T&F Notebook: Jim Duncan, Texas Invitational

April 13, 2016

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The University of Iowa track and field team splits competitors for the 40th-annual Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, this weekend. The Jim Duncan Invitational begins Friday with field events at 3:30 p.m. (CT) and continues through Saturday at the Drake University Stadium.

The Texas Invitational is held Saturday with field events beginning at 9 a.m. (CT) followed by running events at 9:15 a.m. inside the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.

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.


Junior Elexis Guster earned her first Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor 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 captured her second event title in the women’s 400-meter relay (44.41) and collected runner-up finishes in the 200 meters (23.38) and 1,600-meter relay (3:35.06). Her career-best 200-meter time ranks third in the Big Ten and in school history.

Guster is the first Hawkeye to win a weekly outdoor award since Betsy Flood in 2010.

All four of Iowa’s relays for the men and women have earned a spot on the national leaderboard. The men’s and women’s 1,600-meter relays currently rank 19th and 16th, respectively, in the nation after their performances at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2. The men’s quartet of junior Mitch Wolff, freshman Mar’yea Harris, junior Aaron Mallett, and freshman DeJuan Frye clocked 3:06.88, while the women’s squad of senior MonTayla Holder, freshman Briana Guillory, and juniors Alexis Hernandez and Elexis Guster crossed in 3:33.25.

At the Jim Click Shootout on April 9, the men’s 400-meter relay of freshman Christian Brissett, Mallett, junior James Harrington, and Frye ran the ninth-best time (39.53) in the country this season. Senior Lake Kwaza, Guster, Guillory, and Hernandez currently hold the 15th seed (44.04) in the women’s 400-meter relay from the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19.

The Hawkeyes currently lead the conference in nine events, the most of any Big Ten school. On the women’s side, Iowa owns top times in the 200 meters (Lake Kwaza/23.17), 400 meters (Elexis Guster/51.85), 400-meter hurdles (MonTayla Holder/56.70), and 4×400 (Holder, Guillory, Hernandez, Guster/3:33.25). The Hawkeye men lead in the 110-meter hurdles (Aaron Mallett/13.65), 400-meter hurdles (Mitch Wolff/50.96), 4×100 (Brissett, Mallett, Harrington, Frye/39.53), 4×400 (Wolff, Harris, Mallett, Frye/3:06.88), and the discus (Reno Tuufuli/60.71m). Nebraska and Ohio State have the second highest total at six season-leading conference marks.

Eight Hawkeyes and one relay rewrote Iowa’s all-time lists at the Jim Click Shootout on April 9.

  • 2nd/Lake Kwaza (200 meters/23.17)
  • 2nd/Elexis Guster (400 meters/51.85)
  • 3rd/Elexis Guster (200 meters/23.38)
  • 3rd/MonTayla Holder (400-m hurdles/56.70)
  • 4th/Brissett, Mallett, Harrington, Frye (400-m relay/39.53)
  • 6th/Reno Tuufuli (shot put/60-2, 18.34m)
  • 7th/DeJuan Frye (400 meters/46.58)
  • 8th/Tria Seawater-Simmons (triple jump/38-9, 11.81m)
  • 9th/Mitch Wolff (400-m hurdles/50.96)

Five Hawkeyes and one relay recorded times at the Jim Click Shootout on April 9 that rank within the nation’s top 20 best marks this season:

  • 3rd/Elexis Guster — 400 meters (51.85)
  • 9th/MonTayla Holder — 400-m hurdles (56.70)
  • 9th/Brissett, Mallett, Harrington, Frye — 400-m relay (39.53)
  • 15th/Mitch Wolff — 400-m hurdles (50.96)
  • 15th/Lake Kwaza — 200 meters (23.17)
  • 19th/Noah Larrison — 400-m hurdles (51.22)

The four fastest times ever run at Iowa in the women’s 200 meters belong to junior Brittany Brown (22.89), senior Lake Kwaza (23.17), junior Elexis Guster (23.38), and freshman Briana Guillory (23.46). Kwaza and Guster logged career bests in the event at the Jim Click Shootout on April 9.

Kwaza, Guster, Brown, Guillory, senior MonTayla Holder, junior Alexis Hernandez, and freshman Taylor Chapman have combined to produce four of the top 400-meter relays in school history.

The Hawkeyes host their lone meet of the season, the 17th-annual Musco Twilight, on April 23 at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.

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