Outdoor Season Set To Begin

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March 12, 2007


THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s track team will begin their outdoor season by competing in the Aztec Track and Field Classic in San Diego, CA, Friday and Saturday. The meet will begin with field events and the 3,000 meter steeple chase at 10 a.m.

NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS — Juniors Kineke Alexander and Meghan Armstrong each earned all-American recognition in their respected events at the NCAA Indoor Championship, held in Fayetteville, AR. Alexander finished second in the 400 meters with a school record time of 51.48. Armstrong placed eighth in the mile with a time of 4:49.07. Senior Peaches Roach was the third competitor for the Hawkeyes. She took eleventh in the high-jump with a leap of 5-10 3/4.

5-TIME ALL-AMERICAN– Kineke Alexander was named an all-American for the fifth time during her career on Saturday. Nan Doak is the only athlete in Iowa history to be named an all-American more times than Alexander. Doak was named an all-American six times during her track career.

RECORD FALLS… TWICE — The school record in the 400 meters stood at 52.01 before the NCAA Championships began Friday. During the preliminary rounds Kineke Alexander broke the school record with a time of 51.62. She then re-broke the record during the finals with a swift time of 51.48.

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 24 Big Ten champions, 60 regional qualifiers, 21 all-region selections, 31 NCAA qualifiers and 12 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 WEEK — The Hawkeyes travel to Palo Alto, CA to compete in the Stanford Invitational on March 29-30.

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