Panthers dominate at Jack Jennett Invite



Carter Morton competes in the long jump. The Panther men and women both had dominant showings at the Jack Jennett Invitational.

ADAM JOHNSON, Sports Writer

The UNI Panthers track and field team hosted the Jack Jennett Invitational on Friday, Jan. 20 inside of the UNI-Dome. The Panthers hosted athletes from Hawkeye Community College, Wartburg, NIACC, Upper Iowa and Mount Mercy. The Panthers showed their dominance, winning over half of the events, 18 out of 30.

In the women’s 60-meter dash, the Panthers had six of the eight runners who moved on to the finals. In the finals, first, second, third, fourth and fifth all went to Panthers. Madelyn Sanda had a time of 7.75 for first. In the men’s race, Drew Bartels won with a time of 7.06.

In the women’s 200-meter dash, the Panthers had the top five finishers once again. There were a couple familiar faces, and Tyler Gray was one of them, finishing in first place with a time of 25.86. In the men’s race, a Panther won as well. River Patterson took first with a time of 22.54.

The Panthers had the winner once again in the women’s 400-meter dash. Lindsey Sires was able to narrowly beat out Wartburg’s Leah Cherry with a time of 1:01.93. The 600-meter run did not feature a lot of runners, but it was still a Panther who took the victory. Sadie Juergens took first place with a time of 1:40.27. The men picked up another victory in the 800-meter run, as Brady Griebel had a time of 2:00.84 for first place. He beat the runner in second place by just .01 seconds. Tyler Colvin finished in first place for the Panthers in the mile. He won with a time of 4:26.47.

In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Lydia Berns-Schweingruber finished in first place with a time of 9.50. The men also had the winner, as Kyle Trunnell had a time of 8.20. The final running event for the women was the 4×400. The Panthers relay of Clare Basala, Katy Stephens, Kate Crawford and Liv Freund finished in first with a time of 4:13.19.

Next up were the field events. In the high jump, several Panthers led the way, but it was Rylie Todd who finished in first. She finished with a height of 5 feet, 3 inches. The Panthers next win came in the long jump, with a jump of 17 feet, 8 inches from Kelly Proesch. Sarah Byrd dominated in the throws for the Panthers, winning both the shot put and the weight throw. 

For the men in the field events, Carter Morton won the long jump with a jump of 23 feet, 6 inches. Caron Lienau won the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 4 inches, and Jacob Baier won the weight throw with a throw of 54 feet, 10 inches.

From the above results, it is no surprise that both the women and the men won the team competitions for the Panthers. The women scored 213 points, while the men scored 80.50. 

The Panthers will get back at it when they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4.