April 30, 2014
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The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the 15th annual Musco Twilight on Saturday. The meet will be held at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track. Field events begin Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT) with track events following at 5 p.m. (CT). The Musco Twilight XV will feature teams from UNI, Drake, Iowa State, Minnesota, Illinois, and Nebraska.
TAKE THE SHUTTLE
Iowa softball plays at 2 p.m. Saturday, limiting parking around the track and Pearl Field. Additional parking has been made available at the Hall of Fame. A shuttle will take fans to and from Cretzmeyer Track on a continuous loop beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CT).
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES — BTN, ONLINE, TWITTER
Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for updates on the team. Links to live results can be found on the schedule page at hawkeyesports.com. The Musco Twilight will air on a tape delay Sunday, May 14 at a time to be determined. Bernie Guenther, Rebecca Haarlow, Kevin Sullivan, and Kenny McReynolds will have the call.
Iowa hosted the first Musco Twilight in 1999. The event has continued 15 of the last 16 years. In 2008 the meet was canceled due to flooding. The lights are provided by Musco Lighting, an Iowa based company from Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes will recognize 15 seniors Saturday at 4:45 p.m. (CT). They include: Jon Michael Brandt, Andrew Carman, Drew Clark, Tevin-Cee Mincy, Nathan Prom, Kyle Reid, Rachel Curry, Courtney Fritz, Ashlyn Gulvas, Carisa Leacock, Shannon Maser, Zinnia Miller, Sarah Ryan, Jasmine Simpson, and Amanda Stahle.
4X1 MAKES HISTORY
The women’s 400-meter relay team of sophomore Lake Kwaza and freshmen Elexis Guster, Alexis Hernandez, and Brittany Brown clocked a school record-setting time of 44.51 to take the Drake Relays title on April 26. The previous school record of 44.63 was set in 1994 (Poole, Reid, Floyd, Hobbs). The Drake Relays 400-meter relay title was the first in school history for the Hawkeye women.
GABE GRABS GOLD
Gabe Hull captured the Drake Relays discus flag on April 26. The junior recorded a toss of 197-00 (60.05m). Hull was the only competitor to record a mark above 60 meters. He is the first Hawkeye to win a Drake Relays discus title since Robert Mitchell (141-9; 43.22m) in 1928. Hull currently holds the Musco Twilight meet record in the event. He set the record with a toss of 195-11 (59.73m) in 2012.
KWAZA LOOKS TO DEFEND TITLE
Sophomore Lake Kwaza ran to a first-place finish at the 2013 Musco Twilight when she clocked a time of 11.93. Her personal-best time of 11.56 currently ranks fourth all-time at Iowa, while her season best time of 11.66 (Drake Relays, 4/25) ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
SIMPSON LOOKS FOR 3-PEAT
Senior Jasmine Simpson looks to win her third straight Musco Twilight title on Saturday. Simpson won the 2012 Musco Twilight with a toss of 181-10 (55.42m), and grabbed gold at the 2013 meet with a mark of 191-1 (58.25m). Her personal-best mark of 197-7 (60.23m) ranks second all-time at Iowa, while her season-best toss (189-0; 57.62m) is the fourth best mark in the conference.
Five former Hawkeyes — Nick Holmes, Josh Larney, Bethany Praska, Erik Sowinski, and Majesty Tutson — return to campus to compete at Musco Twilight XV on Saturday. Holmes will compete in the 1,500 meters, an event he ranks eighth all-time in school history. Larney, an All-American, Big Ten Champion, and school record holder in the 4×1, will run the open 100. Praska, the 800-meters school record-holder and a three-time Big Ten champion, will run the open 800. Sowinski, a four-time All-American and two-time Big Ten champion, will run the open 400; and Tutson, the school record-holder in the discus, will compete in her signature event.
WILFONG DEFENDS STEEPLECHASE TITLE
Caleb Wilfong took the men’s steeplechase title at the 2013 Musco Twilight. The sophomore clocked a personal-best time of 9:14.36.
Twenty-two current and former Hawkeyes hold 17 Musco Records and four facility records. They include:
100m Hurdles — Peaches Roach, 13.59 (2010)
200 meters — Shellene Williams, 23.50 (2004)
200 meters — Andre Morris, 20.71 (1999)
400 meters — Shellene Williams, 53.02 (2003)
400 meters — Andre Morris, 45.93 (2000)
1,500 meters — Meghan Armstrong, 4:21.86 (2007)
1,500 meters — Jeff Thode, 3:44.51* (2010)
3,000 meters — McKenzie Melander, 9:21.59 (2012)
Long Jump — Bashir Yamini, 26-2 1/4 (7.98m)* (1997)
Discus — Gabe Hull, 195-11 (59.73m) (2012)
High Jump — Peaches Roach, 6-0 1/2 (1.84m) (2010)
High Jump — Jeffery Herron, 7-1 (2.16m) (2013)
Javelin — Bill Neumann, 238-3 (72.62m)* (2003)
Javelin — Alana Redfern, 181-5 (55.31m)* (2003)
400-meter relay — Nicole Charles, Shellene Williams, Jiselle Providence, Aisha James, 45.27 (2003)
400-meter relay — Scott Williamson, Tim Dodge, Russ Peterson, Zach Digney, 39.80 (2002)
1,600-meter relay — Victoria Sack, Nicole Erickson, Kelsey Quinn, Hannah Simonson, 3:42.47 (2012)
WOODY HOLDS 400 HURDLES RECORD
UI AssistanCoach Joey Woody currently holds the Musco Twilight 400-meter hurdles record. Woody clocked a 48.94 in 2004. Woody was a four-time All-American at Northern Iowa, winning the 1997 NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles. He also ran competitively on the international track circuit, earning a spot on three United States World teams. Woody won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the World Championships and was ranked second in the world in the event. Since arriving at the University of Iowa, Woody has led Iowa to 10 Big Ten individual titles, two conference relay titles and 29 All-America honors.
AMOSU GRABS TRIPLE JUMP TITLE
Junior Babatunde Amosu grabbed the men’s triple jump title at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19. Amosu recorded a personal-best leap of 52-4 3/4 (15.97m). His mark currently ranks second in the Big Ten, seventh in the nation, and third all-time at Iowa.
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 ranks second in the conference and 25th nationally.
SMITH, SIMPSON IN THE TOP 5
Two Hawkeyes hold hammer throw marks that rank inside the Big Ten’s top five and among Iowa’s all-time top 10. Junior Annemie Smith’s mark of 198-1 (60.38m) ranks second in the Big Ten and is a school record. Senior Jasmine Simpson (189-0; 57.62m) ranks fourth, while senior Ashlyn Gulvas (186-0; 56.70m) sits just outside the top five in sixth.
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Seven Hawkeyes share four school records. Sophomore Lake Kwaza and freshmen Elexis Guster, Alexis Hernandes, and Brittany Brown set the 400-meter record (44.51) at the Drake Relays on April 26. Guster, Hernandez, and sophomores MonTayla Holder and Kwaza set the 1,600-meter record (3:34.83) at Arkansas Spring Invitational on April 5. 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 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 West Lafayette, Ind., for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 29-31.