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THIS WEEK
The University of Iowa track and field team travels to South Bend, Ind. for the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The two-day competition is scheduled to begin Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. (CT)  inside the Loftus Sports Center and conclude Saturday at 9 a.m.

FOLLOW ALONG
Live results will be available at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. 

DOUGHERTY SETS SCHOOL RECORD
Junior Will Dougherty set the school record in the heptathlon during the Black & Gold Premier on Jan. 27-28. Dougherty set personal bests on five of the seven events (60-meters, high jump, long jump, pole vault, and 60-meter hurdles) and finished with a total score of 5,386 points. Dougherty bested his previous mark of 5,172 points set last year, which ranked fourth in Iowa history.
 

REGIONALLY RANKED
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. 30. The men rank 3rd in the region while the women are eighth.

MALLET, DOUGLAS LEAD 60-METER HURDLES
Iowa has two athletes rank in the top-20 in the nation on the 60-meter hurdles, according to tfrrs.org. Senior Aaron Mallett picked up his third straight event title in the 60-meter hurdles on Jan. 28 at the Black & Gold Premier. Mallett’s time of 7.75 seconds set a facility record for the third time this month, ranks first in the Big Ten, and fifth in the country. Mallett’s personal best time of 7.69, set in 2016, is a school record. 

Sophomore Chris Douglas ranks 20th in the nation. The Deerfield, Illinois native, posted a time of 7.87 seconds at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan. 21. That time places him third in the Big Ten and fourth all-time at Iowa.

KIMBRO CLIMBS IOWA’S ALL-TIME LIST
Freshman Jenny Kimbro made her multi-event debut during the Black & Gold Premier on Jan. 27. Kimbro competed in the pentathlon for the first time in her career, placing second overall and entering Iowa’s all-time top-10 at No. 3. She set personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles (8.54 seconds, seventh all-time) and long jump (5.88m, 19 feet 3 ½ inches). 

THOMAS SETS PERSONAL BEST MARK
Junior Jahisha Thomas competed in the women’s 60-meter hurdles at the Black & Gold Premier on Jan. 28. Thomas finished first in the prelims with a personal-best time of 8.42 seconds. That time moves her up to fourth in Iowa history and seventh in the Big Ten.

60-METER TAKEOVER
Sophomore Jacob Gourley climbed Iowa’s all-time top-10 list in the 60 meters following his performance at the Black & Gold Premier on Jan. 28. Gourley’s time of 6.77 seconds places him 9th all-time along with 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 (7.75)
  • Sophomore O’Shea Wilson, 1st in long jump (7.86m)
  • Junior Jahisha Thomas, 1st in long jump (6.20m)
  • The relay team of sophomore Collin Hofacker, freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, senior Jared Ganschow, and Mallett, 2nd in 4x400m Relay (3:10.17)
  • Freshman Jenny Kimbro, 2nd in pentathlon (3,715 points)
  • Junior Brittany Brown, 2nd in the 200-meters (23.75).
  • Freshman Allison Wahrman, 3rd in pentathlon (3,421 points)
  • 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)

JANUARY BY THE NUMBERS
During Iowa’s four-meet homestand, the team spent 50 hours competing, set three facility records, 101 personal bests, captured 38 event titles, and ran almost 100,000 meters on their new track.

NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes split up for the first time this season. The team will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 10, while others will head to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11.

 

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