IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s track and field program climbed 22 spots to reach its highest ranking in program history, 15th, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Monday. The Hawkeyes’ achieved the previous best ranking in 2008 at 18th.
After the Frank Sevigne Invitational and the Meyo Invitational this past weekend, the Hawkeyes have six athletes ranked in the top 25 nine times.
Climbing the NCAA performance list this week were juniors Laulauga Tausaga and Jenny Kimbro, and senior Tria Simmons. Tausaga is leading the nation in the weight throw after a 23.26-meter mark (76-3 3/4) at the Frank Sevigne Invitational on Friday. Simmons and Kimbro broke into the top 10 in the pentathlon with scores of 4,220 (third) and 4,123 (ninth), respectively.
Simmons and Kimbro also improved their high jump and 60-meter hurdle marks over the weekend. Simmons’ 1.78-meter high jump mark (5-10) ranks 20th, and Kimbro ran 8.27 in the hurdles to rank 22nd.
The Hawkeyes return to action this weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday.