Mar. 16, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team opens the 2016 outdoor season at the Baldy Castillo Invite on Friday and Saturday in Tempe, Arizona. The event begins Friday at 4 p.m. (CT) on the campus of Arizona State.
Live results are available on the track and field schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
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Iowa will face competitors from Arizona State, Illinois (Women), Minnesota (Men), Kentucky, Long Beach State, North Dakota State, University of Cal-Riverside, Utah (Women), Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas A&M this weekend.
2015 OUTDOORS – BY THE NUMBERS
The University of Iowa track and field team set five school records and crowned eight All-Americans during the 2015 outdoor season. A look at the numbers includes:
- 8 All-Americans
- 1 First-Team All-American
- 4 Second-Team All-Americans
- 3 Honorable-Mention All-Americans
- 25 NCAA Regional Qualifiers
- 3 Big Ten Champions
- 10 All-Big Ten Honorees
- 5 School Records
- 40 All-Time Top 10 Marks
Junior Aaron Mallett (13.40) broke the men’s 110-meter hurdles school record for the second time last season en route to claiming first-team All-America honors following a fifth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He first broke Pat McGhee’s 26-year-old school record when he clocked a 13.43 to win the 2015 Big Ten title (5/17/15).
Senior Mitch Wolff (16th/51.38) made his first NCAA appearance last season, earning second-team All-America honors in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The Hawkeyes return three members — juniors Vinnie Saucer, Jr. and Aaron Mallett, and senior James Harrington — of the men’s 400-meter relay that placed 12th (39.67) at the NCAA Championships, claiming second-team All-America accolades. The quartet (including graduated senior Keith Brown) recorded the sixth-fastest time in school history in the NCAA semifinals.
Earning honorable-mention honors were juniors Brittany Brown and Elexis Guster. Brown placed 17th in the women’s 200 meters to earn All-America honors for the second-straight season. Iowa’s school record-holder placed 11th in 2014 to earn second-team honors, and finished in 23.19 in the 2015 semifinals to earn honorable-mention All-America accolades. Guster placed 21st in the 400 meters (53.70), advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in her career.
RETURNING ALL-BIG TEN HONOREES
The Hawkeyes welcome back two student-athletes who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors at the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. They include women’s 400-meter champion Elexis Guster and men’s 110-meter champion Aaron Mallett. Guster will enter her junior year as the two-time reigning Big Ten champion.
Iowa’s roster features five returning Hawkeyes who were named second-team All-Big Ten. They include Brittany Brown (400-meter relay), James Harrington (400-meter relay), MonTayla Holder (400-meter relay), Lake Kwaza (400-meter relay), and Vinnie Saucer, Jr. (400-meter relay).
FINAL ATTEMPT FOR SPEJCHER, WILLIAMS
High jumpers senior Kevin Spejcher and graduate student Khanishah Williams enter their final season of eligibility. Spejcher was the 2014 Big Ten outdoor runner-up and placed seventh at the conference championships in 2015. Williams was the 2014 Big Ten champion.
HAWKEYES AT HOME
The Hawkeyes host the 17th-annual Musco Twilight on April 23. The event will be held at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.
The 2016 Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska, from May 13-15. The NCAA Regionals are set for May 26-28 in Lawrence, Kansas, while the NCAA Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 8-11.
DIRECTOR OF TRACK AND FIELD Joey Woody
Joey Woody is in his second season as Director of Track and Field for the University of Iowa. Woody served as the associate head track and field coach for two seasons and served as assistant coach and director of sprint and hurdle events for the Hawkeyes since 2006.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
Iowa will split competitors for the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, from April 1-2.