May 16, 2004
West Lafayette, IN –
Senior Shellene Williams and freshman Peaches Roach both had record setting days on Sunday at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Williams became just the third Hawkeye to ever win four career conference titles and Roach brought home Iowa’s first ever women’s high jump crown.
Williams won the 400 meters on Sunday with a time of 52.97, breaking the track record at Purdue. Williams joins Vivien McKenzie and Kay Stormo as Iowa’s only four-time conference champions. Williams won the 400 meters at both the 2004 indoor and outdoor championships and also placed first at the 2003 outdoor meet. She was also a part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team at the 2003 outdoor meet.
Roach made her mark in the Iowa record books with a regional qualifying and collegiate-best jump of 5-11 ? (1.81m). Along with Williams, Roach becomes just the fourth Hawkeye to win the same event at both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Russ Peterson placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.86. Ken Kemeny finished sixth in the shot-put with a regional qualifying and collegiate-best toss of 62-1 ? (18.94m). Shane Maier also improved on his regional qualifying mark, placing 10th with a collegiate-best throw of 55-2 ? (16.82m).
The Hawkeyes next competition is the 2004 NCAA Midwest Regionals on May 28-29. A combined total of 23 individuals have qualified for the regional meet.