Rachel Jansen & Tyler Mulder will be inducted into the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame in October.
The University of Northern Iowa Department of Athletics will induct six individuals and the 1975 Panther wrestling team into its 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame Class, including two Orange City, Iowa, natives.
This year's Hall of Fame class includes Jill Arganbright (volleyball), Tony Davis (wrestling), Rachel Jansen (track and field), Brad Meester (football), Tyler Mulder (track and field), the 1975 UNI wrestling team and Dr. Constantine William (Deno) Curris (Dr. Jitu D. Kothari Meritorious Service Award).
The six individuals will be inducted in a ceremony on Fri., Oct. 31. The individuals ceremony will take place in the University Commons Ballroom beginning at 5 p.m.
The 1975 wrestling team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a date to be determined later this fall that will coincide with a home Panther wrestling meet. The 2014-15 UNI wrestling schedule has not been finalized at this time.
Rachel Jansen (2004-2008) – Track & Field Rachel Jansen is the most-decorated female track and field athlete in UNI’s history, claiming three outdoor All-America honors and one indoor All-America citation in the shot put. She claimed fourth place in the shot put at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships and took fourth place again at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships for her highest finishes in the event. Jansen was a seven-time NCAA qualifier for the Panthers. On the conference level, Jansen owns seven individual Missouri Valley Conference championships. Jansen became the Valley’s first three-time winner of the league’s indoor shot put title with conference crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Jansen was named the Most Valuable Athlete and the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the 2007 MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet. She helped lead the Panther women to the 2008 indoor and outdoor MVC team titles. Jansen still owns the UNI school records in the indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw and discus. She was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team in 2008. Jansen is a native of Orange City, Iowa, and a graduate of MOC-Floyd Valley High School. Jansen currently resides in Richmond, Mo.
Tyler Mulder (2005-2008) – Track & Field Tyler Mulder won the 800-meter national title at the 2008 NCAA Indoor national championships. Mulder became the fifth UNI track and field competitor to win an individual national title in school history. Mulder concluded his collegiate career in 2009 as an 8-time All-American, 8-time NCAA qualifier, 7-time NCAA regional qualifier and a 16-time Missouri Valley Conference champion. Mulder was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the 2008 and 2009 MVC Indoor Championships. Following his collegiate career, Mulder has joined the Oregon Track Club and has put together an impressive professional career as well. Mulder reached the 800m final at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championships. In 2010, he placed third at the USA Indoors and fourth at the USA Outdoors. In 2011, Mulder placed fourth at the USA Championships and just missed at qualifying for the World Championships. He took fourth-place honors at the 2011 Pan Am Games. Mulder placed fifth at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. He set his personal best in the 800 with a time of 1:44.34 in Monaco in 2013. Mulder is a native of Orange City, Iowa, and is a graduate of Unity Christian High School.
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