Feb. 7, 2015
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LINCOLN, Neb. — University of Iowa track and field sophomore Marta Bote Gonzalez toed the women’s 3,000-meter start-line for the first time in her collegiate career, posting a winning time of 9:51.82 at the Husker Invite on Saturday inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The women’s team tallied a total of 44 points to finish fourth overall, while the men’s team placed seventh (38).
Finishing close behind Bote Gonzalez was junior Lisa Gordon, who earned second-place with a time of 9:55.33.
“We had ups-and-downs the whole weekend,” director of track and field Joey Woody said. “It was good to see Marta and Lisa perform well in the 3k from the distance group. Overall, I wasn’t too pleased with our performance as a team.”
In the men’s heptathlon, senior Jack Eckert had a career-high performance. The Sellersburg, Indiana native, tallied 5,172 points to finish fourth overall. That mark ranks third in school history and seventh in the Big Ten. Redshirt freshman William Dougherty (4,991) placed seventh, respectively. The pair went 1-2 in the heptathlon’s 1,000 meters.
The women’s 400-meter runner-up Elexis Guster, who clocked 54.20 in Friday’s competition, returned to the track on Saturday for the 200 meters. The Atlanta, Georgia native edged out sophomore Brittany Brown (12th/24.198) to finish 11th overall in a career-best 24.191.
In the field, Iowa exhibited its depth in the men’s triple jump when it placed three Hawkeyes in the top ten spots. Senior Babatunde Amosu claimed first place, respectively, on his second attempt with a leap of 49-05.00 (15.06m). That mark ties for sixth in the Big Ten. Juniors Klyvens Delaunay (48-10.00, 14.88m) and Kerry Dean, Jr., who posted a personal-best mark of 47-10.00 (14.58m), finished fourth and seventh, respectively.
Freshman Jahisha Thomas recorded a personal-best performance in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19-01.25 (5.82m) to finish seventh overall.
Back on the track, MonTayla Holder raced to a second-place finish in the women’s 600-meter special. The junior crossed the line in 1:30.82. In the men’s race, freshman Carter Lilly took home the silver when he crossed the 600-meter mark in 1:20.55.
Next on the track was the women’s 800-meter special, featuring sophomore Katharina Trost. The Piding, Germany native, finished third overall in 2:10.94. At this meet a year ago, she grabbed a second-place finish in the event with a personal-best time of 2:07.38, which currently stands fourth on Iowa’s all-time list. Sophomore Mahnee Watts (2:13.99) finished fifth, respectively.
The women’s 1,600-meter relay squad of Guster, Watts, Holder, and senior Lake Kwaza is headed in the right direction, topping their previous season-best performance at the Big Four Duals on Jan. 24. The quartet posted 3:39.30 in the special invite heat to finish third overall. That time ranks sixth all-time at Iowa and fifth in the conference.
The Hawkeyes split between the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, and the Tyson Classic in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 13-14.