Feb. 18, 2015
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The University of Iowa track and field team competes at the UNI-Dome Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Feb. 20, and the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Feb. 21, prior to heading into the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships from Feb. 27-28.
The UNI-Dome Open starts at 1 p.m. (CT) on Friday with field events. Running events follow at 3 p.m. (CT). The event will be held at the UNI Dome on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Live results will be available on the track and field schedule page of hawkeyesports.com.
ALEX WILSON INVITATIONAL
The Alex Wilson Invitational begins at 10 a.m. (CT) with field events and 60-meter hurdle prelims. The event is held at the Loftus Sports Center on the University of Notre Dame campus. Live results will be available on the track and field schedule page of hawkeyesports.com.
LEWIS MAKES HISTORY
Senior Kevin Lewis made history last weekend at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, when the Ottumwa, Iowa, native clocked 13:43.70 in the men’s 5,000 meters. That time is the fastest any Iowan has ever run collegiately. This season alone, Lewis has snagged two school record performances in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. His 3,000-meter performance came on Jan. 31 at the UW Invitational in Seattle. Lewis posted 7:57.06 to become the first Hawkeye to break the eight-minute mark. That time currently 26th in the nation, while his 5,000 mark ranks 12th nationally.
AMOSU CAPTURES SILVER
Senior Babatunde Amosu leaped to a second-place finish in the men’s triple jump at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Feb. 14. His jump of 15.84 meters marks a new personal best for the senior. His performance lands him fourth on Iowa’s all-time list and 19th in the nation.
MELCHERT, WITT SHATTER PERSONAL BESTS
Senior Ben Witt raced to a new career-best in the 3,000 meters at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 14. The Burlington, Iowa, native clocked 8:10.87, which shatters his previous personal best by 10 seconds. His name appears eighth in the conference rankings and lands sixth on Iowa’s all-time list. Freshman Michael Melchert also posted a personal best, crossing the 3,000-meter mark in 8:27.09. The duo finished 18th and 34th, respectively.
GUSTER, HOLDER MAKE STRIDES
Sophomore Elexis Guster ran 53.92 in the 400 meters at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14 to finish 21st, overall. Junior MonTayla Holder crossed the 400-meter mark in a new personal best time 54.32 to finish 26th.
TEUBEL, TROST STAR IN 800 METERS
Will Teubel recorded a personal best in the 800 meters at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 14. The junior cruised to a ninth-place finish in 1:49.40. His time lands fifth on Iowa’s all-time list.
Katharina Trost also had a strong showing for the Hawkeyes in the women’s event, clocking a season best of 2:08.05 to finish 11th. Trost also owns the fourth-fastest 800-meter time in school history at 2:07.38.
BIG TEN LEADER BOARD
Eleven Hawkeyes rank within the top five spots in the conference:
1. Kevin Lewis — 5,000 meters (13:43.70)
3. MonTayla Holder — 600 meters (#1:30.61)
3. Babatunde Amosu — Triple Jump (51′ 11.75″, 15.84m)
3. Kwaza, Guster, Holder, Watts — 4×4 relay (3:37.84)
4. Lake Kwaza — 60 meters (7.42)
4. James Harrington — 200 meters (21.31)
4. Elexis Guster — 400 meters (53.92)
4. Will Teubel — 800 meters (1:49.40)
4. Katharina Trost — 800 meters (2:08.05)
4. Lewis — 3,000 meters (7:57.06)
4. Kevin Spejcher — High Jump (7′ 0.5″, 2.15m)
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BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE AIR
The 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships will air on BTN at 9:30 a.m. (CT) on Sunday, March 8. Both the men’s and women’s events will take place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships from Feb. 27-28.