April 16, 2014
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The University of Iowa track and field team competes at the Mt. Sac Relays this weekend at Historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. Field events begin at noon (CT), and running events begin at 12:15 p.m. (CT).
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ABOUT THE MT. SAC RELAYS
The 56th annual Mt. Sac Relays features a collection of the world’s best athletes at all levels including current Olympic hopefuls. A live webcast of the meet is available at www.mtsacrelays.com/webcastflo.html. The Hawkeyes will compete against several schools from across the country including athletes from Big Ten foes Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Penn State, and Minnesota.
NEED A LIFT? ASK FOR GABE
Junior Gabe Hull leads all Hawkeyes in the men’s discus, hammer, and shot put. Hull became the third athlete in school history to record a discus mark above 60 meters at the Illinois Twilight on April 12. His toss of 200-10 (61.21m) is currently the second best mark in the Big Ten, and sixth best mark in the nation. The junior has finished in the top two in the discus in each meet this season. Hull is also in the points (conference top 8) in the shot put. His season-best shot put of 57-11 1/4 (17.66m) ranks eighth. He ranks 19th in the Big Ten in the hammer (173-10; 52.98).
WILSON LEADS THE WAY
Freshman O’Shea Wilson recorded a personal-best long jump mark of 25-2 (7.67m) to take the men’s long jump title at the Illinois Twilight on April 12. His mark currently leads the Big Ten, ranks 14th nationally, and ranks seventh all-time at Iowa.
MALLETT CLIMBS THE CHARTS
Freshman 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 at the Illinois Twilight on April 12. His mark currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
SMITH, SIMPSON AND GULVAS ARE IN THE POINTS
Three Hawkeyes hold hammer throw marks that rank inside the Big Ten’s top eight and among Iowa’s all-time top 10 list. Junior Annemie Smith’s mark of 198-1 (60.38m) ranks second in the Big Ten and is a school record. Seniors Jasmine Simpson (189-0; 57.62m) and Ashlyn Gulvas (183-4; 55.87m) rank fourth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten. A Hawkeye has claimed the hammer throw title in each outdoor meet this season (Arizona State, Arkansas, Illinois).
Seniors Zinnia Miller and Carisa Leacock rank third and fourth in school history in both the long jump and triple jump. Miller jumped 20-1 1/2 (6.13m) at the Arizona Invite to rank third all-time at Iowa and fifth this season in the Big Ten. Leacock’s career best ranks fourth all-time at Iowa (19-11 1/2; 6.08m). Leacock ranks third all-time in the triple jump, landing at 40-10 1/2 (12.46m) in 2012. Miller has closed the gap in 2014, jumping 40-9 (12.42m) at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. That mark ranks fourth all-time at Iowa and fourth in the Big Ten.
FOUR LAPS FOR THE RECORD
Freshmen Elexis Guster and Alexis Hernandez, and sophomores MonTayla Holder and Lake Kwaza ran 3:34.83 to break the school’s 1,600-meter record at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. The quartet bested the previous record, set in 2011, by more than one second (3:35.93). The 2011 team of Bethany Praska, Tiffany Hendricks, Ashley Liverpool, and Nicole Erickson won the Big Ten Championship. The 2014 team leads the conference.
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Six Hawkeyes share three school records. Freshmen Elexis Guster and Alexis Hernandez, and sophomores MonTayla Holder and Lake Kwaza set the 1,600-meter record (3:34.83) at Arkansas Spring Invitational. Junior Annemie Smith set the hammer throw record (198-1; 60.38m) at the 2014 ASU Invite on March 28. Senior Tevin-Cee Mincy ran the first leg on the school-record-setting 400-meter relay team (39.48) at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
RETURNING OUTDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
The Hawkeyes return three outdoor All-Americans from 2013. Senior Tevin-Cee Mincy and sophomore Klyvens Delaunay grabbed first team honors for their performances at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Mincy ran the first leg on the sixth-place finishing 400-meter relay team (39.77), while Delaunay captured an eighth-place finish in the triple jump (52-2 1/2; 15.91m). Junior Gabe Hull earned second-team honors for his 15th-place finish in the discus (184-6; 56.25m).
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the Drake Relays April 24-26.