Jan. 18, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa track and field teams kicked off the indoor season hosting the first annual Big 4 Duals on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams posted 3-0 records on the evening as they each defeated Northern Iowa, Iowa State, and Drake at the UI Recreation Building. Iowa recorded a total of 18 first place finishes and 13 all-time top ten marks.
“I think [the meet] was a great success for track and field in the state,” said Director of Track and Field Larry Wieczorek. “I think there was a lot of energy in the building. It was a packed house, everybody enjoyed it, and there was great competition in almost every event on the track.”
Freshman Brittany Brown broke a 31-year-old Iowa school record in her first race as a Hawkeye. Brown clocked a 60 meters preliminary time of 7.41 beating the previous school record of 7.43 set by Elaine Jones in 1983. Sophomore Lake Kwaza quickly joined Brown as a school record holder when she clocked a 7.41 in the 60 meters finals to take the event title. Brown earned a second-place finish in the finals when she crossed the line in 7.46. Senior Tevin-Cee Mincy clocked a personal-best time of 6.78 to finish first in the men’s 60 meters. That time ties for fifth all-time at Iowa.
Aaron Mallett ran into the Iowa record books in his Hawkeye debut. Mallett clocked a time of 7.94 in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. That time ranks fourth all-time at Iowa. Senior Ethan Holmes finished second in the event when he clocked a time of 7.96.
Brown (24.20) and Kwaza (24.39) finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s 200 meters. Brown’s time ranks 10th all-time at Iowa. Holmes (21.92) and sophomore James Harrington (21.97) finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 200 meters.
Elexis Guster earned a first-place finish in the women’s 400 meters when she clocked a time of 55.17. That time ranks fifth all-time at Iowa. Freshman Jared Ganschow finished second in the men’s 400 meters when he crossed the line in 50.09.
Sophomore MonTayla Holder (1:32.37) and freshman Mahnee Watts (1:33.01) finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s 600 meters. Watts’ time ranks 10th all-time at Iowa. Sophomore’s Will Teubel (1:20.26) and Neil Flattery (1:21.13) finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 600 meters.
Freshman Katharina Trost clocked a time of 4:52.66 to earn a first-place finish in the women’s mile. Freshman Michael Hart (4:16.96) and junior Kevin Lewis (4:18.55) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s mile.
Kevin Docherty took the men’s 3,000 meters title in his track and field debut. The freshman recorded a time of 8:37.87. Freshmen Katie Adams(10:18.43) and Cynthia Saliba (10:20.99) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the women’s 3,000 meters.
The Hawkeyes claimed both 1,600-meter relay titles on the evening. The men’s team of Mallett, Ganschow, Flattery, and Teubel clocked a time of 3:19.47, while the women’s quartet of Guster, Kwaza, freshman Alexis Hernandez, and Holder crossed the line in 3:43.43. That time ranks 10th all-time at Iowa.
“Our stars certainly shined brightly today,” said head track and field coach Layne Anderson. “All-in-all I think it was an outstanding meet for both the men and women. People we expected to compete well did just that.”
Kevin Spejcher took the men’s high jump title. The sophomore cleared a personal-best height of 6-11 (2.11m). That mark ties for seventh all-time at Iowa. Junior Khanishah Williams earned a second-place finish in the women’s high jump. Williams cleared a height of 5-7 (1.70m).
Seniors Jasmine Simpson (57-8 ½; 17.59m) and Ashlyn Gulvas (56-9 ¼; 17.30m) took first and second, respectively, in the women’s weight throw. Gabe Hull earned a third-place finish in the men’s weight throw. The junior recorded a personal-best toss of 59-7 (18.16m). That mark ranks ninth all-time at Iowa.
O’Shea Wilson and Carisa Leacock each earned long jump titles. Wilson, a freshman, recorded a leap of 24-8 ½ (7.53m) in his Hawkeye debut. That mark ties for seventh all-time at Iowa. Leacock took the women’s long jump title. The senior recorded a leap of 18-9 ¾ (5.73m).
Seniors Zinnia Miller and Carisa Leacock finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s triple jump. Miller recorded a personal-best mark of 40-5 (12.32m), while Leacock posted a mark of 39-11 ¼ (12.17m). Miller’s time currently ranks fourth all-time at Iowa. Kerry Dean Jr. recorded a personal-best mark in the men’s triple jump. Dean’s mark of 45-6 ¼ (13.87m) earned him a third-place finish.
Gabe Hull’s personal best shot put toss of 57-11 ¼ (17.66m) earned him a second-place finish. His mark ranks ninth all-time at Iowa. Rachel Curry grabbed a third-place finish in the women’s shot put when she recorded a toss of 45-7 (13.89m).
“From our standpoint, I could not have been happier with the way we competed today,” Wieczorek added.
The Hawkeyes return to action Jan. 24-25 at the Gold Country Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.
Men’s Duals Scores:
Iowa 97, Northern Iowa 62
Iowa 99, Iowa State 47
Iowa 104, Drake 52
Women’s Duals Scores:
Iowa 91, Northern Iowa 66
Iowa 91, Iowa State 47
Iowa 102, Drake 46