Nukuri Is All-American

June 8, 2007


Junior distance runner Diane Nukuri earned all-America honors in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, CA, late Thursday night. She placed seventh in the event with a collegiate-best time of 33:30.29.

Nukuri is Iowa’s fifth all-American in the 10,000 meters, but is the first to earn the honor in that event since Jennifer Brower in 1992. She is also the first Hawkeye distance all-American since Tina Stec in the 3,000 meters in 1994. Nukuri earned all-America honors for the Hawkeyes at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships and was a 17-time National Junior College all-American at Butler Community College from 2004-06.

Four Hawkeyes are scheduled to compete at the NCAA Championships today. Seniors Adam Hamilton and Peaches Roach will make their final career appearances in the hammer throw (3:15 p.m.) and high jump (7:15 p.m.), respectively. Junior Tammilee Kerr will finish out the heptathlon, and junior Kineke Alexander will run in the 400-meter semifinals at 8:05 p.m.

WOMEN’S 10,000 METERS RESULTS (Top Eight Placers)
1. Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech) 32:55.71
2. Melissa Grelli (Georgetown) 33:01.56
3. Aine Hoban (Providence) 33:04.32
4. Amy Hastings (Arizona State) 33:08.27
5. Stephanie Rothstein (Santa Barbara) 33:23.33
6. Whitney McDonald (Brigham Young) 33:26.33
7. Diane Nukuri (Iowa) 33:30.29
8. Jill Steffens (Georgia) 33:43.56

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