Hawkeyes Crown 4 at Messersmith Invitational

May 6, 2011

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Iowa track and field team captured four titles and set six personal-best marks at the Mark Messersmith Invitational Friday afternoon on the campus of Northern Iowa.

Junior Patrick Richards returned to the track and raced to a career-best 200 meter time of 21.38. Richards, a 2010 All-American who has been battling a sore hamstring over the past few weeks, recorded a first place finish in the 200 meters and a runner-up finish in the 400 meters (48.28). Teammates Zeke Sayon (21.61, 2nd) and Tevin-Cee Mincy (21.78, 4th) also recorded personal bests in the 200 meters.

“We had some pretty good performances today,” said assistant coach Joey Woody. “It was nice to see Pat (Richards) return with a strong performance to build his confidence. His speed is there, we just need to continue building his endurance.”

Amanda Stahle earned a first place finish in the javelin by outdistancing her previous personal best by nearly seven feet. The freshman from Bettendorf, Iowa, notched a toss of 138 feet, 5 inches (42.20m). She now ranks eighth on Iowa’s all-time top performers list.

Freshman Ashlyn Gulvas also climbed the Iowa career charts with a personal-best toss of 182 feet, 3 inches (55.55) in the hammer throw. Gulvas improved on her previous career best by 13 feet and now ranks No. 2 among Iowa’s all-time list.

“It was a good day,” said Iowa throws coach Scott Cappos. “We made some strong throws and set some solid marks.”

Sophomore Keaton Rickels captured the 400-meter hurdles title with a personal best 53.00. Rickels ran away from the competition, completing the race 1.67 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

“That was a strong race by Keaton,” said Woody. “It’s a solid mark in pretty windy conditions.”

The Hawkeye swept the medal round in the women’s discus, where sophomore Majesty Tutson, Gulvas and freshman Courtney Fritz finished first, second and third.

Iowa competed with a limited roster in preparation for the conference championships next week. The Hawkeyes host the Big Ten Championships May 13-15 on Creztmeyer Track in Iowa City, Iowa.