Jan. 22, 2014
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The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Minneapolis for the Jack Johnson Classic on Friday and Saturday. The event begins at 3 p.m. (CT) on Friday and continues through Saturday at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.
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Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for live updates throughout the meet. Live results are also available on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
GONE IN 60 METERS
Freshman Brittany Brown broke a 31-year-old 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 7.41 in the event finals. Their time currently ranks 11th in the nation.
Three Hawkeyes are on Iowa’s 60-meter hurdles all-time top performers list. Senior Ethan Holmes owns the second fastest time in school history (7.82), while freshman Aaron Mallett’s (7.94) performance at the Big 4 Duals ranks fourth. Junior Keith Brown also entered the list at No. 10 after setting a new personal-best of 8.17 at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18.
4X4 IN TOP 10
The women’s 1,600-meter relay team took the Big 4 Duals title on Jan. 18. The quartet of freshman Elexis Guster, sophomore Lake Kwaza, freshman Alexis Hernandez, and sophomore MonTayla Holder clocked a time of 3:40.51. That time ranks ninth nationally and fifth all-time at Iowa.
JUMPING INTO THE RECORD BOOK
High jumper Kevin Spejcher and long jumper O’Shea Wilson leapt into the Iowa record book following thier performances at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18. Spejcher cleared a height of 6-11 (2.11m) in the men’s high jump. The sophomore’s mark ties for seventh all-time at Iowa. Wilson posted a long jump mark of 24-8 1/2 (7.53m) in his Hawkeye debut at the Big 4 Duals. His mark currently ranks eighth nationally and seventh all-time at Iowa.
GUSTER SHINES IN DEBUT
Elexis Guster claimed the 400 meters title at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18. The freshman clocked a converted time of 54.45 in her black and gold debut. Her time ranks fifth all-time at Iowa and eighth in the nation.
MINCY CLOCKS PERSONAL BEST
Senior captain Tevin-Cee Mincy clocked a personal-best time in the 60 meters at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18. Mincy crossed the line in 6.78. His time ties for fifth all-time at Iowa.
BROWN IN THE 200
Brittany Brown earned her first title of her collegiate career at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18. The freshman won the 200 meters when she recorded a time of 23.83. Her time currently ranks 11th nationally, and sixth all-time at Iowa. Sophomore Lake Kwaza took the silver medal when she crossed the line in 24.02. Her time ranks ninth all-time at Iowa.
600 METERS DEPTH
Freshman Mahnee Watts joines sophomores MonTayla Holder and Kaitlyn Nelson on Iowa’s 600 meters all-time top performers list. Holder (1:30.80) and Nelson (1:31.44) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, while Watts (1:33.01) enters the list at No. 10 following her performance the Big 4 Duals.
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Senior Ashlyn Gulvas set the indoor weight throw school record (63-6; 19.35m) at the 2013 Iowa Invitational, while Brittany Brown and Lake Kwaza set the 60 meters record (7.41) at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18.
HULL RECORDS PERSONAL BEST
Gabe Hull recorded a personal best weight throw toss of 59-7 (18.16m) at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 18. The junior’s mark moved him to ninth place on Iowa’s all-time list.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergen Invitational on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.