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UNI men snap nine year drought at MVC track championships

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (KWWL) -

The UNI men needed every single point to capture the championship at the Missouri Valley Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Panthers edged Illinois State by a single point to win their first title since 2009.

The Panthers picked up a pair of individual titles on the final day. Jacob Smith led the way in a 1-2 finish with teammate Jojo Frost in the 400 Hurdles. Smith set a facility record finishing in 50.69 seconds. The Panther 4 by 100 team of Connor Ham, Isaiah Trousil, Matt Turcotte and Tayshaun Cooper blazed the track in 39.96 seconds for a title earlier in the day.

The team championship, however, came down to the final race. UNI needed at least a second place finish to guarantee a title. That's what they got as Frost anchored the relay to a runner-up spot just behind team runner-up Illinois State.

Final Men's team scores:

1) Northern Iowa              170        2) Illinois State            169   3) Indiana State              143        4) Southern Illinois         125   5) Drake                       74        6) Bradley                    57   7) Loyola (Ill.)               53        8) Valparaiso                 22   9) Evansville                   4

Final Women's team scores:

1) Illinois State             191.50     2) Southern Illinois         160      2) Indiana State              160        4) Northern Iowa             113.50   5) Missouri State             106        6) Loyola (Ill.)              41      7) Drake                       23        8) Bradley                    17      9) Valparaiso                   5
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