Gooris qualifies for NCAA Indoor with provisional mark in heptathlon


The University of Northern Iowa track and field team was in action for the third straight weekend, and the Panthers once again had an athlete provisionally qualify for the NCAA indoor meet. Sophomore Daniel Gooris scored 5,427 to reach the NCAA indoor provisional qualifying mark in the men’s heptathlon at the Jack Jennett Invitational.’

Gooris was in first place after Friday’s competition and built off of the momentum in the final three events Saturday. In the 60-meter dash Gooris clocked in at 8.79 and cleared 16-08 3/4 in the pole vault. In the final event he finished the 1000 meters with a time of 2:46.67.’

In the shot put, Justin Romero recorded a career best toss of 53-03 3/4 to earn the top spot, followed by Allen Weeks who also recorded a career best toss of 52-10 1/4.’ ‘ Jordan Williams finished less than a foot behind Romero, 52-08 ‘frac14;, for third place.’ Williams took runner-up honors in the weight throw with a season best 55-06 1/4.’

In the 400 meters UNI took the top three places, led by Cory Goos with a season best time of 48.98. Jordan Cornilsen and Bryan Collins finished second and third, respectively. Cornilsen and Goos along with Dennis Hammel and Corey Albrect were part of the 4×400 team that took first place with a time of 3:18.21. After becoming the second provisional qualifier for the Panthers last week, Sam Kranz continued to improve as he topped last weeks jump by setting a new career best vault of 17-01 3/4.’

The women’s team had a successful weekend as well with six first place finishers. Jamie Wieck took first place in the women’s long jump with a leap of 18-00 ‘frac14;, and Rachel VanderHolt took first in the women’s high jump clearing 5-03. In the 60-meter hurdles Lindsay Girerke and Lauren Lindaman took second and third place with times of 9.23 and 9.33, respectively. Traci Harms had another good day throwing with a career best in the weight throw, 56-01 1/4 for first place. In the shot put Harms recorded a career best toss of 47-02 1/4 for second place. Courtney Landers took third place with a toss of 53-05 3/4.’

Sam Cameron took first place in the 400 meters, crossing in at 57.38 while Holli Hosch took first in the 600 meters in a time of 1:34.12. Molly Cashman took second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.23. Danielle Nowasell finished in second in the 3000 meters with a time of 10.39.93. The women’s 4×400 meter relay team also took the top spot with a season best time of 3:50.81. Jenna Wexter continues to improve in the pole vault as she increased her personal best by nearly seven inches this weekend. Wexter cleared 12-07 1/4 the previous weekend she cleared 12-00 3/4.’

The Panthers will have some time to rest as they will have a 12 day lay-off from the Jack Jennett Invitational to the ISU Classic in Ames Feb. 11-13.’