April 2, 2007
IOWA CITY –
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s track team will compete Friday and Saturday at the Tiger Classic in Auburn, AL. The meet will begin with the decathlon at noon. The hammer throw is the first expected event that a University of Iowa student-athlete will compete in, the event will begin at 3 p.m. Friday.
LAST MEET — Members of the University of Iowa women’s track team competed at the Missouri Relays and the Stanford Invite. Junior Renee White and the 4X100 meter relay (Tiffany Johnson, Kineke Alexander, Peaches Roach, Rhonda-Kaye Trusty) won the two titles for the Hawkeyes at the Missouri Relays. White took the crown with a winning jump of 40-7 3/4. Senior Becca Franklin took third in the hammer throw with a school record toss of 187-6. Junior Diane Nukuri provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:31.69, barely missing the automatic qualifying mark of 33:30.00. Two others reached regional qualifying marks for the first time this season. Meghan Armstrong (16:18.74) and Racheal Marchand (16:40.27) in the 5,000 meters.
COLLEGIATE-BESTS — Seven members of the Hawkeye track team improved their collegiate-best marks. Megan Clarke and Renee White in the 100 meters, Aditya Jones and Monica Mims in the 400 meters, Jessica Schmidt in the 1,500 meters, Meghan Armstrong and Racheal Marchand in the 5,000 meters.
FRANKLIN SETS THE BAR HIGHER — Senior Becca Franklin improved her school record in the hammer throw by over five feet with a toss of 187-6. The previous record stood at 181-11.
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 student-athletes will travel to Norman, OK, and compete at the Sooner Invitational on April 13-14, or to Cedar Falls, IA, and compete at the UNI Invitational on April 14.