By DARREN MILLER
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Both nationally ranked University of Iowa track and field teams are excited and confident heading into the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships held Feb. 22-23 at the Michigan Indoor Track Building.
The Hawkeye women enter the league meet ranked 15th in the nation and the men are 22nd.
“We have had some great meets and performances the last couple weekends, so I couldn’t feel better about where we are right now going into the championships,” said Joey Woody, Iowa’s director of track and field.
Woody put the Hawkeyes through their final paces Thursday during a brief workout on the two-year-old, 200-meter hydraulic-banked track. Last season the Iowa women finished fifth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with 74 points; the men were seventh with 51.
“For the most part, everybody is healthy and we’re going to toe the line and get after it this weekend,” Woody said. “I feel confident about where we’re at, but we would like to see continued improvement.”
Action begins Friday at 9 a.m. (CT) when sophomore Dan Gaynes and freshman Peyton Haack compete in the heptathlon 60-meter dash.
Iowa is the defending indoor champion in two events: men’s distance medley relay and senior Brianna Guillory in the 400 dash. This will be just the third indoor competition of the season for Guillory.
“I’m not leaving anything to chance. I’m going to go out there, do my best each time, and lay it all on the track,” said Guillory, who is scheduled to compete in the 200, 400 and 4×400 relay. “I come out here and do what I have to do. I’m prepared for this moment and that’s what I’m holding on to.”
When the events begin, live results may be found HERE.