Iowa to Split Competitors This Weekend Between Meets

Jan. 19, 2010

THIS WEEK – Competitors wil be split between the Jack Johnson Invite in Minneapolis, MN, and the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, AK.

The Jack Johnson Invite, hosted by the University of Minnesota, is a two-day event, with the Pentathlon and the first portion of the Heptathlon starting at 3 p.m. CT on Jan. 22, and the last portion of the Heptathlon and the rest of the events on Jan. 23 starting at 10 a.m.

The Razorback Invitational, hosted by the University of Arkansas, is also a two-day event with events all day Jan. 22 and 23.

LAST TIME OUT (IOWA OPEN) – The University of Iowa hosted Central Methodist, Truman State, and Western Illinois at the UI Recreation Building for the Iowa Open this past weekend. Senior Alex Zona won the pole vault with a career-best mark of 16-4 3/4 (5.00m), which ranks fourth all-time at Iowa. Sophomore Matt Banse won the weight throw with a toss of 60-4 1/2 (18.40m), tied for sixth all-time at Iowa. Freshman Jordan Mullen qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles by finishing with the eighth-best time in program history (8.25). Mullen went on to finish second in the finals (8.28). Freshman Jeffrey Herron won the men’s high jump with a collegiate-best leap of 6-10 1/4 (2.09m), a mark that ties him for 10th all-time at Iowa.

Iowa swept the top five spots in the women’s mile, with junior Amanda Hardesty out front with a collegiate best, 4:56.68. The Hawkeyes also swept the top four spots in the 800 meters, with junior Lauren Hardesty leading the pack with a time of 2:16.49. In the high jump, Iowa swept the top three spots with all three athletes tying collegiate best marks. Senior Caleigh Bacchus came out on top (1st, 5-08), followed by freshmen Megan Glisar (2nd, 5-06) and Eva Greenwalt (3rd, 5-02 1/4). Freshman Raven Moore came out strong in her collegiate debut, winning the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.99, barely edging out veteran junior Kara-Aretha Graham, who finished with a collegiate-best, 41.30. Iowa capped off the meet with a win in the 1,600-meter relay. Junior Tiffany Hendricks, Graham, sophomore Nicole Erickson and junior Kelsey Mims blew away the competition with a time of 4:00.76.

UP NEXT – The teams will get a week off from competition before heading to South Bend, IN, and the University of Notre Dame for the Meyo Invite Feb. 5 and 6. The first day’s events are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT and at 9:00 a.m. the second day.

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