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Byers Advances to NCAA Championships
The Hawkeyes compete in day one of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Sophomore Ashley Liverpool advanced to the 400 meters quarterfinals on Thursday.
Sophomore Ashley Liverpool advanced to the 400 meters quarterfinals on Thursday.

May 24, 2012

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Iowa track and field team competed in day one of the NCAA Mid-West Regional Thursday. The Hawkeyes were lead by junior Matt Byers who qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will take place June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Byers was the first Hawkeye to earn his ticket to the NCAA Championships. Byers recorded a Javelin throw of 223-8 (68.18m) to earn a eleventh place finish and a trip to Des Moines. 12_Track

Juniors Ethan Holmes and Keaton Rickels both qualified for the quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles. Holmes crossed the line with a time of 51.79, while Rickels clocked a time of 52.26. The 400-meter hurdles quarterfinals will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomore Ashley Liverpool earned a spot in the 400 meters quarterfinals. Liverpool crossed the line in 54.89 to qualify for the championships. The 400 meters quarterfinal will begin Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Erik Sowinski finished third in his 800 meters heat, earning his way into the quarterfinals. Sowinski clocked a time of 1:49.08. The 800 meters quarterfinals will begin Friday at 7:00 p.m.

"We had some good things going on today," said director of track and field Larry Wieczorek. "We certainly got the weekend off to a good start."

The Hawkeyes will return to action Friday with day two of the NCAA Mid-West Regional. Action is set to begin at 11 a.m.

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