Tristan Wirfs injures his ankle — but he’s not sweating it, interviews trump scrimmages for Peter Jok at NBA combine and more
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Tristan Wirfs’ roller-coaster day in the circle
Thursday was a good day for Iowa offensive line signee Tristan Wirfs. He won the shot put and discus at his Class 3A Iowa state qualifying track and field meet.
But it was also a painful day for Wirfs, who sprained his right ankle throwing the discus.
As for the future, it looks more good than painful; Wirfs told Land of 10 he doesn’t expect the injury to impact him at the state meet next week.
“It’s a little bit achy and throbbing, but not bad,” Wirfs said in a text. “… just gotta keep icing and elevating.”
Tristan Wirfs apparently sprained his ankle pretty bad in the discus. Hobbled his way through the shot put … #iahstrk
— Jeff Linder (@jtlinder) May 11, 2017
He injured his ankle as he landed on the ring following a discus toss. He still won the discus with a toss of 186 feet, 3 inches.
Wirfs, on the injured ankle, still won the shot put with a throw of 58-7.5 He normally throws the shot 60-plus feet. Another Iowa commit, 2018 DT Tyler Linderbaum from Solon High, finished second in the shot put. Both will advance to the state meet.
Boys shot put — 1. Tristan Wirfs (MtV), 58-7 1/2; 2. Tyler Linderbaum (Sol), 55-10. #iahstrk
— Jeff Linder (@jtlinder) May 11, 2017
Wirfs is the reigning Class 3A champion in the discus and the shot put.
Making an impression
Former Iowa guard Peter Jok’s scrimmage at the NBA combine in Chicago on Thursday was not one for the highlight tape. He didn’t score a point, going 0 for 6 from the field, while adding 1 rebound, 1 steal and 2 turnovers.
But the stat line won’t impact his draft status.
Teams don’t come to the combine to watch players perform in a glorified pickup game. Interviews are arguably the most important piece of the week in The Windy City. If Jok nails his sit-downs with front-office executives, he’ll increase his odds of finding an NBA home.
“I think, all in all, this entire experience will be good for him because he’s had a ton of interviews and he’ll do really well in those,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery told Jeremiah Davis of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “They’ll realize not only is there depth to his personality and to his character, but he’s also really intelligent. That’s important.”
McCaffery was at the combine, watching Jok from the bleachers. His former point guard needs a big week at the combine, as Jok isn’t projected to be selected in the latest NBA DraftExpress mock.
Jok told Davis he is working out with Boston on Tuesday. For Jok to land an NBA gig, he will, on the court, need to remind teams of his shooting ability and show he’s making strides on the defensive end.
More troubling news for Iowa
On the heels of a jury awarding former Iowa athletic administrator Jane Meyer $1.4 million in a gender and sexual orientation case last week, an audit found that Iowa athletic department administrators failed to adequately monitor the Hawkeyes IT department, according to an Associated Press story.
The audit report, which The AP obtained from the Iowa Board of Regents, reportedly found wasteful spending — including five football players not being charged for losing team-issued iPads, an employee making personal purchases on a university credit card, and an employee taking trips that were unrelated to job duties.
Patrick Delin, the IT director, left his job in February “as auditors were nearing the conclusion of an inquiry that was sharply critical of his practices,” the report stated.
Iowa officials are looking into policies involving how the university buys, tracks and disposes of equipment and will look to tighten spending, according to The AP.
Softball season comes to an end
Wisconsin eliminated Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament with a 3-0 victory Thursday.
The Hawkeyes struggled against Wisconsin pitcher Kaitlyn Menz, recording only 3 hits. Cheyenne Pratt picked up 2 of those hits, while the Badgers pushed runs across in the third, fourth and sixth innings.
Iowa closes the season 19-32.