BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of Iowa Hawkeyes earned eight first team All-American honors at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, from Karayme Bartley in two events, Chris Douglas, Briana Guillory, Laulauga Tausaga, Collin Hofacker, Wayne Lawrence Jr., and Mar’yea Harris. The Hawkeyes tied the most indoor first-team honors in University of Iowa history set by the 2011 team.
Tausaga’s fifth-place finish in the weight throw (22.23 meters, 72-11 1/4) made history as she was the first female to be named first team All-American in the event, and the second in program history, men or women.
“I am proud of Laulauga, coming back after a tough day one,” Woody said. “She fought and earned some big points for the team. It’s her first time earning first team All-American indoors, so that is special. I know that will be a big motivation going into outdoor.”
Douglas and Bartley earned their first first-team honors in the 60-meter hurdles and 200 meters, respectively. Douglas finished sixth (7.83) in the hurdles, and Bartley finished sixth (20.97).
Guillory the 400 meters in 52.86 to place sixth, to earn her second first team indoor honor of her career.
“Briana got back in there and got first team All-American again, and I’m proud of her,” Woody said. “I know she wishes should would have run a different race.”
The men’s 1,600-meter relay squad, including Hofacker, Bartley, Lawrence, and Harris also finished sixth in 3:07.68 to earn first team All-American honors. Lawrence, a freshman, earned his first honor in his first championships season.
The men finished the indoor season ranked 25th in the nation, and the women ranked 33rd.
“This was a great weekend, but I’m excited for outdoor season,” Woody said. “I can’t wait to see what our team can do. We are looking forward to being our best in May.”
The Hawkeyes get an early start on the outdoor season as the make their way to Tempe, Arizona, for the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 15-16.