April 25, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s track and field debuted at No. 22 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 Division I National Team Computer Rankings released Monday.
The Hawkeyes were unranked when the preseason poll was announced March 22, but have since climbed 22 spots following seven top-25 nationally-ranked individual performances at the Florida Relays, Jim Click Shootout, Texas Invitational, and Musco Twilight.
Iowa is the third highest ranked team among Big Ten schools, behind Minnesota (11) and Penn State (14).
Junior All-American Aaron Mallett owns the team’s highest national ranking, checking in at No. 4 in the 110-meter hurdles following a season-best 13.50 at Musco Twilight on April 23. Senior Kevin Spejcher earned the 24th seed after registering a season-high 7-1 (2.16m) in the high jump last weekend.
Redshirt freshman Reno Tuufuli ranks eighth in the nation following a collegiate-best throw, 199-2 (60.71m), in the discus at the Florida Relays on April 2.
Senior James Harrington sprinted to the nation’s 14th-fastest time in the 200 meters in a season-best 20.57, while sophomore Carter Lilly (20) hit a personal-best 1:47.32 in the 800 meters at the Texas Invitational on April 16.
The Hawkeyes are back in action April 28-30 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, before hitting the championship portion of their schedule from May 13-15.