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Panthers stage Track Comeback

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The University of Northern Iowa men's team captured its third consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor title, racking up 207 total points. The Panthers earned a total of nine Valley titles along with five runner-up finishes. The Panther women finished in sixth place with 71.50 points.

In addition to the team title, UNI first-year head coach Travis Geopfert earned MVC Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year. This is Geopfert's second coach of the year honor, as he was named MVC Indoor Coach of the Year.

Cory Goos was named MVC Most Outstanding Track Athlete for his performance in the 400 meter hurdles and 4x400 meter relay.

Mat Clark being named MVC Most Outstanding Field Athlete after his career-best performance in the decathlon.

Terrance Reid was named MVC Most Valuable Athlete after capturing the 200 meter and 400 meter titles along with helping UNI to a runner-up finish in the 4x100 meter relay.

After sitting in fourth place after the first two days, the Panthers slowly climbed back to the top of the standings throughout the final day. After stellar performances in the pole vault, 400 hurdles, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 800 meter run and 400 meter dash, the Panthers looked to be in position to take their third-straight Valley crown.

In the final event, the quartet of Goos, Greg Offerman, Tyler Mulder and Ryan Grenko put the icing on the cake for the Panthers, clocking in with a time of 3:09.08 in the 4x400 meter relay and sealing the title for UNI.

Reid captured his third-straight MVC 400 meter dash title, clocking in at 47.02 for the win. Grenko took third place with a time of 47.68.

Freshman Jarred Herring captured the first MVC title of his career and first regional qualifying mark, taking the 100 meter crown in a time of 10.63. Giorgio Giurdanella took eighth place with a time of 10.98.

Mulder took his third-straight 800 meter MVC title, clocking in at 1:49.87. Freshman Andrew Perkins earned his first all-MVC honor, clocking in at 1:52.17.


The Panthers swept the top three spots in the 400 meter hurdles with Goos taking the top spot in 51.11, Offerman crossing in second (52.08) and Dennis Hammel finishing third with a time of 52.90.

Reid took his second MVC title of the day, taking the crown in the 200 meter dash in a career-best time of 21.04. Reid's 200 meter time moves him into fifth on the UNI all-time best list and also improves upon his Midwest Regional qualifying mark of 21.17 set at the Nebraska Quadrangular (May 2).

Herring earned his second regional qualifying mark and second all-MVC honor of the day, taking third place in the 200 meters with a season-best 21.27.

Herring and Reid teamed with Giurdanella and Alvin Cole to take runner-up honors in the men's 4x100 meter race. The Panthers clocked in at a season-best 40.88, finishing behind Indiana State, who finished with a time of 40.65.

The Panthers took a one-two finish in the men's pole vault with Phil Hanson clearing a career-best 17-02 ¾ to win the Valley title. Mike Beese finished in second with a vault of 16-10 ¾. Sam Kranz just missed earning All-MVC honors, finishing in fourth with a career-best clearance of 16-06 ¾. Although Kranz didn't earn all-conference honors, he did meet the regional standard of 16-06 ¾.

In the 1500 meter run, Brady Fritz earned his second all-conference honor, taking third place with a time of 3:54.96. Fellow freshman Thibault Vandenabeele took fourth, clocking in at 3:55.57.

In the 110 hurdles both Wojciech Jurkowski and Offerman picked up points for the Panthers, with Jurkowski finishing in season-best 14.81 for fourth place and Offerman also clocking in at a season-best 15.01 to finish sixth.

Tanner Hurt heaved a career-best in the discus throw to take runner-up honors. The freshman heaved 169-01. Southern Illinois' Jake Dieters took the crown with a toss of 180-07.

WOMEN'S RESULTS

The Panther women finished in sixth place in the team standings with 71 ½ points. Southern Illinois took the women's title, racking up 181 ½ points.

Holli Hosch earned her first all-MVC honor, taking runner-up honors in the women's 800 meter run. Hosch finished in 2:12.79, her second-best time of the season.

Courtney Landers took seventh place in the hammer throw, heaving 162-03. Traci Harms finished in ninth place with a career-best 155-08.

Michaela Brungardt finished in seventh place in the 400 meter dash, clocking in a time of 57.51.

Caedryn Schrunk earned the first all-MVC honor of her career on the track side, clocking in at 17:31.38 in the 5,000 meter run.

Danielle Nowasell took seventh place for the Panthers, clocking in at 17:35.45.

In the 1500 meter run, Carly Olsen finished in sixth place with a season-best time of 4:33.90.

The Panthers now head to the NCAA Midwest Regional meet hosted by the University of Oklahoma May 29-30. UNI will be represented in 11 events by 13 athletes on the men's side and two events by two athletes on the women's side. Reid (400 meters, 200 meters), Goos (400 hurdles), Offerman (400 hurdles), Mulder (800 meters), Herring (100 meters, 200 meters), Ehi Oamen (high jump), Quentin Scott (long jump), Hanson (pole vault), Beese (pole vault), Kranz (pole vault), Lucas Cook (hammer throw), Marcin Kazubowski (javelin) and the 4x400 meter relay (Grenko, Goos, Mulder and Reid) will represent the Panther men while Emily Prinsen (javelin) and Sarah Harms (shot put) will represent the UNI women at the regional meet.

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