Feb. 13, 2016
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AMES, Iowa — Five personal bests and three Iowa all-time marks concluded the Iowa State Classic for the University of Iowa track and field team Saturday. No team scores were kept.
Sophomore Carter Lilly (7th) owns the second-fastest 800-meter mark in school history following his collegiate-best performance in 1:49.09. The Sioux City, Iowa, native ranks sixth in the Big Ten.
“Carter is ready to run 1:48 and has put himself into a position to compete for a Big Ten championship,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said.
Senior Will Teubel (22nd) was Iowa’s second finisher in the men’s 800 meters, delivering a season-best 1:50.48.
“Unfortunately, Will’s race didn’t go out as they had hoped with the rabbit, but he still closed in 27 seconds,” Woody said. “That was an impressive performance for him even though the race overall wasn’t super fast.”
Freshman Pavlo Hutsalyuk (27th) posted a career best when he crossed the 800-meter mark in 1:50.88 to slate eighth on Iowa’s all-time list.
“That whole group — Carter, Will, Pavlo, and [sophomore] Ryan Dorman — has been training at an extremely high level and are capable of running in the 1:48-range,” Woody said. “[Event coach] Jason Wakenight has done a tremendous job of getting them ready and performing at a high level.
“It’s going to be exciting these next couple of weeks as we put some things together with those guys. The best thing about that group is that they’re competitors; they will perform in a fast-race setting or a slow race.”
For the women, a pair of freshmen recorded personal bests in their respective events.
Taylor Chapman made it through to the women’s 60-meter finals to finish eighth in a collegiate-best 7.61, while Tria Seawater-Simmons (6th) posted a personal-best 38-6 ¾ (11.75m) in the women’s triple jump to reset her sixth-place ranking on Iowa’s all-time list.
The Hawkeyes hit their final meet before the championship portion of their schedule, heading to South Bend, Indiana, for the Alex Wilson Invitational on Feb. 20.
Junior Jared Ganschow led the Hawkeyes in the men’s 400 meters with a season-best 48.26 to place 13th overall, while senior Brendan Thompson (16th) earned a career-best 48.46.
The men’s 1,600-meter relay of junior Mitch Wolff, freshman DeJuan Frye, Thompson, and freshman Mar’yea Harris took second in 3:11.33.