Track & Field
Competing at the Big Ten Championships, Iowa's men finished in sixth and its women took third -- Ohio State and Minnesota won, respectively.
A lot of Iowa's points came from field events, specifically Jahisha Thomas. On her way to winning Field Athlete of the B1G Championships, Thomas jumped 13.19 meters to win triple jump by .20 meters and 21-feet, six-inches to win the long jump title, both coming on her first attempts. She becomes just the fourth athlete ever to win both the long and triple jump at both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Thomas' weekend didn't end there. She was also part of the third-place 4x100 team (44.52) comprised of Thomas, Brittany Brown, Kyara Avant and Sheridan Champe.
Laulauga Tausaga had a case for winning the award, though, thanks to dominating performances in discus and shot put. Tausaga's throw of 58.39-meters in discus was easily the longest, winning by .64 meters. She also reset her own school record in shot put, throwing 55-feet, 15-inches. However, Nia Britt also made a surprise impact. Her throw of 54-feet, 2.5-inches gave her fourth-place, though she moved up to second in school history behind only Tausaga. On the men's side, Reno Tuufuli nearly added a Big Ten title in discus thanks to a throw of 60.87-meters placing him in second.
The Hawkeyes almost had another dual-winner on the track in Brittany Brown. She took second in 100-meters (11.28) by just .06 seconds, but Brown rebounded by regaining her 200-meter title (22.93) by .01 seconds. This made Iowa the third school ever to three-peat in the women's 200-meters -- Brown won in 2016 and 2018, and Briana Guillory won in 2017.
Mar'yea Harris in 400-meters earned Iowa their final individual title. He blew by the competition in a school-record time of 44.98 seconds, which was .62 seconds faster than second place. DeJuan Frye finished in fourth, crossing the line in 46.17 seconds.
Chris Douglas (51.00) and Nathan Mylenek (8:49.49) each took third in the 400-meter hurdles and 3000-meter steeplechase, respectively.
The weekend ended with one of Iowa's strongest events on each side. Iowa's women 4x400 teams took third in 3:35.94, while Harris, Frye, Antonio Woodard and Collin Hofacker won the men's 4x400 by .53 seconds, finishing in 3:06.32.
You can't have a better finish than this! The men's 4x400 meter relay of DeJuan Frye, Antonio Woodard, Collin Hofacker, and Mar'yea Harris are 4x400m relay B1G Champions! They run 3:06.32 for Iowa's first title since 1999! #WeAreOne #B1GTF pic.twitter.com/SaZGSlGg5K— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) May 13, 2018
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Iowa softball (21-32, 6-16) barely squeaked into the Big Ten Tournament, but they made their presence felt once they got in. The Hawkeyes upset fifth-seeded Ohio State, 5-1, to start the tournament. Allison Doocy pitched a gem, lasting all seven inning while only giving up an earned run on five hits and five walks. She countered her five walks with 15 strikeouts. At the plate, Taylor Libby was the only Hawkeye with multiple hits.
However, Ohio State helped Iowa score a lot of runs after taking a 1-0 lead in the first. Cheyenne Pratt scored on a passed ball in the third to tie the game for Iowa. In the seventh inning, Iowa exploded for four runs to put the game out of reach. The Hawkeyes scored on two wild pitches followed by Libby and McKenzie Schneider each hitting an RBI-single. Ohio State did have the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Doocy ended the game with a pair of strikeouts.
Iowa's second round matchup with Northwestern was delayed a day due to bad weather, which cooled off their bats in a 2-1 loss. Doocy, who made the All-Tournament Team, pitched fantastic again, giving up two earned runs over seven innings on seven hits. She added four more strikeouts, too. However, as a team, Iowa only managed three hits, and one came in the first when Angela Schmeiderer tripled in a run.
After another disappointing season Gary Barta decided not to extend Marla Looper's contract, and Pat went further in-depth about this decision earlier this week.
Alex Schaake was the only Hawkeye at the NCAA Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. He still managed to put together a respectable few days, shooting 220, +7 to tie for 25th. He was consistent the entire tournament, as his daily scores were 73, 74, 73, culminating in him missing the NCAA Championships by one stroke.
At the Big Ten Championships, Iowa rowing continued to show its growth by taking fourth with a school-record 111 points. The Hawkeyes were led by its I Varsity Eight and II Varsity Eight Crews each taking third. Iowa also notched a top-five finish in the II Varsity Four race when its crew took fifth. The I Varsity Four and III Varsity Four crews each took sixth, while the I Novice Eight crew took seventh, and the II Novice Eight crew finished in eighth.
Contessa Harold was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, but the awards didn't stop there. She was also named the Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Year for her efforts in the I Varsity Eight boat. Her crewmates Kaelynn Heiberg and Hunter Koenigsfeld were also recognized on the All-Big Ten Second Team.
The Iowa Rowing Team earned their second consecutive berth in the NCAA Championships. The 2018 NCAA Rowing Championships are in Sarasota, Florida, on May 25-27. #Hawkeyes #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/Mumazo2R69— Iowa Rowing (@iowarowing) May 15, 2018
Upcoming: NCAA Rowing Championships (MAY 25-27)