Marchand Qualified For NCAA's

May 12, 2006

EAST LANSING, MI – The Hawkeye women’s team had competitors in three events on Friday at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in East Lansing, MI. Sophomore Racheal Marchand provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters with the collegiate-best 34:51.68 she ran for eighth place. That time ranks fifth on Iowa’s all-time bests list. Junior Sarah Burgett placed eighth in the pole vault (11-5 3/4) and senior Erin O’Hern placed 12th in the hammer throw (152-6).

In the team standings, the Iowa men are in fourth place with 11 points and the Hawkeye women are in ninth place with 1.33 points. Minnesota leads the women’s team race (33.50) and Ohio State leads the men (17).

The Iowa men were led by junior Adam Hamilton who kicked off the meet with a bang, winning the men’s hammer throw. His throw of 208-1 bested runner-up Will Fleming of Indiana’s toss of 205-5. Hawkeye senior Tim Brodersen placed eighth with a toss of 173-2. The men’s hammer throw is the first event finals of the three-day championships.

With the win, Hamilton picked up the 109th outdoor conference title in Iowa school history and became the fourth Hawkeye to win the hammer throw at the Big Ten meet. Arno van der Westhuizen won titles in 1999 and 2000, and Jim Costello won the event in 2002.

Saturday’s events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles and conclude at 6:45 p.m. with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Women's Day One Team Standings1.  Minnesota   33.502.  Michigan    31.663.  Penn State  11    Ohio State  115.  Wisconsin   10.506.  Illinois    6.667.  Purdue  6.338.  Indiana 59.  Iowa    1.3310. Michigan State  0
Women's Day One Individual Results (Winner Plus Iowa Placers)Hammer Throw1. Jennifer Leatherman (Penn St.) 197-812. Erin O'Hern (Iowa) 152-6
Pole Vault1. Laura Massey (Minnesota) 12-5 1/28. Sarah Burgett (Iowa) 11-5 3/4
10,000 Meters1. Rebecca Walter (Michigan) 33:45.478. Racheal Marchand (Iowa) 34:51.68