Hawkeyes Head to Missouri

April 5, 2004

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s track team will travel to Columbia, MO this weekend to compete at the Tom Botts Invitational. Competition will take place April 9-10 at the Audrey J. Walton Track on the campus of the University of Missouri.

RESTED UP — The Hawkeyes took last weekend off but added another regional qualifier at the University of Texas-Arlington Invitational on March 27. Senior Shellene Williams qualified in the 200 meters with a collegiate-best time of 23.61. Her qualifying time was only .02 seconds off the school record. The Hawkeyes took first and second place in the 1,500 meters as well. Senior Michelle Lahann won the event in 4:30.18 and freshman Nikki Chapple finished second with a time of 4:36.35. On the day, the Iowa women had 10 top five finishes.

HAWKEYE COACHES — James Grant is in his eighth year at the helm of the women’s track and field program. The Hawkeyes crowned two individual champions and recorded their highest placing under Grant (third) and their highest team point total (89) in school history at the 2004 Big Ten indoor championships. During his career at Iowa, Grant has coached eight all-Americans and 16 Big Ten Champions. As a runner, Grant captained Eastern Michigan University’s 1970 and 1971 track teams, earning all-America honors while specializing in the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and the mile relay. Grant is assisted by Steve Callaway, who was a decathlete and pole vault school record holder at Indiana, and Layne Anderson, a three-time Southern Conference champion who set 10 school records at The Citadel.