IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Track and Field team will send 10 student-athletes to the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 8-9.
The national qualifiers include three-time indoor qualifiers Briana Guillory and Mar’yea Harris in the 400 meters. Harris will also run the 1,600-meter relay. Senior Chris Douglas (60-meter hurdles) and juniors Jaylan McConico (60-meter hurdles) and Antonio Woodard (1,600-meter relay) will make their second appearances, while five Hawkeyes will make their first appearances at the indoor national meet, including junior Laulauga Tausaga in the shot put and weight throw, junior Karayme Bartley in the 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay, freshman Wayne Lawrence Jr. in the 400 meters and 1,600-meter relay, and senior Tria Simmons and junior Jenny Kimbro in the pentathlon.
At the Big Ten Championships, Kimbro scored 20.5 of the Hawkeye women’s 80 points. She’s the first female in Hawkeye history to win the 60-meter hurdles (8.29) at Big Tens. She also ran lead leg of the winning 1,600-meter relay (3:37.58) and placed second in the pentathlon with 4,030 points at Big Tens. Nationally, Kimbro ranks 13th in the pentathlon after scoring 4,123 points in the pentathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Her score also ranks second on Iowa all-time record list.
Kimbro’s teammate and training partner, Simmons, ranks fourth nationally in the pentathlon after breaking the Iowa record with 4,220 points. She won the pentathlon (4,135 points) at the Big Ten Championships. She also ranks fourth in high jump (1.78m) and triple jump (12.83m), sixth in 60 hurdles (8.40), and ninth in long jump (5.86) all-time at Iowa.
The only Hawkeye to qualify in two individual events is Tausaga. She ranks third nationally in both shot put (17.79 meters) and weight throw (23.26 meters). She was named National Athlete of the Week after recording Iowa’s top weight throw mark all-time. Tausaga also holds the Iowa shot put record after expanding her previous best mark by 1.09 meters at the Big Ten Championships.
The final female to qualify to the national meet is Guillory. Nationally, she ranks 14th in 400 meters (52.65). At the Big Ten Championships, Guillory earned gold as the 1,600-meter relay anchor and silver in the 200 and 400 meters after running only one 400-meter race and zero 200 races during the regular season.
On the men’s side, Harris ranks 12th, nationally, in the 400 meters (46.02). At the Big Ten Championships, Harris earned bronze in the 400 meters (46.36) and anchored the gold-medal 1,600-meter relay (3:07.46). The Hawkeyes were in third place of their heat when the baton was handed off to Harris. He rallied in the last 100 meters to pass Purdue and Ohio State, winning the race by three-hundredths of a second.
Joining Harris on the 1,600-meter relay is Bartley, Lawrence Jr., and Woodard, the lineup that broke the school record earlier this season at the Tyson Invitational in 3:04.76. Their mark ranks eighth in the country this season.
Bartley ranks 10th nationally in the 200 meters (20.67) and 19th in the 400 meters (46.25, 19th). He ran 200 meters in 20.67 and 400 meters in 46.25 to earn silver medals at the Big Ten Championships. His 200 meters (20.67) ranks first, breaking the 2011 record (20.80) set by first-team All-American Justin Austin, and his 400 meters (46.25) ranks third all-time at Iowa.
Lawrence ranks 15th in the nation for his performance at the Meyo Invitational where he ran the 400 meters in 46.14.
Making their second appearances in the 60-meter hurdles are training partners McConico and Douglas. McConico ranks eighth nationally in the 60-meter hurdles (7.73) and ranks third all-time at Iowa, while Douglas ranks 13th in the country (7.75) and fourth at Iowa. McConico earned his first Big Ten Championship title in the 60-meter hurdles (7.79) and Douglas finished third.
The NCAA Indoor Championships run March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama. ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 5:30 p.m. (CT) on March 8 and starting at 4 p.m. on March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
ATHLETE, EVENT, SCHEDULE (CT)
Briana Guillory: 400 meters (P), Friday 6:27 p.m.; 400 meters (F), Saturday 4:50 p.m.
Mar’yea Harris, Wayne Lawrence Jr.: 400 meters (P), Friday 6:42 p.m.; 400 meters (F), Saturday 5 p.m.
Karayme Bartley: 200 meters (P), Friday 7:52 p.m.; 200 meters (F), Saturday 6 p.m.
Chris Douglas, Jaylan McConico: 60 meter hurdles (P), Friday 7:07 p.m.; 60 meter hurdles (F), Saturday 5:20 p.m.
Tria Simmons, Jenny Kimbro: Pentathlon, Friday 12:15 p.m.
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put, Friday 5:15 p.m.; weight throw, Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Men’s 1,600-meter relay: Saturday, 6:55 p.m.