Track & Field
With the outdoor season just beginning, Iowa track & field split into three teams, competing in three different time zones. Multi-event athletes Jenny Kimbro, Tria Simmons and William Dougherty competed at the Texas Relays. Kimbro and Simmons finished eighth (5,164 points) and 13th (5,082), respectively, in the heptathlon. Kimbro's only top-10 finish came in long jump, though she finished 11th in 800-meters. While Simmons wasn't as consistent across the board, she still managed top-10 finishes in high jump, 200-meters and 800-meters. On the men's side, William Doughtery finished in ninth (7,222) in the decathlon, finishing in the top-five among pole vaulters and high jumpers.
Sprinters took their talents to Gainesville, Florida, competing in the Florida Relays. Chris Douglas didn't finish in the top-10 in 110-meter hurdles, but he rebounded with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line in a career-best 51.44 seconds. Sarah Plock took 11th (1:00.70) on the women's side. Also on the track, Collin Hofacker (46.90, 9th) and DeJuan Frye (47.16, 15th) both notched top-15 times in 400-meters. Familiar faces shined in field events, as Laulauga Tausaga (57.33m) and Reno Tuufuli (59.03) each took second in discus. Jahisha Thomas also jumped 13.04-meters to finish fourth in triple jump, and Aubrianna Lantrip (1.70m) placed second in high jump.
Then, Iowa's women relays started to dominate, starting with the 4x100 relay team of Thomas, Kyara Avant, Briana Guillory and Brittany Brown. They finished seventh, crossing the line in 44.44 seconds for the fourth best mark in school history. Sheridan Champe replaced Thomas in the 4x200, helping Iowa set a school-record of 1:35.11.
SCHOOL RECORD ALERTThe women's 4x200 meter relay ran 1:35.11 in Florida to best their previous record of 1:35.36 from last year! The finished 5th overall. #WeAreOne— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) March 31, 2018
To end the meet, Guillory, Brown, Sommer Sharpe and Mallory King gave Iowa another top-10 finish, as they finished in seventh (3:45.82).
In the third location, Nathan Mylenek and Andrea Shine led Iowa's distance runners at the Stanford Relays. Mylenek's time of 8:48.66 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase puts him second in school history and ninth in the race. Shine also entered the record books in 10,000-meters. She finished in 33:50.25, which was good enough for fourth and the sixth-best mark in school history.
Upcoming: Battle of the Bayou (SAT)
For the first time this season, Iowa softball (15-17, 1-4) was swept. It dropped all three games in Maryland, starting with a 2-1 loss in 11-innings. Allie Wood's RBI-double gave Iowa a 1-0 lead in the sixth, but a couple of Iowa errors cost it, as Maryland answered in the bottom of the sixth before walking-off five innings later. Allison Doocy pitched extremely well again. She pitched all 10.1 innings and only gave up two unearned runs on eight hits, while striking out 10 batters. Mallory Kilian led Iowa with two hits.
Iowa's offense stayed quiet in the second game, too. Maryland won 5-2, while putting Iowa in a 2-0 hole after the first. Kilian hit a solo home run and Aralee Bogar hit an RBI-triple in the fourth, but Maryland's offense got better as the game went on. Kenzie Ihle only lasted 3.2 innings, as she gave up five runs (three earned) on nine hits. Lauren Shaw pitched 2.1 shutout innings, but it was too late. Kilian, Wod and Bogar each had multiple hits.
Despite Taylor Libby's 2-for-3 day, Iowa's offense was held in check, falling 1-0. Doocy pitched again, allowing an earned run and five hits over six innings. She also struck out six batters.
Upcoming: Wisconsin (SAT-SUN), @Nebraska DH (TUE)
Iowa men's tennis (12-10, 2-3) had a busy week, hosting four matches. It started with a hard-fought 5-2 loss to No. 7 Illinois. The Hawkeyes started strong by taking the doubles point, partly due to No. 70 Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen upsetting No. 47 Alexi Vukic/Aron Hiltzik 6-4. Joe Tyler/Jake Jacoby also won 7-6(6) to secure the doubles point. Tyler was the only singles win on Iowa's side, as he led No. 103 Hiltzik 6-7(4), 6-4, 4-0 before Hiltzik retired.
The week quickly got better, though, as Iowa beat Northwestern, 4-1. Allaf/Larsen defeated their second ranked opponent of the week in No. 56 Dominik Stary/Ben Vandixhorn 6-4. No. 40 Piotr Smietana/Will Davies gave Iowa the doubles point when it beat Nick Brookes/Michael Lorenzini 6-0. The Hawkeyes won five of six matches in singles play, including straight set wins by Tyler and Allaf.
B1G win for the Hawkeyes this afternoon! pic.twitter.com/3YqisG8B8G— Iowa Men's Tennis (@IowaMensTennis) April 1, 2018
To end the week, Iowa shutout South Dakota State in both matches of their doubleheader -- 7-0, 6-0. The Hawkeyes didn't drop a set, while Jason Kerst bageled Henrique Stemmer 6-0, 6-0 in their first match. In total, Iowa won six different sets 6-0.
Upcoming: @Dayton (FRI), @#3 Ohio State (FRI), @48 Penn State (SUN)
In a trip to Indiana over the weekend, Iowa women's tennis (9-10, 1-5) dropped both of their matches. It started with a close 4-3 loss to Indiana. No. 47 Elise van Heuvelen/Anastasia Reimchen defeated Madison Appel/Jelly Bozovic 6-4, and Zoe Douglas/Adorabol Huckleby beat Caitlin Bernard/Natalie Whalen 6-2 to award Iowa the doubles point. Van Heuvelen and Reimchen each won in straight sets during singles play, but it wasn't enough.
The week concluded with a 6-1 loss to Purdue. van Heuvelen/Reimchen and Douglas/Huckleby improved to 2-0 in doubles play over the weekend. However, van Heuvelen's 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 1-0(10-3) loss to Silvia Ambrosio was the closest Iowa got to a singles point.
Upcoming: @Maryland (SAT), @Rutgers (SUN)
No. 17 Iowa rowing was back in action at the Pac-12 Invitational against No. 2 California, No. 10 Stanford and No. 12 USC. The regatta started with Iowa and California paired together. Iowa struggled, as California won by nine seconds in the Varsity Eight (6:19.61), 10 seconds in the Second Varsity Eight (6:34.08) and 23 seconds in the Varsity Four (7:28.04) races. Stanford had as much success, winning by seven seconds in Varsity Eight (6:22.2), three seconds in the Second Varsity Eight (6:31.6) and five seconds in the Varsity Four (7:29.1) races.
However, Iowa turned it around on the final day, defeating USC in all three races. It crossed the line in front of USC by 3.5 seconds in the Varsity Eight (6:19.4) and six seconds in the Second Varsity Eight (6:35.8) races, while winning by three seconds in the Varsity Four race, crossing the line in 7:29.1.
Upcoming: @Michigan State/Michigan (SAT)
In their final scheduled competition of the year, Iowa women's golf placed 12th out of 15 teams at the Bruzzy Challenge. It was in 13th after the first couple of days, shooting 316 and 317, before its consistency paid off. Iowa shot 316 on the final day to move up a spot.
Rachel Fujitani (229, +13) led Iowa with a 13th-place finish. Fujitani was Iowa's only golfer to place in the top-50, though. Jessica IP (240, +24) followed in 56th. Iowa's top-five golfers rounded out with Shawn Rennegarbe (243, +27) in 61st, Kristin Glesne (244, +28) in 64th and Morgan Kukla (244, +28) in 69th.
Fujitani's strong tournament was recognized by the conference. She was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week.
Upcoming: Big Ten Conference Tournament (APR 20-22)