Coach Woody Talks Talent Regarding Incoming Recruits

What can we expect from this recruiting class in 3-4 years from now?

“When looking at this year’s women’s recruiting class, I can’t help but be super excited about the immediate impact athletes like transfers Erin Dowd in the 400/400 Hurdles, Eavion Richardson in the long and triple jumps, and Karina Joiner in both hurdle events.  I believe all three athletes have the ability to be major contributors to our team’s success at the Big Ten and NCAA championships.  In addition, we have a tremendous group of very talented young women who will add great depth across multiple events and will elevate our program to even higher levels over the next 2-3 years.”

“Our women’s distance/mid-distance program will have a huge boost with the addition of 12 new freshman student-athletes who we expect to contribute in many ways over their 4-5 years here at Iowa. Alli and Grace Bookin-Nosbisch, Katie Moore, and Clare Pitcher will all continue to build our women’s mid-distance program into one of the best in the Big Ten and NCAA.  All four bring unique talents to our mid-distance crew.  Amber Aesoph was just starting to make her mark as a junior in the 800/1500 events, and I believe she will be someone to look out for in the near future.  Brooke McKee and Claire Edmondson are two of the best and most consistent HS distance runners in the state of Iowa over the last few years, and will look to make their mark in our women’s distance crew.”

“Our women’s hurdle and multi-event group also added some very talented athletes who will continue to build our hurdle and multi-event program into one of the most elite programs in the nation.  Paige Magee is one of the top combo 100/400 hurdlers in the nation, and Nylah Perry brings terrific 200/400 speed as one of the top 400/400 hurdlers.  Kenli Nettles is not only a great multi-event athlete, but she has also had tremendous success in both the hurdle events in the state of Illinois.  Gabbi Bullard is a local talent who has had great success in many events in HS, and also has a unique talent as one of the top javelin throwers in the nation, who will look to develop into a B1G point scorer in the multis and javelin throw.  We are also excited to bring in the top two 100m hurdlers from the state of Iowa, Katie Peterson and Taylor Cannon.  Both athletes show an incredible upside and the tools to make multiple Big Ten finals throughout their careers and compete to make the NCAA championship.”

“We have a small group of incoming field event athletes, but they are all very talented and will contribute to our continued success in the horizontal jumps and throws.  Alivia Bauer is one of the top returning discus throwers in the state of Iowa, and we believe she was on the verge of a huge breakthrough her senior year prior to the cancellation of the HS season.  Kaylah Hutchins is one of the highest-ranked triple jumpers in the nation, and will look to contribute in both the long and triple jumps at the Big Ten an NCAA championships.  Dimia Burrell was having a great senior season and is someone who would’ve contended to win the Iowa HS long jump title and multiple sprint relays.”

“Our women’s long sprint crew added an extremely talented athlete in Tesa Roberts who has tremendous range from the 200 to the 800.  We believe Tesa has the ability to develop into one of the best 400/600 athletes in the Big Ten.”