SACRAMENTO, Calif. — University of Iowa women’s track and field concluded the NCAA West Preliminaries on Saturday with five additional NCAA Championship qualifications.
“I am super proud of this women’s team tonight,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “As I always say, there are a lot of ups and downs at these championships, but we punched a lot of tickets to Austin, Texas, today.”
Junior hurdler Paige Magee advanced to the championships in both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles. The Columbia, Missouri, native posted her collegiate-fastest 400-hurdles and the second-fastest time in program history, crossing the finish in 56.62. Magee had continued success as she finished fifth (12.93) in the 100-meters hurdles, registering her second sub-13 race in as many meets.
“Paige Magee had a fantastic weekend leading these women with auto-qualifying performances in both hurdle events,” Woody said. “She’s a silent leader off the track, but her performances on the track show why she’s one of the best competitors in the NCAA.”
Junior Myreanna Bebe also ran her second 100-meter hurdles under 13 seconds to qualify for the national meet, running 12.99. Senior Mariel Bruxvoort will advance in the 400 hurdles with a time of 57.04, marking her first outdoor championship.
The 4×400-meter relay squad, consisting of junior Aliyanna Dorn, freshman Audrey Bierman, junior Tesa Roberts, and Bruxvoort, will continue their run at NCAAs. Dorn pushed in the lead leg to set the Hawkeyes up in the top three. Biermann and Roberts kept the quad in the race, leaving Bruxvoort to close and automatically qualify for Austin, finishing third in their heat. The 3:33.16 ranks third all-time in the record books.
The 4×100-meter relay produced it fastest time of the season, crossing the finish in 44.08. Senior LaSarah Hargrove, junior Lia Love, freshman Alexandria Edison, and Magee etched their names on Iowa’s. top-10 list with the No.3 time.
The Hawkeyes head to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Championships on June 7-10.
Hear From Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody…
“I’m so happy for Mariel (Bruxvoort) qualifying to her first NCAA Championship in an individual event. She came back to anchor our 4×4 with a lot of grit, holding off the fourth-place team and getting that auto-qualification to help the women qualify for the first time outdoors since 2016.”
“I thought Audrey Biermann had an amazing weekend. She had a huge PR in the 400 on Thursday, then ran a terrific split on the 4×4 second leg to set us up to qualify the relay to Austin.”
“I thought the women 4×1 ran extremely well to have our fastest time of the year and just missed making it to Austin. That entire group has made some big moves with the relay this year, and I know they are hungry to get back and qualify next year.
“I want to thank LaSarah Hargrove for all she’s done for this program since she stepped on campus. She will go down as one of the all-time great sprinters in Iowa history. She’s moved the needle of this sprints program to help us continue to build in the future.”
“Nylah Perry had a great race today and ran a PR even in lane one, which is very exciting momentum for her heading into next year.”
20. Lia Love – 11.38
20. Audrey Biermann – 52.89
14. Alli Bookin-Nosbisch – 2:05.43
5. Paige Magee – 12.93, NCAA Qualifier
8. Myreanna Bebe – 12.99, NCAA Qualifier
21. Tionna Tobias – 13.53
7. Paige Magee – 56.62, PR, 2nd all-time at Iowa, NCAA Qualifier
11. Mariel Bruxvoort – 57.04, NCAA Qualifier
16. Nylah Perry – 58.28, PR, 9th all-time at Iowa
15. Hargrove, Love, Edison, Magee – 44.08, 3rd all-time at Iowa
10. Dorn, Biermann, Roberts, Bruxvoort – 3:33.16, 3rd all-time at Iowa, NCAA Qualifier
33. Kayla Hutchins – 12.54 meters (41’ 1.75”)
45. Kat Moody – 46.79 meters (153’ 6”)