Track & Field stars earned 17 All-American honors for Iowa to wrap up a very successful season.
We've made it. The end of a wild, extraordinary year of college athletics. With track and field's final meet in the books, Iowa put a bow on a season that included conference titles (hello, basketball -- men's and women's! -- and track and field), #1 rankings (field hockey), incredible postseason performances (gymnastics and track just to name a few), and some absolutely wild games and scores (baseball almost outscoring our football team against Indiana). It's impossible to summarize in a few sentences, but I hope you were able to follow all of the fantastic college athletes and I appreciate anyone and everyone that read these weekly roundups.
We've got a few weeks off for the summer, just long enough to realize we miss it all, and then we'll be right back at it again.
Track and Field
- Iowa T&F sent a slew of athletes to Eugene last weekend to compete in the NCAA championships. The weekend got off to a quick start with Austin West earning 1st-team All-American Honors in the Decathlon. West finished 5th to cap off a tremendous season.
- The Women's Track Team put together excellent early weekend performances as well. LaSarah Hargrove capped off a great season with 2nd-team All-American performances in the 100m (13th) and 200m (10th) races. Hargrove's 100m time set an Iowa school record and her 200m time was good for 2nd-best in school history. She was also part of the Women's 4x100m team that earned 2nd-team All-American honors, along with Lia Love, Erin Dowd, and Paige Magee. Dowd earned 2nd-team All-American honors with a 16th-place finish in the 400m hurdles just for good measure.
- The back of the weekend brought even more strong Hawkeye performances. Everett Steward, Chadrick Richards, Spencer Gudgel, and Julien Gillum finished 7th in the 4x400m relay to earn 1st-team All-American honors and posted the 2nd-fastest time in Iowa history over the weekend.
- Jordan Johnson also earned 1st-team All-American honors with his 8th place finish in the discus. Johnson threw a personal best to qualify for the finals and then broke his own PR on the final throw of the season to earn his 8th place finish.
- All told, Iowa earned 17 All-American honors over the weekend. Not a bad showing, especially given the injuries that plagued the Hawks to end the year (Coach Woody mentioned five All-Americans that were unable to compete). Depth is usually reserved for more team-focused sports, but Coach Woody and the Iowa Track and Field team are showcasing the great program depth they've put together over the past few years. Congrats to the all of the Iowa Track and Field athletes on a great season.
Thanks again to everyone that's followed along during an extraordinary year of Hawkeye sports. For as incredible of a year as it was, the most exciting part is that none of it feels like a fluke. There were some surprise performances and unexpected jumps, but almost across the board, Iowa seems to be building programs on the back of strong program foundations. College athletics will always be a bit random and a bit wacky, which is exactly why we all love it, but the Hawkeyes are doing everything they can to raise the floor of their programs, so that when things get weird, they get weird in a good way. I can't wait to see what all of the Hawkeye athletes have in store for us next year. It'll take a lot to top the Go Iowa Awesomeness of 21-22, but I don't doubt that they're up for the challenge.