Track & Field Notebook: Frank Sevigne and Meyo Invitationals

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team competes at the Frank Sevigne Invitational hosted by Nebraska on Friday and Saturday, and the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Saturday. On Friday at the Frank Sevigne Invite, the multi-events start at noon (CT), field events begin at 4:30 p.m., and running events start at 6 p.m.. On Saturday, the heptathlon continues at 9:30 a.m. (CT), field events and running events start at 11:30 a.m., and running events begin at 11:30 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Meyo Invitational running events start at 8:45 a.m. (CT). A full schedule of events is located at on the track and field schedule page.

Fans can follow the Frank Sevigne Invite on the live results page on Live stats for both meets are linked on the Iowa track and field schedule page. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf.

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) poll. The men are ranked 33rd in the nation and the women are ranked 37th.

The Hawkeyes have six individual marks ranked in the NCAA’s top times, including the third fastest women’s 400-meter time from Briana Guillory and the eighth fastest men’s 400-meters and 60-meter hurdles from Karayme Bartley and Jaylan McConico, respectively.
Top 15 in the NCAA:
Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.67), third
Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (46.39), eighth
Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73), eighth
Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (46.74, 13th
Laulauga Tausaga – weight throw (21.30m), 13th
Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (16.70m), 13th

The Hawkeyes are ranked in the top five 16 times in the conference. Three Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten Conference in their respective events including Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles, 7.73), Karayme Bartley (400 meters, 46.39), and Briana Guillory (400 meters, 52.67). Iowa holds three of the top-five best times in the Big Ten’s men’s 400 meters and 60-meter hurdles.

Top Five in the Big Ten:
Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73), first
Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (46.39), first
Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.67), first
Chris Douglas – 60 hurdles (7.82), second
Jenny Kimbro – 60-meter hurdles (8.29), second
Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (46.74), third
Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.76m), third
Amanda Carty – long jump (6.16m), third
Amanda Carty – triple jump (21.84m), third
Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (21.11), fourth
Wayne Lawrence – 400 meters (46.96), fourth
Briana Guillory – 600 meters (1:30.92), fourth
Lualauga Tausaga – shot put (17.34m), fourth
Laulauga Tausaga – weight throw (21.30m), fourth
Anthony Williams – 60-meter hurdles (7.93), fifth
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 (17.34m) and weight throw (21.30m)

At the Larry Wiecorek Invitational, juniors Laulauga Tausaga, Nia Britt, and Erika Hammond each earned new personal best shot put marks to rank first,second, and third all-time at Iowa. Tausaga broke the school record with a 17.34-meter throw (54-9 1/2), Britt improved her second ranked mark to 16.19 meters  (53-1 1/2), and Hammond improved her ranking to third with a 15.63-meter throw.

Hammond competed the following week at the Black & Gold Premier and improved her mark to 15.79 meters (51-9 3/4).

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 will travel to the Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa) and Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.) next Friday and Saturday.