April 20, 2016
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The University of Iowa track and field team hosts its only home meet of the season, the 17th-annual Musco Twilight, on Saturday at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track in Iowa City. Field events begin at 12 p.m. (CT) followed by running events at 4:20 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those 18 years of age and under. In addition to Iowa, the event features four in-state teams: Drake, Iowa Central, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa.
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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.
- Kids Zone begins at 3 p.m. — includes an inflatable bounce house, lawn games, and tigerhawk temporary tattoos
- Assorted Hawkeye giveaways for all fans
- Free pizza for fans (while supplies last)
Shuttle buses for those attending Musco Twilight will be in operation beginning at 10 a.m. (CT). The shuttles will leave from the Hawkeye Commuter parking lot and drop off inside the softball complex. Buses will run continuously until the conclusion of the Musco meet.
Iowa hosted the first Musco Twilight in 1999. The event has continued 17 of the last 18 years. In 2008, the meet was canceled due to flooding. The lights are provided by Musco Lighting, an Iowa based company from Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes will recognize 13 seniors Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT). They include: Nicholas Aly, Kerry Dean Jr., Sam Fourman, Allison Gattone, Dakotah Goodell, Anthony Gregorio, James Harrington, MonTayla Holder, Sam Joens, Lake Kwaza, Kaitlyn Nelson, Kevin Spejcher, and Khanishah Williams.
MALLETT UNDEFEATED AT HOME
Junior All-American Aaron Mallett is undefeated in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at Musco Twilight. He placed first in 14.08 his rookie season and ran a winning time of 13.69 as a sophomore.
2015 MUSCO CHAMPIONS
Two Hawkeye women — junior Brittany Brown (100 meters) and senior Lake Kwaza (200 meters) — won their events at last season’s Musco Twilight. Senior Klyvens Delaunay (triple jump), junior Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles), and the men’s 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays each earned first-place finishes for the men.
B1G 800-METER SHOWDOWN
The Big Ten currently has the nation’s most competitive men’s 800-meter field, boasting the highest number (6) of top-25 nationally-ranked athletes in the event. In just his second outing of the season, sophomore Carter Lilly entered the national rankings following a second-place finish in a collegiate-best 1:47.32 at the Texas Invitational on April 16. The Sioux City, Iowa, native sits second all-time, fifth in the league and 13th nationally.
HARRINGTON HEATS UP IN TEXAS
A season-best 20.57 in the men’s 200 meters at the Texas Invitational on April 16 landed senior James Harrington seventh in the nation and second in the Big Ten. Harrington also recorded his fastest time of the season to lead the team in the 100 meters (10.42). The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native owns the third-best marks in school history in both events (100 meters/10.26; 200 meters/20.50).
RELAYS MAKE HISTORY
Four relay school records have fallen this season. Junior Elexis Guster, freshman Briana Guillory, senior MonTayla Holder, and junior Alexis Hernandez most recently broke the women’s 1,600-meter relay school record for the second time this season at the Texas Invitational on April 16, clocking a winning time of 3:32.63. The relay operated with the same four members but in a different order from their previous school record-setting performance (3:33.25/Holder, Guillory, Hernandez, Guster) at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2.
The women’s 400-meter relay of senior Lake Kwaza, Guster, Guillory, and Hernandez claimed the first school record of the season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 19. The foursome made it around the track in 44.04, the 17th-fastest time in the nation this season.
The men’s 800-meter relay of freshman Christian Brissett, senior James Harrington, junior Vinnie Saucer, Jr., and senior Brendan Thompson ran the fastest time in program history (1:23.36) at the Pepsi Florida Relays.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ten Hawkeyes and all four relays own marks that rank within the nation’s top 25:
- 4th/Elexis Guster (400 meters/51.85)
- 6th/Reno Tuufuli (discus/199-2, 60.71m)
- 7th/James Harrington (200 meters/20.57)
- 8th/Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles/13.65)
- 11th/MonTayla Holder (400-meter hurdles/56.70)
- 12th/Brissett, Harris, Harrington, Mallett (400-meter relay/39.53)
- 13th/Carter Lilly (800 meters/1:47.32)
- 14th/DeJuan Frye (400 meters/46.41)
- 14th/Guster, Guillory, Holder, Hernandez (1,600-meter relay/3:32.63)
- 15th/Mitch Wolff (400-meter hurdles/50.96)
- 17th/Kwaza, Guster, Guillory, Hernandez (400-meter relay/44.04)
- 20th/Lake Kwaza (200 meters/23.17)
- 21st/Noah Larrison (400-meter hurdles/51.22)
- 21st/Wolff, Harris, Mallett, Frye (1,600-meter relay/3:06.88)
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes head to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, from April 28-30.