Hawkeye women's track returns from a rough weekend

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 30, 2012 7:20 AM

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Members of the Iowa women's track and field team knew top finishes would be hard to come by at the Razorback Invitational.

The Hawkeyes faced eight Top-25 teams this past weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. Among them were SEC powerhouses No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Arkansas, and No. 13 Georgia. The opposition will likely be the toughest Iowa will compete against until the NCAA finals in March.

There were a few bright spots for the Black and Gold, though.

Carisa Leacock began the day strongly for the Hawkeyes, reaching 12.19 meters in the triple jump. That mark was good enough for eighth place for the sophomore.

The other positive for the weekend came from the women's 1,600-meter relay team. The group of senior Kelsey Mims, sophomore Kelsey Quinn, junior Hannah Simonson, and senior Nicole Erickson placed fifth during the weekend, crossing the line in 3:44.96 minutes.

The Hawkeyes will prepare for two different tournaments this upcoming weekend — the program will send athletes to both New York City for the New Balance Invitational and South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational.

— by Cody Goodwin

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