April 6, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team heads to the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, on April 9. Field events begin at 11 a.m. (CT) and running events follow at 2:30 p.m. inside the Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the University of Arizona’s campus.
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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 on the team.
NATION’S TOP FRESHMAN
Redshirt freshman Reno Tuufuli recorded a 6.62-meter personal best in the men’s discus to finish third at the Florida Relays on April 2. Becoming the top-ranked freshman in the country, his collegiate-best throw of 199-02 (60.71m) leads the Big Ten, ranks fifth nationally and fourth in school history. Tuufuli is the first Hawkeye to post an Iowa all-time mark in the event since former school record-holder Gabe Hull in 2014.
Tuufuli (58-2 1/2, 17.74m) stayed hot in the men’s shot put, throwing his second career best of the meet at the Florida Relays.
RELAYS & RECORDS
The Hawkeyes have managed to set three relay school records in just two outings this season. Two relays broke the school record at the Florida Relays on April 2. The women’s 1,600-meter relay of senior MonTayla Holder, freshman Briana Guillory, and juniors Alexis Hernandez and Elexis Guster topped the previous school record of 3:34.83 set in 2014 when the foursome clocked 3:33.25. The relay’s time ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big Ten. The former school record-setting quartet included Guster, Hernandez, Holder, and senior Lake Kwaza.
Senior Brendan Thompson, freshman Christian Brissett, and juniors James Harrington and Jared Ganschow overcame the men’s 800-meter relay school record, clocking 1:23.36 to replace the previous school record of 1:24.85 set in 2009.
The third relay school record came from the women’s 400-meter relay (44.04) of Kwaza, Guster, Guillory, and Hernandez at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19.
MALLETT OPENS AT FLORIDA RELAYS
Junior All-American Aaron Mallett recorded his fastest season-opening time in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the Florida Relays on April 1. He placed fourth among collegiate-athletes and 10th overall. Mallett’s 13.65 leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally.
HURDLERS HOT IN SUNSHINE STATE
Sophomore Noah Larrison and senior MonTayla Holder debuted in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles this season at the Florida Relays on April 1. Clocking a personal-best 51.39, Larrison led a field that included junior All-American Mitch Wolff (9th/51.62) and freshman Chris Douglas (25th/53.12), while Holder matched her career-best 57.81 in the women’s race. Holder first ran that time at the 2014 Big Ten Championships.
B1G RELAY DOMINANCE
Iowa currently leads the Big Ten in three of the four relays for the men and women. The men’s and women’s 1,600-meter relays each recorded the conference’s top time this season at the Florida Relays on April 2. The men’s quartet of junior Mitch Wolff, freshman Mar’yea Harris, junior Aaron Mallet, and freshman DeJuan Frye posted 3:06.88, while the women’s squad of senior MonTayla Holder, freshman Briana Guillory, and juniors Alexis Hernandez and Elexis Guster delivered a school record-setting performance, 3:33.25.
The men’s 400-meter relay of senior Brendan Thompson, freshman Christian Brissett, junior James Harrington and Mallett lead the Big Ten for the second straight week with the 39.73 they recorded at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19.
Seven Hawkeyes recorded marks that rank within the Big Ten’s top three spots at the Florida Relays, April 1-2:
- 1st/Aaron Mallett — 110-meter hurdles (13.65)
- 1st/Reno Tuufuli — discus (199-02, 60.71m)
- 2nd/MonTayla Holder — 400-meter hurdles (57.81)
- 2nd/Lake Kwaza — 100 meters (11.46)
- 3rd/Elexis Guster — 400 meters (53.30)
- 3rd/Noah Larrison — 400-meter hurdles (51.39)
- 3rd/Jahisha Thomas — long jump (19-5.5, 5.93m)
STACKED 200 METERS
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.
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), junior 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
The Hawkeyes compete at the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, from April 15-16.