Hawkeyes To Open 2008 Outdoor Season

March 17, 2008

THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s track and field team will open the 2008 outdoor season at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, SC. Coastal Carolina University will host the three-day meet starting Thursday. Events are scheduled to begin Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT), and Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT).

HICKEY, ALEXANDER ARE ALL-AMERICANS — Senior Kineke Alexander and junior John Hickey earned all-America honors for the Hawkeyes at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, last weekend, in Fayetteville, AR.

Alexander earned her seventh career all-America honor, placing fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 52.72. The Glenside, St. Vincent and the Grenadines native now holds the Hawkeye school record for most all-America honors, capturing all seven in the in the 400 meters. Alexander ran a season-best 52.63 in the prelims, which was the third-fastest qualifying time.

Hickey earned his first all-America honor in the shot put, placing seventh with a throw of 60-8 1/2. He was the first indoor all-American for the Hawkeye men since 2002. The Piermont, NY, native is the second Hawkeye to earn all-America honors in the shot put. Former Hawkeye Jeremy Allen was a two-time all-American in the event (2000, 2001).

Seniors Meghan Armstrong, Tammilee Kerr and Diane Nukuri also competed for the Hawkeye women at the NCAA Championships. Armstrong placed 13th in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:37.54. Kerr placed 15th in the pentathlon with 3,836 points. Her highest placings in the five-event competition were 11th in the high jump (5-6 1/2), and 12th in the long jump (18-3 1/4) and 800 meters (2:27.63). Nukuri placed 12th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:35.05.

HAWKEYE WOMEN’S COACHING STAFF — Head Coach Layne Anderson is in his first year as head women’s track coach at Iowa. In his four seasons as an assistant with the track team, there has been one national champion, 22 all-Americans and 18 Big Ten Champions. While competing for The Citadel in college, Anderson set 10 school records on his way to becoming a three-time Southern Conference champion. He is assisted by four-time Auburn all-American, 1996 decathlon national champion and Olympian Victor Houston and Hawkeye all-American and four-time Big Ten Champion Shellene Williams.

HAWKEYE MEN’S COACHING STAFF — Head Coach Larry Wieczorek is in his 12th season at the helm of the Iowa men’s track team. He has coached 25 all-Americans and 42 Big Ten Champions at Iowa. The team’s highest conference meet finishes during his tenure are second at the 1999 outdoor meet and fourth at the 1997 indoor meet. As a runner, Wieczorek was a six-time Big Ten champion for Iowa – winning four track and two cross country titles – and a four-time all-American. In 1998, Wieczorek was inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He is assisted by three-time Indiana all-American Scott Cappos and World Champion and four-time Northern Iowa all-American Joey Woody.

UP NEXT — The Hawkeye men’s team will open their 2008 outdoor season April 5 at the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, AL. The women’s squad will send competitors to the Auburn Invite, the Razorback Invite in Fayetteville, AR, or the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, CA. All three meets are scheduled for April 5.

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