Feb. 3, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team travels to the 29th-annual Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, to compete Friday and Saturday. Friday’s competition begins with field events at 3 p.m. (CT) followed by running events at 3:30 p.m. inside the Loftus Sports Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Action resumes Saturday with running events at 8:45 a.m. and field events at 9:30 a.m.
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Live results can be found on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com. Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for updates and relevant statistics throughout the meet.
A BIG WEEKEND AHEAD
The invitational hosts one of the largest fields in recent history with nearly 1,000 entries from 49 schools and several track clubs from across the country. The annual event averages between 700 and 800 participants, including All-Americans and Olympians.
MALLETT PUNCHES TICKET TO NCAA
Junior All-American Aaron Mallett ran two of the fastest times of his collegiate career in the men’s 60-meter hurdles at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 30. He leads the Big Ten in the event and ties for fourth nationally after posting 7.71 — 0.01 hundredths shy of the school record (7.70) — in the prelims. He took the event title in 7.72 over Oregon’s Devon Allen (7.74) in the finals to remain undefeated this season.
HAWKEYES REWRITE ALL-TIME LISTS
Of the 15 Hawkeyes who were pushed to career-best performances at the Razorback Invitational from Jan. 29-30, 11 were Iowa all-time marks:
- Aaron Mallett (60-meter hurdles/7.71) » 2nd all-time
- Jahisha Thomas (long jump/6.03m) » 2nd all-time
- Mar’yea Harris (400 meters/47.10) » 3rd all-time
- William Dougherty (heptathlon/5,172 pts) » 4th all-time
- Elexis Guster (400 meters/53.52) » 4th all-time
- Carter Lilly (800 meters/1:49.37) » 5th all-time
- Jahisha Thomas (60-meter hurdles/8.58) » 7th all-time
- Briana Guillory (200 meters/23.87) » 7th all-time
- Briana Guillory (400 meters/54.44) » 7th all-time
- Avery Meyers (shot put/17.99m) » 8th all-time
- Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles/8.07) » 9th all-time
GUSTER RESUMES HER POST
Junior Elexis Guster leads the Big Ten in the women’s 400 meters for the second consecutive week. She first climbed to the top of the conference following a winning performance in 54.21 at the Big 4 Duals on Jan. 23. The defending 400-meter champion widened her margin over Minnesota’s Titania Markland (53.91) when she posted 53.52 at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 30. That time ranks 11th nationally.
THOMAS, MEYERS REACH BENCHMARK
Sophomore Jahisha Thomas and junior Avery Meyers each reached a new milestone in their respective events at the Razorback Invitational from Jan. 29-30.
In her first long jump appearance of the season, Thomas climbed one spot to second on Iowa’s all-time list for her indoor collegiate-best leap of 19-9 1/2 (6.03m). That is the first time the London native has jumped over six meters in the event during an indoor season.
In the field for Iowa, Meyers threw over 59 feet in the men’s shot put for the first time in his collegiate career. His mark, 59-0 1/4 (17.99m), moved him to eighth all-time.
THE NEXT B1G THING: SPRINTERS
Iowa is the only Big Ten program to have a men’s and women’s representative rank among the conference’s top eight in the short and long sprints:
- M 60 meters: 6th/O’Shea Wilson (6.76)
- W 60 meters: 2nd/Lake Kwaza (7.42)
- M 200 meters: 8th/Christian Brissett (21.36)
- W 200 meters: 3rd/Briana Guillory (23.87); 5th/Lake Kwaza (23.99)
- M 400 meters: 3rd/Mar’yea Harris (47.10)
- W 400 meters: 1st/Elexis Guster (53.52); 4th/Briana Guillory (54.44)
- M 600 meters: 5th/Carter Lilly (1:18.07)
- W 600 meters: 4th/Elexis Guster (1:30.93)
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes split competitors for the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, and the Tyson Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from Feb. 12-13.