Olympic Sports Roundup: 4/13

By erut17 on April 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm
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There's something different about being one of the fastest people in the world. Being one of the best in the college ranks is one thing, but what Jenoah McKiver did last week is on a whole other level. 

He wasn't content with setting the NCAA record for the season, he went out and ran the 2nd fastest 400m time IN THE WORLD this year. Think of how many people there are in the world, and now consider how many of them are faster than you. For me, that number is in the billions (many billions). For McKiver, that number is now one.

 

 

Go McKiver Awesome.

Track and Field

  • McKiver's big day came as part of Iowa competing in the Jim Click Shootout. The men's team easily won the event 174-111 over Arizona, while the women fell to the Wildcats by 16.5 points.
  • McKiver's race was obviously the highlight, as he set a school record and ran the second-fastest time in the world this year, but he wasn't the only standout performance for the Hawkeyes. The Men's 4x100 set a school record of their own, as Kalen Walker, Austin Kresley, Gratt Reed, and Khullen Jefferson won the event in 39.03. Their time was fourth-best in the country this season. 
  • On the women's side, the 4x100 team of LaSarah Hargrove, Lia Love, Erin Dowd, and Paige Magee ran the 2nd-fastest time in Iowa history (44.06) and Hargrove and Love added individual wins in the 200 and 100-meter races respectively. Hargrove's 22.79 time was 2nd-best in Iowa history and Love's 11.33 100m race was 6th-fastest in the NCAA this year.
  • Iowa also won the men's 110 hurdles (Grant Conway), men's shot put (Nik Curtiss), men's and women's discus (Jordan Johnson, Kat Moody), men's triple jump (James Carter Jr.), and both 4x400m relays.
  • The Iowa track team continues to show out early in the year. The highlight times are there, the program top-10s are there, and the personal bests continue to be a mainstay at each meet. Both the men's and women's teams are nationally ranked as a group and have multiple top-10 individual events between them. It's going to be another great year for Iowa Track & Field. Strap in and enjoy the ride.

Baseball

  • Iowa baseball started the week with an extra-inning 9-8 win over Bradley, before dropping two of three in their weekend series against Illinois. The Hawks took game one, 4-2, but dropped the second game 7-5 in 13 innings and lost the rubber match, 9-5.
  • Iowa fell behind early against Bradley after the Braves scored five in the second inning, but the Hawks manufactured two runs in the 8th in an inning that featured a walk, passed ball, wild pitch, and safety squeeze to tie the game at six. The teams traded runs in the 9th and 10th innings before a sacrifice fly by Brett McCleary plated the winning run for Iowa. Brody Brecht struck out six batters in his two innings of work as he continued his impressive freshman season.
  • Dylan Nedved's great pitching led the Hawks to a win to start the weekend series against Illinois, pitching five innings and giving up only one run. Brendan Sher had a great day at the plate, doubling and coming around to score in the 3rd before homering in the 7th to stretch the Hawkeye lead to 4-1. Illinois put two runners on in the 9th, but Ben Beutel came in and shut the door on the Illini.
  • The second game of the doubleheader was a 13-inning marathon. Iowa took another 4-1 lead and looked in control thanks to a strong start from Adam Mazur. Once he left the game though, walks plagued the Hawkeyes. Two walks to start the 7th created trouble and allowed the Illini to tie the game at four (Brecht again pitched well in relief to stop the bleeding). The Hawks answered, but Illinois rallied back from their final strike to tie the game in the 9th, sending the game to extras. Two more walks in the 13th (one intentional) ultimately doomed the Hawks as Illinois plated both runners to take the game 7-5.
  • Iowa took another lead to the 9th inning in the rubber match, but Illinois rallied yet again to score 5 runs in the final inning and claim the 9-5 victory. The Hawkeyes walked five in the inning in another tough outing for the bullpen. The Hawks mounted a comeback of their own earlier in the day, scoring two runs in the 7th inning to tie the game at four, but it wasn't enough to get the win.
  • The bullpen has been a pain point for the Hawks so far this year and has cost them more than one victory already. Pushing the right buttons in those high-leverage moments has proved difficult for Coach Heller, as multiple guys struggle with free passes. Coach Heller mentioned giving Brody Brecht the chance to close in the coming weeks, which makes sense given his early-season production and nasty pitching repertoire. It's still early, but that excuse only will last for so long. This team has the talent to achieve their goals, we'll see if they're able to put it all together.

Softball

  • Iowa softball took the first game in their series against Minnesota last weekend, before dropping the final two.
  • The Hawkeyes battled back from an 8-2 second inning deficit to ultimately earn the 9-8 victory. Kalena Burns galvanized the Hawkeyes, hitting a pair of home runs including the game-winning three-run homer in the 6th inning to complete Iowa's huge comeback. Nia Burns scored three runs and went 2/3 as the Hawkeyes chipped away at the early hole they dug. 
  • Iowa fought hard in the series' second game, forcing the game into extras, but the Gophers hit two 8th inning home runs to give Minnesota the win. The Hawks again fell behind in the second inning, but limited the scoring to only two Gopher runs, a lead that felt downright puny compared to Friday's six-run deficit. Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn't get the offense going enough to secure the victory.
  • Game three was a tough one for the Hawkeyes, as they fell 10-2 in six innings. Minnesota scored early and often (although ironically not in the second inning this time) and never let the Hawkeyes back into the game. Iowa scored a run each in the fourth and fifth innings, but the lead proved too much to overcome.
  • The Hawks are back in action this week against Nebraska and Ohio State.
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