Hawkeyes Hold Top Spot Through Day 1 of Larry Wieczorek Invitational

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Day one of the inaugural Larry Wieczorek Invitational featured a mix of Iowa’s younger and older athletes, led by freshman Allison Wahrman and junior Carter Lilly on Friday inside the UI Recreation building.

After the day one, the Hawkeye men and women lead the field while Iowa State sits in second place followed by Northern Iowa and Florida State.

“This was a fun day,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “This is what we want to do. We want to bring track and field entertainment to the Iowa City community and give the crowd a unique opportunity to see world class athletes right here.”

This was the first meet to feature the pentathlon competition. Iowa had two freshmen compete in the event — Wahrman and Aubrianna Lantrip.

The duo both had big days, setting multiple personal bests despite this being their first time competing in a pentathlon indoors.

 Lantrip set bests in the 60-meter hurdles, shot put, and 800-meters while Wahrman’s career day with personal bests on all five events.

“I was a little nervous,” Wahrman said. “I have competed in a heptathlon so I kind of knew what it was going to be like, but it wasn’t it one day. I was happy with most of my marks.”

The moment of the day on the men’s side was the return of former Hawkeye great Erik Sowinski in the men’s 600-meters. Sowinski, the Iowa record holder in the 600 and 800 meters, was joined by junior Carter Lilly in a race that came down to the final 50 meters.

“I raced with him in the outdoor 600 meters last season and was a little further behind, but it is the first race of the season,” Lilly said. “I was hoping to run a little faster, but I can’t complain about an indoor PR.”

Lilly finished the race in 1:17.30.

“What a phenomenal 600-meters to open up the season for those guys,” Woody said. “That was a lot of fun to see. Going after a world record in January is tough, but they were on pace through 500 meters of that world record pace.”

For the second straight weekend sophomore Collin Hofacker competed in the men’s 200-meter race and set a personal best. Hofacker bested his previous career-high in the event by .06 to run 22-flat, taking the event title.

“I am happy,” Hofacker said. “I was hoping to run below 22 seconds, but I improved upon my PR.”

“The way the 200-meters went were great,” Woody said. “We have some great sprinters out here who are competing at a high level so that was fun.”

The Larry Wieczorek Invitational concludes tomorrow afternoon. The first event is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (CT).


Women’s Weight Throw
Colbert — Personal best
Men’s Pole Vault
Brelyn Barclay — Personal best
Peter Andreano — Personal best
Women’s 600m
Sheridan Champe — Personal best, Event title
Jordyn Sindt — Personal best
Taylor Arco — Personal best
Men’s 600m
Anthony Chaidez — Personal Best
Men’s High Jump
Peter Andreano — Personal best
Women’s 3000m
Kelly Breen — Personal best
Ashley Espinosa — Personal best
Men’s Long Jump
Cooper Koenig — Personal best
Women’s 200m
Emily Paul — Personal best