March 31, 2016
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Iowa redshirt sophomore Alex Balke landed eighth in the finals of the men’s javelin following a collegiate-best throw, 205-11 (62.77m), at the Florida Relays on Thursday evening.
Balke moves two spots to sixth all-time at Iowa and would hold the same position in the Big Ten. That mark is his second event personal best of the season, having previously recorded 203-4 (61.99m) at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19.
“I was happy to see Alex put up another PR to start his season,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “He was working on some technical things at our last meet, but I’m proud of where he’s at right now this early in the season. I think he has a bright future ahead of him here as we prepare for the rest of our outdoor season.”
Six Hawkeyes compete at either the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, or the San Francisco Distance Carnival in San Francisco on Friday. Iowa resumes action at the three-day Florida Relays on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) inside the Percy Beard Track complex.
“This is always a great weekend for us to compete at Stanford and the Florida Relays; they’re two of the premier meets of the season,” Woody said. “The Florida Relays is always a fun meet because we get a chance to lineup against some great athletes from all over the country, but we also get the chance to be in the same environment as some of the professional athletes who are getting ready for the Olympics. We have some great events in both locations this weekend.”