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The Next Level with Mike Jay
The UNI Panthers, powered by a large contingent of former Iowa preps, comepted very well in the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in the UNI Dome over the weekend.
The men were 4th, behind winner Southern Illinois.  The women were sxth.  Missouri State won the women's title.
Former Iowa preps and their MVC results:
Senior Traci Harms, Hampton Dumont, posted a personal-best throw of 62-11.50 (19.19m) to place sixth in the weight throw.
Lindsey Wilkins, Darian Thompson, Emily McCarthy, SC East, and Scotti Schon, Waukon, teamed up for a fifth-place finish in the 4,000m distance medley relay.
UNI's 4,000m distance medley relay squad of Ryan Krogmann, NE Goose Lake, Justin Bartels, Clinton, Aaron Stockstell, Mid Prairie, and Brady Fritz, IC West, took second place for All-MVC recognition. The All-MVC honor is the eighth of Fritz's career.
Senior Tanner Hurt, Newton, entered the meet as the No. 5 man in the weight throw, but moved up to take fourth place with a toss of 62-08.00 (19.10m). Jordan Williams, Monticello, followed suit, jumping from a No. 13 ranking in the weight throw to claim seventh place thanks to a season-best throw of 59-11.25 (18.27m).
Sophomore Adam McDonnell, Central Clinton Dewitt, entered the meet ranked No. 14 in the weight throw but finished ninth, and Matt Schiffer, Mason City, came in 19th but jumped to a 12th place finish.
Jarred Herring, Burlington, was second in the 60 meter dash in 6.83 seconds, and Derek Kramer, CR Xavier, was third in 6.95 seconds for the Panthers. Freshman Cam Brown, Bettendorf, notched a seventh-place finish.
For the second straight season, Justin Romero, Cedar Falls, came up big in the shot put when it mattered most. On his second-to-last attempt, Romero unleashed a lifetime-best toss of 59-02.75 (18.05m) to add his second MVC title. 
Jordan Williams, Monticello, backed up Romero's effort in the shot put with a lifetime best of his own. Williams placed fourth with a throw of 57-00.75 (17.39m), surpassing his previous best by more than one foot. Freshman Justin Baker, SC Bishop Heelan, also notched a personal-best, throwing 54-03.25 (16.54m) for ninth place.
Sophomore Thomas Larson, Johnston, and senior Travis Leuer, Laurens Marathon, tied for fifth place in the high jump, with each clearing 6-07.50 (2.02m).
Freshmen Jordan Guske, WDM Valley, and Marshall Hill, Cedar Falls, each placed individually in the sprint events. Guske was seventh in the 400m, and Hill took eighth place in the 200m dash.
Junior Brett Egan, Waukon, ran an indoor personal-best of 14:44.74 in the 5,000m to claim seventh place.
Michaela Brungardt, Storm Lake, recorded a lifetime best in the 400m dash to take third place on Sunday. Brungardt finished in 54.84, which is a new school record when adjusted to account for the use of oversized tracks. Teammate Sam Cameron, Bettendorf, was fourth in 55.31.
Ben Lindaman, WDM Valley, and Tyler Clark, Ames, took 10th and 11th, respectively, in the heptathlon. Lindaman scored 4,860 points and Clark had a personal-best 4,770 points.
 Freshman Rachel Peth, Waverly Shell Rock, improved her UNI freshman record to 8.67 seconds on her way to third place in the 60 Meter Hurdles.
Freshman Alex Wilson, Mt. Vernon Lisbon, earned a sixth-place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:16.40. Molly Cashman, Waverly Schell Rock, placed eighth in 2:20.65.
Scotti Schon, Waukon, ran 5:03.48 to notch a seventh-place finish in the mile. Senior Jill Lageschulte, Marshalltown, clocked a huge PR in the 5,000m, taking 10th place in 17:48.04.
Junior Kelsey Sukovaty, Manson NW Webster, was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 48-04.50 (14.74m).
The Panther men took the MVC title in the final event of the day, winning the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:16.33. UNI ran three freshmen in the event, as Jordan Guske, WDM Valley, Aaron Stockstell, Mid Prairie, Marshall Hill, Cedar Falls, and Sheldon Magee edged Illinois State by four-thousandths of a second for the title. Magee came out on top in a three-way battle with the league's 800m champion, Matthew Smoody of Illinois State, and the league's 400m champion, Dylan Hartnett of Wichita State, over the final 100 meters. 
The UNI women repeated as league champions in the 4x400m relay with the team of Michaela Brungardt, Storm Lake, Paige Knodle, Darian Thompson and Sam Cameron, Bettendorf. When converted for track size, that quartet's time of 3:40.77 stands as a UNI all-time record.