Mar. 30, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team splits competitors this weekend at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in San Francisco, and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, from March 31-April 2.
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HAWKEYES TO WATCH AT FLORIDA RELAYS
The Florida Relays features 22 Hawkeyes on the men’s side, including All-Americans Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles), Mitch Wolff (400-meter hurdles), James Harrington (100 meters, 200 meters), and Vinnie Saucer, Jr. (100 meters). Seniors Kevin Spejcher (high jump), Kerry Dean Jr. (long jump) and Sam Joens (javelin), and redshirt freshman Reno Tuufuli (discus, shot put) highlight the field for Iowa.
For the women, six All-Americans look to heat up the track in the 100 meters (Lake Kwaza, Brittany Brown), 400 meters (Elexis Guster, Briana Guillory, Alexis Hernandez), and 400-meter hurdles (MonTayla Holder). In the field for the Hawkeyes, senior Dakotah Goodell appears in the discus and javelin, while the high jump features junior Madison Rouw and graduate student Khanishah Williams. Sophomore Jahisha Thomas takes on the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.
DISTANCE CREW HEADS WEST
Iowa’s distance crew splits competitors between the San Francisco Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational on Friday. The San Francisco Distance Carnival hosts three Hawkeyes in the men’s 5,000 meters — freshmen Ian Elkin and Daniel Soto, and junior Kevin Docherty — inside the Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State University.
Sophomore Daniel Gardarsson (3,000-meter steeplechase) and junior Tess Wilberding (1,500 meters) will represent the Hawkeye men and women at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California. The event is held at the Cobb Track & Angell Field complex on the campus of Stanford University. Sophomore Michael Melchert will compete in the men’s 10,000 meters at either of the two meets.
JUMPERS SET BAR HIGH
Junior Madison Rouw, graduate student Khanishah Williams, and senior Kevin Spejcher recorded high jump marks that fall within the nation’s top 20 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19. For the women, Rouw and Williams both lead the Big Ten and rank 14th nationally at 5-8.75 (1.75m), while Spejcher (6-11.75, 2.13m) ties for first in the conference and slots 16th in the men’s high jump.
The Hawkeye women boast the strongest 200-meter group in school history with the top three fastest times belonging to junior Brittany Brown (1st/22.89), senior Lake Kwaza (2nd/23.43), and freshman Briana Guillory (3rd/23.46). Junior Elexis Guster (23.63) entered Iowa’s all-time list in eighth place at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19.
IN THE RANKINGS
Five Hawkeyes and three relays landed performances at the season-opening Baldy Castillo Invitational from March 18-19 that fall within the top 20 spots nationally:
? 4th/Kwaza, Guster, Guillory, Hernandez – 400-meter relay (44.04)
? 5th/Carter Lilly – 800 meters (1:49.00)
? 6th/Thompson, Brissett, Harrington, Mallett – 400-meter relay (39.73)
? 10th/Wolff, Ganschow, Lilly, Harris – 1,600-meter relay (3:09.29)
? 14th/Madison Rouw – high jump (5-8.75, 1.75m)
? 14th/Khanishah Williams – high jump (5-8.75, 1.75m)
? 16th/Kevin Spejcher – high jump (6-11.75, 2.13m)
? 17th/Mitch Wolff – 400-meter hurdles (51.53)
4X1 DROPS SCHOOL RECORD IN OPENER
The women’s 400-meter relay of senior Lake Kwaza, junior Elexis Guster, freshman Briana Guillory, and junior Alexis Hernandez made their season debut setting the school record, 44.04, at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19. The quartet tops the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally.
B1G ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Freshman Christian Brissett and junior Madison Rouw collected their first career weekly conference award after being named Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the Week for their season-opening performances at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Arizona, on March 19. Brissett posted three of the nation’s then top-10 marks in the men’s 100 meters (10.43) and 200 meters (20.98), and ran second leg on the nation’s sixth-fastest 400-meter relay (39.73).
Rouw opened her season with a first-place finish in the women’s high jump with a personal-best 5-8.75 (1.75m). That mark leads the Big Ten, ties for 14th nationally, and ranks sixth in school history.
MEET THE SCHOOL RECORD-HOLDERS
The Hawkeyes return four individual school record-holders. They are: junior Aaron Mallett (13.40) in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, and senior Lake Kwaza (100 meters/11.40), juniors Brittany Brown (200 meters/22.89) and sophomore Marta Bote Gonzalez (3,000-meter steeplechase/10:23.15) for the women.
HAWKEYES AT HOME
The Hawkeyes will host the 17th-annual Musco Twilight on April 23. The event will be held at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
Iowa returns to action April 8-9 at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona.