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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Iowa ran in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships’ fastest 1,600-meter relay of all time, placing fourth with a school record time of 3:00.14 and earning first team All-America honors.
Since 1964, this is only the fifth year (2019, 2018, 2017, 1992, and 1988)that 3:00.14 hasn’t won the 1,600-meter relay and is the first time that it earned fourth.
Freshman Wayne Lawrence Jr., juniors Antonio Woodard, and Karayme Bartley sent senior Mar’yea Harris off in style, breaking the previous school record, 3:01.91, set by DeJuan Frye, Harris, Collin Hofacker, and Emmanuel Ogwo in 2017.
“I thought the guys competed tremendously, they went for it,” Iowa Director of Track and Field Joey Woody said. “They put everything out there. We told them to compete like they never had before and to lay it all out there. You can’t be disappointed with the way they did that.”
The Hawkeyes added two more All-Americans in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and high jump. Junior Nathan Mylenek earned second team All-America honors in the steeplechase, placing ninth overall in 8:49.40. Sophomore Jay Hunt earned All-America honorable mention in the high jump with a 2.10-meter (6-10 3/4) height.
Day one of the heptathlon was a day of personal bests for senior Tria Simmons. The Phoenix, Arizona, native started the day with a huge 100-meter hurdles best, crossing the finish in 13.49 and setting the fourth fastest mark all-time at Iowa. She continued the trend in the shot put with a new best mark of 12.16 meters (39-10 3/4). She rounded out her 3,507 points with a 1.69-meter high jump (5-6 1/2) and finished the 200 meters in 24.42, sitting in sixth through four events.
Junior Jenny Kimbro has kept steady throughout the first four events, running 13.48 in the 100-meter hurdles, jumping 1.69 meters (5-6 1/2) in the high jump, throwing 39-10 3/4 in the shot put, and running 24.36 in the 200 meters to finish day one of the heptathlon in 11th place with 3,462 points.
On Saturday, Simmons and Kimbro will close out the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin, and 800 meters.
HAWKEYES’ NCAA SCHEDULE
All times are subject to change and are listed in central time (CT):
1:30 p.m. – women’s heptathlon: long jump (Kimbro, Simmons)
2:45 p.m. – women’s heptathlon: javelin (Kimbro, Simmons)
5:05 p.m. – women’s discus (Laulauga Tausaga)
7:13 p.m. – women’s heptathlon: 800 meters (Kimbro, Simmons)