Armstrong Takes First; Kerr Breaks Record

March 1, 2008

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The 21st ranked University of Iowa women’s track team is in fifth place after day one at the Big Ten Championships. Senior Meghan Armstrong became Iowa’s first Big Ten Champion in the 3,000 meters since 1985 when Nan Doke took the title. Armstrong finished with a career-best time of 9:18.30 for her first Big Ten title.

“The 3,000 was a fierce race.” Head Coach Layne Anderson said. “There were about seven or eight right with Meghan with two laps to go. I really think this race got our team going.”

Senior Diane Nukuri placed eighth behind Armstrong in the 3,000 meters. Nukuri turned in a provisionally qualifying time of 9:28.39.

In the pentathlon, senior Tammilee Kerr provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships with a total of 3,974 points, breaking her previous school record of 3,908 points. She finished first in the 60-meter hurdles tying her career-best time of 8.60, then finished third in the high jump with a new career best height of 5-7 ¼, fourth in the long jump (18-3 ¾) and 800 meters (2:22.42) and sixth in the shot put (36-3).

Senior Kineke Alexander will be defending her 2006 and 2007 titles in the 200 and 400 meters. She heads to the finals with the fastest time in the 200 (24.34) and the fourth fastest in the 400 (55.87). Joining Alexander in the finals will be sophomore Rhonda-Kaye Trusty in the 60 meters. She enters the finals with the fourth fastest time (7.64). Renee White and Karessa Farley will be in the 60-meter hurdle finals. White ran a career best time of 8.45, demolishing her previous best 8.66.

“We had a solid first day of competition,” Anderson said. “We are going to need to have a better performance, but I think we are in position to finish anywhere from a fourth to sixth.”

Competition will continue tomorrow noon in the University Field House in Minneapolis, MN.

WOMEN’S MEET RESULTS (Event Winner Plus Iowa Placers)

Pentathlon1. Liz Roehrig (Minn.) 4,2184. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 3,974
*60-Meter Hurdles1. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 8.60
*High Jump1. Liz Roehrig (Minn.) 5-9 ¾3. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 5-7 ¼
*Shot Put1. Liz Roehrig (Minn.) 44-6 ¼6. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 36-3
*Long Jump1. Gayle Hunter (PSU) 19-114. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 18-3 ¾
*800 Meters1. Carly Ducharme (Wisc.) 2:15.124. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 2:22.42* Pentathlon Event
60 Meters (prelims)1. Shavon Greaves (PSU) 7.464. Rhonda-Kaye Trusty (Iowa) 7.64
60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)1. Tiffany Ofili (Mich.) 8.267. Renee White (Iowa) 8.458. Karessa Farley (Iowa) 8.52Kimberly Stanford (Iowa) 8.76
200 Meters (prelims)1. Kineke Alexander (Iowa) 24.34Rhonda-Kaye Trusty (Iowa) 24.87
400 Meters (prelims)1. Rikita Butler (Minn.) 55.334. Kineke Alexander (Iowa) 55.87Tiffany Hendricks (Iowa) 58.14
600 Meters (prelims)1. Heather Dorniden (Minn.) 1:29.6513. Bethany Praska (Iowa) 1:35.01
800 Meters (prelims)1. Geena Gall (Mich) 2:09.0813. Lauren Hardesty (Iowa) 2:15.7220. Sophia Ponce (Iowa) 2:19.92
Mile (prelims)1. Jamie Cheever (Minn.) 4:47.81Jessica Schmidt (Iowa) 5:01.44Sarah Henize (Iowa) 5:05.25
3,000 Meters1. Meghan Armstrong (Iowa) 9.18.308. Diane Nukuri (Iowa) 9.28.3922. Molly Esche (Iowa) 10.20.8724. Fionna Fallon (Iowa) 10.21.95
Distance Medley Relay1. Michigan 11:20.629. Iowa 12:10.45(Armstrong, Alexander, Hardesty, Nukuri) Hendricks, Praska, Schmidt, Burke
Long Jump1. Tiffany Ofili (Mich) 20-6 ½10. Renee White (Iowa) 18-10 ¾=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>="""> HERE for complete results from the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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