By JACK ROSSI
Live Results page: http://www.flotrack.org/result/9839-2017-mt-sac-relays#.WPFjJEXyvIX
TORRANCE, Calif. – The University of Iowa track and field team completed the second day of the Mt. SAC Relays and concluded the Bryan Clay Invitational on Friday in California.
The main competition in a flurry of meets being held in the Los Angeles area, the Mt. SAC Relays played host to a number of collegiate, high school, and Olympic level races. After the first day, Iowa found the most success in the women’s 400 meters and men’s triple jump.
Sophomore Briana Guillory highlighted the day on the women’s side, claiming the team’s first event title of the day in the 400 meters. Guillory clocked in at 52.89 to win her first event of the outdoor season and place fifth all-time in Iowa history.
Guillory now ranks 16th on the NCAA leaderboards heading into this weekend.
Senior Antwon James competed in his second triple jump of the outdoor season, the transfer from Loyola University of Chicago won his first triple jump title as a Hawkeyes with a mark of 15.60 meters.
“You always want to prepare yourself to beat the level of competition and I set the bar today and everybody else was trying to keep up,” James said.
James realizes the magnitude of the Mt. SAC Relays and is using his experience here as a springboard for Iowa’s next monster meet.
“Mt. SAC is similar to the Drake Relays in the aspect of the competition level and atmosphere,” James said.
At the Bryan Clay Invitational, Iowa had a handful of distance runners compete with three Hawkeyes setting personal bests in the 1,500 meters. Senior Adam Jones (3:35.45) and junior Michael Melchert (3:47.04) cracked the all-time list at No.6 and No.4, respectively.
Senior Tess Wilberding set a personal best in the women’s 1,500 meters. She finished in 4:27.87, breaking her previous best by almost a second and falling two seconds short of entering Iowa’s all-time list.
Iowa returns to the track tomorrow to conclude the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational. Iowa’s first event at Mt. SAC is set for 3 p.m. (CT) and the team opens Saturday at the Beach Invitational at 12:46 p.m in the 1,600 meter relay.