April 10, 2007
IOWA CITY –
THIS WEEK — Members the University of Iowa women’s track team will compete at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, OK, or at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines. The John Jacobs Invitational will start Friday with the Distance Carnival at 7:30 p.m. The Distance Carnival will include the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meter steeplechase, 800 meters and the 5,000 meters. The meet will resume on Saturday with field events at 11 a.m. The Jim Duncan Invitational will start Saturday at 10 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw.
LAST MEET — The Hawkeye’s competed at the Auburn Tiger Classic in Auburn, AL. Two school records were broken and two student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Regional meet for the first time this season. Senior Becca Franklin broke the school record and bettered her regional qualifying mark for the second consecutive week in the hammer throw with a heave of 187-11. Junior Renee White broke the school record and qualified for the regional meet for the first time this season in the triple jump with a winning jump of 41-3 3/4. Placing second, behind White, was Tiffany Johnson with a regional qualifying leap of her own, 41-2 1/4.
IN THE RANKINGS — Four student-athletes are currently ranked by trackwire.com. Kineke Alexander is ranked second in the 400 meters, Meghan Armstrong sixth in the 1,500 meters, Diane Nukuri 12th in the 10,000 meters and Peaches Roach 11th in the high jump.
WHERE THE TIMES STAND — The Hawkeyes have nine events standing alongside the nations best times. Diane Nukuri has the ninth best time in the 10,000 meters (33:31.69) and 10th in the mile (4:20.95), Tiffany Johnson 40th in the 100 meter hurdles (13.80) and 25th in the triple jump (41-2 1/4), Renee White 24th in the triple jump (41-3 3/4), Meghan Armstrong 13th in the 5,000 meters (16:18.74), Racheal Marchand 29th in the 5,000 meters (16:40.27), Peaches Roach 34th in the high jump (5-8 3/4) and Becca Franklin 27th in the hammer throw (187-11).
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 — The University of Iowa will host the Musco Twilight IX Track and Field Meet on April 21.
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