Track & Field
Iowa track & field will be out West for another week, as 13 athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 6-9.
Hawkeyes Talk about Advancing to NCAA Championships pic.twitter.com/LmLspCwGbx— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) May 27, 2018
Jahisha Thomas led the way by qualifying in two events thanks to a pair of top-two finishes in both long and triple jump. Thomas started the weekend in Sacramento by jumping 21 feet in long jump on her first try. She then broke Iowa's school record in triple jump with a mark of 44-feet, 2-inches to place second.
SCHOOL RECORD ALERTJahisha Thomas sets the triple jump school record AND qualifies for NCAAs in her second event of the weekend with a mark of 44-feet 2-inches! She broke a 10-year old record. #WeAreOne pic.twitter.com/kzmMVX5k9K— Iowa T&F/XC (@IowaXC_TF) May 27, 2018
Laulauga Tausaga will also compete in two events at the NCAA Championships. After failing to qualify in shot put last year, she finished sixth in Sacramento with a throw of 54-feet, 1.75-inches. Tausaga will compete in discus for the second straight year, too. She placed fourth last week with a throw of 191-feet. Joining Tausaga in throws is Reno Tuufuli, who also qualified for both discus and shot put. Tuufuli had a personal best in shot put, throwing 62-feet, 10.75-inches. He also won discus to advance to his third straight NCAA Championships in the event. Tuufuli had a mark of 196-feet, 10-inches.
On the track, Brittany Brown will have another crack at 100 meters and 200 meters. She finished in 12th in 100 meters with a time of 11.31 seconds, while taking 10th in 200 meters in 22.93 seconds.
The Hawkeyes will send a pair of 400 meter runners, as well. Briana Guillory placed fourth and is now second in school history with a time of 51.86 seconds. Mar'yea Harris qualified on the men's side, crossing the line in 45.66 seconds to take fifth.
Chris Douglas will also run around the track once in the 400-meter hurdles after he placed 12th in 50.70 seconds. Also, He will run in the 110-meter hurdles after qualifying in 13.88 seconds to place seventh in school history. This will be Douglas' first NCAA Championships. Matt Maternach is Iowa's only mid-distance runner competing next week. He will run in 800 meters after a 10th place finish of 1:48.63. He is seventh all-time in school history.
Iowa will also send a pair of relay teams. Antonio Woodard, Collin Hofacker, Harris and O'Shea Wilson gave Iowa its sixth straight NCAA Championship qualifying 4x100 relay team thanks to a time of 40.04 seconds. Woodard, Hofacker and Harris also ran in the 4x400 alongside DeJuan Frye, where they finished in 3:03.69. It was their best time of the season and ranks fifth in school history.
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (June 6-9)
It was a record-setting day for Iowa rowing in Sarasota, Florida, on May 25-26. No. 8 Iowa finished with a school-record 69 points at the NCAA Championships for an 11th-place finish. California won the championship with 150 points, followed by Washington, Texas, Stanford and Virginia.
The Hawkeyes sent three boats to the regatta. The I Varsity Eight boat had Iowa's best showing, though barely missed the Grand Finals. After Stanford won the heat, Iowa missed the third qualifying spot by less than a second behind Ohio State. Iowa's II Varsity Eight and I Varsity Four boats each finished in sixth in the semifinals. All three boats guaranteed a top-12 finish by qualifying to the Petite Finals.
Iowa took fifth in the I Varsity Eight race in 6:35.50. It finished over eight seconds ahead of sixth-place Indiana. In the II Varsity Eight race, Iowa missed fifth-place by 0.79 seconds. The I Varsity Four boat finished in sixth-place, too, crossing the line in 7:33.20.