Hawkeyes Bound for NCAA Championships

May 20, 2013

NCAA Championship Notes NCAA Championships Information

The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Austin, Texas, this week to compete at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The NCAA West Regional event will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Competition begins Thursday at 12 p.m. (CT) and concludes Saturday at 9:45 p.m. (CT).

Links to live results and a live video stream are available throughout the weekend on the track and field schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.

The Iowa men are represented by a total of 16 qualifiers made up of 13 student-athletes competing in 15 individual events and one relay. Since 2003, the Hawkeye men have sent a total of 205 qualifiers to the NCAA first round. The Iowa men are seeded 10th or better in seven events.

The Iowa women’s team will send 10 qualifiers, with each student-athlete competing in their respective individual event. Since 2003, the women’s team has sent 157 qualifiers to the NCAA first round. The Iowa women are seeded 10th or better in two events.

The top 12 individuals or relays in each event will move on to the NCAA Championships final round in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8. The 12 individuals and teams from the West Region will meet the 12 qualifying individuals and teams from the East Region to form the final 24-team/individual field.

On paper, the Hawkeyes have eight individuals and one relay team seeded in the top 12 in the West Region.

Senior Justin Austin earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Big Ten Championships following three first place finishes at the 2013 conference championships. Austin has swept the postseason honors in two of the last three seasons. He also earned both awards in 2011.

Austin contributed 30 points to Iowa’s team total at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He won titles in the 100 and 200 meters, and ran the second leg of Iowa’s championship 400-meter relay.

Austin has qualified for the NCAA final site in each of the last two seasons in the 200 meters. He placed fifth in the nation in 2011, and 13th in 2012.

The 4×100-meter relay has five options heading into the quarterfinal race Saturday at 6:15. Justin Austin, Ethan Holmes and Josh Larney have ran legs 2-4 in each race this season, but the leadoff spot has been shared by Tevin-Cee Mincy and Jordan Mullen.

The relay qualified for the NCAA Championships and set a school record (39.35) with Mincy leading off at the Jim Click Invite.

The relay won a Big Ten title in 40.20 with Mullen leading off at the 2013 outdoor conference championships.

There are three heats Saturday, and the top three in each heat plus the next fastest times (12) advance to the NCAA semifinal in Eugene. The Hawkeyes are seeded No. 4.

Graduate student Mareike Schrulle has qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time this year. In November, she placed third at the NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional to advance to the NCAA finals in the 6,000 meters. She placed seventh at the final site, clocking a career best 19:43 to earn All-America honors.

Schrulle is seeded No. 22 in the 5,000 meters this week. She’ll need a top 12 finish to advance to the NCAA final site. The women’s 5,000 meters begins Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The Hawkeye women have qualified for the final site in the 5,000 meters in each of the last two seasons. Brooke Eilers and Betsy Flood advanced to the finals in 2011, and McKenzie Melander advanced in 2012.

The Hawkeyes qualified 12 student-athletes in the field events, led by Gabe Hull on the men’s side and Majesty Tutson and Khanishah Williams on the women’s side.

Hull is one of just two Hawkeyes to qualify for multiple invididual events Justin Austin, 100m and 200m). He is seeded No. 5 in the discus, the highest seed of any Hawkeye individual, and No. 38 in the shot put.

Tutson is making her fourth straight appearance in the NCAA discus competition. The school record holder placed 23rd in 2011, her highest finish at the NCAA Championships. She is seeded No. 7 this year with a mark of 181-1 (55.19m)

Williams is making her NCAA debut and is seeded No. 7 in the high jump. She qualified with a mark of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m) at the Jim Click Invite, a mark that ranks third in school history.

Senior Ethan Holmes advanced to the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight year, but this is the first season he will not compete in the 110-meter hurdles. Holmes qualified for the field with a season-best mark of 13.77, but he will instead put his focus on the 400-meter hurdles, where he is seeded 10th with a mark of 50.67. This is the third straight season Holmes will compete in the event. He advanced to the final site in 2012 and finished 18th in the country.

Holmes will also compete in the 4×100-meter relay. This is the third straight season he’ll compete in multiple events. In 2012, he was the only NCAA athlete to qualify for the final site in three events (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 1,600-meter relay).

Ten Hawkeyes are making their NCAA debuts this weekend, including three freshmen women and two freshmen men. Klyvens Delaunay is seeded No. 29 in the triple jump, and Sam Joens is seeded No. 43 in the javelin.

Lake Kwaza qualified No. 30 in the 100 meters. Kaitlyn Nelson is seeded No. 46 in the 800 meters, and MonTayla Holder is seeded No. 42 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Adrianna Alexia (800 meters), Jasmine Simpson (hammer), Khanishah Williams (high jump), Kyle Reid (javelin), and Ryan Weir (800 meters) are also making their first NCAA appearance.

Five Hawkeyes on the 2013 roster account for six individual school records. They include:
Justin Austin — 100 meters (10.21); 200 meters (20.31)
Matt Byers — javelin (245-8; 74.89m)
Majesty Tutson — discus (177-10; 54.21m)
Jasmine Simpson — hammer throw (197-7; 60.23m)
Kyle Reid — decathlon (7,203 points)
The Hawkeyes 4X1 men’s team also holds the school record (39.35).