Gymnastics is winding down, wrestling is over, and the men's and women's basketball teams have played their final games. To a distant observer, it may look like the peak of Iowa sports is ending. But fret not, fellow Iowa fans, because field Hockey and track and field are here to continue Iowa's amazing athletic year. For track, it's more of what we saw during indoor season (wins, records, more wins) and for field hockey, it's a return to heights that they haven't reached in years. No matter the season, Iowa sports is finding somewhere to dominate. Don't ever let someone tell you it's a bad time to be a Hawkeye fan.
- Iowa's #2 ranked Field Hockey team picked up two more wins this weekend, besting Michigan St. 5-0 and 2-0.
- In Iowa's first match, they held Michigan St. without a shot on the day. As amazing as scoring five goals in a match is, their stout defense was arguably even more impressive. Iowa scored twice in the opening three minutes and was off to the races from there.
- The Hawkeyes' second match was another dominating defensive effort. Iowa won 2-0, holding the Spartans to just two shots, compared to Iowa's 16.
- It wasn't the onslaught of goals that the first match was, but Iowa was in full control throughout the game. They scored early in the first half and didn't even give up a shot on goal until the fourth quarter.
- The win marks five in a row for the Hawkeyes and moves them to 9-1 on the year. I'm a few weeks late, but it's official, Iowa Field Hockey is BACK.
Track and Field
- The venues may have moved outside, but the brisk spring air did nothing to cool off the Iowa track and field team as they continued their blistering pace from the indoor season. Iowa won 13 gold medals at the Big Ten's first meet of the season.
Standout performances included:
- Allison Wahrman and Amanda Howe taking 1-2 in the women's hammer throw. Wahrman's throw was 4th-best in school history, while Howe's ranked 6th.
- A sweep of the podium in the women's 100 hurdles. Jenny Kimboro won the event, followed by Tionna Tobias and Myreanna Bebe.
- Jamal Britt winning the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best 13.68 time (6th in school history). Just for good measure, Iowa took five of the top six spots in the event. If the indoor season is any indication, the talent in this event is going to be special all season for the Hawks.
- Jordan Johnson winning the men's discus event with the 7th-best throw in school history (57.74 meters)
- Laulauga Tausaga taking home two golds in the women's discus and shot put.
- Tysen VanDraska bringing home the win in the men's 1,500. Iowa took five of the top seven spots.
- Austin Kresley setting a career-best in the men's 100-meter, winning the event in 10.44 seconds.
- A pair of wins in the 800 meters, with Tia Saunders and Spencer Gudgel winning the women's and men's event respectively.
- Courtney Strohman claiming the gold in the women's 400-meter in 54.47 seconds.
- Iowa's men's 4x400 relay team winning gold with a time of 3:10.
B1G Invite #1 | women's shot put— Iowa Track & Field/Cross Country (@IowaXC_TF) March 27, 2021
Laulauga Tausaga / 16.99m (55'9")
Nia Britt / 15.99m (52'5.5")
4. Kat Moody / 15.66m (51'4'5")
Moody moves to No. 3 all-time behind... you guessed it:
Tausaga & Britt pic.twitter.com/9E8nOksKiw
- Iowa had a smattering of other podium finishes, personal bests, and top 10 all-time performances throughout the weekend too. It was only the first meet of the season, which is frankly a little scary to consider when you think about how much this team should improve as they get their legs under them. The Iowa indoor season was one of the best in school history and if this first meet is any indication, the outdoor season looks like it's going to be more of the same. They're already getting great performances out of freshman and underclassmen, while the foundation the upperclassmen have built continues to impress.
- The men's golf team dropped a match-play duel against #11 Florida last week.
- Iowa's only win on the day came from Benton Weinberg, who won on the first playoff hole. Jake Rowe also forced a playoff but fell on the 20th hole.
- The women's team is competing in the Chattanooga Classic this week. After two rounds, the Hawks are in 2nd place, led by Morgan Goldstein's -2 for the tournament, which has her in 3rd place. Two other Hawkeyes, Klara Wildhaber (4th) and Jacque Galloway (8th) are in the top ten as well.
- Iowa's women's tennis squad bested #28 Nebraska Sunday, winning the match 4-2 on Iowa's senior day.
- Iowa didn't win the doubles point but rallied to claim 5 wins in the singles portion of the match, including another win from Freshman Alexa Noel, who is now #20 nationally.
- The women are off for a week, then will travel to face Rutgers.
- The men's tennis team was unable to come away with a win in either of their matches this weekend, falling to 7-0 to Penn State, and 6-1 to #16 Ohio State.
- Iowa's lone point for the weekend came in Oliver Okonkwo's win on the #4 court against Ohio State.
- It was a tough road trip for the Hawks, but they'll be back in action next weekend against Nebraska, looking to turn things around.
- The Iowa Volleyball team split a pair of matches against Michigan State over the weekend, losing the first match 3-1, before rebounding to sweep the second match 3-0.
- Iowa battled hard in the loss, losing two of the sets by four points or less, but wasn't able to put together a complete performance.
- Saturday's sweep in the home finale showed the resilience we've been hoping to see from the team all season long. All three sets were close, back-and-forth affairs, but Iowa hung tough and pulled out wins 25-22, 25-22, and 25-19.
- Joslyn Boyer set a career-high in digs in the match with 25, but it was a full-team effort that willed the team to victory. Their team hitting percentage increased from Friday to Saturday, and four hitters came away with seven or more kills.
- It was an up and down season for the young Hawkeye group, but they've shown some signs of growth and will look to put an exclamation point on the season when they to Minnesota for their final two matches of the season next weekend.
- The Women's Soccer team split their two matches last week, dropping a match 1-0 to #9 Penn State and beating Purdue 1-0 on senior day.
- The match against Penn State was a cold, rainy affair. The Nittany Lions have been one of the conference's most prolific offenses and while Iowa was able to hold them to one goal, they weren't able to come up with one of their own.
- Iowa only has one senior on the team this season, but they made sure to bring home a win on senior day. Iowa finally got the early goal they've pushed for all season and the defense continued their strong season, earning Iowa the shutout and the win.
One more look back at Sunday's win! pic.twitter.com/fdXPjhF3wt— Hawkeye Soccer (@HawkeyeSoccer) March 29, 2021
- Too often this year, it's felt as though the team needs perfection out of their defense to keep them in games while they search for a breakthrough on offense (reminds me of another Iowa "football team"...). On Sunday, Iowa was able to put the whole package together and come away with an impressive victory. The defense will continue to keep Iowa in games, against even the best teams (see: Penn State). If the offense can consistently put the ball in the net, this team will find sustained success.
- The Iowa Softball team continued their strong start to season, taking two of three from Purdue last week. Even their one loss came in extra innings.
- Alison Doocy pitched a complete game in the series-opening win for the Hawks. She struck out 13 batters on the day.
- Iowa fell 5-4 in 12 innings in the second game of the doubleheader. Iowa came back late, thanks in part to freshman Marissa Peek's first career home run. They scored in the 11th and 12th innings, but Purdue was able to answer and eventually come away with the win.
Marissa Peek !!! pic.twitter.com/XrJGqjYhaG— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) March 27, 2021
- Sunday's game was the Denali Loecker show. She went 3-4, drove in four runs, and hit her first career home run in the 8-3 Hawkeye win.
- The team continued their hot start to the season, improving their record to 10-6 on the year, including an 8-2 record in their last 10 games. They'll look to keep the momentum going next weekend against Indiana.