ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of Iowa track and field concluded day one of the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday.
In the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, junior Myreanna Bebe tied her personal best and the school record to finish and earn second team all-America honors.
“I’m really proud of (Myreanna) Bebe for how she competed the whole indoor season,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “I told her ‘To be able to compete at your best and tie your best performance at the championships that’s all that matters.’ She did it at Big Tens, and she came back here, just missing the final. I’m just really proud of how she completed her season. I think that’s going to set her up really well going and outdoor.”
Senior James Carter, Jr. earned second team all-America status with a 10th-place finish in the long jump competition. Carter finished the day with a 7.80-meter (25’ 7.25”) jump.
Junior Grant Conway finished 12th in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 7.83.
“James (Carter, Jr.) just missed the final, but he had one of his best performances of the year.” Woody said. “You can’t be mad at that. I think that he’s really motivated to come back tomorrow and do some big things in the triple jump. Grant didn’t quite execute things the way he wanted to today, but I’m super proud of him getting to the NCAA Championship for the second year in a row. Being second team all-American is going to make him really hungry for outdoors.”
In the men’s heptathlon, junior Austin West sits in eighth place with 3,347 points and junior Peyton Haack is in 15th with 3,251 points, heading into the final three events on Saturday. West set two personal bests, jumping 7.61 meters (24′ 11.75″) in long jump and throwing 14.42 meters (47′ 3.75″) in the shot put.
The Hawkeyes will continue their run at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m. CT., the men’s triple jump at 7:45 p.m. CT.