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Homecoming week big for UNI Track & Field

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The UNI track and field program will have a busy Homecoming weekend, with the Panthers hosting an inaugural benefit golf tournament on Friday before a star-studded reunion on Saturday.

Friday’s golf outing will be held at the Prairie Links Golf Course in nearby Waverly, with lunch will beginning at 11 a.m. and the tournament starting at noon. Participants may sign up individually or as a group.

“We are very excited to be hosting our first annual golf outing this Friday,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “Being able to gather alumni and other supporters of UNI athletics together in support of the track and field program is the perfect way to kickoff Homecoming weekend.”

It will cost $50 per person to golf, but the entry fee includes a cart, lunch and a Dri-FIT T-shirt. All proceeds from the event will benefit the UNI track and field program.

Also included in the festivities will be a four-person Best Shot tournament, while one lucky winner can take home $5,000 if they get a hole-in-one on No. 5. The shot must be at least 145 yards and mulligans are not allowed.

“I want to thank the Prairie Links Golf Course for all their hard work in helping get this event started,” Paulsen said. “We are looking forward to working with them in the future to make this an annual event.”

For more information on the golf outing benefit, please visit here.

Prior to Saturday’s Homecoming game at 4 p.m., the track and field program will be welcoming back athletes from the 2000-2009 era for a “Decade of Dominance Tailgate.”

“We are thrilled to have the 2000-2009 alumni reuniting to celebrate their success during those years,” Paulsen said of the reunion. “This group dominated the MVC and won 15 team championships over that span, while also having over 50 All-American honorees and two national champions.”

The event will begin at noon on Saturday, with food and beverages being provided. No charge is required but, attendees are asked to RSVP to assist with planning. The tailgate will be located north of the UNI-Dome (near the northwest entrance) under the UNI track and field tent.

“Not only will we have many of the athletes back for this weekend, but MVC and UNI Hall of Fame Coach Chris Bucknam will be in attendance as well as, Doug Case and Travis Geopfert. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate their success than during Homecoming.”

An on-field recognition will take place during halftime of the Homecoming game against Western Illinois as well. For more information on the reunion, please visit here.

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