By JACK ROSSI
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Iowa track and field team began their first of three meets this weekend at the Florida Relays during a brief first day of competition.
The Hawkeyes tallied five personal bests as a few mid-distance runners made their outdoor debuts on Friday afternoon.
Senior Alexis Hernandez’ personal best in the 400 meters kicked things off for Iowa. She finished with a time of 24.15 and placed 24th out of the 71 athlete field.
In addition, freshmen Mallory King and Taylor Arco made their debuts in the 400 meters. They recorded times of 57.37 and 58.46, respectively.
Junior Sheridan Champe surpassed her previous best in the 400 meter hurdles. Her time of 1:01.37 is over a second faster than her previous time.
In the men’s 200 meters, sophomore Collin Hofacker set a personal best with a time of 21.17, placing 13th and freshman Emmanuel Ogwo was 11th overall with a time of 21.12, falling .01 short of tying his personal best set at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.
Freshman Chris Thompson set a personal best in the 400 meters with a time of 48.78 and sophomore Chris Douglas finished 10th in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal best of 51.98. Douglas was the first athlete to finish that was not a brand athlete or running unattached.
The marathon of meets continues tomorrow with the Florida Relays resuming at 8:30 a.m. (CT) and the Stanford Invitational (11 a.m.) and San Francisco State Distance Carnival (10:30 a.m.) opening up.