Tracksters Off To Illinois

Jan. 22, 2007


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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s track team will compete in the Carle Health Alliance Classic in Champaign, IL, Saturday at the University of Illinois – Armory. The meet will begin with the women’s 60 meters at 11:30 a.m.

COMPETING TEAMS — DePaul, Illinois, Lincoln University (Mo.), Missouri Baptist, Middle Tennessee, SIU-Edwardsville, St. Louis University and Western Kentucky.

LAST WEEK — The Hawkeyes won four events at the Jack Johnson Classic in Minneapolis, MN. Senior Peaches Roach led the Hawkeyes with two first place finishes. She provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump with a winning jump of 5’10”. Roach also took gold in the 60 meters with a time of 7.66.
For the second week in a row junior Kineke Alexander and senior Tiffany Johnson brought home individual titles. Alexander took her title in the 600 meters (1:28.74) and Johnson’s in the 60 meter hurdles (8.55).
Senior Becca Franklin took second in the weight throw. Her toss of 55’2″ broke her own school-record of 53-6 1/4″.

COLLEGIATE BESTS — Six Hawkeyes surpassed their collegiate best marks at Minnesota.
Seniors – Becca Franklin established a career best and school record in the weight throw (55-2). Monica Mims set a career mark in the 600 meters with a time of 1:38.59.
Juniors – Jessica Schmidt set her career best in the Mile with a time of 5:02.02.
Sophomores – Renee White set her career best in the 60 meters with a time of 7.83.
Freshmen – Sophia Ponce set her career best in the 600 meters with a time of 1:36.57. Rhonda-Kaye Trusty ran a career best in the 200 meters with a time of 25.27.

HAWKEYE COACHES — James Grant is in his 11th year at the helm of the women’s track and field program. The past four seasons have been outstanding for Grant and the Hawkeyes. Kineke Alexander became Grant’s first NCAA champion (400 meters) and only the fourth in school history. In his time at Iowa, the Hawkeyes have crowned 21 Big Ten champions, 60 regional qualifiers, 21 all-region selections, 28 NCAA qualifiers and 10 all-Americans, one NCAA champion (Alexander) and set 22 school records.
Assistant coach Layne Anderson is in his third season at Iowa. He works with the distance runners and is also the head women’s cross country coach.
Victor Houston is in his third season with the Hawkeyes. His main area of responsibility include field events and multi-event athletes.

NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes travel to Lincoln, NE to compete in the Husker Invitational on Feb. 2-3.