The University of Iowa track and field team begins the outdoor season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Arizona this weekend. The meet runs from March 17-18 at the Joe Selleh Track. The first event on Friday is schedule for 2:40 p.m. (CT) and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Live results will be available through the team’s schedule page on hawkeyesports.com or at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Follow the team’s twitter account @iowaxc_tf for live updates of the meet. A live stream of the meet is available at pac-12.com on Saturday and will air from approximately 2-5:15p.m. (CT).
9 HAWKEYES NAMED 2017 INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
The Hawkeyes finished the indoor season at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11. The team left the competition with nine athletes earning All-America honors: Aaron Mallett (60mH), Brittany Brown (200m), Mar’yea Harris (400m, 4x400m Relay), O’Shea Wilson (Long Jump), Jahisha Thomas (Long Jump), Carter Lilly (800m), Collin Hofacker (4x400m Relay), DeJuan Frye (4x400m Relay), Emmanuel Ogwo (4x400m Relay). These selections bring Iowa’s all-time total to 254 All-American honors.
BROWN NAMED ALL-AMERICAN
Junior Brittany Brown was named an All-American for the first time in her indoor career. Brown entered the weekend with the fourth-best time in the country in the 200m (22.79). Brown qualified for finals, securing her first-team All-America honor where she placed fifth overall with a time of 22.92.
4X400M FINISHES AS ONE OF THE BEST
The Iowa men’s 4x400m relay finished as one of the best in the country at the NCAA Indoor Championships over the weekend. The team of freshmen Emmanuel Ogwo, Collin Hofacker, and sophomore DeJuan Frye and Mar’yea Harris notched a fifth place finish with a time of 3:05.60 to be named first-team All-Americans. The last time an indoor men’s relay was named first-team All-American was in 2011.
MALLETT MAKES IT 3 STRAIGHT
Senior Aaron Mallett claimed his third-straight All-American honor at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Mallett competed in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing ninth overall. Mallett joins elite company along with Kineke Alexander, Meghan Armstrong, Brittany Brown, Nan Doak, James Harrington, Ethan Holmes, Jeanne Kruckeberg, Peaches Roach, Erik Sowinski, and Bashir Yamini the only Hawkeyes to be named an All-American in three or more consecutive years.
RETURNING RECORD HOLDERS
The outdoor season begins this week at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Arizona. Iowa has five outdoor school-record holders on the team who are returning in 2017 — Aaron Mallett (110-meter high hurdles, 13.40), Briana Guillory (100 meters, 11.35 and 200-meters, 22.89), Brittany Brown (200-meters, 22.89), William Dougherty (Decathlon, 7,311 points), and Marta Bote Gonzalez (3,000-meter steeplechase, 10:23.15).
RETURNING BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Iowa returns 2016 Big Ten Champions on two events and two relays in 2017. Senior Aaron Mallett won the Big Ten Championship in the 110-meter hurdles in 2016 and returns to defend his title along with reigning Big Ten freshman of the Year Briana Guillory, who took home the 200-meter title. The men’s Big Ten Championship winning 400-meter relay returns three of its four athletes in sophomore Christian Brissett, senior Vinnie Saucer, and Mallett. The women’s 1,600-Meter relay returns two athletes — senior Alexis Hernandez and Guillory.
IT’S THAT TYPE OF YEAR
The University of Iowa track and field team enjoyed an indoor season for the ages. During their 2017 campaign the squad set or reset 13 school-records including six at the Big Ten Championships– 10 on the men’s side and three on the women’s side. The school records include: the men’s 60-meter hurdles twice (Aaron Mallett, 7.63), 400m twice (Mar’yea Harris, 45.75), 800m (Carter Lilly, 1:47.33), heptathlon twice (Will Dougherty, 5,504 points), 4x400m relay twice (Emmanuel Ogwo, Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, Harris, 3:04.94), distance medley relay (Lilly, Frye, Matt Manternach, and Harris, 9:44.07), women’s 200-meters (Brittany Brown, 22.79), long jump (Jahisha Thomas, 6.39m), and triple jump (Thomas, 13.00m).
KNODLE JOINS TRACK & FIELD STAFF
Paige Knodle joined the University of Iowa track and field coaching staff on March 2. Knodle comes from Iowa State where she was a volunteer assistant coach. She was previously a student-athlete at the University of Northern Iowa where she was a two-time All-American, 18-time All-MVC honoree with six individual conference titles, and four-time team captain. She also holds seven UNI school records (pentathlon, heptathlon, 60m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, shuttle hurdle, and javelin).
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes enjoy a weekend off before heading to Stanford Invitational on March 31.