The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Friday at 10 a.m. (CT)
14 women and 9 men comprise 23-member class
Former Hawkeyes placed first in men's 800 meters
Herron, Praska and Sowinski compete this weekend for national crowns
Iowa track and field opens indoor season
2008 -- Indoor - ran collegiate-best 1:34.66 in 600-meter prelims at Big Ten Championships... that time ranks seventh in school history... ran 400 meters at Jack Johnson Classic (58.57), Meyo Invite (57.70) and ISU Classic (58.60)... Outdoor - ran lead leg on 1,600-meter relay that led team (3:44.21) and placed sixth at Big Ten Championships... ran on team-leading 3,200-meter relay (9:14.66) at Drake Relays... ran collegiate-best 400 meters (57.25) at Sun Angel Classic... also ran 400 meters at Auburn Classic (58.42), Iowa Invite (58.00), Musco Twilight X (57.79) and Big Ten Championships (57.40)... letterwinner.
High School -- three-time state champion and two-time runner-up... three-time all-state and all-region, earning all-conference honors twice... team MVP and conference track athlete of the year as a sophomore... six-time district champion and three-time runner-up... five-time conference champion and three-time runner-up... set school record in 400 meters (55.7)... other best times were 12.9 in 100 meters, 25.13 in 200 meters and 21:21 in 800 meters... three-time state Junior Olympics champion... coach was Tim McIntire... two-time letterwinner in volleyball, earning all-state honorable mention and second team all-league honorable mention honors senior year... set school kill record in volleyball... also lettered in soccer... four-year honor roll student and academic letterwinner... Colorado High School Athletic Association athletic academic first team senior year.
Personal -- born June 10, 1989... daughter of Mark and Kathy Praska... pre-physical therapy major.