April 13, 2011
- Big Ten Championships – Iowa City, Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team will compete this weekend at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, and War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala. Live results for both events can be found on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
THROW THE RECORD BOOK AT `EM
Sophomore Matt Byers and freshman Majesty Tutson are the newest Iowa school record holders in their respective events. Byers set the Iowa and Big Ten record with a javelin toss of 245-8 (74.89) at the LSU Invite April 2. The Wichita, Kan., native broke Bill Neumann’s nine year old school record (244-8). Neumann was also the previous owner of the Big Ten record. Byers mark ranks fifth nationally. Tutson climbed to the top of the school record list with a toss of 166-10.5 (50.87) at last week’s Sun Angel Classic. Tutson’s performance ranks fifth among Big Ten performers and 30th nationally.
WILLEY OR WON’T HE?… HE WILL
Senior All-American and defending Big Ten 400 meter champion Steven Willey captured a first-place finish in his outdoor season debut at the Sun Angel Classic. Willey’s 46.48 performance currently ranks second among Big Ten competitors and 16th nationally.
HIGH MARK IN THE 110-HIGH HURDLES
Sophomores Jordan Mullen and Ethan Holmes were the top finishing collegiate competitors in the 110-high hurdles at the Sun Angel Classic. Former World Champion and current adidas team member Ryan Brathwaite won the competition with a 14.08 effort, narrowly edging Mullen (14.24) and Holmes (14.56). Mullen’s time ranks fifth in the Big Ten. Holmes ranks 13th.
Junior Erik Sowinski and senior Adam Hairston rank second and fourth, respectively, amongst Big Ten competitors in the 800 meters. Sowinski ran 1:48.15 while capturing first place at the LSU invitational (4/2) and Hairston ran 1:49.53 to place fifth at the Sun Angel Classic (4/9). Sowinski and Hairston rank third and fourth, respectively, on Iowa’s 800m all-time performers list.
KNOCKIN’ ON THE DOOR
The Hawkeye women have three performers knocking on the top spot of the conference leader board. Freshman Ashley Liverpool (400m), senior Bethany Praska (800m) and junior Betsy Flood (5,000m) all rank No. 2 in the Big Ten in their respective events.
RUNNING IN BUNCHES
Three Hawkeye women, juniors Betsy Flood (2nd), Brooke Eilers (4th) and McKenzie Melander (5th), rank among the conference’s top five performers in the 5,000 meters. The Hawkeyes are the only school with more than two competitors listed in the top 10 of the 5,000 meters.
2011 NCAA OUTDOOR QUALIFICATIONS
The top 48 individual event performers and top 24 relay teams from each region (East/West) will qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. A complete list of NCAA participants will be announced Thursday, May 19.
MUSCO TWILIGHT XII
The University of Iowa track and field team will host the 12th annual Musco Twilight Meet Saturday, April 23 at the Cretzmeyer Track in Iowa City, Iowa. The one-day event starts at 2 p.m. Opening ceremonies and senior acknowledgements are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. The children’s Herky race will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for youth 18 and younger and UI students with a valid ID.
MUSCO TWILIGHT XII
The University of Iowa will host the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 13-15 at the Cretzmeyer Track in Iowa City, Iowa. Visit the Championships page on hawkeyesports.com for complete meet information.
HEAD COACH Larry Wieczorek
Larry Wieczorek is in his 24th season as head men’s cross country coach and his 15th season as head men’s track and field coach at the University of Iowa. He served as an assistant track and field coach for 12 years before taking the helm in 1997. Last season, Wieczorek guided 28 qualifiers, made up of 20 student-athletes competing in 13 individual events and two relays to the NCAA Outdoor Championships preliminary round.
HEAD COACH Layne Anderson
Layne Anderson is in his third year as head coach of the University of Iowa women’s cross country and track and field teams. 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.