March 26, 2007
IOWA CITY –
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s track team will compete on Friday and Saturday at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, CA, and at the Missouri Relays in Columbia, MO. The Stanford Invite will begin with the 5,000 meter at 9:45 a.m., while the Missouri Relays will begin with field events and the 400-meter relay at 2 p.m.
COMPETITORS — Meet officials at the Stanford Invite expect around 5,000 participants. A final list of participants for the Missouri Relays will be posted before noon on www.mutigers.com.
LAST MEET — Seniors Tiffany Johnson, Becca Franklin and junior Diane Nukuri each posted Midwest Regional qualifying marks at the Aztec Classic March 16-17. Johnson and Nukuri both took first in their respected events. Johnson had a winning time of 13.82 in the 60-meter hurdles, while Nukuri finished with a time of 4:20.95 in the 1,500 meters. Franklin placed fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 179-11.
CAREER-BESTS — Four members of the Hawkeyes track team improved their career-best marks during Aztec Classic. Kara Graham, Megan Clarke and Rhonda-Kaye Trusty each in the 200 meters, and Racheal Marchand in the 1,500 meters.
5-TIME ALL-AMERICAN — Kineke Alexander was named an all-American for the fifth time during her career at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayettville, AR. 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.
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 — Hawkeye competitors will either travel to Columbia, MO, and compete in the Missouri Invitational on April 6-7, or to Auburn, AL, to compete in the Tiger Classic on April 7.
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