Jan. 13, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the Iowa Dual on Friday and Saturday. A discus competition will be held at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT). All other events are held Saturday inside the UI Recreation Building with field events beginning at 1 p.m. and track events following at 2:30 p.m. In addition to Iowa, the meet features teams from Western Illinois and Iowa Central Community College.
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THE NEXT B1G THING
The Hawkeyes return 12 student-athletes who scored at last year’s indoor conference championships across nine events: 60 meters (Lake Kwaza, Vinnie Saucer, Jr.), 60-meter hurdles (Aaron Mallett), 200 meters (Brittany Brown, James Harrington), 400 meters (Elexis Guster), 600 meters (MonTayla Holder, Carter Lilly), 800 meters (Will Teubel), high jump (Kevin Spejcher), long jump (Jahisha Thomas), and triple jump (Klyvens Delaunay).
Iowa was one of two teams to score in both the men’s and women’s short sprints. The Hawkeyes produced a pair of seventh-place finishes in the 60 meters from junior Vinnie Saucer, Jr. and senior Lake Kwaza, while juniors Brittany Brown and James Harrington each took fourth in the 200 meters.
A PRODUCTIVE RUST-BUSTER
Iowa opened the 2016 season at the Border Battle on Jan. 9. It was a productive rust-buster for the Hawkeyes that was highlighted by 11 individual titles and three Iowa top-ten performances.
FIRST TO BREAK 8
Junior All-American Aaron Mallett topped the Big Ten leaderboard and tied for 13th nationally following his season-opening performance in the men’s 60-meter hurdles at the Border Battle on Jan. 9. The St. Louis, Missouri, native is the first Big Ten athlete to run under eight seconds this season when he crossed the finish in a winning time, 7.95.
ROOKIES IMPRESS AT SEASON OPENER
Three freshmen — Christian Brissett, Briana Guillory, and Tria Seawater-Simmons — capitalized their collegiate debuts with wins at the Border Battle on Jan. 9. Brissett (21.36), a native of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and Guillory (24.04), a native of Antioch, California, are slotted second in the Big Ten in the men’s and women’s 200 meters. The pair rank ninth and tenth nationally in their respective races.
Seawater-Simmons, from Phoenix, Arizona, ranks eighth among the Big Ten and Iowa’s all-time list when she leaped 37-3 (11.35m) in the women’s triple jump.
NEWCOMERS CRACK ALL-TIME LIST
Freshmen Andy Jatis and Amy Smith added their names to Iowa’s record book in the men’s and women’s pole vault at the Border Battle on Jan. 9. Jatis, a native of New Lenox, Illinois, finished second overall in 16-0 ¾ (4.90m), a mark that puts him ninth on Iowa’s all-time list.
Smith, a native of Wheaton, Illinois, cleared 10-4 (3.15m), which ranks seventh in program history.
COMING IN HOT
In his first indoor race since 2014, junior All-American O’Shea Wilson blazed down the 60-meter stretch in a lifetime best 6.76 at the Border Battle on Jan. 9. That mark ranks sixth all-time at Iowa and ties for third in the Big Ten.
IN THE RANKINGS
Border Battle event winners junior Elexis Guster (women’s 600m/1:32.88), sophomore Carter Lilly (men’s 600m/1:18.07), and senior Will Teubel (men’s 800m/1:51.65) each own the second-best conference time in their respective races. Teubel’s mark currently ties for fourth nationally.
Senior MonTayla Holder climbed to the top of the Big Ten in the women’s 400 meters following her third-place finish in 55.76.
A LOOK AHEAD
The 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships will be held in Geneva, Ohio, on Feb. 26-27. The NCAA Indoor Championships are March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes head to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the Big Four Duals on Jan. 23.