Jan. 21, 2012
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LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Iowa track and field teams rallied behind six athletes that earned their way into Iowa’s top-ten all-time performers lists at the Adidas Classic Saturday. The meet was held at the Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. The men’s team tallied a team score of 133 to finish second, while the women recorded a score of 98 to finish third.
Majesty Tutson got the Hawkeyes off to a good start with a third place finish (57-2 ¾, 17.44m) in the weight throw, while freshman Sarah Ryan placed fifth in the long jump with a personal best leap of 18-3 (5.56m). Ryan’s jump ranks tenth all-time at Iowa.
Nicole Erickson had a solid day for the Hawkeyes. The senior grabbed a first place finish in the 600 meters with a personal best record setting time of 1:32.74. That ranks seventh all-time at Iowa. The senior also ran second leg on the second place 1,600-meter relay team (3:47.52).
“Nicole Erickson highlighted the efforts for the Hawkeyes,” said women’s head coach Layne Anderson. “We had hoped for a higher overall level of performance and recognize that we have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us. Arkansas will provide us with a great opportunity to get back on track.”
The Hawkeye women finished one through five in the mile. Graduate Student Mareike Schrulle took the title with a time of 4:52.21. Schrulle was followed by a host of seniors including Brooke Eilers, Betsy Flood, McKenzie Melander, and Jackie Laesch.
Freshmen Khanishah Williams and Brittany Holst both etched their names into the Hawkeye record books. Williams jumped to a personal best height of 5-8 (1.73m) to capture a second place finish in the high jump. That height ties for seventh all-time at Iowa. Holst reached a personal best height of 11-3 (3.43m) to take ninth place. Her height ranks fourth all-time at Iowa.
Jeffery Herron captured the first title of the afternoon for the Hawkeye men. The junior reached a height of 6-10 ¾ (2.10m) to finish first. Matt Banse followed with a first place finish of his own in the weight throw with a toss of 63-00 (19.20m).
Senior all-American Troy Doris ran a personal best time of 6.79 in the 60-meters to capture a second place finish. Doris’s time ranks fourth all-time at Iowa. Junior all-American Justin Austin earned his way into the all-time record books for his performance in the 400-meters. Austin finished fourth with a time of 47.61, which ranks eighth all-time at Iowa. Junior Jordan Mullen also earned a first place finish Saturday afternoon. The all-American ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.78 to take the title.
All-American Jeff Thode had a solid day on the track for the Hawkeyes. Thode ran a 4:08.52 to capture a first place title in the mile. The junior also ran to a second place finish in the 3,000-meters with a time of 8:16.36. Junior Nathan Prom also had a solid outing, as he finished first in the 800-meters with a time of 1:52.00.
The men’s 1,600 meter-rely team of freshmen Kaleb Van Cleave and Brennan Davey, junior Keaton Rickels, and senior Erik Sowinski ran a time of 3:12.79, narrowly missing a first place finish as Nebraska crossed the line in 3:12.22.
“It was a heck of a track meet from the very beginning, said men’s head coach Larry Wieczorek. “We just didn’t have quite enough firepower to catch Nebraska, but we gave them a great run throughout the entire meet.”
The Hawkeyes will return to action Jan. 27-28 in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Razorback Invite.