Dec. 1, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team opens its 2011-12 season Saturday with its Black and Gold Intrasquad meet. The event will be held at the UI Recreation Building beginning at 4 p.m.
Richards, Holmes, and Sowinski placed fourth at the 2011 NCAA Championships in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:07.16, while Sowinski also placed fourth in the 800 meter run in 1:49.47. Austin crossed the finish line in fifth place in the 200-meters (20.80), Thode finished sixth in the mile run (4:01.73), Doris placed sixth in the triple jump (53-5 1/2), and Mullen finished ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (7.78).
The UI women’s team welcomes an outstanding recruiting class. Freshmen Khanishah Williams and Kayla Beattie are expected to make an immediate impact this season. Williams, a Burlington, Iowa, native, was the 2011 4A long jump and 100 meter hurdle state champion. Beattie, a Woodstock, Ill., native, set state records in the 3,200 (10:15) meters and 1,600 meters (4:51). The team also returns senior McKenzie Melander who placed 15th (4:49.21) in the mile at the NCAA Championships.
The Hawkeyes officially open the season Jan. 14 with a dual meet against Illinois.