April 13, 2014
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The University of Iowa track and field team captured seven titles at the Illinois Twilight on Saturday. The men’s team finished third overall with 128 points, while the women finished fourth with 108 points.
Gabe Hull grabbed two titles on the evening. The junior became just the third athlete in school history to record a discus mark above 60 meters. His toss of 200-10 (61.21m) ranks third all-time at Iowa. Hull grabbed the shot put title with a toss of 57-2 (17.42m).
“Gabe Hull highlighted a solid day for the Hawkeyes,” said head coach Layne Anderson. “His performance set a new meet and facility record.”
Jasmine Simpson put the Hawkeye women on the board with a first-place finish in the women’s hammer throw. The senior recorded a toss of 174-3 ¾ (53.13m).
Kerry Dean Jr. grabbed gold in the men’s triple jump. The sophomore recorded a mark of 46-4 ¼ (14.13m).
Freshman O’Shea Wilson recorded a personal-best long jump mark of 25-2 (7.67m) to take the men’s long jump title. His mark ranks seventh all-time at Iowa. Junior Sarah Ryan grabbed a fourth-place finish in the women’s long jump. Her leap of 18-6 ½ (5.65m) ranks 10th all-time at Iowa.
Sophomore Allison Gattone took the women’s javelin title. Gattone recorded a toss of 123-4 (37.60m).
Kevin Spejcher tallied 10 points for the Hawkeyes when he finished first in the men’s high jump. The sophomore cleared the 6-8 (2.03) mark.
Senior Amanda Stahle earned her way into the Iowa record book with her performance in the women’s discus. Her personal-best toss of 159-3 (48.54m) earned her a fifth-place finish and ranks fifth all-time at Iowa.
Aaron Mallett moved up to No. 7 on Iowa’s all-time 110-meter hurdles list. The freshman recorded a personal-best time of 13.98 to finish third.
“We put bits and pieces together today with some solid performances,” said director of track and field Larry Wieczorek. “I am disappointed that we were pretty far behind Illinois in the scoring, but we did see some great highlights today.”
The Hawkeyes return to action April 18-19 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.