November 28, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – In week eleven of the University of Iowa track and field preseason and the third chapter of the 2015 season previews, hawkeyesports.com caught up with Director of Track and Field Joey Woody and his group of sprinters and hurdlers regarding their preparations and goals for the upcoming season.
“This is actually the most critical [time] of our training,” Woody said. “The more work we can get done between now and January, the better off we’re going to be throughout the season.”
Woody is excited about what he is seeing from his group of student-athletes. The Hawkeye sprinters and hurdlers have been working diligently on their strength, explosiveness, and quickness.
“Fall has been going really well. I’m really pleased with how the athletes are progressing right now,” said Woody. “We’ve been putting in a lot of good work and overall the team spirits are high about the upcoming season.”
Returning this year for the Hawkeyes is sophomore Aaron Mallett and senior Keith Brown. Mallett led the team in the 110-meter (13.86) and 400-meter hurdles (51.78) during the outdoor season. He ran a collegiate-best 7.88 in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships, a time that ranks fourth in Iowa’s all-time record book.
“Last year I focused more on other people and not myself,” Mallett said. “If I focus on what I need to get done, I know I have the capacity to compete with the best.”
Brown finished last season as an All-American, anchoring the 400-meter relay that placed sixth at the 2014 NCAA Championships (39.55). He also anchored the school record-setting 400-meter relay (39.19), as well as the winning 400-meter relay at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
“I’m really looking forward to the season. I think everybody is going to be good and produce,” Mallett said. “Watch out for the Hawkeyes.”