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UNI wins 10th straight MVC Indoor Championship


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa men's track and field team extended their streak to ten consecutive Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships Sunday, March 1 in the confines of the UNI-Dome. The Panther men racked up 179 points en route to earning the title, fending off Indiana State who collected 128.5 points for second place. On the women's side, the Panthers finished sixth with 63.5 points.

In addition to taking the MVC crown, freshman Daniel Gooris was awarded as MVC's Most Outstanding Field Athlete while Tyler Mulder earned MVC Most Outstanding Track Athlete. First-year head coach Travis Geopfert was also named MVC Coach of the Year on the men's side. 

The Panther men dominated the competition today taking the top spot in seven events and earning 16 All-Conference honors. The Panther women picked up two conference crowns, with a pentathlon title yesterday and a high jump title today.

Gooris started things off for the Panthers claiming the first MVC crown of his career in the heptathlon, outlasting Wichita State's Justin Taylor. Gooris racked up a career-best 5,482 points while Taylor finished in second with 5,377 points.

After sitting in fourth place after day one, Gooris jumped into the third spot after the 60 hurdles, picking up 839 points with a personal-best time of 8.59. The Pineleaf, New Mexico native vaulted himself into the top spot in the heptathlon, clearing the top height of 16-04.75 to pick up 910 points. Heading into the final event, the freshman narrowly clung to the top spot with 4,711 points while Wichita State's Justin Taylor was nipping at his heels with 4,707 points. Gooris used a 1000 meter run of 2:49.47 to pick up 771 points to hold off Taylor for the top spot.

Two-time All-American Mat Clark and MVC leader in the heptathlon looked to be the favorite for this year's heptathlon title. However, a devastating turn of events occurred for Clark in the pole vault, as the two-time All-American failed to clear his opening high, dropping him from first to sixth place. The senior clocked in at 2:42.58 to pick up 845 points and finish in sixth place.

The Panthers got things rolling in the field events taking first, second, and fourth place in the men's high jump. Ehi Oamen earned his first indoor MVC high jump title fending off teammate Julian Morris for the top spot. Oamen and Morris both cleared 7-00.50 but Oamen was awarded title due to number of successful attempts.

Freshman Travis Leuer just missed earning his first MVC All-Conference nod, taking the fourth spot, clearing 6-10.75.

Rozle Bucalo earned his third all-conference honor in the long jump, leaping 23-10.25 for third place.

The Panthers got off to a hot start on the track scene taking the top three places in the 400 meter dash. Cory Goos finished first with a time of 48.31 followed by Ryan Grenko (48.62) and Dennis Hammel in third (48.72).

Reigning 2008 NCAA 800 meter champion Mulder kept things rolling for the Panthers in the 800 meters clocking in a time of 1:51.13 for the top spot. Beau Dielschneider took runner-up honors finishing in 1:53.20.

Freshman Thibault Vanenabeele gave the UNI-Dome crowd a thrilling finish to the men's mile run fending off Drake's Leyden Tolhurst for the top spot. The Belgian finished in 4:14.88 while Tolhurst clocked in at 4:14.95.

Brady Fritz earned his first All-Conference nod, taking third in the mile run with a time of 4:16.05.

Scott Lynn finished in a career-best 8.26 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish third and earn his first all-conference honors as a Panther. The Ames, Iowa native shattered his previous career-best of 8.41 set at the UNI-Dome Open (Feb. 17).

Jerred Herring clocked in at 22:03 for third place in the 200 meter dash, also earning his first all-conference honor in the Purple and Gold.

The Panthers put the icing on the cake in the 4x400 meter relay finishing nearly two seconds faster than Wichita State to take the crown. The quartet of Hammel, Grenko, Mulder and Goos clocked in at 3:12.75.


Rachel VanderHolt earned her first MVC crown of her career, taking the top spot in the high jump. The sophomore cleared a career-best 5-08.75 to take the crown over Missouri State's Mareneika Goffe.

Jamie Wieck took fourth place in the long jump leaping 19-04.25 and shattering her previous personal-best of 19-00.75. Sarah Harms finished fourth in the shot put, heaving a season-best 47-5.75

Freshman Michaela Brungardt took sixth place in the 400 meter dash finishing in 57.64.

Holli Hosch finished fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.10.

The Panthers looked to be a threat in the 4x400 meter relay but a dropped baton in the second leg put the Panthers behind. The Panthers finished in seventh place, but fought back to finish within just five seconds of the sixth place team.

The Panthers return to action next weekend, heading to South Bend, Ind. to take part in the Notre Dame Last Chance Meet. The meet will the final chance for any of the Panther athletes to secure NCAA qualifying marks.

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