Hawkeye Women Open Outdoor Season

March 21, 2011

Complete Release in PDF Format

The Hawkeye women are traveling to Stanford, Calif., to compete at the Stanford Invite Friday and Saturday.

Seven Hawkeyes will compete in the 5,000 meter run, including Amanda Hardesty, Brooke Eilers, Betsy Flood, Hannah Roeder, McKenzie Melander, Kelsey Hart and Katherin Rehn. Lauren Hardesty, Lena Placzek, Brittany Dlhy and Megan Ranegar will run the 1,500 meter race.

The Hawkeyes will compete in seven meets prior to the Big Ten Championships, including the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa is set to host the Musco Twilight XII meet April 23. The event will take place at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.

The Hawkeyes will also be hosting the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The three day event will begin Friday, May 13 and continue through Sunday, May 15.

Fans can stay up to date on all the championship information throughout the outdoor season by visiting the championship central site on hawkeyesports.com.

Layne Anderson
Layne Anderson is in his third year as head coach of the University of Iowa women’s track and field team. He has served as the Hawkeyes’ head women’s cross country coach for the past seven seasons, and was the interim head women’s track and field coach in 2008.

From 2003-07, he served as an assistant women’s track and field coach for the Hawkeyes.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams had exceptional indoor seasons that included 10 NCAA Championship qualifiers and All-America honorees.

The men’s team placed eighth at the National Championships, the highest an Iowa men’s team has ever finished. The Hawkeyes boasted eight men among the top-10 athletes in the country. Noteably, Erik Sowinski placed fourth in the men’s 800 meter run and aided the 1,600-meter relay team in a fourth place finish.

The Iowa women’s team was represented by school record holders Bethany Praska and McKenzie Melander. Praska placed seventh in the final run of the 800 meters and Melander finished 15th in the women’s mile run.

Ten Hawkeye student-athletes earned the distinction of All-America honorees after their superb performances in the national spotlight.

Iowa travels to Baton Rouge, La. for the LSU Invite, April 1-2. The Hawkeye men will open their outdoor season at the event.