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T&F: Knodle Earns All-America at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Paige Knodle earned her first All-America honors today at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships after placing fourth overall in the heptathlon competition.

Knodle started the day in 14th place, moving the ten spots to earn the fourth-best performance in the nation. She notched a new personal-best point total of 5,681, which was just five points shy of tying the school record.

I couldnt be more proud of Paige, head coach Dan Steele said. She was so tough, so competitive. She just kept coming. She displayed what UNI Athletics has always been about.

The Byron, Ill. natives fourth place finish ties the highest individual finish for the Panther women at the NCAA Championships since 2008. She joins All-Americans Holli Hosch, Olimpia Nowak and Rachel Jansen on the list of UNI female athletes that have earned All-America honors since that year.

Knodle started the day by improving her point total with a solid performance in the long jump. Knodle placed third in her heat and third overall with a mark of 18-8.50 to kick the second day of competition off.

She then headed into the javelin portion of the heptathlon, unleashing a huge throw to grab some pivotal points in the competition. The javelin school record holder threw for a season-best distance of 149-2.00 to finish third overall.

Knodle wrapped up her All-American performance in the 800 meter run, heading into the run in eighth place. She proved again her strength in the event by placing third overall with a new season-best time of 2:14.65.

She adds her All-America recognition to a growing list of accomplishments this season, including an MVC heptathlon title and being named the MVC Womens MVP of the Meet and Most Outstanding Field Athlete.

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