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The University of Iowa track and field team hosts their final meet of the indoor season on Friday and Saturday. The teams competing at the Black & Gold Invitational include Barton College, Bradley, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Iowa Western, Loyola, Marquette, Minnesota State, Northern Iowa, and Tulsa. The meet begins Friday at 1 p.m. (CT) with the weight throw at the Hawkeye Tennis and Rec Complex. Saturday kicks off with the men’s shot put at 11 a.m. at the UI Rec Building. All running events begin at 2:35 p.m. A full schedule of events is located at hawkeyesports.com.
Seniors Nathan Mylenek and Daniel Soto head to Seattle, Washington to compete at the UW Invitational on Jan. 31-Feb.1. They both compete in the 3,000 meters at 4:30 p.m. (CT).
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) Top 25 Week 1 poll. The men are ranked 25th in the nation and second in the Midwest region. The women are ranked 18th in the nation and fifth in the Midwest region.
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.
MCCONICO CAN’T BE BEAT
Senior Jaylan McConico took home first at the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan.25. McConico has competed in the 60-meter hurdles in three meets this season and has finished first each time.
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).
SUCCESS IN KENTUCKY
The Hawkeyes set 27 personal bests at the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan. 24-25. For the women, senior Tia Saunders took first in the 600 meters with a new personal best (1:30.92), a time that ranks No. 6 in school history and second in the Big Ten. Senior Jenny Kimbro ran a personal best (24.48) in the 200 meters. That time ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
The men were led by Jaylan McConico, Wayne Lawrence, and Austin Lietz who all placed first over the weekend in the 60-meter hurdles, 400 meters, and 600 meters, respectively. Lawrence also ran a new personal best in the 200 meters (21.11), ranking fourth all-time.
NEXT ON THE BLOCK
The Hawkeyes split up to head to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite in Lincoln, Neb. and the Meyo Invite in South Bend, Ind. The meets take place on Feb. 7-8.