White Wins Triple Jump; Hawkeyes Place Fifth

March 2, 2008

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Iowa women’s track and field team placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships with 60 points, nine and a half points behind fourth-place finisher Wisconsin. Minnesota won the championships with a point total of 136. The Hawkeyes won two championship events, senior Meghan Armstrong and junior Renee White each took first in their respected events.

“This was a good championship meet for us, but not a great one,” Head Coach Layne Anderson said.

Armstrong won the 3,000 meters yesterday with a career-best time of 9:18.30 and White took first in the triple jump with a school record leap of 42-4. This is the ninth time in school history the Hawkeyes have won multiple titles.

Renee White took first in the triple jump with a school record leap of 42-4. This jump meets the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships. White also competed in the 60-meter hurdles finals, Sunday. She placed seventh and was less than .01 behind sixth place. Teammate Karessa Farley finished behind White for eighth.

“We did have two championships with Meghan and Renee and two second place finishes in the 200 and 400 meters by Kineke, but I feel like we left a few things out there,” Anderson said. “We have to give credit to Wisconsin for finishing ahead of us though,” Anderson said.

Five-time Big Ten Champion Kineke Alexander was second in the 200 (24.39) and 400 meters (53.77). Her time in the 400 meters was a provisionally qualifying performance.

Senior Diane Nukuri automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meters with a third place time of 16:02.96, marking the fastest of her career. Armstrong finished four spots behind Nukuri with a provisional qualifying time of 16:39.04.

Sophomore Rhonda-Kaye Trusty finished sixth in the 60 meters with a career-best time of 7.61. Sophomore Caleigh Bacchus (5-5 ¼) and senior Tammilee Kerr (5-3 ¾) placed 10th and 14th respectively in the high jump.

The Hawkeyes return to competition March 7-8 at the NCAA Qualifier in Ames, IA or the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame, IN.

MEET RESULTS (Event Winner Plus Iowa Placers)Team Results1.  Minnesota       136.02.  Michigan        128.03.  Penn State      121.04.  Wisconsin       69.55.  IOWA        60.06.  Illinois        47.07.  Purdue      40.08.  Michigan State  35.09.  Indiana     33.510.  Ohio State     32.0
60 Meters1. Tiara Armstrong (ILL) 7.416. Rhonda-Kaye Trusty (Iowa) 7.61
60-Meter Hurdles1. Tiffany Ofili (Mich) 8.067. Renee White (Iowa) 8.488. Karessa Farley (Iowa) 8.70
200 Meters1. Shana Cox (PSU) 24.062. Kineke Alexander (Iowa) 24.39
400 Meters1. Shana Cox (PSU) 53.402. Kineke Alexander (Iowa) 53.77
5,000 Meters1. Katrina Rundhaug (Wisc) 15:57.933. Diane Nukuri (Iowa) 16:02.967. Meghan Armstrong (Iowa) 16:39.0413. Jolly Burke (Iowa) 17:05.63
1,600-Meter Relay1. Penn State 3:40.435. Iowa 3:47.34(White, Alexander, Hendricks, Kerr)
High Jump1. Bettie Wade (Mich) 5-11 ½10. Caleigh Bacchus (Iowa) 5-5 ¼14. Tammilee Kerr (Iowa) 5-3 ¾
Triple Jump1. Renee White (Iowa) 42-4
Weight Throw1. Veronica Jatsek (OSU) 70-7 3/410. Erin O'Hern (Iowa) 53-10 ¼17. Amanda Chandler (Iowa) 44-2 1/2="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/pre%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Click%20%3Ca%20href="http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=38649&SPID=3300&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=1402771"> HERE for complete results from the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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