We've reached the end of the road for this year's non-revenue roundup. It's been an amazing year in Hawkeye sports and I've had a ton of fun covering all of the different extraordinary Iowa athletes and highlighting all of their tremendous accomplishments. We'll have coverage of the track and field team as they compete at the NCAA championships, but the round-up will be on summer break for a few months, no doubt going through two-a-days in preparation for the fall season.
Two-a-days means two beers a day right?
Track and Field
- The Hawkeye Track and Field team took part in the NCAA regional championships last weekend and more than held their own against some of the best in the country. The Hawks showed off their well-balanced squad, qualifying 15 different competitors for the NCAA championships in Eugene.
Highlights from the weekend include:
- James Carter kicking off the Championship-qualifying party by qualifying in the long jump. His 7.73 meter jump placed 7th.
- Laulauga Tausaga claiming the gold, en route to her qualification in the shot put. Her 17.97 meter toss paced the field. Tausaga also qualified in the discus, where she brought home silver, throwing 63.28 meters.
- Kat Moody qualifying the in shot put with a career-best 16.65 meter throw, good enough for 12th place.
- Jaylan McConico bringing home gold in the 110 hurdles in 13.41 seconds. Jamal Britt also qualified in the event, finishing 10th. McConico also qualified for the Championships in the 4x100 relay, alongside Antonio Woodard, Gratt Reed, and Austin Kresley. Britt qualified in a second event as well, the 400 hurdles.
- Serena Brown earning Bronze in the Discus and qualifying with a throw of 59.81 meters.
- Wayne Lawrence Jr. punching 2 tickets of his own to Eugene. He qualified in both the 400 and 4x 400 relay. Lawerence finished 5th in the 400 with a time of 45.49. He will be joined at the Championships by fellow 4x400 runners Jenoah Mckiver, Austin Lietz, and Julien Gillum. The relay team finished 9th with a season-best 3:04.71 time.
- Nathan Mylenek earning a spot at the NCAA Championships with a 9th place finish in the steeplechase. Mylenek finished the race in 8:40.34.
- Austin West and Will Daniels earning Championship qualification in the Decathlon.
- Jenny Kimboro qualifying for the Championships in the Heptathlon.
Look who's back in the 110!— Iowa Track & Field/Cross Country (@IowaXC_TF) May 29, 2021
That's two today for McConico! pic.twitter.com/rwz4VqlqKb
- The NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place June 9-12.
- The Iowa Baseball team did all they could over the weekend, sweeping Michigan State in their three-game series. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to earn the Hawkeyes a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
- Iowa made their intentions for the weekend known early with a dominating 12-1 win to start the series. The game was within reach until the Hawks put together a monster 8-run eighth inning to blow the game open. Trenton Wallace struck out nine Spartans in his seven innings of work and the tone was set for the series.
- Iowa kept the momentum going Saturday with a 7-4 win. The team gave up four runs in the third but rallied back in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 5-4 lead. They added two insurance runs in the ninth and the pitching staff and defense held strong to preserve the win.
- In the series finale, Iowa again notched a monster inning, this time a 9-run third. The final score was 11-3.
- The Hawks did all they could to earn an NCAA Regional berth but fell just short due to costly late season losses to Illinois and Northwestern. Still, the team did have some postseason accolades to celebrate. Trenton Wallace earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors, as well as All-Big Ten First Team honors. He was joined on the first team by Ben Norman. Izaya Fullard also earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors.
Senior @bnorman20 is rewarded for a breakout 2021 season! He's a first-team All-Big Ten selection!— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) May 30, 2021
He's the third Hawkeye outfielder under #Hellerball to earn first-team honors! #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/vTNVJM4EBk
- This team battled the entire season and showed the kind of fight that would have made for a fun postseason team. Even though they weren't chosen, the squad still has a ton to be proud of and build off of in the future. Hellerball remains alive and well.
One final thanks again to anyone and everyone who has read any of the roundups this season. Sports are fun and sharing in the highs and lows of being a fan is always better with friends. Let's do it again next year. Go. Iowa. Awesome.