The University of Iowa track and field team travels to Lexington, Kentucky to compete at the Rod McCravy Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The teams competing include Alabama State, Arizona State, Ashland, Cincinnati, Coppin State, Georgia State, Grambling, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, UCF, USF. The meet begins Friday at 10 a.m. (CT) with the heptathlon. Saturday kicks off with the women’s high jump at 8:30 a.m. (CT). A full schedule of events is located at hawkeyesports.com.
Fans can follow the meet on the live results page at hawkeyesports.com/ tracklive. Results will also be posted on the team’s official twitter account @iowaxc_tf. A live video feed is available at hawkeyesports.com.
IN THE RANKINGS
The University of Iowa men’s and women’s track and field teams are ranked in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll. The men are ranked 16th in the nation and the women are ranked 13th.
MEET THE RECORD HOLDERS
Five Hawkeyes on the roster account for four indoor school records. They include:
• Nathan Mylenek, Collin Hofacker: distance medley relay (9:33.90)
• Laulauga Tausaga: shot put (17.79m) and weight throw (23.26m)
• Antonio Woodard, Wayne Lawrence: 1,600-meter relay (3:04.94)
• Wayne Lawrence: 600 meters: (1:16.55)
MCCONICO EARNS FIRST B1G TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
On Dec. 18, senior Jaylan McConico earned his first Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor. McConico came off the Jimmy Grant Invitational in the 60-meter hurdles. with a new personal best (7.66), No. 2 all-time at Iowa, and a first place finish. The time currently ranks No.3 in the country.
WAYNE LAWRENCE: A RECORD BREAKER
Sophomore Wayne Lawrence made news on Jan. 17 at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. In his first time competing in the 600 meters, Lawrence set a new personal record (1:16.55) that ranks No. 1 all-time at Iowa and No.1 in the Big Ten Conference. Lawrence was also a part of the 4×400 relay team that took second at the Wieczorek (3:10.36). That time ranks second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (3:08.93).
TAUSAGA MAKES PRESEASON HISTORY
On Jan 6., Laulauga Tausaga became the first ever Hawkeye to be named to the Bowerman preseason watch list. The Bowerman is an annual track and field award and is the highest accolade given to the year’s best student-athlete in collegiate
track and field. It is the equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy. The award is named after Oregon track and field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman and is administered by the USTFCCCA. The winner is announced December 2020.
Tausaga had a record breaking 2019 season that ended with an NCAA discus title and a berth to the 2019 World Championship in Doha, Qatar, where she finished in the top five with a personal best and discus school record (63.94m).
MEN TAKE FIRST, WOMEN FOLLOW IN SECOND
The Hawkeyes set 32 personal bests at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational on Jan.17-18. The men took home first with 114.50 points. The women placed second with 94 points. The Hawkeyes won two individual titles and one relay. Freshman Jamal Britt set two new personal bests: 60-meter hurdles (7.82) and long jump (7.53m). His 60-meter hurdles time added him the Iowa’s all-time top 10 list at No. 5. The women’s 4×400 relay team (Jenny Kimbro, Aly Weum, Davicia Patterson, Mallory King) took first out of the collegiate teams at the Wieczorek (3:39.74). This time ranks first in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes host the Black and Gold Premier, their final home meet, on Jan. 31- Feb. 1. The teams competing include, Barton College, Bradley, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Iowa Western, Loyola, Marquette, Minnesota State, Northern Iowa, and Tulsa.