Women’s distance runners head to California

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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Head coach Layne Anderson and the Iowa women’s track and field team will kick off the outdoor season today with 11 distance runners competing at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

The Hawkeyes are represented at the prestigious meet in a number of events at Stanford, including the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. The team has been taking advantage of the spring weather on the Cretzmeyer track and local trails around the Iowa City area, and they look forward to one of their favorite meets of the outdoor season. Anderson said they will “enjoy, hopefully, the California sun.”

Races will begin at 11 a.m. today and continue through Saturday afternoon on the Cobb Track.

“We’re going to go out there with the intent to have our legs feel fresh to be ready get out there and run [personal records],” Anderson said.

Anderson and the rest of the Iowa women’s track and field team, including the throwers and sprinters, will jump back into competition next weekend at the LSU Invitational on April 1-2.

Starting this weekend, the outdoor track and field season is in full swing.

“We, the girls and myself, look forward to this trip as much because it signifies the beginning of spring,” Anderson said.

— by Amy Tiffany

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