Nov. 25, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The expectations are high for the University of Iowa throwers as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 indoor track and field season. Iowa’s new event coach Andrew Dubs and his group of student-athletes caught up with hawkeyesports.com on their preseason training and goals in part one of Hawkeye season previews.
“Coach Dubs is bringing some different outlooks into our training and it’s working out really well,” junior thrower Dakotah Goodell said, who led the team in discus last outdoor season with a collegiate-best mark of 169-4 (51.62m).
“It’s really crucial to have this offseason because it’s a chance for us become stronger in the weight room, as well as a chance for us to do more throwing drills, so that by the time season comes around we can focus on competing and not have to worry about technique.”
The Hawkeyes are led by seniors Annemie Smith on the women’s side and Gabe Hull on the men’s.
“We are definitely looking to do some big things at the NCAA level with the two of them, and with the rest of the group, as well,” said Dubs, who joined the Iowa coaching staff in September. “We have a lot of people capable of scoring high points for us at the Big Ten Championships.”
Smith placed seventh in the weight throw at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a collegiate-best 61-4 (18.69m), a mark ranks third all-time at Iowa. She set the school record in the hammer throw (198-1, 60.38m) with a winning effort at the 2014 Arizona State Invite.
Hull, a captain this year, is coming off a phenomenal 2014 season at both the Big Ten and national level. He finished runner-up in discus at the 2014 Big Ten Championships with a throw of 198.2 (60.40m), and was named second team All-America following an 11th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (190-3; 57.00m). He set the school record in discus with a throw of 207-1 (63.11m) at last year’s Musco Twilight.
“It’s been a hectic fall. I’ve been here under a month now and we are really underway with the throws group,” Dubs said. “The expectations are high. We have a lot of young talent and great leadership returning this year. We’re going to continue to work hard; it should be a good year coming from the Iowa Hawkeyes and the throws group.”