Hawkeye women's track opens season at Alabama

BY DANNY PAYNE | MARCH 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa women’s track and field team opened its 2013 outdoor campaign March 22 and 23 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays.

Day one of the meet was highlighted by a silver medal finish in the sprint medley from Hawkeye freshmen Kaitlyn Nelson, Lake Kwaza, and MonTayla Holder and junior Raven Moore. They had a time of 3:58.72 in the 1,600 meters.

Holder also ran to a fourth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.61.

2013 Big Ten high jump indoor bronze medalist Khanishah Williams, a sophomore, took fourth place with a jump of 5 feet, 7 inches.

Junior javelin thrower Amanda Sthale finished second with a throw of 136 feet, 1 inch, and counterpart Allison Gattone finished fourth with a mark of 134 feet 10 inches.

Day two of the meet was cut short because of bad weather but not before several Hawkeyes turned in strong performances in throwing events.

Two Hawkeye throwers made the podium in the hammer throw. Junior Jasmine Simpson took first, and sophomore Annemie Smith placed third. Simpson’s throw of 197 feet, 7 inches, was good for a school record and demolished her previous personal best of 181 feet, 10 inches.

Three Hawkeye discus throwers finished in the top 10. Senior Majesty Tutson finished second with a throw of 170 feet, 5 inches, freshman Dakotah Goodell finished fifth with a throw of 149 feet, and junior Courtney Fritz threw 139 feet, 6 inches, good for seventh.

The Hawkeye women will compete in the Central Invitational on Thursday and travel to California for the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday.

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