Simmons Leads Iowa's Multis at Bryan Clay Invitational

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AZUZA, California — The University of Iowa track and field team kicked off the first of three meets in California with the Bryan Clay Invitational on Wednesday.

Five Hawkeyes took part in the first day of the heptathlon and decathlon competitions. Senior Will Dougherty and freshman Daniel Gaynes completed five events in the decathlon while sophomores Jenny Kimbro, Gillian Urycki, and junior Tria Simmons participated in four events in the heptathlon.

The athletes were separated into groups with Gaynes in the third decathlon group and Dougherty in the fourth group, while Simmons and Kimbro were in the third heptathlon group and Urycki competed in the second.

After the first day of competition, Simmons ranks fourth in the third heptathlon group with 3,365 points, Kimbro is seventh with 3,351 points, and Urycki is 16th with 2,376 points. On the men’s side, Gaynes is eighth in his group, tallying 3,663 points, and Dougherty is fifth with 4,034 points.

Dougherty recorded three personal bests in the 100 meters (11.02), long jump (7.06 meters), and high jump (2.01 meters). In addition, the school-record holder’s highest finish came in the shot put where he threw a best mark of 14.28 meters for second place in his group.

Gaynes’ best finish came in the 400 meters with a time of 48.89 seconds for second place in his group followed by a third place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 11.03.

Simmons finished in the top-eight in all four events on Wednesday, notching two personal bests in the high jump (1.75 meters, fifth place) and shot put (11.26 meters, eighth place).

Kimbro moved up in the program’s all-time rankings with a second place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Her 13.63 in the event ranks her sixth in school history. Kimbro also set a personal best in the 200 meters with a time of 24.75 for third place in her group.

Urycki made her multi-event debut at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Primarily a high jumper, Urycki finished runner-up in the high jump, clearing 1.69 meters.

The Hawkeyes conclude the Bryan Clay multi event competition tomorrow and begin the Mt. SAC Relay with distance events tomorrow night.