IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa track and field team divided and conquered at two different meets Friday.
One group of Hawkeyes earned 14 personal bests and won one individual titles on first day at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Senior Jenny Kimbro won the pentathlon (4,269 points), while breaking several records throughout the day. She currently ranks No. 1 in Iowa history, No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference and No. 2 in the nation. Her teammate, junior Dallyssa Huggins, was right behind her the whole day and took second in the pentathlon (3785 points).
“I didn’t really know what to expect coming in,” said Kimbro. “I know all of us had a great month of training prior to this and we were all really excited to come in. It was fun to come in and just push each other in our first multi together.”
Senior Will Daniels broke three personal records in the heptathlon while finishing the day in first place (3315 points). He will compete tomorrow in the final three events.
QUOTING COACH WOODY FROM HUSKER INVITE
“We started off really well. I thought the men’s multi had a great start to the day and we had some big PRs out of that group. They’re competing really well and I think they’ve set themselves up for tomorrow. Jenny (Kimbro), Dallyssa (Huggins), and Tionna (Tobias) battled today. I’m extremely excited for what Jenny (Kimbro) was able to accomplish today, No. 1 in Big Ten, No. 2 in the country and another school record so that’s pretty awesome for her. She’s worked tremendously hard to get to this point and I think she’s really excited and focused on competing to win the Big Ten and also competing to be one of the top girls at the National Championships.”
“The guys did well in the hurdles and was great to have four of our guys advance It was another great breakout for Grant Conway, wearing the Iowa uniform for the first time. We have some work to do in some of the other event areas.”
The other half finished Day 1 at the Meyo Invite in South Bend, Indiana. The team earned eight personal bests and one individual titles.
Junior Mallory King not only ran a personal best in the 600 meters (1:29.10), but also jumped up to No. 3 in Iowa history and currently ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten.
Senior Laulauga Tausaga competed in just her second weight throw competition of the season and threw 22.00m, 72-2.25. This mark ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten Conference and eighth in the nation.
QUOTING COACH WERSKEY ON MEYO INVITE
“Overall, it was a strong day for Hawkeye weight throwers. In the women’s weight throw, Allison Wahrman settled into her positions and came away with a new PR of 18.02m. For her second year in the event, that is a quality mark. Lagi is still working through some adjustments yet found herself with a strong 22-meter toss. That mark should qualify her for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in March.”
“The men followed suit as Jordan Hawkins stepped up with a new PR of 18.22 and showed the ability to go further. Tyler (Lienau) is showing the ability to push the 70′ barrier soon. He felt like he had a little bit of an off day, but still threw 20.29 meters (1cm from PR). When you’re able to have a day like that, we know bigger things are in store.”
HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD AT HUSKER INVITE
Jenny Kimbro: Pentathlon (4269 points)
HAWKEYES TAKE GOLD AT MEYO INVITE
Mallory King: 600 meters (1:29.10)
CAREER BESTS FROM HUSKER INVITE
9 individuals tallied 14 personal bests:
Anaya Alexander: 600 meters (56.06)
Traci Brown: 60-meter dash (7.71)
Mariel Bruxvoort: 400 meters (58.13)
Grant Conway: 60-meter hurdles (7.86)
Will Daniels: 60-meter dash (6.84), long jump (7.10m, 23-03.5), high jump (2.07m)
Peyton Haack: 60-meter dash (6.96), long jump (6.83m, 22-05.00)
Jenny Kimbro: 60-meter hurdles (8.24), 800 meters (2:16.70)
Davicia Patterson: 600 meters (55.99)
Tionna Tobias: 60-meter hurdles (8.56), shot put (9.46m, 31-00.5)
CAREER BESTS FROM MEYO INVITE
8 individuals tallied personal bests:
Julien Gillum: 600 meters (1:18.50)
Emma Gordon: 5,000 meters (18:07.96)
Spencer Gudgel: 600 meters (1:19.09)
Jordan Hawkins: weight throw (18.22m, 59-9.5)
Jordan Johnson: weight throw (17.53m, 57-6.25)
Matt Manternach: 600 meters (1:17.33)
Gabby Skopec: 5,000 meters (17:51.15)
Allison Wahrman: weight throw (18.02m, 59-1.5)
UP NEXT FROM HUSKER INVITE
Day 2 starts at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with the continuation of the heptathlon. Running events begin at 11:30 a.m. (CT) with the women’s 200 meters.
UP NEXT FROM MEYO INVITE
Day 2 starts at 9:15 a.m. (CT) for our Hawkeye women running in the 3,000 meters. The field events begin at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with the women’s shot put.