University of Iowa sophomore Madison Waymire is one of three point scorers for the Hawkeyes to record a lifetime best in the women’s 5,000-meter race at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.
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Waymire (47th) crossed the line in 17:22.7, a 30-second improvement from her 5,000-meter time at the Illinois State Invitational on Sept. 11. The Grimes, Iowa, native has been the top finisher for the Hawkeyes in the past three races.
Juniors Tess Wilberding (17:59.8) and Carolyn Newhouse (18:15.8) raced to season bests en route to finishing second and third for Iowa. Sophomore Kelly Breen (18:19.4) and freshman Andrea Shine (18:21.2) posted personal-best efforts to conclude Iowa’s scoring. The women’s team finished 19th, overall, in the elite division.
“The women raced well all the way,” head coach Layne Anderson said. “I think their performance as a whole is overshadowed by the results. There were a few personal bests and we had some progress today going against tough teams.”
Sophomore Michael Melchert (61st) paced Iowa in the men’s elite five mile with a collegiate best, 24:46.8. He is the third Hawkeye to lead the team in as many races. Junior Ben Anderson (86th/25:00.5) remains Iowa’s second finisher so far this season. The Hawkeye men placed 20th, overall.
“It was a disappointing effort on the men’s side,” Anderson said. “We certainly didn’t run to our capabilities. There were huge gaps throughout our lineup. Today is not a reflection of what we’ve been seeing in training, but we have a few weeks to regroup before our next race.”
The Hawkeyes return to action Oct. 16 with the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Illinois.