By JACK ROSSI
AMES, Iowa – While the short sprints and hurdlers finished their first day at the Tyson Invitational, the middle and long distance runners concluded their first day at the Iowa State Classic.
On the oversized, 300-meter track, senior Tess Wilberding capped off the day in the women’s 3,000-meters with a personal best 9:39.87 as she ran away with the lead and took first in her heat.
“I’m extremely proud of Tess and seeing her win that heat with a Big PR is a testament to her hard work and trust in Coach Hasenbank and their training this season,” UI director of track and field Joey Woody said. “I’m excited to see her compete at the Big Ten Championships.”
In the men’s mile race, senior Adam Jones set an indoor personal best with a time of 4:04.22.
“Seeing Adam run the mile like that was good to see,” Woody said. “He’s a guy that can run under four minutes in the mile.”
Freshman Antonio Woodard entered the top 10 in the Big Ten in the 200-meters. Woodard set a personal best with a time of 21.25.
“It was fun to see Antonio put together a 200-meter race and set a personal best,” Woody said.
In addition, a trio of freshmen set personal bests in the women’s 200-meters. Talia Buss (25.49), Laura Sherman (25.61), and Emily Paul (25.95) all ran to collegiate bests.
The Hawkeyes finish the Iowa State Classic tomorrow. The first event is set for 12 p.m. (CT).