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Iowa Track and Field’s Marissa Mueller awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Marissa Mueller (contributed)
The senior competing in track and field and majoring in biomedical engineering became the 22nd Rhodes Scholar from the University of Iowa on Nov. 21.
December 2, 2020

Every high-level athlete has reached “the zone” at least once in their sporting lives. Iowa javelin thrower Marissa Mueller entered that zone on Nov. 21, but she wasn’t competing on the infield....

Senior Gabby Skopec reflects on past seasons as a Hawkeye runner

Iowa distance runner Gabby Skopec competes in the women’s 3000m run during the Hawkeye Invitational at the University of Iowa Recreation Building on Saturday, Jan 11, 2020. Skopec earned second with a time of 10:10.25.
Skopec highlights how this season stacks up against her previous years as a Hawkeye.
November 10, 2020

This season has definitely not been what senior Gabby Skopec had in mind for her last year as a Hawkeye runner. The Big Ten Conference voted to postpone all fall sports to a later date on Aug. 11...

Sophomore runner Leah Kralovetz reflects on this fall’s postponed cross country season

The women’s 4k begins at the Hawkeye Invitational at Ashton Cross Country Course on Friday, September 6, 2019. Iowa State senior Abby Caldwell went on to win the race with a time of 14:02.0. The Hawkeyes defeated six other teams to finish first overall for both men’s and women’s races.
Leah Kralovetz highlights what her cross country season looked like last year and her reaction to the complications that have come with COVID-19.
October 7, 2020

Runner Leah Kralovetz made her mark on the cross-country team very early last season. As a freshman, she quickly became a star. She is a leader at both group practices and meets and Kralovetz continues...

Aaron Mallett finishes first at prestigious meet

Iowa's Aaron Mallett clears a hurdle alongside teammate Chris Douglas during the 18th annual Musco Twilight at Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Iowa's men and women's track and field finished first overall in the Musco Twilight with a 237.5 and 203 respectively.
The former Iowa track star is now the best in the country this year in the 110m hurdles.
October 6, 2020

Former Iowa track star Aaron Mallett arrived in Doha, Qatar, six days before running the 110m hurdles in the final Diamond League meet of 2020 on Sept. 25. Mallett felt good on the meet date, ready...

Max Murphy ready to shine for Iowa

The Iowa men’s team huddle up before starting the 6k during the Hawkeye Invitational at Ashton Cross Country Course on Friday, September 6, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated six other teams to finish first overall for both men’s and women’s races.
An Iowa state champion in cross country last year, the Bettendorf, Iowa, native is training hard for the track and field season.
September 27, 2020

Max Murphy won the Iowa Class 4A state cross country meet by two-tenths of a second Last November, representing Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. Before becoming a member of the Iowa...

Incoming Hawkeye track and field recruiting class provides depth to already strong program

Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody coaches from the infield during the 4x400m relay during the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the University of Iowa Recreation Building on Jan. 18, 2020.
The 2020 recruiting class is composed of top athletes from across the country and many who are looking to become breakout stars after flying under the radar in high school.
July 29, 2020

The 2021 season is set to be a big one for the Iowa men’s track and field team as it looks to defend its Big Ten outdoor title and capture the program’s first Big Ten Indoor Championship since...

Iowa track and field’s Jason and Kate Wakenight join Team USA for 2021 World Games

Iowa freshman Addie Swanson catches her breath after the women's 400 meter hurdles during the 19th annual Musco Twilight meet at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track in Iowa City on Thursday, April 12. Swanson finished third in the event with the time of 1:02.23. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)
Jason Wakenight will serve as an assistant coach for the team, while Kate Wakenight will be part of the operations team.
July 24, 2020

Iowa track and field assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jason Wakenight has been named Team USA Sprint/Hurdles/Relays coach for the World University Games in China for Summer 2021. Iowa's director...

Iowa track and field program’s ‘Speak Your Truth’ diversity committee looks to make Iowa City more inclusive

Antonio Woodward and Raymonte Dow make an exchange in the 4x400 meter relay during the Larry Wieczorek Invitational meet in Iowa City, Iowa; Saturday January 20, 2018. Their relay team finished second in the heat. (Paxton Corey/The Daily Iowan)
Founded in June, the committee aims to start having uncomfortable but necessary conversations about racial injustice and inequality and addressing the sources of these problems.
July 22, 2020

The Iowa track and field program announced in June the creation of a diversity committee to address racial injustice. The “Speak Your Truth” committee is co-chaired by seniors Laulauga Tausaga...

Former Iowa prep and current professional runner Shelby Houlihan reflects on setting new American 5,000-meter record

Former Sioux City East High School prep Shelby Houlihan competes in an event. Houlihan broke her own American record in the 5k on July 10, 2020. Contributed by Cortney White.
Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer became the first American women to run a sub-14:30 in the 5000-meters and both have Iowa roots.
July 21, 2020

Ten years ago, Shelby Houlihan was gearing up for her senior cross-country season at Sioux City East High School. This year, Houlihan is breaking U.S. records and training for her second Olympic Games. On...

Year in review: The top contests of 2019-20 at each Iowa athletic facility

Fans storm the field during a football game between Iowa and Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Gophers, 23-19, ending Minnesota's undefeated season.
Iowa’s spring seasons ended early and the fall seasons are surrounded by uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DI looks back at the memorable Hawkeye sports moments from the past year before the cancellations.
July 13, 2020

After spring sports were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still uncertainty surrounding whether Iowa will be back in action in the fall. Before sports were canceled, it was a...

Iowa track and field’s Mallory King remains determined following season’s cancellation

Iowa’s Mallory King high fives 4x400m relay premier teammates Davicia Patterson, Jenny Kimbro, and Aly Weum during the Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the University of Iowa Recreation Building on Jan. 18, 2020. The group took second in the premier with a 3:39.67.
King, who overcame an injury to become Iowa’s top 800 meters runner, is returning for a fifth year after the remainder of the 2020 track and field season was canceled.
July 2, 2020

In both sports and life, there is something to be said for controlling what you can control, and Iowa track and field’s Mallory King is no stranger to that. During her four years at Iowa, King...

Iowa track and field announces creation of ‘Speak Your Truth’ diversity committee

Iowa thrower Laulauga Tausaga competes in the women’s shot put premiere during the fourth annual Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the University of Iowa Recreation Building on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Tausaga’s 16.72m throw earned her sixth place, behind five throwers who surpassed the previous meet record of 17.13m.
Thrower Laulauga Tausaga and sprinter Antonio Woodard will act as the co-chairs of the committee.
June 22, 2020

The Iowa track and field program announced Monday the creation of a diversity committee aimed at empowering a team culture while actively engaging in social justice initiatives on campus. The “Speak...

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