Iowa Athletics will split up and compete on two coasts this week

The Hawkeyes will travel to Stanford, Calif., and Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the Florida Relays and Stanford Invitationals, respectively.

Jerod Ringwald

Iowa’s Kalen Walker wears a cowboy hat 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 the State of Arkansas, 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 will split this weekend, sending athletes to the East and West Coasts. Prior to this week, the Hawkeyes had not separated their roster in the 2022 outdoor season.

Iowa will compete in both the Stanford Invitational in California and the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville.

The Florida Relays kick off at 4 p.m. Thursday. Select events will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

The Stanford Invitational kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday, and the Hawkeyes will send distance runners to compete.

Twenty-six collegiate teams will compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays, including Iowa’s Big Ten Conference peers like Indiana, Maryland and Ohio State.

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Iowa enters this week’s events with some momentum. At last weekend’s Baldy Castillo Invitational in Arizona, Hawkeye sophomore Kalen Walker broke the University of Iowa’s outdoor 100-meter record, clocking 10.20 seconds.

Walker’s time is the ninth fastest of any college runner this year.

LaSarah Hargrove of the Iowa women’s track team nearly duplicated Walker’s time, finishing the 100 meters in 11.13 seconds.

When Iowa completes the Pepsi Florida Relays and the Stanford Invitational, he will travel to Arizona to compete in both the Sun Angel Classic and the Jim Clark Invitational April 7-9.

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