Iowa Reopens Track With Style

April 17, 2010

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Iowa City, IA – The University of Iowa track teams competed in their outdoor home opener with the Iowa Invitational Saturday. Iowa welcomed teams from Illinois, Marquette, Drake, Chicago State, Northern Iowa, and Western Illinois to the first competition at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Outdoor Track since the 2008 season. Iowa performed well as a team, taking 19 of the 38 events.

Freshman Tiffany Medenwaldt won the women’s hammer throw with a collegiate-best 168-09 (51.45m). This mark moves Medenwaldt to second in the Iowa record books. Sophomore Jeffery Herron made his debut in the long jump, winning with a distance of 23-2 (7.06m). Iowa took the top two spots in the men’s high jump, with freshman Brandon Oest out in front (6-10 3/4, 2.10m) and Herron in second (6-8 3/4, 2.05m). Both marks are collegiate bests.

Matt Banse continued his hammer throw dominance Saturday at the Iowa Invite.

Sophomore Matt Banse continued his domination in the hammer throw, winning for the third week in a row (187-7, 57.18). Freshman Ben Stancombe (2nd, 185-11) and sophomore Ryan Lamparek (4th, 178-11, 54.53m) both earned collegiate bests in the hammer throw, with Stancombe’s mark ranking eighth all-time at Iowa. Junior Tiffany Hendricks won the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 1:01.36, a collegiate-best that ranks ninth all-time at Iowa. Iowa took the top three spots in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, with senior Ray Varner on top (51.68), with sophomore D’Juan Richardson (2nd, 51.97) and freshman Ethan Holmes (3rd, 53.16) earning collegiate bests.

“I thought today went really well,” said Men’s Head Coach Larry Wieczorek. “I’m really happy with mother nature that she cooperated with the opening of our new track. We had a beautiful day and some great performances. We’re preparing for the Drake Relays and an important part of the season so I think we put some good things together that made our team better.”

Sophomore Danielle Berndt and senior Katie Ellis made their debuts in the 3,000-meter steeple chase, finishing first (10:56.47) and second (11:02.62) and earning back-to-back spots in the Iowa record books at fourth and fifth, respectively. Iowa’s men’s and women’s 400-meter relay teams came out on top, with the men’s team earning a season-best time of 40.43. Freshman Nick Holmes won his 1,500-meter debut at 3:53.81 with senior Jesse Luciano hot on his heels, finishing second at 3:58.05, which is a season best.

Karessa Farley took the 100m hurdle title at the Iowa Invite Saturday afternoon in Iowa City.

Junior Karessa Farley won the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a season-best 13.50 with freshman Mariah Jordan right behind at third with a collegiate-best 14.60. Iowa took the top spot in the men’s and women’s 800 meters, with senior Jennie Docherty (2:16.76) and junior Nick Kuczwara (1:53.22) edging out the competition.

“We were certainly blessed with a great day weather-wise,” said Women’s Head Coach Layne Anderson. “We had a great turnout with nice crowd support. I thought we had some outstanding performances. It was a great day start to finish and we’ll look to carry the momentum into Drake this next weekend.”

Iowa will head to Des Moines, IA for the 101st annual Drake Relays beginning Thursday night and concluding Saturday afternoon.