IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa track and field celebrated Musco Twilight XX on Saturday with 10 event wins.
Juniors Megan Schott and Nathan Mylenek won the Larry Wieczorek 1,500 meters, named after the former Hawkeye coach. Schott finished the race with a personal best, 4:33.68, and Mylenek finished in 3:52.06.
The Hawkeyes earned wins in the discus from junior Laulauga Tausaga (59.09 meters, 193-10) and senior Reno Tuufili (62.54 meters, 205-02). Tuufuli’s throw expanded his second ranked all-time mark. Tausaga threw 58.02 meters (190-4) in the hammer and 15.29 meters (50-2) in the shot put, and Tuufuli put the shot 17.90 meters (58-8 3/4) to add two additional wins for the Hawkeyes.
“We had some great performances in the throws today. Reno also had a huge personal-best throw in the discus today and came away as a double winner in his last Musco Twilight Meet as a Hawkeye,” said Iowa director of track and field Joey Woody.
Freshman Anna Hostetler won her first collegiate 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:02.81. Sophomores Antonise Christian and Jay Hunt also tabbed wins. Christian ran 11.97 in the 100 meters, and Hunt jumped 2.05 meters (6-8 3/4)
“It was good to see our athletes in some new events. I thought Anna Hostetler competed very well in her first steeplechase ever. Jay Hunt had another good day in the high jump. He had some good looks but just missed a personal best bar at seven feet,” said Woody.
QUOTING HEAD COACH JOEY WOODY
“It was a great day to recognize our Seniors and what they’ve done for our program the last 4-5 years.
“We held some of our athletes out this week in preparation for Mount SAC and Drake Relays before we get ready to host the Big Ten Championships in May.”
Sophomore Konstadina Spanoudakis threw a new personal best in the women’s discus (57.95 meters (190-01), moving from third to second on Iowa’s all-time top 10 list.
“Konstadina had a massive personal best and a great series in the discus today,” said Woody.
Six additional Hawkeyes set personal bests:
Erika Hammond – hammer throw (49.92 meters, 163-9)
Sydney Winger – 100 hurdles (14.27)
Grace McCabe – 800 meters (2:12.61)
Tyler Olson – 600 meters (1:19.82)
Josh Andrews – 600 meters (1:20.10)
Noah Healy – 1,500 meters (3:55.51)
FIRST TIME PERFORMANCES
Freshmen Sidney Vancil, Patty Teggatz, and Emma Gordon ran new events. Vancil clocked her first 800 meters in 2:29.13. Teggatz and Gordon finished the 1,500 meters in 5:10.74 and 4:50.86, respectively.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes travel to California next week to compete in three meets, Mount SAC Relays, Beach Invitational (Long Beach State), and Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa Pacific).