As you might remember, 10 former and current Hawkeyes put their track talents to the test at last weekend’s USA track and field championships in Sacramento, California.
Here’s how they did.
The headliner, of course, was 800m runner Erik Sowinski. The 27-year old was brutally close to getting a spot on the team in a career full of painfully close finishes. In the top-3 for most of the race, he was passed at the very end by former Ashland runner Drew Windle.
There’s certainly still quite a bit ahead for Sowinski and the talented runner picked up his second 4x800m gold medal at the IAAF World Relays a couple months ago in April. Still, though, he missed out on a spot at the world championships by a touch over four-hundredths of a second. He even had the fastest time in the previous qualifying rounds That’s rough.
Came up a little short this weekend but laid it all out there. Shoutout to everyone who made the team Time to go chase some fast times!— Erik Sowinski (@eSowinski) June 26, 2017
Aaron Mallett was once again his usual brilliant self, falling just a tad short of a spot on the team. He finished sixth overall in the 110m hurdles with a 13.58 and was just one of two fresh collegians participating in the event.
There’s little doubt he’ll be back in that soon and it would stand to reason that he proved enough to find himself a sponsor. We’ll keep you updated on that one.
Mar'yea Harris (400 meters), Brittany Brown (200 meters) and Reno Tuufuli (Discus) all failed to make finals in the senior division. All three athletes will be back in a Hawkeye uniform next season and there’s so, so much more in front of them.
In the junior division, however, there are some athletes headed to Peru for the Junior World Championships.
That mark would have put her at ninth in the senior division. Not bad at all.
She also wasn’t the only one who will be in Peru on July 21-23.
It’s been a good year for the Iowa track and field squad. There’s even more ahead.