Panthers compete at Larry Wieczorek Invite



UNI competed at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the Iowa Indoor Track Facility in Iowa City this past weekend.

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor

The Panthers took over Iowa City this weekend as they competed in the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Many Panthers made an impact in this meet including sprinter Rylan Santi who set a new school record. 

The competition got started with field events. Katie Fare recorded a third place finish in the Hawkeye Pro women’s shot put with a distance of 53 feet, 3.75 inches. Mari Shavers scored fourth in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 60 feet, 7.75 inches while Makenna Wilson finished in seventh place at 59 feet, 11.25 inches.

Emma Hoins had her season-best in the women’s 3000-meter run with a final time of 9:55.88 giving her a sixth place finish. Kate Crawford finished 11th in this race with her career-best of 10:06.96. Andrew Ferguson finished in fifth place in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 22.05.

Next up was the women’s 60-meter dash, giving Santi her time to shine. Santi crushed the preliminaries, running a 7.49. This would be a school record as she beat the previous score set over 20 years ago by 0.01 seconds. She would run a 7.52 in the final race, placing her in third position. She also scored fifth in the 200-meter dash the day before with a time of 25.16.

Jack Sumners had his season-best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09 and a finish in fourth place while Drew Bartles followed in seventh with an 8.16. Sixth place in the women’s 400-meter dash went to Erin Kerkhoff with a 58.31 while eighth place was secured by Auriona Kimbrough with a 58.51. Onal Mitchell scored his career best in the men’s 400-meter with a 48.56 and a fourth place finish while Ferguson got ninth place with his season-best of 49.02.

Sophia Jungling achieved her career-best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.97 and a seventh place finish. The men’s 800 meters saw three Panthers get their career bests. Hanson finished in second in the Hawkeye Pro with a 1:51.33. Chase Knoche ran a 1:54.40 in the premier race to get third place and Micaiah Ellis was not far behind him in fifth place with a 1:55.29.

The meet closed with the 4×400 relays. The men got second place with Ferguson, Mitchell, Titus Jackson and Hanson running a time of 3:16.75. The women finished in fifth place with the team of Kimbrough, Jill Bennett, Jungling and Kerkhoff running a 3:56.43.

The Panthers will be in action Feb. 3 and 4 as they will compete in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.