IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team hosts the 2019 Big Ten Outdoors Track and Field Championships at Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track, beginning Friday and ending Sunday. A full schedule of events is located at hawkeyesports.com/B1GTrack and on the track and field schedule page.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the Big Ten Championships live results on hawkeyesports.com/tracklive. Live stats and a live stream for the meet are also linked on the Iowa track and field schedule page, hawkeyesports.com/trackschedule, and posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf.
Tickets for the 2019 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships are on sale through the University of Iowa Ticket Office. Gates open one hour prior to the start of the first event.
• Adult Admission — $20
• Youth (18 & under) Admission — $10
• General Admission Seating — $10
• Youth Rate — $5
• College Student Rate (must show ID) — $3
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Iowa Ticket Office at (800) IA-HAWKS or (319) 335-9323, or online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets. A complete schedule of events is available at hawkeyesports.com/B1GTrack.
Public parking will be available free of charge in the Hawkeye Commuter Parking Lot (Lot 85), with a complementary bus shuttle service to and from the competition facility. Limited public parking will be available in the Softball Parking Lot, west of the competition facility.
Bus Shuttle Times (All times are CT):
– Friday, May 10: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.**
– Saturday, May 11: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
– Sunday, May 12: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
**The bus shuttle service will not be available from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday as the buses will be honoring their commitment to the public school district. Please plan accordingly.
Directions to Hawkeye Commuter Parking Lot:
Head south on Mormon Trek Boulevard and continue for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Hawkeye Park Road and continue for 0.6 miles. Hawkeye Commuter Parking Lot (Lot 85) will be on your right. Complementary bus shuttles will pick-up and drop-off at the bus stop shelter in the middle of the lot (indicated as yellow star below).
– GPS Address: Hawkeye Commuter Lot, Iowa City, IA 52246 – Distance: 1.0 mile from the competition facility (estimated 20 minute walk)
The Hawkeye women scored 96 points at the 2018 Big Ten Championships to place third, and the men scored 80 points, placing sixth.
The Hawkeyes won seven events at the 2018 Big Ten Championships, including (returners in bold):
Mar’yea Harris – 200 meters (44.98)
Laulauga Tausaga – discus (58.39 meters)
Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (16.80 meters)
DeJuan Frye, Antonio Woodard, Collin Hofacker, and Harris – 1,600-meter relay (3:06.32)
Jahisha Thomas – long jump (6.55 meters)
Jahisha Thomas – triple jump (13.19 meters)
Brittany Brown – 200 meters (22.93)
HISTORY FAVORS THE HAWKS
The last time the Hawkeye men won the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships was 2011. Coincidentally, that was the last time Iowa hosted the championships. The crown came down to the last event, the 1,600-meter relay. The Hawkeyes pulled off the win by two and a half points over Minnesota, 125.5-123.
HAWKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The University of Iowa men’s and women’s track and field teams are both ranked in the top 20 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Week 6 poll. The USTFCCCA ranks the women at No. 15 and the men No. 18.
FAVORED FRONT RUNNERS
The USTFCCCA Big Ten rankings predict the men to win the Big Ten title ahead of No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Purdue. They predict the women will finish second behind No. 1 Ohio State and ahead of No. 3 Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes are ranked in the top eight 41 times in the conference, 18 of which are ranked in the top three. The Hawkeyes are leading the Big Ten Conference in eight events, including seven individual events and the men’s 1,600-meter relay. Seven additional marks are ranked second, and another two are ranked third in the Big Ten.
Top Eight in the Big Ten (top 8 in eachevent score points):
1. Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (45.83)
1. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (51.92)
1. Matt Manternach – 800 meters (1:46.93)
1. Chris Douglas – 400 hurdles (51.00)
1. Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (18.02 meters, 59-1 1/2)
1. Laulauga Tausaga – discus (62.28 meters, 204-4)
1. Jenny Kimbro – heptathlon (5,679 points)
1. Lawrence, Woodard, Hofacker, Harris – 1,600 relay (3:03.10)
2. Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (45.88)
2. Carter Lilly – 800 meters (1:47.52)
2. Jenny Kimbro – 100 hurdles (13.30)
2. Jaylan McConico – 110 hurdles (13.82)
2. Reno Tuufuli – discus (62.54 meters, 205-2)
2. Konstadina Spanoudakis – discus (57.95 meters, 190-1)
2. Tria Simmons – heptathlon (5,577)
3. Anthony Williams – 110 hurdles (13.86)
3. Nathan Mylenek – 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:38.53)
4. Taylor Arco – 800 meters (2:06.06)
4. Wayne Lawrence Jr. – 400 meters (45.96)
4. Jenny Kimbro – 400 hurdles (58.27)
4. Kimbro, Weum, Simmons, Wensel – 1,600-meter relay (3:36.32)
5. Chris Douglas – 110 hurdles (13.98)
5. Noah Larrison – 400 hurdles (51.49)
5. Tria Simmons – high jump (1.76 meters, 5-9 1/4)
5. Reno Tuufuli – shot put (18.96 meters, 62-2 1/2)
5. Williams, Woodard, Hofacker, Harris – 400-meter relay (40.16)
6. Antonio Woodard – 200 meters (20.69)
6. Briana Guillory – 200 meters (23.67)
6. Daniel Soto – 10,000 meters (29:31.88)
6. Raymonte Dow – 400 hurdles (51.79)
6. Amanda Carty – triple jump (12.47 meters, 40-11)
6. Laulauga Tausaga – hammer (61.34 meters, 201-3)
6. Kimbro, Laye, Guillory, Chistian – 400-meter relay (45.60)
7. Karayme Bartley – 200 meters (20.71)
7. Tysen VanDraska – 800 meters (1:48.52)
7. Tria Simmons – 100 hurdles (13.73)
7. Jay Hunt – high jump (2.12 meters, 6-11 1/2)
7. Peyton Haack – decathlon (7,129 points)
8. Andrea Shine – 10,000 meters (34:10.24)
8. Josh Braverman – 110 hurdles (14.10)
8. Nia Britt – shot put (16.50 meters, 54-1 3/4)
NATIONALLY RANKED HAWKS
The Hawkeyes have 12 individual marks in the NCAA’s top 16, including junior Laulauga Tausaga, who ranks second in the shot put and discus throws and the third fastest men’s 1,600-meter relay from freshman Wayne Lawrence Jr., junior Antonio Woodard, junior Collin Hofacker, and senior Mar’yea Harris.
Big Ten student-athletes rank in the NCAA top eight 26 times. That number includes eight Hawkeye individuals and one relay squad
Top 16 in the NCAA:
2. Laulauga Tausaga – shot put (18.02 meters, 59-1 1/2)
2. Laulauga Tausaga – discus (62.28 meters, 204-4)
3. Lawrence, Woodard, Hofacker, Harris – 1,600 relay (3:03.10)
4. Reno Tuufuli – discus (62.54, 205-2)
5. Matt Manternach – 800 meters (1:46.93)
5. Nathan Mylenek – 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:38.53)
6. Konstadina Spanoudakis – discus (57.95 meters, 190-1)
6. Briana Guillory – 400 meters (51.92)
8. Jenny Kimbro – heptathlon (5,679 points)
13. Karayme Bartley – 400 meters (45.83)
13. Carter Lilly – 800 meters (1:47.52)
16. Mar’yea Harris – 400 meters (45.88)
Two Big Ten student athletes lead the nation in their respective events:
Oliver Hoare (Wisconsin) – 1,500 meters (3:37.20)
Greg Thompson (Maryland) – discus (65.56 meters, 215-1)
COUNTING ALL-TIME TRACKHAWKS
The men have 28 current athletes on Iowa’s outdoor all-time top 10, led by school-record holders Mar’yea Harris, (400-meters, 800-meter relay, 1,600-meter relay), DeJuan Frye (1,600-meter relay), Collin Hofacker (1,600-meter relay), and Nathan Mylenek (3,000-meter steeplechase).
The women have 22 athletes in the top 10. Junior Laulauga Tausaga holds the school records in the shot put (18.02 meters, 59-1 1/2), discus (62.28 meters, 204-4) and hammer (61.34 meters, 201-3), junior Jenny Kimbro recorded Iowa’s best heptathlon performance with 5,679 points, and senior Briana Guillory ran on the school-record 1,600-meter relay (3:30.97, 2016).
TAUSAGA ON TOP
Tausaga was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week for the second time in her career on April 23.
The April 19-20 weekend in California was packed full of school records for Tausaga. She started on Thursday, throwing the hammer throw record (61.34 meters, 201-3), and continued throughout the weekend, throwing 62.28 meters (204-4) in discus. The real feat of the weekend was the shot put competition. After a rough start to the season, she hit a huge mark of 18.02 meters (59-1 1/2) to break her third school record of the week.
Tausaga is the first Hawkeye to earn the outdoor honor. She won during the indoor season after throwing the weight throw school record (23.26 meters, 76-3 3/4).
B1G ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Tausaga picked up her third consecutive Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor, the conference announced on April 24. The honor came after the Iowa junior broke three school records in shot put, discus, and hammer throw.
The week prior, the Hawkeyes swept the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week awards for the second time during the outdoor season. Tausaga and senior Reno Tuufuli earned the honors during week three, and sophomore Konstadina Spanoudakis earned the women’s honor and sophomore Jay Hunt earned the men’s during week one.
Tausaga earned her first honor of the outdoor season on April 10, sharing the award with Sophia Franklin from Michigan State.
During the indoor season, three Hawkeyes were named Big Ten Athletes of the Week, including Tausaga (Feb. 6), Mar’yea Harris (Feb. 6), and Jenny Kimbro (Dec. 12).
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
First Round – Sacramento, Calif. (May 23-25)
For each individual event contested at each of the two Preliminary Round sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. Combined events (Heptathlon and Decathlon), are not contested at the Preliminary Round sites. For combined events (Heptathlon and Decathlon), the top 24 declared student-athletes in each event based on their position on the national descending-order list will be accepted directly into the Championships.
The individual event student-athletes and relay teams accepted into Preliminary Round competition will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to Preliminary Round competition.
Championship Round – Austin, Texas (June 5-8)
Qualifying to the Championships site is accomplished through performance in the Preliminary Round competition. Twelve competitors from each individual event and twelve teams from each relay event advance from each Preliminary Round site. The individual event student-athletes and relay teams accepted into Championships competition based on their performance at Preliminary Round competition will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to Championships competition.