IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team set 13 personal bests Saturday at the fourth annual Larry Wieczorek Invitational. The men took home first place out of eight teams with a score of 114.50 points. The women came in second behind Minnesota with a score of 94 points.
Junior Antonise Christian earned a new personal best in the 60-meter prelims. Her time (7.45) pushed her up to fifth all-time for Iowa. The women’s 4×400-meter relay finished the night with an outstanding time of 3:39.67, a mark that leads the Big Ten Conference. The relay included senior Jenny Kimbro, junior Aly Weum, freshman Davicia Patterson, and senior Mallory King.
Senior Jaylan McConico stole the show with a gold medal winning performance in the 60-meter hurdles. He finished in 7.77, and his season-best time of 7.66 leads the Big Ten conference leader and ranks third in the nation. Freshman Jamal Britt made his name known in the 60-meter hurdles, placing second behind McConico with a time of 7.82. That time ranks fifth in school history.
QUOTING COACH WOODY
“Today was a great atmosphere, as always. We’re really fortunate to have so many people who put in so much time, energy and work into this to make it the best meet in the country. I can’t say enough about our administration and the support that we have.”
“Wayne (Lawrence) had a great weekend. He’s the guy who thinks he can beat anyone in the country. That’s what you have to do if you want to win a national championship. He went for it today in the 4×4 and came up a little short. It’s a relay so all the guys competed really well. I’m very pleased with the men’s hurdles. We had a lot of guys in the final so that was a lot of fun.”
“On the women’s team, it was fun to see them compete and go after it all the way to that finish line in the 4×4.”
“Overall it was a great weekend and we got a lot done. We’re still early in the season but I feel like we still had some spectacular performances.”
QUOTING LARRY WIECZOREK
“To me, a lifer in track and field, it’s the most important sport on campus. This type of competition shows the athletes just how important their sport is. It’s an entertaining event and it’s a meet where everyone in the country would want to come to.”
HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD
Jaylan McConico: 60-meter hurdles (7.77)
Swanson, Arco, Bruxvoort, Laye: 4×400-meter relay (3.49.77)
The women tallied eight personal bests:
Traci Brown: 60-meter dash (7.77)
Mariel Bruxvoort: 400 meters (58.20)
Antonise Christian: 60-meter dash (7.45)
Lasarah Hargrove: 60-meter dash (7.56)
Mallory King: 400 meters (55.89)
Jada Laye: 60-meter dash (7.58)
Elyse Prescott: 3,000 meters (10:14.75)
Tia Saunders: 400 meters (56.36)
The men added six personal bests:
Jamal Britt: 60-meter hurdles (7.82)
Spencer Gudgel: 400 meters (50.06)
Peyton Haack: 60-meter hurdles (8.11)
Daniel Murphy: 3,000 meters (8:14.84)
Gratt Reed: 60-meter dash (7.07), 60-meter hurdles (7.97)
Nolan Roethler: 400 meters (49.34)
The Hawkeyes travel to compete at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. for their first road meet of the 2020 season on Jan.24-25.
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