For the second straight season, the Iowa Hawkeyes men's track and field team is the Big Ten Conference Champion! Now, I know what you're thinking: Does he mean second straight season because Iowa just won the indoor conference championship or does he mean second straight season because Iowa won the 2019 outdoor season championship?
Well dear reader, it turns out, much like a choose your own adventure novel, it's up to you! Turns out when your track and field team is as dominant as the Iowa Men's team has been in recent years, there are all sorts of streaks and accomplishments to celebrate. Coach Woody has built this team into a powerhouse and they are living up to and exceeding expectations at every turn. Congrats to the entire Iowa frack and field team on their outstanding accomplishment. We can't wait to see you compete in the postseason.
2021 MENS BIG TEN CHAMPIONS— Iowa Track & Field/Cross Country (@IowaXC_TF) May 16, 2021
The #Hawkeyes are back to back outdoor champions winning with a school record total of 127.5 points!! This is the first Hawkeye team to win the indoor/outdoor championship since 1963!!#B1GTF #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/yCnJu7S6PI
Track and Field
- Iowa's track and field team showed up and showed out at the Big Ten Outdoor Conference championships last weekend. The men's side scored a school-record 127.5 points to claim the conference title (besting 2nd place Michigan by 33 points!). It's the first time since 1963 that the school has won the indoor and outdoor championships in the same season.
- The Iowa women's team finished 4th at the championships.
In addition to the strong team performances, there were all sorts of extraordinary individual Hawkeye performances over the weekend, including:
- Laulauga Tausaga claiming gold in the women's discus with a 62.09-meter toss, followed by Serena Brown finishing 2nd for the Hawks and taking home the silver. Tausaga became the first Hawkeye to win 4 outdoor championships.
- Jaylan McConico winning gold in the men's 110 hurdles, running a career-best 13.23. His time is a school record and tied the Big Ten meet record. The Hawkeyes finished 1-2 here as well, with Jamal Britt running a 13.60 in the event.
- Britt winning a gold of his own in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in a career-best 49.69.
- Dallyssa Huggins bringing home the gold in the women's high jump with a career-best 1.79-meter jump.
- All of this, in addition to a smattering of other podium finishes for both Hawkeye teams. The Iowa program has become one of the most well-rounded programs in the nation and is rewriting the school record books each time they compete. If you're not starting to think of Iowa as a frack and field school, it's about time to change your thinking. This program is accomplishing as much as any Iowa sports program and is set up for success for years to come. Congrats again to the men's track and field team.
Iowas Jaylan McConico runs a wind legal 13.23 in the 110mH which is second in the NCAA this season and No. 12 all-time. pic.twitter.com/sAEWWoOmsT— Travis Miller (@TravisMillerFlo) May 16, 2021
- The team will be back in action May 27-29 when they compete in the NCAA Western Regional Championships.
- The Iowa softball finished their season taking three of four games from the Illini last weekend. The Hawks finished the season strong, winning 10 of their final 12, but were not selected for the NCAA Tournament. Iowa ended the season with a 26-18 record, finishing 4th in the Big Ten, their best finish since 2012.
- Allison Doocey pitched a complete game in the series opener, leading the Hawks to a 3-1 win. Iowa scored in the opening inning and added two more in the 3rd inning, which was all that Doocey needed to lock up her 11th win of the season.
- The Hawkeyes split Saturday's doubleheader, taking the first game 7-2, before falling 9-1 in the nightcap. Illinois scored in each of the first two innings in game one, but the Hawks scored in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to pull away. Nia Carter drove in four runs in the game.
- Game 2 was a bit of a letdown for the Hawks. Illinois led 5-1 after the 5th inning and added four more in the 7th inning to squash any hopes of a comeback.
- The series finale was a thrilling back and forth affair, but the Hawks eventually pulled it out 4-3. Illinois scored in the first inning before Iowa answered with two of their own. Illinois wrestled the lead back in the third inning, but Iowa pulled ahead again in the fourth inning on the back of a Nia Carter single and a Grace Barnes 2-run homer to follow. Allison Doocey came in for the final nine outs to lock up the Iowa win on Senior Day.
- Even without the postseason appearance the Hawks hoped for, there were definite signs of success and progress throughout the season. The team received contributions from multiple freshmen that will continue to push the program forward in the future and finished the season at their best. There will, without a doubt, be more to come from this team in the future.
- The Hawkeye baseball team took one of three games against the Illini last weekend, muddying their postseason picture. The Hawks now sit at 22-16 with two weekends left in the regular season.
- Iowa's series-opening win was yet another thrilling comeback victory. The Hawks gave up three runs in the 8th inning only to score three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to come back and steal a 5-4 win. Ben Norman notched a 2-out triple to give the Hawks the 5-4 lead.
- The second game of the series got away from the Hawkeyes early, with the Illini scoring six in the 3rd inning. They added five more in the 7th inning and Iowa wasn't able to get anything going on offense, eventually falling 14-1.
- The Hawks rebounded early in the rubber match, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the 3rd inning. Unfortunately, Illinois scored another big inning, plating four in the 5th and Iowa was unable to muster a rally of their own.
- This Hawkeye team continues to be a resilient, if inconsistent, bunch. Here's hoping they find a way into the postseason because I guarantee they will be a blast to watch and a nightmare to try to knock out.
Gloves...optional. A couple of the weekends web gems for your Tuesday morning. pic.twitter.com/Xp8uXDD0ID— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) May 18, 2021