After a successful weekend in Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA West Regional, 12 members of Iowa’s track and field team will head to the final round of the NCAA Championships close to home in Des Moines, Iowa.
The finals will be held June 8-11.
Larry Wieczorek, Iowa’s head coach and the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, commented about this weekend’s results by saying:
“Overall, we advanced a really good group of people to the NCAA Championships,” said head coachÂ Larry Wieczorek.Â Justin Austin showed a lot of guts finishing in the top 12 of the 200, andÂ Ethan Holmes had one of the best meets of a track athlete that I’ve seen in a long time. We did have some disappointments, but overall we feel good about the group were taking.”
And in his final event, Holmes ran a 50.70 in the 400 hurdles.
Other key Hawkeye performances that will send athletes to the finals included Jeffery Herron’s high jumping performance. He cleared the bar at seven feet, one-quarter inch (2.14m) in the first round on Friday. It was a career best for him and the performance ranked fifth in school history.
JuniorÂ Troy Doris won the triple jump competition with a 53-3 Â¾ (16.25m) jump.
SophomoreÂ Justin Austin ran a 21.08 in the 200 meter quarterfinals to place ninth.
The following female tracksters will also head to Des Moines.
Finishing in the Top 12 for the 5,000 meter run, juniorsÂ Betsy Flood andÂ Brooke Eilers ran personal bests this weekend. Flood finished fifth with a 16:04.46 time, a personal best by nearly eight seconds and with her 16:11.86 time, Eilers beat her 16:26.46 Big Ten Championship time.
The women’s 1,600-meter relay team placed 11th overall with seniorsÂ Bethany Praska andÂ Tiffany Hendricks,Â true freshmanÂ Ashley Liverpool and juniorÂ Nicole Erickson,Â running the team across the finish line with a 3:37.27 time.