Olympic Sports Roundup: 5/18

By erut17 on May 18, 2022 at 2:30 pm
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The end of the school year means the end of most Iowa sports. It's been another great year for the Hawkeyes and both the track and field and baseball teams are looking to add a final exclamation point to the 21-22 season. Track and field got off to a good start in that regard with a 2nd place finish and multiple individual conference titles at the Big Ten Conference Championships, while the baseball team continued doing what they needed to do, winning another series to keep their postseason hopes alive.

 

Track and Field

  • The Iowa track and field team took part in the Big Ten Conference Championships last weekend and the men's team came away with a 2nd place finish, even without superstars like Jenoah McKiver, Wayne Lawerence Jr., and Kalen Walker.
  • The Hawks had two individual champions: Julien Gillum in the men's 400m hurdles and Amanda Howe in the women's hammer throw. Gillum ran the race in 51.12, taking the lead in the final meters to claim the title. Howe improved on the school record she already owned, throwing 64.84 meters on her very first throw of the day, a mark that stood up throughout the event to win the title. 

 

 

  • James Carter Jr. had a strong weekend, finishing 2nd in the long jump and triple jump events, as did the 4x400 teams on the men's and women's sides. The men's team finished 3rd and the women's team finished 2nd to cap off an incredibly strong season in the event. The men's 4x100 relay team finished 2nd in their event and Jordan Johnson took home the silver in the discus. The women's 4x100 relay also finished on the podium, taking home the bronze medal.
  • The Hawks no doubt wanted to add another conference championship to their resume, and while you won't hear any of them use the injuries as an excuse, there's no doubt it had an effect. If anything, it speaks to how much depth and quality there is throughout the team that they were still able to finish 2nd while missing some national frontrunners. Hopefully, those guys will make it back before the NCAA Championships in two weeks, but Iowa has more than enough firepower to make noise on the national stage either way. Congrats to Coach Woody and the entire Hawkeye track and field team on a hugely successful season.

 

Baseball

  • Iowa Baseball has been playing postseason-type games for weeks now, needing to rack up as many wins as they can in their attempt to reach the NCAA Tournament. They took care of business again last weekend, taking two of three games from Michigan State.
  • Game one was another episode in The Adam Mazur Show and he again did not disappoint, tossing seven shutout innings while giving up only four hits en route to a 5-0 Hawkeye win. Iowa scored in each of the first two innings and got a solo homer from Kyle Huckstorf to start the fourth. That was more than enough for Mazur, who is putting together a season for the ages for the Hawkeyes. Having a shutdown ace in form like Mazur is right now may prove incredibly valuable as the Hawks take part in the conference, and hopefully NCAA, tournaments. If momentum is the next day's starting pitcher, Iowa's got a hell of a lot of it when Mazur's on the mound.
  • Game two got off to a rocky start for the Hawkeyes, as they fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and had to go to the bullpen after only two/thirds of an inning, but the Iowa offense fought back to tie the game and then busted it wide open to win 12-2. After falling behind 2-0, Peyton Williams tied the game up with a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning and Iowa led 3-2 after a Brendan Sher RBI in the 6th inning. In the 7th inning, Iowa decided they were done playing with their food and hit the Spartans with a 7-run onslaught. Ben Wilmes,  Izaya Fullard, Sam Peterson, and Cade Moss all notched RBIs in the big inning and Iowa added a few more runs in the 9th inning just for good measure. Watching the Iowa offense carry the load, while the bullpen shut down MSU after a hot start, was another encouraging sign for these Hawks moving forward. The team may be streaky, but they're never out of it.
  • Game three was an example of both extremes for the Hawkeyes. Iowa again let the Spartans pull away early, giving up a 9-run 2nd inning to fall behind 9-1. Iowa battled back again in the 7th inning with a Peyton Williams two-run homer and then made things really interesting in the 8th when a Keaton Anthony grand slam made the score 10-8. Unfortunately, the Hawks weren't able to get over the hump and MSU ultimately tacked on one more run to win 11-8. These are the games Iowa can't have in the postseason. Giving up massive innings puts far too much pressure on the offense's shoulders, not to mention on the rest of the bullpen to staunch the bleeding. Props to Iowa for not packing it in and taking the L, but they'll have to find a way to keep games competitive as the pressure continues to ramp up. It was a successful weekend overall for the Hawks, but there's enough there to see exactly what you want in this team. For now, I'll choose to remain optimistic. Mazur and Anthony are playing too well for this team to not have some postseason success. Let's hope they get the chance to show it.
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