Track & Field Notebook: NCAA Championships

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Track and Field team will send 10 student-athletes to compete this weekend at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. A full schedule of events is located at on the track and field schedule page.

Events are listed in Central Time:
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.
Fans can follow the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships on Live stats for the meet 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 women’s track and field team climbed two spots to No. 12, its highest ranking in program history, in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Week 7 poll. The USTFCCCA rank the men at No. 23, moving up four spots from week six.
The women’s rank is the highest for either the men or women in school history. The Hawkeye women have been ranked in the top 25 nine times, five times this season, and the men have ranked in the top 25 15 times since 2008.
The Hawkeyes have 10 individual marks and one relay team ranked in the NCAA’s top-16 times to qualify them for the NCAA Indoor Championships, including the third best women’s weight throw and shot put from Laulauga Tausaga and the fourth best pentathlon from Tria Simmons.
Top 16 in the NCAA:
3. Laulauga Tausaga – weight throw (23.26m)
3. Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (17.79m)
4. Tria Simmons – pentathlon (4,220 points)
7. Bartley, Woodard, Lawrence Jr., Harris – men’s 1,600-meter relay (3:04.76)
9. Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.67)
10. Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (46.02)
11. Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.73)
13. Jenny Kimbro – pentathlon (4,123 points)
13. Wayne Lawrence – 400 meters (46.14)
14. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.65)
15. Chris Douglas – 60-meter hurdles (7.75)
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 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)
The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named junior Laulauga Tausaga (LAU-long-a Tuh-saga) Midwest Region Female Field Athlete of the Year, becoming the second female in school history to earn a track and field regional honor.
Tausaga ranks third nationally in the shot put and weight throw this season. Her farthest weight mark (23.26 meters, 76-3) at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational broke the Iowa record, and her shot-put mark of 17.79 meters (58-4) at the 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championships expanded her previous record by 1.09 meters to also break the Hawkeye record.
The USTFCCCA also named her National Athlete of the Week on Feb. 5. She was 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.
13 Hawkeyes on the roster account for 10 indoor school records:
Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (17.79m) and weight throw (21.30m)
Tria Simmons: pentathlon (4,220 points)
Karayme Bartley: 200 meters (20.67)
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)
At the 2019 Indoor Big Ten Championships, juniors Collin Hofacker, Antonio Woodard, and Chris Thompson ran the first three legs of the 1,600-meter relay. When senior Mar’yea Harris received the baton, the Hawkeyes were in third place of their section. With 100 meters left in the race, Harris’ turbo kicked in and he passed Ohio State and Purdue to earn the title in 3:07.46. Following the men, the women, including Jenny Kimbro, Tria Simmons, Aly Weum, and Briana Guillory, also won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:37.58). Kimbro won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.29 to earn the Hawkeyes’ first ever conference title in the event. The final two 2019 Big Ten Champions are Simmons in the pentathlon (4,135 points) and Jaylan McConico in the 60-meter hurdles (7.79).
The women finished third overall at the to tie the Hawkeyes’ best finish since 2004 before the conference expanded, in Big Ten Championship history with 80 points. They collected 10 medals, including gold medals by the 1,600-meter relay team, Kimbro in the 60-meter hurdles, Simmons in the pentathlon, and four silver medals by Kimbro in the pentathlon, Guillory in the 200 and 400 meters, and Tausaga in the shot put. Kimbro led the Hawkeyes over the weekend with the most points from an individual Hawkeyes, scoring 20.5 points. The following women scored points in their respective events:
WOMEN (80 points, third place)
Jenny Kimbro, Tria Simmons, Aly Weum, Briana Guillory – 1,600-meter relay (3:37.58), 10 points
Jenny Kimbro – 60-meter hurdles (8.29), 10 points
Tria Simmons – pentathlon (4,135 points), 10 points
Jenny Kimbro – pentathlon (4,030 points), eight points
Briana Guillory – 200 meters (23.37), eight points
Briana Guillory – 400 meters (52.65), eight points
Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (17.79 meters, 58-4 1/2), eight points
Nia Britt – shot put (16.75 meters, 58-4 1/2), five points
Aubrianna Lantrip – high jump (1.73 meters, 5-8), five points
Hannah Schilb – triple jump (12.37 meters, 40-7), four points
Antonise Christian – 60 meters (7.59), two points
Aly Weum – 400 meters (55.82), one point
Amanda Carty – long jump (5.89 meters, 19-4), one point
The men’s team tied for fourth place with 70 points, its best finish since 2011. The Hawkeyes collected nine medals, including Hofacker, Thompson, Woodard, and Harris’ 1,600-meter gold medals, McConico’s 60-meter hurdles gold medal, Karayme Bartley’s 200- and 400-meter silver medals, Chris Douglas’ 60-meter hurdles bronze medal, and Harris’ 400-meter bronze medal. The following is the complete list of men’s points scored.

MEN (70 points, tied for fourth)
Collin Hofacker, Antonio Woodard, Chris Thompson, Mar’yea Harris – 1,600-meter relay (3:07.46), 10 points
Jaylan McConico – 60-meter hurdles (7.79), 10 points
Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.67), eight points
Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (46.25), eight points
Chris Douglas – 60-meter hurdles (7.84), six  points
Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (46.36), six points
Anthony Williams – 60-meter hurdles (7.88), five points
Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (20.98), five points
James Carter – triple jump (15.09 meters, 49-6 1/4), three points
Reno Tuufuli – shot put (18.28 meters, 59-11 3/4), three points
Austin Lietz – 600 meters (1:20.75), two points
Tysen VanDraska, Chris Thompson, Matt Manternach, Jeff Roberts – Distance Medley Relay (9:53.38), two points
Peyton Haack – heptathlon (5,201 points), one point
Wayne Lawrence Jr. – 400 meters (47.96), one point
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 12 athletes in the top 10 (20 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).
The Hawkeyes will travel to Tempe, Arizona, to compete in their first outdoor meet at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 15-16.