April 1, 2015
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The University of Iowa track and field team splits competitors this weekend at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in San Francisco, and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, from April 3-4.
Live results are available on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
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The Florida Relays feature 37 Hawkeyes, including sophomore Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles) and junior James Harrington (100 meters, 200 meters). Freshman Carter Lilly and junior Will Teubel appear in the 800 meters, while freshman Daniel Gardarsson, junior Michael Hart, and senior Sam Fourman compete in the 1,500 meters.
Representing the women are freshman Jahisha Thomas (100-meter hurdles, long jump), sophomores Elexis Guster (400 meters), Brittany Brown (100 meters, 200 meters), and Katharina Trost (800 meters), and junior Lake Kwaza (100 meters) and MonTayla Holder (400-meter hurdles).
The Florida Relays is hosted at the James G. Pressly Stadium on the University of Florida campus with competition beginning Friday at 9 a.m. (CT).
HAWKEYES HEAD WEST
Iowa’s distance crew splits competitors between the San Francisco Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational on Friday. The San Francisco Distance Carnival hosts three Hawkeyes inside the Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State University. Sophomore Tess Wilberding competes in the women’s 1,500 meters, while sophomore Daniel Huff and freshman Michael Melchert race in the men’s 5,000 meters.
Seniors Ben Witt (5K), Kevin Lewis (10K), and Shannon Maser (1,500 meters), and freshman Marta Bote Gonzalez (steeplechase) represent Iowa at the Stanford Invitational. The event is held at the Cobb Track and Angell Field complex on the campus of Stanford University.
MALLETT WINS B1G HONOR
Sophomore Aaron Mallett was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week when he notched a first-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles in a personal best 13.85 at the Baldy Castillo Invite in Tempe, Arizona, on March 21. That time ranks sixth in program history. He anchored the runner-up 400-meter relay of sophomore Vinnie Saucer, Jr., junior Brendan Thompson, and junior James Harrington. The weekly honor is the first of Mallett’s career.
IN THE RANKINGS
Four Hawkeyes and two relays landed performances at the Baldy Castillo Invite that fall within the top 20 spots nationally:
?? 7th/Aaron Mallett/110-meter hurdles (13.85)
?? 8th/James Harrington/200 meters (20.98)
?? 8th/MonTayla Holder/400-meter hurdles (58.59)
? 11th/Saucer, Thompson, Harrington, Mallett/400-m relay (40.07)
? 12th/Annemie Smith/hammer throw (197-9, 60.28m)
? 19th/Guster, Brown, Holder, Kwaza/1,600-m relay (3:40.31)
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Brittany Brown returns as the school-record holder in the women’s 200 meters. The sophomore rewrote the record books at last year’s NCAA West Preliminary when she cruised to the finish in 22.95, becoming the first Hawkeye to run under 23 seconds.
Senior Annemie Smith captured the school record in the hammer throw at last year’s Arizona State Invite at 198-1 (60.38m), while senior Gabe Hull claimed the discus school record at last year’s Musco Twilight (207-1, 63.11m).
HAWKEYES AT HOME
The Hawkeyes will host the 16th annual Musco Twilight on May 2nd. The event will be held at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.
The 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be held in East Lansing, Michigan, from May 15-17. The NCAA Regionals are set for May 28-30 in Austin, Texas, while the NCAA Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 10-13.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
Iowa returns to action April 17-18 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, California.