IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team competes at the 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championships hosted in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, multi and running events start at 9 a.m. (CT) and field events start at 2:30 p.m. A full schedule of events is located at hawkeyesports.com on the track and field schedule page.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the Tyson Invitational on the live results page on hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. 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.
HAWKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The University of Iowa women’s track and field team climbed three spots to rank No. 15 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Week 5 poll. The USTFCCCA rank the men at No. 22.
The Hawkeye women have been ranked in the top 25 seven times in program history, including three times this season. The men have ranked in the top 25 14 times since 2008.
The Hawkeyes are ranked in the top five 24 times in the Big Ten Conference. Four individuals lead the conference in their respective events, including Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles, 7.73), Mar’yea Harris in the 400 (46.02) and 600 meters (1:16.60), and Tria Simmons in the pentathlon (4,220). The men’s 1,600-meter relay squad is also leading the conference.
Top Five in the Big Ten:
1. Bartley, Woodard, Lawrence Jr., Harris – men’s 1,600-meter relay (3:04.76)
1. Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73)
1. Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (46.02)
1. Mar’yea Harris – 600 meters (1:16.60)
1. Tria Simmons – pentathlon (4,220 points)
2. Laulauga Tausaga – weight throw (23.26m)
2. Chris Douglas – 60 hurdles (7.76)
2. Jenny Kimbro – 60-meter hurdles (8.27)
2. Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.81)
2. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.67)
2. Wayne Lawrence – 400 meters (46.14)
2. Tria Simmons – high jump (1.78m)
3. Jenny Kimbro – pentathlon (4,123 points)
3. Kimbro, Weum, Simmons, Wensel – women’s 1,600-meter relay (3:37.94)
3. Amanda Carty – long jump (6.16m)
4. Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (20.89)
4. Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (46.39)
4. Briana Guillory – 600 meters (1:30.92)
4. Amanda Carty – triple jump (12.84m)
5. Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.76m)
5. Anthony Williams – 60-meter hurdles (7.91)
5. Lualauga Tausaga – shot put (16.70m)
5. Anthony Williams – 60-meter hurdles (7.93)
5. Peyton Haack – heptathlon (5,279 points)
ALL WE DO IS WIN
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).
NATIONALLY RANKED HAWKS
The Hawkeyes have nine individual marks and one relay team ranked in the NCAA’s top-15 times, including the second best women’s weight throw from Laulauga Tausaga and the third most pentathlon points from Tria Simmons..
Top 15 in the NCAA:
2. Laulauga Tausaga – weight throw (23.26m)
3. Tria Simmons – pentathlon (4,220 points)
6. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.67)
6. Bartley, Woodard, Lawrence Jr., Harris – men’s 1,600-meter relay (3:04.76)
8. Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73)
9. Jenny Kimbro – pentathlon (4,123 points)
10. Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (46.02)
11. Wayne Lawrence – 400 meters (46.14)
15. Chris Douglas – 60-meter hurdles (7.78)
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Six Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records:
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (17.34m) and weight throw (21.30m)
Tria Simmons: pentathlon (4,220 points)
Mar’yea Harris: 400 meters (45.75), 600 meters (1:16.60)
Carter Lilly: 800 meters (1:47.33)
Reno Tuufuli: shot put (19.28m)
Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker, Carter Lilly, and Michael Melchert: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
Karayme Bartley, Antonio Woodard, Wayne Lawrence Jr., Mar’yea Harris: 1,600-meter relay (3:04.76)
TAUSAGA ON TOP
The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named junior Laulauga Tausaga (LAU-long-a Tuh-saga) the National Athlete of the Week on Feb. 5. Tausaga is the first athlete from Iowa and the second female in the history of the Big Ten Conference to earn the honor during the indoor season.
Tausaga was recognized for her performances at the Frank Sevigne Invitational. In the weight throw, she threw a school record 23.26 meters (76-03 3/4) to win the event, a mark that ranks second in the NCAA. She also won the shot put competition, throwing 16.25 meters (53-03 3/4). The two wins earned her Most Valuable Female Performer of the meet.
B1G ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Three Hawkeyes have been name Big Ten Athletes of the week, including Tausaga (Feb. 6), Mar’yea Harris (Feb. 6), and Jenny Kimbro (Dec. 12), this season.
Tausaga was recognized for her performances at the Frank Sevigne Invitational. In the weight throw competition, she threw a school record 23.26 meters (76-03 3/4) to win the event, a mark that ranks second in the NCAA this season. She also won shot put, throwing 16.25 meters (53-03 3/4).
Harris earned the honor after winning the 400 (46.02) and 600 meters (1:16.60) at the Meyo Invitational over the weekend. His times in both events are leading the Big Ten this season.
Kimbro was honored after winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.34) at the Jimmy Grant Invitational, ranking third all-time in the event at the time. She also ran the first leg in the 1,600-meter relay team that placed third (3:53.93). In the long jump competition, Kimbro also placed third (5.54m, 18-2 1/4).
2018 INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
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)
RETURNING NCAA LEADERS
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).
COUNTING CURRENT ALL-TIME HAWKEYES
The men have 23 current athletes in Iowa’s indoor all-time top 10 (55 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), Karayme Bartley (1,600-meter relay), Antonio Woodard (1,600-meter relay), Wayne Lawrence Jr. (1,600-meter relay), Collin Hofacker (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), and Tria Simmons holds the pentathlon record (4,220).
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
Qualification to the championships is based on the descending-order list for the season and adhering to the qualifying regulations/criteria published on www.NCAA.org. For each men’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties.