Feb. 25, 2015
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The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Geneva, Ohio, for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend. The championships begin Friday at 9 a.m. (CT) and continue through Saturday. An awards presentation takes place at 3:50 p.m. following the conclusion of the event.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for updates throughout the meet. Live results are also available on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports. com. Follow @bigtenchamps on twitter for live updates of the Big Ten Indoor Championships and interact with the championships by using #B1GTF.
HAWKEYES SHINE AT ALEX WILSON INVITE
Twelve Hawkeyes delivered career-best performances at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Feb. 21. Junior Kassidy Ellis (long jump/18-05.75, 5.63m), sophomore Vinnie Saucer, Jr. (60 meters/6.82), freshman Nicholas Aly (200 meters/22.18), and freshman Carter Lilly (800 meters/1:51.40) were among the Iowa competitors to record personal bests.
LEWIS EYES 3K AND 5K HARDWARE
Senior Kevin Lewis heads into this weekend with school records in the 3,000 (7:57.06) and 5,000 meters (13:43.70). His 5,000-meter time is currently the fastest time in the Big Ten, while his 3,000-meter time ranks fourth in the conference standings.
4X4 RELAYS IN THE TOP FIVE
The men’s 1,600-meter relay of junior Brendan Thompson, sophomore Aaron Mallett, senior Brennan Davey, and junior Will Teubel, currently holds the fifth-fastest time in the conference. The quartet clocked 3:09.87 to finish third at the Alex Wilson Invitational. That was the first time in three years the relay has run under 3:10. The women’s team, which features senior Lake Kwaza, sophomore Elexis Guster, junior MonTayla Holder, and sophomore Mahnee Watts, ranks fourth in the Big Ten at 3:37.84.
Sophomore Brittany Brown, freshman Jahisha Thomas, and junior Will Teubel notched first-place finishes in their respective events at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Brown posted a season-best 23.93 in the 200 meters, while Teubel clocked an 800-meter time of 1:49.65. Thomas recorded a career-best 19-6 1/4 (5.95m) in the long jump, which ranks third in school history and 11th in the Big Ten.
GUSTER GOES FOR GOLD
Sophomore Elexis Guster led the team in the indoor 400 meters (54.08) last season with a third-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships and a fourth-place finish in the 4×400. She was crowned the 400-meter conference champion during the outdoor season when she clocked 52.77. This season, Guster recorded an indoor personal-best of 53.92, which she set at the Tyson Invite on Feb. 13. That time lands her fourth in the conference. Junior MonTayla Holder owns the ninth-fastest 400-meter time in the Big Ten at 54.32.
HAWKEYES TO WATCH
Fourteen Hawkeyes and two relays rank among the top five 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. Aaron Mallett — 60m Hurdles (7.88)
3. Kwaza, Guster, Holder, Watts — 4×4 relay (3:37.84)
4. Lake Kwaza — 60 meters (7.42)
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)
4. Kwaza, Guster, Holder, Watts — 4×400 (3:37.84)
5. James Harrington — 200 meters (21.31)
5. Brittany Brown — 200 meters (23.93)
5. Thompson, Mallett, Davey, Teubel — 4×400 (3:09.87)
# – converted time
NCAA QUALIFYING STANDARDS
Qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships is based on the descending-order list for the season. The top 16 individual participants and the top 12 relay teams qualify for the championships. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.
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 and women’s events will take place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.