Jamal Britt, Alexis Noel

Jamal Britt, Alexis Noel

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa student-athletes Jamal Britt (men’s track) and Alexa Noel (women’s tennis) were named May’s Student-Athletes of the Month. The University of Iowa Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) made the announcement Thursday.  

Britt, a junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, was named Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Big Ten Championships on May 20 after contributing 26 points to Iowa’s championship and school record total of 127.5 points. Britt helped the Hawkeyes claim the outdoor title for the second straight year, placing 33 points in front of second-place Michigan, to complete the 2021 indoor-outdoor Big Ten championship sweep.  

At the Big Ten Championships, Britt won the 400-meter hurdles and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and long jump.  

At the NCAA West Regional on May 29, Britt placed 10th in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles to advance to the NCAA Outdoor National Championship in both events. The NCAA Finals are scheduled for June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon. 

Noel, a freshman from Summit, New Jersey, was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year after going 23-0 during the regular season at the No. 1 singles position. She became the first Hawkeye in program history to be named conference player of the year and only the sixth to be named freshman of the year.  

Noel became Iowa’s first All-American in program history and earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. She was the third Hawkeye in school history to advance to the national singles tournament. 

Noel won her opening-round match at the NCAA Championships in three sets, before falling in three sets in the Round of 32. Noel won the first set, 6-1, over LSU’s Paris Corley, before Noel suffered an ankle injury at the beginning of the second to drop the remaining sets (3-6, 5-7).