Nukuri Provisionally Qualifies; Four Hit NCAA Regional Marks

April 1, 2007

COLUMBIA, MO – The University of Iowa women’s track team concluded competition at the Missouri Relays on the campus of the University of Missouri, Saturday night. Senior Peaches Roach and sophomore Renee White each qualified for the NCAA Regional, while senior Tiffany Johnson improved on her Regional qualifying mark.

Roach’s preliminary time of 11.64 in the 100 meters, not only qualified her for the NCAA Regional, it also gave her the fastest time going into the finals. Unfortunately, she was upset in the finals by Nandelle Cameron of Lincoln, MO. Roach finished in second place with a time of 11.71.

White qualified for the Regional meet in the triple jump with a winning leap of 40-7 ¾. Her margin of victory was by more than five inches. The triple jump was not the only event that White excelled in. She set a new collegiate best in the 100 meters with a time of 12.34.

Much like Roach, Johnson went into the finals of the 100 meter hurdles with the fastest time in the field, only to be upset in the finals. Johnson finished in second place with a time of 13.66, improving her regional qualifying time by nearly two tenths of a second.

Four additional Hawkeye student-athletes had very successful outings as well. Megan Clarke, Aditya Jones, Monica Mims and Jessica Schmidt each set new collegiate bests. Clarke set hers in the 100 meters (12.37), Jones (57.77) and Mims (58.03) each in the 400 meters and Schmidt in the 1,500 meters (4:44.56).

PALO ALTO, CA – Four members of the Iowa women’s track team competed at the Stanford Invitational this weekend. Diane Nukuri provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters, while Meghan Armstrong and Racheal Marchand both managed to qualify for the NCAA Regional meet in the 5,000 meters.

Nukuri placed 11th with a provisionally qualifying time of 33:31.69 in the 10,000 meters. She missed automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships by nearly one and a half seconds. The automatic qualifying mark is 33:30.00.

Armstrong qualified for the NCAA Regional with a time of 16:18.74, improving her collegiate best by nearly 11 seconds. Marchand qualified with a time of 16:40.27, which bettered her collegiate best by over seven seconds.

Senior Shannon Stanley placed 15th in the mile, which included 84 athletes. She finished with a time of 4:31.18.

Members of the Iowa women’s track team will compete on April 7, at either the Missouri Invite, in Columbia, MO, or at the Tiger Classic in Auburn, AL.

100 Meters (Prelims)
1. Peaches Roach (I) 11.64
10. Rhonda-Kaye Trusty (I) 12.12
19. Renee White (I) 12.34
21. Megan Clarke (I) 12.37

100 Meters (Final)
1. Nandelle Cameron (Lincoln) 11.58
2. Peaches Roach (I) 11.71

400 Meters (Final)
1. Davita Prendergast (Lincoln) 52.59
14. Aditya Jones (I) 57.77
17. Monica Mims (I) 58.03
28. Kara-Aretha Graham (I) 59.80
31. Sophia Ponce (I) 1:00.50

1,500 Meters (Seeded, Final)
1. Kellyn Johnson (Wichita St.) 4:25.77
10. Jessica Schmidt (I) 4:44.56
22. Jordan Laney (I) 5:02.25

1,500 (Unseeded, Final)
1. Jennifer Kuiken (Wart.) 4:52.90
16. Rachel Hawks (I) 5:07.50

100 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
1. Tiffany Johnson (I) 13.80
12. Tammilee Kerr (I) 14.89
18. Heather Gilmore (I) 15.30

100 Meter Hurdles (Final)
1. Jennifer Snyder (Wichita St.) 13.56
2. Tiffany Johnson (I) 13.66

400 Meter Hurdles (Final)
1. Carla Thomas (Lincoln) 1:00.22
17. Heather Gilmore (I) 1:13.27

4X100 Meter Relay (Final)
1. Iowa 45.84
(Johnson, Alexander, Roach, Trusty)

Pole Vault
1. Kylie Hutson (Ind. St.) 12-9 ½
8. Sarah Burgett (I) 10-6

Triple Jump
1. Renee White (I) 40-7 ¾

Shot Put
1. Rachel Jansen (UNI) 50-8 ¼
20. Amanda Chandler (I) 37-0 ½

1,500 Meters (“B” Sections)
1. Gabriele Anderson (Minn.) 4:24.85
15. Shannon Stanley (I) 4:31.18

5,000 Meters (Section 1)
1. Michelle Sikes (Wake Forrest) 15:47.48
17. Meghan Armstrong (I) 16:18.74

5,000 Meters (Section 2)
1. Tara Storage (OH Elite) 16:16.88
10. Racheal Marchand (I) 16:40.27

10,000 Meters (Section 1)
1. Blake Russell (Reebok) 32:31.90
11. Diane Nukuri (I) 33:31.69




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