April 22, 2006
The University of Iowa hosted competitors from Drake, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse today in the Musco Twilight VIII track meet under sunny skies at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track. The Hawkeyes were successful in qualifying 12 athletes for the NCAA Regional Meet to be held May 26-27 in Austin, TX.
Junior Tiffany Johnson set a new school record in the triple jump with a distance of 41-3.25. That mark is also a new Musco Twilight meet record and qualifies her for the NCAA regional meet. Sophomore Kineke Alexander qualified in the 200 meters when she finished first in 23.58, which is just .08 seconds off the school record time. Junior Peaches Roach won the 100 meters and also qualified with a season-best time of 11.71.
“I’m very pleased with the turnout and performances today,” said Iowa women’s Head Coach James Grant. “I feel good going into the Drake Relays next week, the squad is pretty healthy right now and both relays are at full strength.”
On the men’s side, senior Tim Brodersen improved his NCAA regional qualifying mark in the discus with a season-best toss of 187-9. Freshman A.J. Curtis and sophomore Shane Maier also regionally qualified in the discus with personal best tosses of 173-11 and 171-2, respectively. Maier and Curtis are also going to the NCAA regional meet in the shot put; Maier won the event with a throw of 59-0.75. Hawkeye freshman John Hickey also qualified in the shot put with a personal best mark of 58-1.
Sophomore Matty Gorman won the long jump with a regional qualifying distance of 24-3 and junior Adam Hamilton is going to the NCAA meet in the hammer throw (218-1). Senior Tony Rakaric qualified in 3,000-meter steeplechase with a season best time of 9:06.46. Senior Dan Haut set a new Musco meet record in the 3,000 meters when he crossed the finish line in 8:17.52.
“Today was a good meet for us with many regional qualifying marks qualifying and personal bests. The meet was a good tune-up for the Big Tens and the Drake Relays,” said Hawkeye men’s skipper Larry Wiezcorek. “I’ve been telling our team that we’re heading into one of the best meets in the world next weekend. It will be a very exciting meet in a newly renovated stadium and it’s almost like a home meet for us.”
Iowa will send several Hawkeyes to compete in next week’s Drake Relays, April 27-29. The men’s and women’s teams will then head to East Lansing, MI, for the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 12-14.