March 2013

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Records On Notice By Chris Brewer A s dangerous as it may sound, the University of Iowa track and field team has turned the weight throw into a game of leap frog. Ashlyn Gulvas, Jasmine Simpson, and Majesty Tutson each have taken their turn ��� one after the other ��� on top of the school���s all-time top performers list. ���If they do (continue to break records) they���re going to have an opportunity to score points for our team, and I think that is the goal for those girls,��� said Cappos. ���They want to score team points, and if records come as a result, that���s great.��� Tutson first broke the school record in 2011. It stood for two years before Gulvas jumped her in the 2013 season opener. Two weeks later, Simpson hopped them both to claim the top spot, and most recently, Gulvas reclaimed the record at the Iowa Invitational. The technique implemented to throw the weight is similar to that of the hammer throw in outdoor competition, and Cappos hopes the indoor success translates into big numbers and team points when Iowa opens the outdoor season March 22 at the Alabama Invitational. ���I went in relaxed and just wanted to get a good throw,��� Gulvas said after she broke the record for the second time this season. ���I happened to get the mark on my first throw, which proves the best throws are the most relaxed throws.��� ���In general it should improve our standing in the hammer quite a bit,��� said Cappos. ���That���s our objective, that���s what we started training for this summer. We want to be one of the elite groups in the hammer throw in the Big Ten.��� ���It���s kind of an interesting group,��� said UI throws coach Scott Cappos. ���When I first started coaching the women here, that was the first group of girls we brought into the program. It has taken a few years for them to develop, but now we have three different girls who have broken the school record.��� Iowa has another trio that ranks 2-through-4 in the hammer throw record books. Annemie Smith, Gulvas and Simpson ��� in that order ��� will chase Becca Franklin���s 2007 school record of 195-0 (59.45m). Gulvas, Simpson and Tutson found themselves staring at an empty cupboard when they joined the Iowa program in 2010. The Hawkeye women had no returning throwers that year, but the incoming group was still a little raw for Big Ten competition. Gulvas and Simpson donned a redshirt their first year on campus, while Tutson jumped right into the circle and finished the season competing in the discus at the 2010 NCAA Regional Championships. Two years later she set the school record in the event, recording a toss of 172-feet-11 (52.72m). ���This group keeps getting better,��� said Cappos. ���We���ve broken school records in the discus and weight throw, and I think the shot put record will be broken. I think the hammer throw record will be broken. I think the goal with this group is to break more records in the outdoor season. That���s something we���re really looking forward to, being a group that smashes the records, so when the next group develops, they will have a higher standard to achieve the records within our program.��� 73

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