This used to be space for me to write some long-winded opening, but it has been repurposed to create more space for all of the different wins Iowa Track and Field is racking up. Seriously, just skim through how many gold Iowa Track and Field won this week. Then go back and read through all of the different athletes Iowa has dominating.
Oh, and Iowa Field Hockey is #2 in the country. Iowa sports? Awesome.
Track and Field
- Iowa track and field is causing problems. Mostly for anyone that dares to take them on, but I'm running out of words and space to describe them. The team captured 17(!) gold medals last weekend at the Big Ten Florida Invitational.
Highlights from Day 1 included:
- Laulauga Tausaga winning the women's shot put and Dawson Ellingson winning the men's shot put event.
- Jamal Britt running the 3rd-best 110m hurdle in Iowa history to claim gold in the prelims, setting a personal-best time of 13.59 seconds.
- Tysen VanDraska won the men's 800m and Nathan Mylenek winning the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Iowa's Day 2 standout performances included:
- Tausaga taking the women's discus title with a 59.24-meter throw.
- The Iowa men earning gold in the 4X800.
- Jenny Kimbro winning the women's 100-meter hurdles in 13.42 seconds and Jamal Britt claiming the men's 110 hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.52 seconds.
- Antonio Woodward and Armando Bryson took 1-2 in the men's 400 while Kimboro claimed another gold in the women's 400 hurdles.
- Kal Lewis winning gold in the men's 800-meter open with a PR 1:51.96 and Jaylan McConico winning the men's 200 open.
- Nick Trattner winning the men's 3,000-meter race.
- Iowa men's and women's teams winning the 4x400 relay races and the men also winning the 4x400 invitational event.
- It's kinda crazy that I can limit myself to only writing about event winners and still having over a dozen different events to mention. Iowa Track and Field is doing some really impressive things right now. They're faster and stronger than just about everyone they meet. It's spectacularly entertaining and I cannot wait to watch them claim all sorts of records during the year.
Just for good measure Iowa now ranks... #1 in men's and women's discus, #1 in men's 110 hurdles, #11 in women's 100 hurdles, #3 and #4 in men's and women's 400 hurdles, #2 in the women's shotput, #6 in the women's hammer throw, #4 in men's long jump, and #9 in the men's 800.
- That's 10 different events where Iowa ranks in the top 11 in the country. Is that good? It seems good.
- Iowa has put all of those together to rank #18 overall on the men's side and #20 overall on the women's. Find a way to watch these athletes. You will not be disappointed.
Q: Top women's discus squad in the country?— Iowa Track & Field/Cross Country (@IowaXC_TF) April 6, 2021
Q: Top men's discus squad in the country?
A: Iowa#Hawkeyes have 9 #EventSquad in the @USTFCCCA top 10 and another knocking at the door. pic.twitter.com/7euzsTEJAV
- The men's gymnastics team competed at the Big Ten championships last weekend, finishing third behind only Nebraska and Michigan. Iowa hasn't finished that high in the conference since 2006.
- A conference-leading four Hawkeyes earned All-Conference honors. Bennet Huang earned first-team honors with his 4th place finish in the all-around. Evan Davis, Stewart Brown, and Peyton Hobson all earned second-team honors. Amari Sewell also took home the conference's sportsmanship award.
- Davis tied for second on the floor, scoring a career-high 14.600. Iowa also scored a season-high 70.500 in the event.
- Hobson put up a career-best of his own on rings, finishing second with a 13.900. Iowa put up another season-high here, scoring 67.400.
- On the pommel, Iowa put up a team total of 62.800, led by Huang's 13.600.
- Brown tied a career-high on the parallel bars, tying for third with a 13.900. The team scored 63.000 in the event.
- Iowa's team score on the horizontal bars was 62.800, with Davis posting the team-high 13.150.
- Iowa peaked at the right time in multiple events at the meet, setting career highs and putting up season-high team scores. They'll need to continue to be on their game as they compete in the NCAA championships, beginning April 16th. It's been a special season for these athletes as they compete in Iowa's final year in the sport and the squad has already achieved so much. Here's hoping we get a storybook finish over the next few weeks.
- The Iowa women's gymnastics team competed in the Tuscaloosa regional as part of the NCAA championships last week. Despite putting up a monstrous 197.050 team score (2nd best in school history), the squad came up just short of qualifying for the team championships.
- It has been an incredible season for this Hawkeye team and just because they won't be competing in the team finals doesn't mean they didn't accomplish amazing things this year. They won a Big Ten regular-season championship and still have an opportunity to compete for individual championships in the coming weeks.
- At the regional meet, JerQuavia Henderson tied for first on the floor, with a 9.925, as part of a team score of 49.450
- On vault, 4 Hawks posted 9.850's en route to a team total of 49.175.
- Clair Kaji led the way on bars, placing 4th with a 9.925. The team scored 49.225 in the event.
- Kaji finished 2nd on the beam, scoring 9.925 as part of a team 49.200.
- Congratulations to the entire Women's Gymnastics team on everything they've accomplished this season. The future is bright for this team and I have no doubt they are going to continue to compete at a high level for years to come.
- Iowa Field Hockey continued their strong season, splitting a pair of matches with Maryland over the weekend. The Hawks continue to hold the #2 national ranking.
- Iowa fell 1-0 in the first match of the weekend. Iowa put five shots on goal, but wasn't able to break through and after giving up a goal on a penalty corner in the third, weren't able to find an equalizer.
- In the second match of the weekend, the Hawks were able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities, scoring three times while shutting out the Terps. All three of Iowa's goals came in the second half, but they were creating offensive pressure throughout. Iowa outshot the Terps on the day 12-4.
- The win was Iowa's first at Maryland in 27 years.
- The Hawks are back in action next weekend when they'll take on #4 Northwestern in their biggest match of the season.
- Iowa Softball continued their love affair with extra innings last week, playing in two more extra-inning games as part of their 3-1 series win over Indiana
- Iowa lost a heartbreak to start the series, falling 4-1 in 9 innings. Iowa had the early lead but gave up a run in the 6th, followed by back-to-back home runs in the 9th.
- Iowa got their revenge quickly though, trouncing Indiana 8-0 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Kalena Burns hit a bases-clearing double in the game and Lindy Milkowski added a 2-run homer as well. Allison Doocey pitched a complete game shutout.
- Iowa followed their win up with another shutout, sweeping the doubleheader with a 1-0 win. It was a great day on the mound for the Hawkeyes. Indiana was able to get a runner in scoring position in the final inning, but Iowa won on a pickoff throw from Milkowski.
- Iowa finished off the series with a 2-1 win in 1- innings Sunday with Riley Sheehy playing hero and getting the walk-off single.
Iowa rallies for the 2-1 extra-innings victory to win the series against the Hoosiers. pic.twitter.com/fQOFqJIPkH— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) April 4, 2021
- Iowa is now 13-7 on the year and in the midst of a hot streak after a 1-3 start.
- The women's golf team finished 2nd at the Chattanooga Classic last week, shooting a +30, 894 for the tourney.
- Hawkeye Morgan Goldstein finished 3rd in the tournament with a season-best 221 (+5) score.
- Jacque Galloway and Klara Wildhaber also secured top-10 finishes, with Galloway coming in 5th and Wildhaber finishing 7th.
- The Iowa men's golf team finished 7th at least weeks Calusa Cup tournament. Iowa finished with a +36 overall score.
- Alex Schaake led the way for the Hawks, finishing in 5th in the tournament on the back of a -5, 67 round on Tuesday. His round included six birdies.
- The Men's tennis squad lost a close match to Nebraska last week 4-3.
- It was a close loss, but also a great day for the program as Senior Kareen Allaf claimed the top spot in the all-time wins category at Iowa. The record was previously held by Tyler Cleveland, but Allaf's 161st victory over the weekend gives him the #1 spot.
With Kareem Allaf's two wins today, the redshirt senior is Iowa's new record holder in all-time wins.— Iowa Men's Tennis (@IowaMensTennis) April 4, 2021
Congrats, Kareem! pic.twitter.com/Jrsx6OqN8T
- The Hawks were able to secure the doubles point and win a few quick matches in singles on the #1 and #4, but were unable to find the clinching point and eventually fell to Nebraska.
- The Iowa volleyball dropped its final two matches of the year, falling in straight sets to #3 Minnesota twice over the weekend.
- Iowa fell behind early in the first set of their first match and it really set the tone for the weekend. They were able to battle back to keep the first set close, but didn't put up much of a fight in the rest of the match or the next one.
- Minnesota is one of the perennial powers of the country in volleyball, so there's no shame in falling to them. Still, it was tough to watch Iowa be outmatched in every phase. The season as a whole had some bright moments and there's some hope that the young team will continue to improve and that coach Vicki Brown can continue to build the program, but it was clear from the season finale that Iowa still has a long way to go.
- The Iowa soccer team dropped their match against Nebraska last weekend, losing 1-0 in a hard-fought contest.
- There had been signs of Iowa's offense beginning to wake up in the past few games, but there was little offense to be found in last week's match. Nebraska scored a goal in the 22nd minute and Iowa never found a way to answer.
- Iowa was able to take 22 shots, but none found the back of the net. Shots can sometimes be misleading and not all shots are created equal, but it's a good sign that they continue to create opportunities. Hopefully with more experience, and maybe a bit of luck, they'll start to consistently find the back of the net.
- The Hawks will be back in action next weekend on Thursday when they take on Illinois in the Big Ten Regional.