Personal bests set at Jennett Invite


By Jared Meyer, Contributor

The UNO women’s track and field team will head to Wichita this weekend off a very successful performance in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  At the Jack Jennett Invite at the University of Northern Iowa, the Mavs earned two first-place finishes among several personal bests on the weekend.

On the first day of competition, junior Sami Spenner joined the UNO record books with the third-best pentathlon score in UNO history.  Spenner finished in second-place with a score of 3,810 points over the five events.

Her score trailed only Northern Iowa’s Olimpia Nowak, a top 15 finisher in Division I last season.  Spenner also had a personal best in high jump with a mark of 5-5.

Her new mark beat her old personal best by two inches.  Spenner followed it up with another individual record, this time in the long jump.

Her jump of 19-3 1/2 beat her previous long jump mark by eight inches.  On Saturday, Spenner finished first in the triple jump posting another personal best of 39-10 1/2.   

Her new triple jump mark was nine and a half inches farther than her previous best.   But Spenner wasn’t the only one who had a weekend of personal bests.

Junior Amanda Vorthmann finished first in the 3,000-meters with a personal best time of 10:06, almost 13 seconds faster than her previous time.  Two other teammates who achieved personal bests in the 3,000 were freshman Kristin Rogers and freshman Mikayla Peck.  

Rogers finished fourth with a time of 10:46 and Peck finished eighth at 11:33.  Rogers would also get a personal best in the 1,000 meters, finishing with a time of 3:18.90.  Rogers’ mark was good enough for third, one spot behind teammate Nicole Behm at 3:15.24.

Vorthmann also competed in the 800 for the first time this season, finishing tops for all UNO runners by taking seventh place.  Freshman Lydia Martin found success in the 800 as well.  Martin came in 13th with a personal best time of 2:28.24.

UNO brought home second and third in the long jump, led by sophomore Kathie-Lee Laidley’s jump of 18-7. She beat teammate Denneil Shaw who finished third with a leap of 17-5 1/4.

It was Shaw’s second top-five of the day after getting fifth in the triple jump.  Her jump of 36-8 1/4 set an individual record.