Young talent fuels women's track


What to Know

The 2015 season got off to a slow start for the women’s track and field team. The indoor season was less than impressive; the team took last place at the indoor Big Ten meet. 

However, once the outdoor season came around, the team started to put some things together. Numerous Hawkeyes landed spots in the top 48 nationally in their events, automatically qualifying them for nationals. 

A majority of the women’s squad will return for the Hawkeyes, because the team will only say goodbye to five seniors. 

Whom to Know:

Senior-to-be MonTayla Holder has continued to improve in her years as a Hawkeye. Holder spent most of the 2015 outdoor season ranked as one of the top-20 400-meter hurdlers in the nation. She was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that won a Big Ten title in 2014.

Senior-to-be Lake Kwaza has broken 31- and 30-year-old school records in the 60 meters and 100 meters, respectively, in the past two seasons. Kwaza’s time of 11.40 in the 100 meters — at the Mount SAC Relays — moved her up in the national rankings to No. 13. Additionally, Kwaza ran a leg in the Big Ten meet 4x100-meter relay alongside Holder. 

Looking Ahead:

This team had its share of struggles last season, particularly indoors. The team did, however, gain momentum in the outdoor season. Two juniors-to-be, Brittany Brown and Elexis Guster, earned invitations to the NCAA Finals in June. 

Along with Holder and Kwaza, the four give the Hawks a strong core to build on for the 2015-16 season. And with a wealth of young talent, Iowa should have a lot to look forward to.

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