T&F Notebook: Iowa Open

University of Iowa track and field closes the indoor regular season, hosting the Iowa Open on Friday. High jump begins at noon, followed by the 60-meter hurdles and running events at 2:05 p.m. Competing teams include Iowa, Bradley, Coe, Drake, Iowa State, Knox, Quincy, and UNI. Admission is free.

Fans can follow the meet on the Meet Day page at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. The meet will be streamed on BTN+. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf.

The Hawkeyes posted marks in the top-10 record books in six events last weekend at the Tyson Invite in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the Music City Challenge in Nashville.

Women’s 800-meters
1. Alli Bookin-Nosbisch (2:04.28)
Women’s Weight Throw
2. Alivia Bauer (21.78m | 71’ 5.50”)
Women’s Shot Put
3. Kat Moody (16.64m | 54’ 7.25”)
Women’s 4×400
3. Larsen, Magee, Biermann, Roberts (3:33.00)
Women’s 400-meters
6. Audrey Biermann (53.30)
Men’s 400-meters
7. Julien Gillum (46.73)

Junior Alli Bookin-Nosbisch rose to the top of the Iowa record books in the Music City Challenge women’s 800-meter race, breaking the tape in 2:04.28 and the school record set last year by Mallory King. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native broke through to the top of Hawkeye history after steadily moving up the rankings this season. Bookin-Nosbisch finished third overall in the event.

Junior Peyton Haack put together a lifetime performance in the men’s heptathlon at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 28. Haack, a junior from Westfield, Indiana, used personal records in the long jump, shot put, high jump and pole vault on his way to the earning the school record with 6,007 points. Haack tied for the title in the pole vault (5 meters; 16’ 4.75”), while winning the 60-meter hurdles section outright (7.95).

Myreanna Bebe highlighted the Larry Wieczorek on Jan. 21 by breaking a school record that was set in 2009. Bebe registered a speedy time of 8.11 in the 60-meter hurdles, which also ranks seventh nationally. Her mark shattered the previous record set by Karessa Farley (8.21) and improved on her previous best, which was set earlier in January at the Hawkeye Invitational (8.22).

11 Hawkeyes account for nine indoor school records. They include:
Kalen Walker – 60 meters (6.61)
Jenoah McKiver – 400 meters (45.39) | 600 meters (1:15.36)
Chadrick Richards, Julien Gillum, McKiver – 4×400 meter relay (3:02.40)
LaSarah Hargrove – 60 meters (7.25)
Mariel Bruxvoort & Tesa Roberts – 4×400 meter relay (3:32.38)
Myreanna Bebe – 60-meter hurdles (8.11)
Peyton Haack – Heptathlon (6,007 points)
Alli Bookin-Nosbisch – 800 meters (2:04.28)

Junior Grant Conway picked up where he left off last season, setting a season-best time of 7.69 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Jimmy Grant Invitational. He currently ranks eighth, nationally, in the event. Conway (7.72) and junior Gratt Reed (7.72) each qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11-12 of 2022 after they each put down personal-best times at the Big Ten Championships. Conway finished as Big Ten runner-up and Reed took bronze. Junior Myreanna Bebe broke the 60-meter hurdles school record at the Larry Wieczorek on Jan. 21 (8.11). Junior Paige Magee ranks second in school history following her 8.13 performance at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 4.

Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody earned his fourth-consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year honor on March 2 after leading the Hawkeye men to their second-consecutive Big Ten Indoor Championship. In 2021, Woody became the first coach in program history to sweep the indoor and outdoor coach of the year awards. Iowa completed a Big Ten Championship sweep on the men’s side for the first time since 1963 — its outdoor title marking two-in-a-row.

Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Joey Woody received a contract extension through June 2027. Woody, an Iowa City native and World Champion, is in his ninth season at the helm of Iowa track and field. He is a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and a six-time USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year. Since arriving on campus, Woody has led Iowa to 49 Big Ten individual titles, 12 conference relay titles, four men’s Big Ten team titles, four Big Ten Athletes of the Year, and 199 All-America honors.

After narrowly missing the NCAA indoor championships, senior sprinter LaSarah Hargrove returned for a chance to break into the field in the 60-meter and 200-meter events. Hargrove holds the 60-meter school record with a time of 7.25. Senior Amanda Howe looks to build on her 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Championship performance by taking things to the next level in the weight throw. Junior Tionna Tobias has shown improvement in different field events in preparation for the pentathlon. Tobias holds a team-best mark of 6.14 meters (20’ 1.75”) in the long jump. Fellow junior Paige Magee aims to jump back to the top of the Big Ten in the 60-meter hurdles, after taking gold at the 2021 B1G Indoor Championships.

The Hawkeyes enter the postseason and prepare for the Big Ten Indoor Championships inside The Spire in Geneva, Ohio, on Feb. 24-25.