Dec. 1, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa track and field team kicked off the indoor season Saturday with the Black and Gold Intrasquad. The black team won the event scoring 53 points, while the gold team finished runner-up with 39. The event was held at the UI Recreation Building.
Sophomore Khanishah Williams captured two titles on the afternoon. Williams started the day with a first place finish in the women’s high jump when she cleared a height of 5′ 10 ¾ (1.80m). Williams went on to take the title in the women’s 60-meter hurdles when she crossed the line in 9.13.
The men’s mile run turned into an exciting race. Unattached former Hawkeye All-American Erik Sowinski ran out to an early lead, but freshman newcomer Matt Butler pulled ahead during the final lap to take the title. Butler finished with a time of 4:14.65. Freshman Lauren Scott ran to a first place finish in the women’s mile. Scott clocked a time of 5:08.27.
Freshman Lake Kwaza finished first in the women’s 60 meters. Kwaza posted a time of 7.59 to finish just ahead of junior Raven Moore (7.70). Junior Tevin-Cee Mincy claimed the men’s 60 meters title. Mincy posted a time of 6.91.
Ethan Holmes ran to a first place finish in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. The senior clocked a time of 8.09 to win the event.
Sophomore Brennan Davey took the title in the men’s 600 meters. Davey crossed the line in 1:19.81. Senior Keaton Rickels followed close behind, finishing second in a time of 1:20.08. Freshmen Kaitlyn Nelson (1:35.52) and Montayla Holder (1:37.52) finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s 600 meters.
Adrianne Alexia finished second in the women’s 1,000 meters behind unattached former Hawkeye All-American Bethany Praska. Alexia crossed the line in 2:59.44. Senior Ryan Weir and freshman Will Teubel competed in the men’s 1,000 meters. Weir finished first when he crossed the finish line in 2:30.22, while Teubel came in second recording a time of 2:35.89.
Junior Raven Moore, freshman Kaitlyn Nelson, junior Zinnia Miller, and freshman Rachel Ballard earned a first place finish in the women’s 4X300 meter relay. The squad posted a time of 2:45.71. Sophomore Brennan Davey, senior Keaton Rickels, freshman Neil Flattery, and senior Kyle Slaymaker claimed the men’s 1,600-meter relay title with a time of 3:18.21.
“We had some real highlights,” director of track and field Larry Wieczorek said. “The good thing about an intrasquad meet is it’s a practice. It’s a dress rehearsal. It gives the athletes and the coaches a chance to see what we really need to work on as we go forward into January.”
A trio of freshmen recorded top three finishes in the men’s long jump competition. Klyvens Delaunay (20′ 10 ½; 6.36m), Josh Zeiser (20′ 4 ¼; 6.20m), and Ardian Asani 20′ 4 ¼; 6.20m) finished first through third, respectively. Sophomore Sarah Ryan and freshman Rachel Ballard finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s long jump. Ryan recorded a mark of 16′ 5 1/5 (5.01m), while Ballard posted a leap of 14′ 11 ½ (4.56m).
Sophomore Gabe Hull and senior Majesty Tutson each claimed titles in the shot put competition. Hull recorded a toss of 54′ 1 ¾ (6.50m) to take the men’s title, while Tutson’s mark of 45’3 (13.79m) earned her the women’s title.
Senior Kyle Reid and junior Jack Eckert competed in the men’s pole vault. Reid cleared the 15′ 11 (4.85m) mark to finish first, while Eckert finished second with a mark of 14′ 11 (4.55m). Katie Truedson earned a first place finish in the women’s pole vault. Truedson cleared 10’11 ¾ (3.35) mark.
“I felt like there were some great performances,” head track and field coach Layne Anderson said. “We obviously held out quite a few people with the distance group and some other folks so I think there is a lot more that we have standing on the sidelines. I think we saw some real positive signs from our fall condition, but we have a long way to go. The good news is we have plenty of time to do it.”
The Hawkeye track and field team officially opens the indoor season Jan. 12 hosting the Iowa Open.