Feb. 21, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Carisa Leacock broke a 28-year-old school record and the UI track and field team grabbed 16 titles at the Iowa Invitational on Friday. No team scores were kept.
Leacock recorded a leap of 19-9 ½ (6.03m) to win the long jump and break Lisa Moats’ previous record of 19-6 (5.95m). Junior Sarah Ryan came in second with a personal-best leap of 18-9 ¼ (5.72m). Her mark ranks ninth all-time at Iowa. Sophomore Kassidy Ellis finished fourth in the event with a jump of 17-3 ½ (5.27m).
“We hit some personal records and got a school record in the long jump, so all-in-all one of the better meets we’ve had leading up to the conference championships.” said UI head coach Layne Anderson. “We had some outstanding performances and got some things accomplished that set us up heading into next week.”
Senior Tevin-Cee Mincy ran to a first-place finish in the men’s 60 meters. Mincy crossed the line in 6.81 to win his fourth race of the season. Wilson (6.87; PR) and Vinnie Saucer (6.99) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Hawkeyes finished first through third in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Senior Ethan Holmes took the title when he recorded a time of 7.91. Freshman Aaron Mallett (8.02) and junior Keith Brown (8.18) finished second and third, respectively. Ellis grabbed a third-place finish in the women’s 60 meters. The sophomore clocked a personal-best time of 9.06.
Sophomore Taylor Lynch ran to a first-place finish in the women’s 200 meters with a personal-best time of 25.57. Sophomore James Harrington grabbed the men’s 200 meters title when he clocked a time of 21.62. Holmes (21.91) and freshman Jared Ganschow (22.09) came in second and third, respectively.
The Hawkeyes took both 400 meters titles on the evening. Lynch finished first in the women’s event when she clocked a time of 58.82. Ganschow crossed the line in 49.49 to win the men’s event.
Iowa finished first through fifth in the men’s 600 meters. Will Teubel took the event title when he clocked a time of 1:19.64. Juniors Kaleb VanCleave (1:20.13) and Brennan Davey (1:20.28), sophomore Neil Flattery (1:20.34) and senior Nathan Prom (1:23.12) finished second through fifth, respectively.
Michael Hart ran to a first-place finish in the men’s mile. The sophomore crossed the line in 4:17.47. Freshman Brook Price finished sixth in the event with a time of 4:25.34, while sophomore Matt Butler clocked a time of 4:28.41 to finish ninth.
Iowa finished first through third in the women’s shot put. Senior Courtney Fritz recorded a personal-best toss of 46-4 (14.12m). That mark ranks ninth all-time at Iowa. Senior Rachel Curry (45-10 ¾; 13.99m) and freshman Alexa Hunt (44-4; 13.51m) finished second and third, respectively.
The Hawkeyes swept the top three spots in the women’s weight throw. Senior Ashlyn Gulvas took the title when she recorded a toss of 61-8 ¼ (18.80m). Senior Jasmine Simpson came in second with a toss of 60-9 ½ (18.53m), while junior Annemie Smith recorded a personal-best throw of 60-4 ½ (18.40m) to finish third. Smith’s mark ties for third all-time at Iowa. Dakotah Goodell also competed in the event. The sophomore finished fifth with a personal-best mark of 48-5 ¼ (14.76m).
Kevin Spejcher earned a first-place finish in the men’s high jump. The sophomore cleared a height of 6-8 ¾ (2.05m). Tayo Oladele-Ajose tied her personal-best high jump mark of 5-7 (1.70m) to win the women’s title. Sophomore Khanishah Williams came in second when she cleared a mark of 5-5 (1.65m).
Sophomore Kerry Dean Jr. took the men’s triple jump title with a personal-best leap of 47-8 (14.53m), and Leacock won her second title of the evening with a mark of 39-1 ¼ (11.92m) in the women’s triple jump.
Iowa returns to the track Feb. 28-March 1 at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio.