DES MOINES — Although most of the action for the women’s track and field team began Friday, one event group did compete for the Hawkeyes on Thursday at the Drake Relays
The 6,400-meter relay group of Alana Jones, Marta Bote Gonzalez, Tess Wilberding, and Anne Reischmann took ninth in their event.
The Hawkeyes participated in more events Friday, though, and the day was full of ups and downs on the Blue Oval.
On the positive end, one Hawkeye captured a silver medal, while four others are moving on to the finals in two events on Saturday.
Junior MonTayla Holder was the first of the Hawkeyes to find a spot on the podium, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles. After dealing with a tweaked hip for the past couple weeks and not doing much with the hurdles, Director of Track and Field Joey Woody was happy with the end result. Holder, however, was less pleased.
“I was pretty upset. I should have won, and getting beaten by the same person who beat me at Big Tens, it was kind of bitter,” Holder said, referring to Ohio State runner, Alexis Franklin. “I know that she hasn’t had any time off, so going into Big Tens will be a pretty neck-and-neck race.
After Holder’s performance, Lake Kwaza and Brittany Brown each competed in the 100-meter dash preliminary round. Both Iowa athletes got the go-ahead for competing in the final round Saturday after having the seventh and eighth best times overall, respectively.
Additionally, the 4×100-meter relay quartet of Kassidy Ellis, Elexis Guster, Kwaza, and Brown will be competing Saturday after qualifying with a time of 45.07 seconds.
“Obviously we want to get as many people into the finals of their open events as possible, and to have not just one, but two people in the 100-meter finals shows that we’re a great sprint program,” Woody said. “The 4×1 being in the finals too, I think they’re going to do something special tomorrow.”
Every high must be mirrored by a low, though.
Notably absent from the finals is the 4×400-meter relay team. The line-up was a bit different than it has been in the previous meets this season ¬ – replacing Kwaza was freshman Sheridan Champe.
Associate Head Coach Clive Roberts does not believe this had anything to do with the end result. With his “next-athlete-up” strategy, he expects his athletes to run fast, no matter what.
Both the athletes and the coaches were ultimately disappointed with the results.
“The 4×4 was a little disappointing. We need to get better there, I need to get better there,” Roberts said. “That’s definitely an event that you close of the meet with that we should be in.
Katharina Trost and Kaitlyn Nelson placed eighth and ninth, respectively in the 800-meter run, with times of 2:09.03 and 2:11.33.
In the discus, sophomore Dakotah Goodell landed in the ninth spot, throwing 47.53 meters.
Team captain Allison Gattone threw for 38.36 meters to place 14th in the javelin, topping her previous best of the season by more than a meter.
Iowa took 12th in the 4×800-meter relay – the team of Nelson, Shannon Maser, Wilberding, and Reischmann edged out just South Dakota St. in order to not finish last.