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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 03, 2009 7:35 AM

Rowers split

The Iowa rowing team will be sending its first 8 and 4 boats to the San Diego Crew Classic, one of the nation’s most prestigious rowing competitions.

In their first heat on Saturday, the Hawkeyes will compete against some highly touted competition, including No. 4 Washington, No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Oregon State, and No. 20 Notre Dame.

Iowa is just outside the top 25 polls, receiving several votes but not enough to get onto the list.

The novice 8 and 4 boats, as well as the other varsity boats, will head to Wisconsin to row against the Badgers.

Last week, the Hawkeyes’ home meet was canceled because of inclement weather in Iowa City.

Iowa has not competed since the weekend of March 20, when it rowed in the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. Iowa’s varsity went undefeated in that meet.

Next week, the team will travel to Belleville, Mich., to take on Michigan and Michigan State.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Men tracksters off to Auburn

The Iowa men’s track and field team will head south this weekend to compete at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.

The Hawkeyes will take 26 athletes to compete outdoors for the first time this season, but no one may be more excited than head coach Larry Wieczorek.

“My expectation is that we come out and we have Hawkeyes doing good things all over the track and field,” the 22-year head coach said. “There is going to be good competition [at Auburn], and I think it’s real important that we break out of the gates fast here and show what kind of team we’re going to be in May.”

With the outdoor season now in full swing, the Hawkeyes look forward to competing in different events, such as the 4x100-meter relay, which isn’t a competition during the indoor season.
Wieczorek said this is an opportunity for big performances across the board. The head coach was quick to point to javelin thrower Zach Schimp and discus thrower A.J. Curtis as athletes who he is expecting a lot from.

Events are set to start at 4:30 p.m., today, and 11 a.m., Saturday at Auburn’s Hutsell-Rosen Track.

— by Zach Smith

Women’s track heads to Auburn

The Iowa women’s track and field team will head to Auburn, Ala., for the Tiger Classic this weekend.

The team will mainly be made up of sprinters and field competitors who have yet to begin their outdoor season.

The meet will be the sprint and field team’s chance to compete since the indoor season.

Sprints and hurdles competitors Renee White and all-American Karessa Farley are favored to do well in their first meet since the Big Ten championships and NCAA indoor meets, respectively.

“We are excited to get out and compete,” Iowa head coach Layne Anderson said.

Next weekend, the Hawkeyes will split the team among three meets — the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., the Lee Calhoun Memorial in Macomb, Ill., and the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines.

— by Jake Krzeczowski


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