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Panthers win first sprint medley relay at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa - *The University of Northern Iowa's sprint medley team captured the school's first ever Drake Relays title in the event in a thrilling fashion, outlasting Iowa in a time of 3:19.55. Iowa crossed the finish line on the Panthers heels, finishing 3:20.85.

The Panthers quartet was comprised of all Iowa talent with Burlington native Jarred Herring <>

sprinting out of the blocks in the first leg, recording a 200 meter split time of 21.5. Herring handed the baton Davenport Central alum Terrance Reid for the second 200 meter leg, with Reid clocking in at 21.3. Reid passed the baton to West Liberty graduate Cory Goos <> for a

46.6 400 meter leg split to put the Panthers in position for the title.

Orange City, Iowa native Tyler Mulder


brought the title home, finishing the 800 meter leg in 1:49.5.

"It wasn't my best race ever, but I mean it's all about strategy sometimes in the 800," Mulder said. "I just bided my time and then did what I needed to do to win."

Just hours after taking the title in the sprint medley relay All-Americans Goos, Mulder and Reid joined forces with Ryan Grenko <> to take third place in the 4x400 meter relay. The quartet finished in a season-best 3:08.57 despite a wet track and temperatures sinking into the 40's.

Reid clocked in a season-low as the second leg for the Panthers, finishing in 45.9. Grenko also clocked in a season-best time of 46.8 as the third leg of the relay. Goos led the Panthers off with a split of

48.7 and Mulder capped the relay with a split of 48.1.

The Panthers finished just behind Ohio State, who nipped anchor leg Mulder in the final 100 meters, to finish with a time of 3:07.65. Baylor took the crown, finishing in 3:05.11.

In the field events, Lucas Cook


improved his regional qualifying mark in the hammer throw, heaving a career-best 188-00 to finish in eighth place overall. Cook previously tossed 187-08 to meet the regional qualifying standard mark at the Messersmith Invitational (April 18).

Two-time All-American Ehi Oamen


finished in third place in the men's high jump, matching his season-best jump of 6-10.75. Oamen and Louisville's Tone Belt both cleared 6-10.75, but Belt earned the runner-up spot due to number of successful attempts.

Indiana's Derek Drouin took the title, clearing 6-11.75.

Greg Offerman


Tyler Dodd

<>, Scott Lynn <>

and Wojciech Jurkowski


landed a spot in the men's shuttle hurdle relay as well as a spot on the UNI all time best list in the event, clocking in the fourth-fastest preliminary time of 60.22. The Panthers improved upon their preliminary time in the finals, clocking in at 59.46 to take third place. The Panthers final time of 59.46 puts them fourth on the UNI all-time best list in the shuttle hurdle relay.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Offerman recorded the top time in his heat, coming from behind to top Stanford's Durell Coleman. The Charles City, Iowa native recorded his second-fastest time of the season, clocking in at 52.80 and finished in fifth place overall.

The distance medley relay team of Andrew Perkins <>,

Dennis Hammel


Beau Dielscheider and Thibault Vandenabeele <>

finished in eighth place overall, clocking in at 9:56.51. Anchor leg Vandenabeele surged past Iowa State in the final 25 meters to finish just ahead of the Cyclones and secure the eighth place finish. Standford finished first with a time of 9:36.14.

The shuttle hurdle relay quartet of Alyssa Fischer <>,

Jessica Hale


Brittany Korell


and Heather Kessler


recorded the fastest preliminary time in their heat (62.61), qualifying for the final round. In the final round the Panthers cut two seconds off their preliminary time to finish in 60.45 and earn a fourth place finish.

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The Panther women's sprint medley team of Dani Stipe <>, Kayla Selby <>,

Michaela Brungardt


and Ellen Kindelsperger


finished 11^th overall in a time of 4:03.03.

Allen Weeks

<> took 11^th place in the men's discus throw, heaving 160-06, his second-best throw of the season.

The Panthers return to the track next weekend, heading to Lincoln, Neb.

to take part in a Big 12 vs. Missouri Valley Conference meet Saturday, May 2. Wichita State and UNI will represent the MVC while Kansas State and host Nebraska will represent the Big 12.


This was the first sprint medley title in school history for the Panthers and first Drake Relays title ever for All-Americans Terrance Reid <> and Cory Goos <>. Both Reid and Goos competed in the Drake Relays in high school, but never earned a title. Jarred Herring <>

won two titles as a prep at Burlington and Mulder previously won two Drake Relays titles in the Panthers 4x800 meter relay teams in 2007 and 2008.

The Panthers two Drake Relays titles matches their total from the 2008 season. In 2008 the Panthers won the high jump and 4x800 meter relay.

This year, UNI's Mat Clark

<> took the decathlon crown in addition to the Panthers winning the sprint medley relay. 2007 marked the best season for the Panthers at the Drake Relays as they took home a school-best five titles.

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