The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the Hawkeye Invitational this weekend. The meet begins on Friday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m. (CT) inside the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation building with the weight throw, while all other events will be on Saturday, Jan. 14. Field events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the shot put and running events will follow at 2 p.m. on the new state-of-the-art track inside the UI Recreation building.
Live results will be available at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. A live stream of the meet will also be available through Hawkeye All-Access on hawkeyesports.com
LAST TIME OUT
The Hawkeyes hosted the annual Border Battle meet with Illinois and Missouri coming into town on Jan. 7. The Iowa women swept the field, defeating Illinois and Missouri 96-51 and 105-33, respectively. The men went 1-1 on the day, downing Missouri 107-27 and falling to Illinois 74-85. The team captured 15 titles on the day.
Senior Avery Meyers led the Iowa men’s shot put. Meyers tossed a personal best 18.33m (60-1 3/4), moving him up to seventh all-time in Iowa history. That throw set a meet record and won the event for the Hawkeyes. Sophomore Andy Jatis moved into Iowa’s all-time list in the pole vault after his 4.90m (16 3/4) effort.
On the women’s side, junior Jahisha Thomas set a meet record in the women’s long jump, recording a distance of 5.83m (19-1 1/2) to claim first place, and sophomore Tria Seawater-Simmons leaped to a personal best and event title in the women’s triple jump (12.83m, 42-1 1/4). Seawater-Simmons’ jump ranks second all-time.
IOWA WOMEN JUMP INTO ALL-TIME RANKINGS
Three Hawkeyes are in Iowa’s all-time triple jump rankings following the annual Border Battle on Jan. 7. Tria Seawater-Simmons moved up in the rankings to No. 2 all-time (42-1 1/4, 12.83). Freshmen Allison Wahrman (38-10 1/4, 11.84) and Hannah Schilb (38-1 1/2, 11.62) entered at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively.
Iowa track and field t-shirts will be given away to the first 50 fans that enter the meet.
Thirty-seven freshmen made their collegiate track and field debuts at the Border Battle on Jan. 7 with six earning event titles.
Talia Buss won the 400-meters with a time of 58.96 and Tia Saunders captured the 1000m title, notching a time of 3:04.99. Tashee Hargrave, Jenny Kimbro, and Buss helped the Iowa “A” squad win the 4×400 Meter relay, posting a time of 3:48.03
Fifteen men made their debuts and two contributed wins. Emmanuel Ogwo placed first in the men’s 400-meters. His time of 48.52 was less than a second from breaking a meet record that has stood for six years. Akinshe Calica-Hill leapt his way to an event title in the triple jump. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native recorded a distance of 14.18m (46-6 1/4).
HAWKEYES IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Three Hawkeyes — senior Aaron Mallett, senior Avery Meyers, sophomore Tria Seawater-Simmons, and the relay team of freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, sophomore Mar’yea Harris, sophomore DeJuan Frye, and senior Jared Ganschow rank in the top 10 nationally, according to TFFRS.org.
Mallett’s time in the 60-meter hurdles of 7.82 ranks fourth nationally. Meyers is fourth in the country in the shot put after throwing a career-best 18.33m (60-1 3/4). Seawater-Simmons’ (12.83m, 42-1 1/4) triple jump lands her fifth in the country, and the 4×400 meter relay team’s time of 3:12.31 ranks eighth.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes remain in Iowa City for their third straight home meet, hosting the Larry Wieczorek Invite. The two-day meet will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. This will be the first meet of the season that features the heptathlon and pentathlon.