Last week was a quiet week on the schedule for Iowa sports, but the Hawkeyes that did compete more than made up for it with their performances. The Iowa track & field team set multiple school records and gained national recognition, while the Hawkeye gymnastics squad picked up another early-season win and continued to improve on the high bar they've set for themselves.
Let's take a look.
Track & Field
- The Iowa Track and Field team hosted the Larry Wieczorek Invitational last weekend and proceeded to spend the weekend rewriting the Hawkeye record books.
- The party started early on Friday with Freshman Jenoah McKiver setting Iowa's 600m record, running a 1:16.08. The time was the best in the Big Ten this season and also set a meet and facility record.
- Other standout Friday performances included Tyler Lienau's school-record weight throw (21.43m), which broke his own record from last week, and James Carter Jr.'s 7.68m long jump, 4th-best in Iowa history. The women's side was full of historic performances as well, led by Nia Britt's 20.35m weight throw (3rd-best in school history), Jamie Kofron's 19.39m weight throw (4th all-time), and Tionna Tobias' 6.13m long jump, good for 3rd in Iowa history.
- Saturday was more of the record-breaking same for the Hawkeyes. Both the men's and women's teams saw best-in-school history 60m times, with Kalen Walker (6.67) setting the record on the men's side and LaSarah Hargrove (7.31) setting the new high mark on the women's side.
- Antonio Abrego ran the 800 in 1:48.88, 4th in school history and Max Murphy ran a 4:05.45 mile to claim 8th on the Hawkeyes' all-time list. Tionna Tobias posted the 9th-best 60m hurdle time in Iowa history (8.44) and the 4x400 men's team posted a 3:07.85 mark that is 7th-best in the country so far this year.
- Iowa's outstanding weekend earned them the #9 ranking in the country on the Men's side and the #1 ranking in the Midwest region. The Women's team earned the #2 ranking in the Midwest region with their extraordinary performance.
- It's still early, but there's no doubt that the Hawkeyes are once again primed to make noise on a national stage this season. Freshmen are setting school records and some of the early performances leave you drooling over the possibilities as the year goes on. Jump onboard the hype train while you still can because this is going to be another historic season on the track.
- Iowa will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Arkansas for the Razorback Invite.
- The Iowa gymnastics team set a season-high in their meet against Michigan St. last weekend, besting the Spartans 196.475-196.350.
- Iowa earned two event wins in the meet. Lauren Guerin won the floor event with a season-best 9.950 and Freshman Marissa Rojas won the beam with a 9.925, 8th-best in school history.
- The Hawkeyes also set season-highs on bars (48.900) and floor (49.350).
- Marissa Rojas' strong meet earned her Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
Marissa Rojas is the !— Iowa Gymnastics (@IowaGymnastics) January 25, 2022
Beam debut in the anchor spot
Secured a 9.925 to help us secure
A conference win over Michigan State
A season high team score
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- It's still early for the Hawkeyes, but they too seem to be carrying the momentum from last year into this season. The team continues to be a force on the floor and get standout performances throughout meets. They took two of the top three spots on vault thanks to strong performances by JerQuavia Henderson and Lauren Guerin and swept the podium in the beam. The team is well-rounded and has a great mix of young talent and seasoned veterans. Look for them to hang with the best in the country throughout the season.
- The #17 Hawkeyes will host Nebraska next on January 29th.