The University of Iowa track and field team welcomes Notre Dame, Illinois State, Tulsa, Illinois (M), Wisconsin, Loyola, and Minnesota (M) to Iowa City for the Black and Gold Premier this weekend. The two-day competition begins Friday at 11 a.m. (CT) and continues Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission to the event is free.
Herky Bobbleheads will be given away to the first 125 fans to arrive on Friday and Saturday. UI students are also eligible to enter for a drawing to win Beats Studio headphones during Saturday’s meet.
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
The University of Iowa track and field team ranks in the top 10 in the Midwest region, according to the first USTFCCCA Division I Regional Index released on Jan. 23. The men rank seventh in the region while the women are ninth.
MALLET, DOUGLAS LEAD 60-METER HURDLES
Senior Aaron Mallett picked up his second straight event title in the 60-meter hurdles on Jan. 21 at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Mallett’s time of 7.77 seconds set a facility record, ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the country. Mallett’s personal best time of 7.69, set in 2016, is a school record.
Sophomore Chris Douglas also set a personal best and moved up Iowa’s all-time list. The Deerfield, Illinois native, posted a time of 7.87 seconds. That time places him third in the Big Ten, 12th in the nation, and fourth all-time at Iowa.
Freshmen Allison Wahrman and Aubrianna Lantrip competed in their first collegiate pentathlon on Friday, Jan. 20. Wahrman (3421 points) finished third and Lantrip finished sixth (3175 points) with an event title in the high jump. Wahrman’s mark ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten.
THOMAS’ BIG TEN LEADING LEAP
Junior Jahisha Thomas highlighted the women’s field events on Jan. 21 The long jump school record holder leaped a Big-Ten-leading distance of 6.20m (20-feet 4 1/4 inches) to place second overall.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Senior Tess Wilberding continued her stellar senior season at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 21. Wilberding collected her second event title in the women’s mile in as many races. The Troy, Michigan, native recorded a personal best time of 4:54.16, besting her previous time of 5:00.60 set at the Border Battle on Jan. 7.
MEYERS’ RECORD DAY
At the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 21 senior Avery Meyers recorded two career-best throws. On Meyers’ final throw in the prelims, the West Liberty, native, got his first personal best throw, with a mark of 18.39m to qualify for finals.
In finals, Meyers notched his second and biggest PR of the day. His final throw in the finals measured at 18.70m. His throw also ranks 10th in the nation, third in the Big Ten, and third all-time at Iowa.
Sophomore Jacob Gourley entered Iowa’s all-time top-10 list in the 60 meters following his performance on Jan. 21. Gourley’s time of 6.78 seconds places him 10th all-time, joining three current Iowa athletes — senior Vinnie Saucer (2nd), sophomore Christian Brissett (T-5th), and sophomore O’Shea Wilson (8th).
BIG TEN LEADERS
Iowa has 10 events that rank in the top-three in the Big Ten:
- Senior Aaron Mallett, 1st in 60-meter hurdles (7.77)
- Sophomore O’Shea Wilson, 1st in long jump (7.86m)
- Freshman Allison Wahrman, 1st in pentathlon (3,421 points)
- Junior Jahisha Thomas, 1st in long jump (6.20m)
- Junior Carter Lilly, 2nd in 600-meters (1:17.30)
- The relay team of sophomore Collin Hofacker, freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Jared Ganschow, and Mallett, 2nd in 4x400m Relay (3:10.17)
- Sophomore Christian Brissett, 3rd in 60-meter dash (6.74)
- Sophomore Tria Seawater-Simmons, 3rd in triple jump (12.83m)
- Sophomore Chris Douglas, 3rd in 60-meter hurdles (7.87)
- Senior Avery Meyers, 3rd in shot put (18.70m)
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes hit the road for the first time this season for the Meyo Classic, hosted by Notre Dame. The first event is tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Feb. 3.