UNI athletes compete in Iowa State Classic

FRANK WALSH, Sports Writer

UNI’s track and field teams hit personal bests and took home a few second-place finishes this past weekend.

The Panthers’ squad traveled to rival territory in Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic. Teams such as Nebraska, Tulsa, Iowa and Minnesota were also participants in the competition.

The men’s shot putters put forth a great effort this weekend, as Keegan Tritle was able to take second place at the meet, with a throw of 18.42 meters. Another top-placing performance for the throwers was Darius King, as he tossed a 17.96-meter throw to capture fourth place.

The UNI men’s 4×400 relay team was able to sprint to a second place finish as well with a team comprising of Bryce Newcomb, Evan Long, Conor Blough and Sven Van Den Bergh.

Their final time was 3:10.61, improving their already first-ranked time in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Waterloo native Tayshaun Cooper also placed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.88 seconds.

In the women’s 400 meter dash Maddie McCalla was crowned champion with a gold medal finish. McCalla was able to get a result of 55.10. She also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.67.

Allison Griffin also competed on the women’s side, grabbing a personal record by two feet in the weight throw. The toss of 59-9.75 feet landed Griffin in second place.

Up next, the Panthers will head north to Wisconsin for the Shell Shocker Classic, taking place Feb. 15. This will be the last regular season meet of the season.

Following their trip to Madison, UNI will return back to the Dome to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference meet.