Feb. 10, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa –The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Ames, IA to compete at the Iowa State Track and Field Classic Friday and Saturday. The event will be held at the Lied Recreation Center.
Jeffery Herron is expected to compete for a long jump title. The junior jumped a personal-best 24-3 (7.39) at the Illinois Open, good enough for No. 9 among Iowa’s all-time top performers.
Freshman Erin Jones will compete in the women’s 200 meters Friday at 4:50 p.m. Jones ran a personal-best 24.20 at the Razorback Invitational, good enough for the eighth position on the school’s all-time top performers list. The Hawkeye men’s 200m field will be loaded, with as many as eight competitors vying for the top spot. Sophomore Justin Austin leads the list of competitors. Austin broke the 18-year old 200 meters school record at the Razorback Invitational with a time of 20.83, the sixth fastest time in the nation. The men’s race begins Friday at 5:40 p.m.
The Hawkeyes will send three women to Ames that currently rank in the top 10 on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. Majesty Tutson and Ashlyn Gulvas rank No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, among Iowa’s career weight throws. Rachel Curry ranks No. 8 on the all-time shot put list. Ryan Lamparek and Matt Banse have both recorded personal bests in the weight throw in 2011. Banse’s toss of 63-9 ¾ (19.45) at the Illinois Open ranks No. 5 on the career list. Lamparek hit 61-1 ¼ (18.60) at the Iowa Open, good enough for No. 7 on the all-time top performers list. Field events will run Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Four female Hawkeyes rank among the nation’s top 50 performers in the mile. Juniors Betsy Flood and McKenzie Melander ran converted times of 4:45.73 and 4:46.99, respectively, at the Jack Johnson Classic. Those performances rank No. 29 and No. 40 respectively, among NCAA Division I performers. Senior Lauren Hardesty ran a 4:47.02 at the Razorback Invitational, a performance that ranks No. 41 nationally. The women’s seeded mile begins at 3:05 p.m.
Senior Bethany Praska will compete in the 800 meter prelims at 10:20 a.m. Saturday. The finals will begin at 6:35 p.m. Praska ran a 2:08.63 at the Razorback Invitational, the 22nd fastest time in the country. Junior Erik Sowinski will compete in the 800 meters at the Husky Invite on the campus of the University of Washington. Sowinski is the school record-holder in the event (1:17.94). He competes at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Senior Steven Willey will compete in the preliminary round of the 400 meters at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. The finals will begin at 5:55 p.m. Willey holds the school record for the indoor 400 meters. He ran a 46.75 at the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier in 2010. Junior Patrick Richards will also compete in the event. Richards’ ranks 10th on the school’s all-time top performers list with a time of 47.78. He just missed topping that mark when he ran a 47.80 at the Jack Johnson Classic Jan. 11. Freshman Ashley Liverpool will be gunning for the top spot in the women’s 400m. Liverpool ran a season-best 40.87 in her collegiate debut at the Iowa Open. Her 40.87 time ranks fourth on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. The prelims begin at 11:20 a.m. Saturday and the finals begin at 5:35.
Justin Austin and Troy Doris headline the men’s 60 meters. Erin Jones will aim for the women’s title. Austin is the 60m school record holder (6.71) and Doris ranks No. 8 on the all-time top performers list (6.83). Jones ties for the fifth spot on Iowa’s all-time top performers list. The freshmen ran a personal best 7.55 at the Jack Johnson Classic. The prelims begin Saturday at 1:10 p.m. for the women, 1:50 for the men. The finals begin at 6:15 and 6:25, respectively.
Sophomore Jeff Thode will make his career debut in the 3,000 meters at the Huskie Invite on the campus of the University of Washington. Junior Betsy Flood will make her season debut in the 3,000 meters at the ISU Classic. Thode’s event begins at 10:12 a.m. Flood’s event begins at 7:15 p.m.
Both the men and women are expected to compete for titles this weekend in the 4×400 meter relay. The women’s quartet of Tiffany Hendricks, Nicole Erickson, Bethany Praska and Ashley Liverpool set the school record (3:39.15) their last time out at the Razorback Invitational. The men’s team nearly set the school record at the Razorback Invitational when they crossed the finish line in 3:07.84, the third best mark in program history. The women’s event begins at 8:05 p.m. Saturday and the men’s relay will follow.