Hawkeyes Cap Tyson Invitational, Iowa State Classic with Impressive 4x400 Races

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Iowa track and field teams wrapped up competition at the Tyson Invitational and Iowa State Classic with a bevy of 4×400 meter relays, including two top-ten times in program history.

In the final race at the Tyson Invite, the women’s 4×400 meter relay team of senior Sommer Sharpe, junior Briana Guillory, senior Brittany Brown, and senior Sheridan Champe finished fourth overall in the event, but posted the second fastest time in indoor school history with a time of 3:34.34. That time is over two seconds faster than the third-ranked time and trails the 3:32.93 set in 2016.

On the men’s side, Iowa’s squad trailed in section two of the event, but two splits of 45.95 and 45.42 boosted Iowa to a second place finish in the section and third place finish overall with a time of 3:06.06. That time is second in school history.

At the Iowa State Classic, Iowa’s relay of freshmen Kylie Morken, Addie Swanson, and sophomore Mallory King and Tia Saunders placed third with a time of 3:50.25.

“The men continued to build on our last few weeks with some great distance performances at ISU. Nate Mylenek had a huge PR in the mile and Michael Melchert continues to improve throughout the indoor season with a great 3K. The men had a lot of PRs in the 200 and finished the day off well with a great performance in the 4×4. I think we have a team that can run 3:03 or faster, so we need to continue to improve to be one of the dominant relays in the NCAA.”

“I was very pleased with the weekend’s performances across the board with the women. We made some moves in particular in the distance events at ISU iwith some All-Time top-ten marks. Andie Shine had a tremendous performance in the 5K and Bri Lantrip and Gillian Urycki had some big jumps in the high jump. Jahisha Thomas put up a great mark in the long jump to improve her position in the conference and Lagi Tausaga continues to improve in both events with two PRs, including another school record in the shot put. Our women finished the day off with a great run in the 4×4 with a huge 51.10 split by Briana. I think we have a team that can run much faster and compete to make the NCAA Championships.”

A week after senior Michael Melchert set the fourth fastest mile in school history (4:04.32), sophomore Nathan Mylenek ran 4:05.32 set the sixth fastest mile in school history. Mylenek placed 10th overall in the event.

Junior Mar’yea Harris finishes third in the open 200 meters with a time of 21.34, tenth in school history, and freshman Bradford Garron finished fourth with a time of 21.38. Both are personal bests.

Sophomore Laulauga Tausaga finished runner-up in the shot put a day after finishing runner-up in the weight throw. Tausaga’s best mark was 16.51 meters (54 feet 2 inches).

Sophomore Akinshe Hill tied his collegiate best in the triple jump. He finished 11th in the event with a best jump of 14.74 meters (48 feet 4.5 inches).

Junior Briana Guillory tied her personal best in the 200 meters from a week ago with a 23.26. She placed fourth overall.

Sophomore Nolan Teubel set a personal best in the 800 meters at Iowa State (1:50.93).

Freshman Daniel Gaynes set a personal best in the 60 meters with a time of 7.12.

Freshman Kylie Morken recorded a new collegiate best in the 400 meters. She finished with a time of 56.76.

Select Hawkeyes travel to Notre Dame for the Alex Wilson Invitational as a final tune-up before the Big Ten Indoor Championships.