Iowa Splits Squads Between Stanford and Arkansas

March 22, 2010

The University of Iowa men’s and women’s track teams will be in action this weekend at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, CA, and the Razorback Spring Invite in Fayetteville, AK.

Iowa will send a group of distance and middle distance runners to California, where they will compete in two days of racing Friday and Saturday. The tentative schedule has Friday events beginning at 1:45 p.m. (CT) and Saturday events beginning at 11:00 a.m. (CT). A link to live results for the Stanford Invitational can be found in the track schedule page at

Another group of men’s student-athletes, primarily sprinters and hurdlers, will head to Arkansas to compete Saturday. Events are scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.

Senior Caleigh Bacchus won the high jump with a collegiate-best height of 5-9 (1.75m). This moves Bacchus up to fourth all-time at Iowa in the high jump. Freshman Megan Glisar was right behind Bacchus, placing fourth at 5-5 (1.65m). Freshmen Tiffany Medenwaldt and Majesty Tutson earned their way into the Iowa record books in three events over the weekend. Medenwaldt’s hammer toss (7th, 168-7 1/4, 51.39m) ranks third all-time and her shot put (5th, 45-2, 13.77m) ranks tenth. Tutson’s discus (3rd, 147-5, 44.93m) ranks eighth all-time.

Junior sisters Amanda Hardesty and Lauren Hardesty both won titles over the weekend, Amanda in the 1,500 meters (1st, 4:28.58) and Lauren in the 800 meters (1st, 2:10.90). Both marks are collegiate bests. Lauren’s time in the 800 meters ranks ninth all-time at Iowa. Iowa placed four athletes in the top ten in the 1,500 meters, including Amanda Hardesty, sophomore Lindsay Anderson (6th, 4:36.52), graduate student Megan Lessard (8th, 4:42.88), and freshman Megan Ranegar (10th, 4:45.04).

Three other Hawkeyes placed in the 800 meters behind Hardesty, including sophomores McKenzie Melander (4th, 2:13.18), Betsy Flood (7th, 2:13.69), and Brittany Dlhy (14th, 2:17.70). In the 400-meter dash, junior Bethany Praska (5th, 56.05) and senior Rhonda-Kaye Trusty (11th, 57.44) both earned collegiate bests.

Iowa will host two home meets this outdoor season at the brand new Francis X. Cretzmeyer track. The track team was unable to host meets during the 2009 outdoor season after extensive flood damage from the summer of 2008. Fans can get their first look at the new facility on Saturday, April 17 when the Hawkeyes host the Iowa Invite at 12:00 p.m.

Iowa will perform under the lights at the 11th-annual Musco Twilight meet May 1. Events are scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. The Musco Twilight XI will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

The Hawkeyes are tentatively scheduled to split squads between two meets next week. The Auburn Invite in Auburn, AL, will take place Apr. 2-3, while the Central Invitational will take place on Saturday, Apr. 3.

Complete Release in PDF Format