Jan. 15, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Highlighted by a win from senior Dakotah Goodell and a collegiate-best indoor performance from junior Avery Meyers, University of Iowa throws coach Andrew Dubs was pleased with what he saw at the Iowa Dual discus competition Friday morning at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
“Overall, it was a good day,” Dubs said. “I was happy with how everyone competed. We have been working on technical positions in practice, so I knew they wouldn’t be in great rhythm. I was hoping to see each of them hit those technical positions in competition and, for the most part, they did.
“It’s a fun atmosphere when you can have a discus competition indoors in January, and we are fortunate to have the facility that we do.”
While adjusting to a new technique, Goodell uncorked a toss of 156-4 (47.67m) on her first attempt, a mark that went unmatched. Junior Lindsay Herra took second in 136-9 (41.70m).
“It was a good start to the season,” Goodell said. “I would always like to throw further, but I thought it was a decent mark for how I was feeling today.
“I like that I can have a good mark for my first throw, but to make the jump this season, I need to be able to capitalize on every throw and try to improve on each one if I can. I had glimpses of good stuff today and look forward to perfecting my new technique the rest of the season.”
Meyers led Iowa in the men’s competition when he unleashed a personal-best throw of 170-1 (51.84m); good for fifth place, overall.
“Avery and Dakotah had fantastic days,” Dubs said. “Dakotah was consistent all day and showed great signs of her technique improving. I thought Avery had the best day overall. He had a good series and a big indoor personal best. His technique is coming along well and that’s a testament to his work ethic and dedication.”
The Iowa Dual continues Saturday as the Hawkeyes host Western Illinois and Central Iowa. Field events begin at 1 p.m. (CT) and running events follow at 2:30 p.m. inside the UI Recreation Building.