Iowa Hits The Road After a Weekend Off

Feb. 1, 2010

THIS WEEK – The University of Iowa will again split competitors between two meets, this time in South Bend, IN at the Meyo Invite and in Lincoln, NE, for the Husker Invitational. Both meets start in the evening on Friday, Feb. 5 and will conclude in the afternoon the following day.

Competition at the University of Notre Dame will commence at 4 p.m. CT with the men’s and women’s long jump, weight throw, men’s pole vault, women’s high jump, women’s and men’s 5,000 meters, Distance Medley Relay, 300-meter dash, 1,000 meters, and the 500 meters. Competition will resume Satuday morning with the majority of the running events and the remaining field events.

The Husker Invitational, hosted by the University of Nebraska, will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with the men’s and women’s weight throw, long jump, the women’s pole vault, the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters, and the preliminaries for the men’s and women’s 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash, and 200-meter dash. Saturday events will begin at 12 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT – RAZORBACK INVITE/JACK JOHNSON INVITE – Four individuals provisionally qualified during the second day of competition at the Razorback Invite in Fayetteville, AK. The 1,600-meter relay team of sophomore Erik Sowinski, senior Ray Varner, junior Steven Willey, and freshman Kevin Dibbern took third place with a mark of 3:10.35 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. Sowinski also provisionally qualified in the 800 meters earlier that day, with a winning time 1:50.09, a personal best that ranks second all-time at Iowa. Sowinski’s mark currently ranks 13th in the NCAA Division-1, as does the 4×4 relay team.

The women’s 1,600-meter relay team also performed well, finishing second with a time of 3:50.25. The team consisted of juniors Tiffany Hendricks, Bethany Praska, Kara-Aretha Graham, and sophomore Kelsey Mims. Praska also finished second in the 600 meters (1:33.21). Senior Caleigh Bacchus won the high jump for the second time this season with a height of 5-8 1/2 (1.74m). The women’s mile squad took six of the top seven spots, with junior Amanda Hardesty leading the Hawkeyes (2nd, 4:54.22).

MEN’S HEAD COACH Larry Wieczorek ON THIS WEEKEND’S COMPETITION – “This past weekend, I was on pins and needles with nothing to do and no meet. I’m chomping at the bit to get back in there and compete. We’ll be splitting competitiors between Nebraska and Notre Dame, and I think this presents a great opportunity to take a big step forward with our program.”

WOMEN’S HEAD COACH Layne Anderson ON THIS WEEKEND’S COMPETITION – “This weekend presents a great opportunity for our team. We’ll be facing some tremendous competition and we need to be ready to perform at our highest level, and I really believe we can do that.”

UP NEXT – Iowa will split competitors between the Cyclone Classic in Ames, IA on Feb. 12th and 13th, and the Husky Invitational on the 13th.

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