter jump, or 12 feet, 1.5 inches. Rylie Todd rounded out the runners-up for UNI with a 1.65-meter or 5 feet, 5 inch jump in the women’s high jump.

The Panther track and field team will be at home this Friday, Jan. 20, for the Jack Jennett Invitational, starting at 11 a.m. They also travel back to Iowa City for the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21.