Jan. 20, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Ames, Iowa, for the Big Four Duals at Iowa State University on Saturday. The event will be held at the Lied Recreational Center with field and running events beginning at 2 p.m. (CT). In addition to Iowa, the event features teams from Northern Iowa, Iowa State, and Drake.
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MALLETT OFF TO FAST START
In his second race of the indoor season, junior All-American Aaron Mallett posted the second-fastest 60-meter hurdle time of his career at the Iowa Dual on Jan. 16. The St. Louis, Missouri, native clocked 7.82, a time that is 0.03 seconds off his personal best of 7.78 which he recorded at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships en route to finishing runner-up. He currently leads the Big Ten and ties for fourth nationally.
Iowa was one of two teams to score in both the men’s and women’s short sprints at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships. 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.
Iowa has mirrored those results in the early stages of the 2016 season. Third-year sophomore O’Shea Wilson (6.76) and senior Lake Kwaza (7.45) each share the third-fastest 60-meter time in the conference this season for men and women, while freshmen Christian Brissett (21.36) and Briana Guillory (24.04) are both ranked fourth in the men’s and women’s 200 meters.
GUSTER TOPS BIG TEN
Defending Big Ten 400-meter champion Elexis Guster tops the conference rankings in the women’s 600 meters with a converted time of 1:30.93. Guster won the Iowa Dual on Jan. 16 in 1:32.04, a mark that ranks eighth all-time.
A ONE-TWO PUNCH
Sophomore Carter Lilly (1:18.07) and senior Will Teubel (1:51.65) each stand fourth in the Big Ten following their season-opening performances in the men’s 600 and 800 meters at the Border Battle on Jan. 9.
A LOOK DOWN MEMORY LANE
Four Hawkeye women produced collegiate-bests and Iowa all-time marks at the Big Four Duals last season: sophomore Jahisha Thomas (60-meter hurdles/8.60), junior Mahnee Watts (600 yards/1:22.82), and seniors Kaitlyn Nelson (600 yards/1:24.52) and MonTayla Holder (800 meters/2:10.34).
The 2014 Big Four Duals was one for the books. Junior Brittany Brown broke what was a 31-year-old Iowa school record in her first race as a Hawkeye in the women’s 60 meters, clocking 7.41 in the prelims to beat the previous school record of 7.43 set by Elaine Jones in 1983. Senior Lake Kwaza quickly matched Brown’s time in the finals to take the event title.
MEYERS RECORDS COLLEGIATE BEST
Junior Avery Meyers led the Iowa men at the discus competition on Jan. 15 with a personal-best 170-1 (51.84m). In addition to the discus, Meyers is the team-leader in the shot put (57-6 1/2, 17.54m) and the weight throw (53-5, 16.28m). His shot put mark ties for eighth in the conference.
COLBERT, SMITH ENTER ALL-TIME LISTS
Sophomore Leah Colbert and freshman Amy Smith delivered all-time marks in their respective events at the Iowa Dual on Jan. 16. Colbert threw 52-2.5 (15.91m) in the women’s weight throw, a mark that puts her 10th in school history.
Smith climbed to sixth all-time at Iowa after reaching a new height in the women’s pole vault (10-10, 3.30m).
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 travel to the Razorback Invitational for two-day competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Jan. 29-30.