Sunday, May 6, 2012

2012 UNI Track & Field Graduating Class


The 2012 UNI Track & Field graduating class is comprised of an extraordinary group of people who walked onto this campus as boys and girls and who leave us as young men and women. Each had a journey all their own, experiencing high and low points, thrilling victories and disappointing defeats. There is value in both, winning and losing. After all, college is supposed to be about learning and experiencing things that will help you later in life.

As with each graduating class, I am excited to watch their futures unfold. Some are going on to teach, some to coach, some to mentor. One has an internship with DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles, and another with USA Track and Field in Indianapolis. But wherever they go, wherever their lives take them, they will always be part of the UNI family. All of them had an impact on this program and in the lives of their teammates. The UNI Athletic Department is a family business and they will always have a home here.

Meet the 2012 UNI Track & Field Graduating Class:

Justin Bartels 

  • 800m PR of 1:53.70 at the 2011 MVC Outdoor Championships
  • Placed 5th in the 800m at the 2011 MVC Outdoor Championships
  • Indoor 800m PR of 1:53.64 at Notre Dame this year
  • All-MVC with a runner-up finish in the distance medley this year
  • Twice ran on a relay that earned a top 7 finish at the Drake Relays 

Justin in his own words





Leah Blanchard

  • 7th place in the steeplechase at the 2010 MVC Outdoor Championships
  • 15th place in the mile at the 2012 MVC Indoor
  • 2-time Top 20 finisher in the 1500m at the MVC Championships
  • Owned the 5th-fastest 6k time for the 2011 XC season
  • UNI’s No. 5 finisher at the 2010 MVC Cross Country Championships
  • 1500m PR of 4:51.33
  • Outdoor 3,000m PR of 10:18.88

Leah in her own words





Michaela Brungardt

  • No. 2 all-time at UNI in the indoor 400m (54.84)
  • No. 3 all-time at UNI in the indoor 300m (39.96)
  • No. 2 & No. 4 all-time at UNI in the indoor 4x4 (3:42.87 & 3:42.97)
  • No. 3 & No. 5 all-time at UNI in the outdoor 4x4 (3:40.36 & 3:42.21)
  • No. 5 all-time at UNI in the outdoor 400m (55.09)
  • Back-to-back MVC Champion in the indoor 4x400m relay in 2011 and 2012
  • 3rd place and All-MVC in the 400m at the 2012 MVC Indoor
  • 7-time placewinner in the 400m dash at the MVC Championships

Michaela in her own words



Beau Dielschneider

  • 400m PR of 48.99
  • 800m PR of 1:50.90
  • 5th in 400m at 2011 MVC Indoor
  • All-MVC in the 4x4 and indoor 800m
  • Member of Drake Relays runner-up 4x8 in 2009
  • Ran on DMR that placed 14th at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships 

Beau in his own words






Brady Fritz

  • 8-time All-MVC performer
  • 2nd in the 800m at the MVC Indoor and Outdoor in 2010
  • Anchored UNI’s 2nd place DMR at the 2012 MVC Indoor
  • Also All-MVC in the mile and 1500m
  • Mile PR of 4:06.83 – ranks No. 3 all-time at UNI
  • 800m PR of 1:51.15

Brady in his own words



Traci Harms

  • No. 2 all-time at UNI in the hammer throw (190-4)
  • No. 2 all-time at UNI in the indoor shot put (49-9)
  • No. 2 all-time at UNI in the weight throw (62-11 ½)
  • No. 4 all-time at UNI in the outdoor shot put (48-6)
  • 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the hammer throw
  • 6th place in the weight throw at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships
  • 8th place in the hammer throw at the 2011 MVC Outdoor Championships

Traci in her own words



Jarred Herring

  • 60m PR of 6.81
  • 100m PR of 10.42
  • 200m PR of 21.27
  • 2-time MVC champion in the 100m, winning the event as a freshman and as a junior
  • MVC champion in the 4x100m relay
  • Also All-MVC in the 200m
  • 8-time All-MVC performer
  • Regional qualifier (100m, 200m) in 2009, West Preliminary Rounds Qualifier in 2011 (100m, 4x1)
  • No. 3 all-time at UNI in the 4x100m relay

Jarred in his own words



Tanner Hurt

  • School record-holder in the hammer throw (206 feet, 1 inch)
  • No. 4 all-time at UNI in the weight throw
  • 2nd place in the hammer at the 2011 MVC Outdoor, setting the school record
  • 2nd place in the discus at the 2009 MVC Championships
  • 4th in the weight throw at the 2011 and 2012 MVC Indoor
  • Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in 2011, placing 22nd in the hammer

Tanner in his own words



Timmy Johnson

  • 60m PR of 6.90
  • 100m PR of 10.80
  • Placed in the top 5 of the 60m dash at MVC 3 times
  • 4th place in the 60m dash at the 2011 MVC Indoor with a personal-best 6.90
  • 5th place in the 60m dash at the 2010 MVC Indoor
  • 5th place in the 60m dash at the 2009 MVC Indoor

Timmy in his own words



Sam Kranz

  • Indoor PR of 17-06.25 (5.34m) established in 2010 – No. 5 all-time at UNI
  • Outdoor PR of 17-02.75 (5.25m) at the 2010 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
  • Regional qualifier in 2009, NCAA Preliminary Rounds qualifier in 2010 and 2011
  • MVC Indoor Champion in 2010 and 2011
  • MVC Outdoor Champion in 2011
  • 5-time All-MVC 

Sam in his own words





Jill Lageschulte

  • School record-holder in the 3,000m steeplechase at 10:44.44 (broke the record twice this season)
  • 10th in the 5k at the 2012 MVC Indoor Championships
  • No. 1 or No. 2 finisher for UNI at 6 out of 7 cross country meets in 2011
  • Panthers’ No. 2 finisher at the 2011 MVC Cross Country Championship (19th overall)

Jill in her own words








David Nielsen

  • Owned UNI’s 3rd-fastest 8k time in 2011 (26:22)
  • Owned UNI’s 4th-fastest 6k time in 2011 (20:43)
  • UNI’s No. 6 finisher at the 2011 MVC Cross Country Championships
  • On the MVC XC Championships roster for each of the past 3 seasons

David in his own words










Olimpia Nowak

  • School record-holder in the 60m hurdles, 100m hurdles, pentathlon, heptathlon, and shuttle hurdle
  • No. 2 all-time at UNI in the 400m hurdles (58.77)
  • No. 3 all-time at UNI in the indoor long jump (19-4 ¾)
  • On the indoor 4x4 team that ranks No. 4 all-time at UNI
  • On the outdoor 4x4 team that ranks No. 5 all-time at UNI
  • Currently No. 5 in the nation in the heptathlon
  • 3-time NCAA Indoor qualifier in the pentathlon (8th in 2012, 12th in 2011, 14th in 2008)
  • 3-time NCAA Outdoor qualifier in the heptathlon 
  • First team All-American in the pentathlon
  • 2-time MVC champ in the pentathlon
  • 2-time MVC runner-up in the heptathlon

 Olimpia in her own words













Carly Olsen

  • No. 5 all-time at UNI in the 1500m (4:33.90 in 2009)
  • On the outdoor DMR teams that rank No. 3 and No. 5 all-time at UNI
  • No. 6 all-time in the 6k in cross country (21:45 in 2008)
  • 3rd place and All-MVC in the DMR at the 2010 MVC Indoor championships
  • 6th place in the 1500m at the 2009 MVC Outdoor championships
  • UNI’s No. 3 finisher at the MVC Cross Country Championships in 2009 and 2010

Carly in her own words












Justin Romero

  • School record-holder in the outdoor shot put: 61'-1 1/2" (18.63m)
  • No. 2 all-time at UNI in the indoor shot put: 59-02.75
  • MVC Indoor champion in 2011 and 2012
  • MVC Outdoor runner-up in 2011
  • 4-time All-MVC in total
  • 4th in the discus at the 2011 MVC Outdoor Championships
  • 4th at the 2011 Drake Relays in the shot put
  • 2011 & 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds qualifier 

Justin in his own words









Johanna Smith

  • High jump PR of 5-5 (1.65m), set at Jim Duncan Invitational this year
  • 4-time top 10 finisher in the multi-events at the MVC Championships
  • 7th in the heptathlon at the 2011 MVC Outdoor
  • 7th in the heptathlon at the 2010 MVC Outdoor
  • 9th in the pentathlon at the 2010 MVC Indoor
  • 10th in the pentathlon at the 2011 MVC Indoor

Johanna in her own words









Aaron Stockstell

  • Outdoor 800m PR of 1:49.29 – fastest at UNI in the last 3 years
  • Indoor 800m PR of 1:49.45 – fastest at UNI in the lat 3 years
  • 2012 MVC Indoor champion in the 4x4
  • 4-time All-MVC performer
  • 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the 800m
  • Ran on 3 relays that placed in the top 8 at the Drake Relays

Aaron in his own words




Brendan Thompson

  • 3,000m steeplechase PR of 10:00.75
  • Indoor 5K PR of 15:38.44
  • UNI’s No. 4 finisher at the 2011 MVC Cross Country Championships
  • 4th-fastest 8k on the team in 2011 (26:36)
  • UNI’s No. 2 finisher at the 2011 Bulldog Classic at Drake

Brendan in his own words















Wilmot Wellington

  • MVC Champion in the 4x100m relay in 2011
  • Honorable mention All-American in the 4x1 after advancing to the national semifinals
  • Currently on the 4x1 team that ranks No. 3 all-time at UNI
  • 5th in the 200m dash at the 2011 MVC Indoor
  • 6th in the 60m dash at the 2011 MVC Indoor 

Wil in his own words