Feb. 17, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team heads to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday. Field and running events begin at 10 a.m. (CT) inside the Loftus Sports Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
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Live results are available on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com. Follow @IowaXC_TF on twitter for updates and relevant statistics throughout the meet.
MALLETT NAMED B1G ATHLETE OF WEEK
Junior All-American Aaron Mallett earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career. The St. Louis native placed second in the men’s 60-meter hurdles (7.73) at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 12, finishing in front of Nebraska’s Oladapo Akinmoladun (7.74). Top-ranked Dondre Echols of South Carolina took the event title in 7.69.
This is the sixth consecutive week Mallett has led the Big Ten in the event. Mallett’s personal-best 7.71, which he set at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 30, ties for fifth nationally.
RELAY MAKES HISTORY
The women’s 1,600-meter relay of senior MonTayla Holder, juniors Elexis Guster and Alexis Hernandez, and freshman Briana Guillory clocked 3:36.47 to clip the previous school record (3:36.97) set in 2011 by Ashley Liverpool, Tiffany Hendricks, Bethany Praska, and Nicole Erickson at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 13.
Each member of the school record-setting quartet owns 400-meter career bests within Iowa’s top-10 all-time: Guster (4th/53.32), Guillory (6th/54.24), Holder (7th/54.32), and Hernandez (8th/54.91). The Hawkeyes are seeded second behind Ohio State (3:33.38) in the conference.
MID-DISTANCE ALL-TIME SWAP
Sophomore Carter Lilly and senior Will Teubel each own the second- and sixth-fastest times in school history across two middle-distance events:
- Teubel: 2nd/600 meters, 6th/800 meters
- Lilly: 2nd/800 meters, 6th/600 meters
- Lilly climbed to second all-time at Iowa in the men’s 800 meters following a collegiate-best 1:49.09 at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 13. Freshman Pavlo Hutsalyuk also made his mark, clocking the eighth-fastest 800 meters in school history (1:50.88).
DOUBLE THE TROUBLE
Seven Hawkeyes lead the team in two Big Ten events:
- Fr. Mar’yea Harris: 200m, 400m
- So. Michael Melchert: mile, 3000m
- Sr. Kerry Dean Jr.: long jump, triple jump
- Jr. Avery Meyers: shot put, weight throw
- Sr. Lake Kwaza: 60m, 200m
- So. Jahisha Thomas: 60-m hurdles, long jump
- So. Leah Colbert: shot put, weight throw
PERSONAL BESTS ABOUND FOR FRESHMAN
Freshman Tria Seawater-Simmons has posted a personal best in the women’s triple jump in every meet this season. After registering a collegiate-best 38-2 3/4 (11.65m) at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 6, the Phoenix native reset her sixth-place ranking on Iowa’s all-time list (38-6 3/4, 11.75m) at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 13.
B1G SPRINTER DEPTH
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: 3rd/Lake Kwaza (7.41)
- M 200 meters: 8th/Christian Brissett (21.36)
- W 200 meters: 5th/Lake Kwaza (23.85); 6th/Briana Guillory (23.87)
- M 400 meters: 4th/Mar’yea Harris (47.10)
- W 400 meters: 2nd/Elexis Guster (53.32); 5th/Briana Guillory (54.24)
- M 600 meters: 3rd/Will Teubel (1:17.55); 7th/Carter Lilly (1:18.07)
- W 600 meters: 5th/MonTayla Holder (1:30.09); 6th/Mahnee Watts (1:30.83); 7th/Elexis Guster (1:30.93)
- M 1,600-meter relay: 5th/Wolff, Thompson, Frye, Harris (3:10.04)
- W 1,600-meter relay: 2nd/Holder, Guster, Hernandez, Guillory (3:36.47)
NEXT UP: BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Hawkeyes travel to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, for the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships from Feb. 26-27.