April 7, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Iowa track and field team recorded two school record setting performances at the Battle on the Bayou Saturday. The meet was held at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU. The Hawkeye men finished third in the team standings with 91 points, while the women tallied 54 points for an eighth place finish.
Jeffery Herron was the first Hawkeye to make his way into the Iowa record books. The senior reached a mark of 7-04 ¼ (2.24m) to take the high jump title. Herron’s mark just beat the previous school record of 7-04 (2.23m) held by Bill Hansen (1978) and Bill Knoedel (1975). Senior Graham Valdes also competed in the event for the Hawkeyes. Valdes reached a height of 6-11 ½ (2.12m) to take sixth. That mark ranks seventh all-time at Iowa.
Senior Erik Sowinski broke 800 meters school record. Sowinski finished first in the event with a time of 1:47.02. Bill Frazier set the previous record of 1:47.64 in 1962.
“Jeffery Herron had a phenomenal performance in the high jump,” said the director of track and field Larry Wieczorek. “He broke a school record that I did not see going down anytime soon. Erik Sowinski followed with a school record-breaking performance of his own in the 800 meters. Overall, it was a historic weekend for Iowa track and field.”
Gabe Hull took the title in the discus. The freshman recorded a mark of 180-06 (55.01m). Junior Majesty Tutson also competed in the discus for the Hawkeye women. Tutson’s toss of 165-10 (50.55m) earned her a third place finish.
Zinnia Miller earned her way into the Iowa record books with a personal best performance in the high jump. Miller, a sophomore, reached a height of 5-07 ¼ (1.71m). That mark ranks ninth all-time at Iowa.
Freshman Annemie Smith recorded a personal best finish in the hammer throw. Smith finished sixth in the event with a toss of 181-00 (55.16m). That mark ranks third all-time at Iowa.
Amanda Stahle had a personal best performance in the javelin. The sophomore’s toss of 140-11 (42.95m) was good enough for a seventh place finish. Stahle’s toss ranks eighth all-time at Iowa.
Ashley Liverpool ran to a fourth place finish in the 400 meters. The sophomore crossed the line with a personal best time of 53.12. That time ranks fourth all-time at Iowa.
Junior Ethan Holmes and senior Dan Davis finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles. Holmes crossed the line in 14.21, while Davis’ time of 14.22 ranks eighth all-time at Iowa.
The women’s 1,600-meter relay team had their best performance of the 2012 season. The team of junior Hannah Simonson, Liverpool, senior Nicole Erickson, and freshman Victoria Sack finished fifth with a time of 3:37.57. That time ranks fourth all-time at Iowa.
Sophomore Lena Placzek ran to a second place finish in the 1,500 meters. Placzek recorded a personal best time of 4:36.37.
Senior Troy Doris finished second in the triple jump. Doris reached a mark of 53-06 ½ (16.32m) in his first jump of the outdoor season.
Senior Matt Banse and junior Ben Stancombe competed in the hammer throw. Banse finished third with a toss of 195-07 (59.62m), while Stancombe’s throw of 192-04 (58.63m) ranked seventh. Banse also competed in the shot put. Banse finished fourth with a personal best throw of 56-11 ½ (17.36m).
The Hawkeyes will return to action April 13-14 with the Tom Botts Invitational in Columbia, Mo.