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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MARCH 11, 2009 7:17 AM

Women’s golf finishes 12th

The Iowa women’s golf team finished in 12th place out of 15 teams after shooting a team score of 306 on Tuesday in the final round of the Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Fla.

The Hawkeyes shot rounds of 318 and 307 on Monday, totaling 931.

Leading the way for Iowa was senior Tyrette Metzendorf, who tied for 27th place. Metzendorf carded a 75 on the par-72 course Tuesday and finished the tournament with 228 after shooting 79 and 74 on Monday.

Fellow senior Becky Quinby tied for 31st overall (229), shooting a 77 on Tuesday after two rounds of 76 on Monday.

Sophomore Brianna Coopman and freshman Chelsea Harris tied for 61st, carding three-round scores of 237. Coopman shot rounds of 81, 78, and 78, and Harris carded 82, 79, and 76.

Junior Alison Cavanaugh rounded out Iowa’s five-player team in a tie for 68th (83-81-80, 244).
Chattanooga won the team-tournament championship (866) after carding a tourney-low 283 on Tuesday to go with first-day rounds of 291 and 292.

The Hawkeyes will return to action March 16-17 at the Baylor Spring Invitational in Waco, Texas.

— by Peter Gustin

3 Hawks head to nationals

Three Hawkeye tracksters, seniors Racheal Marchand and John Hickey and sophomore Karessa Farley, will head to College Station, Texas, this weekend for the NCAA indoor nationals.
Marchand provisionally qualified for the 5,000 meters at the Iowa State Classic in Ames on Valentine’s Day. She later officially qualified last weekend at the Big Ten championships with a time of 15:55.70, which ranks her fourth in the field.

Hickey, Iowa’s men’s first All-American since 2002, threw 60-8 1/2 in the shot put, also officially qualifying him for the national indoor meet. He is ranked sixth in the field with a throw of 63-0.

Farley also provisionally qualified at the Iowa State Classic as well in the 60-meter hurdles when she ran an 8.30. She returned last weekend for the Last Chance Qualifier and bettered her time by .09, bringing her qualifying time down to 8.21, which places her 13th in the field.

While Hickey garnered All-America honors last year at the indoor meet, this will be Marchand’s and Farley’s first opportunity to compete at the big show.

Hickey and Marchand will compete on Friday, and Farley will wrap up the meet on Saturday.

— by Jake Krzeczowski


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