Track & Field Notebook: Black & Gold Premier

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the Black and Gold Premier on Friday and Saturday. The teams competing include Barton County CC, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Loyola, Marquette, and South Florida. The weight throw starts Friday at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The meet continues Saturday at the UI Recreation Building with the high jump at 12 p.m. (CT). Running events start at 2:30 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries. A full schedule of events is located at Admission is free.

Fans can follow the meet on the live results page on Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf and a live video stream of the meet is available on BTN2Go.
The University of Iowa men’s and women’s track and field teams are ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll. The men are ranked 31st in the nation and the women are ranked 32nd.

The Hawkeyes have eight individual marks ranked in the NCAA’s top times of the season including the second fastest women’s 400-meter time from Briana Guillory and the third fastest men’s 400-meters from Karayme Bartley.

Top 15 in the NCAA:
Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.67), second
Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (46.39), third
Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73), sixth
Laulauga Tausaga – weight throw (21.30m), 10th
Daniel Soto – 3,000 meters (8:10.24), 12th
Amanda Carty – triple jump (12.84m), 13th
Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (16.70m), 13th
Chris Douglas – 60 hurdles (7.82), 15th

Four Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten Conference in their respective events including Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles, 7.73), Jenny Kimbro (60-meter hurdles, 8.29), Karayme Bartley (400 meters, 46.39), and Briana Guillory (400 meters, 52.67).

Top Five in the Big Ten:
Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73), first
Jenny Kimbro – 60-meter hurdles (8.29), first
Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (46.39), first
Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.67), first
Chris Douglas – 60 hurdles (7.82), second
Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.76m), third
Amanda Carty – triple jump (21.84m), third
Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (21.11), fourth
Briana Guillory – 600 meters (1:30.92), fourth
Daniel Soto – 3,000 meters (8:10.24), fourth
Lualauga Tausaga – shot put (16.70m), fourth
Laulauga Tausaga – wieght throw (21.30m), fourth
Mar’yea Harris – 600 meters (1:18.77), fifth

Six Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records:
Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
Reno Tuufuli: shot put (19.28m)
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (16.70m) and weight throw (21.30m)

UI Rec Building Record holder:
Antonio Woodard: 300 meters (32.89)

The Hawkeyes finished the 2018 indoor season with 14 All-America honors, the most in program history. Returning this season is first team All-American Briana Guillory (400 meters), and second team All-Americans Mar’yea Harris (400 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), and DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay). Guillory also earned second team honors in the 1,600-meter relay.
2018 Iowa All-Americans
First Team — Jahisha Thomas (LJ, TJ), Briana Guillory (400 meters)
Second Team — Mar’yea Harris (400 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Bradford Garron (1,600-meter relay), Sheridan Champe (1,600-meter relay), Brittany Brown (200 meters, 1,600-meter relay), Sarah Plock (1,600-meter relay), Briana Guillory (1,600-meter relay)

At the 2018 Indoor Big Ten Championships, Nathan Mylenek, Chris Thompson, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert impressed with a come-from-behind win as Melchert passed five teams in the home stretch to earn the Hawkeyes’ first ever conference title in the event.
Senior Briana Guillory earned her first Big Ten Indoor title at the 2018 conference championships in the 400 meters (52.08).

Iowa returns four athletes that finished the 2018 indoor season inside the country’s top 10. Briana Guillory finished 2018 fifth in the country in the 400 meters (52.08), and Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, and Mar’yea Harris were 10th in the 1,600-meter relay (3:05.33).
Iowa returns three NCAA top 10 athletes from the outdoor season. Laulauga Tausaga ranked seventh in discus (59.86m),  Mar’yea Harris ranked eighth in the 400 meters (44.98), and Reno Tuufuli ranked ninth in discus (60.87m).

The men have 17 current athletes in Iowa’s indoor all-time top 10 (46 times), led by school-record holders Mar’yea Harris, (400-meters, 1,600-meter relay), Carter Lilly (800-meters, Distance medley relay), Reno Tuufuli (shot put) DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay, distance medley relay), Nathan Mylenek (distance medley relay), and Michael Melchert (distance medley relay).
The women have 11 athletes in the top 10 (19 times). Laulauga Tausaga holds the school records in the shot put (16.51m) and weight throws (20.03m).

The Hawkeyes make their first road trip to Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Invitational on Feb. 1-2. Iowa will also compete on Feb. 2 at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.).