Feb. 26, 2006
The University of Iowa women’s track team concluded competition today in the Big Ten Championships held in Madison, WI. The Hawkeyes finished in eighth place with 49.5 points; Michigan won the team competition with 127.76 points.
Sophomore Kineke Alexander was the star Hawkeye of the conference meet. Alexander started her day by winning the 400 meters in an Iowa school record time of 52.31. Alexander’s time also was a Big Ten Championship record, a Camp Randall facility record and automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. She then went on to win the 200 meter dash in 23.69, which improves her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in that event and moves her up to the fourth spot on the top ten performance list.
Iowa’s NCAA qualifying 1,600-meter relay team of Tiffany Johnson, Lindsey McCalla, Alexander, and Ashley Granger brought home the silver medal. The quartet, who set a new school record earlier this season, finished with a time of 3:43.64 behind Penn State (3:41.98).
Peach Roach, who was looking for her third consecutive indoor high jump title, was denied in her bid by Jessie Stringer of Ohio State. Roach jumped to a tie for fifth place (5-8.5).
Tiffany Johnson finished fourth in the triple jump, but managed to break her own school record in that event. Johnson, who already broke the school record this season in the 60-meter hurdles, had a distance of 40-10.25 in the triple jump to beat her previous mark of 39-7.75.
Iowa has one more chance to qualify athletes for the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. Next week, the Hawkeyes compete in the Cyclone National Qualifier meet in Ames, IA, with competition slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.