Track & Field
The annual Musco Twilight had to be moved up a few days due to weather, but it didn't seem to bother Iowa's athletes. The Hawkeyes took home 14 individual titles, while dominating in nearly every event.
Kyara Avant started fast, winning 100-meters (11.88) and 200-meters (24.02). Talia Buss (24.43) finished right behind her in third in 200-meters. Iowa also had two top-three finishers in the 100-meter hurdles, as Jenny Kimbro (13.77) and Tria Seawater-Simmons (14.22) finished first and third, respectively. One of the closest races of the meet came in 1500-meters when Madison Waymire (4:31.86) barely edged out the competition by 0.04 seconds for the event title.
However, Iowa's best event was came in 400-meters. The Hawkeyes took each of the top-six spots, including Sommer Sharpe (59.20) and Sarah Plock (59.4) being the only two runners to break one minute. Iowa also saw a dominating performance in steeplechase, as Marta Bote Gonzalez (10:53.67) won by over 18 seconds. To end the meet, Iowa finished one-two in the 4x400 relay. Buss, Sharpe, Kylie Welch and Kylie Morken (3:43.67) easily beat out their teammates Shelby West, Antonise Christian, Avant and Addie Swanson (3:48.68).
In field events, Gillian Urycki (1.70m) finished second in high jump but first among college athletes. Jenny Kimbro (5.87) finished 0.16 meters ahead of second place in the long jump, while Simmons (12.16) ended a successful meet by winning triple jump over teammate Hannah Schilb (11.79), who came in second. Laulauga Tausaga (15.41m), surprisingly, didn't win shot put, as Iowa State's Essence Henderson threw 0.32 meters farther. However, Tausaga didn't leave empty-handed, as she won discus (56.69) by a wide margin over teammate Konstadina Spanoudakis (49.92).
A few old faces showed up on the men's side. However, current sprinter Collin Hofacker (21.01) placed second (1st among college athletes) in 200-meters. O'Shea Wilson (21.36) took fifth. In 110-meter hurdles, former Hawkeye Aaron Mallett (13.55) cruised to an easy win, beating second-place finisher Chris Douglas (14.05) by half of a second. In long distance, Luke Sampson (8:20.37) won 3000-meters, and Michael Melchert (3:52.95) finished third in 1500-meters. Although, one of the runners Melchert lost to was former Hawkeye Eric Sowinski, who took second in 3:50.32.
The men also took home two titles in field events. Reno Tuufuli won discus (58.08) by over four meters, which was a nice bounce back after finishing fourth in shot put (17.59). Also, in long jump, Wilson (7.50) took care of business over Cooper Koenig (7.15), who took second.
Upcoming: Bryan Clay Invitational (WED-THU), Mt. Sac Relays (THU-SAT), Beach Invitational (FRI-SAT)
It was a rough week for Iowa softball (19-22, 5-8), despite having a four-game homestand last week. The weekend started with an uncharacteristically poor game from Allison Doocy, as Iowa lost 8-0 in six innings. Doocy only lasted five innings as she gave up four earned runs (five total) on five hits and a walk, while only striking out one. Two errors didn't help, but the Hawkeyes also only managed two hits all game.
In the first game of Friday's doubleheader, Doocy was hit hard again. Iowa lost 6-2 in nine innings, partly because of three errors. The Hawkeyes led 1-0 heading into the seventh, but Minnesota tied the game to force extra innings before exploding for a five-run ninth. Doocy allowed 14 hits, two walks and three earned runs (six total) over 8.1 innings. She also only struck out one batter. Iowa's run in the fourth came when McKenzie Schneider reached on an error, scoring Mallory Kilian, who had two hits.
Minnesota completed the sweep later in the day, winning 11-1 in five innings. The Gophers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first before tacking on six in the fourth and another pair in the fifth. Lauren Shaw only threw 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs (nine total) on nine hits and two walks. Again, the Hawkeyes committed three errors and only managed two hits. Iowa scored its only run off of a throwing error by Minnesota's catcher, Kendyl Lindaman. As a result, the Hawkeyes went the entire weekend without an RBI.
The week concluded with a 2-1 loss in eight innings to Western Illinois in Iowa's midweek game. Doocy pitched better, allowing just one earned run and hit in seven innings, while also striking out nine batters. She had a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Hailey Duwa homered with one out. However Iowa's offense stayed quiet. Angela Schmiederer drove in a run in the seventh to tie the game, but Western Illinois scored the winning run in the next inning against Shaw.
Upcoming: @Illinois (FRI-SUN), @Iowa State (WED)
Iowa men's tennis (15-12, 3-6) hosted a pair Indiana-based schools last weekend, starting with a 4-3 loss to No. 48 Indiana. Jonas Larsen/Kareem Allaf and Will Davies/Piotr Smietana helped Iowa get off to a quick 1-0 start with doubles wins. However, in singles play, only Josh Silverstein and Allaf managed wins. Davies came close to giving Iowa the upset win over Indiana, but he fell to Zac Brodney 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-4).
The Hawkeyes bounced back against Purdue, winning 4-3. Davies/Smietana and Jake Jacoby/Joe Tyler helped Iowa earn the doubles point for the second straight match. This time, Iowa did just enough in singles play. Allaf and Tyler each won in straight sets, while Smietana outlasted Maksymilian Raupuk 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-4.
Piotr Smietana recaps the decisive win in Iowa's 4-3 victory against Purdue: pic.twitter.com/lu0HBAEHLo— Iowa Men's Tennis (@IowaMensTennis) April 15, 2018
Upcoming: @#12 Michigan (SAT), @Michigan State (SUN)
Iowa women's tennis (10-12, 2-7) struggled in its only meet of the week, falling 4-0 at Nebraska. Zoe Douglas/Adorabol Huckleby won their doubles match 6-4, but the Hawkeyes failed to win another set all match. Montana Crawford/Adrienne Jensen came the closest, though, before eventually falling 7-6.
Upcoming: Minnesota (FRI), Wisconsin (SUN)
For the first time this year, Iowa men's golf stayed in Iowa City to host the Hawkeye Invitational. Competing at home helped, as the Hawkeyes finished second (584, +8) out of the 13 teams and only one shot behind Iowa State.
Alex Schaake (140, -4) led the way with a second-place finish and was the only Hawkeye to shoot below-par. Ryoto Furuya (148, +4) and Sam Meuret (149, +5) each notched top-15 finishes, too, coming in 11th and 14th, respectively. Benton Weinberg (152, +8, 30th) and Matthew Walker (153, +9, 35th) rounded out Iowa's top-five golfers last weekend, but Alex Moorman was the story. His third-place finish (141, -3) would have been enough to top Iowa State, but he entered the invitational as an individual, meaning he won the individual part of the invitational but couldn't help Iowa's team score.
Upcoming: Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (SAT-SUN)
One of Iowa's boats made history last week while competing against No. 4 Princeton and No. 6 Yale. No. 11 Iowa finished behind the aforementioned schools in the I Varsity Four, II Varsity Four and I Novice Eight races but fared better in the I Varsity Eight and II Varsity Eight races. Iowa's II Varsity Eight boat raced to a second-place finish. It went back-and-forth with Yale, though couldn't catch up at the end and crossed the line 0.6 seconds later.
Iowa's I Varsity Eight boat won Iowa its only race. It made it look easy, too. The Hawkeyes finished a boat length ahead of Princeton and nine seconds ahead of Yale. After beating two higher-ranked opponents for a second straight week, the I Varsity Eight boat was once again named the Big Ten's Boat of the Week, becoming the first boat in school history to receive this honor in consecutive weeks.
Upcoming: Longhorn Invitational (APR 28)