April 13, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Elexis Guster was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. The Atlanta native was recognized for a pair of first- and second-place finishes and two career-best performances at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona, on April 9.
En route to collecting a first-place finish, Guster ran the third-fastest time in the nation this season in the 400 meters, clocking a collegiate-best 51.85. She holds the team’s highest national ranking in any event and is the only Big Ten student-athlete to run under 52 seconds this season. Guster’s previous personal best, 52.19, came at the 2015 Big Ten Championships.
Guster then raced to a career-best 23.38 in the 200 meters, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten and in school history, before running third leg on the 1,600-meter relay (3:35.06). She placed second in both events.
The weekly conference honor is the first of her career. Guster is the first Hawkeye to win a weekly outdoor award since Betsy Flood in 2010.
Guster and the rest of UI track and field return to action this weekend at either the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 15-16) in Des Moines, Iowa, or the Texas Invitational (April 16) in Austin, Texas.