The University of Iowa track and field team hosts its final indoor meet of the 2018 season with the Black & Gold Premier on Friday and Saturday. The weight throw, located in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complext (HTRC), begins Friday at 3 p.m. (CT), while all other events take place inside the UI Recreation building Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.
On Saturday, fans may sign up at the marketing table for a chance to win a prize pack.
Fans can follow the meet on the live results page at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf.
HAWKEYES RISE THROUGH THE RANKINGS
The University of Iowa men’s and women’s track and field teams are ranked in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Rankings, released Jan. 22. The men are ranked 22nd in the nation, while the women are ranked 27th, their highest ranking since they were ranked as high as 18th during the 2008 season.
BIG TEN LEADERS
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in seven events in 2018.
- Senior Brittany Brown: 200 Meters (23.54)
- Junior Briana Guillory: 400 Meters (52.95)
- Junior Mar’yea Harris: 400 Meters (46.50)
- Junior Chris Douglas: 60 Meter Hurdles (7.80)
- Men’s 4×400 meter relay: 3:07.54
- Sophomore Jenny Kimbro: Pentathlon (3,900 points)
- Senior Will Dougherty: Heptathlon (5,572 points)
Iowa has 12 athletes represented in eight events the NCAA top 10, according to TFRRS.com.
- Junior Briana Guillory: 400 meters (1st), 200 meters (9th)
- Will Dougherty: Heptathlon (5th)
- Men’s 4×400 meter Relay (5th)
- Junior Mar’yea Harris: 400 meters (8th)
- Senior Brittany Brown: 200 meters (8th)
- Sophomore Jenny Kimbro: Pentathlon (8th)
- Junior Tria Simmons: Pentathlon (9th)
- Junior Chris Douglas: 60 meter hurdles (10th)
- Women’s 4×400 meter Relay (10th)
HARRIS BROUGHT HIS “A” GAME
Junior Mar’yea Harris holds the eighth fastest 400-meter time in the country and 12th fastest time in the world after the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Harris competed against professionals Fred Kerley and Aldrich Bailey in the 400 meter premier. Harris finished third with a time of 46.50 to lead the Big Ten and rank eighth in the NCAA.
Harris also split 45.9 on the final leg of the men’s 1,600-meter relay premier to complete a third-to-first comeback over the TigerHawk Olympians and LSU. The Hawkeyes are ranked fifth in the country in the event with a time of 3:07.54, eighth fastest in program history.
GUILLORY NAMED BIG TEN TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Briana Guillory was named the women’s Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. Guillory leads the country in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 52.95 following the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Guillory finished runner-up to Nike athlete and 2012 Olympian Georganne Moline, but still recorded a personal best. She now ranks fifth in school history.
During the women’s 1,600 meter relay, Guillory helped Iowa to a first place finish, splitting 51.05 on the third leg of the race. The Hawkeyes went on to set the sixth fastest time in school history, 10th fastest in the country, and third fastest in the Big Ten.
TAUSAGA TAKES ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD
Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga broke another throwing record at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Tausaga threw 15.87 meters (52 feet, 1 inch) to surpass Gail Smith whose record stood since 1985. Tausaga finished fifth in the event.
Tausaga also recorded the second longest weight throw mark in school history (19.15 meters, 62 feet, 10 inches). Tausaga owns school record in the discus and indoor shotput.
FEAR THE IOWA RELAYS
The Hawkeyes boast two top-10 relays in the country. The men’s 1,600-meter relay of Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, Bradford Garron, and Mar’yea Harris rank fifth in the country with a time of 3:07.54 and first in the Big Ten.
The women’s 1,600-meter relay team of Sheridan Champe, Brittany Brown, Briana Guillory, and Sarah Plock are 10th in the nation and third in the Big Ten with a time of 3:37.37.
MAKE ROOM FOR THE MULTI EVENTS
The Hawkeyes had three athletes set personal bests in the heptathlon and pentathlon at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational, including a school record by senior Will Dougherty in the heptathlon.
Dougherty reset his own school record in the event by 70 points, scoring 5,572 points. He ranks fifth in the NCAA in the heptathlon and first in the Big Ten. In addition, Dougherty finished first, defeating 2016 Olympian Zach Ziemek.
Sophomore Jenny Kimbro and junior Tria Simmons both moved up in the all-time Iowa pentathlon rankings. Kimbro won the pentathlon with a personal best 3,900 points, second in school history, while Simmons finished second with 3,859 points, third in school history. The duo also ranks first and second in the Big Ten and eighth and ninth in the country.
IOWA SIGNS 25 FOR 2018
The Hawkeyes announced the addition of 25 signees for the 2018-19 season on Nov. 11. The class includes 14 women and 11 men, including 10 from Iowa.
Iowa has 110 athletes on its roster in 2018. There are 40 freshmen, 32 sophomores, 21 juniors, and 17 seniors. Of the 110 student-athletes, 42 are from Iowa followed by 20 from Illinois. The team also has seven international athletes.
COUNTING CURRENT ALL-TIME HAWKEYES
The men have 35 current athletes in Iowa’s indoor all-time top 10, led by school-record holders Mar’yea Harris, (400-meters, 1,600-meter relay), Carter Lilly (800-meters, Distance medley relay), Will Dougherty (heptathlon), DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay, Distance medley relay), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay) and Matt Manternach (Distance medley relay).
The women have 30 athletes in the top-10 and four school record holders on the roster including Brittany Brown (200 meters), Jahisha Thomas (long jump, triple jump), and Briana Guillory (1,600-meter relay).
BROWN, HARRIS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
Senior Brittany Brown (200 meters) and junior Mar’yea Harris (400 meters) were named 2018 Preseason All-Americans by FloTrack.
Brown, a native of Upland, California, owns the 200-meter school record indoor and outdoor and is tied for the 100-meter record. Brown won Big Ten titles in the 200 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Indoor championships with a time of 22.92.
Harris, a native of Auburn, Washington, holds the indoor 400-meter school record and placed runner-up in the 400-meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Harris was part of the 1,600-meter relay that broke the indoor and outdoor school records and placed fifth and third at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, respectively.
Brown and Harris join Ohio State’s Nick Gray as the only male or female representatives of the Big Ten in the 200 or 400 meters.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes hit the road for the first time in 2018. The team travels to the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The meet runs from Feb.2-3 in South Bend, Indiana.