The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Tucson, Arizona, for the Jim Click Shootout. The meet runs April 6-8 at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona. The decathlon and heptathlon run Thursday and Friday and the track and field events begin Saturday April 8. The meet begins at 9 a.m. (CT) on Thursday, 8 a.m. on Friday, and 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Live results will be available through the team’s schedule page on hawkeyesports.com or on hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Follow the team’s twitter account @iowaxc_tf for live updates of the meets.
TAUSAGA SETS DISCUS SCHOOL RECORD
At the Florida Relays on April 1, freshman Laulauga Tausaga set the school discus record in the second outdoor collegiate meet of her career. Her mark of 56.10 meters (184 feet, 1 inch) bested the previous record by almost a meter. Tausaga ranks first in the Big Ten
and sixth in the nation.
MEN’S 4X200 RELAY SETS SCHOOL RECORD
The men’s 4×200 meter relay team of junior O’Shea Wilson, senior Brendan Thompson, freshman Collin Hofacker, and senior Jared Ganschow erased the school record on the event. They finished in 1:23.02 to best the previous time set in 2016 in which Thompson and Ganschow were also apart of.
HOFACKER’S BIG WEEKEND
Freshman Collin Hofacker had a busy weekend at the Florida Relays. The Freedom, Wisconsin, native set two personal bests in the 200 meters (21.57) and 400 meters (46.70) and competed in the 4×200 meter relay and 4×400 meter relay. Hofacker ran the third leg of the 4×400 meter relay that notched one of the top times in Iowa history (third, 3:03.78), the sixth best time in the country, and top time in the Big Ten. Hofacker is one of thee freshmen to rank in the top 20 overall in the 200 meters.
MYLENEK LEADS STEEPLECHASE RACE
Freshman Nathan Mylenek boasts one of the best times in the country in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. Mylenek ran a career-best 9:56.93 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. He now ranks in Iowa’s all-time top 10 at fourth, is 20th in the nation on the event, and leads the Big Ten. He is one of five freshmen ranked in the top-25 in the NCAA.
COUNTING CURRENT ALL-TIME HAWKEYES
The men have 16 current athletes in Iowa’s all-time top 10, led by Aaron Mallett (110-meter hurdles) and William Dougherty (Decathlon) who hold school records in their respective events. The women have 11 athletes in the top-10 and three school record holders on the roster in Briana Guillory (100 meters), Brittany Brown (200 meters), and Laulauga Tausaga (Discus).
The track and field team altered their competition schedule heading into the week of April 3. The Hawkeyes were originally scheduled to compete at the Sun Angel Classic, hosted by Arizona State on April 6-8. Iowa is now heading to the University of Arizona instead for the Jim Click Shootout. The meet is scheduled to run April 6-8.
BIG TEN LEADERS
Through two meets, the Hawkeyes have five Big Ten leaders, including three relays.
- Sophomore Mar’yea Harris leads the 400 meter group with a time of 45.73.
- Freshman Nathan Mylenek is atop the 3,000 meter steeplechase leaderboard with a time of 8:56.93.
- The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of freshman Emmanuel Ogwo, Harris, freshman Collin Hofacker, and junior Carter Lilly (3:03.78).
- The men’s 4×100 meter relay team of senior Aaron Mallet, junior O’Shea Wilson, Ogwo, and Harris (39.49).
- The women’s 4×100 meter relay of sophomore Taylor Chapman, sophomore Briana Guillory, senior Alexis Hernandez and junior Brittay Brown (44.34).
- Freshman Laulauga Tausaga leads the women’s discus throw (56.10m).
Iowa has two events and two relays ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA. Sophomore Mar’yea Harris is third in the nation in the 400 meters (45.73) and freshman Laulauga Tausaga is sixth in the discus throw (56.10m). The men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays rank sixth and ninth, respectively.
RETURNING RECORD HOLDERS
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, and Mallett. The women’s 1,600-Meter relay returns two athletes — senior Alexis Hernandez and Guillory.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes head back to California for the Mt. Sac Relays on April 13-15 in Torrance, California. The three-day meet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday.