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Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Future Bright For the Hawks!

James Harrington-Cedar Falls-Iowa ©Darren Miller

James Harrington-Cedar Falls-Iowa
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University of Iowa sophomore Aaron Mallett backed up his 2015 All-America indoor season with an encore performance under the high skies of Track Town, USA.

Mallett placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 12, and he did so in spectacular fashion, breaking his own school record in 13.40.

“I am proud of Aaron and how far he has come in one year,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “It’s hard to believe he only finished sixth at the Big Ten outdoor meet a year ago and now he is top five in the nation. He has his sights on the top of the podium and I believe he has the talent, mindset, and work ethic to get there.”

Mallett’s postseason started with a school record and conference title at the Big Ten Championships on May 15. He was one of 25 Hawkeyes to qualify for the NCAA West Regional, and one of eight Hawkeyes to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Five individuals and one relay competed for NCAA titles at Hayward Field from June 10-13, including Babatunde Amosu (triple jump), Brittany Brown (200 meters), Elexis Guster (400 meters), Mallett, Mitch Wolff (400-meter hurdles), and the men’s 400-meter relay.

Wolff, a junior from Plainfield, Illinois, placed 16th to earn second-team All-America honors in his first NCAA finals appearance.

“I am proud of what Mitch accomplished this season,” said Woody. “He remained 100-percent committed and developed into one of the best 400 hurdlers in the country. I know he has much higher expectations for next season.”

Woody also expects the outdoor championships to benefit sophomores Brown and Guster in 2016. Brown, a second team All-American in 2014, placed 17th in the 200 meters. Guster, a two-time Big Ten champion in the 400 meters, placed 21st in her signature event.

“I know Elexis and Brittany had higher goals,” Woody said, “but both women accomplished great things this year with school records and Big Ten championships. This experience will motivate them as they prepare for next season.”

The men’s 400-meter relay arrived in Eugene with consecutive sixth-place finishes at the national meet (2013-14). Sophomore Vinnie Saucer, Jr., Mallett, junior James Harrington, and senior Keith Brown, were unable to make it three in a row, but Woody expects a quick rebound.

“I am excited to see what this relay can do next season,” said Woody. “With the guys we have returning, the addition of (All-American) O’Shea (Wilson), and some very talented incoming freshmen, I believe we can get back on the podium.”

Keith Brown is the only relay member not in the picture next season, and one of only two Hawkeyes that competed in Eugene for the final time.

Amosu, a second-team All-American in the triple jump last season, placed 22nd in his final collegiate meet.

“I know it wasn’t the finish Babatunde wanted, but he leaves Iowa as a three-time Big Ten champion and that’s something that can never be taken from him,” said Woody.

The Hawkeyes earned eight All-America honors in 2015, Woody’s first at the helm. The 2016 roster features six returning All-Americans, two former All-Americans (Wilson and junior Klyvens Delaunay), and a pair of Big Ten champions.

Marine Vallet-ISU
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Cyclone’s Vallet All American

Marine Vallet-ISU ©Michael Scott

Marine Vallet-ISU
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Iowa State sophomore high jumper Marine Vallet closed out the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by finishing tied for 17th in the women’s high jump competition. From Rennes, France, Vallet earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, her first career All-America recognition.

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The competition was not an easy one for Vallet as she almost left Hayward Field without clearing a bar, starting with a pair of misses at the opening height of 5-7 3/4. However, she was able to calm things down and get a clearance on her third and final attempt to get on the board. It was the same story at the second height, 5-9 3/4, as she once again missed on her first two tries but was able to recover and get the needed clearance on the third try to advance another bar.

However, all good things must come to an end as the challenge got tougher as the bar was raised to 5-11 1/4, which Vallet had only cleared once this season at the Big 12 Championships. It was not meant to be as Vallet missed three times to close out her NCAA Championship experience.

The Iowa State women collected three team points via Christina Hillman’s sixth-place finish in the shot put on Thursday. The Cyclones finished tied for 51st in the team standings for the meet.

The Iowa State track and field season is over. Many Cyclones will continue their seasons at various national and junior national competitions with an eye on qualifying for international competitions. Stay tuned to cyclones.com and Iowa State Track and Field/Cross Country’s various social media channels for updates throughout the summer.

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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“Houlihan Finishes Career as a 12-Time All American” by Jeff Metcalf

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Michael Scott

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan bettered her school record in the 1,500-meter Saturday but fell short of defending her NCAA Outdoor title by less than two-tenths of a second.

Courtesy AZCentral and Jeff Metcalf

Houlihan led almost from the start at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The senior covered a move by Mississippi State’s Rhianwedd Price with roughly 200 meters remaining and lengthened her lead. Price, a sophomore from England, charged down the stretch to win in 4 minutes, 9.53 seconds, .14 ahead of Houlihan.

Houlihan lowered her school record to 4:09.67, down from 4:10.89 in 2014. Her previous season best was 4:11.06, a Pac-12 meet record.

Less than two hours later, the Pac-12 women’s track Athlete of the Year ran another personal record 15:49.72 to finish seventh in the 5,000 in her final race as a Sun Devil.

“I can’t say enough great things about Shelby Houlihan and what she’s meant for our program,” ASU coach Greg Kraft said of the 12-time All-America. “Nothing she did today diminished her legacy at ASU, in my opinion it only enhanced it. The way she handled her disappointment and just got ready for the next race just shows you what a bright future she has as a next-level competitor. We wish her nothing but the best as she moves forward.”

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Houlihan to Cap a Brilliant Career by Jeff Metcalfe

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU ©Sun Devils Athletics

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
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Much was expected of Shelby Houlihan when she came to Arizona State after winning four Iowa state titles in cross country and track as a high school senior at Sioux City East.

But the transition to college track is unpredictable and often by hampered by injury due to more intensive training. Talented athletes from higher profile states than Iowa can get sidetracked and never meet their potential.

Houlihan, though, has exceeded what anyone could have imagined.

Courtesy Jeff Metcalfe and The Arizona Republic

She’s been “competitive from the first day she stepped on campus,” ASU cross country/distance coach Louie Quintana said and will leave as the school’s greatest middle distance runner. The 22-year-old is favored to defend her 1,500-meter title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Wednesday-Saturday in Eugene, Ore., and also will double in the 5,000 to close out her Sun Devil career.

“What she has done is a testament to her overall passion for the sport,” Quintana said of the 10-time All-America and Pac-12 women’s track Athlete of the Year. “She loves practice and takes everything very seriously in terms of her preparation.”

Houlihan ran a season best 4:11.06 in winning the Pac-12 1,500, but Quintana believes she can go considerably faster if not at NCAA Championships, which could be a more tactical race, then during the summer. She will be back in Eugene on June 25-28 for USA Outdoor Championships, qualifier for the World Championships Aug. 22-30 in Beijing.

“I’ve been able to achieve pretty much everything I’ve set out to do,” said Houlihan, school record holder outdoors in the 800 (2:01.12) and 1,500 (4:10.89) and fourth best in the 5,000. “I’m actually feeling a lot faster and stronger than I was last year. I never really thought to have that as a goal, but it’s really good I have been able to improve that much and actually feel it in races.”

Houlihan was ninth at nationals in her final cross country season, becoming just the second ASU three-time All-America after Amy (Hastings) Cragg. She was 2014 Pac-12 women’s cross country Athlete of the Year and 2012 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year in cross country and track, a conference first.

At the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, she was second in the mile in a school record 4:28.71 and eighth in the 3,000. Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor and Florida State’s Colleen Quigley, first and third in the indoor mile, are running in the steeplechase instead of the 1,500 at outdoor nationals. That leaves 2013 champion Natalja Piliusina of Oklahoma State as perhaps Houlihan’s toughest competition to repeating in an event that no Sun Devil (male or female) had won before last year.

Defending brings some pressure, Houlihan said, “but it gives me a little bit of an advantage because I’ve been there before and I’ve done it. It doesn’t feel like, oh my gosh this is nationals. I’m excited to get there and see if I can win again.”

ASU senior Bryan McBride also is defending his title in the high jump. Under a new format, the men compete Wednesday and Friday at Hayward Field and the women on Thursday and Saturday. Host Oregon is trying to repeat as men’s champion with USC and Oregon among the contenders in a tight pack of women’s contenders.

Quintana believes that Houlihan’s ability to stay healthy is a byproduct of a childhood health crisis. She had her spleen and gallbladder removed when she was eight because of spherocytosis, a hereditary blood disorder affecting red blood cells. Without her spleen, she is at risk of viruses and must be attune to her body.

“She knows how to push herself appropriately,” Quintana said. “She has a great knack of understanding what she can do and how to communicate with our training staff. She’s training like a professional with her ability to use all our resources.”

Turning pro is the next big step for Houlihan, who leans toward remaining in Arizona to train toward the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I’m open to any option, but I think it might be more advantageous to stay here and not change a lot of things going into the Olympic year,” she said. “If you move, there is going to be the transition period again. I’d like to try to control as many variables as I can.”

Houlihan’s parents now have a home here and her sister attends Phoenix Desert Vista High School. Her mother Connie is a former elite marathoner.

Quintana said Houlihan is “just scratching the surface” of what she can achieve in the 1,500 although later in her career she could move up to the 5,000. Former Sun Devils Cragg and Desiree (Davila) Linden qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the 10,000 and marathon.

Some college coaches shied away from recruiting Houlihan, thinking of her as only a 800 runner, Quintana said. “I thought she could do both (track and cross country). A race is a race. Whenever she laces it up, whether she’s running cross country or a 4×400 relay, she’s going to give you everything she has and think she can win. I’ve seen her go over hurdles, and she says I know I can do steeplechase.”

Even if Houlihan becomes a two-time national champion, her performance might not be better than her anchor leg of the distance medley relay at the Drake Relays in April. She made up more than 100 meters to take the lead with a lap remaining before Oklahoma State’s Kaela Edwards fought her off to win by a tenth of a second.

“It never crossed my mind not to try to go after it,” Houlihan said. “I ran at Drake all through high school and I wasn’t going to just give up in front of my home crowd.”

“It was one of the only times in my (coaching) career, I was completely silent during a race,” Quintana said. “I just sat in awe. It was the best relay carry I’ve ever seen.”

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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Hawkeyes Looking Forward to Hayward Field

Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
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The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Eugene, Oregon, to compete at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 10-13. Eight Hawkeyes advanced to the NCAA final site to compete in the championship field of 24. The championships are at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon and are set to begin Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) and conclude Saturday at 6:20 p.m.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics

FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for updates on the team. Links to live results can be found on the schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
ON YOUR TELEVISION/COMPUTER
ESPNU will provide live coverage beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT) and Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT). Coverage turns to ESPN Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, and Saturday’s coverage begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN3 will provide live field event coverage. The Championships’ first-ever ESPN and ESPN2 primetime broadcasts on Friday and Saturday were announced as part of network’s 12-hour live television programming schedule for all four days of the meet.

HAWKEYE QUALIFIERS
The Iowa women are represented by Brittany Brown and Elexis Guster. Brown advanced in the 200 meters for the second year in a row, and Guster is making her first finals appearance in the 400 meters. The Hawkeye men qualified three student-athletes in individual events and advanced the men’s 400-meter relay. Babatunde Amosu returns in the triple jump after placing 13th at nationals last season. Aaron Mallett, a 2015 indoor All-American (60m hurdles), is making his fist appearance at the NCAA final site in the 110-meter hurdles. Mitch Wolff grabbed the final qualifying spot in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA West Regional and is making his debut at the NCAA final site. The men’s 400-meter relay returns following a sixth-place finish last season. Keith Brown returns as the anchor. Vinnie Saucer, Jr., is the new leadoff. Mallett runs the second leg, and the third leg will be carried by James Harrington or Brendan Thompson. Harrington is an All-American from 2014.

QUALIFIERS/EVENT/SCHEDULE (CT)
Babatunde Amosu, Senior (London, England)
• Triple Jump — Friday, 6:30 p.m. (trials/finals)
Mitch Wolff, Junior (Plainfield, Illinois)
• 400m hurdles — Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. (s); Friday, 8 p.m. (f)
Aaron Mallett, Sophomore (St. Louis, Missouri)
• 110m hurdles — Wednesday, 7:02 p.m. (s); Friday, 7:15 p.m. (f)
Brittany Brown, Sophomore (Claremont, California)
• 200 meters — Thursday, 8:14 p.m. (s); Saturday, 5:40 p.m. (f)
Elexis Guster, Sophomore (Atlanta, Georgia)
• 400 meters — Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (s); Saturday, 5:05 p.m. (f)
Men’s 4X100-Meter Relay (Saucer, Mallett, Thompson/Harrington, Brown)
• Wednesday, 6 p.m. (s); Friday, 6:35 p.m. (f)

PAST CHAMPIONS
Thirteen Hawkeye student-athletes have combined for 14 NCAA titles since Eric Wilson won the 220 meters in 1921 and 1923. Tracy Dahl and Ed Gordon also won multiple NCAA titles — Dahl in the 5K (1992-93) and Gordon in the long jump (1929-31). The women’s last NCAA champion was Kineke Alexander (2006, 400m). The men’s most recent title came from Bashir Yamini (1998, long jump). Erik Sowinski earned a runner-up finish in the 800 meters in 2012.

Babatunde Amosu — TRIPLE JUMP
Senior Babatunde Amosu enters the final site as the 16th seed after placing eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 51-5 1/2 (15.68m) at the NCAA West Regional. Amosu won the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships this season, and was a second team indoor All-American. His personal best (53-10, 16.15m) ranks No. 2 in school history, and his season best (53-0; 16.15m) ties for the 12 best in the nation. Amosu is making his second appearance at the NCAA finals. He placed 13th in 2014 to earn second team All-America honors.

Brittany Brown — 200 METERS
Sophomore Brittany Brown returns to the NCAA semifinals in the 200 meters for the second straight year. She placed 11th at the 2014 NCAA Championships to earn second team All-America honors. She placed 10th at the NCAA West Regional and is seeded 22nd at the NCAA Championships. Brown set a school record and placed runner-up at the Big Ten Championships in 22.89, a time that ties for 12th in the country.

Aaron Mallett — 110m HURDLES
Sophomore Aaron Mallett placed third at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in his career. He finished the 110-meter hurdles in 13.64 and is the No. 3 seed in Eugene. Mallet’s personal best 13.43 is the second fastest time in the country. He hit that PR and set a new school record on his way to the 2015 Big Ten championship. Mallett earned All-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Elexis Guster — 400 METERS
Sophomore Elexis Guster is making her first NCAA semifinal appearance in the 400 meters. She placed eighth at the NCAA West Regional in 52.30 and is seeded 15th at the NCAA Championships. Guster is a two-time reigning Big Ten Champion in the 400 meters, finishing with a personal best 52.19 at the 2015 conference meet. That time ranks third in school history, and 19th in the NCAA. She is the first Hawkeye to advance to the NCAA final site in the 400 meters since Kineke Alexander in 2008. Alexander won the national title in 2006.

Mitch Wolff — 400m HURDLES
Junior Mitch Wolff ran 51.10 at the NCAA West Regional to grab the 12th and final bid to the NCAA Championships. Wolff’s qualifying time is a personal best and ranks 10th in school history. Wolff is the No. 23 seed in Eugene, and his appearance marks the sixth time in seven years Iowa is represented in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships. All-American Ray Varner qualified for the final site from 2009-10, and All-American Ethan Holmes represented Iowa from 2011-13.

MEN’S 4X100
The men’s 400-meter relay team of Vinnie Saucer, Jr., Aaron Mallett, Brendan Thompson, and Keith Brown is seeded 18th following a ninth-place finish (39.77) at the NCAA West Regional. The 400-meter relay is making its third straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. Brown anchored the 2014 team to a sixth place finish and first team All-America honors. James Harrington, who ran the third leg on Iowa’s top 400-relay this season (39.66), also ran the third leg on the 2014 All-America squad. Harrington battled injury at the NCAA West Regional, but is expected to be healthy enough to run in Eugene. He leads the team in the 100 meters this year, racing 10.26 at the Big Ten Championships. Saucer and Mallett are new to this year’s relay. Saucer is a Big Ten runner-up in the 100 meters. Mallett is one of the nation’s top competitors in the 110-meter hurdles. He is the only Hawkeye competing in two events at the NCAA Championships.

SCHOOL RECORDS
The Hawkeyes have set five school records this year heading into the NCAA Championships. The Iowa women have four new record holders, including Lake Kwaza (100 meters, 11.40), Brittany Brown (200 meters, 22.89), Marta Bote Gonzalez (steeplechase, 10:23.15), and Annemie Smith (hammer, 201-1 1/2, 60.99m). Aaron Mallett ran 13.43 at the Big Ten Championships to earn a gold medal and set a new standard in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.

POSTSEASON HONORS
Ten Hawkeyes earned all-conference recognition following the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. First team honors were awarded to Big Ten champions Babatunde Amosu (triple jump), Elexis Guster (400 meters), and Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles). Seven more Hawkeyes were named to the All-Big Ten second team following runner-up finishes at the conference championships. They include Gabe Hull in discus, and members of the men’s and women’s 400-meter relays: Keith Brown, James Harrington, Vinnie Saucer, Jr., Brittany Brown, MonTayla Holder, and Lake Kwaza.

Edward Kemboi-ISU
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Cyclones Bring 8 to Eugene

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
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The road for the Iowa State track and field team ends this week in Eugene, Oregon as the Cyclones take part in the 2015 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. ISU will be represented by eight student-athletes, five on the women’s side and three men.

Courtesy Cyclone Athletics

The NCAA will be using a new format for the Championships this year, with men’s and women’s events being separated by days. Men’s events will take place on Wednesday and Friday, with women’s events going on Thursday and Saturday. Decathlon and heptathlon events will be across the first two days, Wednesday and Thursday.

Iowa State gets underway on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Central Time when Taylor Sanderson begins his journey in the men’s decathlon. Sanderson’s first day events will consist of the 100 meter dash (1:30 p.m.), long jump (2:15 p.m.), shot put (3:30 p.m.), high jump (4:45 p.m.) and 400-meter dash (7:44 p.m.). Thursday events for Sanderson begins at noon with the 110-meter hurdles and will be followed by the discus (1 p.m.), pole vault (3 p.m.), javelin (5:15 p.m.) and the 1,500-meter run (8:28 p.m.).

A pair of Iowa State men will be joining Sanderson on Wednesday as Jan Jeuschede makes his second consecutive appearance in Eugene in the shot put, starting at 7:30 p.m. Wrapping up the day will be the resumption of

’s pursuit of a season sweep of the 800-meter run titles, with the 800-meter run prelim starting at 7:54 p.m. Kemboi, the top seed coming out of the NCAA West Preliminaries two weeks ago, will be looking to secure a spot in the top-eight to run for the NCAA Championship Friday night at 7:50 p.m.

The Iowa State women get underway on Thursday with Jhoanmy Luque making her NCAA Championships debut in the long jump at 7:15 p.m. Another Cyclone making an NCAA Championships debut, Kendra White, will compete in the 400-meter dash semifinals at 7:30 p.m., with an eye on making the final slated for Saturday at 5:05 p.m. Following at 7:50 p.m. with be Christina Hillman’s defense of her shot put national title, with the top seed from the West Preliminaries her latest achievement. The Cyclone women will close out the evening at 8:38 p.m. when Katy Moen runs for an NCAA Championship in the 10,000-meter run.

The only Cyclone currently slated to compete on Saturday is Marine Vallet in the women’s high jump, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

The 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will feature unprecedented online and TV coverage. Wednesday and Thursday decathlon events will be streamed on ESPN3. ESPN3 will also be the home of a new feature this year, NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Surround, which will be exclusively dedicated for field events going on during the running events.

On TV, coverage starts Wednesday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Thursday’s coverage window is split up, with events start at 6 p.m. on ESPNU before switching over to ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s men’s finals will start at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. Saturday’s women’s finals will be on ESPN2, starting at 4 p.m.

Fans can follow Iowa State track and field’s twitter account @CycloneTrackXC for live updates on the meet. Live results are posted in the link listed at the top of the page.

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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Panthers Set For Nats!

Brandon Carnes-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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The University of Northern Iowa track and field program will send two athletes to the 2015 Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The event will run June 10-13 at Track Town USA on the campus of the University of Oregon.

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UNI is coming off of a successful outdoor season where they saw four athletes earn MVC titles in six different events along with countless all-conference honorees. The Panthers also sent 12 athletes competing in 15 events to the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas, advancing both Brandon Carnes and Justin Baker to the NCAA Championships in Eugene.

This marks the first trip to the championship meet for both Carnes and Baker, who both turned in top performances at the West Regional.

Carnes won his heat in the first round of the men’s 200 meter dash in Austin and followed it up by finishing in the top-three in his heat in the quarterfinals, punching his ticket to the NCAA Championships.

In the shot put, Baker threw a huge personal-best of 61-6.75 on his third attempt to claim seventh place overall in the field. The throw secured his spot in Eugene and kept him ranked No. 2 all-time at UNI.

Both Baker and Carnes will start their road to a championship on Wednesday, June 10. Baker will compete in the men’s shot put starting at 7:30 p.m. with Carnes in the 200 meter dash semifinal at 8:24 p.m.

The meet will air live on ESPN3, with Wednesday’s broadcast beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Live results are also available along with live updates on Twitter (@UNITrackFieldXC, @CoachDanSteele, @CoachOMara). A full set of results and a recap will also be available following the completion of the day’s events at www.UNIPanthers.com.

Brandon Carnes-UNI
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Canes and Baker Advance to Nationals

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI ©Jim Kirby

Justin Baker-SC Heelan-UNI
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Senior thrower Justin Baker punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. today after a standout performance in the shot put competition.

The Sioux City, Iowa native needed to finish in the top-12 to advance to Eugene in the event. Baker threw a huge personal-best of 61-6.75 on his third attempt to claim seventh place overall and secure his spot at the championships. His mark also kept him ranked No. 2 all-time at UNI.

Baker also competed in the hammer throw during today’s outing at the NCAA West Regional, placing 16th out of 48 competitors. Baker finished with a solid mark of 202-4.00 in flight two of the competition.

“I’m really impressed with the way our athletes are competing,” head coach Dan Steele said. “Justin proved today that he is one of the best athletes in America. I look forward to seeing who else will be joining him in Eugene.”

Sebastian Barth continued his strong senior campaign in the 110 meter hurdles, qualifying for tomorrow’s quarterfinal race. Barth finished third in his heat to grab an automatic spot in tomorrow’s competition, finishing with a time of 13.99.

Also advancing to tomorrow’s quarterfinals is Brandon Carnes, who turned in another fast performance in the 200 meter dash. The sophomore finished first in his heat with a time of 20.72 to qualify him to the next round.

In the 100 meter dash quarterfinals, Carnes was able to finish with a time of 10.32 in his heat. He placed 17th overall out of 48 athletes in the competition.

Libby Torresani closed out her career as a Panther in the women’s pole vault, finishing with a mark of 12-7.25. Torresani, one of the most decorated pole vaulters in UNI history, finishes her collegiate career as the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault and as a four-time All-Conference honoree.

Chaley Rath, the school record holder in the high jump, put up a strong effort in the women’s high jump to close out the day in the field. Rath finished the competition with a height of 5-8.00.

Sophomore sprint star Brandon Carnes will head to his first NCAA Championships after securing his ticket to Eugene today in the 200 meter dash.

The Bradenton, Fla. native extended his season after placing third in his heat of the 200 meter quarterfinal and grabbing an automatic qualifying spot. The eight-time MVC title winner finished with a time of 20.87.

Also competing in a quarterfinal today was senior Alex Wilson in the 1,500 meters. Wilson ended her career as a Panther by breaking her own school record in the event with a personal-best time of 4:18.27. Wilson finished her senior campaign with four individual school records under her belt along with a hand in three relay records.

Sebastian Barth also wrapped up his final meet in the Purple and Old Gold today, running in the quarterfinal of the 110 meter hurdles. The senior finished with a time of 14.02 in the race. Barth has been one of UNI’s most successful hurdlers in school history, claiming the indoor 60 hurdle record and representing UNI in the NCAA West Regionals all four years of his career.

Shawn Koch, who entered the West Regional ranked 44th in the triple jump, finished 23rd overall out of 48 competitors. Koch scored a huge career-best in the event, notching a mark of 50-0.50.

Wrapping up the meet for the Panthers was Jamie Lindstrom in the shot put. The junior put up a strong toss of 47-10.50 in her flight in her second consecutive trip to the NCAA West Regional.

“I thought out athletes were terrific this weekend,” head coach Dan Steele said. “This is a very tough and talented group. They represented UNI well.”

The Panthers will return to action when they send Carnes and Justin Baker to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, June 10-13.

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

Hawkeyes Punch Their Tickets to Eugene

Aaron Mallett-Iowa ©Jim Kirby

Aaron Mallett-Iowa
©Jim Kirby

The University of Iowa advanced three more individuals and one relay to the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships following quarterfinal competition Saturday at the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas.

Aaron Mallett (110m hurdles), Brittany Brown (200 meters), Babatunde Amosu (triple jump), and the men’s 400-meter relay finished among the top 12 in their respective events and will compete for national titles May 10-13 at the NCAA final site in Eugene, Oregon.

Hawkeye Athletics
Mallett placed third overall in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.64, advancing to the NCAA final site for the first time in his two-year career.

“I knew I didn’t have to do anything spectacular,” said Mallett, a 2015 indoor All-American. “I just needed to punch my ticket and whatever the time was I’d be happy with it. The next goal is a national championship.”

Brittany Brown placed 10th in the 200 meters (23.39) to advance to the NCAA finals for the second time in as many years. She placed 11th overall in 2014, earning second team All-America honors.

“I’m just thankful to qualify for again,” Brown said. “It feels good and I want to make a statement this time. I’m going to go out and give it my best.”

The men’s 400-meter relay is returning to the NCAA finals after placing sixth in 2014. Vinnie Saucer, Jr., Aaron Mallett, Brendan Thompson, and Keith Brown circled the track in 39.77 to place ninth overall.

“It feels really good to put things together at the NCAA meet,” said Keith Brown, who anchored the All-America relay in 2014. “We had some ups and downs this season and I’m glad we got through to Oregon.”

Amosu, the reigning Big Ten champion and a 2015 indoor All-American, is returning to Eugene for the second straight year. He placed eighth and qualified with a leap of 15.68m (51-5 ½).

Freshman Kayla Hochhalter was one inch from qualifying for the NCAA finals in women’s javelin. She threw 46.49m (152-6) on her third and final throw, a new personal record and the fifth best mark in program history, but finished 13th overall, one spot outside the top 12.

The men’s 1,600-meter relay — Mitch Wolff, Thompson, Mallett, Brennan Davey — finished in a season best 3:07.15, but placed 17th and did not advance.

Following three days of qualifying, the Hawkeyes advanced five individuals and one relay to the NCAA finals. Iowa qualifiers include Mallet (110m hurdles), Brown (200 meters), Elexis Guster (400 meters), Mitch Wolff (400m hurdles), Amosu (triple jump), and the men’s 400-meter relay.

“I am extremely proud of how the entire team competed this weekend,” said UI director of track and field Joey Woody. “We gave it our best in every event and we have a great representation going to Eugene and looking to become All-Americans.

“It’s very tough for those just missing it, but it was a great experience for them and will just add fuel to to their fire this summer and next year.”
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IOWA DAY 3 RESULTS
Women’s 400-meter relay quarters
23. Ellis, Guster, Holder, Brown, 45.81
Men’s 400-meter relay quarters
9. Saucer, Mallett, Thompson, Brown, 39.77 q
110-meter hurdles quarters
3. Aaron Mallett, 13.64 Q
200 meters quarters
10. Brittany Brown, 23.39 Q
Lake Kwaza, scratch
Men’s 1,600-meter relay quarters
17. 17. Wolff, Thompson, Mallett, Davey, 3:07.15
Men’s javelin first round
29. Sam Joens, 62.24m; 204-2
Women’s javelin first round
13. Kayla Hochhalter, 46.49; 152-6
43. Dakotah Goodell, 41.85; 137-3
Triple Jump first round
8. Babatunde Amosu, 15.68m 51-5 ½ Q

Jhoanmy Luque-ISU
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Cyclones Send Eight to Nationals

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Katy Moen-Wappsie Valley-ISU
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Iowa State shot putter Christina Hillman will get her chance to defend her NCAA Championship in the women’s shot put as she advanced to the final round of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday night at Myers Stadium. Hillman will make the trip to Hayward Field in Eugene as the top seed out of the West Region as she won the women’s shot put with a toss of 56-2 3/4, becoming the eighth Cyclone to earn a trip to the final rounds at Oregon.

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Hillman, a redshirt junior, wasted no time stamping her authority over the competition, with her first throw of 55-0 3/4 giving her the lead after one round. However, she kept her foot down and moved up to 55-11 on her second throw and then finished with a toss of 56-2 3/4 to earn the top seed in Eugene in a fortnight. There were five throws over 55 feet in the women’s shot competition, Hillman had three of them and the only toss over 56 feet on the evening.

Jhoanmy Luque could not add to her advancement in the women’s long jump from Thursday, as she competed in the triple jump Saturday. The Venezuelan got off to a rough start, as she recorded back-to-back fouls. Her third jump of 41-1 got her on the board, but left her in 19th place and on the outside of the advancing places for the event.

Perez Rotich finished her season on a strong note, recording a personal record in the women’s 1,500-meter run with a 4:23.72. However, the pace of the field was just a little too much for her as the Kenyan went on to finish 20th overall and not advance to Eugene. In the men’s 1,500, it is a similar story for Brian Biekert, as he went on to finished 22nd with a 3:50.57, also not advancing to Eugene.

Erin Hooker closed out the meet for ISU in the women’s 5,000-meter run and for 3,500 meters she was able to hang with the lead pack. However, she was not able to keep up with the lead pace in the final few laps, finishing her race in 16:34.26, 20th overall.

Iowa State will travel to Eugene with eight student-athletes still competing for national titles. On the men’s side, ISU will be represented by Edward Kemboi in the 800-meter run, Jan Jeuschede in the shot put and Taylor Sanderson in the decathlon. The Cyclone women will have Hillman in the shot put, Luque in the long jump, Katy Moen in the 10,000-meter run, Marine Vallet in the high jump and Kendra White in the 400-meter dash.

The 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin on Wednesday, June 10. The NCAA has introduced a new format this season, with men’s and women’s competitions being separated and on designated days. Men’s competitions will be on June 10 and 12, with women’s contests on June 11 and 13. Taylor Sanderson and the men’s decathlon will take place June 10-11.