The University of Iowa track and field team hosts Florida State, Iowa State and UNI this weekend at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. The two-day meet begins at Friday 10:30 a.m. (CT) inside the UI Recreation building and continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Admission to the event is free.
HOT AND FRESH OUT THE KITCHEN
Pizza will be given to the first 100 fans who arrive, beginning at 5 p.m.
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
Iowa hosted the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14, against Iowa State, Iowa Central CC, South Dakota, UNI, and Western Illinois. The Hawkeyes claimed six event titles and set 14 personal bests during the meet.
Redshirt junior O’Shea Wilson’s long jump was the performance of the day. His leap of 7.86m (25-9 ½) is a personal best, meet record, and ranks No.1 nationally. Senior Aaron Mallet continued to impress in his final season. Mallett set a facility record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.79 to capture the event title for the second straight weekend. Redshirt freshman Emmanuel Ogwo won his first event in his short career. Ogwo set a meet record in the 200-meter dash, notching a time of 21.51.
The women set four personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Jahisha Thomas’ meet record of 8.46 led the Iowa charge in the event to a sweep of the top three spots along with junior Heaven Chandler and freshman Jenny Kimbro. In the shot put, redshirt freshman Nia Britt (14.09m, 46-2 3/4) and freshman Erika Hammond (13.90m, 45-7 1/4) set personal best marks, placing second and fourth, respectively.
HONORING COACH WIZ
This weekend’s meet is named after former Hawkeye track and field coach Larry Wieczorek. Wieczorek’s time at Iowa spanned 50 years as both a student-athlete and coach. Wieczorek was a six-time Big Ten Champion and four-time All-American as a cross country runner. He then spent 30 years as the head coach of the UI track and field program, leading Iowa to 79 individual Big Ten Champions and 53 All-Americans.
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
Redshirt junior O’Shea Wilson earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors following the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday. After scratching four of his previous five attempts, Wilson leaped a personal best mark of 7.86m (25-9 2/4). That distance ranks first nationally and set a meet record. Wilson’s mark fell 4.3 inches shy of tying former Hawkeye and Olympian Anthuan Maybank’s facility record set in 1992. The last Hawkeye to earn Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week was Troy Doris in 2012.
MALLETT IGNITES 60M HURDLES
Mallett continues to dominate the field in the 60-meter hurldes. The St. Louis, Missouri, native grabbed his second straight title at the Hawkeye Invitational on Jan. 14 and moved up to third in the country in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.79, according to tfrrs.org.
Iowa has three competitors ranked in the top 10 nationally, according to tfrrs.org. Senior Aaron Mallet ranks third in the country in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.78. Redshirt junior O’Shea Wilson is atop the long jump list with a mark of 7.86m (25-9 1/2), and the relay team of Colin Hofacker, redshirt freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Jared Ganschow, and Mallett are eighth with a time of 3:10.17.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes host their fourth straight home meet with the Black and Gold Premier. The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. (CT) and continue on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. Admission to the event is free.