The University of Iowa track and field team travels to the 59th annual Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, California, on the campus of El Camino College. The meet is scheduled to run this Thursday through Saturday inside Murdock Stadium. The first event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, 12:30 p.m. on Friday, and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The decathlon competition will begin Wednesday and finish Thursday at Azusa Pacific University Stadium. First event will begin 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
BROWN JOINS ELITE B1G COMPANY
At the Jim Click Shootout on April 8, junior Brittany Brown won the 100 meter and 200 meter races, becoming the Big Ten’s leader in both races with times of 11.43 and 22.73, respectively. Brown’s time in the 200 meters set the meet record in Arizona that stood for six years and broke the school record that she shared with teammate Briana Guillory. Brown joins Penn State’s Danae Rivers (800 meters, 1,500 meters) as the only two athletes to lead the conference in multiple events.
TAUSAGA CONTINUES MONUMENTAL SEASON
Freshman Laulauga Tausaga continues to boast one of the best discus throws in the country. Tausaga backed up her record-breaking performance at the Jim Click Shootout with her first collegiate discus title, throwing 54.95 meters (180 feet, 3.25 inches). Tausaga leads the Big Ten and is seventh in the nation. In addition, she is the only freshman ranked in the top 15 in the NCAA.
HEPTATHLETES STEAL THE SHOW
Iowa had three athletes enter Iowa’s all-time top 10 in the heptathlon at the Jim Click Shootout last weekend. Freshman Jenny Kimbro and Allison Wahrman and sophomore Tria Seawater-Simmons competed in their first heptathlon of their careers. Kimbro led the Hawkeyes, finishing fifth overall with 5,121 points to place third all-time in Iowa history. She was followed by Seawater-Simmons who finished eighth, garnering 4,928 points for fifth all-time and Warhman cracked the list at No.10 with 4,315 points and a 15th place finish.
This is the second time this season that Kimbro and Wahrman have placed in Iowa’s all-time list following a multi-event competition. During the indoor season, the duo placed third and seventh, respectively, all-time in the pentathlon following their performances at the Black & Gold Premier and Larry Wieczorek Invitational.
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 on March 31. He now ranks in Iowa’s all-time top 10 at fourth, is 21st 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 23 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 13 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).
BIG TEN LEADERS
Through two meets, the Hawkeyes have eight Big Ten leaders, including three relays.
- Sophomore Mar’yea Harris leads the 400 meter group with a time of 45.73.
- Junior Brittany Brown leads in two events – the 100 meters (11.43) and the 200 meters (22.73)
- 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).
- Sophomore Reno Tuufuli leads in the men’s discus throw (60.23m).
Iowa has four 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), junior Brittany Brown is sixth in the 200 meters (22.73), freshman Laulauga Tausaga is sixth in the discus throw (56.10m), sophomore Reno Tuufuli is fourth. The men’s and women’s 4×400 meter relays rank sixth and ninth, respectively.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
Iowa hosts the 18th annual Musco Twilight meet on Saturday, April 22. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. (CT).