3 Hawkeyes Become 2nd Team All-Americans on Friday

BOSTON – Three University of Iowa Track and Field athletes closed out the indoor season as second team All-Americans on Friday at the NCAA Championships. Three Hawkeyes runners advanced to Saturday’s finals at the TRACK at New Balance.

A pair of former Indian Hills Community College standouts headlined the Iowa effort on Friday. Junior Rivaldo Marshall qualified automatically in 800 meters, emerging with the top prelim time at 1:47.21. Senior Kalen Walker qualified automatically with a 6.60 time in the 60-meter semifinals. Walker won his heat and finished second overall in the qualifying round. 

In the heptathlon, senior Austin West got off to a hot start, finishing the day in fifth place with 3,309 points (-355) through four events. Consistency was key for West, who finished ninth or better in each Friday’s heptathlon events. 

Iowa’s second-team All-Americans include long jumper Tionna Tobias, along with 60-meter hurdlers Grant Conway and Paige Magee

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Conway ran 7.81 to place 15th at the national meet. Magee placed 14th with an 8.41 time.  

Tobias closed out the night with a 9th-place jump of 6.32 meters (20’ 9”), good for her second-best mark on the season. Tobias previously finished ninth in the long jump at Big Ten Indoors this season. 

The Hawkeyes close out competition at NCAA Indoor Nationals on Saturday at the TRACK at New Balance. West opens the day for Iowa with a 9:30 a.m. (CT) start in the heptathlon. 

Walker’s 60 meter final is set for 3:10 p.m., followed by Marshall in the 800 meters at 3:30 p.m. Freshman Daniela Wamokpego makes her debut at nationals in the triple-jump finals at 5:30 p.m.

NCAA Indoor Nationals

Men’s 60-Meter Semifinal
2. Kalen Walker – 6.60, Q

Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles Semifinal
14. Paige Magee – 8.41

Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles Semifinal
15. Grant Conway – 7.81

Men’s 800-Meter Semifinal
1. Rivaldo Marshall – 1:47.21, Q

Men’s Heptathlon
5. Austin West – 3,309 points
7. 60 Meters – 7.01
9. Long Jump – 7.32 meters (23’10.75”)
7. Shot Put – 14.56 meters (47’ 9.25”)
9. High Jump – 1.97 meters (6’ 5.25”)

Women’s Long Jump Final
9. Tionna Tobias – 6.32 meters (20’ 9”)