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Panther men 3rd, women 5th at MVC Championships

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NORMAL, ILLINOIS -- The University of Northern Iowa men's team finished in third place while the women took fifth place at the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Normal, Ill., Sunday afternoon. The Panther men finished with 123 points while the women racked up 75.

Wichita State claimed the men's championship with 224 points while Southern Illinois captured the women's championship with 204 points.

Holli Hosch captured her first MVC crown in the women's 800 meter run, clocking in at 2:09.08. In the men's 800 meters, Brady Fritz and Mike Craddick earned all-conference honors, finishing second and third respectively. Craddick, who came into the weekend ranked 10th in the Valley, clocked in a season-best time of 1:53.48 for the first all-conference accolade of his career. 

The Panther men picked up big points in the 100-meter dash as Alvin Cole captured his first MVC crown followed by Giorgio Giurdanella in fourth place and Rupert Bannerman-Thompson in sixth.

Giurdanella also earned all-conference honors in the 200 meters, clocking in at a career-best 21.25 for third place.

The Panthers also scored big in the 400-meter hurdles as Greg Offerman clocked in a season-best time of 51.51 to earn runner-up honors followed by Cory Goos in third with a time of 52.18. Dennis Hammel finished sixth, clocking in at 53.37.

Bryan Collins, Greg Offerman, Dennis Hammel and Cory Goos earned runner-up honors in the men's 4x400-meter relay, clocking at a season-best 3:10.42

The Panther women's 4x400-meter relay quartet of Ellen Kindelsperger, Hosch, Michaela Brungardt and Sam Cameron took fourth place, clocking in at 3:41.39.

In the men's pole vault the Panthers took second through fourth place with Sam Kranz earning runner-up honors, Daniel Gooris taking third and Mike Beese finishing in fourth. All three vaulters cleared 16-07 ¼, but were awarded places due to number of successful attempts.

Olimpia Nowak recorded a career-best time in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.11 to earn runner-up honors and her second all-conference honor of the weekend.

Lindsay Gierke picked up a point for the Panthers, clocking in at 12.17 in the women's 100-meter dash, finishing in eighth place.

In the men's discus throw, Allen Weeks and Jordan Williams finished in fifth and sixth respectively while Tanner Hurt took eighth place. Weeks heaved 161-03 while Williams tossed 160-10. Hurt finished with a best throw of 152-11.

Bryan Collins took fifth place in the men's 400 meters with a season-best time of 47.80. On the women's side, Cameron finished in fourth place with a season-best time of 55.25 while Brungardt finished seventh, also with a season-best time, finishing in 56.31.

Andrew Nelson scored for the Panthers in the men's 1500 meters, clocking in at 3:59.52 for eighth place.

After the conclusion of all conference championships this weekend, the Panthers find out which marks and times rank in the top 48 in the West Region in order to advance to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas May 27-29.

UNI Sports Information

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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