Hawkeyes in Sixth at Big Ten Championships


Feb. 28, 2004

Iowa Ciy, IA – The University of Iowa women’s track and field team currently sits in sixth place at the 2004 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Championships. The Hawkeyes qualified six individuals for the finals to be held on Sunday.

Senior Shellene Williams is qualified in both the 200 and 400 meters. Williams won both her heats, finishing the 400 meters with a time of 55.79 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 meters with a time of 24.11. This is the second time Williams has provisionally qualified in the 200 meters. Her season-best time is 23.62.

The 800 meters produced two Hawkeye qualifiers. Senior Michelle Lahann and freshman Shannon Stanley will compete in the finals on Sunday after finishing their heat first and second respectively. Senior Sarah Arens finished second in her heat of the mile with a time of 4:56.36 which qualified her for the finals. Freshman Peaches Roach qualified for Sunday’s finals in the 60 meters with a time of 7.48. Junior Aisha Hume finished her heat of the 600 meters in 1:33.73 which was good enough for a second place finish and earned her a trip to the finals.

Senior Jessie Strand brought home a second place finish for the Hawkeyes in the pole vault with a jump of 12-5 ? (3.80 m). Freshman Nikki Chapple and the distance medley team both finished third. Chapple lead most of the 3,000 meters and finished in 9:37.80. The distance medley team crossed the finish line with a time of 11:41.77. Junior Tiffany Pedersen battled her way through the pentathlon and earned a fifth place finish with a total of 3,511 points.

The Hawkeyes will try to earn their first ever Big Ten Championship on Sunday as competition concludes at the UI Recreation Building. Field events are scheduled for a 10 a.m. start while events on the track will begin at 1:50.

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