Iowa Concludes Willie Williams Classic in Arizona

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TUCSON, Arizona — The University of Iowa track and field team concluded its first outdoor meet of the season with 11 total event champions at the Willie Williams Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Iowa added four more event titles on Saturday after claiming seven during Friday’s competition.  

The Hawkeyes took home titles in two of the first three events on Saturday. The men’s 4×100 meter relay of freshman Tyree Sorrells, senior O’Shea Wilson, sophomore Antonio Woodard, and junior Mar’yea Harris ran 39.69 to win their first 4×100 relay of the year.

Iowa was the only team to run under 40-seconds.

Shortly after the relay, sophomore Jenny Kimbro won the 100-meter hurdles. Kimbro, a Big Ten 60-meter hurdle finalist, ran 13.82 to win her first 100-meter hurdle title in her career.

Junior Andy Jatis opened his 2018 outdoor season with a tie for first place in the pole vault. Jatis cleared 4.90 meters (16-0.75).

Senior Brittany Brown, who won the 200 meters yesterday, returned to the track to win the 100 meters with a time of 11.44 seconds.

In the women’s discus, sophomore Laulauga Tausaga finished third overall with a best throw of 56.54  meters (185-6), but freshman Konstadina Spanoudakis started her outdoor season in a big way with the third best throw in program history. Spanoudakis threw 52.11 meters (170-11) for a fourth place finish.

Junior Reno Tuufuli finished the shot put as the top collegian in the field. Tuufuli threw 17.92 meters (58-9.50). After winning the discus throw last night, Tuufuli leaves Arizona undefeated against collegiate competition.

The Hawkeyes had 19 athletes compete in either the 400 meters or 800 meters with four clocking personal bests — Tashee Hargrave (400 meters, 55.46), Talia Buss (400 meters, 55.81), Mallory King (400 meters, 56.28), and Chris Thompson (400 meters, 47.9).

In addition, Hargrave (fifth), sophomore Collin Hofacker (third), and sophomore DeJuan Frye (fifth) finished in the top-five in the 400 meters.
The Hawkeyes take a week off from competition before splitting up to compete in the Florida Relays, Texas Relays, and Stanford Invitational March 28-31.