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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — University of Iowa junior Laulauga Tausaga broke the school discus record at the NCAA West Preliminary on Friday afternoon.
Tausaga’s first throw of 61.86 meters (202-11) would have won the regional alone, but it was her third throw of 62.69 meters (205-8) that broke the Iowa record and earned her plane ticket to Austin, Texas, in two weeks for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
On the men’s side, freshman Wayne Lawrence Jr. kept pace with Baylor’s Wil London to break his 400-meter record for the second consecutive day. His 45.33 finish ranks fifth all-time on the Hawkeyes’ top-10 list. Senior Mar’yea Harris will join Lawrence in Austin after finishing second (45.33) in his heat to qualify. It will be Harris’ fourth appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400 meters.
The men will also send senior Chris Douglas in the 400-meter hurdles after he ran the ninth fastest time of the day, 50.44, and junior Nathan Mylenek will make his first appearance at the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with the last qualifying time (8:41.89).
In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Jaylan McConico ran his personal best in 13.68, ranking fifth all-time at Iowa, to qualify for quarterfinals on Saturday, and sophomore Josh Braverman ran 14.05, sneaking into the quarterfinals with the last accepted time.
Juniors Antonio Woodard and Karayme Bartley kept the momentum going with the 11th and 12th fastest 200-meter times, running 20.63 and 20.65, respectively, to move onto the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Raymonte Dow missed the cutoff in the 400-meter hurdles but ran his personal best, crossing the finish in 51.23.
The Hawkeyes finish the NCAA West Preliminary on Saturday. Junior Amanda Carty will kick off the day in the women’s triple jump at 5 p.m. (CT).