FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Juniors Karayme Bartley and Antonio Woodard, freshman Wayne Lawrence, and senior Mar’yea Harris broke the 1,600-meter relay school record at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday.
The four athletes completed the race in 3:04.76, finishing third to edge out the previous indoor best, 3:04.94, set by Emmanuel Ogwo, Collin Hofacker, DeJuan Frye, and Harris in 2017.
“It was great to finish the weekend with the school record and one of the top times in the nation in the 1,600-meter relay,” Iowa Director of track and field Joey Woody said.
Bartley and Woodard also ran career bests in the 200 meters, recording times of 20.81 and 20.89, respectively, ranking them second and third all-time at Iowa. Bartley was one-thousandth of a second from tying the school record.
The Tyson Invitational was one of two meets Iowa competed in this weekend. The Hawkeyes were also represented at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
QUOTING COACH JOEY WOODY
“Today was another tremendous day for Iowa track and field. We made some major moves in the Big Ten and NCAA. I thought Reno [Tuufuli] and Laulauga [Tausaga] competed well and fought in the phot put. We had a lot of personal bests in the women’s 200, and I thought the women who competed on the 1,600-meter relay all did great even without Briana Guillory.”
TOP FINISHES FROM THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes added three more top-three finishes from junior Laulauga Tausaga, senior Reno Tuufuli, and sophomore Jay Hunt. Tausaga finished second in the shot put with a 16.61-meter (54-6) throw, Tuufuli finished third in the shot put with an 18.53-meter (60-9 1/2) throw, and Hunt placed third in the high jump with a 2.01-meter (6-7) mark.
The Hawkeyes tallied nine additional personal best marks in the 200 meters, 800 meters, and the mile, including:
Jada Laye – 200 meters (24.38)
Addie Swanson – 200 meters (25.063)
Kylie Morken – 200 meters (25.252)
Payton Wensel – 200 meters (25.62)
Matt Manternach – 800 meters (1:49.70)
Alec Still – 800 meters (1:51.40)
Tyler Olson – 800 meters (1:54.29)
Macie Weber – mile (5:04.99)
Jeff Roberts – mile (4:11.69)
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes compete in their final meet of the regular season next Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.