Iowa Athletics head to Jim Click Shootout in Arizona

The event hosted by the University of Arizona will be held April 7-9. The heptathletes in the competition will compete first.

Jerod Ringwald

Fans watch the action during the 2022 Hawkeye Invitational track and field meet at the University of Iowa Recreation Building on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The Hawkeye Invitational hosted Arkansas State, Bradley, Hawkeye Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa Central Community College, Loyola-Chicago, northern Iowa, South Dakota, UW-Milwaukee, and western Illinois.

Iowa Athletics are heading west again this week. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to participate in the Jim Click Shootout in Arizona, which runs April 7-9.

The University of Arizona-hosted event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on April 7. Heptathletes will be the first to compete.

The Hawkeyes were also booked to compete in this week’s Sun Angel Classic as recently as April 1. Iowa has since removed the event from its schedule. The Sun Angel Classic field now consists of 10 teams, including Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes are not splitting up for this week’s game. Iowa sent athletes to the Florida Relays hosted by Gator in Gainesville and the Stanford Invitational hosted by Cardinal in California last week.

LaSarah Hargrove was the Hawkeyes’ best performer in Florida. The second-year sprinter finished third in the women’s 200 meters, posting a time of 23.09 seconds. Hargrove’s time was fast enough for third place.

“LaSarah getting third place in this encounter is a big deal, Woody said in an April 1 press release. “…She had a lot of confidence. I was happy with how she raced to the finish line and she won her race by a good margin.

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Despite the first-day success in Gainesville, the Hawkeyes’ trip to the Sunshine State was cut short. After several weather delays, the Hawkeyes decided to return to Iowa City and begin training for their trip to Arizona rather than wait for action in Florida to resume.

Iowa distance runners also impressed last week. At the Stanford Invitational, Max Murphy ran the men’s 10k in 28 minutes and 57 seconds. The time is the fourth fastest in Iowa men’s track and field history.

“Max had a terrific 10k debut, assistant coach Randy Hasenbank said. “…That’s what happens when hard work and opportunity collide. He took advantage of the immaculate conditions and posted a big mark. I hope it will be a regional qualifying time.

Iowa’s women’s track team is ranked No. 23 in the American Association of Athletic and Cross Country Coaches Poll.

The Hawkeyes will host an event this spring: the Musco Twilight Invitational on April 23. The event will take place on the Francis X. Cretzmeyer track.

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